The Curious Case of Forrest Gump

Posted on January 27, 2009. Filed under: Humor, Movies | Tags: , , |

Found this eye opening video.


In one line, if you’ve watched “Forrest Gump”, you can skip “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

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Sympathy fuels Dark Night’s extraordinary run?

Posted on July 22, 2008. Filed under: Hollywood, Movies, Thoughts | Tags: , |

So the Dark Night has stolen the thunder from a summer full of superhero flicks. It was anticipated, over hyped, had one of the most successful viral marketing campaigns ever, and yet impress critis and moviegoers alike. Yes it may be one of the most successful films ever, and rightly so. Everything from the direction, screenplay, background score, the grim setting of Gotham City are close to perfect. And one does come out of the theater with a hangover, wanting more of the Joker.

But, can it be said that its success does not owe to the talented Heather Ledger death early this year? Has the sudden departure of the popular actor due to accidental drug over dosage softened the critics? Not to take any bit of credit from him, his performance of the Joker will the best yet, and is maniacal to the core. One wants more of the devil after his psycotic performance. His tragic death has built up so much momentum that no one expected the movie to be such a big blockbuster.

All said and done, it would be a shame if Heather doesn’t win a posthumous Oscar. All hail the Joker.


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Movie Review – Aamir

Posted on June 16, 2008. Filed under: Bollywood, Entertainment, India, Movies | Tags: , , , , |

How often do you see a 95 minute bollywood movie, made by first timers, to impress critics and movie goers alike? A movie without a sexy actress, without item numbers, without a big budget, and without a single celeb actor. A movie which is gripping right from the word go, and still does not go overboard like cheesy thrillers. Hope you get the point. Aamir is a very rare gem, the likes of which Bollywood hasn’t made in many many years.

Rajeev Khandelwal(Aamir Ali) stars as the protagonist, a Muslim doctor who arrives from London, to meet his family in Mumbai. A mobile phone is thrust into his hands, and that marks the beginning of a gripping adventure, where the voice on the other side directs him to do a series of seemingly silly tasks. Though this has been the staple action plan for hundreds of gangster flicks, the “villan” is not portrayed in the usual cinematic style. Rather he seems to be a common, but powerful man, who is trying to teach Aamir the difficulties that Muslims face in India. Kudos to the director Raj Kumar Gupta deserves a pat on his back for the realistic, portrayal of how terrorist factions operate to instil fear into the minds of the commoner.

The screenplay is simple, but very effective. The whole action takes place in the streets of Mumbai, with broken down buildings, slums, cheap hotels, etc. The natural setting adds to the realism of the movie, and in a way conveys the plight of the hero. The movie is thrilling, without the need to be tagged a thriller. Background music, wherever present, adds to the situation, and does not distract the viewers from the main story.

In one line, Aamir is a rare movie, with excellent story, acting, and direction. This gives us hope that Bollywood still has those good moments, and someone still has the courage to make good movies. Deep down, it has a message for everyone too. You are missing something if you don’t watch Aamir.               

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One Line Movie Reviews

Posted on May 12, 2008. Filed under: Hollywood, Movies |

Hollywood :

1. IronMan – Good casting, nice effects, Robert Downey fits the role to a T. Must watch for sci-fi fans.

2. The Bucket List – Sensitive,thought provoking, funny, well directed, and good acting.

3. The Bank Job – Thrilling, pacy, well enacted.

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Dasavatharam Music Review

Posted on April 26, 2008. Filed under: Movies, Music, Tamil |

One of the most expected tamil movies of 2008 had its music release ceremony on 25th April, with the chief guest being none other than Jackie Chan! You heard it right, the Hollywood action hero, who of late has been connected to India more often, was specially invited to the gala function and received the first copy of the CD. Will that make a difference to the quality of music? One can guess the obvious answer.

Music director Himesh Reshammiya obviously does not go through much of trouble – he has to select a good track from some other director, and remix it for his songs. And he has done the same here. The music is nothing new, is run of the mill and definitely not captivating.

Out of the six tracks, there is not one worth mentioning. The lyrics are not good either, even though they are penned by Vairamuthu and Vaali. Is this a preview of what we can expect from the movie? One hopes not.

Lyrics : 2.5/5

Music : 2/5

Vocals : 2.5/5

Overall : 2.5/5

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