Movies You Watched This Year – 2018

Official Synopsis
In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

Excellent movie. One of the best movies of the year. Its a coming of age movie. Its basically a comedy but there is enough drama too. Some of the scenes are very good like the scene where Lady Bird argues at school about abortion or the scene where she buys Playgirl magazine after turning 18 or the scene where she asks her mother for a number for the money she spent on her. The best scene of the movie is the scene where her mother turns back to the airport to send her off.

I watched the movie a few days back and I knew that it would get nominated for multiple Oscars. The movie has received well deserved Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. After reading about Greta Gerwig the movie seems very auto biographical. Her screenplay and direction is excellent.

Saoirse Ronan is excellent as Lady Bird and she deserves the Oscar nomination for Best Actress that she has received. Laurie Metcalf was excellent as her mother and she deserves the Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress that she has received. Tracy Letts was very good as her father. Beanie Feldstein was good as her friend. Lucas Hedges was good as Danny. Timothée Chalamet was good as Lady Bird’s boyfriend.

Highly Recommended

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  1. Author
    sputnik 4 weeks ago

    Hindi Medium
    Raj and Mita yearn to get Pia, their daughter, educated from a reputed school. When they learn that their background is holding her back, they are willing to go to any lengths to change her fate.

    Agree completely with @cr7‘s comment that “The premise is interesting and relevant but a bit far fetched . What works in favor of the movie is humor and natural acting by the leads .It’s consistently funny.I’m not a fan of a big emotional lecture at the climax. So it didn’t work that well.Still, a fun movie to watch.”

    The last half hour was a total drag. The movie should have ended with them changing their decision once Shyam Prakash’s son does not get admission but it dragged on with that final speech.

    Irrfan Khan was very good as usual. Saba Qamar looked very pretty and was very good too. Deepak Dobriyal was excellent. The rest of the cast was good too.

    Recommended for the humor and the lead actors

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    sputnik 4 weeks ago

    The Big Sick
    Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents.

    Its a decent romantic comedy. The novelty is that its a love story between a desi guy and a caucasian girl. Kumail’s character is pretty much that of a loser. There is humor and chemistry between the lead actors though. The scenes of Kumail with his parents and Emily’s parents are good.

    Kumail was ok. He has this smiling expression even in serious scenes. Zoe Kazan was excellent as Emily and looked pretty. Ray Romano was good as Emily’s father. Holly Hunter was very good as Emily’s mother. Anupam Kher was good as Kumail’s father. Zenobia Shroff was excellent as Kumail’s mother.

    The movie has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

    One time watch

  3. Author
    sputnik 4 weeks ago

    Newton
    Newton is a black comedy about a clerk who is placed on election duty in a conflict-ridden area of Chhattisgarh. He tries his best to conduct free and fair voting despite the apathy of security forces and the looming fear of an attack by Maoist rebels.

    Its a good black comedy highlighting how elections are held in Maoist areas and how they are used by the government for propaganda. The climax and ending was kind of disappointing.

    Rajkumar Rao was excellent as the idealist election official. Pankaj Tripathi was very good as the the army official. Anjali Patil was very good as the Tribal election official. Raghubir Yadav was very good too.

    Recommended

  4. Author
    sputnik 4 weeks ago

    The Vault
    Two estranged sisters hatch a scheme to rob a bank to save their brother. The heist begins smoothly, but mayhem soon ensues when the defiant manager sends them to a basement-level vault where something truly evil dwells.

    Its a mix of two genres – heist thriller and horror. It has a somewhat B Grade feel but overall its watchable.

    Francesca Eastwood looked pretty and was good as Leah. Taryn Manning was ok in a somewhat irritating role. Scott Haze was ok as their brother Michael. James Franco was very good as the assistant manager.

  5. aryan 4 weeks ago

    Padmaavat

    Watched last night plot almost everybody knows. Alauddin’s character shown by Sanjay Leela Bhansali in a very bad way almost like a hindi movies villain but Ranveer still acted well compared to Shahid Kapoor and Deepika. Still one time watchable movie.

  6. Author
    sputnik 4 weeks ago

    Madaari
    Madaari is a story which could happen to anyone but the means may differ to meet the end. One fine day Nirmal loses everything he has in a man-made disaster, he starts the journey of seeking answers asking for accountability which leads him to a deadly path. The journey brings out the extraordinaire out of an ordinary man, it’s a saga of emotions in a thriller avatar.

    Decent one time watch. Some of it is a little exaggerated though.

    Irrfan Khan was very good as usual. Jimmy Shergill was good too.

  7. Author
    sputnik 4 weeks ago

    Meri Pyaari Bindu
    Fed up with the lack of critical appreciation despite being a successful writer, Abhimanyu Roy (Ayushmann Khurrana) returns to his roots in Kolkata to write more meaningful literature and decides on an old-fashioned love story – which was now, 3 years in the making. This writers block is called Bindu (Parineeti Chopra). How do you contain this unpredictable, crazy, restless, larger than life, live wire in the pages of a book?

    Pointless &, boring pathetic movie.

    Ayushmann Khurrana was ok. Parineeti Chopra was horrible with her overacting.

  8. Author
    sputnik 3 weeks ago

    Zindagi Gulzar Hai
    Strong-willed, middle-class Kashaf and carefree, wealthy Zaroon meet in college, but before love can take root, they each have some growing up to do.

    Its a Pakistani TV serial. The premise is somewhat inspired from Pride and Prejudice.

    The first 17 episodes were excellent. The characters and the scenes felt so real life like. The show had strong female characters – Kashaf, her mother and her sisters. The dialogues were very thought provoking. The show highlighted many social issues like Kashaf’s father having a second wife as he had only daughters from his first wife, how he pampered his son while ignoring his daughters, how education is very important.

    The show should have ended with their marriage but it kind of dragged for the next 9 episodes with some unnecessary marital troubles with an insecure husband and prejudiced wife.

    The ending was good though and had a very good message. The drama is subtle and there is theatrical melodrama like current Indian TV serials. Overall liked the show a lot because of all the lead characters.

    Sanam Saeed was excellent as Kashaf. Her character was very complex. On one hand she was very strong willed but she also has an inferiority complex with her looks and is very prejudiced. Fawad Khan was excellent as the rich and insecure chauvinist. Samina Peerzada was excellent as Kashaf’s mother Rafiya.
    Waseem Abbas was excellent as Kashaf’s father. Ayesha Omer was good as Zaroon’s sister Sara. Mehreen Raheel was good as Asmara, who is in love with Zaroon. Sheheryar Munawar Siddiqui was good as Osama. He looked somewhat like Hrithik. Javed Shaikh was good as Zaroon’s father. Hina Khawaja Bayat was good as Zaroon’s mother. Behroze Sabzwari was good as Abrar. Mansha Pasha looked pretty and was good as Kashaf’s sister Sidra. Sana Sarfaraz was cute as kashaf’s younger sister Shehnila. Muhammad Asad was good as Hammad. Shazia Afgan was good as the cunning stepmother.

    Highly Recommended

  9. Author
    sputnik 3 weeks ago

    Simran
    Praful, a divorcee, loses her savings in a gambling bout. She takes a loan in order to repair the damage but when she is unable to repay it, she finds herself drawn into a life of crime.

    Horrible movie. Stopped watching after 1 hour. The movie had so much potential being based on a true story but it was pathetic.

    Kangana who cannot speak English properly was a total miscast in the role of a NRI. She was horrible overacting like anything trying to be cute.

  10. Author
    sputnik 2 weeks ago

    A Death in the Gunj
    “A Death in the Gunj” is set in a colonial town in the winters of 1979. What starts as an uneventful family holiday takes a twist when the guests start playing with the spirits. It is nothing tangible but insinuates its way into the group until the holiday has ended in an implosion, resulting in unavoidable event.

    Liked it. Its slow paced but very moody with the setting and atmosphere. Its about a sensitive guy who still has not gotten over his father’s death and how he implodes after getting played by Mimi.

    Vikrant Massey was excellent as Shutu. Ranvir Shorey was very good as Vikram. Kalki Koechlin was good as the seductive Mimi. Gulshan Devaiah was good as Nandu and Tillotama Shome was good as Bonnie. Arya Sharma was very good as Tani. Jim Sarbh, Tanuja and Om Puri were good too.

    Recommended

  11. Author
    sputnik 2 weeks ago

    Mirch Masala
    An officer of the alien government, a Subedar, assigned to collect taxes, arrives in the village. The moment the Subedar sets his eyes on the dusky Sonbai, he forgets all about taxes and lusts for her openly. Knowing that it is normal for a Subedar to expect gifts from a village, he shamelessly demands for Sonbai, and the spineless villagers, knowing that Sonbai’s husband is away, agree to oblige.

    Revisited the movie after a very long time. Had watched it on Doordarshan back in the 90s. Liked the movie a lot. The movie is still relevant and is a excellent movie on women rebelling against patriarchy. The movie is a art movie produced by NFDC and directed by Ketan Mehta. Naseer’s character and the music sometimes reminded of Gabbar’s character from Sholay though the treatment is not commercial.

    Smita Patil was very good as Sonbai. Om Puri was excellent as Abu Mian. Naseeruddin Shah was excellent in a negative role of Subedar. Deepti Naval was excellent as Mukhi’s wife. Raj Babbar looked completely miscast as Sonbai’s husband in a guest appearance. Suresh Oberoi was very good as Mukhi. Benjamin Gilani was good as the school master. Dina Pathak was good as Old village woman. Ratna Pathak Shah,
    Supriya Pathak, Paresh Rawal, Mohan Gokhale were good in small roles.

    Recommnended

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    sputnik 1 week ago

    Baaghi
    Its a Pakistani TV Serial based on the life of Qandeel Baloch who was killed by her own brother in the name of honor.

    The serial stays true to her real life story for the most part. The show did feel repetitive and dragged a lot. The serial does raise some interesting questions and the ending is good.

    Saba Qamar is excellent as Fauzia/Kamal Baloch. She totally nailed Qandeel’s character – whether its her look or speaking like her. This role is completely different to her Hindi Medium character. Based on this role she is a brilliant actress. Osman Khalid Butt was good as Shehreyar who is in love with Kamal. Khalid Malik was good as Rehaan. Ali Kazmi was good as Abid. The rest of the cast was good too.

  13. cr7 1 week ago

    Finished all 9 seasons of Curb your Enthusiasm . I’m a big Seinfeld fan .So it was about time I watched Curb your enthusiasm.Due to the Larry David connection it obviously has similarity with Seinfeld . Although Seinfeld remained a funnier and more iconic show ,I had great fun watching Curb your enthusiasm . Larry has resemblance to the eccentricities of Seinfeld characters,mostly George. Liked the idea of taking controversial topics and giving it a funny treatment . Had some dip in quality occasionally but a great sitcom to enjoy who likes “Seinfeld” or “the office” brand of humor.

    • Author
      sputnik 1 week ago

      I don’t know if you know but George’s character was actually based on Larry David.

      • cr7 1 week ago

        I found out later . It was so evident from curb your enthusiasm that Larry wrote seinfeld. He’s really funny .

        • cr7 1 week ago

          Btw are you done watching this year’s oscar contenders ? I need to watch them asap . When is oscar?

          • Author
            sputnik 1 week ago

            No. Have watched only Lady Bird and The Big Sick so far. Need to watch the rest of them.

            Oscars are on March 4th.

  14. Author
    sputnik 1 week ago

    Arjun Reddy
    Arjun Reddy (Vijay Deverakonda) is a Surgeon and the topper of the college. He falls in love with his junior, a Tulu girl (Shalini), who is four years younger to him. Due to some unfortunate incidents, they break up. How life takes them forward forms the rest of the story.

    Excellent movie. Loved it except for the convoluted Happy Ending. Its such a raw, bold, passionate love story. It was so refreshing to see a Telugu movie like this. The dialogues were so natural, real life like with cuss words. Thankfully there were no songs with lip syncing.

    Vijay Deverakonda was excellent as Arjun Reddy, the hot headed lover and Surgeon. This is an award winning performance. Shalini Pandey looked cute and acted well. Rahul Ramakrishna was excellent as Arjun’s friend Shiva. Jia Sharma was good as the actress. Kamal Kamaraju was good as the elder brother Gautham. The rest of the cast was good too.

    Highly Recommended

  15. Author
    sputnik 7 days ago

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comedic drama from Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

    Agree with you @cr7 on “Extremely well made dark comedy/drama .Not easy to get this kinda humor right. They have done it exceedingly well . Powerful message,great performances.”

    Liked the movie a lot but I think I liked Lady Bird more. I wish the ending was better with respect to the rape case.

    Frances McDormand was excellent as Mildred. Her character is excellent and some of her dialogues and scenes were excellent. She has a very good chance of winning the Oscar for Best Actress but I prefer Saoirse Ronan over her. Woody Harrelson was very good too. Sam Rockwell was excellent as the racist violent cop. I think he will win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Lucas Hedges was good as Mildred’s son.

    Highly Recommended

  16. cr7 5 days ago

    Lady Bird – Lovely movie .I have literally everything in this genre .So the template isn’t anything groundbreaking .But the movie has a unique charm.Tiny details,quirky humor,top notch acting all blended so well to make delightful movie . A triumph in this genre.

  17. Author
    sputnik 5 days ago

    The Post
    Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper — The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee, Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers — and very freedom — to help bring long-buried truths to light.

    Its an Oscar bait movie trying to be like Spotlight but it unfortunately isn’t. It is slow paced and drags for the most part with unnecessary scenes of Graham’s family and parties. There are few excellent scenes in between though. Overall the subject and the excellent cast make it a one time watch.

    The movie has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture but I don’t think it has a chance. Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri are in a different league compared to this.

    Meryl Streep was good as Katharine Graham and she has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress but I don’t think she has any chance. This is one of her weakest performances and roles nominated for an Oscar. Tom Hanks was very good as Ben Bradlee. Sarah Paulson was ok as his wife Tony Bradlee. Bob Odenkirk was very good as Ben Bagdikian. Tracy Letts was good as Fritz Beebe. Bradley Whitford was good as Arthur Parsons. Bruce Greenwood was very good as Robert McNamara. Matthew Rhys was good as Daniel Ellsberg. Alison Brie was ok as Lally Graham. Carrie Coon was good as Meg Greenfield. David Cross was good as Howard Simons.

  18. Author
    sputnik 4 days ago

    50/50
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen team up to beat the odds in a film that Rolling Stone calls “achingly hilarious and heartfelt.” Diagnosed with spinal cancer, 27 year old Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) navigates the road to recovery with the sometimes overbearing support of his crude best friend (Rogen), his smothering mother (Angelica Huston) and an inexperienced therapist (Anna Kendrick). Inspired by a true story of writer Will Reiser, 50/50 is an honest yet hysterically funny account of a young man’s journey toward healing.

    Wanted to watch this since a long time and finally watched it. Loved it. The movie never became depressing or melodramatic even though it was about a young guy struggling with cancer. Instead the movie very sensitively handled the issue using humor. The relationships of Adam with his girlfriend, mother, father, therapist and friend were portrayed very well.

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt was excellent as Adam. Seth Rogen was very funny as Kyle. Anna Kendrick was excellent as the inexperienced therapist Katherine. Bryce Dallas Howard was good as the girlfriend. Anjelica Huston as was good as the mother.

    Highly Recommended

    • cr7 4 days ago

      This is a really good movie. Loved the soundtrack too.

      • Author
        sputnik 4 days ago

        Yeah the soundtrack was very good too.

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