All The King’s Men!

All The King’s Men reminded me of another great film named All The President’s Men which was made on Watergate scandal. This film has one of the strongest star cast ever–some of the finest actors working together on a story. A few scenes really stood out for me–one in which governor Stark faces off judge Irvin. Two stalwarts facing each other–maybe it’s the only time Sean Penn and Anthony Hopkins have shared a screen together. Some critics have complaint about Hopkins’ accent but to a foreigner like me there’s no great difference and accents mattered much less than performances. Jude Law is a silent witness of this duel with slight inclination towards governer who is his friend. Anthony Hopkins still oozes out charisma and I’ve not seen him many times on-screen after “Silence of the lambs.” What Sean Penn has done in this film is pure magic. His waving of small arms in an odd way is totally adapted to suit the type of character he was playing and though it annoyed me a bit at first–I soon understood why it has such an effect on me–it was a stamp of great acting. I know that he’s a critically acclaimed actor and I’ve not seen many of his films but here he handled the transformation of his character quite well. Continue reading “All The King’s Men!”

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The Girl With All The Gifts!

Review might have spoilers!

The girl with all the gifts(2016) is going to be one of my all time favorites. The film builds the plot up gradually but sustains interest all along. It doesn’t have clichés of your normal zombie apocalypse films and performances are good through and through. It presents a new perspective on the scenario as there is potential of second generation mutants being able to think and live in harmony with normal human beings shown by Melanie–the girl with all the gifts. She(Sennia Nanua) steals the show by all means and she’s definitely the star of the film. The script is fresh and never gets dull. The direction, cinematography and execution are all tight.  Continue reading “The Girl With All The Gifts!”

Waking Life

Richard Linklater’s waking life is a visual depiction of a seeker of reality who finally merges into it and disappears. The film starts with a young kid playing a game in which his destiny is suggested to be dreaming.  The kid moves out of the game and starts floating in the air as if in a lucid dream. Then he finds himself growing up and talking to various philosophers, experts, people at random and friends. He finds himself in many strange situations but after every one of them he finds that he was merely dreaming. Sometimes he is one of the characters, sometimes  merely a witness, sometimes an onlooker and sometimes merely watching a TV show—all in a dream. Towards the end he finds himself talking to a person in a bar playing Foosball–who tells him about a novel by Philip K. Dick. The novel tells about falsity of time and space and reality which dawned upon the author all of a sudden. The kid asks about the method to wake up and the person tells him to simply wake up! He wakes up on his bed and finds himself dreaming. He then again discovers many things like time, space, quantum mechanics, language, psychology, biology, society and life. Finally he finds out that he has been meeting same people mostly…and those people didn’t have any substantial reality other than shadowy personas projected by his memories, fears, desires, habits, likes and dislikes. He finally reaches to his home where his destiny was revealed to be the dream. Realizing that there was no destiny whatsoever he starts flying once again to disappear and merge into reality. Into his own Self.

Melodies From The Golden era of Bollywood Music!

 

This is a comical song. I haven’t seen a better advertisement song in Bollywood films. This Ad is certainly a hyperbole. If anyone could advertise anything like this they would multiply their sales in minutes! This is a song about head-massage offered by a street-walking masseuse. The video is very blurred black and white film hence not clear–the masseuse seems to be walking in a 1957 Mumbai street in evening and tries to lure two three customers. He manages to get only one but evidently the one is not content with the service being offered–hence emphasis on its being an Ad-hyperbole. The music and picture has great comical elements.  Continue reading “Melodies From The Golden era of Bollywood Music!”

The Time Traveler’s Wife(2009)

This is an incredibly beautiful film and its beauty lies in the fact that even when the title suggests about time travel being a key theme in it–it isn’t. Well, not in a technical sense at least. It’s honest with its title because when the movie completes you realize well that it’s the wife who is the anchor because the man lacks a stable personality–he’s but a shadow–appears and disappears randomly–no reason or rhyme–no sequence or closing of loops–no altering of events or time-lines either as seen in so many time travel movies. Continue reading “The Time Traveler’s Wife(2009)”

Happy Bhaag Jaayegi Is A Comedy Delight!

Mudassar Aziz’s Happy Bhaag Jaayegi is one of the purest comedies. It employs many conventional humor techniques with impeccable timing without overdoing it. I feel the success of film lies in remaining honest to its intent and application of form. I’ve seen many films which fail because they either try too hard to make you laugh or try to be moralistic and sentimental after giggling you for a bit. The slight twist of Bilal falling in love with Happy is so under-stressed that it doesn’t let comical joyride become derailed even for a bit.

After a while I was remarking on dialogues and comic timing and the sincerity of comedy reminded me of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. Priyadarshan’s comedies of last decade like Hungama have been very similar to this one albeit with some more stress on relations and emotions in some parts. This film doesn’t bore you even for a minute but some poor editing is visible in places. Similarly supporting soundtracks and music might have been much better.  Acting is superb–Sehgal Saab(Dui Manzila Banwa Leen Aur Batao Tak Naahin), Abhay Deol, Piyush Mishra, Jimmy Shergil and Diana Penty have performed well. Ali Fazal’s performance is slightly weak. This film is a treat for all movie lovers and I rate it 8/10!

Altered States!

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It’s a film released in 1980 and directed by Ken Russell. William Hurt has performed very well in the lead role. The screenplay has been written by Paddy Chayefsky who is also the author of the original novel. The experiments reminded me of Timothy Leary and one of the dialogues did mention him as well.

This film must have taken a good deal of research to make and it’s certainly inspired by Leary’s experiments in my humble experience. The sequences in the experiments are stunning and they reminded me of Kubrick’s Stargate sequence.This film is good entertainment and it’s not as much of a horror film as an adventurous science fictional take on altered states of consciousness, spirituality, hallucinatory drugs, shamanic rituals and human consciousness. I highly recommend it to all mystery lovers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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This film has the shortest title ever! It portrays a case in a country(Greece, but never openly admitted to be so in the film) where a political activist is put to death by powers with help of military and police. The justice procedural is brilliant and fun to watch. The film starts off with very rapidly moving scenes and it’s slightly difficult for audience  to relate in the beginning but soon enough plot becomes clear and the film turns out to be an intriguing thriller with a wonderful investigation which partially leads to justice. The soundtrack is lovely and performances by actors are very convincing. It received great critical acclaim and I feel it’s justified.

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A Lizard In A Woman’s Skin!

A young woman is accused of murdering her debauched neighbor after dreaming it. Was she set up, or did she really do it?

Lucio Fulci’s film is very Lynchian and yet it was made when David Lynch had not even learnt the transcendental meditation. The couple of dream sequences are captivating and almost surreal. The beauty with which symbolism has been embedded in them is astonishing. They striked me because I had not seen anything as beautifully filmed in a 70s film before. Then comes the chase scene which is breathtaking. It’s a fairly long scene but it hooks the audience well to the screen for its entire duration.

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One Deadly Summer(1983): A Twisted Tale Of Revenge!

Note: Contains Spoilers!

What looks like an erotic drama at first has much more to it. A 19-year-old girl marries a guy who is a hardworking mechanic. It seems that girl is aimless and enjoys partying. It becomes clear after sometime that there is a sad story behind her birth and she is out there to take revenge. She has carefully chosen the family to get married into. She plans hard into taking revenge only to realize that the people who she thinks were responsible for the grave crime were not really responsible. In another sub-plot it is revealed how her foster-father became crippled. Towards the end audience comes to know that her revenge was exacted long ago by her foster-father and she was wrong in having misunderstood him in an event which led to making him crippled.

She had contrived to use her husband to take revenge and after discovering truth she crashes completely thus getting admitted into a mental hospital and that makes her husband furious. He kills the people she had planned to kill all along thus four families get destroyed in a fateful turn of events. The film has wonderful music and a great pace of execution. All performances seem natural.

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