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Ocean's 13

Cool. Stylish. Cool

The movie is all this and more. Those of you who thought Ocean's 12 was no great sequel, should watch this one. It is a worthy successor to Ocean's 11.

The original cast of Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's 11 come together once more to pull off a caper against all odds. The odds are 13 to one. The one being none other than the living legend of method acting Al Pacino.

The group of con men, skilled thieves come together under the able leadership of Daniel Ocean (George Clooney) and Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) to take on Willie Bank (Al Pacino), who's a lot tougher than Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia). This time the gangs comes together not for the bounty but for revenge. revenge for their buddy Reuben (Elliot Gould) who goes into a vegetable like state because he is cheated by Willie Banks in the 'best hotel Vegas has seen' project.

How will you take down a man who has the best security system in the world, the best assistant one could have, all the money one ever needs, pride that has no boundaries, dreams to be bigger and more powerful and make sure he wins the Five Diamond prize for his hotel and casino, The Bank. He's won a Five Diamond award for all his hotels you see. And he's planning the grandest opening ever of his hotel and casino- The Bank.

And that's just where the gang begins. Pride. You know right through that they will win, but then you really want to know how they do it. You expect those little twists and turns, those bits of surprise which is what made Ocean's 11 a treat to watch and Ocean's 13 just about comes close to the coolness of Ocean's 11.

The characterization that worked so well in 11 continues in 13. The fit and slim Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) who is always eating or drinking something in every opening shot, the suave and controlled Danny (Clooney), the coming of age Linus (Matt Damon), the Japanese jabbering Yen (Shaobo Qin), the ever arguing Virgil (Casey Afleck) and Turk (Scott Cann), the animated Frank (Bernie Mac), the calm Saul (Carl Reiner) and others are unforgettable. And how can you not like Al Pacino when he's doing what he does best, acting loud and clear.

It is quite a challenge putting together such a large cast of stars and yet maintain a balance of character and appearance, but Steven pulls it off quite well and the script writers finally got back to what the essence of Ocean's 11 was.

You just got to watch this entertainer. I especially love the Oprah Winfrey sequences ! Cool ! Cool ! Cool !


Coming next !

Ocean' 13

Watched this today and liked it. Much better than Ocean's 12 and I will soon ell you why.

Meanwhile try and catch it if you can. Steven has not lost his touch.

Shootout at Lokhandwala

Nice movie. Good action. A quasi documentary styled feature. Enjoyed it pretty much. Reminded me of 44 Minutes.

Epic Movie

What can you expect from these spoof movies. Not the best of spoofs though.

Watching now:

Prison Break Season 2
Deadwood Season 1 & 2
March of the Penguins
Fast Food Nation
Born into Brothels

and yes..yet to finish season 6-9 of the X-Files.


Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

The movie that broke all opening week box office records worldwide !

But frankly, what was all the fuss about. When you go to a newly opened restaurant and you ever get the feeling that the food is no different from the food you have had at the restaurant next door and you wonder why the promoters opened this restaurant in the first place ? That's exactly the feeling I got when I watched Pirates of the Caribbean: At world's end.

The sequels just don't match up to the original. While I thought part 2 was alright I found Part 3 laborious and contrived. It is true that the characterizations in Curse of the Black Pearl (Part 1) were brilliant and the success of the film ensured the sequels. I thought part 2 focused too much on the characters and had a blurred vision of the story. In At World's End, the makers have gone completely overboard with the characters, the special effects, new exotic characters and forgotten that while all these form the ingredients of a great movie, the viewer wants to be told a story.

The movie starts off where they ended part 2 with the search for Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) led by Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley) chased by the loyal forces of the East India Company company. There is a meeting of Pirates Lords to happen so that the ancient sea goddess may be released and controlled. First they have to meet with Chow Yun fat putting in wasted appearance as a pirate lord Sao Yung. There is also Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) who wants his locker back.

All in all a huge cast of colourful characters, some amazing specical effects and the movie seems to go on and on and you begin to think- Hey, get to the point. I thought the story was made up for the sake of it and all those one liners and jabs of Jack Sparrow now seem so tiring and then there are a few wasted appearances by lots of actors.

Of course, Johnny Depp is Johnny Depp and does what he does best- Act. The movie may be watched if you really want to see how even Hollywood can make not so great movies with multi-million dollars budgets.

Now this view will be hotly opposed by Pirate fans but then I am an avid fan of the original movie but felt let down after At World's End ! let down because I am not entertained !


Life in a Metro

Easily the best film to hit the bollywood screens since Rang De Basanti, Omkara and Lage Raho Munnabhai.

Anurag Basu has come a long way from Murder and has risen to a level that few Indian film makers exist on.

The movie is well thought of and well made with immense balance between characterization and storyline.The movie has a huge star cast but Anurga just manages to pull it off with deft direction, tight screenplay with excellent performances by almost all of the star cast.

The story like the title says is about life in a metro. The story focuses on the lives of a few individuals whose lives are intertwined even if they do not know it. There is Rahul (Sharman Joshi) working in a call center and choosing a not so straight path to success, of lending the keys to his uncle's flat he stays in to superiors to execute their office affairs. The part where Rahul has to give the keys to his boss Ranjeet (Kay kay Menon) and all the other people who are booked to use the flat reschedule their trysts is hilarious.

Rahul is in love with Neha (Kangana Ranaut) who work in his call center. What Rahul does not realise is that the keys given to his Boss Ranjeet are for Ranjeet's tryst with Neha. Neha is the roommate of Shruti (Kokana Sen Sharma), whose sister Shikha (Shilpa Shetty) is Ranjeet's wife.
Ranjeet's extra marital affair takes its toll on the marriage and Shikha who is romanticised by her dance teacher Shivani's (Nafisa Ali) senior age romance with Amol (Dharmendra). Shikha is drawn to a theatre artist Akaash (Shiney Ahuja).

Shikha's sister Shruti (Konkona) is worried she's the only virgin in Mumbai over the age of 30 and is looking at all means of finding a soul mate. She meets Monty (Irfan Khan) a honest, tactless man who is looking to get married and have the conjugal bliss so far eluding him and rejects him at a 'first meeting' but later gets a job in his company on his recommendation. What changes will happen in the lives of these individuals ? What paths will their relationships take ? Will Rahul ever express his love for Neha and will he get ahead in his ambitions and fulfill his dreams ? Will Ranjeet and Shikha keep their marriage ? Will Amol and Nafisa come together after decades of separation ? Will Shikha and Akaash get together? Will Shruti and Monty find their soul mates ? How do these lives intertwined with each other deeply twist and turn the lives of each other and the outcome of each relationship ?

All these and more are answered beautifully in this gem of a movie. The music is breathtakingly wonderful by Pritam and The Metro Band. With heavy rock influences in the songs Anurag has introduced a new style of music in hindi cinema with the dialogues fading out and the songs taking over. The Metro band then appears on screen to take the song and the story forward. This does get a trifle irritating after a while and is possible the only fault in this movie.

Irfan Khan and Kokona rule the movie with their spontaneous acting and give the movie its humorous track and a warm feeling to the viewer. Shilpa Shetty puts in mature performance. Kay Kay Menon cannot do wrong now a days and portrays the male chauvinist, philandering husband to the P. Dharmedra tries to ooze his old days charm and manages to keep it up for the moments he is on screen along with the elegant Nafisa Ali. Shiney Ahuja is again becoming a seasoned actor in sensitive roles and portrays the struggling drama artiste waiting to go abroad with a maturity and understanding that is difficult to see in the new breed of actors.

Sharman Joshi really impresses with his variety of emotions and expressions and is bound to go a long way if he has a talented director at the helm. I usually find Kangana Ranaut irritating due to her squeaky shrill voice and plastic doll like appearance but in this movie with her straight hair looks and actually a 'performance' I am mighty impressed.

Anurag Basu is surely going to go a long way with many great films to his name if he continues this way. The way each scene is composed, the lighting, the background is so very integral to the movie as if they play a role too. The scene where Shilpa is with Shiney in a dingy room with only the lights of neon signs shining in and their attraction is running high is beautiful and handled extremely sensitively.

All in all, I cannot stop going on about this movie. WATCH IT ! A great adult movie in its content and mature in context !

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