Coming soon- Best & Worst of 2006

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Bhagam Bhag



Bhago Bhago !

Run away from this movie. You miss nothing if you miss it. A mish mash of a couple of sequences put togther and you have a movie that does'nt know if it is supposed to be a comic caper or a murder thriller.

Akshay Kumar does'nt have much to do but tries his best. Paresh Rawal is there for appearance sake and completely underutilised. I thought I would say a few words on the story but believe me, to embark on that journey is absolutely a challenge so I will let it be, in my own selfish interest.

Govinda is gone. That comic hero of the David Dhawan movies has disappeared. Except for a 30 second sequence in a police station in London which has an Indian Police Comissioner (Jackie Shroff), Govinda looks puffed up and tired.

Lara Dutta looks nice and must be wondering what she really did in the movie.

Aaah ! Will the real Priyadarshan stand up ! Will the real Priyadarshan stand up !

Where art thou ? Art thou the same one who made Hera Pheri and Hungama ?

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Bhagam Bhag

Watching this movie today ! So watch out for some thought on this Priyadarshan's latest.

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Kabul Express-Two Indians, an American, One Afghan and a Pakistani on a journey together




Kabul Express


A movie every Hindi movie watcher should watch. The movie is not great but to be watched at least once. Reason- It is one more Hindi movie among a few of the ones in the recent history that actually makes you believe there is hope for Hindi cinema to move ahead from the senseless candy floss and tear jerkers that seem to roll out.


The movie is the tale of two journalists from India (John Abraham & Arshad Warsi) who are down in Afghanistan trying to get an interview with the fleeing Taliban. They have an immensely pleasant Afghan guide and driver (Hanif Hum ghum), an American Journalist Jessica Beckham (Linda Arsenio) whom they rescue on the way from a few Afghan dacoits and a Paksitani Taliban Imran (Salman Shahid) who commandeers their vehicle on his quest to reach the border and get back into Pakistan.


There are many references to the fact that Afghanis are not the enemy. The Taliban is not Afghanistan etc etc. The hypocrisy of the Pakistan government and all the horrors of war.That exactly is the problem with this movie. Kabir Khan (Director and writer) tries to say it all in one movie and that makes sure that you get a feeling of a soul in the movie but it just disappears along the way and all you come out remembering are the one liners and comic expressions delivered with absolute brilliance (as usual) by Arshad Warsi.

The high point of the movie, other than the documentary style story telling with international styling, is the brilliant turnout of performances from one and all. John can act if forced to, Arshad does what he does, the Afghan and Pakistani actors really do a great job. The look in the face of Hanif hum Ghum which moves from despair to anger to acceptance is absolutely refreshing and innocent. Salman Shahid is absolutely controlled as the Pakistani Taliban soldier just looking to get home.

The argument about Imran Khan and Kapil Dev, the argument about who started the war and Arshad asking Ms. Beckham if she plays football, all are really memorable sequences.The references to Madhuri do, Kashmir Lo and Arshad and John mentioning that Madhuri has gone to the US evicts response from the Pakistani saying- everything that's good goes off to the US. references to Pepsi and Coco Cola and many other references while entertaining only add to what I said before- Too many stories attempted to be told in one movie !
Still, a must watch

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Coming Soon - Kabul Express!

Watched this refreshing movie. Will share my thoughts soon !

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24



One of the best formats to hit television screens this century.

24 in its 4th season on AXN runs 3 episodes back-to-back at 12 PM (IST) on Saturdays. The format is real time (the story runs as per actual minutes) and always depicts events that occur in 24 hours.

Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) of CTU (Counter Terrorism Unit) is always the man of the 'hour' saving the day and the US of A from its multiple enemies.

The format being real time with parallel action in progress is always addictive ! Don't miss it.

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ULTRAVIOLET



Eagerly awaiting the release of DVD of this movie. For two things- Mila Jovovich (unarguably the best female action star in cinema today) and for the intense action scenes in the movie.

Directed by Kurt Winner, the movie is about the ever lasting battle between humans, vampires with the cure for vampires at stake.

Also starring William Ficthner (The longest Yard) and Nick Chinlund (Tears of the Sun), the movie is unliklely to be a great hit but will have it moments for sure !

Will keep you posted if i get my hands on this movie !

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Dhoom 2




The best of stunts, the best of costumes, the best of bodies, the best of locales, the best of bikes.....thats DHOOM 2 in its full glory for you.

A story ? Sadly thats one thing missing from this sequel that could have made this a trukly awesome movie. Sanjay Ghadvi (the director) takes some elements from the very successful Dhoom and then brings in some great bods like Bipahsa (That scene of her in a Bikini on a beach in Brazil is worth a lot of Hindi films ever made), Aishwarya and the women may just love Hrithik in a brilliant turnout as Aryan (the international, multi-disguised thief).

The action scenes are phenomenal for a Hindi movie. The costumes are real cool. Did I forget to mention Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan) and his sidekick Ali (Uday Chopra) ? Well... they are there too and do what they usually do.

The story is nothing but a series of heists put together with some betrayals thrown in.

Really find the scene hilarious, where Hrithik uses a remote controlled machine to move between the feet of a half dozen or so on high alert cops to steal a diamond ! And no one notices anything ! Awesome, all these little lapses ensured that it remains a Hindi movie !

The movie overall is worth a rear stall ticket on any evening just for all the brilliant locales in brazil, the starting sequence and a few chase sequences and of course Bips in Bikini and some of you may just remember the movie for Aishwarya, her costumes and her first on-screen lip lock with hrithik of course .

If I buy the DVD it will be for the action and for Bips !

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Casino Royale



What makes a Bond movie?

Exotic Locales
Eccentric Villains
Beautiful women with great names
Witty one liners
Awesome gadgets
International plots, conspiracies
And
A Suave, Sophisticated, Charming Gentleman called Bond, James Bond

Now coming to Casino Royale
Exotic Locales…………………………………Yes
Eccentric Villains………………………………No
Beautiful women with great names…………….Not really
Witty one liners………………………………...Not too many
Awesome gadgets………………………………Hardly any
International plots, conspiracies………………..Kind of
And
A Suave, Sophisticated, Charming Gentleman called Bond, James Bond……NO.

But Casino Royale gives you realistic gritty action by a tough, muscled Bond (Daniel Craig). In spite of all the usual Bond elements missing, you have some of the best action scenes in recent times and the beginning of Bond, James Bond. Why Bond never falls in love, why does he drink his martini shaken and not stirred? These and a few other nuances of the very successful Bond are shown in this movie.

This movie is the making of Bond as 007.

James Bond is promoted to 007 by M (Judi Dench) and is on the trail of a group of terrorists financed by the ‘banker of terrorism, Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen). After a highly thrilling chase of an agile bomb maker, Bond is on the trail of Le Chiffere and is finally allowed to gamble against him at Casino Royale in Montenegro.

The buy in at an unbelievable $10 Million and a re-buy at $5 Million, financed by Her Majesty and a svelte lady named Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) to keep an eye on Her Majesty’s investment. If Bond looses, Her Majesty’s government would have directly financed terrorism, for Le Chiffre uses the winnings to disperse to his investors, the terrorist groups.

Is it a game of chance or is it about holding your nerve? A game of nerves, deceit and betrayal unfolds.

Felix Lieter (Jeffery Wright) of the CIA makes his appearance who in the later Bond stories becomes quite a friend of Bond. Mad Mikkelesen as Le Chiffre appears sad and doesn’t leave you with memories of him after you leave the theatre. You don’t remember Eva Green or any of the other women. What you do remember is the very human Bond who bleeds, is beaten and tortured but yet appears tough and determined with the force shining through his blue eyes.

Blond, blue eyed, muscular. Not your typical Bond. But Daniel Craig does well and Casino Royale may not be a great Bond movie but definitely is a good movie. If nothing else, the action is worth a watch.

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The Departed





Oscar! Oscar! Oscar! Will the academy finally give poor Martin Scorsese an Oscar?
No, not because the movie is mind-blowing (it comes close to being so), but because this man at last count deserved at least 5 Best Director Oscars to date!

The Departed is a movie that stamps Scorsese’s authority as a director who can churn out the best of thrillers with even an ensemble of ‘individual’ actors. And if the movie has the ‘mob’ angle to it, believe me; no other director can even come close. Remember Goodfellas, Casino, Gangs of New York?

The reviews for this movie have been good across publications so you go in expecting a lot and are not disappointed.
The movie is the story of the Boston State police and their endeavor to bring down a Irish Mobster Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson, in a delicious turn in as the ice cold, cool criminal). The cops pull out a cadet who’s’ had a reputation and family connection to the streets and puts him in the mob to find a way to bring down Costello. Meet Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCarpio, who has proved after Gangs of New York that he can act especially in the hands of Scorsese). Costello is no easy hand either and has his man in the police force too. Meet Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon, who’s always put in good performances and does so again).

The fear at being caught out on both sides adds to some of the tension and especially when each is given the task of finding himself. Leo is assigned by Jack to find the ‘rat’ in the mob and asked by Queenan (Martin Sheen) and Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) to find the rat in the police force. Matt is asked by Ellerby (Alec Baldwin) to find the rat in the police force and is also asked by Jack to find the ‘rat’ in the mob. Vera Farmiga puts in a good turnout as the Police appointed Counselor who is counseling Costigan and is the girlfriend of Sullivan and has her part to pay in the events that unfold.

While each of them gets closer to finding the other, each is afraid of being found out and creates some edge of the seat moments. The events that unfold leads to an explosive and sudden climax. The violence is sudden and shocks you.

A word of warning though: The violence is sudden and gory. The language is loaded with expletives and so cool, that your kids may pick it up real quick, so don’t take your kids to watch!

Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg dialogues are loaded with the ‘f@*k’ words and delivered so coolly that you tend to believe they are not expletives. I understand the word ‘f@*k” has been used over 200 times in the movie catching up with Pulp Fiction which had it over 300 times.

You will come out with some of the dialogues imprinted in your mind and almost humming it like a song.

Really Memorable Dialogues

Mark Wahlberg: I can't wait to wipe that fucking smirk right off of your face.
Jack Nicholson: I’d rather you wipe my ass.

Mark Wahlberg to a technician who has botched up a camera placement and asks him who he is:

Dignam: Who am I? I'm the guy that does his fuckin' job! You must be the other guy!


Matt and Leo:

Colin Sullivan: Do you know what will happen if you shoot me?

Billy Costigan: Yeah, this bullet will go right through your fucking head!

Jack Nicholson:

Frank Costello: I got fuckin’ rats in my crew.


Frank Costello: I don't wanna be a product of my environment; I want my environment to be a product of me.


Billy Costigan’s assignment meeting:


Oliver Queenan: We deal in deception... do you know what I mean when I say that?
Billy Costigan: As a matter of fact, I do. I...

Dignam: No, you don't know. Because if someone like you knew what we did, that would make us cunts. Are you calling us cunts?

Alec Baldwin to matt Damon when Matt says he’s getting married:

Ellerby: Marriage is an important part of getting ahead. It lets people know you're not a homo. A married guy seems more stable. People see the ring; they think "at least somebody can stand the son of a bitch." Ladies see the ring, they know immediately that you must have some cash, and your cock must work.

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Cold Mountain


Watched Cold Mountain on DVD and was left feeling quite a bit cold.

Directed by Anthony Minghella (The English Patient), Cold Mountain, received an incredible 7 nominations at the Oscars (I wonder why). It is the sweeping tale of love & determination in the hardship caused by war. The tale is set in Cold Mountain (CM), North Carolina and has the civil war as the backdrop. Ada Monroe (Nicole Kidman) is the daughter of the new priest (Donald Sutherland, in a very brief role) in CM. Ada falls in love with Inman (Jude Law, looking cold as usual) who like all the other men runs of to join the confederate army. Ada dutifully waits for Inman to come back and writes him many a letter some of which do reach him on the frontline (Hurray for the postal service!) expressing her despair at their separation.

Inman, tired by the sights of war, and depressed by the senselessness of the killing trudges back to Cold Mountain. Chased by the Home Guards, labeled a deserter and meeting a helpful soul or two, Inman makes his way across the desolate snowy landscapes.

Meanwhile, Ada managing her farm after her father’s death is left fending off the wolves (men actually, who have the office of the home guards but behave like bandits) and is visited by the sparky Ruby (Renee Zellweger) who teaches her a thing too about handling life all by herself.

The movie tries to show the strength of the human spirit, powered by love and longing. It tries to show the triumph of determination over hardship.

Do Ada and Inman meet; does it end happily ever after? Well… watch the movie. Nicole and Rene do well. I don't find jude Law impressing enough or maybe it was the 'cold' that got to him. You may watch this movie if you really don’t have much to do or haven’t got tickets to the latest Martin Scorsese flick in town (The Departed)

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Snake Eyes



Brian De Palma at the helm so one would expect a slick thrilling tale to be unfolded. Had seen this on Star Movies a long time ago and saw it again on DVD, more so because of Carla Gugino, who I think is such a wonderfully good looking actress.

Don’t get to see too much of her though. She was in ER I think and also in a couple of kid flicks with Antonio Banderas.

Well, coming back to the movie. The scenario is this- One crooked cop (Nicholas Cage), his best friend (Gary Sinise) in charge of security of a VIP-the Secretary of Defense, a missile deal about to happen, a boxing match. Then an assassination, 14000 witnesses, all locked up in the arena of the casino.

The cop has to find out who is responsible, for the one person who does know what has happened and why it happened is the pretty young lady (Carla Gugino).

I always think Nicholas Cage is Christopher Walken, who even when he acts appears to be overacting. Nicholas Cage tries to be the crooked cop in mannerism and attitude. But then, something is missing and you don’t really get thrilled watching this De Plama thriller. The concept of murder and betrayal in a closed space is nothing new and has been done umpteen times right from the Agatha Christie days. De Palma takes this to the largeness of a casino and tries to keep you on the edge of your seats. Quite doesn’t make the mark though. Not De Palma’s fault really. The Story by him and Koepp doesn’t really hold water with the missing ‘X’ factor (the factor which you cannot pinpoint but is that 'something' which is missing from a movie), which is the bane of a quite a few movies..

As the punch line of the movie says – seeing is deceiving (or- believe everything except your eyes). So is the movie. A let down. Seeing it is really deceiving.

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James Bond

This November, Star Movies is bringing us all the bond movies, in chronological order ! (at 9 PM )

Bond movies may be good or may be bad, but I watch them because they are James Bond movies.

The fun is also in watching how cinema has progressed in terms of scripts, actors and more importantly - technology. The Bond movies are one such franchise which has moved with time. Those beautiful women, exotic locales, memorable villains, impossible gadgets all remain embedded in one's mind.

While Sean Connery may have been the original Bond, my favourite Bond remains Pierce Brosnan.

The latest bond movie based on the first Ian Fleming story - 'Casino Royale' is being promoted and the trailers have started playing. The movie will show how James Bond became agent 007. Starring Daniel Craig (who in my opinion is not very Bondish) the movie is expected to release in a couple of weeks.

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My Movies 30-10-2006

* Watch it if you really have no choice.
**Watch it once.
***Need to watch, may buy.
****If you haven't watched it yet, then you are either living in land far away or are still in school.
*****Brilliance in movie making. There's something good about this film.

Ved's Movie List

Movie Name
Ratings
100 Rifles
***
16 Blocks(2006)
**
2 fast 2 Furious
**
2001 a space odessey
***
24 Season 1
*****
24 Season 2
*****
44 Minutes
*****
8 mm 2
**
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
**
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
*****
A Few Good Men
****
A Fish called Wanda
***
A Fistfull of Dollars

A History of Violence
****
A Knight's Tale
****
A Man Apart
**
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
***
A View to Kill
***
Almost Famous (2000)
****
Along Came a Spider (2001)
***
American Beauty (1999)
****
American History X
*****
American Pie (1999) -
****
American Pie 2 (2001)
****
American Pie 4- Band camp
***
American Psycho (2000)
****
American Psycho 2 (2002)
**
American Wedding (American pie 3) (2003)
**
Any Given Sunday (1999) .
****

Armageddon (1998)
***
Bandidas
***
Barry Lyndon
***
Basic Instinct (1992)
*****
Basic Instinct 2
**
Basic(2003)
*
Beautiful Joe
**
Being cyrus
***
Bend it like Beckham
****
Ben-Hur (1959)
****
Bollywood Calling
**
Bollywood Hollywood
**
Born into Brothels

Bowling for Columbine
****
Braveheart
*****
Brokeback Mountain

Bruce Almighty(2003)
***
Capote

Carlito's Way
***
Casablanca (1943)
***
Casino
*****
Charlie Chaplin Vol. 18
***
Chicago(2002)
***
Coach Carter
****
Con Air (1997)
***
Confessions of a dangerous mind
***
Confidence
**
Conspiracy Theory
**
Copycat
****
Coyote Ugly
****
Crash
*****
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000) -
*****
Dances with Wolves (1990)
****
Date Movie
**
Deep Blue Sea(1999)
**
Devil's Advocate (1997)
****
Die another day
***
Disclosure
**
Donnie Brasco (1997)
****
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
****
Enter the Dragon
****
Escape from Alcatraz

Executive decision
***
Farenheit 9/11
****
Fast and Furious- Tokyo Drift
**
Fight Club
****
Firefox

First Daughter
***
Fist of Fury

For a few dollars more

Forrest Gump (1994)
****
From Russia with love

Full Frontal
***
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
****
Fun with Dick and Jane
***
Game of Death

Gandhi (1982)
*****
Gangs of New York
*****
Gentlemen prefer Blondes

Gladiator (2000)
*****
Glory Road
***
Goal (2005)
*****
Godsend
**
Goldeneye
***
Goldfinger

Gone with the Wind (1939)
**
Good Night, and Good Luck
*****
Goodfellas (1990)
*****
Gunfight at OK Corral (1957)
***
Hannibal (2001)
***
Harry Potter and The Chamber of secrets
**
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
**
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
**
Heartbreak Bridge

Heat (1995)
****
Hellboy
***
Herbie Fully Loaded
***
Hide and Seek
***
Hitch
**
Hostel
****
How to marry a millionaire

Ice Age(2002)

Identity (2003)
****
Independence Day (1996)
***
Indiana Jones and raiders of the lost Ark
***
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
***
Indiana Jones and The Temple of doom
***
Inside Man
***
Insomnia (2002)
***
Into the Blue
***
JFK (1991)
*****
Joe Kidd(1972)

Kelly's Heroes

Kill Bill Vol. 1
*****
Kill Bill Vol. 2
*****
King Arthur(2004)
**
King Kong (2005)
***
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
*****
Kiss of Death
**
Kung Fu Hustle
***
L.A. Confidential (1997)
****
Laurel and Hardy(Their First Mistake, Brats, Twice Two)
**
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
***
Leaving Las Vegas
***
Leon
*****
Live and Let Die

Lock Stock and Two Smoking barrels
****
Lord of War (2005)
****
Lost in Translation
***
Lost Season 1
*****
Mackenna's Gold
*****
Man on Fire
***
Mean Machine (2001)
***
Mean Streets (1973)
****
Memento
*****
Memoirs of a Geisha
*****
Million Dollar baby
*****
Mimic 2
**
Mission Impossible
*****
Mission Impossible 2
***
Mission Impossible 3
***
Monster
****
Mr & Mrs Smith (2005)
***
Munich
*****
Mystic River
*****
Natural Born Killers
****
Never Say Never Again
***
Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986)
***
Ocean's 11(2001)
*****
Ocean's 12 (2004)
***
Octopussy

On the Waterfront (1954)
****
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
*****
Oz-Fifth Season
*****
Oz-First Season
*****
Oz-Second Season
*****
Oz-Sixth Season
*****
Oz-Third Season
*****
Pale Rider(1985)

Passenger 57
***
Phone Booth
****
Planet of the Apes (1968)
***
Psycho (1960)
*****
Pulp Fiction (1994)
*****
Raging Bull (1980)
****
Rambo - First Blood (1982)
**
Red Dragon
***
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
*****
Road to Perdition (2002)
***
Ronin
****
Rosemary's Baby
****
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
****
Scarface (1983)
*****
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
**
Scent of a Woman (1992)
*****
Schindler's List (1993)
*****
Secret Window
***
Seven (1995)
****
Seven Samurai
****
Sexy Beast
***
Shakespeare in Love
***
Signs
***
Sin City
*****
Sky High
**
Snatch (2001)
****
Species
***
Star Wars- A New Hope
***
Star Wars- Attack of the clones
***
Star Wars III Revenge of the Sith
***
Star Wars- The Empire Strikes Back
***
Star Wars- The Phantom Menance
***
Star Wars- The return of the Jedi
***
Suspect Zero
**
SWAT (2003)
**
Swordfish
****
Syriana
*****
Taxi Driver
*****
The Bible
***
The Blair Witch Project(1999)
*****
The Bourne Identity
****
The Bourne Supremacy
****
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
****
The Chinese Connection

The Client
***
The Day after Tomorrow(2004)
***
The Day of the Jackal
***
The Doors (1991)
****
The Eagle has Landed
****
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
****
The Exorcist (1973)
*****
The Exorcist-The Beginning (2004)
***
The Fast and the furious
****
The Fast and the furious
****
The Fifth Element
****
The Firm
***
The Forgotten (2004)
**
The Getaway (1994)
***
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
****
The Girl Next Door
***
The Godfather (1972)
*****
The Godfather Part II (1974)
*****
The Godfather Part III (1990)
*****
The Good Girl
**
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
****
The Great Escape (1963)
***
The Green Mile (1999)
*****
The Interpreter
***
The Italian job (2003)
***
The Jacket
***
The Last Emperor (1987)
****
The last Temptation of Christ
****
The Life of David Gale
*****
The Lodger and The Socerer's Apprentice
***
The Lord of the Rings- Fellowship of the Ring
****
The Lord of the Rings- The two towers
****
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
****
The Manchurian Candidate
**
The Mask (1994)
***
The Matrix (1999)
*****
The Matrix Reloaded
***
The Mummy (1999)
****
The Mummy Returns (2001)
**
The Myth
***
The Omen
*****
The Omen II
***
The Omen III
***
The Omen IV
**
The Passion of the Christ
****
The Patriot (2000) - Roland Emmerich / Mel Gibson.
*****
The Rainmaker (1997)
***
The Recruit (2003)
***
The Ring
****
The Ring 2
**
The Score
****
The Seven Year Itch

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
*****
The Sheild Season 4
*****
The Shield Season 1
*****
The Shield Season 2
*****
The Shield Season 3
*****
The Shining
****
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
******
The Sixth Sense
*****
The Sopranos season 1
*****
The Sopranos season 2
*****
The Sopranos season 3
*****
The Sopranos season 4
*****
The Sopranos season 5
*****
The Sound of Music (1965)
***
The Specialist (1994)
**
The Ten Commandments (1956)
***
The Twelve Tasks of Asterix
**
The Untouchables (1987)
****
The Usual Suspects (1995)
*****
The Village
***
The Whole Nine Yards
****
The Whole Ten yards
****
The World is not enough
***
The X-Files
**
The X-Files Season 1
*****
Three Kings (1999)
***
Titanic (1997)
***
Tomorrow Never Dies
***
Torque (2004)
***
Traffic (2000)
*****
Training Day (2001)
****
Trainspotting
*****
Troy
****
Two Moon Junction
*
Unforgiven (1992)
****
V for vendetta
****
Van Helsing
****
Vertigo (1958)

Wait until Dark
****
Walk the line
*****
Wannabes
****
Warning: Parental Advisory
*****
Waterworld (1995)
***
Where eagles dare
***
White Chicks
**
Windtalkers(2002)
***
X Men
****
X Men 2
****
XXX
****
XXX 2- the Next level
**
You only live twice





INDIAN MOVIES

15 Park Avenue
***
Ab Tak Chappan
****
Agneepath
***
Aksar
***
Anthony Kaun Hai
****
Apaharan
****
Bhoot
**
Black
***
Bluffmaster
***
Bombay
****
Chingaari
**
Company
****
D
***
Darna mana Hai
**
Darna Zaroori Hai
***
Deewar
*****
Dhoom
***
Dil Chahta Hai
*****
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayange
*****
Don
***
Dostana

Duniya

Duplicate
**
Ek Ajnabee
***
Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena
**
Fida
*
Gangster
***
Godmother
****
Hare rama Hare Krishna
*****
Hazarein Kwahishein Aisi
*****
Hum Aapke hain Kaun
*****
Iqbal
*****
Jewel Thief
****
Jungle
**
Kaante
**
kalyug
***
Kuch Kuch Hota Hain
****
Lagaan
*****
Main Hoon Na
****
Main Madhuri Dixit banna chahti hoon
**
Maine Pyar Kiya
***
Maqbool
*****
Mirch Masala
*****
Mission Kashmir
***
Monsoon Wedding
*****
Morning Raga
***
Mughal-e-Azam
***
Murder
***
Musafir
***
My Wife's Murder
***
Namak Halal
****
Omkara
*****
Page 3
*****
Parinda
****
Parineeta
*****
Phir hera Pheri
**
Plan
**
Pushpak
***
Rang De Basanti
*****
Road
**
Roja
***
Rudaali
****
Salaam Bombay
*****
Sarkar
*****
Satya
*****
Sehar
****
Shaadi Se Pehle
*
Sholay
*****
Swades
****
Taxi no. 9211
****
The Killer
**
Vaastav
****
Veer Zara

Wais bhi hota hain part2
****
Yun Hota to Kya Hota
****
Yuva
****

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Don-The Chase begins again


One of the most eagerly awaited movies of the Diwali season. Eagerly awaited for many reasons- Remake of one of Amitabh’s greatest hits, Shahrukh Khan and Farhan Akthar’s fist venture etc etc. Let me admit right away that I have been very partial towards this movie as I was one those who was ‘eagerly waiting’ this movie.

The movie has had its share of reviews which haven’t been too favorable. But then, hey guys watch the movie because it is a movie, remake or not.

Most remade movies cannot stand up to their originals, because they are not originals, they are remakes, get it?

Don-The Chase begins again. The movie is entertaining, very stylish and a tad too long. The story is very well known so I will not dwell on it. Don is the elusive (wanted by the cops in 11 countries), dangerous, stylish lieutenant of a Drug lord. There is a cop DCP De Silva who is chasing Don and finally gets him in good old India but decides to replace him with a look alike, or does he? (Watch the movie to know more). There is the cop Mallick (Om Puri), there’s Roma (Priyanka Chopra) who’s out for revenge and all the other familiar names from the original don including Arjun Rampal as Jasjeet.

Having seen the original Don, I could not help but compare the two and – Kareena does a Helen in Yeh mera Dil, but does not quite make the mark, Arjun Rampal is completely miscast and does not do justice to the role played memorably by Pran in the original, Shahrukh Khan tells you why he is the star he is in the very popular Khaike Paan Banaraswala. The song is deliciously picturised and King Khan dives into it with complete relish.

This movie has three twists that deviates the story from the original. The first twist coming in at just about the interval and therefore the first half seems a little too slow. The two other twists are nice and not really predictable. I will not go into this anymore and spoil the film for you.

The movie is extremely stylish, brilliantly shot (some editing glitches and I think my theatre guy contributed with a bit of his own editing) and almost makes you think it is a Hollywood production.

There are some shortfalls. As I mentioned before, the movies stretches a little bit too long. The characters loose depth of character due to the inclusion of the twists and that somehow creates a missing ‘X’ factor in the movie. The missing X factor makes sure the movie is not great as it could have been. There is this sequence where Arjun Rampal is carrying his kid across the bridge of the Petronas towers. Wondered why he has to carry his kid who can walk just fine.

The movie will not go down as Farhan Akthar’s best but I enjoyed it for its production value, immensely planned styling and slick shooting. I absolutely enjoy these remakes which are faithful to the original but put in the contemporary touch and a few twists to make the tale believable.

Worth a watch even if it’s not going to be your most memorable movie.

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V for Vendetta



Interesting



Written by the Wachowski brothers (The Matrix trilogy makers)adapted a novel, and directed by James McTeigue the movie stars the very nice looking Natalie Portman as Evey Hammond, a girl working in a TV station, doubtful about the society and the way of life that is forced upon Britain, by a dictatorial chancellor and his political goons. Evey is rescued by the masked V (played by Hugo Weaving, Agent Smith in The Matrix)who finds Evey interesting and also sees her as an ally in his terrorist like activities in protest gainst the government.


The movie is kind of dark and interesting. It is like those dark comic storis and very entertaining. Hugo Weaving never appears on screen as himself and is always masked as V. Natalie Portman acts well and looks very attractive making the tale worth watching. The action is quick and very slick.


The movie did spark of some debate on whether it is politically motivated and a message against the current ruling party etc etc. But then as a non-involved movie watcher you will not get an inkling of this and will only see a story unfold.
is it a great movie ? No. It will never go down as a great movie or story but is worth at least one watch.

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The Devil wears Prada



Meryl Streep all the way. The movie is about a naive, innocent girl Andy (Anne Hathway) who come to the big bad city to work in a high flying fashion magazine as an assistant to the even more high flying editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep). Miranda is no saint and is the boss from hell.

Meryl Streep is absolutely delicious right from the moment she first appears. Her monologue at that point is breathtakingly hilarious ! Anne Hathway does'nt have too much to do other than look good and run around looking flustered and nice. Stanley Tucci does what he does best- act, although his part is a wee bit tiny.

The movie is worth a watch only because of Meryl Streep and yeah, Anne Hathway looks nice like how nice girls look.

Worth watching with a bunch of girls on a Sunday afternoon maybe.

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Lage Raho



Refreshing

The sequel to Munnabhai MBBS surpasses the original by leaps and bounds. The story of Lage Raho Munnabhai is fresh and the performances outstanding.

I believe Vidhu Vinod chopra was more keen on the title- Munnbhai vs Mahatma while a public poll decided in favour of Lage Raho !

The story brings you the very familiar Circuit (Arshad Warsi) and Munnabhai (Sanjay Dutt) with Munnabhai pretending to be a history professor trying to woo the RJ, Jhanavi (Vidya Balan). Boman Irani puts in a wonderful performance as Lucky Singh, a builder who uses Munnabhai's services and then 'falls sick'(watch the movie and you will know why !).

The pretense of being a professor and Gandhivadi soon changes the Dadagiri to Gandhigiri. The social messages and teachings of Gandhi do appear and are portrayed in a very appealing manner. Arshad Warsi, with his impeccable dialogue delivery and comic timing is outstanding and is only getting better with each movie he does.

Does truth make a difference ? Does non-violence pay ? These and a few other questions are explored in this movie but in an entertaining manner.

Raju Hirani has done a brilliant job of direction and the cinematic effects are a treat to the eye, especially in the song where Circuit and Munnabhai are drunk and Munnabhai is recounting his experience in the 'kissing car'.

Vidya Balan looks as fresh as she did in Parineeta and is absolutely beautiful to watch. You can be sure I will be watching all her movies now.

The movie is a must watch for kids and families and all. Definitely worth a 2nd watch.

Lage Raho.....Dekhte Raho

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Yet to Watch

Lage Raho Munnabhai

Eagerly trying to watch it, this week maybe.

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Currently WATCHING !

Enemy of the State

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Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota



WHAT IF ?
Absoultely refreshing and outstanding.

The directorial debut of Naseerudding Shah is definitely a must watch !

The story is simple and involves parallel stroylines, the concept of which by itself is not very popular in Hindi cinema save a few effots such as Darna Zaroori hain types.

The storyline involves the stories of the lives of 4 differeent sets of people and all these stories culminating in an absolutely innovative climax.

The only fault possibly is that the casting is too perfect. Paresh Rawal, Jimmy Shergill, Konkana Sen Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tinu Anand, Ratna Shah and to me a surprise-Ayesha takia all deliver absolutely balanced as called for by the script performances.

I never had been impressed with Ayesha Takia, but after this would like to see more of her !

Saroj Khan puts in an appearance too and Suhasini Mulay as the love interest of Irrfan Khan looks a little misplaced.

The events of 9/11 have been innovatively used and does'nt take from the movie its basic soul.

The connecting factor among the stories is the objective of travelling to the US of A. Thats where the climax really takes you by shock (may not be the appropriate word.

Defintiely a lesson in movie making.

MUST WATCH !

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WATCHED OVER THE WEEKEND!


Basic Instinct 2
Gangster
8mm 2
Two Moon Junction
Soul Plane
The World is not Enough
The Bourne Identity
The Bourne Supremacy
From Here to Eternity

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Next Watching - From Here to Eternity

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The Ringer



A movie with Johnny Knoxville in it. Expect the movie to be of the kind that you won't hate watching on a lazy Sunday afternoon but will not be a movie that you rave and rant about.

Johnny is Steve who pressured by his heavily-in-debt uncle (Brian Cox)pretends to be mentally challenged and takes part in the Special Olympics. They expect to win tons of money and live happily ever after. But, of course there is Katherine Heigl who I just fell in love with in Roswell, as the eye candy in the movie. Of course end of it all Steve becomes a better person than he ever was and yes the ending is nice, sweet and wish it happened to me types.

Directed by Barry Blaustein, the movie is worth watching on DVD if you come across it accidentally.

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Kadhale En Kadhale





Two of my college friends have made a movie- Kadhale En Kadhale

The first dream project of director P.C.Sekhar (my classmate in graduation) has released in theatres. My friend Naveen is featuring in the lead role along with Roma and Shrutha Keerthi. This movie produced by CRM Production has music composed by Prayyog. Muthu Kumar has penned down the lyrics.

Please do watch it at any opportunity you get and of course, tell your friends about it.

The Movie is a simple andstraight forward story of romance and relationships starting off in college. The movie has been shot in a very simple manner and does not jar the viewer at any moment. Just loved the college scenes, shot in my good old Joseph's. The stone building looks magnificent. The lead role played by Naveen is simple, straightforward and played well hi. He of course towers over the rest, both in height and performance ! Shruthi Keerthi looks extremely malnourished, artificial and snooty at all times. The other lead actress while looking traditional and simple seems to shed tears all the time and wonderfully nobody but he audience notices. The extras especially in the dance sequences could have chosen better. All this aside, he movie is very refreshing and definitely worth a watch. Some familiar faces from Kannada film appear in supporting roles.

The song pcturisation is pretty innovative and pleasant. The director has obviously put in a lot of effort into the story , screenplay and obviously the effort has paid off. Looking forward to Sekhar and naveen's next venure.

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OMKARA- DVD is out ! Buy it. Watch it !

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The Break Up



The Break Up

I had expected the movie to be the usual mushy relationship oriented sweet one, well….. Yes it is all of that and more. The movie actually surprised me, because of its interesting ending and the way the story has been handled.

The story is about Gary (Vince Vaughn) and Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) who get together (how they meet is shown briefly and is pretty interesting) and one day have a big row starting off with who helps who do the dishes. The fight will remind women about why they hate men. This fight leads them to ‘breaking-up’ but with neither willing to leave the condo they live in, each indulges in war games with the other based on their own thoughts and the advice of friends and others. The story is not entirely unpredictable but I like the way the movie ends. Jennifer looks as cute as ever and Vince does a decent job.

Moral of the story- Ego rules but ruins, enjoy every moment of a relationship for you never know what you will miss after it breaks.

The movie is a typical Sunday afternoon watch kinds. Romantic couples will love it.

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Favorite Lines


Jack Nicholson: You can’t handle the truth. (A few good Men, 1992)


Al Pacino: I will make him an offer he cannot refuse (The Godfather, 1972)



Robert De Niro: You talking to me? (Taxi Driver, 1976)



Anthony Hopkins: ‘I do wish we could chat longer. But I’m having an old friend for dinner’ (The Silence of the Lambs, 1991)



Harvey Keitel: That’s thirty minutes away. I’ll be there in ten. (Pulp Fiction, 1994)
Samuel L Jackson: Ezekiel 25:17. The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you. (Pulp Fiction, 1994)



Liam Neeson: Power is when we have every justification to kill, and we don't. (Schindler’s List, 1993)


Benicio Del Toro: I feel like a traitor.(traffic, 2000)

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Who is Anthony ?



Anthony Kaun hai?

Directed by Raj Kaushal, this movie really gave me a lot of laughs. After a long time (yeah after the turn-your-brains into jelly kind of movies like Golmaal and Phir Hera Pheri)a Hindi movie that really had so many moments of laughter that you come out of the theatre really happy.

Yes, it is based on an English movie called 'Who is Cletis tout?'

I Got to watch this one in Hyderabad. The movie is about an assassin, Master Madhan (Sunjay Dutt, in a minimal but impressive role), a victim (Arshad Warsi, brilliant at his comic timing and expressions) and the question - Anthony Kaun hai ?.

The movie is all in all entertaining and Arshad Warsi really shines in this one as the whole movie rests on him. The eye candy part is taken care of by Anusha and Minisha Lambaa.

Music is refreshing, coming from Himesh Reshammiya and doesn't eat into the movie but goes along with it. Definitely worth an afternoon watch.

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Cars






I usually do not watch animated features in theatres, but got the opportunity to watch this one. Thanks to Walt Disney for starting Disney Studios, that we do have pieces of brilliance made like ‘Cars’. Created by Pixar animation the film tells the story of Lightning McQueen a rookie racing car (Owen Wilson in voice) and the whole world of cars. The realism, subtle humor and attention to detail are amazing.

Directed by John Lasseter and Joe Ranft, technology really plays the biggest role of all. Technology however advanced cannot ‘imagine’ and the imagination comes in from the humans – John Lasseter and Joe Ranft.

The racing sequences are so realistic you almost think it’s real. The voices of Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Tony Shaloub, Michael Keaton and others add to the soul of a movie. Any movie with a soul is worth watching.

Definitely worth watching, that too on the big screen!

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Phir Nahi Hera Pheri



Directed by Neeraj Vohra who is credited with screenplay in the first part (Hera Pheri), the sequel is a mish-mash of sequences and doesn’t really have the lasting power that Priyadarshan’s tight direction brought to the first part.

The cast has Paresh Rawal as Babu Rao, Akshay Kumar as Raju, Suniel Shetty as Shyam and brings in Bipasha Basu as Anuradha and Rimi Sen as Anjali. There are quite a few other actors and characters.

The story starts off with a get rich quick scheme and goes on to other things, as usual. The other thing in this case is a shameless rip-off of Guy Ritchie’s Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Shameless because it is so poorly filmed that jelly in the skull instead of brains would be required to evoke a semblance of laughter.

Bipasha just cannot run and the sequence where she is allegedly running with a couple of goons chasing her is the funniest of all. Paresh Rawal is brilliantly wasted in this sequel. Yes, the old Babu Rao is still there but lost a little due to lack of a strong story and non-existent direction.

You don’t miss much if you don’t watch this one.

Himesh Reshammiya ‘s music is no great in this except for the music video at the end – Ai Meri Zoharajabeen.

Definitely give a miss, unless it’s coming on one of the channels and its raining outside.

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Omkara



Brilliant!

After the brilliance in Maqbool, the adaptation of Macbeth to the Mumbai underworld scenario, Vishal Bharadwaj once again proves his brilliance and his understanding of cinema, music, Shakespeare and more importantly Storytelling.

Omkara is a tale of people, desire, jealousy, revenge, reaction and regret. Based on Shakespeare’s Othello Vishal has very cleverly adapted it to the UP badlands as the stage and extracted outstanding performances from the cast.

Yes, Kareena Kapoor actually acts. Ajay Devgan as Omi (Othello) and Saif Ali Khan as Langda Tyagi (Iago), Kareena as Dolly (Desdemona) and Konkana Sen Sharma as Indu (Emilia) throw in brilliant performances. Vivek Oberoi as Kesu (Cassio) and Bipasha Basu as Billoo (Bianca) don’t have too much to do, not to blame them as that’s the way the story goes.

Langda instills doubt in the mind of Omi about Omi’s love Dolly and drives Omi against Kesu who was given preference over Langda himself in the hierarchy within the gang. The tragic events that unfold, the drama and the regret really holds you and proves once again that at the core of great movie lies a great story & screenplay, director and hardworking actors.

Vishal uses darkness very effectively in every frame to give depth to the characters and all the elements of the movie fit in together like the prefect puzzle. You know what’s coming, but yet the movie engrosses you so much and you know its such a powerful movie because halfway through you actually feel like getting up from your seat and shouting at Omi to not believe Langda and Langda’s clever manipulations. That’s the sign of a good movie, a movie that engrosses and involves you.

The dialogues in the first half are difficult to follow as they are in one of the local dialects of a UP region. The music and the spacing given to the music make sure the music is a character in the movie (the only other person in India would be Ram Gopal Varma who does this and of course across the seas there’s Quentin Tarantino). Must say because the music’s by Vishal himself it really integrates itself into the movie. The lyrics are by Gulzar and I definitely have to listen to the songs again.

Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!

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Lady in the Water





A film by M Night Shyamalan

If you see these words on screen, be sure that you will either like the movie (be fascinated by it) or will find it slow and boring.

Lady in the Water is one such movie. M Night is commonly believed to be one of the few film makers who are in the Hitchcokian School of film making. The slow pans, simple characters playing the protagonists, all are common to the Hitchcock style.

Lady in the Water is all a bed time story. Well, those who do not understand "fantasy" will go to sleep possibly. M Night tells the story of a Lady who is actually a character in a Bed time story, who comes to the human world. And there are the forces which follow her into the world. To save her would mean learning the story, identifying the characters and finding the way for the lady to return, to her world.

I found the movie a little too slow and really feel M Night should stay behind the camera rather than in front of it, which he does pretty much in this movie. He is definitely a different film maker and is passionate about the story he tells. To appreciate such movies it takes some fascination for 'storytelling' and to be able to appreciate imagination.

Bryce Dallas Howard as The Lady-Story is very enticing and fresh. Paul Giammati does what he does well- Act. His role is very limited in terms of displaying his capability in variancy, but then he plays the simple character of Cleveland Heep, a caretaker in an aparment block with a host of interesting tenants, played by an ensemble of familiar faces.

Is the movie worth watching? Yes, on a Sunday afternoon. This movie will never go down in M Night's history as one of his best. Personally I am a big fan of The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, but this one did disappoint a wee bit.

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Dead Man's Chest


Pirates of the Caribbean


Sequels have this perennial problem of having to live up to their predecessors. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest too suffers from this uncontrollable practice.

Is the movie watchable? Definitely. The movie is a good watch…

Yes there is a ‘but’ in this. The movie is a good watch, but there is the zing and pace missing which was there in Curse of the Black Pearl. Gore Verbinski maintains the look and feel of the movie and the characters but somehow the pace of the movie, the story leaves you wishing for more. While the first movie had Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Elizabeth in abundance ( & of course Captain Barbossa too), great dialogue, a tight storyline which made it so enjoyable, Dead Man’s Chest suffers due to the success of the first part. Special effects and close ups of Captain Davy Jones (and his sea-live crew) takes away most of the screen time, making you wish to hear more of Jack Sparrow. There are moments of hilarity, but till the interval of the movie you end up waiting for the plot to actually take off. A few moments of comic depiction, seem forced into the movie. It’s almost as if the moments were thought of and then inserted to a story that was found. This might seem too harsh a statement to make, but then I was so impressed with Curse of the Black Pearl, that my expectation from the sequel were a little beyond what I got to see.

Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) has to gain possession of Davy Jones’s Locker (chest) or will end up giving his soul to Davy Jones (the lord of death in the seas, as per usual sea tales). His tricks, gift of the gab, the love of Elizabeth (Keira Knightly) for Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Sparrow’s ever loyal crew, Davy Jones and his gross colorful crew plus a few new characters in the tale ensure that you watch the entire movie and…there will be a part 3.

Johnny Depp is brilliant as ever playing Jack Sparrow. Doesn’t have too much to do most of the time though. Less of SFX and more usage of the characterization would have perhaps made the sequel a lot more enjoyable. Orlando Bloom does his job as will and has proven he can be a very capable actor. Keira looks very nice (just love it when she pouts!).

Eagerly awaiting part 3, but will try and avoid having any expectations, just so that I enjoy the movie.

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Movie Trivia- Blair Witch Project



Movie Trivia of the week

'The Blair Witch project' made in 1991 never made it to the number 1 status, but made 140 million dollars at the US Box office.

Trivia-(plural of trivium)-

Insignificant or inessential matters; trifles.

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Taking Lives


Taking Lives of people, taking their identities, living their lives is what the serial killer does.

No great shakes of a movie. Angelina Jolie looks good, Everybody acts well enough. Pretty predictable story. Jolie fans will like it for she's so smartly attired in formal wear as a Special Agent on the track of the killer. Kiefer Sutherland, Ethan Hawke are the other known faces in the movie. Won't let off on whos the killer but you must have guessed already !

Can be watched on a Sunday afternoon at home or in a HBO rerun, I guess.

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Superman Returns



It is very difficult to form original or uninfluenced thoughts about movies that are remakes or sequel to great original classics.

Superman Returns is one such movie. Everybody would have seen the movie or read a comic on Superman at some point in life. Everyone who loves watching movies would also have heard about the making of Superman Returns. So obviously expectations will be sky high.

Bryan Singer has done a good job and modern film making technology definitely makes a huge difference. First things first - Brandon Routh. He is a commendable successor to Christopher Reeves in look, mannerism and presence.

Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane- only movie I have seen her in before is Blue Crush and really loved her in that so will only have good things to say about her. She looks nice and petite and does her part well as the attractive journalist in love with the Superhero.

Kevin Spacey- He seems to really relish these strong, at time loud roles with a touch of eccentricity rolled in. As Lex Luthor, he does fit in and then does justice to the character, as much as possible.

The movie- Seems slow and boring by normal superhero movie standards but that's possibly because Superman has a lot of history and considering the fact that the movie is coming out many years after the last Superman movie (part 3 or 4 was it?) it was necessary to fill in the new viewers with the history.

Of course the movie lets you see (imagery) of Marlon Brando and hear his voice again! That's quite a treat.

Superman Returns is a movie that comic book fans, Superman fans will love. Movie has gotta be watched though, for the same reason that no Spiderman movie is to be missed, for the same reason that no James Bond movie should be missed and well... You get the point I guess!

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Golmaal



Directed by Rohit Shetty, this movie attempts to be a rollicking roller coaster ride of laughter, but doen't quite take off.

With a talented star cast comprising of Ajay Devgan (not really know for his comical skills though), Sharman Joshi (with his brilliant performance and comic timing in Rang De Basanti), Arshad Warsi (who time and again has proved his natural ability at comic performances), Tushar Kapoor (who's proved he's good at reacting rather than acting in a couple of 'raunchy' (??) comedies), Rimi Sen (playing her usual attractive self) and Paresh Rawal (who's as natural at Comedy as rains in mangalore during the rainy season) and appearances from Mukesh Tiwari etc the movie could have risen from the 'trying to be a great comedy' to actually being a great comedy.

The storyline (or the faint semblance of it) falls through after the first 20 minutes. Yes, there are a few stray incidents which evoke laughter, but then the whole movie appears to be a collection of laughter evoking incidents strewn together and then a story created to fit them all.

The story is of a group of 4 friends who happen to be good at conning people (title-Golmaal, get it ?) and then land up at the house of a blind couple with one of the gang pretending to be the returning from abroad grandson, getting caught up in the events that unfold. A parallel chasing-the-girl scenario provides a few laughs with Rimi Sen providing the interest. Paresh Rawal is highly underutilized. Ajay Devgan doesn't really have much of acting to do. Arshad Warsi does shine in whatever little the role allows him to do.

I might seem harsh because of overexposure to comedy recently but then you cannot help comparing this movie to movies such as Malamaal Weekly (which did provide a lot of laughs)and realizing that there is something missing in this long drawn getting boring at time movie.

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Assault on Precinct 13


Typical good cop-bad cop movie.

Saw this on HBO. Again based on actual events, I think.

A captured gangster who has a few powerful cops in his pockets, a good cop in a station with lots of other convicts, a couple of innocent visitors, a snowstorm, a small station going to be torn down anytime and the cops-in-the gangster's pockets wanting to wipe out everybody else including the gangster ensures you have a typical cop action drama to watch.

John Carpenter at the helm with Ethan Hawke (good cop?), Lawrence Fishburne (what else, but the gangster), Fleeting appearances by Gabriel Byrne (bad cops boss), Maria Bello (innocent psychiatrist caught unawares...I really like this actress though!), John Leguizamo and Ja Rule and others rounds off the cast.

Is it a great cop movie? Naaa...
Not to compare but liked Training day a lot better. It had Ethan Hawke too and of course a power packed slightly overacting Denzel Washington backing that movie so...

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Lord of War



The movie is said to be based on actual events and that is a very believable statement. Watch the movie and you will know why. The opening credit sequence is wonderfully pictured with from metal to ammunition to entering a kid's head in some far off place.

Directed in a quasi documentary fashion by Andrew Niccol (who also gets the story credit), who also directed ‘Gattaca’, has his favorite Ethan Hawke back as an incorruptible law enforcement agent. Nicholas cage plays a character that he does best. A character with a normal background rising to the big league in the world of arms dealing, tugged by his conscience, voiced and reinforced by Jared Leto playing his brother.

Bridget Moynahan (The Recruit, I-Robot, Coyote Ugly) looks ravishingly refreshing as a model and wife of Yuri (Cage), in the dark about her husband's actual profession. The movie will give the layman (like me and you) a brief overview of the shady world of arms dealing in the international market. Eamonn Walker (really impressive in OZ) puts in an impressive performance as Andre Baptiste Sr, a self declared lord of a nation, ruling the land by the gun.

It’s ultimately all about supply demand. If there's a demand, somebody will supply. The governments, the Warlords, the Dictators, corrupt army officials, Mobsters all feature in this drama.

Like all other businesses, the business of arms dealing looks at one thing and one thing only- Profits.

You do get to hear a lot on the rules of the trade. Ex: The most important rule of gun running is- never get shot with your own merchandise.

Did I like this movie? Yes, of course. I always like reality shown in a fictional format. This movie reminds me of other movies like 'Blow', Goodfellas etc etc. Realistic and yet dramatic.

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Movie List: 11-07-2006

Movie ratings

* Watch it if you really have no choice.

**Watch it once.

***Need to watch, may buy.

****If you haven't watched it yet, then you are either living in land far away or are still in school.

*****Brilliance in movie making. There's something good about this film.


100 Rifles ***
16 Blocks **
2 fast 2 Furious **
2001 a space Odyssey ***
24 Season 1 *****
24 Season 2 *****
44 Minutes *****
A Beautiful Mind (2001) **
A Clockwork Orange (1971) *****
A Few Good Men ****
A Fish called Wanda ***
A Fistfull of Dollars
A History of Violence ****
A Man Apart **
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) ***
Almost Famous (2000) ****
Along Came a Spider (2001) ***
American Beauty (1999) ****
American History X *****
American Pie (1999) - ****
American Pie 2 (2001) ****
American Pie 4- Band camp ***
American Psycho (2000) ****
American Psycho 2 **
American Wedding (American pie 3) (2003) **
Any Given Sunday (1999) . ****
Armageddon (1998) ***
Barry Lyndon ***
Basic *
Basic Instinct (1992) *****
Beautiful Joe **
Bend it like Beckham ****
Ben-Hur (1959) ****
Bollywood Calling **
Bollywood Hollywood **
Born into Brothels
Bowling for Columbine ****
Braveheart *****
Brokeback Mountain
Bruce Almighty ***
Capote
Carlito's Way ***
Casablanca (1943) ***
Casino *****
Charlie Chaplin Vol. 18 ***
Chicago ***
Coach Carter ****
Con Air (1997) ***
Confessions of a dangerous mind ***
Confidence **
Conspiracy Theory **
Copycat ****
Coyote Ugly ****
Crash *****
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000) - *****
Dances with Wolves (1990) ****
Date Movie **
Deep Blue Sea **
Devil's Advocate (1997) ****
Die another day ***
Disclosure **
Donnie Brasco (1997) ****
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) ****
Executive decision ***
Fahrenheit 9/11 ****
Fast and Furious- Tokyo Drift **
Fight Club ****
First Daughter ***
For a few dollars more
Forrest Gump (1994) ****
Full Frontal ***
Full Metal Jacket (1987) ****
Gandhi (1982) *****
Gangs of New York *****
Gentlemen prefer Blondes
Gladiator (2000) *****
Goal *****
Godsend **
Gone with the Wind (1939) **
Good Night, and Good Luck *****
Goodfellas (1990) *****
Gunfight at OK Corral (1957) ***
Hannibal (2001) ***
Harry Potter and The Chamber of secrets **
Harry Potter and The Socerer's stone **
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) **
Heat ****
Hellboy ***
Herbie Fully Loaded ***
Hide and Seek ***
Hitch
Hostel ****
How to marry a millionaire
Ice Age **
Identity ****
Independence Day (1996) ***
Indiana Jones and raiders of the lost Ark ***
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) ***
Indiana Jones and The Temple of doom ***
Inside Man ***
Insomnia (2002) ***
Into the Blue ***
JFK (1991) *****
Joe Kidd
Kill Bill Vol. 1 *****
Kill Bill Vol. 2 *****
King Arthur **
King Kong (2005) ***
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang *****
Kiss of Death **
Kung Fu Hustle ***
L.A. Confidential (1997) ****
Laurel and Hardy(Their First Mistake, Brats, Twice Two) **
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) ***
Leaving Las Vegas ***
Leon *****
Lord of War ***
Lock Stock and Two Smoking barrels ****
Lost in Translation ***
Lost Season 1 *****
Mackenna's Gold *****
Man on Fire ***
Mean Machine ***
Mean Streets (1973) ****
Memento *****
Memoirs of a Geisha *****
Million Dollar baby *****
Mimic 2 **
Monsoon Wedding *****
Monster ****
Morning Raga ***
Mr & Mrs Smith ***
Munich *****
Mystic River *****
Natural Born Killers ****
Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986) ***
Ocean's 11(2001) *****
Ocean's 12 (2004) ***
On the Waterfront (1954) ****
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) *****
Oz-Fifth Season *****
Oz-First Season *****
Oz-Second Season *****
Oz-Sixth Season *****
Oz-Third Season *****
Pale Rider
Passenger 57 ***
Phone Booth ****
Planet of the Apes (1968) ***
Psycho (1960) *****
Pulp Fiction (1994) *****
Raging Bull (1980) ****
Rambo - First Blood (1982) **
Red Dragon ***
Reservoir Dogs (1992) *****
Road to Perdition (2002) ***
Ronin ****
Rosemary's Baby ****
Saving Private Ryan (1998) ****
Scarface (1983) *****
Scary Movie 4 **
Scent of a Woman (1992) *****
Schindler's List (1993) *****
Secret Window ***
Seven (1995) ****
Seven Samurai ****
Sexy Beast ***
Shakespeare in Love ***
Signs ***
Sin City *****
Sky High **
Snatch (2001) ****
Species ***
Star Wars- A New Hope ***
Star Wars- Attack of the clones ***
Star Wars III Revenge of the Sith ***
Star Wars- The Empire Strikes Back ***
Star Wars- The Phantom Menance ***
Star Wars- The return of the Jedi ***
Suspect Zero **
SWAT **
Swordfish ****
Syriana *****
Taxi Driver *****
The Bible ***
The Blair Witch Project *****
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) ****
The Client ***
The Day after Tomorrow ***
The Day of the Jackal ***
The Doors (1991) ****
The Eagle has Landed ****
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Exorcist *****
The Exorcist-The Beginning ***
The Fast and the furious ****
The Fast and the furious ****
The Firm ***
The Forgotten **
The Getaway (1994) ***
The Ghost and the Darkness ****
The Girl Next Door ***
The Godfather (1972) *****
The Godfather Part II (1974) *****
The Godfather Part III (1990) *****
The Good Girl **
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) ****
The Great Escape (1963) ***
The Green Mile *****
The Interpreter ***
The Italian job ***
The Jacket ***
The Last Emperor (1987) ****
The last Temptation of Christ ****
The Lodger and The Socerer's Apprentice ***
The Lord of the Rings- Fellowship of the Ring ****
The Lord of the Rings- The two towers ****
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ****
The Manchurian Candidate **
The Mask ***
The Matrix (1999) *****
The Matrix Reloaded ***
The Mummy (1999) ****
The Mummy Returns (2001) **
The Myth ***
The Omen *****
The Omen II ***
The Omen III ***
The Omen IV **
The Passion of the Christ ****
The Patriot (2000) - Roland Emmerich / Mel Gibson. *****
The Rainmaker (1997) ***
The Recruit ***
The Ring ****
The Ring 2 **
The Score ****
The Seven Year Itch
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) *****
The Sheild Season 4 *****
The Shield Season 1 *****
The Shield Season 2 *****
The Shield Season 3 *****
The Shining ****
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) ******
The Sixth Sense *****
The Sopranos season 1 *****
The Sopranos season 2 *****
The Sopranos season 3 *****
The Sopranos season 4 *****
The Sopranos season 5 *****
The Sound of Music (1965) ***
The Specialist (1994) **
The Ten Commandments (1956) ***
The Twelve Tasks of Asterix **
The Untouchables (1987) ****
The Usual Suspects (1995) *****
The Village ***
The Whole Nine Yards ****
The Whole Ten yards ****
The X-Files **
The X-Files Season 1 *****
Three Kings (1999) ***
Titanic (1997) ***
Torque ***
Traffic (2000) *****
Training Day (2001) ****
Troy ****
Unforgiven (1992) ****
Van Helsing ****
Vertigo (1958)
Wait until Dark ****
Walk the line *****
Wannabes ****
Warning: Parental Advisory *****
Waterworld (1995) ***
Where eagles dare ***
White Chicks **
Windtalkers(2002) ***
X Men ****
X Men 2 ****
XXX ****
XXX 2- the Next level **


HINDI MOVIES
15 Park Avenue
Ab Tak Chappan ****
Aksar ***
Apaharan ****
Bhoot **
Black
Bluffmaster
Bombay
Chingaari **
Company ****
D ***
Darna mana Hai **
Dhoom ***
Dil Chahta Hai *****
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayange *****
Don ***
Ek Ajnabee ***
Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena **
Fida *
Godmother ****
Hare rama Hare Krishna *****
Hazarein Kwahishein Aisi *****
Hum Aapke hain Kaun *****
Iqbal
Jungle **
Kaante **
kalyug ***
Kuch Kuch Hota Hain ****
Lagaan *****
Main Hoon Na ****
Main Madhuri Dixit banna chahti hoon **
Maqbool *****
Mirch Masala *****
Mission Kashmir ***
Mughal-e-Azam ***
Murder ***
Musafir ***
My Wife's Murder ***
Page 3 *****
Parinda ****
Parineeta *****
Plan **
Pushpak ***
Rang De Basanti *****
Road **
Roja ***
Rudaali ****
Salaam Bombay *****
Sarkar *****
Satya *****
Sehar ****
Shaadi Se Pehle
Sholay *****
Swades ****
Taxi no. 9211 ****
Vaastav ****
Veer Zara
Waisa bhi hota hain part2 ****
Yuva ****

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OZ- The best prison drama series to hit TV


Like the heading says.

I think its running on Zee Cafe. (in India)


If The Sopranos is the bible of mobster Dramas, then Oz is the bible of prison dramas.

By the way Oz is the name on the street for Oswald State Penitentiary. A prison with people in it, people with their past, people in the present, people with their feelings and thoughts, people with dreams... That's why it’s a prison drama...Get it?

The series is absolutely shocking, powerful. Neither for the weak hearted nor for the prim and proper. It's a male prison so what do you expect. Lots of horrific visuals that will stay embedded in your mind and not let you sleep in peace. There is some nudity and stuff so PARENTAL ADVISORY rules apply.

An absolutely brilliant storyline, cast, direction. The title score is breathtakingly wonderful. (With my limited knowledge of the nuances of music I thought so)

Try and watch this if you can!

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House of Wax & The Last Shot


Saw these two movies on DVD yesterday.

House of Wax- the best part- Elisha Cuthbert. There is Paris Hilton too if you are a fan. Thrills, chills and horror it is supposed to be-the movie I mean and not Paris Hilton. A group of friends on a road trip, land up in a strange cut-away-from-reality town in the middle of nowhere. The town has its secrets and there's a killer lurking. Sounds familiar? Yup...It does bcos this is how most teen horror flicks are. This one is too. Only difference- WAX! Lots of wax. A killer who embalms his victims alive in was. Gawd! The whole town is made up of people embalmed in Wax. Was only wondering- when the killer/s are killing one or two or three or four and embalming them all, what was the rest of the town doing? Waiting in line to be waxed?

Anyways, a movie that can be watched on DVD only if you are an Elisha Cuthbert fan (like me !) or a Paris Hilton fan (unlike me) or u like to just keep watching movies (like me) or u do like not so great so called horror movies (unlike me) !



The Last Shot- An aspiring movie director (working as an attendant in a movie theatre), an ambitious FBI agent, A mobster interested in cinema, an undercover plot by the FBI, a whole bunch of people interested in acting in a movie, a script that moves everyone, Mathew Broderick (I hope I got this spelling right), Alec Baldwin, Toni Collete, Calista Flockhart, Tony Shaloub, Ray Liotta, some hilarious sequences and you have a light can-watch-on Saturday-afternoon kind of comedy. What do I say? I always love mobster movies, although this doesn't really fit into that category, but then...Well...Ok.

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Corporate



A film by Madhur Bhadarkar.

the moment you see those word on screen, don't expect a run of the mill mushy-cushy entertainer. Madhur Bhandarkar falls into the Ram Gopal Verma kind of film makers who entertain by attempting movies that give you moments of amusement but more importantly let you come out of the theatre with some thoughts. In this case while nothing amazingly new is revealed, it still does provide some insights.

Warning: Like most movies it is not perfect. My opinions are mine alone and need not be approved by you (!!).

Celluloid is supposed to be all about dreams, escaping reality, but then it becomes a real challenge to show reality (or a version of it) and still let you be entertained. In Indian Cinema not many can claim to have this ability.

Corporate- Could be called a sequel to Page 3. While Page 3 took you into the so-called world of so-called Page 3 people and presented the story in a dry satirical manner, Corporate is a story, which could happen in any industry. It is the story of two corporates, their battle against each other, their sacrifices, their decisions, their compromises, their hypocrisy, and their lives. The movie is shot very simply without too many cinematic complications.

These kinds of directors seem to have a knack of casting almost perfect actors for the role and then giving these actors space to do their own thing. Excellent performances of Rajat Kapoor (I hope I got the spelling right), Bipasha Basu (who makes formal wear for women look really really really sexy!), Kay Kay Menon (really suits any role that requires intense frustration and anger to be expressed in a subtle or overt manner). Raj Babbar continues to have tremendous screen presence but appears understated throughout the movie (intentional?).

Bipasha Basu really surprises with a controlled performance. Good supporting cast (Harsh Chaya and a few newcomers) add to the intensity of situations. Without giving much away- the movie is worth watching at least once. It lets you be a mute spectator to a story that unfolds involving individuals but whose actions have larger implications. ‘Times Now’ appears now and then in the movie as the news channel with all the news. Far from reality, I think! The movie- It definitely will not be a blockbuster, but should be well accepted by the metro audiences.

Are there loopholes and faults in the movie? Yes, of course plenty of them...but then, so what?

Eagerly awaiting Madhur's next movie- Signal (believe it even has Sudhir Mishra in a role!) and the DVD release of corporate.

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More Movies

Had the pleasure of watching a few movies and got a couple of good ones in a row. Not had this pleasure other than during the Oscars (When I got to watch all the nominated movies in a row, other than Brokeback Mountain, which I haven't watched yet!)




Saw Date Movie, Scary Movie 4, Inside Man, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Goal. The first two were no great shakes and they aren't meant to be. But the last three... Well.......pure viewing ecstasy. The inside Man (Has Chaiyan Chaiyan as the title song and end credit score!) is a beautiful thriller. May not be up there in the league of thrillers, but put in a cool plot, a cool robber, a serious cop, the beautiful Jodie Foster and a secret hidden away in a Bank locker, you get a good movie. Worth a watch.


Kiss Kiss Bang Bang-Remember those detective movies in the 70s? Well this one, made in 2005 is so good; it would have been a hit in the 70s (if you get what I am saying). If you have watched some of those old who dun its, u will know what I mean. Val Kilmer, as a gay detective is a treat to watch, with the bumbling Robert Downey Jr as a thief turned actor-turned detective and the very pretty Michelle Monaghan adding to the lighter side of things with a murder mystery, a couple of bodies, a couple of goons and yeah, a narrator too to take you through the movie and you have a classic whodunit.


Goal is a movie on the triumph of the human spirit. Yeah... we’ve heard that one before. But what with the world cup and all going on, a movie about an illegal immigrant wanting to play football and actually getting to try out at an English club, which would count as triumph of the Human Spirit right? Really worth a watch. Guest appearances by Beckham, Zidane, Raoul, Gerrad etc add a little colour to the otherwise also very moving movie!

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Why Ram Gopal Verma is like God in Bollywood ?




This question requires a lot of thought. If you ask me such a question it's like asking a religious man why he believes in religion. He knows it but cannot tell you in simple terms.

I will be thinking about this, and so will you (hopefully!)

Will be back on this.

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Memoirs of a Geisha


Beautiful !
That one word does not sum it all up but is just the beginning of what this movie is.

The movie is based on the book by Arthur Golden of the same name. The movie is a saga so to speak of dreams, romance, emotions and people. Its set in Japan and like other countries and cultures of the orient( as I like to put it) it is a colourful tale of Zhang Zyi as a young girl (chiyo) brought up to be the legendary geisha Sayuri, who is the protégé of the ever so elegant Michelle Yeoh as Mameha. The historic World War II plays its role and changes the course of lives of many in the story.

As the VO says at the beginning- 'Perhaps it is a story that must never be told for the mysteries make it the world it is'. (Something to this effect)

The movie is a colourful expanse of people, feelings, culture and more so the spirit of the human dream. This movie immediately reminded me of Bernado Bertolucci's -'The Last Emperor'. What? Why? Memoirs is Japanese and Last Emperor is Chinese. So what? Both movie look at an integral part of the culture of the region and beautifully portray them in all their vibrant colours.
Memoirs of a Geisha is like one large painting painted with divine colours by a blessed hand.

Zhang Zyi was pretty impressive in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and has gone to show in this movie that the promise is still justified (not regarding the appearance in rush hour 2).

Michelle Yeoh, is well... Michelle Yeoh. Graceful, elegant, attractive and a wonderful actress.

Rob Marshall's direction is breathtaking, drawing you into the landscape and the story.



Must Watch. Must Own.

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