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Tagline: A comedy about taking it one step at a time.
Genre: Comedy | Drama
Director: Greg Berlanti
Stars: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel and Josh Lucas
Trailer: Life As We Know It

What this is about: Two single adults become caregivers to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident.

What I say: My time now a days are in absolute desolation. I don’t watch movies that regularly, although I collect each n every good looking ones. I’ve been very busy watching the episodes of Man vs Wild, Fringe and House. Even though the movie trailers seem interesting to me, I do not have the energy initially to go through the epistle of the whole hours. Last night I thought of this and was determined to watch something.

The reasons I chose this one is okeyish trailer and FHM #1 Katherine Heigl. The plot here is so common, as seemed from the trailers. But I thought I could use some laughs. The movie starts abruptly. Unusual scene to start really. Then there’re no twists in the story. Two non-coupling singles stay together to take care of their best friends’ baby- sounds Indian! There’s no twists and everything is so predictable in the plot development. Oh, not development because the plots perhaps took a scenic route to come up. A plain story. There were some nice shots for some laughs and giggles.

Josh Duhamel has done his as usual surprised-all time-face acting. He did the same thing in the fantastic series Las Vegas. That’s how he’s familiar to me. I don’t need to see how you transform your reactions. Now the lookety dookety doo Katherine. Splendid acting here. Her greyed anatomy knocked me up! Although she doesn’t like to keep tabs on her weight, still looks beautiful. The chemistry between her n Josh was very good. They both managed to handle the child well. Remember Josh Lucas- the guy who looks a bit like Matthew McConaughey? He’s a good doc and keeps his coolness. Apart from these three, rest of the cast are just worthless addition. I didn’t get why the other people kept popping up without any reason.

The soundtrack is very good. Even a newbie like me will enjoy if he’s into slow rhythms.

If you have got nothing else better or not in a mood to watch a grotesque click, you can take your off with this. Despite many flaws, the movie is still enjoyable and for the starters to this year, an average romcom. I’ll give it a 5/10 as I know it 😉


Tagline: She’s back…And she’s bringing a few of her friends.
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Writer: Paul W.S. Anderson
Genre: Action | Adventure | Horror | Sci-Fi
Stars: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter and Wentworth Miller
Trailer: Resident Evil Afterlife

What this is about: In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead leads them to Los Angeles, but when they arrive the city is overrun by thousands of Undead and Alice and her comrades are about to step into a deadly trap.

What I say: I don’t really remember what was the last time I added a movie review to my (b)log. Much often I was tempted to write one. The peak happened after watching Harry Potter v7.1. But it was well synoptic in Tanmay’s FB status. I could not think of anything better than him (well, I literally CAN’T). My readers don’t miss me. yet that doesn’t mean I’m retired, am I now? Which brings me to this: why have I taken up so much time from playing NFS Hot Pursuit into writing this one. Well, follow till the end.

I don’t like these clichéd virus-infected movies unless they have spicy add-ons like Zombieland. Although interest-less I watched this one as always only because I was having my lunch and I could not find anything better that would do good if i went 5 seconds off screen while having a mouthful. I had seen the 1st part. Liked that kindda though. That might be because that was my first zombie movie and I thought  Milla Jovovich was hot. And that was my excuse for watching this.

This one has an added blonde- Ali Larter. Despite her looks, she acts awful. I thought she was good since her role in Heroes TV Series. Here- Yuck!! The plot starts where the previous part ended and as usual- city devastated by a zombie infective virus killing n converting every human it encounters. Our protagonist Alice goes on and on and on searching for god knows what. Opening scene- Umbrella Corp which was originally responsible for the spread of this deadly spree gets breached by Alice look alikes or i-do-not-know-WTF-they-were. They come bursting into the place and kill every guard like in Kill Bill and don’t get hurt- too much of Matrix. The evil mastermind escapes but gets busted by the original Alice (what’s happening) and gets killed. But to my astonishment Alice comes out in one piece when the aerial vehicle was confirmed to pieces. She meets more people on the way and together they make way for a long journey.

The plot was a pain in my brain and I wished I’d kick Paul WS in the groin. It seemed to me as if there were random pieces made and tried to be joined which had no morphological connection what so ever. Alice keeps on flying solo for half a year and I kept wondering where on the earth she gets the jet fuel from. To err is human, eh! But it is the road to perfection for Brit directors; at least that’s what they seem to think. There’s an action sequence where Ali Larter (Claire) is trollridden by a giant sackhead swinging half a ton axe. We get to know that she knows gymnastics and thus gets wet. She poses as if it’s the red carpet while Alice coins the monster’s head for a Rag & Roll. The director must have thought the audience would actually cheer inside the hall seeing the blondy and the brunette- WET! 😉 Definitely stutter statement for me.

The whole population around me thinks this one is pretty cool. I’m not surprised after my learning in early times that Step Up 3 is the best dance flick ever made. ROFL.. It’s like a blast from the past. The movie is enjoyable, if any, in 3D. The action scenes bring a different perspective in 3rd dimension. IMDB has over 6 rating, out of which half i assume from watching in 3D.

As far my view on this one goes, it’s parallel to the Rottentomatoes which I quote from- As dim-witted and lifeless as its undead antagonists, Resident Evil: Afterlife is a wholly unnecessary addition to the franchise. 3/10– Maano Ya Na Maano. Now, I’m whizzing fast to NFS HP where I’m a Patrolman rank III. 🙂

Tagline: No toy gets left behind.
Director: Lee Unkrich
Genre: Animation/Comedy/Family
Trailer: Toy Story 3
Ratings: IMDB 8.8/10, Rottentomatoes- 99%

What this is about: Woody, Buzz and the whole gang are back. As their owner Andy prepares to depart for college, his loyal toys find themselves in daycare where untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice. So, it’s all for one and one for all as they join Barbie’s counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear to plan their great escape.

What I say: Long time I’ve not added anything to this read-by-less-than-10-people blog. Still I write. This time I pick the freshest pick of the year. It’s no secret that I admire the 3D animation movies. Like Coke n Pepsi, there are two giants in this business- Disney n Dreamworks. This one is presented by Disney Pixar. Thanks to Steve Jobs. Pixar has given us a whole set of fabulous animated Academy Award winning movies like UP and Wall-E. I had seen Toy Story and Toy Story 2 earlier. Naturally I was excited for the third part too. I’m writing this review so late because of the availability (if you know what I mean).

Last night after I came back from college, I sat down to see this one. It’s a secret that nevertheless I do not study. After a great series I was expecting very high of this one. And I was not disappointed. It’s a good thing out in Hollywood, two great animated movies released around same time- Toy Story 3 and How To Train Your Dragon. It’s hard to pick which one is better. Double mazaa, eh!

The director Lee Unkrich is a great director. He’s known for Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc and Toy Story 2, all under Pixar. Pixar is well known for making movies with very string scripts unlike Dreamworks. The voiceovers, animations, soundeffects, story, music, everything and absolutely everything was neatly and nicely done. The story is like previous versions- search & rescue. Although it seemed to me that it had a dull beginning which is a far cry from the antecedent duos. The movie is not high time funny allover. But I could not stop myself smiling at the witty characters. It had a perfect ending. But it doesn’t reach a real depth till the ending. And one thing I think should be of mention that one will enjoy it fully if he/she had seen the previous  two. Otherwise, there will be less or no character attachment. The people who watch it without watching the prequels, might not like it to the extent as I did. But that’s not a neg point, that’s just a cautionary tale.

To conclude I can say that there are very few cinemas which are great sequels. Among them Toy Story 3 definitely stands out. It is a darling of iMDB by currently clinching 18th spot worldwide and rottentomatoes’ cent percent by top critics. How could I fall into an oblivion! Of course not!  I also join the bandwagon.

I think this one does not need a verdict of mine, nonetheless, it would matter. Still to follow my tradition and to show that I’m a CRITIC, I’ll give it a 9 point O. I’m an expert, ain’t I now?

Mary And Max (2009)

Posted: July 27, 2010 in Hollywood Wanted, Reviews

Tagline: Sometimes perfect strangers make the best friends

Director/ Writer: Adam Illiot

Genre: Animation |  Comedy |  Drama

What it’s about: It is a simple tale of pen-friendship between two very different people; Mary Dinkle, a chubby lonely eight year old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max Horovitz, a 44 year old, severely obese, Jewish man with Aspergers Syndrome living in the chaos of New York. Spanning 20 years and 2 continents, Mary and Max’s friendship survives much more than the average diet of life’s ups and downs.

What I say: I never thought that I’d be writing a movie review again after a month, when I learnt that my friends don’t want to listen to my arbitrations. Had nothing to see as I was not in a mood for a heavy drama or thriller. I didn’t want my head to engage itself in judgmental inferences or raving adrenalines to rush throughout my body, especially when I had my dinner. Missed Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragons in theaters due to my time-space continuum imbalance and financial mismanagement. Generally I don’t watch movies without reading the reviews. But this time, I felt too sleepy to take a break from my Mafia Wars in Facebook. I wasn’t expecting a dime from this dull looking poster. But when the credits started rolling, I couldn’t obscure my urge of writing something about it.

As simple the name is, as simple the story goes. Without twists and turns, a simple life of two pen-pals. The cinema depicts their life, the events, all containing only in letters to each other. It’s based on such a simple thing that one would be amazed until. The stop motion clay animation gives the characters an odd yet funny makeover and an undulating flavor throughout. The voice-overs are done very well. The cinematics supplementing to the plot of the movie and the narrations are done very carefully and to the finest possible detail. This was not the director’s random attempt. After getting an Oscar, Adam Illiot has surely given his essence of his sense in making this flick. The sensible dialogs with a funny dialect has made wonders. I didn’t yawn once in midst of the show. And after its end my nerves were filled with a rare agitation which I was as unsure as “The Max”.

In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. He enjoys a position where he can scrutinize something under the sun for his purview. He thrives on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth he must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than his criticism designating it so. Tonight, I experienced something new, an extraordinary movie from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the movie and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about finesse of Hollywood, is a gross understatement. The movie has rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for movies from Bizarre accent counties. Many times I watched as if I was to become cinematic figurine for having a variety of taste  and tried to savor the inherent meaning lying in them, only to be bittered by the blurred accents and blatant contents. But I realize, only now do I truly understand what I might have been missing for years now. Not everyone can make a great movie, but a great movie can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine how the Academy Awards has missed the limelight on this small wonder which is, in my opinion, nothing less than one of the finest motion pictures I’ve ever seen.

I don’t want to rate it. I don’t want to raise any ambivalence. Still to continue my saga as my inventory of  junk piece critique, I might give it a 9/10.

We human beings are bound to a tyranny of relationship which might have other plans. In the tiresome world of pleasing every other one but our own, we might one day realize that we overlooked our diamond while we were too busy searching stones. This motion picture has casted a glimpse how two people were bound in an extraordinary bond. May be I got too emotional, may be you will think of me much lesser or hate me for striking a nerve. But think once- have you ever found your diamond? Then you call me by names, I won’t mind. I will be returning to have my hands on writing similar things soon, but always hungry for more.


Posted: June 6, 2010 in Hollywood Wanted, Reviews

Tagline: His people needed a leader. He gave them a champion.
Director: Clint Eastwood
Genre: Biography | Drama | History | Sport
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon
What this is about: Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Nominated for 2 Oscars: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role- Morgan Freeman
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role- Matt Damon

What I say: Invictus- in latin it’s for The Unbeaten. The title is appropriate, for this movie is not about winning, it’s about leading. For those out there who think that they will get a spirit of sports for the underdogs rising to the glory, they will not be pacified at whole. It’s about the greatest leader living. The man whose whole life has been in decoys and developments, who never took a rest in thinking for a better world and whom the world gave an accolade with the Nobel, this is the story about him, about his passion, about his determination. This is about Dr Nelson Mandela.

This is not a by goner’s tale. This happened after Dr Mandela came to power in Republic of South Africa. This is the story about how a leader of our time led his country to stand united by a game of rugby. It’s breathtaking, it’s exhilarating, and it’s compassionate. The role of Mandela played by the legendary Morgan Freeman is absolute sore to your eyes. He’s got a sheer magic in him. He’s never disappointed me in the past, and he’s done it again. The charismatic bicentennial has still got in him. He’s like the Mozart of music, Shakespeare of drama, Sachin of cricket, Maradona of soccer, a lone wolf who’s capable of a spark in despair.

The movie depicts the life of Nelson, although scotched as a sports flick. That’s no tale about underdog performance by the Green & Gold. It’s at the end. It was predictable, it was not fussed about and it was relevant. The games played in the movie are for real. Matt worked really hard for this one. Kudos to the sensational Eastwood. Clint has delivered a clinching and rooting motion picture. He did it in Grand Torino, he did it in Changeling, he did it in Million Dollar Baby, he did it in Flags of our Fathers, he did it in Two Letters From Iwo Jima, and he has done it again. With this one he has relived the glorious life of Madiba.

Don’t see it for rugby. Don’t see it for underrated to revival. See it for Mandela. See it for Morgan “Magical” Freeman. And see it for Clint. I guarantee you, it won’t let you down. It’s not one of my favorites, but it’s one of the best to remember our heroes. May be the movie could have lived more to some extent and may be it has its shortfalls. But I don’t feel like mentioning it and ruining the jubilant me.

My earnest and from deepest of my core, I salute Dr Nelson Mandela for what he’s has undergone, for what he is and for what he has done. Hearty 7/10.