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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Chef 2014 Movie Review and Trailer

Chef is literally a one man show by Jon Favreau, who sparkles as a writer, director and actor in this wonderful tale of self discovery of a Chef who chooses satisfaction over tradition when it comes to cooking a meal for his customers and critics.
Carl Casper is a Chef at a popular restaurant in L.A and is in a dilemma when he realizes that creativity and business might not be great partners when it comes to serving food at an eatery. Sparked by a review from a renowned critic Carl embarks on a self discovering journey leading him to pursue his ambition of serving people with food that represents him.
The movie is very touching and deals with relationships, family and pride beautifully. It is also a visual and culinary treat and makes one want to cook and eat.
Jon Favreau has rediscovered himself in this low budget project after his association with the high profiled Iron man franchise. Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr. have also played their part in bringing the story forward as an enjoyable and very warm experience. Highly recommended.

Rating: 4.5/5

Mary Kom 2014 Movie Review and Trailer

Mary Kom is a true story of a multiple time women's boxing champion from India. The movie is a journey through the tough life of a young girl who has no other dream than to punch her way out of oblivion.
The struggle of a woman through the not-so-encouraging setup of the Indian Boxing Association, the hardships of family and motherhood and the wrath of a protective and concerned father is depicted to perfection by one of the marvels of Bollywood, Priyanka Chopra. PC has over the past few years proven her mettle and the most versatile actor India has ever produced. She puts herself far behind the character and very seldom do we see the real Priyanka during a performance. In Mary Kom she successfully reinvents herself and makes us believe that we are seeing the boxer and not the actor.
All in all the story, cinematography, dialog and acting are all high quality and deserve a viewing and appreciation. I recommend it strongly.

Rating: 4.5/5

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Giver 2014 Movie Review and Trailer

The Giver is another one of the post apocalyptic sciences-fiction thrillers that have been hitting the screens frequently over the past couple of years. In the same vain as the hunger games, the ender's game, divergent, oblivion and a few others, The Giver portrays life after a mass destruction of the world as we know it. It however, to me, has scored heavily as compared to the similar projects in areas of storytelling and plot structuring and has come out as a more believable futuristic drama as any other movie of its genre.
The story of a world divided in communities and governed by elders who denounce difference of color, creed, cast or emotions and create an engineered society where the individuals are made incapable of experiencing such differences through medication is made extremely enjoyable by stellar performances by Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. 
The cast has acted well overall and the young leads have delivered well enough to share the screen with the legendary duo of Streep and Bridges. Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush have both given freshness to the screen and look adorable together.
The Giver addresses some very sensitive issues about life and humanity and the purpose of our existence. It is both an enjoyable and educating flick that should at least be seen once by everyone who wants to cherish life with all its shortcomings. I recommend this to all fans of quality storytelling in cinema.

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Pact 2 Movie Review and Trailer

The Pact 2 is a sequel to the horror flick from 2012 called The Pact. The movie is based on the events that happened in the prequel and is almost a continuation of the first edition. Some of the cast is also the same as the first movie.
For those who have seen The Pact, The Pact 2 would appear as more of the same that the first edition had to offer. This sequel lacks novelty and seems as a repeat of the first movie which makes it quite predictable and takes out a lot from the enjoyability factor.
The villain and his presence is also quite unclear and confusing. His nature of presence as a ghost or a physical entity is quite vague. It remains a mystery if the movie addresses the subject of possession or mental illness.
The cast has acted adequately and is overall suited to the genre. Caity Lotz does a good job in the lead and gives a believable performance. She has featured in both the prequel and this movie and has been consistently good throughout.
The Pact 2 might not be the most impressive horror flick you'd set eyes on but it still is not a dull movie. It has its moments, especially the ones where you feel the tension that the cast is experiencing. All in all it is watchable.

Rating: 2.5/5

Friday, September 5, 2014

7500 (2014) Movie Review and Trailer

It is now very often that a relatively low budget and seemingly unknown movie turns out to be a very enjoyable experience. This shows that the cinema business has now turned into a very competitive field where a sincere effort can be richly rewarded. 7500 is a very well crafted horror/thriller that bends more towards the spiritual thriller category that an outright horror flick. It is an honest attempt at storytelling and does deliver on various levels.
The story unfolds in an airplane flight and the confines of the plane provides a perfect tension and eeriness required to make it a thrill filled ride. The fact that the audience can associate to such a situation (air travel being a risky business, especially after the Malaysian airline fiasco) brings a whole new experience to the fore. The passengers soon realize a supernatural entity has been unleashed in the airplane after a passenger dies due to trauma caused by turbulence. As bodies start disappearing they find it hard to find an explanation other than a dark force trying to kill them all one by one. The end is a great twist and is worth the watch.
The acting is honest with each passenger playing his or her part pretty well. Leslie Bibb and Amy Smart have both done appreciable work. The story and characterization is also very well executed.
I strongly recommend 7500 to all audiences. It is a family friendly film with very little gore or profanity. Barring a few swear words, the movie is a good one to watch with the wife and kids. Grab a popcorn and some soda and check it out.

Rating: 3.5/5

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars #TFIOS Movie Review and Trailer

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The fault in our stars is an example of how an ordinary story, if acted out reasonably with good production values and advertisement can make an impact on the general audience. The movie with all its hype was frankly a slight disappointment despite the actors being true to their task and delivering whatever the script demanded of them.
TFIOS is a story of two cancer patients and partial survivors falling in love. It is simply a love story aided by the tragic backdrop of terminal illness. The slapstick and in your face dialog between the protagonists is a highlight of the film and the writer has done a good job in giving some memorable lines to the actors to deliver.
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort did a reasonable job but they would not have been my first choice for this movie. Shailene lacked the expression required to make an overwhelming impact. She did an average job, but with the story being very linear and plain, her character demanded an imposing actor in order to lift the uneventful plot up. Ansel again did a satisfactory job, but his character demanded a sparkling, exceptionally good looking actor to really sweep the audience off the ground with his charm and sex appeal, only to leave them crying at his unfortunate state. That, unfortunately Ansel seems incapable of. Willlem Defoe has disappointed me once again with his one tone rhetoric acting and did not do justice to a well-crafted cameo.
The movie overall banks too much on the tragic state of affairs to sentimentally capture the audience. May low-budget independent movies have also banked on tragedy to drive home the advantage and have failed to do so. The reason TFIOS does not fail miserably is the hype and the budget. All in all it is a slightly overrated but still a worth watching flick. Give it a Go!

Rating: 3.5/5

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014 Review Trailer : Cowabunga

Nostalgia was on the high when I sat in front of the silver screen ready to watch the revamped version of the Teenage Mutants Ninja Turtles. I remembered the time when I used to draw, poorly though, the four heroes in a half shell, master splinter and shredder in my scrap book.
The movie was refreshing with a lot of effort being put to characterization. I loved Michaelangelo and Leonardo to some extent but found Splinter, Raphael and Donatello to be quite different from what I recall them to be. April O'Neal however was never as hot as Megan Fox's version, so I was really pleased with that part of the movie. Overall the characters were given a lot of thought and the humor was utterly enjoyable.
The story, being different from the one that most of us have been brought up with, was a little disappointing as it took away the logic of why splinter could compete with master shredder. The thought of a self taught splinter and hence not very certified ninja turtles was also not very convincing. There could've been a lot more mystery and grandeur incorporated into the story if the original story was kept.
The acting was good overall. The production value was very impressive with great 3D effects and good special effects. The camera work was swift and captured the action perfectly. The direction and the costumes were commendable and really brought the four heroes alive.
I urge the general audience to give it a watch and especially take the kids to see it. To all the turtles fans.. "You will definitely remember your early years and the way the turtles brought you joy and excitement". COWABUNGA!!