Movies You Watched This Month – April 2013

himmatwala2 Synopsis: Ravi returns to the village to his mother and sister and takes revenge against the land grabbing Sarpanch who was responsible for his father’s suicide. The movie is a remake of the 1983 Himmatwala. Had not seen the original before except some bits here and there. So watched the original Himmatwala after watching the new Himmatwala.

The movie is pretty much a faithful retelling of the original Himmatwala with some changes. Some of the changes like Ajay not being the real Ravi don’t add much to the story. Riteish track was horrible and unnecessary. While the original had Jeetendra as an Engineer and is shown doing some work Ajay’s character does pretty much nothing. There was a flooding scene and some song with villagers which has thankfully been removed from the remake. The original has Ravi’s father as the school teacher who is accused of attempted rape and him running away due to the humiliation. Since this part was similar to the new Agneepath the father track has been changed to a Pandit who is accused of stealing and him committing suicide. The ridiculous tiger part in the remake was not there in the original.

The original Himmatwala was itself a bad film but seems better in comparison to the remake may be due to nostalgia. Jeetendra’s acting in the original was bad too but his costumes were funny. Sridevi had some thunder thighs and the camera was focusing on her behind in a few scenes. Amjad Khan was good in it and so was Kader Khan.

Ajay was bad in lot of scenes and was trying to repeat his Singham act in some scenes. Tammannah was ok but looked pretty. There is the stupid Bum Pe Laat song where kids kick her butt and I don’t know if this is supposed to be funny or its Sajid’s advice to kids. Paresh Rawal was very irritating specially as he was trying to copy Kader Khan including his voice. Mahesh Manjrekar was ok in that role but his role was more that of a comic villain.

The problem with the movie is that it is pretty much the 80s movie made in 1980s. It has the whole mother, sister angle and the sister being harassed by her in laws and so much melodrama at the end. There is only one Pyscho spoof scene which is somewhat funny. One cannot remake a bad 80s movie today and expect people to like it. The movie should instead have been a spoof of the old Himmatwala.

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rudy-ruettiger1 Synopsis: Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame.

Movie started off well with the whole underdog thing. But at many places he seemed more like a crazy guy than a man with a dream or a mission and he was lucky to get help that he got which many others would not have. While the movie showed that he put a lot of heart and fight during the training sessions it felt like that the others looked at him more with sympathy because of his lack of height/physique and that the final game was more like a charity thing. I thought that the movie would be of him becoming a successful player but it turned out that he played just one game.

The scene where the players offer their jerseys was so cheesy and did not happen in reality. Neither did the Rudy chant happen in reality. They also added some drama with the new coach being against him and Rudy quitting and all that which never happened. Sean Astin was good as Rudy. Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Charles S. Dutton were good.

“The real life Dan Devine was actually the one who insisted on playing Rudy in his final game. Hell, even when the movie was being made, Devine gave the filmmakers permission to turn him into the film’s villain in order to help Rudy, who he considered a good friend.” Link

What’s damning about the movie is this and this is confirmed from Rudy’s own website too (Link). “By the way, ever wonder who saw Rudy play that day and got so inspired he just had to make it into a movie? Nobody. It was Rudy himself who spent a full decade trying to convince studios that his life was so awesome it deserved a movie, before one of them finally relented. That’s the spirit, little guy!”

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  1. Alia Bhatt fan 6 years ago

    glad that you survived after watching both the old and new himmatwala 😀

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      sputnik 6 years ago

      Ha Ha. After watching the new Himmatwala surviving the old one was not that difficult 😉

  2. Nilda 6 years ago

    Just curious … What inspired you to watch new HW?

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      sputnik 6 years ago

      Nothing. Just wanted to write about the latest Hindi movie too in this post.

  3. shinji 6 years ago

    Rudy is one of mine all time favourites. A classic of a movie.

  4. shinji 6 years ago

    @sputnik : if u can make a post on this, i did be obliged. If not possible under rules of the forum, than also it ok!

    Well, i have to admit, it’s some time a movie/video/scene motivated me to write/post something, but there are moments in life which move you from your work and normal life, and make you notice something extraordinary! and yet funny that you realise yes indeed you are living! ( ya i know i exaggerate at times but being a fan masala movies doesnt help the matter, everything is larger than life ) But on this one seriously I am quite moved at simple innocent colourful fun the short offered me with it’s backward technique! If you thought those mind bending movies/short only can be serious like inception, etc wait till you have seen this

    I had one such small moment as i was about to crash tonight, when my friend Bandish, send me a link for this short! and i was like what the hell, was that sent for me?? that’s a first! My second reaction was must be some movie trailer/some music video… and as i sleepily awaited buffering, the music caught my attention! which couldnt have been more appropriate… and than began fun magic riot! as the Dhuleti ( holi ) celebration unfolded with a beautiful rainbow coloured girl ( Reema Shah, it was delightful fun to see your expressions ) and the magic of Holi Colours!! The girl had some very pertinent expressions, which drew my attention and along with the crazy fact that i was not knowing what was happening! i was like what the hell, as i was quite sure something Mementosque about this short! My mind was trying to figure the trick! and yet but the sheer enjoyment of colours and fun she was having overcomes my natural human instinct to think/analyse and i enjoyed it! The fact that i was compelled to write, forgetting the fact that i was otherwise sleeping with tensed dreams of an fresh urgent matter, was washed away in the water and colours of this Holi video ( Lord save my client! ) , hopefully suggest others may also like it so sharing it!

    Two Thumbs Up!

    * When Bandish is not making Holi videos with friends and having a riot with mind bending colourful videos, he is practising lawyer at Gujarat High Court! A expert at his craft imo.
    * it was his first video to my knowledge!
    Reema Shah also when not playing holi and acting for first time in the short is Chartered Accountant by profession, sure she would be making numbers also as colourful and fun as her act in the short

  5. Reddemon 6 years ago

    Sputnik now you are a real ‘Himmatwala’ 😛

    I Didnt liked Rudy. It looked like a wannabe to me. Never Knew the facts you have mentioned. Now it seems even more ridiculous 😉

  6. Tulmul 6 years ago

    Sputnik

    Bhraata Are you Alive 😛 ????

  7. cr7 6 years ago

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  8. hithere 6 years ago

    Himmatwala-1 and Himmatwala -2 dekhne waale purush hi nahi…

    ps – I have seen Himmatwala-1 few days back 🙂

    p1 – Saw tezz – Bollywood version of Speed, Unstoppable, Casino Royale chase scene and host of other movies..And still below par movie.

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    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched Witness A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial.

    Movie starts of as a thriller but its more of a love story and a look at the Amish culture and their life. I thought the movie would be about hiding the kid till the trial but there never was any trial or anything. I think the murder and the police angle was just an excuse to set the love story in Amish country. The ending was quite silly with the villains not even trying to kill the kid who was a witness but just wanting to kill Harrison Ford. One of the villains does not even shoot Harrison Ford when he has the chance and then lays down his gun on a lecture from Harrison Ford.

    The movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won two, for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing. I don’t think it deserved the Best Original Screenplay award. The only thing new/unique about the movie is that it is set in Amish country.

    For those who don’t know much about the Amish they “are a group of traditionalist Christian church fellowships. The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amish

    Harrison Ford was good and its his only Oscar nomination as Best Actor. He was better in Regarding Henry though and deserved a nomination for it. Kelly McGillis looked pretty and acted very well too. Lukas Haas, the little kid who played Sameul was cute and acted well. Never like Danny Glover and did not like him in this one too.

    • hithere 6 years ago

      John Abraham and Udita starrer Paap was copied from this.

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        sputnik 6 years ago

        Heard about it long time back but for some reason I remembered it as Zeher. While watching the movie yesterday I was wondering how they adapted the Amish thing. So they changed it to a Buddhist setting.

        • hithere 6 years ago

          That was out of time. Bhatts’ have mastered small b-grade thrillers with good songs.

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    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched Iranian movie The Deserted Station On a pilgrimage to Mashad from Tehran, a couple’s transportation breaks down, far from any major town. The husband, a photographer, seeks help at a nearby village and encounters a teacher who offers to help. Whilst the husband and teacher go off to find a spare part, the wife, who used to be a teacher, takes over the teaching lessons in the village.

    Weird movie. It was like a art film – slow and boring. There were some symbolic scenes but did not understand what was the point of the movie. Initially they show as if the town is deserted but later on there are so many women and kids.

    Leila Hatami (A Separation fame) acted well and so did the actor who played her husband.

  11. dwnpiyush 6 years ago

    Saw Table no 21. A well made film but quite depressing. Felt terribly bad for all the characters involved after the movie ended- which is quite rare. The heroine got a raw deal- don’t know why she agreed to do the movie.

  12. cr7 6 years ago

    watched due date . liked it a lot . had brilliant funny scenes,good dialogues, fantastic performance .good job with the emotional angle too . a very entertaining movie .should make a perfect one time watch . and what happens with all the road movies cinematography and locations are great . shown for only few scenes but grand canyon looked absolutely fantastic .

  13. Serenzy 6 years ago

    Cr7,
    Heard of it.. Was it Better than Hangover-1,2?

    • cr7 6 years ago

      i haven’t seen hangover 2 . hangover 1 is definitely funnier than due date .on the whole both of them are pretty much same level for me . but i may be in the minority .Popular perception is it is no where to close h1 . But i would recommend u put this movie in ur “movies to watch in 2015” list .i guess 2013&14 are already full 😛

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    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched The World’s Fastest Indian The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle — a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.

    Movie was good but it could have been even better. They should have showed the struggle/hardwork he put into modifying his bike instead of showing all the culture shock scenes for a person arriving from New Zealand. It also seemed that he had some sympathy going for him because he was old and he had come all the way from New Zealand in how they were willing to bend the rules for him.

    The driving scenes were excellent especially the one at the end. Anthony Hopkins was very good and the rest of the cast was ok.

    As far as historical accuracy goes –

    “Herbert James “Burt” Munro (Bert in his youth) (25 March 1899 – 6 January 1978) was a New Zealand motorcycle racer, famous for setting an under-1,000 cc world record, at Bonneville, 26 August 1967.[2] This record still stands today. Munro was 68 and was riding a 47-year-old machine when he set his last record.[3]

    Working from his home in Invercargill, he worked for 20 years to highly modify the 1920 Indian motorcycle that he had bought that same year. Munro set his first New Zealand speed record in 1938 and later set seven more. He travelled to compete at the Bonneville Salt Flats, attempting to set world speed records. During his ten visits to the salt flats, he set three speed records, one of which still stands today.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_Munro

    “The Bonneville run in the film is a composite of several runs Munro made, the first in 1956. In 1962 at Bonneville, he set the record of 178.971 MPH.

    Munro’s fastest complete run at Bonneville was 190.07 MPH. He never set a record of 201 MPH at Bonneville as the film portrays, but did reach 205.67 MPH on an uncompleted run, on which he unfortunately crashed.[4] Munro does crash after his 201 MPH record-breaking run, which is officialised unlike the 205.67 MPH run.” – From wikipedia.

    Thanks to FS for the Recco.

  15. Aditya007 6 years ago

    Watched ”G.I. Joe: Retaliation” in 3D , and It was An great experience with great breath-taking Action sequence and even I felt some time it was way bigger/better than ‘007 Series’ interm of non stop action, great VFX, deadpan Characters of film and It has very Advanced Technique Comprised with Great Background Score.

    Retaliation takes off You from where Rise of Cobra ended, and the movie is best enjoyed ; the President of the US has been replaced by Zartan aided with some nanomite technique used . It had carried real history-Pakistan as failed Country and the Joes are sent to retrieve the country’s nuclear arsenal ; but President of US had Cobra operative, and he wipes out the entire GI Joe force including the hero from the previous film Duke through AirForce attack in PAK ; except for the Roadblock, Lady Jaye & Flint . And after that what did happen in movie ? Is rest part of movie !

    Climax of Movie BitOf lack with your expectation which Can disappointed You and it also indicated with Next Part is Coming !

    7/10 !!!!!

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    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched In the Valley of Elah A retired military investigator works with a police detective to uncover the truth behind his son’s disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq.

    Its based on a true story of Richard T. Davis who was an Infantryman in the United States Army. Less than two days after returning from deployment to Iraq, Davis was murdered outside Fort Benning, Georgia by a fellow soldier from Baker Company, Alberto Martinez. Three other soldiers were also present and involved in the events that led up to the killing and followed the killing. Initially, the Army concluded that Davis deserted and despite pleas from Davis’ father, would not initiate an investigation into his son’s disappearance for nearly two months.[5] Davis’ remains were not found until November 2003. He had been stabbed in the head, neck, and chest at least thirty-three times.[5] His body was later dismembered, doused in lighter fluid, and burned. Unnamed sources have suggested that Davis was killed because he had planned to make a complaint about a rape of an Iraqi woman by US troops. (From wikipedia)

    The movie instead shows that the son was involved in running over their Humvee over some kid and it kind of hinted at he and his killer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Movie was a quite slow paced.

    Tommy Lee Jones was excellent as the father trying to find out who killed his son. Charlize Theron was very good too. Susan Sarandon has a smaller role but she was very good in one scene.

    • hithere 6 years ago

      I like this movie very much. It says lots of things subtly. Especially the ending flag thing.

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        sputnik 6 years ago

        I started watching the movie from the Charlize Theron scene with the lady whose dog is killed. So I did not pay attention to the flag scene at the end. Thanks for pointing out the flag thing.

        • hithere 6 years ago

          There is a flag scene at start and there is one in end. There is a political statement in the action.

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            sputnik 6 years ago

            I went back and watched both those flag scenes. Nice use of a scene to make a political statement.

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    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched Incendies. Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother’s last wishes.

    Have mixed feelings on this one. The way the movie is set up is so ridiculous. Would a woman just write a letter and tell her kids what happened or would she make them go on a trip to solve a puzzle?

    The main story of Nawal is good and it is well shot specially the middle east parts of it. But the twist also stretches it a bit too far with the son having grown old enough in the time she is in jail and him becoming a famous Muslim torturer brought to torture in a Christian prison? How does the daughter mention Wahab as her father in one scene? And what’s so special about a three dot tattoo that no one else can have? Also the movie is supposed to be set in Lebanon but it is never mentioned. There is Palestine written on a glass window but Israel is not mentioned as the invading army.

    Lubna Azabal was very good as Nawal. The girl who played the daughter Jeanne was also good.

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    Also re-watched 500 Days of Summer which I had liked.

  18. cr7 6 years ago

    watched table no 21 . decent movie , very depressing . should be seen for the issue it Highlighted . As a movie could have bee far better .

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      sputnik 6 years ago

      Had skimmed through the movie and it is Oldboyish in the revenge concept. Actually the ragging and revenge part is very similar to the movie Chitkabrey which also I had skimmed through 🙂

      • FS 6 years ago

        Chitkabrey is a Classic of Classic…. Each and every scene is Epic… Jai Ravi Kishen… Jai Chitkabrey…

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    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched Mere Dad Ki Maruti Sameer’s father purchases a new Maruti Ertiga as a wedding gift for his daughter, but Sameer loses the car and rest of the movie is how he along his friend Gattu and girl friend Jasleen try to replace the lost car.

    The whole movie is an ad for Maruti. They took product placement to a completely different level. There was some basic plot which they stretched it like a chewing gum. It was too loud especially the background music. The movie was trying too hard to be funny but it wasn’t except for a few scenes like Sameer’s sister’s dance at her Sangeet and some scenes/dialogues of Gattu.

    Saqib Saleem was acting just like he did in MFK. Rhea Chakraborty was ok. Ram Kapoor was loud. Prabal Panjabi was a bit funny even though he also was acting just like in MFK. Ravi Kishan has a small cameo and he was trying to act/behave like Salman Khan in at least the first scene.

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    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched Music of the Heart. It is based on the true story of Roberta Guaspari, a schoolteacher’s struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids.

    Movie was very good till like the halfway mark and then the movie made a 10 year leap and lost its way. It started to look like a TV serial.

    Meryl Streep was excellent as she usually is. She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress. Did not like Angela Bassett much. Aidan Quinn was ok. Gloria Estefan was bad. The little kids who played her sons initially were good but the teenagers who played her sons were kind of creepy and a couple of their scenes where they set up their mother for a date were weird.

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    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched Stanley & Iris An illiterate cook at a company cafeteria tries for the attention of a newly widowed woman. As they get to know one another, she discovers his inability to read. When he is fired, she takes on trying to teach him to read in her kitchen each night.

    Movie was good even though it was a bit slow paced. Robert DeNiro was excellent and Jane Fonda was very good. Rest of the cast was decent.

  22. sanket porwal 6 years ago

    Watched Himmatwala at end of march-

    “Spoof” is something that could have done wonders to HIMMATWALA. The jokes are silly and falls flat on face many times. The film had some good jokes post-intermission, and maximum laughs are served by Paresh rawal in an ineffective and weird accent. Why was he posed in such avatar remains a million dollar question! Songs are well picturised and are welcome distraction.

    Rating- 2/5.

    DJANGO UNCHAINED: Smart thriller with some nail-biting thrills as well. Leonardo owns the film with his portrayal. He has it in him big time! The film feels too long at 160 minutes long which is way too long for a thriller of its kind. Also the explicit scenes were unnecessary. Yet, a thoroughly engaging film with taut screenplay as well. The scenes unfolded are well intact with each other.

    Rating- 3.5/5

    CHASHME BADDOOR: The film wins your heart for the sort of simplicity that it possesses in its treatment. In a not so good form, David Dhawan’s this film manages to bring ache in your stomach and gives you an full fledged laugh-riot. Its been long that we are served with full fledged comedy in Bollywood! The Rishi-Kapoor chapter is not up-to the mark and doesn’t really go well within the mood of the film. Also one or two songs should have been chopped off. The performances are all very good. The dialogues, especially the poems are witty and memorable too.

    Rating- 3.5/5

    NAUTANKI SAALA: Nautanki saala is a decent film with Ayushman being the biggest USP. The film drops at places especially post-intermission. The camarederie between both male leads is highlight of the enterprise. The humor is well laced out of the situations, and not forced for sure. The story is weak and that reflects heavily sometimes.
    Its watchable no doubt, but a lot could have been pulled out of such impressive male cast and a talented director.

    Rating – 2.5/5

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      sputnik 6 years ago

      Agree that they should have gone the spoof route with Himmatwala.

      I liked Django Unchained. Its a good masala movie Leonardo was good but I like Waltz more. Samuel Jackson was good too.

      Have you seen the original Chasme Buddoor? I don’t think people who have seen the original have liked this.

      • hithere 6 years ago

        Original I saw long time back. Don’t remember much except few scenes. It is available on Netflix DVD, I am not sure I want to get it.

  23. cr7 6 years ago

    watched a beautiful mind . a beautiful movie i must say . liked it a lot . it is one movie where the true mentality of a man suffering from social awkwardness has been shown . liked the fact that it ended with a positive note . very well performed by all. specially both the leads , crowe and connely .

  24. FS 6 years ago

    Movies I Watched This Month

    1. Grave of the Fireflies – What a Fantastic Movie, thanks Cr for recommendation; I owe you one for recommending this to me. The last 20 minutes had such an impact of me that I literally CRIED man (probably first time ever while watching any movie). Beautiful story with exceptional cinematography, probably the best animation movie I have seen so far as its not only rich in colors, aesthetic presentation but also for its tight and beautiful script. It is set during the world war 11 in Japan where the lead protagonist Seita had to take of his little sister Setsku when his mother dies in one of the air raids, as his father is bound to give his life for the country because he is an officer. Whoever has given the voice for that child character has done an amazing job. It will come into my TOP 10 Of All time.

    2. My Neighbour Totoro – Another beautiful Japanese animated movie that is rich in colors, details, characters but had a little disappointing story. May suit to Children and may even love this film to the core but for adults it’s a simple story with children’s fairy tale and still you will not be disappointed. I liked the movie and thanks Nirjhar for recommending this movie.

    3. Frankenweenie – Animated lovers should watch this movie as well as Corpse bride. Both are very good with excellent animation and better story than the most.

    4. The Impossible – I don’t know what to say about this movie. Some scenes are outstanding and some looked really wannabe. The Tsunami scene, pool scene, hospital scene, the child searching for her mother and display of emotions after knowing abt the loss of her mother were fantastic, but scenes where father cries (excellent acting but the scene looked wannabe), display of wreckage after the tsunami were not convincing, neither those children surviving and immediately finding his father looked fake and also about the phone issue.

    5. Django Unchained – Huh, so much for this crap? Haven’t we seen so many similar movies yet more powerful in story and direction? It is the most overrated movie of 2012. Jamie Fox really disappointed me but the other guy Christopher Waltz is just fabulous. It is just stretched like a chewing gum that loses its taste after first few bites was my opinion before I saw the final 10 minutes. But then the film could have trimmed down by 20 minutes to give more edgy thrill ride than slow paced action flick. The shooting scenes are handled by both fox and waltz brilliantly. Leonardo’s performance is indeed excellent. He is one guy who can immerse himself into any character, sheer magic. Overall an entertaining flick that bores you to death in between. Samuel is brilliant and I failed to recognize him throughout the movie.

    6. Fracture – Another brilliant film entirely based on performance more than the twist or suspense (though it is good). Two brilliant actors pitted against each other and both wins hands down. Ryan Gosling is totally different in this film, in his approach and looks super confident whereas Anthony Hopkins delivers a solid performance and has rules over everyone in the film till the climax. Highly recommended film especially for Ryan Gosling fans.

    7. Old Boy – Watched it 4th time I believe. Super awesome flick.

    8. Race 2 – It was entertaining, twisted with some good performance from Saif and Anil. John continued his code of ethic to follow one expression at a time and all the time. Jacquilen and Deepika were sexy and overall it was an entertaining popcorn movie.

    9. Sinister – I am not a fan of horror genre and don’t watch many horror movies, but this was exception. It kept me on the edge until the small children started to appear. Liked the movie as well as climax. The fear factor was present till the Climax but lost its charm during the Climax. The protagonist moves to a new house where the killings took place to write a Book on the same killings. While he starts investigating, certain things start haunting him and he start believing in such weird things. As soon he realizes the existence of ghosts he goes back to the old house where he belongs but meets with unfortunate incident. Highly Recommended.

    10. The Man with the Iron Fists – Chutiya film, the b grade chinese films are better than this one. All it had was STYLE nothing else but STYLE.

    11. War of the Arrows – Another brilliant flick that revolves around a brother (master of archery) who promised his father to protect her sister from danger. Acting and performance by most of them are good, the chase scene is brilliant and the battle of arrows was also good. It is a slow paced in the beginning but when story moves forward it gives a thrilling experience.

    12. Life of Pie – Regretted for not watching it in 3D. Loved the movie for everything it had to offer. Highly recommended for those who haven’t yet watched. When I saw the promo, it looked so childish that one will not even think of downloading it from torrents which stands equal to promo of “the world’s fastest Indian”. No doubt it had such a great WOM.

    13. Babel – Four different lives and their parallel stories that are some-how connected to each other and that’s what babel has to offer. Brad pitt takes his wife to a foreign trip to Morrocco to solve the difference between the two and rekindle the lost chemistry. Meanwhile travelling through the bus his wife gets shot. Then there is a cattle breeder in Morrocco who buys a rifle to save his cattles from jackals. He hands over to his boys to take care of cattles and save them from jackals. Then there is a maid who takes care of two white kids and stays in US. She had to go to her son’s wedding while the parents are away she is forced to stay back and instead she takes the two kids along with her to Mexico for her wedding. While coming back from wedding they get bullied by US border officials for not having proper document and permission letter. The driver is related to the maid escapes from the scene leaving the kids and maid in the middle of the desert. Then there is a Korean father and her daughter’s story whereas her daughter is dumb and father is a hunter. All three characters are somehow connects in the end. I felt the Korean part was just unnecessary.

    14. Table 21 – It can be termed as Chitkabrey with better actors and high production value. Loved the Cinematography and performance of Rajiv khandelwal as well as paresh rawal’s. The portions short in Fiji Island were awesome and the song during Honeymoon or the introduction song complemented the Nature’s beauty on that Island.

    15. David – Superb, Different, Brilliant and I loved the movie. Film had three different time zone and three different stories of 3 Davids. Character of David (loyalist to his surrogate family) from London set in 1975 is performed by Neil Nithin Mukesh. He excels in his character displaying the right amount of emotions, thrill and beautiful chemistry with Monica Dogra. It is set against the backdrop of a mission to Kill Ghani, Leader of Muslim Gang in London and Indian Intelligence who claim to have found Ghani’s funds on terrorist attacks in India. As the story moves forward it reveals many unpleasant and unsatisfying mysteries of David’s family. Character of David (aspiring musician) from Mumbai is played by Vinay Virmani set in 1999 is all about his family whose lives gets affected and his father the priest gets thrashed by radical hindu activists and how his life takes U-turn from there on. Character of David (the drunkard & fisherman) from Goa played by Vikram is set in 2010 is the most lovable, appreciative as well as irritating character from the above. Isha Shervani looks so gorgeous that you will immediately fall in love with her and you definitely get to see the beautiful chemistry brewing between the two. Tabu also has a side role in this & does well. Not to mention his father’s character performed by Saurabh Shukla who is exceptionally brilliant. All three have justified their roles specially the character of David (drunkard & fisherman). It is slow paced and all three characters connect in the end on a positive note. Highly Recommended.

    16. 3G – A Killer Connection – Waste of time and waste of money put on this stupid movie. Few scenes were really good about the ghost’s part but the main plot itself is so ridiculous that it acts as a sleeping pill.

    17. Jack Reacher – Is all about one man show and its Tom Cruise. He is the Ex-military Investigator, always mobile and unreachable. It’s about a case where a Sniper kills random innocents on a street and the case is resolved within hours and the sniper gets arrested. The snipers asks Jack Reacher to investigate his case and later it is revealed that he is staged or framed for the charges that he didn’t commit. Liked the movie but could have been much better. Liked Tom Cruise performance and the main lady Rosamund but overall little disappointing.

    18. Pan’s Labyrinth – It has a parallel story of a child character indulged in her fairy world and believed to be the underground princess set in the midst of Spanish Civil War. There are some amazing scenery as well as knock out performances from the Captain of the army and the maid. The Captain is shrewd, arrogant, egoistic, cold-shoulder and autocratic, killing innocents and trying to finish off the Guerilla.

    19. Inkar – Loved the movie and brilliant performance from Arjun Rampal and Chitraganda. Superb… It’s more of a romantic tale than about sexual harassment. If the movie was promoted showcasing the romantic angle then I think it would have succeeded in box office as well. The confidence shown by Arjun in the character he played as CEO is very good and Chitragana’s character of a girl climbing up the hierarchy from an employee to National Creative Director is excellent. The Chemistry is worth mentioning and all the supporting characters have done well.

    20. Dog Day Afternoon – Based on true incident that happened in New York three men plans to rob a bank in the daylight within half an hour during the closing time and escape. One of the members decides to quit at the last moment and leaves the premise. Things go wrong in handling staff requests and within minutes the bank is surrounded by hundreds of cops, fbi, media and general public. Al Pachino is sheer brilliant and gives a knock out performance.

    21. A Dirty Carnival – A pure and one of the best Gangster Movie I have seen. It’s a Korean Movie based on the life of Byeong-du the protagonist of the film and the Gangster. There is a parallel story of his friend struggling to direct a movie as well. The realism displayed in this movie wins lot of accolades and appreciation. There are some fight scenes which brings you to reality or relate to your past incidents if ever you have been involved in fights or been a victim of these fights. The performance by all 3 major characters of the film is just brilliant.

    • cr7 6 years ago

      you’re welcome FS 😀 . u have seen a hell lot of movies . seen few of them . i found django entertaining , not a great movie though . liked dog day afternoon . pacino was fantastic. my favorite pacino performance .loved life of pi .

      • cr7 6 years ago

        and about grave of the fireflies , u summed it up pretty well . it will in my top 10 as well .

      • FS 6 years ago

        Well I planned to skip Game of thornes for now hence so many films.

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      sputnik 6 years ago

      My thoughts on The Impossible were similar. Here is my comment.

      “Watched The Impossible which is based on a true story of a family that survived the Tsunami. The Spanish family has been changed to a British family which has led to some comments of racism. There is also valid criticism that the movie concentrates mostly on white people whereas the suffering of the Thai people is hardly looked at.

      The Tsunami scenes are done very well. The movie does not show how the two little kids who were with the father survived – there is just some dialogue. There are some good emotional scenes. But it also kind of drags and I know this may sound cynical but some scenes reminded me of those Kumbh Mela scenes from old Hindi movies. Naomi Watts acted very well. Ewan McGregor was ok. He was very good in one emotional breakdown scene. Tom Holland, the elder kid acted well.”

      Movies You Watched This Month – January 2013

      Django Unchained is just a masala movie. Christopher Waltz, Leonardo and Samuel were very good.

      Have to watch Fracture and Dog Day Afternoon. May have seen last 20-30 min of Dog Day Afternoon many years ago on Star Movies don’t remember much though.

      If you liked Babel you should watch Amores Perros by the same director. I liked it more than Babel.

      Had fast forwarded though 3G – A Killer Connection. Agree wit you that the main plot itself is so ridiculous.

      • FS 6 years ago

        Will definitely check amores perros, hope its nor slow paced…

        Dog day after as CR said is best performance of Al Pacino. Watch it if u can along with grave of fireflies.

        Impossible – U have summed up pretty well & agree with u.

        • Author
          sputnik 6 years ago

          Here is my comment on Amores Perros.

          “Just finished watching the Mexican movie Amores Perros. The movie has three interconnected stories. Liked the first one a lot and that was the major part of the movie. Second one was a bit annoying. Third one was a bit slow paced. All three stories have dogs as integral characters and these are supposed to resemble their masters. Liked this movie much more than Babel by the same director. Background Music by Gustavo Santaolalla was excellent especially in some scenes.”

          Movies You Watched This Month – November 2012

          • FS 6 years ago

            Hmmm, looks like my type of dish, will taste it soon

  25. FS 6 years ago

    Also watched two more movies;

    Kirayedaar – Raj babbar’s and padmini kolhapure’s romantic tale that takes a U-turn when misunderstanding occurs between the two about the issues relating to raj babber’s father utpal dutt’s house. Like many other this one also has similar story where the tenants refuse to vacate the flat and still pay low rent compared to others where as the owner is struggling to regain his flat back. Raj babbar has acted very well and utpal dutt is exceptionally brilliant Bewakoof 😛

    Sammy 2 – Its about the story of turtles caught by the fishermen and then sold to the owner of biggest underwater aquarium in UAE and how the little kids of these turtles try to save their grand dad and father sammy2. The animation was really good but the story had nothing to offer. very poor editing as well as direction.

  26. Author
    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched Road to Perdition Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman’s son witnesses what his father does for a living.

    Liked the movie. It was good though it was quite leisurely paced. Cinematography was very good and found out that Conrad L. Hall won the Oscar for Best Cinematography posthumously. Sam Mendes direction was good.

    Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law and Daniel Craig were all very good.

    • FS 6 years ago

      Its an excellent film. I liked it a lot when i saw it 2-3 years back.

  27. Author
    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched Carnage Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the evening into chaos.

    The movie does not have much of a plot and it is deliberately dragged like anything. In fact there are a couple of points where they are leaving and come back for silly reasons just because the director wanted to make a whole movie about the two couples fighting.

    Having said that I still found much of it entertaining. Kate Winslet puking scene was hilarious.

    Christoph Waltz was the best. His expressions and his subtle needling was excellent. John C. Reilly was good. Jodie Foster was very good as the uptight liberal and obnoxious woman. Kate Winslet was very good too.

    • hithere 6 years ago

      Like this movie even though there is nothing in the movie except those 4 characters.

      Saw Django Unchained – All 4 leads were good and their role length in any other movie would be of lead. Kerry Washington’s facial expressions are very similar to what she does in ABC’s Scandal.

  28. Author
    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched The Sure Thing and The Dictator

    The Sure Thing A college student plans a cross-country trip to get laid, but ends up traveling with a young woman. They hate each other, so naturally… The movie is basically a 80s version of It Happened One Night. It was enjoyable.

    Wanted to watch this movie for quite some time since I heard that DDLJ is inspired/copied from this. The travel scenes in the first half of DDLJ are definitely inspired from The Sure Thing and there are similar scenes but they have made some changes though. Scene of them fighting over who sleeps on the bed and the bus station scene to purchase tickets are similar. She deliberately misses her bus though in the original. There is also the sudden rain scene when they have no place to go.

    Differences: They are already in the same class and go on a trip from New England to LA. She goes to meet her boyfriend and he to meet The Sure Thing to get laid. They start off on a car with another couple but because of their constant fighting the couple dump them in the middle of the ride. The Sure Thing has a scene straight out of It Happened One Night when she takes a lift from some guy.

    A very young John Cusack is good. Daphne Zuniga was very good. Nicollette Sheridan plays The Sure Thing. Tim Robbins is in a small role. Interestingly this movie is directed by Rob Reiner who also directed When Harry Met Sally four years later. Both movies have a couple riding cross country who are opposites and initially fight.

    —————–

    The Dictator The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

    The first 15-20 minutes till he comes to New York were absolutely hilarious but then the movie was hilarious at places but not so at many places. The humor was offensive, crude and politically incorrect and If one does not mind that they can enjoy the movie.

    Its basically a satire of all the dictators and there are some sarcastic dialogues about the US. Some of the dialogues are very funny.

    Sacha Baron Cohen was excellent. Anna Faris was a bit annoying. She was doing her usual dumb role in Scary Movie series. Ben Kingsley has a small role. Jason Mantzoukas as Nadal the scientist was good too.

  29. shinji 6 years ago

    Have u heard it’s soundtrack, if a not wrong it’s by james newton howard, there’s a piano piece if i am not mistaken which I like very much.

    • Author
      sputnik 6 years ago

      Which movie are you talking about?

  30. FS 6 years ago

    Watched Sixth Sense, Matru ki bijli ka mandola, Gangster Squad, Perfume – the story of a murderer and Wreck it Ralph . All were different & sucked most part of it… Liked the child’s act in Sixth Sense and Pakanj Kapoor in MKBKM. Finding Ryan Gosling in Gangster Squad expected something good but turned out pretty 80’s Indian movie.

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      sputnik 6 years ago

      You did not like Sixth Sense and you had not seen it before?

      So Gangster Squad is not good? Was thinking of watching Gangster Squad for some time because of the cast (Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte Josh Brolin and Michael Peña).

      • FS 6 years ago

        I had seen some parts of it earlier but not completely. The odd thing i felt was anyone cud easily guess he is a ghost but ghost himself didn’t knw tht he is a ghost was stupid.

        Gangster squad – your expectations gets high with so many star cast but end product is like a typical bollywood masala film.

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          sputnik 6 years ago

          I had liked The Sixth Sense when I saw it back in 1999. Not many people could guess that he was a ghost back then because it was the first movie with that twist. Since then there have been many movies with similar twists so its easy to guess now.

          Been wanting to watch the movie again since the time I watched Talaash because I have a feeling that I will have similar opinion as yours – “ghost himself didn’t knw tht he is a ghost was stupid”

          • FS 6 years ago

            May be you are right sputnik.

  31. Serenzy 6 years ago

    Game of Thrones(Season-1)

    S01(E07-E10) – Absa
    “Fucking” lutely Brilliant!!!!!

    The Last 4 Episodes were
    Awesomest of the lot and
    took the Season to an All-Time High to what I otherwise thought was a very good series, no doubt about that but Not as
    ‘Stupendous’ as many had
    proclaimed it to be.

    Have heard many say that
    Season-02 is ‘No Match’ to the Brilliance of S01.
    Hope they are proved wrong.

    p.s – Looking forward to S02 now from tommorow(or maybe today itself!).
    🙂

    Haven’t read the GOT
    Novels/Books sadly.
    Imma Huge Fan of LOTR Triology/ Huuuugggeeerrr Fan of the HP Series – both the Novels and the Movies.

    GoT Series is ‘perfect’ for me.
    I might as well read the books too at a later date.

    • Serenzy 6 years ago

      As Opposed to many, I did
      Not like the ‘character’ of
      Tyrion Lannister much.
      Yes, Dinklage is Good as Tyrion
      but there are several other
      characters – more scheming and compelling in nature and in
      their potrayals.!

      .

      Some of My Favourites Characters(until now i.e) :-

      Jaime Lannister
      Cersei
      Daenerys Targaryen
      Jon Snow
      Ned Stark
      Robb Stark
      Jorah Mormont
      Petyr Baelish
      Joffrey Baratheon
      Bran Stark
      Arya Stark
      Varys

      • cr7 6 years ago

        good to see u r liking GOT . tyrion lannister is a very favorite character of mine . both the character and dinklage’s performance is great . in season 2 he has a more nrief and significant role .so u might change ur opion then.agree with u that it has so many brilliant characters . . beside tyrion i like arya stark a lot . this kid is special .

  32. Author
    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched Jack Reacher A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.

    Movie was good but a little slow paced. Tom Cruise dropping the gun and then getting into a fist fight with the villain at the end was total Bollywood style.

    Tom Cruise was good. Rosamund Pike looked good but there was something odd about her acting. Had liked her in Die Another Day. Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog, David Oyelowo and Robert Duvall were good too.

  33. Author
    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched His Girl Friday Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) is about to get hitched to dull insurance agent Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy) — that’s if her ex-husband, ruthless newspaper publisher Walter Burns (Cary Grant), doesn’t succeed in winning her back in this battle-of-the-sexes screwball comedy.

    Its a 1940 movie. Movie started off well with the ex-husband trying to get back his divorced wife and trying to steal her back from her fiance. But then the movie goes on a completely different track of some upcoming execution of a convicted murderer.

    The movie was #19 on American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Laughs and has a 8.0 rating on IMDB but apart from the first 30 minutes the rest of the movie is not funny at all and annoying with all the fast talking. Not to mention that the ending makes her look like she never cared for her fiance.

    Cary Grant was good especially in the first 30 minutes and so was Rosalind Russell. Ralph Bellamy was good as her fiance.

    ———————-

    Watched an hour of Clear and Present Danger When the president’s close friend is murdered over ties to a Colombian drug cartel, CIA Deputy Director Jack Ryan becomes unwittingly involved in an illegal paramilitary operation that goes awry.

    Got bored by one hour with the usual CIA, US President thing.

  34. FS 6 years ago

    Watched The Others, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, Battle Royal and E.T Extra Terrestrial

    The Others – It was quite interesting but not scary & i believe as it was not so scary it’s climax justified the absence of fear through out the film. Thanks Suprabh for reccomendation, it was worth a watch & Kidman was sooooo grownup woman.

    Battle Royal – Not sure who developed the concept first but Battle Royal released before the Hunger Games & it has school kids instead of real adults fighting for survival. Movie was good.

    SBAGR – Slow paced with lots of twists and turns. Liked it again.

    E.T – Kkrish is inspired from this, isn’t it? The film will entertain mainly children & there isn’t much for adults other thn appreciating the noble cause of making a film for children.

    • Author
      sputnik 6 years ago

      My older comment on The Others

      “I would recommend The Others if you have not seen it. Its not scary but it is a very good movie and the twist is really good.”

      My Top 10 Horror Movies Of All Time

      • FS 6 years ago

        Nice discussion there. The only movie i was scared to watch was Evil Dead but that time I was too young and the one intimidating was Grudge. I had the same feeling as yours for Exorcist & i too saw it after scary movie. Even scary movie first two parts were really fun.

  35. Author
    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched The Long Walk Home Miriam Thompson, a Montgomery, Alabama housewife finds herself in the midst of a civil rights revolution when she helps her black maid Odessa during the infamous bus boycott of the 1950s.

    Its a fictional story based on the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-1956). Liked the movie and it was good.

    Whoopi Goldberg was excellent. Sissy Spacek was very good. Others were good too.

  36. Serenzy 6 years ago

    FS,
    ET is such a Gem of a Kid’s Movie.
    Gotta give credit to Spielberg man… Just see his range of movies on varying topics…
    Koi Mil Gaya was inspired from ET and I loved KMG a lot to(a 10yr old back in 2003).

    .

    I did Not SBAGR at all(being a big fan of the 1st part).

    Highly Dissapointed with Dhulia and the Actors.
    Irrfan was Sleepwalking thru the Movie.
    Glad, it Flopped.

    .

    I’ve started seeing GOT and am obsessed by it ATM.
    You have seen 2Seasons right and are watching movies and waiting for S03?

    • FS 6 years ago

      Serenzy – Have not seen GOT, i had just skimmed through all the episodes in lookout of Nudity 😛 Problem with me is tht if i start a season thn i like to finish it in one go within 2-3 days & for tht i need to have time but i don’t which is why i postponed it for a while. But had completed Homeland 2 seasons and waiting for 3 installment.

  37. Author
    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched Miral and Serpico

    Miral A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict.

    Did not like the movie. It is set against the backdrop of the Israeli occupation of Palestine but it tried to be too many things at the same time with the back story of Miral’s mother and so on. The movie should have just been about Hind al-Husseini the creator of the orphanage instead of Miral.

    Frieda Pinto was bad as Miral. Hiam Abbass was good as Hind al-Husseini and so was Alexander Siddig as Frieda Pinto’s father.

    The Bombay theme by Rahman has been used a couple of times in the movie.

    ———————–

    Serpico is based on the true story of undercover cop Frank Serpico who is threatened and wounded for refusing to take part in corruption.

    Movie was good but quite slow paced. Al Pacino was very good as the honest cop frustrated with the system. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor.

    • FS 6 years ago

      Lol just yesterday i downloaded Serpico, will watch it even if its slow pace

  38. Author
    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched Heartburn An autobiographical look at the breakup of Nora Ephron’s marriage to Carl “All the President’s Men” Bernstein. Nora Ephron is writer of When Harry Met Sally and writer/director of Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail.

    The movie was entertaining in parts and some scenes were very good. It had the potential of being a very good movie but ended up being a documentary on her life.

    Meryl Streep was excellent and Jack Nicholson was very good. Jeff Daniels was good too. Its Kevin Spacey’s debut movie and he has a small part as a subway thief.

  39. FS 6 years ago

    Watched Princess Mononoke – Another brilliant animation flick. A story about young prince Ashitaka who travels to the West in search of cure for the curse he was bestowed upon killing a demon god. He could only cure his curse by eliminating the hatred amongst the humans & animals. Loved everything about the film. Highly recommended.

    In Bruges – I had seen this film more than twice but I could actually remember only the last scene of the film. Collin Farrell is excellent as Ray who finds himself guilty and regretful of one of the job gone wrong. The other character played as Ken by Brendon Gleeson is also very good. Liked the climax especially the conversation between Ken and Harry (Ralph Finenese). It is slow paced but if you watch it in Blu Ray print you gonna like it very much for the beautiful visuals of Bruge.

    • Author
      sputnik 6 years ago

      Had watched In Bruges back in 2008 and I liked the movie and the screenplay. The climax conversation was good and funny. Like these scenes.

  40. FS 6 years ago

    Watched Main, Meri Patni aur Wo third time. Beautiful film and perfect example of “Inferiority Complex”. Some brilliant songs as well.

    • Reddemon 6 years ago

      I too like Main, Meri Patni aur Wo. Had watched it for the 2nd time some 15 days ago on Star Gold.

      The movie is simple yet very effective. Its fun to watch Rajpal yadav right from his first appearance. His interactions with shiv ling and his wife is too Good. Needless to say this was his best act

  41. Serenzy 6 years ago

    FS,
    The Simplicity and Sincerity of MMPAW is Amazing!
    Little Gem of a Movie.

    Hats off to the Director and Rajpal Yadav and Rituparna Sengupta.!

    • Serenzy 6 years ago

      The Small Town depiction adds to it.

      • FS 6 years ago

        I was waiting for it to watch in theatre per pata nahin kab aayi aur kab chali gayi. Rajpal is just brilliant

  42. Author
    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building.

    This is considered a classic and is rated 7.8 on IMDB but did not like it at all. It was boring and almost pointless. A couple of scenes were funny that’s all. There is a annoying stereotyped Japanese character too.

    Audrey Hepburn looked gorgeous and was good. She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress. George Peppard was ok.

  43. Baba 6 years ago

    sputnik – thanks for recommending the masterpiece called “jamon jamon” its a cult film. it is the “american beauty” of spanish films. just loved it. 😀

    • Author
      sputnik 6 years ago

      You are welcome. I knew you would like it 🙂

      • Baba 6 years ago

        yes i would have liked it even if it was just a good erotic film 😉 but the film is more than that it. many of the scenes have metaphorical significance. especially the climax is outstanding 😀 it is somewhat like american beauty as i said. it appears like an erotic film at first and then turns something else

  44. FS 6 years ago

    Howl’s Moving Castle – Another brilliant Japanese animation flick… day by day falling in love with these animation flicks. It’s a film about witches, wizard, curses and howl’s castle. Sophie – a beautiful young, gorgeous looking lady is cursed by witches of wastes and turns her into old lady. Shophie travels to Wastes in order to find the cure for curse and gets into Howl’s Castle. Then many things reveals, the country gets into war with other country and even howl’s castle gets destroyed. The chemistry between the howl and sophie is beautiful also the voice over artists are just brilliant.

    Mere Dad Ki Maruti – After reading Sputnik’s review was discouraged to watch the movie. but my wife forced me to watch it and liked it very much. Had good laugh through out the movie, the plot may look ridiculous but the performance of the cast and crew made up. The main lead actor is good and excellent dancer. has given effortless performance.

  45. Baba 6 years ago

    saw swordfish but only in parts. liked this scene

  46. ank_16n 6 years ago

    Watched Halloween 2007 Liked it ….way way better than Friday the 13th 2009 and other in this genre that i have watched the plot was well established with good Brilliant acting specially from that Child who played Michael …..yes had it own cliches which are must for these types of movie….still a good Time-pass..!!

    Femme Fatale—it was good but could have been Brilliant had they didn’t had that bad 10 min…..the twist in the end was bizaare and unwanted…until that last twist the movie was going with super plots and turns..!!

    • Author
      sputnik 6 years ago

      Interesting. Seems similar to Not Without My Daughter which was set in Iran and which inspired the Karisma Kapoor starrer Shakti – The Power. Even Not Without My Daughter was supposedly based on a true story but they are allegations that it is anti Iranian.

  47. ank_16n 6 years ago

    Watched Bank Job(2008) —Brilliant movie…just loved it….set in 1971 movie is beautifully written and executed. I didn’t found a single dull moment the best Jason Statham by miles(i have seen almost all his movies accept 3-4)..!!

  48. Baba 6 years ago

    saw raid redemption. brutal and quite violent . a form of fighting you may not have seen in most films. this has advanced version of penchak silat, an indonesian fighting form

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=VKPQMU9lU3Q

    • Baba 6 years ago

      penchak silat didnt use to be like this some years ago. seems it has infused quite a few moves from muay thai (thailand) and kaali (philippines) and now the developed version is quite contemporary. other countries have also developed thier ancient arts into contemporary forms including kung fu , karate,taekwondo etc. only India is the country which has literally killed all its fight forms and arts.forget about developing them

  49. FS 6 years ago

    The Secrete World of Arrietty – Wonderful, Soulful, Delightful, Refreshing and a Beautiful animated film it is. There are these little people (2-4inch tall) who call themselves “borrowers” living secretly hidden amongst the human beings. These people call themselves borrowers because they borrow (in other words steal) those things that don’t affect human beings if missed. One young boy suffering from heart problem comes to stay in the place (house) for peace accidently happens to see the young little girl Arrietty in the garden. The father of little Arrietty takes her to her first borrowing ( stealing 😉 ) where the boy recognizes her. So the family plan to move from their secrete hiding to another place far from this coz they believe that borrowers vanishes or killed if ever they are spotted by Human Beings. The chemistry is excellent. The voice again is excellent this time the young boy’s. The Second half is very good.

    Internal Affairs 2002 – Korean movie that was later remade by Martine Scorsese as “The Departed”. Had seen the departed when it released but I think I liked “Internal Affairs” more than the Departed.

    ABCD Any Body Can Dance – Wannabe movie and nothing else but the Dances were just amazing. The rain dance was better than rain dance of Step up series. It was like a highlight of Dance India Dance shows best episode. Except Puneet (one of the dancer) and K K Menon, none could act but dances by the lead stars, i.e, Ganesh and Salman were just Fabulous and leading lady is beautiful as well.

  50. FS 6 years ago

    Departures – It’s a film about professional who perform the final rituals for the departed souls or in other words about dead people. I had different expectations from the film but it turned out be a totally different film. Initially i felt bored as it was very slow paced but later started kind of liking the film. It will have a deep emotional impact if one just imagines about the final rites to be performed on your loved ones. The music in between is soothing & beautiful. Overall liked the movie n performaces are great.

  51. cr7 6 years ago

    watched happy days . thoroughly enjoyed it . the best thing about it is you can relate to it . each of the characters resembles one of ur friends . barring the unfunny and unrealistic cricket match and shankar’s experiments no boring moment at all. all the three love stories worked well . loved the junior-senior one the most . good performance by everyone . one of the better tamil/telegu(??) movies i’ve seen . and special mention for the songs . even though i didn’t have any subs during the songs liked each of them . very melodious .

    • Author
      sputnik 6 years ago

      You mean Happy Days starring Tamanna? Its a Telugu movie. I had watched it a few years back and liked it too despite some parts being a little cheesy.

    • FS 6 years ago

      My most watched film and an All Time Favorite. Only thing that i forward on a repeat watch is the cricket match and song followed after the match. How come you have not mentioned anything about Tamannah?

      • cr7 6 years ago

        LOL Fs . Tamannah was beyond words . i have given her many standing ovations during the movie 😉 And i want to thank the senior who ordered her to wear saree. she looked divine.

        • FS 6 years ago

          & when i talked abt her beauty on SB with u n aryan, both were on different note & opinion at tht time. See i told ya… 😉

  52. Tulmul 6 years ago

    Cr7 :

    Standing ovation with What 😛 ???

  53. FS 6 years ago

    Zero Dark Thirty – Finally watched it. Delayed it thinking it is all about torture and stuffs like brutality against captured terrorist in order to get the lead to capture OBL, but I was completely wrong about it. The brutality shown against terrorist prisoners and realism in “Taxi to the dark side” is much more gruesome and brutal than Zero Dark Thirty. Really loved the “motherfucker”s performance who founds out the place of OBL. Really liked it, very well executed, trimmed well not to bore with the stuffs like investigation and other follow ups. Recommended.

  54. Author
    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched Safe Haven A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.

    Its written by Nicholas Sparks the writer of The Notebook and the movie was very scenic. There is a canoeing scene similar to The Notebook . The movie is partly Sleeping with the Enemy. There is a small little twist at the end which I did not expect in a movie like this. Some may find it creepy/cheesy and some may like it.

    Julianne Hough looked very pretty and acted well. She looked like a younger version of Naomi Watts. Josh Duhamel was good. David Lyons was good as the husband and Cobie Smulders was ok.

  55. hithere 6 years ago

    Saw Safe House..Liked it very much though predictable.. it is gritty and some of the fight sequences are real good.

    The Impossible – Good acting but it beats any Bollywood movie for stupid-ness, coincidences and melodrama..

  56. Author
    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched Cry Freedom South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend the black activist Steve Biko.

    Its based on a true story. The movie was excellent until the first half but then it dragged too much in the second half. Donald’s escape from South Africa was too detailed and too long and it looked very filmy. And there was a sudden flashback scene at the end which really did not make any sense. It was as if the director Richard Attenborough of Gandhi fame did not know what to do with the movie.

    Denzel Washington was excellent as Steve Biko and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Kevin Kline was good. Rest of the cast was ok.

    Background score was very good especially at places and the African songs sounded good. Found out that the movie was also nominated for Best Original Score and Best Original Song.

  57. ank_16n 6 years ago

    Watched Boogie Nights (1997) the Journey of an 17 year old Boy…….set in late 70’s and early 80’s.
    Very good movie…. Mark Wahlberg as Eddie Adams / Dirk Diggler did full justice to his character….all other supporting cast were also good.
    just didn’t liked the ENDING….Ending could have been better Rest very good..!!

  58. aryan 6 years ago

    Watched Aashiqui 2 yesterday. Decent one time watch movie specially for lovers. Almost like all the songs. Excellent cinematography.

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    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched Breakdown When his SUV breaks down, Jeff lets his wife Amy hitch a ride with a trucker to get help. When she doesn’t return Jeff tracks down the trucker who tells the police he’s never seen him.

    Its a action thriller – a Hollywood masala movie. It was entertaining for the most part even though parts of it were silly or unbelievable. The ending was bad – it was way OTT and dragged a lot.

    Kurt Russell was very good as the desperate husband searching for his wife. J. T. Walsh was very good as the bad guy. Just found out that this was one of his last movies and he died of heart attack. He was also in A Few Good Men. Performances by all the bad guys were very good.

  60. FS 6 years ago

    Watched The Lord of the Rings Triology again.

  61. cr7 6 years ago

    watched scott pilgrim vs the world . had super duper fun watching this insane movie . even i am surprised that i liked the movie to this extent . one of its kind movie . creative,funny,intense . worth a watch

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    sputnik 6 years ago

    Watched Journey of Hope which won the 1990 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Its the story of a poor Turkish family who tries to emigrate illegaly to Switzerland.

    The protagonists came across as naive and almost careless/reckless as they take their son along while illegally entering Switzerland. And it almost looked like a Switzerland PR movie as it was made by the Govt of Switzerland and the director being Swiss.

    But then there is a tragic ending which may make you sad or angry. The performances by the father, mother and everyone else was good. The kid was cute and acted well too.

  63. Serenzy 6 years ago

    FS,
    Game of Thrones is perfectly *tailor made* for fans of LOTR/HP like you and me.

    Politics. Nudity. Violence. Family Feuds. Kings. Middle Earth. Wars/Battles. Dragons. Zombies and now maybe even MAGIC entering in the forthcoming seasons!

    .

    Cr7,

    Both Seasons of GOT Done.
    Super Amazing.

    Loved Tyrion in this one.. Felt bad for him in the end.

    I’m obssessed completely by the series currently.

    Will do S03 in June!
    Excited excited 😀

    ps – Sherlock S03 out in November ’13.

    • ank_16n 6 years ago

      i have seen 4-5 episodes of GOT s01 ……..
      will see rest after getting ample free time…!!

  64. cr7 6 years ago

    good to know that adesh .i haven’t seen any film of lotr trilogy 🙁 . looks like i have to check it asap . and i told u about tyrion . i’m watching the third season now. the targarayans are getting stronger 😀

  65. cr7 6 years ago

    I personally think GOT is the perfect example for the genre masala. this is how you make a complete package . Perfect

  66. ank_16n 6 years ago

    Watched The Brass Teapot 2012 starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano….its a story about an ancient Magical Teapot which gives u money when u heard someone..but this teapot increases the Greed in u …so to how much extent u will go to get lots of money!!

    its a good plot with engaging Screenplay and decent Acting….only thing which i found somewhat wrong was the length of the movie , length could have been 10-15 min short…..but still its more than a decent watch..!!

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