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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In The House(2012)

Francois Ozon’s film is a voyeuristic masterpiece. A teacher of French literature is bored with talentless students in his middle school before he comes across a student who has something different in his essays: a first hand observation of a friend’s house where he has long wanted to enter. The teacher not only keeps checking his essays but starts guiding him under his personal tutelage for better writing and gives way to his student in doing what he has been driven to do. He goes as far as stealing papers of another subject to help him out in his plans to enter in the house and stay there as his essays become more and more riveting chapters of a novel!

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Mirage(1965)

Mirage is a mystery film starring Gregory Pack and beautiful Diane Baker. The film’s action, twists and mystery is certainly not at par with best mysteries of the present day but it keeps you hooked for the first two third part. I could easily guess about the twists but kept watching till end. I feel the memory has always played the most mysterious agent in mystery films and Memento along with a few other classic mysteries are based on fallibility of human memory. I also think it was kind of trendy in that decade to use psychosomatic disorders to make intriguing thrillers!

The performances are good enough: there are only a few characters and story is pretty straightforward when looked back in the end. A person has lost all his memory of last two years and his amnesia comes at a time when many dangerous people are chasing him. He takes help from a professional detective but this detective along with his other associates are killed one by one and he keeps running from place to place. The film is in black and white so you can also watch it for nostalgia. Things are quite simple in it and you can also see how New York used to look in 1960s. I give this film 7 out of 10 as a mystery.

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Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Tanu Weds Manu Returns!

Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Bajrangi Bhaijaan is the most popular bollywood film of the year 2015. It is also the highest grossing bollywood film. This might be the best performance from Salman Khan, who is the most popular and successful commercial actor in India at present. Harshali Malhotra who played six year old Shahida in this film, along with Nawazuddin Siddique and Kareena Kapoor have done amazing performances. What makes this film tick? I should say almost everything. The story is fresh, performances are wonderful, especially from Nawazuddin Siddiqui who is an accomplished performer. The script, dialogues and cinematography is spectacular. The film gets doubly more interesting with his entry. Music is wonderful and comedy is top-notch.

More than all of the above, this film is about unconditional love. This film has a very strong message that unconditional love knows no boundaries. No boundaries of castes, creeds or nationalities can withhold the power of love. I was crying most of the times during this film because all of the main characters are so beautiful and compassionate. I really enjoyed watching this film and highly recommend it.

Tanu Weds Manu Returns

This film shouldn’t have been made. It’s a second in the series. The first film was tolerable but this one seems to be hackneyed with trite cliches and forced humor. I don’t know why Kangana Ranaut films are so highly rated on IMDb. This film has a whopping 7.9 rating on IMDB at the time this post is being created. I really don’t understand this. I watched Queen and it was also without any effect whatsoever and rated 8. I feel the ratings on IMDb can’t be trusted as far as Bollywood or Tollywood films are considered. They can’t be trusted for some Hollywood films either but on the whole they give me a good clue about the range of foreign films I should spend my time watching on.

This film started off as some light-hearted humor story, but since the very beginning I could feel some unease about the story. The characters aren’t believable. They are all too good to be true and at the right place at the right time–all of them. Moreover, the humor just doesn’t work. I was feeling that forced humor didn’t make me giggle. Couple of good songs and a Gangstersque end scene by Ranaut for which she has been known for so long is what makes this film bearable. I feel performances by Madhavan, Kangana and others are alright but story has no worth at all. The plot is almost unbearable. I don’t recommend this film.

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