Saturday, 27 February 2016

Aligarh movie review

"The movie suffers because the makers lack belief in the theme"

I am perplexed at the superficiality with which few films are revered just because they have an underlying liberal or modern view of the society at large. Such themes, although important on a social basis, are those that mar the objective discourse of a movie and throw you into vicarious yet peripheral emotions. Aligarh is a victim of this very flaw- both in filmmaking and the subsequent reception. 

Friday, 26 February 2016

Everything else about the Oscars 2016: Complete Predictions

This post is a followup to Oscar 2016 Predictions: Best Picture. I had been meaning to do a detailed analysis of some of the major categories, but I feel like falling short of time here. And so, this post is a look at the different nominations for various categories and my predictions for the Academy Award. For some of them, I am going to talk about my prediction while for others, just the name would suffice. Others, which I do not have the requisite knowledge/exposure about, I leave to other Cinephiles out there to decide. Here it goes-

Sunday, 21 February 2016

The All New Tata ZICA Hatchback: It's #Fantastico

Fifteen years ago, Tata Motors (then TELCO) came up with a supermini Indica for the Indian roads and revolutionized the Indian Automotive Industry for ever. It was able to achieve what no-one had done prior to it in India- It materialized its vision, realized its dream, the dream of developing the most modern Indian Car indigenously. And this time, it has come up with something even more fantastico- The Hatchback Zica. The car launch is expected in Feb-March as Tata takes its best foot forward. Here, we look at some peppy features of the car, the momentum surrounding it and why it is the best bet for its intended price segment-

Oscar 2016 Predictions: Best Picture


On February 28, 2016, the academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the 88th Academy Awards for the best films of the year around the globe. 2015 was an year of tremendous highs in film-making, especially for Hollywood and in close conjunction to that, we saw some low-key artistic masterpieces making it big on the international front. While all of the latter may not have received the deserved recognition in the Oscar nominations, you just can't take anything away from them as far as brilliant film-making is concerned.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Neerja movie review: It moves you and it gets you to care.

It gets you to feel the impact

It's a difficult task to review a movie that tells you about great lives. This is because while you may be reviewing the movie, people tend to feel that you are judging the person. When I say that Manjhi was an utter disappointment and that Airlift didn't have an impact, they feel that I am flunking them  just so I could project superiority while all the time, I am stating facts. Fortunately, this problem wouldn't crop up here because 'Neerja', much like the Neerja Bhanot herself, would endure the memories of people who have witnessed it.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

This Ki and Ka trailer is fantastico

It has been trending over the social media and over YouTube for quite sometime now and unless you have been living under a rock, you would have heard of it. And it is plain awesome. 

This trailer is plain fantastico

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Sanam Re Review: A Music album shamelessly disguised as a movie.

In 1990, The Bhatt camp and Gulshan Kumar made a movie out of a music album they believed would bring the nation to a still. And it did. Bhushan Kumar has tried to do something similar here but there are two big problems. The songs aren't that good and they forgot to put in a story here.

 A Music album shamelessly disguised as a movie.

Fitoor Review: Great expectations, Small Impact

What the Dickens just happened? As a rare feat in the romantic movie genre of Bollywood, there seemed to be a coherent, enthralling story and suddenly there was a jump in time and we were left with nothing short of stones talking to each other. First they were bent on ruining Shakespeare and now Dickens! Well Done.

Great expectations, Small Impact

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Sanam Teri Kasam review: Mawra makes an impact

People stay together not because they forget, but because they forgive.

So..if I take a girl with supermodel good looks and give her braids and a kurta to wear, much less put some spects on her, then would she become an old nerdy maid whom no guy in his right mind would want to marry? Well, the movie tells us the same and this is the only thing in the movie we cannot digest. Mawra Hocane, an actress as impactful as her name plays Saraswati a.k.a Saru, a brahmin girl who lives a nerdy lifes under her orthodox parents and can't seem to get an 'IIT/IIM' guy to marry her despite her Mawra Hocanian good looks. You get to know this and you are like "I am not going to sit through this anymore unless they resolve this crap" and so they do.

Friday, 5 February 2016

The Prestige revisited: Impact of a reddit thread


I have just seen it again, analyzing it frame by frame, trying to come up with some semblance of objectivity as to what really happened in it. The notorious director that Christopher Nolan is, has less to do with his clever plot lines that sometimes leave the audiences amazed and more with the subjectivity of what he shows on the screen and what really seems to have happened behind those frames.

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