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Dope (DVD) 18/08/2016

Right intentions, wrong path!

Dope (DVD) You are a highschool teenager, a self proclaimed geek, with an almost perfect SAT score, and with dreams of getting into an esteemed college. Accidently, you get access to a shit-load of drugs, would you try selling it instead of handing it over to the police? Maybe, considering the money. Well, I will stop right there. But, when you have had near death experiences, such as merely escaping out of shootouts, would you still think of starting a website, using dark web of course, to sell the drugs online? Probably not! Well, if you still want to, you will love this teenage-crime-comedy, which looks stylish in the beginning, sluggish towards the middle and ‘meh!’ in the end. To me, at least. Teenage drug-abuse is one of the most dangerous issues in US and almost all of the world, but there could’ve been definitely a better way to sum up the same results using different approach, in which the characters won’t have to be insanely obsessed, suddenly, about the thing they never even cared for, probably hated. They get obsessed with the money not the drugs, because none of the three protagonists take them. Had they done drugs, that obsession would have been much more believable than the money. Malcolm (Shameik Moore) and his two friends, Jib (Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Ciemons) are a group of geeks (although we don’t get to see any time in the movie about their geekiness other than the cliché looks everyone thinks of when they hear the word geek) who are ragged by the ...

The Sacrifice (DVD) 12/08/2016

First Tarkovsky film, and I'm already in love with him...

The Sacrifice (DVD) I need to confess: this is my first Tarkovsky movie. And this is a confession, because for a guy who is in extreme awe of Ingmar Bergman’s work, not watching Andrei Tarkovsky is almost like a betrayal to the art of cinema. Tarkovsky came slightly after Bergman, but the influence he had on the world of cinema was no less than Bergman’s. Many great philosophers, psychologists and filmmakers have deemed Bergman and Tarkovsky brilliant students and auteurs of human psyche, human soul, human fears, dreadfulness of life and death. They were two people in the world of cinema whose works inspired and influenced almost every great filmmaker and writer. And believe me, if you love cinema but haven’t watched Bergman or Tarkovsky yet, you are betraying the art itself. Watching Bergman and Tarkovsky might not be the happiest choice, to be honest. Their movies are slow, tiring, and in most of the cases, extremely dire. But that’s how the human soul has been forever, extremely dire. And once you go through their movies, you know you have been to special something. They will stick to your mind for a long, long time. You will keep wondering about the outcomes of that experience: the meaning of life, the fate of dreams, the purpose of existence, the shadow of past, the weariness of present, the portrait of future and the truth of death. “The Sacrifice” was Tarkovsky’s last work. He died after 1.5-years of the movie. Interestingly, Tarkovsky hired Sven Nykvist, Bergman’s regular ...

Night And The City (DVD) 09/08/2016

Several stressful nights, a city and an overambitious hustler

Night And The City (DVD) Directed by Jules Dassin Richard Widmark as Harry Fabian Gene Tierney as Mary Bristol Googie Withers as Helen Nosseross Francis L. Sullivan as Phil Nosseross In the opening scene, a man is running from the cops, in the empty streets of a regular night in London. From that moment, along with the soundtrack, you will feel the movie is a noir. The man finally lands into the apartment of his lady-love, who isn’t there initially but when she appears, she seems to be very honest and trying to keep her love away from hustling and scamming for a long, long time. She even shows him a picture of themselves from a few years ago, in which they are basking lying down in a boat. She says, “Look at them, how happy they are! Can’t we be like them, Harry?” Harry (Richard Widmark) responds, “I want to be somebody.” Mary (Gene Tierney) then goes to a neighbor’s, a handsome looking young man with quite a liking towards Mary. When he says that he knows Harry is back, Mary tries to sound very calm and thankful with Harry’s comeback, but she leaves right after making that remark. 1950s was the time when noir and neo-noir genre received a lot of popularity. And Jules Dassin delivered a masterpiece called “Night and the City” in the starting of the decade. “Night and the City” would then be a standard and a movie to look up to when it comes to defining characters and mood for a noir. The movie has more than a handful of unsympathetic characters, themes such as greed, existentialism, ...

Gangs of Wasseypur (Blu-ray) 01/11/2015

An explosive gang-war masterpiece..

Gangs of Wasseypur (Blu-ray) If you are a fond of gangster movies, I'd be surprised if you haven't heard of this one. Visionary Indian director Anurag Kashyap's "Gangs of Wasseypur" places itself among the likes of "The Godfather", "Gangs of New York" and "City of God". Despite sharing a few similarities with these films, "Gangs of Wasseypur" is altogether a totally different experience. It is extremely entertaining, no doubt, but the sheer cinematic brilliance is spread all over the film, in its direction, performances, music and cinematography. The very fact that in spite of being a 5-hour and 30-minutes long feature, and with no break, it received a housefull standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival and Syndey International Film Festival, explains the legend this film is. The film started as a story one of the writers brought to the director, which he refused to believe at first. Offended, Zeeshan Quadri, the writer, went to Bihar and showed Kashyap newspaper cuttings covering the deadly events that had taken place in Wasseypur. It was then the director left whatever he was making and took up the project. Wasseypur is a small village in Dhanbad, Bihar. Dhanbad has always been known for the coal it produces. With the coal, it produces a so-called coal-maifa. The story and the characters revolve around this coal-mafia. "Gangs" is basically a revenge film over three generations, but the ruthlessness and brutal nature of the characters make this revenge-saga an experience to watch. Ironically, due to ...

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life: 30th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray) 21/06/2015

nice, but could be much better...

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life: 30th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray) What started with “The Flying Circus” continued for more than 20-years. Their trademark style, animated intros and message-y sketches didn’t go unnoticed. Their group achieved a cult status, and even now they are considered the best group of comedians ever that decorated the stage, small screen and silver screen alike. Yes, I’m talking about Monty Python. As unusual the name of the group is, their sketches and comedy wasn’t less unusual than that. I clearly remember watching “The Holy Grail” and I can’t recall any other time I’d laughed so much as I did then. I knew it was silly, didn’t make much sense most of the time, but it still made me laugh out my tears. I was thrilled by the experience. After I finished the film, I kept wondering what was there in the film that made me laugh. It had to be the silliness. I then started “The Flying Circus”, and in amidst of the series, I was bored. Why? It was the silliness again, the fact that it was getting repeated, and I don’t blame them for it. It is commendable how much freshness they bring to their sketches. They add new elements: sex, gore, blood, and everything that sounds new, and it works almost every time. But there is a limit, and after that we start to yawn at their gigs, the same gigs a first time viewer might laugh out loudly at. The para above precisely sums up my experience of watching “Meaning of Life”. I was watching Monty Python after two years, and loved some of the gigs, but I was just not laughing midway ...

Last Year In Marienbad (DVD) 18/06/2015

a French masterpiece...

Last Year In Marienbad (DVD) Alain Resnais’ “Last Year at Marienbad” is one of the most baffling movies ever made. This masterpiece, even after so many years, will be indigestible for many of its viewers. Made in 1961, a time when a different kind of filmmaking was getting appreciation, this one was as much puzzling as it is today. Some say the reason is the narrating style, some say the dialogues, and others say the locations, but whatever the reason is, it makes the film the masterpiece as we know it today. Just a few years before “Marienbad”, Resnais made a short called, “Night and Fog”. It was a live documentary about the Nazi torture on Jews. It was the most haunting thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Even a slight memory of the documentary makes me wonder what had happened to humanity. The documentary was shown again in 1990, to make people aware of the horrors of war. Resnais shot to fame after that work. The same dream like sequence (though not so scary) is the most important aspect of “Marienbad”. It is actually argued whether the whole movie was in a dream or not, and both the answers can be well justified. The opening shot takes us to a sort-of royal hotel, the narrator talking about it in a way which is comprehensible. For our “ease”, he says the same line for over five times, and every time in the same fashion. He tells us about the same rooms, same corridors, thick carpets and silent people the hotel has. The camera moves through statued people as we tour the hotel. All are suited, some ...

The Wind Rises (DVD) 02/04/2015

one of the best films about dreams and passions...

The Wind Rises (DVD) Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” And, in the larger context of this film, it is even said multiple times in the film, Paul Valery said, “The wind is rising, we must try to live.” Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises” is one of the most beautiful and rich film on dreams and passions I’ve ever seen. Surprisingly, this is a biopic. Given the previous works of Miyazaki such as “Spirited Away” and “My Neighbor Totoro”, it is really easy to think that “The Wind Rises” is just another feather from his impeccable imagination. Apart from being a film about dreams, this is a film about professional life, war, modernization, and love. The focus, however, remains on Jiro Horikoshi’s dreams. There are actually sequences where we see his dreams, which are full of fighter airplanes and his hero Caproni, an Italian aircraft-designer and a genius. Jiro is a passionate lover of airplanes, and there are just them in his dreams. His eyes are extremely weak, and that ruins his dream of being a pilot. But one day, his teacher, who knows about his passion, gives him a magazine, written in English, about Caproni, and he gets mesmerized by the designs in the magazine. He learns Caproni is an aeronautical engineer. Jiro decides to become an aeronautical engineer, the movie forwards 7-8 years, and we see Jiro on a train to Tokyo, where he will study aeronautics. The film takes a few time-leaps in the first half, and that’s where I’m ...

XXY (DVD) 25/03/2015

a film on identity, questions our mentality about "abnormals"...

XXY (DVD) The single problem you might have with “XXY” is its misleading title, which received an amount of criticism from the audiences and intersex community. A person having XXY syndrome (or Klinefelter syndrome) doesn’t even have an idea that he does have it. Being intersex has nothing to do with this syndrome. A male with XXY syndrome has an extra X sex chromosome. But he doesn’t show any symptoms and, as shown in the film, he can’t possibly be intersex. The title doesn’t bother me, and the above description is just a bit of knowledge. Now you can keep aside your doubts regarding the title, if you had any, and get further into the review of what I can proudly say the best film on social identity ever. Lucia Puenzo, the director, in her debut feature deals with a subject so hard-hitting, sensitive and challenging, and she does that in a memorable and an undiluted way. She shows us the reality and right at the beginning warns us how haunting it is. The characters in the film deserve sympathy and Puenzo keeps the film that way. She uses many disturbing social events like rape and sodomy, but nothing is as disturbing as the social standings for characters like Alex. Alex Kraken (Ines Efron) is a 15-years old intersex person, who lives with her parents on a beach in Uruguay where no other family except theirs reside. Her parents moved to Uruguay from Argentina when they had Alex. They didn’t want the world to know about her. Alex is taking homeopathic medicines to suppress ...

Monsieur Hire (DVD) 24/03/2015

a film on voyeurism, love and seduction...

Monsieur Hire (DVD) I’d be lying if I say this film didn’t creep me out. There are not many characters in the world who would go to the lengths of Mr. Hire (Michel Blanc) and Alice (Sandrine Bonnaire) in hopes of achieving something so mischievous and in a very unhuman way. The lack of the background knowledge of the characters does create some trouble in completely understanding them, which somehow merges beautifully with the mood of the film. Patrice Leconte’s “Monsieur Hire” is an unsympathetic and a hateful take on voyeurism, mismatched love, seduction and exploitation. And just when things start to seem happy, Leconte shocks us. With just two characters, Leconte uncovers these rare emotions in a very unique way. He doesn’t allow much charm and lovingness to enter the lives of his characters, yet he allows them to mingle, in an unkind and suspicious way. The drama Leconte serves us does take its toll on us when it becomes a character study. The film starts with a dead body of a young girl lying in open. Some might think, given the opening shot and the thriller genre of the film, it as a crime thriller and a couple of scenes after the opening sequence work like one. But just when we see Monsieur Hire, an unsocial tailor, in his apartment, watching a beautiful girl changing clothes through his window, we know something is very, very uneasy with the character and the film. And our doubts are confirmed when we hear the story of an old lady feeding poison to the pigeons, her whole life. ...

Autumn Sonata (DVD) 23/03/2015

a mother-daughter relationship is this grotesque somewhere...

Autumn Sonata (DVD) With every film of Bergman, I come to know a whole lot about this man. After watching “Autumn Sonata”, I read up about a dozen of articles dedicated to him, in hopes of knowing him even better, but his clearest and best description as a person is given in his films. When Eva (Liv Ullmann) tells her mother, Charlotte (Ingrid Bergman), about her view of mankind and people, a person like me (who had dared watching some more of his films) knows these are Bergman’s views. And aren’t they incredible! Eva says, “To me, the man is a tremendous creation, an inconceivable truth. Man is God’s image, and in God, there is everything. Human beings are created, but also the demons and the saints, the prophets and artists and iconoclasts.” That is just an idea, Bergman’s characters and stories reflect much more than that. A human like me who is intrigued by a common life, finds Bergman’s films experiences of a lifetime. “Autumn Sonata” starts at an easy note. You even see Bergman capturing nature’s beauty in one scene. A hope arises that this film is perhaps one of those few films where he goes a little merry. But no. After a half-hour of the film has passed, there happen merely three sequences (with mild flashbacks) and the story which is told in those three sequences is something you can’t forget. There is so much pain and fear, all of which strikes Eva and Charlotte in one blow, and once you realize that Eva and Charlotte had been living hiding those pains from the world, a sudden ...

Red Beard (Subtitled) (Wide Screen) (DVD) 18/03/2015

Kurosawa is the best at his game...

Red Beard (Subtitled) (Wide Screen) (DVD) There are very few 180+ minutes’ films which, in spite of being a full-fledged drama, make you go through them with not even a single break. Kurosawa’s “Red Beard” is one of those few films. It is in black-and-white, no action, no comedy, no thrill, and yet I didn’t feel the time passing. I have to start the review like this because I was watching a three-hour film after very long and I was afraid of getting tired or sleepy, but when I started the film, the next stop was the end. In fact, I was wishing this to be a much longer feature. Such is the greatness of this film by Kurosawa. Kurosawa’s films are often filled with lives and humans and their struggles for survival. It is said that humanism was one of his favorite topics. And the way he has explored it in his films is just incredible. Be it “Seven Samurai” or “Ikiru” or any other film, Kurosawa always leaves you having thoughts and objections about humanity. His films’ other major focus is on poverty and the differences between rich and poor. And with every film, we are taken aback by his representation of this sentiment. He doesn’t shy away from showing the struggles of the poor, even if they seem too emotional or pitiful, because it is the way poverty actually is. “Red Beard” talks about many social issues, and with beautifully placed emotions. Issues like child-abuse, rape, child-prostitution and many more leave you shocked. It is one of the reasons I believe this film to be one of the best social films. Even ...

Syndromes And A Century(DVD) 13/03/2015

there was just too much scope left by the director...

Syndromes And A Century(DVD) Knowing about people and how they react in critical situations have always been the pleasures of cinema. In “Syndromes of a Century”, the story is too minimal for such a concept. Also, it makes the pace so slow that you just want to sleep off the large silences where precisely nothing happens. And the fact that I like slow movies very much makes me wonder what it was about this one that made it so boring and impossible to endure. Though in the later half, we understand the intentions of the director and concept of the movie, and once we do, we know they are extremely underused. Apichatpong Weerasethakul dedicated the movie to his parents, who both are doctors by profession. He said that it is partially a biography of his parents’ lives as doctors. The director tells us about how people transform themselves for the better and in the better. The dialogues and story are repeated in the second half with changes in locations and time. Whereas the first half takes place in a rural area with a small hospital, the second half sees itself in Bangkok Medical Center. The characters talk about life, disease, dreams, love and death both times, but with a different perception and view of the society. The idea is indeed very strong, enough to make your mind boggle, but the execution and the story is not as much. There are very few philosophical movies which do justice to their ideas. Directors like Bergman were curious about such ideas. He told the world his view about it in movies like ...

Studio Ghibli The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Blu-ray) 11/03/2015

a film so powerful you'll be drained in your tears by the end...

Studio Ghibli The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Blu-ray) In 1959, after watching an animated French film “The King and the Mockingbird”, Isao Takahata asked a colleague if these kind of things were possible with just the animation. He had studied French literature, but after watching that film, he decided to devote his career to animation features. And since then, he’s been dazzling us with the sheer beauty of his stories and natural imagery in his films. Be it this film or “Grave of the Fireflies” or any other film by him, two things are always there: a moving story and fathomless natural beauty. Takahata adds a lot more to the frames with his impeccable imagination, this feature being the best example. “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” is a stroke to all those traditions around the world which force someone to be caged forever. Also, it is a tale of sacrifices Kaguya’s father, the bamboo-cutter, and mother make. In fact, the story the feature is based upon is originally named “The Tale of a Bamboo-Cutter”. Once inside the film, the enjoyments of the childhood are a treat to watch. Just watching little Kaguya, or L’il bamboo as her friends like to call her, enjoying her share of moments like a free bird in the sky fills one’s heart with merriment. Also, one can’t ignore the emotional power of Takahata’s films (those who’ve seen “Grave of the Fireflies” know very well). What’s even more profound is the simplicity Takahata maintains throughout the film. The tale is also magical and mythical in its broad sense. That’s why I used the ...

Letter From An Unknown Woman (DVD) 10/03/2015

a movie with subtle disturbingness and perfect writing...

Letter From An Unknown Woman (DVD) Max Ophuls’ “Letter from an Unknown Woman” is a proof of sayings such as, “Love is eternal,” “Love is selfless,” and “Love is unstoppable.” This is not a romantic story, and neither is it a love tragedy, it is about a girl who starts falling in love with a man but never tells him, a mistake that makes her life miserable, even in the happiest of the moments. Lisa Berndle (Joan Fontaine) starts having affection towards Stefan Brand (Louis Jourdan), especially when he is playing his piano, and very soon that affection turns into love, as she says on the second day of Stefan’s arrival in the neighborhood. The woman in the film is not unknown but is forgotten. Lisa happens to spend a day with Stefan after a lot of stalking. To Lisa, that day is the best day of her life as we hear her say, “Every moment with you is happiest moment of my life.” But to Stefan, it seems like just another one of his one night stands. Stefan leaves the next day, promising to return in two weeks, but he leaves Lisa with his baby. He doesn’t return, as expected. Lisa gives birth to their child and decides to raise him without telling Stefan about it. It is not just Lisa who suffers in this movie, she writes a letter to Stefan telling everything from start to end (the movie starts with the arrival of that letter, whose first line says that Lisa will be dead by the time Stefan gets the letter). The letter contains enough emotions and power to destroy Stefan’s life completely, by making him guilty in his ...

Game of Thrones Season 4 (Blu-ray) 09/03/2015

brilliant story, characters, performances and visuals...

Game of Thrones Season 4 (Blu-ray) This review will contain spoilers for first three seasons and those who haven't watched the first three seasons yet won't be able to understand it much as this is just the review for the fourth season "Game of Thrones" is an epic journey of awesome characters, exhilarating performances and brilliant visuals. No one can argue with that. But there is one thing, in spite of all the above mentioned things, which makes it the best TV-series currently (now that "Breaking Bad" is finished), its vast storyline. George R. R. Martin started writing the books in 1991 and since then he's been living in Westeros, creating intriguing story and characters. There are plenty of themes and emotions, and for people who are not into all those things there are mind-blasting twists. 4th season is no less than the previous ones in terms of twists, action sequences and visuals. There is, however, a substantial difference in storytelling. Whereas in first three seasons, we see some major events, 4th season told us that hereon we will experience the aftermath of those events. Some new characters are introduced, and as always, many of the old ones are removed. There are a few surprises for them who've read the books. Plot In King's Landing: Preparations for Joffrey's wedding are going on. People from different kingdoms are coming. We see Dorne's participation first time here (although there are speculations of Dorne's indirect participation in every major event occurring in Westeros, from Ned ...
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