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Paatal Lok (2020)
Perhaps the best yet
Indian Series does not get any better. It does not hold back. The series will not negotiate with you and beat around the bush. Be prepared to call a spade a spade. Be prepared to experience the facts. I understand why some people don't like this series because it opens up the can full of worms. But if you don't lie to yourself then this series is for you. Watch it now.
The Accountant (2016)
This came as highly recommended. IMDb score is more than 7. But sadly the movie fails. It fails to portray the story in a believable way.
It is as though a three minute idea has been made into a movie. And the makers were taking no chances. They threw in Asperger syndrome, mathematical genius, expert in Indonesian Martial Arts, military training, expert in weapons and a sniper shooting accuracy of an elite, a father and son relationship, a half cooked love story, a story of two brothers, a story of friendship, a company duping millions of money. Phew!
I rest my case.
Mafia III (2016)
Nothing in this world is Perfect!
The game is full of annoying glitches and flaws. But that does not make it any less enjoyable. It is better than playing a game which is flawless yet not enjoyable.
Honestly I have not played GTA V and not played Mafia 2. However, I loved Mafia 1 and that was the sole reason I purchased this one. I am not disappointed at all. In fact its a pretty good game with a good revenge story. The characterization could be better though. The game mechanics are awesome and driving is really a lot of fun. Shooting and fist fights are quite enjoyable. In fact it is a much better game in recent times wherein the makers have kept the game fun. Who cares if the graphics dont leave you spellbound. There is a complaint that the game is a bit repetitive. Agreed. But its so much fun.
Read a lot of negative reviews here, there and everywhere and I dont understand what are their expectations from a game. Is this because its heartbreaking to see how the African origins were treated in the late 60s in America? In my opinion that was needed to build the character of Lincoln. The background music is all 50s and 60s songs and amazing. There is a takedown of a mobster in an amusement park which pans out marvelously. There is a similar takedown inside a hotel again brilliant. There are a few more enjoyable takedowns in the game. But the most enjoyable part for me was the KKK shootout. Never completed a part of any game, I can remember, with more satisfaction.
A good tip for you : "Ignore the criticism and enjoy the game"
A Lesson in Film Making!
They say this for film making, when you have money the production value increases and when you dont have money it encourages creativity. I dont know if that was precisely the case for Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. However, this movie is a lesson in film making.
This Guy Ritchie classic is experimental in many ways. The way it tells the story, the cuts, the camera angles and the script, it all feels fresh for a 1998 film. In many ways this film has changed the way films got made thereafter. I believe an entire generation is indebted to Guy Ritchie for changing storytelling, camera angles and scripts in cinema forever. The story of a few small time crooks and some gangsters and how their actions cross each others paths. This could be made into a serious drama. But throw in a brilliant script, loads of humour, some impeccable coming timing and an outstanding yet brave direction and what you get is a laugh riot, you wish, never ends.
British homour does not get any better. Cinema does not get any better than this.
Fight Club (1999)
2 Hours and 19 Minutes of MAGIC!
The movie did not do well in the box office. I was gifted a copy of the film and I did not watch it for almost a year as I had not even heard about the name way back in 2003. Then I watched it one day. Then I watched it again the same day. And then I watched it multiple times thereafter. This is not a film, this is a gift for every movie lover.
I had not read the book and I have still not read the book. But if the book was half as good as the movie then the book should be one of the best sellers. This is a psychological thriller, the best yet. Carefully crafted by a superb David Fincher this is a film way way ahead of its time. The film captures your senses from the very beginning with a script that is second to none. Brilliant casting and extremely well acted by both Edward Norton and Brad Pitt and a solid performance by Helena B Carter.
This according to me is the best that Fincher has ever made, the kind of film that grows on you. The unique style of storytelling, the slight movement of the camera to capture every movement of the characters, brilliant use of the computer generated graphics, marvelous cinematography and editing, this movie is 2 hours and 19 minutes of magic.
There is a whole lot more to talk about Fight Club. But the first rule is "You Do Not Talk About Fight Club". The second rule is "You Do Not Talk About Fight Club".
The Babysitter (2017)
Bad Comedy bad Horror
Terminator Salvation by McG was watchable. This Means War was much better than the criticism it received. But oh my God what is this?
There was some promise in the plot, albeit thin. However, the execution was full of cliches and insipid to say the least.
You should avoid wasting your time on this one. I sat through this one barely on Netflix and I feel sorry for the people who watched this on the big screen.
A bit disappointed
I had read the harsh criticism about the film. And yet I went for it solely because I am a big fan of Tom Hardy.
I have little knowledge about comic characters and hence my review is unbiased.
Tom Hardy is brilliant as always and there is no other actor who could pull off Venom with the casual ease as him. He wins hearts by playing this loser protagonist. There are hilarious conversations between him and the Venom and Tom breezes through this film with his usual ease. Absolutely a pleasure to watch the man act. However, it does look like that the movie run time has been significantly reduced. Also it seems that the film ran into budget cuts. This is the era of brilliant graphics in movies. So much so, that we have subconsciously trained ourselves to accept only the best quality graphics in films. Venom is a good example where the quality or the lack thereof of computer graphics has a determined the overall acceptance of this film. The Venom transformation scenes required to be a lot better. The fight scene between Riot and Venom required to be significantly better. I truly believe that it has become very difficult to please audience nowadays. With big budget Marvel movies people expect nothing less than a graphic spectacle. Perhaps the reason why Suicide Squad failed to make a real impact. Cinematography is good and Matthew Libatique has done a good job. I can not say the same thing about Ruben Fleischer. Overall there is a sense of disappointment when you leave the theater.
Beasts of No Nation (2015)
It will leave you shaken and stirred
I do not think that there is anything new to add to the reviews that are already here. This film is brutally honest and so it is not an easy watch. Lets say it is not "Imagination TV" it is as real as the war in some parts of Africa is. The depiction is so true to real life that you will either dislike the film from the very beginning or you will be glued to the story of Agu. Like many who have seen this film, I too am surprised that the Oscars snubbed this gem of a film.
Mad Max (2015)
This one is an entertainer
This one was never made to become a classic. This one was made to entertain. And it does not disappoint.
The only objective in the game is to strengthen and improve Max's car Magnum Opus. This may sound uninteresting, but trust me after the first few hours it would become your obsession.
The graphics are sleek. Looks quite stunning in PS4 versions. But the best part is the game play. It is fun and the fist fights dont become boring even after hours and hours of gameplay. There is option for Max to learn new skills as you progress and when Max is in a rage you really really feel the adrenaline rush.
The driving is perhaps the best part of the game. The car mechanics are admirable.
Overall this game shall not disappoint you. In my opinion this one went quite underestimated. It had the potential to do far far better.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
*I have not seen the series and for me this was a completely new concept and an independent film*
Guy Ritchie is my favorite director. I absolutely worship him as a movie making God. However, I am hugely disappointed with the film. It starts off very well with a lot of promise and then somehow manages to fade away. It seems as though he lost interest somewhere while making the film.
Henry Cavill as Solo is convincing. Though I felt he would have done better as Illya. Alicia Vikander is flat throughout the film. Armie Hammer, well, he has done the job, just about. I am not convinced that this was the best casting.
This may become a new film franchise, but I wont be eagerly waiting for a sequel.
Not that bad really
I am surprised at some of the criticism that has gone down here. I don't quite know what were they expecting from a movie that is titled "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters". I believe that these movies are made to entertain. And this one does that with a capital E. Don't expect anything great and you shall be pleasantly surprised. There isn't much in the story. Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner were well cast. Their attitude was just right for the characters. The computer graphics are pretty cool. Good job done with costumes and make up. Tommy Wirkola is known for Dead Snow which was dark fun. This one does not fall far behind. Watch it! Enjoy it! And let the critics look for logic, award winning performances, a fantastic storyline and impeccable script in a movie called "Hansel & Gratel: Witch Hunters"