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 RecommendedTags: Exclusive Greta Gerwig Lady Bird Member Reviews Movies You Watched This Month Saoirse Ronan
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
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
I am not sure why this movie got so much praise. As you said it just one time watch
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.
The thing I loved about newton is character of sanjay mishra and how he rightly points out the subtle arrogance of newton.
I liked the movie is not biased towards any character. Its a good presentation of ideal versus reality.
Also i loved Pankaj Tripathi. He has the charisma that he draws you in even by just being there, which other great actors lack.
Also I pankaj tripathi did suggest some writing changes to make his character sympathetic . In original script, the character wasn’t easy to sympathize.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think with this sort of movie, only some number of people like it as they can relate. I know couple of people on twitter which love the movie.
I found it ok.
I never get the craze about Parineeti’s acting except in Hasee to phasi.
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 no 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.
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.
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.
I really love the movie and its songs. VIkrant is great in the movie. The best scene in the movie is one when vikrant is crying after just wearing his father’s sweater.
Also the big takeaway for me was that how we treat our children. We have them because we think its a great idea and then we cant take their responsibility fully. I am single right now but I think I don’t want to have kids and my belief got stronger after the movie.
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.
I don’t get the hype around this movie. I also don’t get hype around ketan mehta much. I feel he is a normal director who screws something in his each movie, though I haven’t seen all his movies. He is obsessed with sex and it shows.
Only good thing about him is he chooses different subject which is good.
I can completely understand not everyone liking Mirch Masala as its an art movie.
I have liked three movies of his that I have watched. Liked Hero Hiralal which I saw on TV in the 90s but the Maut Ka Khel climax will not be liked by everyone. Liked Aar Ya Paar a lot which I saw when it released. Liked Maya Memsaab except for the stupid ending. He definitely screwed up the ending there.
Loved his TV show Mr.Yogi too back in late 80s.
Hated O Darling Yeh Hai India which was horrible.
His obsession with sex started with Maya Memsaab. Sardar (have not seen it) and O Darling Yeh Hai India might be the exceptions.
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.
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.
I don’t know if you know but George’s character was actually based on Larry David.
I found out later . It was so evident from curb your enthusiasm that Larry wrote seinfeld. He’s really funny .
Btw are you done watching this year’s oscar contenders ? I need to watch them asap . When is oscar?
No. Have watched only Lady Bird and The Big Sick so far. Need to watch the rest of them.
Oscars are on March 4th.
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.
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.
Really liked this movie. Loved that they don’t let you hate or sympathize with any character which rarely happens in movies. The movie gives layer to each character and they feel real. I also loved how it creates extremely difficult situation for its leading character when Woody Harrelson’s character does suicide.
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.
I think you can watch this movie multiple time compare to other nominated movies and that shows a lot about the movie.
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.
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.
This is a really good movie. Loved the soundtrack too.
Yeah the soundtrack was very good too.
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
Its like a Hindi masala movie. It even has the hero falling over a cliff and then coming back as saved by fisherman. Its entertaining though. It has excellent vfx. The movie is the complete opposite of usual sci-fi or action movies. Here there is a token white character.
Chadwick Boseman was good as T’Challa / Black Panther. Michael B. Jordan was good as the villain. Lupita Nyong’o , Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman. Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis were all good.
Critics are biased in favor of Marvel and afraid to say anything against a movie about black people . Only way to describe overwhelming reviews movies like this and get out received .
Haven’t watched Get Out yet.
David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) is stuck in the monotony of driving an armored truck day in and day out, so when his work crush lures him into the heist of a lifetime, David’s all in. Despite a pack of harebrained bandits and an absurdly flawed plan, David manages to steal $17 million, and promptly hands it over to the gang — who just as promptly double-cross him. Forced to go on the lam, David must dodge the authorities and a hit man, and try to turn the tables on his untrustworthy comrades.
The movie is based on a true story and it is an interesting story but the makers tried to turn it into a slapstick comedy. The movie was hilarious at first and is funny at times but they overdid and it was not funny anymore.
Zach Galifianakis was good as David Ghantt. He overdid the southern accent though. Owen Wilson was ok.
Kristen Wiig was ok. Kate McKinnon was very good.
A group of teens break into a blind man’s home who is having $300,000 in cash the blind man is a medically retired US Army Special Forces veteran living in his house. Teens entered into his house successfully and found cash. It’s a interesting movie. Direction was good.
Jane levy, Stephen Lang was ok.
Its is a Pakistani TV serial starring Fawad Khan, Sanam Baloch, Saba Qamar, Mehreen Raheel. From 1st episode to 8th episode and last 17th episode to 23rd episode was good. It is based on the partition of the Indian Subcontinent and the resulting independence of Pakistan, and takes place between 1947 and 1956.
I liked one full song Aasmano se utara noor hai koi which was Exceptionally well sung by Sohail Haider.
Starting few episodes romantic scenes between Fawad Khan and Sanam Baloch was too good I felt like watching hindi movie with good dialogues, scenes and background music.
Fawad Khan was excellent as usual, Sanam Baloch looks good in upto 8th episodes, Saba Qamar and Mehreen Raheel looks gorgeous too. From 9th episode to 16th episode irritating and waste of time.
Man on a Ledge
When disgraced ex-cop Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) steps onto the ledge of the highest floor of New York’s famous Roosevelt Hotel, more than just his life is at risk; he threatens to bring the city to its knees. There are some very nervous people around with some very big secrets to hide. As police negotiator Lydia Spencer (Elizabeth Banks) tries to talk Nick in from the ledge, she begins to suspect that he has an ulterior motive behind his actions.
A decent engaging thriller though it has some implausible stuff at times.
Sam Worthington was very good as Nick Cassidy. Elizabeth Banks was good as the negotiator. Jamie Bell was and Edward Burns were ok. Genesis Rodriguez looked pretty. Anthony Mackie, Titus Welliver and Ed Harris were good in negative roles.
On a train in Mumbai, 20-something Chini witnesses a horrific attack that triggers memories of a dark chapter from her youth. Based on a true story.
Its supposedly based on a true story. The child sex abuse part of the movie is very chilling but the movie dragged a lot and was amateurishly directed.
Raghuvir Yadav was good as usual as the father. Nagraj Manjule (director of Fandry and Sairat) was excellent in a negative role. Anjali Patil (Tribal election official from Newton) was good as Chini’s Mami. The rest of the cast was ok.
Mucize -I’ve been reading some really positive reviews of this Turkish movie on my social media timeline . So decided to watch it and it turned out to be a massive disappointment.It had some sparkling moment,stunning visuals and competent performance from the cast.The teacher whose storlyline should have been the prominent one was overshadowed by Aziz . And the whole Aziz angle was exhausting .It played to every possible cliche available. Didn’t work for me.
Jumanji – Forgettable but entertaining . Jack Black was good.
Dogma- Rewatched it after a while .Most parts of this movie have aged extremely well .
Astronaut Sam Bell’s (Sam Rockwell) three-year shift at a lunar mine is finally coming to an end, and he’s looking forward to his reunion with his wife (Dominique McElligott) and young daughter. Suddenly, Sam’s health takes a drastic turn for the worse. He suffers painful headaches and hallucinations, and almost has a fatal accident. He meets what appears to be a younger version of himself, possibly a clone. With time running out, Sam must solve the mystery before the company crew arrives.
Good science fiction movie. The ending was kind of tame.
Sam Rockwell was very good. Kevin Spacey was good as the voice of the robot Gerty.
Danny Roman (Samuel L. Jackson) is considered the best police hostage negotiator in Chicago. After a friend warns him that someone is embezzling from a disability fund, the person is found dead. Internal affairs investigator Niebaum (J.T. Walsh) discovers the gun used had been handled by Roman. When no one believes his innocence, Roman takes Niebaum hostage. When Chris Sabian (Kevin Spacey) arrives to hear Roman’s demands, the two skilled negotiators begin a tense stand-off.
Good engaging thriller.
Samuel L. Jackson was excellent as usual. Kevin Spacey was very good too. David Morse, Ron Rifkin, John Spencer, J. T. Walsh, Siobhan Fallon, Paul Giamatti and Regina Taylor were good.
Witness for the prosecution- WOW! What a ride! Highly engaging,great twist . Highly recommended.
Tu Hai Mera Sunday
When their Sunday soccer game on the beach is canceled, five friends set out to find another place to play in the noisy, crowded city of Mumbai.
Some folks that I follow on twitter had praised this movie so watched it.
Its a decent feel good movie. Its a very down to earth movie filled with everyday characters reminding of those middle of the road movies from the 70s.
Barun Sobti was good. Shahana Goswami was very good. The rest of the cast was good too.
Is it available online?
I watched it on Netflix. I don’t think it’s available online.
Loved this movie as well. No easy solution, slice of life, real setting, good acting.
Laakhon Mein Ek – Bishwa Kalyan rath made this drama based on IIT coaching. Initially thought of it as a comedy but it turned pretty intense towards the end. The story is relevant and it has a very realistic touch.The supporting characters although was very predictable and not written very well. The leading boy acted extremely well.Worth watching.
La Casa de Papel – A Spanish heist drama.The fast pace, suspense, thrill can only be compared with prison break season 1.It’s not flawless, there are moments where the story looks convenient but the sheer entertainment value gets you hooked to it.I’ve just started season 2.Hope it finishes well.
Extras-Ricky Gervais has always been one of my favorite comedians.Somehow missed this show of his.So finished it at one go.Another absolutely brilliant work of Ricky and Stephen Merchant.It started as a comedy but ventured into drama category in its last season. Had some memorable moments both as a drama and comedy.Ricky’s last rant on the big boss was great.Favorite comedy moment has to be Ricky meeting the father of Catholic girl. Good show.
Thanks for the recco for La Casa de Papel. Its on Netflix. Will check it out.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Struggling musician Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) is better-known as the boyfriend of TV star Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell). After she unceremoniously dumps him, he feels lost and alone but makes a last-ditch bid to get over it by going to Hawaii. However, she and her new boyfriend (Russell Brand) are there in the same hotel.
Decent comedy. Some scenes were very funny.
Jason Segel was very good as Peter. Kristen Bell was good. Russell Brand was very good. Mila Kunis was good too. The rest of the cast was good too.
Wild Wild Country
When a controversial cult leader builds a utopian city in the Oregon desert, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal.
Finished watching the series. Excellent documentary on Osho aka Bhagwan Rajneesh and his followers and their fight with the people of Antelope.
Ma Anand Sheela is a revelation. She is so fiesty, provocative and deluded. Even though what she and her associates did was criminal in doing salmonella poisoning you feel that they were pushed to the limits by the persecution that they faced from the racist and bigoted folks of Antelope. It felt like the Government was looking for some excuse to go after the Rajneeshes and drive them out from there and thats what they did in the end. Though I hate religious cults I felt bad for them in this case.
This might be one of best documentary on Netflix. Its not even a documentary rather a drama documentary. They don’t fabricate anything but they show it in a way that satisfies your drama hunger too like some of the build up shots and soundtrack.
Like when they wanted to show how one man was against the whole program of Osho, they show his entry like a real hero.
It also gives us this generation’s one of the great character Ma Anand Sheela. She has great charisma and will to win the world. She tops the list of best real to reel life character presented ever.
It shocks you in a way because this part about Osho is less known. You realize people might be crazy about him but he also acted as a part time terrorist.
But you also get to know that how much power he had on his devotees.
His teaching are still revolutionary but that doesn’t take away the fact he has done enough bad things to at least put him in jail.
A talented teenage singer-songwriter must conceal who she really is to fulfil her musical dream. But to save her mother, she might have to sacrifice everything.
Excellent movie. Loved it. A very movie with a very good message about domestic violence and a girl following her dreams.
Zaira Wasim was excellent as Insia, the Secret Superstar. Meher Vij was excellent as the mother. Raj Arjun was excellent as the abusive father/husband. Aamir Khan was excellent as the obnoxious music director. The rest of the cast was good too.
A life-shattering secret torments Ben Thomas (Will Smith). In order to find redemption, he sets out to change the lives of seven strangers. Over the course of his journey, he meets and falls in love with a cardiac patient named Emily (Rosario Dawson), and in so doing, complicates his mission.
Good movie with a excellent message. Liked it. Its slow paced and does bore a bit but the climax and ending made it worth it. The movie is directed by Gabriele Muccino who previously directed The Pursuit of Happyness.
Will Smith was excellent as Ben Thomas. Rosario Dawson was very good as the cardiac patient. Michael Ealy was ok as his brother. Barry Pepper, Octavia Spencer and Woody Harrelson were good too.
Body of Lies
CIA agent Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) hatches a bold but dangerous plan to capture terrorist Al-Saleem. With the help of Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe) who is a master of subterfuge, Ferris creates a fake terrorist organization to prompt Al-Saleem out of hiding. At the same time, Ferris must keep his plan secret from Hani (Mark Strong), the head of Jordanian intelligence, because Ferris will lose his own life if Hani finds out.
Ok movie. Nothing great. Its a typical thriller on CIA.
Leonardo DiCaprio was good. Russell Crowe was ok. Mark Strong was good. Golshifteh Farahani looked pretty.
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
When a businessman is assassinated, the assassin Mohan Joshi is arrested, but manages to escape days later. Joshi meets Ajay Bakshi and Ria Bannerjee, two rival news-reporters and tells them the truth. When Ajay and Ria learn the truth, they come together to help this common man and solicit the help of a softhearted underworld Don, Pappu Junior. Later, Joshi is put into prison and sentenced to death. A tearful Ajay Bakshi exhorts the citizens of the city to join him in his march to the jail. As he draws closer to the venue, he sees an entire army of citizens behind him and they peacefully manage to save Mohan Joshi from the gallows.
The first half was decent. The rival news channels and anchors competing against each other was good and funny. It was somewhat like Aziz Mirza’s Yes Boss but the second half was bad. The whole Paresh Rawal track with him considering Shah Rukh and Juhi as his kids was too filmy and the ending was preachy. No wonder it flopped.
Shah Rukh was good in the first half. Juhi was good. Johnny Lever was funny. The rest of the cast was ok.
Vijay’s father, who is fed up with Vijay’s carefree life, decides to make him marry a girl in hopes that he might become a responsible man. However, meeting an ambitious girl changes his life for the better.
Its a Telugu movie. Loved it. Its funny and entertaining.
Vijay Deverakonda was excellent. This is supposed to be his first movie as a lead. He was excellent in Arjun Reddy too. Ritu Varma was very good too and looked pretty. The rest of the cast was good too.
After an army mentor and his protege have a fallout, the protege goes rogue and threatens to bring down the government. The mentor is forced to go after him.
Watched half of it and stopped. Horrible, boring movie. It had such a convoluted plot. The first bad movie from Neeraj Pandey.
The movie had a big star cast with Sidharth Malhotra, Manoj Bajpayee, Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher but their roles and acting weren’t any great.
13 Reasons Why
Newcomer Katherine Langford plays the role of Hannah, a young woman who takes her own life. Two weeks after her tragic death, a classmate named Clay finds a mysterious box on his porch. Inside the box are recordings made by Hannah — on whom Clay had a crush — in which she explains the 13 reasons why she chose to commit suicide. If Clay decides to listen to the recordings, he will find out if and how he made the list. This intricate and heart-wrenching tale is told through Clay and Hannah’s dual narratives.
Started watching this show and completed 9 episodes of Season 1. Excellent show. Love it. The cast is excellent.
Finished watching Season 1 and six episodes of Season 2. Excellent first season.
The first couple of episodes of Season 2 were not that good but they gradually became better.
Completed watching Season 2. Season 2 wasn’t as good as Season 1. Season 2 had some topical elements added which seemed somewhat forced. Also some of the tracks did not make sense. Overall its a decent show.
Season 1 is eye opening and Highly recommended . Haven’t seen season 2.
This series is also one of the addition in the list of series discussing mental health which also include The Soparnos and Bojack horseman and mad men.
It also made me wonder how most of the school boys and girls even study in american school specially if you are a girl, minority etc. So much bullying happens and i cant even think of the condition of a introvert person in such scenario. On the top of that now everyone goes through so much peer pressure now a days because of SM likes, comments, smart phone, vehicles etc.. Its depressing.
A quiet place – Very interesting premise. Intense from first to the last scene. And a very sincere performance from the cast. The only flaw is it started directly into the post-apocalyptic world. Already a set of rules for the new universe without any background of the monster. So some things don’t come across as very logical.
Darkest hour- The canvas is very small. It revolved around Winston and the first month after he had taken charge. It could have been more broad and detailed. But whatever small segment they attempted came across brilliantly. Garry Oldman was flawless. His oscar was well deserved.
Thanks for the reccos. Have been wanting to watch A Quiet Place for a long time.
Have you watched 13 Reasons Why? I think you will like it.
This movie is only worth watching for the premise. I mean other things are good as well like acting but the premise is great.
Climax is disappointing and so are some of scenes near the end as they are illogical. But still you need to watch it for the premise.
A Quiet Place
In this terrifyingly suspenseful thriller, a family must navigate their lives in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Knowing that even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee (John Krasinski) Abbott are determined to find a way to protect their children at all costs while they desperately search for a way to fight back. Hailed by critics and audiences around the world, experience the must-see movie of the year.
Agree with @Cr7 that “Very interesting premise. Intense from first to the last scene. And a very sincere performance from the cast. The only flaw is it started directly into the post-apocalyptic world. Already a set of rules for the new universe without any background of the monster. So some things don’t come across as very logical.”
Agree with @saurabhsharma that “Climax is disappointing and so are some of scenes near the end as they are illogical.”
Regan should have found out about her hearing aid from the scene where the monster runs away breaking the silo. So the scene where she turns it off did not make any sense and there was no need for what happened afterwards. Also the flooded basement scene did not make any sense and afterwards nothing is showing as to how the flooding was stopped.
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski were excellent. Millicen Simmonds was good but her role was somewhat annoying. Noah Jupe was excellent too.
All the president’s men- Fantastic movies. This could have run 2-3 more hours and I wouldn’t get bored. This movie kinda makes me sad too. Over the last 10-15 years, I guess journalism profession has lost its integrity the most. Not saying everything in the past was better but some of the things sold in the name of journalism these days are outrageous. Such a powerful profession with so much power to do good reduced to a mockery.
All the President’s Men
Two green reporters and rivals working for the Washington Post, Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), research the botched 1972 burglary of the Democratic Party Headquarters at the Watergate apartment complex. With the help of a mysterious source, code-named Deep Throat (Hal Holbrook), the two reporters make a connection between the burglars and a White House staffer. Despite dire warnings about their safety, the duo follows the money all the way to the top.
Excellent movie. Had watched it many years back and wanted to revisit since a very long time. The movie keeps you engrossed the whole time and is very interesting with the history and the importance of the story which brought down a US President.
The movie was nominated for nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. The movie won Oscars for Best Art Direction and Best Sound.
Robert Redford was excellent as Bob Woodward and Dustin Hoffman was excellent as Carl Bernstein. Jason Robards was good but I don’t think he deserved his Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor. Jane Alexander was good too and she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
P.S. Thanks @cr7 for the recco. Your recco made me revisit the movie. Agree completely with your comment.
On the way to a tryout with the Chicago Cubs, young baseball phenom Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) is shot by the unstable Harriet Bird (Barbara Hershey). After 16 years, Hobbs returns to pro baseball as a rookie for the last-place New York Knights. Despite early arguments with his manager, Pop Fisher (Wilford Brimley), Hobbs becomes one of the best players in the league, and the Knights start winning. But this upsets the Judge (Robert Prosky), their owner, who wants Hobbs to lose games, not win.
Liked it a lot. Good sports movie involving baseball. Thanks @fearlesssoul for the recco in his post TOP 20 MOVIES OF ALL TIME – SPORTS
Robert Redford was excellent as the pitcher as well as the hitter. Glenn Close looked pretty and was good. Kim Basinger was good too in a negative role.
October-Its in the “me and earl and the dying girl” zone . Depressing theme with subtle quirk.Brilliant dialogues and a nicely paced screenplay make it a great watch .Not shoojit’s finest work but the movie stays with you after finishing. Best of the year so far.
Sonu ki titu ki sweety- Although I like Luv ranjan’s work but he is trapped in the same genre .Feels like rewatching his earlier movies. The family parts were very entertaining.But rest is very generic stuff .Same goes for leading actor (Karthik I guess).
Watched October and agree with you. In Me and Earl and the dying girl the lead character interacts with the dying girl whereas here Dan doesn’t really interact with Shiuli. The movie felt inspired from O Henry’s The Last Leaf which was already adapted as Lootera.
Loved it. Its very slow paced but makes you feel for the characters. Wish it had some kind of happy ending. Not every one will like the movie though. The cinematography was excellent.
Varun Dhawan was very good as Dan. Banita Sandhu was very good as Shiuli. She looked cute before her accident in the movie. Gitanjali Rao was excellent as Shiuli’s mother.
October is good with good performances from all the cast. It’s very slow and little depressing and will be liked by niche audience… Most of the viewers who are used to masala entertainment may get bored…
Agree with you.
Stopped watching Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety after 30 minutes. I think the premise itself was ridiculous.
Agree with you that “Luv Ranjan is trapped in the same genre and it feels like re watching his earlier movies. Same goes for leading actor Karthik”.
It was funny the first time in PKP and even ok in PKP2 but it felt misogynistic with the constant anti women humor the third time.
I had to stop multiple times too. Especially when karthik started having fun with the servant.C grade humor .
Pari is a supernatural horror film in which a man attempts to help a woman named Ruksana, an abuse victim, who he found chained up in a hut.
Its a decent horror movie. Its kind of inspired by Rosemary’s Baby. Wish the movie was about a crazy cult rather than having supernatural elements.
Anushka was excellent as Rukhsana. Parambrata Chatterjee was good as Arnab. Ritabhari Chakraborty was good as Piyali. Rajat Kapoor was ok as Professor.
One time watch
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. They soon encounter terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinosaurs, while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet.
Silly, stupid movie with cheap thrills. Ending is ridiculous.
The cast was ok.
A multimillionaire unveils a theme park where visitors can see live dinosaurs, but an employee tampers with the security system and the dinos escape.
When it first released, it was a huge craze in India but I had decided not to watch it because I was sure I won’t like it. Finally watched the movie and I think I did the right thing then. The movie is filled with so many stupid scenes. The vfx haven’t aged well and many of the dinosaurs looked like plastic ones.
Sam Neill was ok. Laura Dern was ok in a silly role. Jeff Goldblum was ok. Samuel Jackson was good.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Four years after Jurassic Park’s genetically bred dinosaurs ran amok, a millionaire reveals that he’s been breeding more beasties at a secret site.
Has a silly plot and is full of cheap thrills. Vfx are better than the first one.
Jeff Goldblum and Vince Vaugh were ok. Julianne Moore was very annoying – her acting as well as her role.
In the companion to 2013’s “Bombay Talkies,” four short films by four of India’s biggest directors explore love, sex and relationships in modern India.
Its a collection of 4 short films. The best one was by Zoya Akhtar. It showed the class divide in Indian society where a guy would sleep with his servant but will only marry a girl of his class or stature. Bhumi Pednekar was excellent where she hardly speaks. Neil Bhoopalam was ok.
The second best was the one by Karan Johar. Its a comic one ulike the other ones but its very entertaining and the ending is progressive too. Kiara Advani looked very pretty and was excellent with her expressions in the orgasm scene. Vicky Kaushal has a weird nerdy role but he was still excellent.
The short film of Anurag was disappointing and somewhat irritating. It had lot of blabbering by Radhika Apte’s character. She was good in a confused/hypocritical/jealous role. Akash Thosar was good.
The most disappointing and pointless one was by Dibakar Banerjee. Sanjay Kapoor and Manisha Koirala were good. Jaideep Ahlawat was ok.
Loved Anurag’s part followed by Karan and Zoya’s . Agree about Dibakar’s short.Pointless.
To me Dibarkar’s short was best as it was very subtle. The worst was anurag’s as it comes off as pretentious and radhika apte is pretty irritating.
I love joya’s short too but to me its on 2nd position as Dibakar’s one I can easily re watch.
Laughed through the Karan’s short.
I think Karan has this ability to make controversial things to become a discussion point in common household. He tackles these things with humor. After this short I know that to talk about vibrator is ok at least metro middle class. He did the same thing with Dostana.
VDW also did similar thing with female masturbation. Movie might not be good but when commercial setting deals with uncomfortable topics, they become a discussion point.
Dibakar’s short is about how manisha koriala get her agency back and attention/respect back from her husband. She realizes that Jaideep’s character is not going to live with her. He is having a good time but he is not looking for commitment. And his husband is not giving enough attention to her.
So she then reveals thing and manipulates Sanaj’s character a bit so that he gives attention to her back. That’s why she laughs at the end. I loved her laugh.
Under the Shadow
During the Iran-Iraq conflict, a Tehran woman caring for her daughter while her husband is at war is gradually convinced evil spirits are at work.
Its a decent Iranian horror movie set in the 80s. It has quite a few contrivances like all the tenants leaving the building and them living in the apartment even after she sees the Djinn.
Narges Rashidi was excellent as the mother. Avin Manshadi was very good as the daughter. The rest of the cast was good too.
Set in 1303 AD medieval India, Padmaavat is the story of honor, valor and obsession. Queen Padmavati is known for her exceptional beauty along with a strong sense of justice and is the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh and pride of the Kingdom of Chittor, a prosperous kingdom in the north west of India. The legend of her beauty reaches the reigning sultan of Hindustan – Allaudin Khilji.
The movie is neither based on historical facts (since there was no Rani Padmavati in reality) nor is it true to the poem Padmavat written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. It is a propaganda movie to highlight the bravery of Rajputs and to glorify Jauhar and to show Khilji as an evil Muslim invader. Khilji is portrayed as a bisexual too to show how depraved he is. The movie may have very well been written by Karni Sena. Every other dialogue in the movie is about how great the Rajputs are.
Shahid Kapoor was good in the role of the ideal King who is all goody goody and who constantly brags about how great the Rajput men are. Deepika Padukone doesn’t have much of a role except to mouth dialogues about how great the Rajput women are. Ranveer Singh was excellent and totally stole the show in the negative role. Amrita Rao Hydari was ok.
A link in their pasts leads an honest cop to a fugitive gang boss, whose cryptic warning spurs the officer on a quest to save Mumbai from cataclysm.
Have started watching the show and completed the first episode. Loved it. Excellent show.
Will comment after completing the series.
Saif and Nawaz are excellent.
Completed watching all the 8 episodes of Season 1. Binge watched the last 5 episodes. Excellent, engrossing show. There are some nude scenes too which is path breaking for a Indian TV series. Sartaj getting caught by the goons a few times made it a little repetitive. Kukoo’s nude scene did not make sense. How would Gaitonde not know who Kukoo was if he had already had sex with her and if she was his girlfriend.
Saif was excellent as Sartaj Singh. Nawaz was excellent too but his role/performance is somewhat similar to his Faizal role from Gangs of Wasseypur. Read an interview that Nawaz part has been directed by Anurag and that could probably be the reason. Saif’s parts were directed by Motwane.
Radhika Apte was bad and her’s was the weakest performance from the show. Her constant irritated face expression and her talking as if she is snarking was annoying. Jitendra Joshi was excellent as Constable Katekar.
Kubbra Sait was good as Kukoo, Gaitonde’s lover. Rajshri Deshpande was good as Gaitonde’s wife Subhadra. Neeraj Kabi was very good as Parulkar. Jatin Sarna was excellent as Bunty. Girish Kulkarni was very good as the home minister. Elnaaz Norouzi was pretty and acted well as Zoya Mirza. Danish Pandor was good as Bada Badariya.
kukoo never allows him to see it from front [at least in the show’s universe].. he knew but he hadn’t seen it because kukoo was insecure.. its only in that scene, she shows him and he accepts..
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Harold and Kumar jump on a plane to catch up with Harold’s love interest but must change their plans when Kumar is accused of being a terrorist.
Its a decent comedy not as funny as the first one. Some scenes are hilarious and some are gross as expected.
John Cho and Kal Penn were good. Neil Patrick Harris was good too.
Japanese Drama : N no Tame ni (english title – Testimony of N)
No of episodes : 10
A suspense thriller wherein 4 people get caught in a murder incident and takes you through all that events that lead to the day of murder… The character development of all the 4 principal characters is done pretty well… The back story is shown in small flashbacks as the investigation progresses… Excellent script and excellent performances from all the actors. The drama is adapted from a best seller novel of the same name;author of the novel is Kanae Minato.
Based on true events, this spine-chiller tells the story of a New England family who begins having encounters with spirits in their farmhouse.
Its a very good horror movie though the story is nothing new. Its supposedly based on a true story and tries to pass off all the supernatural stuff as true. The movie’s main ghost is sister of a innocent woman who was accused as a witch in Salem trials and hanged to death. The movie claims that she was an actual witch which is nonsense.
If we take it as fiction its an entertaining movie.
Vera Farmiga was excellent. Patrick Wilson was good too. Ron Livingston was good too. It was nice to see him after a long time. Had seen him last in Office Space. Lili Taylor was ok.
Modern treasure hunters search for a chest of riches rumored to have been stashed away by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.
Liked it. It was entertaining and engrossing though the plot of a treasure related to the Declaration of Independence is kind of silly.
Nicolas Cage was good as the treasure hunter. Jon Voight was good as his father. Diane Kruger looked pretty and was good too. Sean Bean was good in a negative role.
Movie: Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Starring Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt,Henry Cavill as August Walker,Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust
it really takes your breath away in every moment with wonderfully choreographed action scenes. its a treat to all the action lovers. Though the use of body double for Cruise was easy to spot,the action choreography was mind blowing,,, The cinematography and editing was good.. no dull moments at all.
i think Baba can review this movie a lot better…
Deep Blue Sea
Scientists conduct research on sharks, hoping for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. But the tests go wrong, and the sharks are now deadlier than ever.
Its a B grade movie but has cheap thrills and is watchable.
Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson were ok. LL Cool J was good.
The Florida Project
Set on a stretch of highway in a budget motel managed by Bobby, just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows 6-year-old Moonee and her rebellious mother over the course of a single summer.
Good movie. Liked it a lot.
Brooklynn Prince was excellent as Moonee. Bria Vinaite was excellent as Halley, Moonee’s mother. Willem Dafoe was very good as Bobby but don’t think it was great enough to get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Valeria Cotto was good as Jancey, Moonee’s new friend. Christopher Rivera was good as Scooty. Mela Murder was good as Ashley, Scooty’s mother.
Its a bad, typical 80s movie with cliched sub plots of honest father getting jailed, mother getting killed, one brother becoming a cop and another a smuggler and brothers taking revenge.
Sunny was ok in his usual role. Sanjay looked good and acted well in a slightly negative role. Amrita Singh and Sonam are there in just a couple of scenes. Interestingly there were no romantic songs in the movie. Anupam Kher and Paresh Rawal were ok. The main villain was some unknown actor Yashwant Dutt. It needed a better actor in that villain role.
the florida project should have been nominated for oscars..
If you planning to watch only one movie, let it be The Florida Project.
Movie : The Last Recipe ( Japanese title – Rasuto Reshipi ~Kirin no Shita no Kioku
Language : Japanese
Release Date: 3 November 2017
Cast : Kazunari Ninomiya, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Daigo Nishihata, Yoshi Oida
Genre : Food,Culnary
Synopsis : Mitsuru Sasaki (Kazunari Ninomiya) is a world-class chef, but he has lost his passion for cooking. He can create any dish by just tasting it once. His restaurant went bankrupt, because of Mitsuru Sasaki’s extreme perfectionist ways. To pay off his debts, he offers to personally make a last meal for anyone willing to pay 1 million yen. Mitsuru Sasaki then gets an offer by QingMing Yang (Yoshi Oida) in China. The Chinese man offers Mitsuru Sasaki 50 million yen if he can recreate the legendary Japanese Imperial Feast created by Chef Naotaro Yamagata (Hidetoshi Nishijima) in the 1930’s
My Take: This movie is easily one of the best movies of the year 2017 in Japanese cinema. The movie shows two era’s – Japan during their conquest in Manchuria(present china) and present day Japan. The movie takes you through the life of the great Japanese chef Naotaro Yamagata who was sent to Manchuria to create “The Great Japan Imperial Feast “. He was supposed to create the biggest feast in the history of the world,but gets caught up in political mayhem and gets killed. His recipes are lost now and need to re-discovered by living through his tale.
Brilliant direction,great performances and the huge budget put into it’s making, make this a great watch. All the actors have done a good Job. I can only imagine the amount of training the lead actors have gone through to look convincing as chefs. A lot of research and money has been spent on making those wonderful dishes shown. The cuisines are treat for eyes.
is this Ritz?
The Blue Umbrella
The young Binya falls in love with a gorgeous blue umbrella owned by a Japanese tourist. She manages to exchange her bear-claw necklace for it and her acquisition enthrals everyone in the village, particularly the old shopkeeper Khatri, who becomes obsessed with owning it. Overcome by envy and longing for the object, Khatri cannot eat or sleep. He offers to buy the umbrella from Binya, but she refuses to sell.
Liked it a lot. Its a good children’s movie.
Pankaj Kapoor was excellent as the shopkeeper Khatri. Had trouble understanding some of his dialogues as he was speaking in a different way. Shreya Sharma was excellent as Binya. The rest of the cast was good too.
Raazi- Very good movie . Slightly convenient storyline for a spy movie but compensated by fast pace execution and a brilliant Alia bhatt. Loved the soundtrack .My 2nd most favorite Hindi movie after October.
Watched Raazi. Its supposed to be based on true story but I find the whole premise of someone marrying off his daughter in some Pakistani Army family to spy for India completely unbelievable. Have googled and could not find any picture of her or any real details even though she is dead now. So I think this is just fiction being passed off as truth.
As far the movie is concerned its a decent spy thriller. Could not understand whether the movie was showing India in good light or bad light. Movie was jingoistic but in a subtle way.
The Pakistani characters were not demonized and shown as good people. There are some factually inaccurate scenes which you don’t expect from a Meghana Gulzar movie – like Sehmat being present at burial ground of her father when Muslim women are not allowed near burial grounds and Sehmat praying in a Pakistani mosque when women do not pray at mosques in India/Pakistan.
Spoiler Alert Sehmat keeps saying “Watan ke Aage Kuch nahin” and kills the innocent servant and her brother-in-law but and even points the gun at her husband but then has a problem when her husband is killed.
Alia Bhatt was good as Sehmat. Vicky Kaushal was very good as her husband. Jaideep Ahlawat was good as Khalid Mir. Rajit Kapur was good as Hidayat Khan. Shishir Sharma was very good as Brigadier Syed. Amruta Khanvilkar was good as Munira. Arif Zakaria was good as Abdul.
there is a constant conflict is going on in razi’s mind.. when u heart says something but head says something else… then you say something but you meant to say something else..
Set against the rugged landscape of Kashmir, an eight-year-old mountain boy goes on a quest to find his beloved donkey but gets dragged into a violent conflict he doesn’t understand.
Revisited the movie after a long time. As a children’s movie it is good. Did not understand why Idrees couldn’t throw the grenade himself. The movie tries to show the Indian army in good light but not sure whether it was trying to be subtly critical when it showed women waiting for their missing family members.
Purav Bhandare was excellent as Tahaan. Rahul Bose was good as Zafar. Anupam Kher was good as Subhan. Sarika was very good as Haba. Victor Banerjee was good as Tahaan’s Grandfather. Rahul Khanna…. Kuku Saab
Did not know that it was Fatima Sana Shaikh who played Zoya. The rest of the cast was ok.
Bareilly Ki Barfi
Set in the small town of Bareilly, Bitti is a free-spirited young girl who lives life on her own terms and refuses to be pressured into getting married. Her life takes a shift when she meets Chirag Dubey and Pritam Vidrohi.
Good funny movie. Liked it. Its basically an adaptation of Saajan. Dialogues were hilarious.
Ayushmann Khurrana was good as Chirag. Kriti Sanon was good and looked gorgeous. Rajkummar Rao stole the show as Pritam Vidrohi. Pankaj Tripathi was excellent as always as Bitti’s father. Seema Bhargava was very good as the mother. Rohit Choudhary was good as the friend Munna.
When a humdrum academic spots his double in a movie, he launches a search that leads him to a small-time actor who looks exactly like him.
Movie was very slow paced but it felt like it was building up to something good and then it had a completely WTF ending.
There are many online articles trying to explain the ending but they don’t really make sense to me. Here is one which makes some interesting points.
What Should We Make of Enemy’s Shocking Ending?
Jake Gyllenhaal was very good as Adam and Anthony. Mélanie Laurent looked very pretty and was good. Sarah Gadon was good too.
Despite public humiliation and resistance, an entrepreneur markets a hygienic, low-cost sanitary pad that even India’s poorest women can afford.
Good movie with a good message though it did drag a little bit in the end. It got preachy and felt like a public service announcement. The romantic angle between Akshay’s character and Sonam’s character felt forced and unnecessary.
Akshay was very good. Its very brave and bold of him to do a role like this. Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor were good too. The rest of the cast was good too.
After her stepdaughter is sexually assaulted at a party, a furious mother sets out to destroy the lives of the four perpetrators who walked away free.
Very good movie. Liked it a lot.
Sridevi was excellent and deserved the National award she got for Best Actress. Its such a pity that she died when she was making such good choices after her comeback (English Vinglish, Mom). Sajal Ali looked very pretty and was very good as the step daughter. Had watched a couple of Pakistani serials of her earlier which I forgot to comment here. So adding my comments on them here. Actually her role was somewhat similar to her role in Behadd where she cannot accept someone in place of her father and here she can’t accept someone else in place of her mother. Nawaz was very good as the detective DK. Akshaye Khanna was good in a brief role as the cop.
After her husband’s death, Masooma, a working mother, devotes her life to her teenage daughter Maha, who is extremely possessive of Masooma. Things take a turn when Jamal Ahmed enters Masooma’s life.
Its a Pakistani telefilm which deals with issues like single mother remarriage, sexual harassment allegations and so on.
Fawad Khan was very good as Jamal. Nadia Jamil was good as the mother. Sajal Ali was very good as the possessive daughter.
Yaqeen Ka Safar
Yakeen Ka Safar is a Pakistani television drama serial that premiered on April 19, 2017 on Hum TV. It is written by Farhat Ishtiaq and directed by Shahzad Kashmiri.
Its a Pakistani TV show. Its good in parts and it has the suffering heroine who goes through lot of troubles as the main protagonist. It highlights some social issues like rape and violence against women.
Sajal Ali looked very pretty and acted very well. Ahad Raza Mir, Shaz Khan and Hira Salman were good too.
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
On her first day of marriage, a woman leaves her husband upon learning his home lacks a toilet, sparking a quixotic quest to acquire modern sanitation.
Its inspired from a true story. Very good movie with a very good social message. Liked it a lot. The first half was hilarious and the second half did drag a bit. The dialogues were excellent.
Akshay was very good as Keshav. Bhumi Pednekar was very good as Jaya. Divyendu Sharma (Liquid fom PKP) was very good as Keshav’s brother. Anupam Kher was funny in a small role. Sudhir Pandey was excellent as Keshav’s father.
Yeh Meri Family
In the summer of 1998, middle child Harshu balances school, family, friendship and other challenges of growing up.
Completed watching Season 1 which has 7 episodes. Its a show from TVF about growing up in the 90s and is full of nostalgia. Its heavily inspired from my all time favorite TV show The Wonder Years. In fact the episode Posham Pa on Adult Magazine is pretty much copied from the sex education episode Swingers of The Wonder Years.
Vishesh Bansal was excellent as Harshu. Mona Singh was excellent as the mother and Akarsh Khurana was excellent as the father. Ruhi Khan was cute as Harshu’s sister. Ahan Nirban was good as the elder brother Dabbu. Prasad Reddy was excellent as his friend Shanky. Revathy Pillai was good as Harshu’s crush.
Loved the scene where the mom says that “”2 saal baad aa jayega?”
Really liked it but not loved it.
Loved the friend’s character.
For the it took a while to not get irritated by the Harshu.
All the other characters are decent. Father’s character is usual stereotype from tvf, a lazy, happy, lenient, not good looking guy.
I think after 2 episode, you start liking the show. I felt they ended the show a bit early.
Has anyone seen Gomorrah? Finished all three seasons and it is one of the best shows out there..
Thanks for the recco. The first two seasons are on Netflix. So will check it out.
Hi Zacked .
Arsene finally is gone. What do you make of Emery?
Too early to tell . But I’m not a fan of his style . Also its pretty early but major concern defense remained dysfunctional .Looks like he had the money to spend . i don’t understand why invested on sokratis. If leno is not gonna start that money also could have been invested on a proper cb. We are gonna struggle real hard with our current back four. Also central midfield duo is a concern.Nothing clicked since Santi is gone. Torreira,Guendozi looks good but don’t think they can play together. Ozil looks clueless too in the new system.Anyway need to give Emery time.
Auba-laca pairing is the thing I’m most excited about this season.
Yes agree, Emery would need time.
Hopefully everything falls in place. Top 4 and one of the cup would be a good outcome for the season.
I hope we go for the Diamond formation since we are not using any width at all, So a midfield three of Torreira, Xhaka/Gendouzi and Ramsey would be ideal with Ozil behind Auba and Laca.
Defense is anyway hopeless, i guess the plan would be to outscore the opposition. Could have done against Chelsea, no idea what happened in the second half, we completely stopped playing.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan- Too generic to be exciting .Nicely paced so it doesn’t bore . But that’s about it . The whole CIA part including the characters lacks creativity.Its predictable .Krasinski as Jack Ryan is average .The terrorist part was slightly better.
Watch Gomorrah if you can. If you liked The Wire, you will certainly like it.
The only drawback is you need to watch it with Subtitles.
Downloaded .Will start soon .
Avengers Infinity was- I’m not a MCU fan .Except tdk and old spiderman series I am not very fond of superhero genre either . So with very limited knowledge of the marvel universe I decided to watch infinity war and it was worth it . A very entertaining film from first to last .Nice action with a good storyline. What worked best was Thanos . A powerful villain just made the whole thing more fun .
American Vandal season 2-I was a huge fan of season 1. Towards the end of last season it was established its not a funny satire but pretty serious stuff . They just took it a notch higher . Fantastic show.its dark,thrilling and has a very relevant social commentary. truly a genre to be explored.
Valerie Plame finds her life, career and marriage in jeopardy when her own government leaks her status as a CIA operative in a political vendetta.
Its based on the true story of Valeria Plame being outed by Scooter Libby. Had followed the real story and the Federal Grand Jury investigation back when the incident happened.
The movie could have been great but it was just a decent movie. The movie built up the plot up to being outed as CIA agent and then went into marriage and relationship territory rather than sticking to politics.
Naomi Watts was good as Valerie Plame. Sean Penn was ok but I think he shouldn’t have been cast in the role of Ambassador Joe Nilson. His real life persona made the movie feel like its anti Bush administration propaganda. The rest of the cast was ok.
Starring RajKummar Rao,Shraddha Kapoor,Aparshakti Khurana,Pankaj Tripathi
An original script after a long time. Bollywood needs to make such movies much often. Always remaking a movie with glamorous stars is not sufficient…..
Coming to the movie- It’s a comedy with some horror element. The story is set in a town called “Chanderi” and is based on a tale called “Naale Baa” which originated in Karnataka. The ghost( a woman) comes 4 days a year to this town during annual Aarti and disappears with men leaving only their clothes behind. This mystery woman has a backstory and what has gone wrong in her past needs to be correct now in present to avoid more disappearing.. Three friends played by RajKummar Rao,Aparshakti Khurana and Abhishek Banerjee somehow get dragged into solving this problem. Pankaj Tripathi as Rudra(an astrologer) joins hands with these guys. Along with Shraddha Kapoor,they set on a mission to eliminate this ghost.
Talking of the script,performance and direction,everythings looks so good. Each character is important;even a small role of Vijay Raaz is important to the film. All the actors play their part pretty well. The village setting is refreshing and those jokes in villager accent make you laugh.Music is good too.Overall I was satisfied when I walked out of theatre.
Raj Kumar Rao has a bright future in Bollywood. Hope he doesn’t fall into the trap of Stardom based masala movies and instead continues to do such movies. His characters are very believable and he is very natural.
Pankaj and Aparshakti have good future as character artists. They can be on similar lines of Anupam Kher,Om Puri,Paresh Rawal etc.
Two detectives investigate a rash of vigilante killings linked to an old case, suggesting they might have put an innocent man behind bars.
Watched this movie because it starred Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Its a bad movie. The entire movie shows Robert De Niro as the killer and then there is a final twist which while not bad does not make any sense with the ending.
Robert De Niro was good as the cop. Al Pacino was bad as the other cop. Carla Gugino was ok. The rest of the cast was ok.
Veljibhai Soda (Paresh Rawal) is after land that is owned by a freedom fighter Ustad Ali Mohammed who wants to get a children’s park constructed there. He uses Ravi (Sanjay Dutt) to perform his illegal deed and asks him to get Ali evicted. But, Ravi starts admiring Ustad Ali’s ideals and ends up becoming his follower. Now Ravi and Veljibhai find themselves on opposite sides of the picket fence.
Its a masala movie loosely inspired from the movie On the Waterfront. Its written by Salim Khan. It doesn’t really copy any scenes from it though. Ghulam is much more of a copy of On the Waterfront.
Sanjay Dutt was ok. Raj Babbar was good in the role of the lawyer. Amrita Singh and Dimple Kapadia did not have much of a role. Paresh Rawal was good as the villain Velji Bhai. Alok Nath was good in his usual goody goody role.
While gathering evidence against his employer to help the FBI build a price-fixing case, Mark Whitacre begins to piece together a fantasy world.
Its a dark comedy based on a true story. Liked it though it was very slow paced. Not everyone will like it though. The true story is so bizzare.
Matt Damon was excellent as the constantly lying Mark Whitacre. Melanie Lynskey was good as his wife Ginger Whitacre. Scott Bakula and Joel McHale were good as the FBI agents.
Bojack Horseman-Done with first four seasons .if one can get past the absurd setting its one of the best shows streaming now .Nothing shallow about it .The emotions are deep,realistic. Metaphors and and references to current events are on point. Rick and Morty and this one raised the bar of animated tv series.
The classic George Orwell story set in a world where absolute conformity in action, word and thought including loyalty to Big Brother is demanded.
Its a movie set in the future. Its slow paced and its hard to understand the movie entirely but the Big Brother/conformance part is very terrifying. While it may have seemed very far fetched back in the 80s it feels very topical now. Its somewhat similar to the totalitarian state shown in V for Vendetta but here there is no revolt.
John Hurt was excellent as Winston. Suzanna Hamilton was excellent as Julia. Richard Burton was very good as O’Brien.
Before I Wake
Still mourning the death of their son, Mark and Jessie welcome foster child Cody into their lives. Soon they discover he has a strange ability.
Its a decent movie about a kid whose wondrous dreams come come to life while he sleeps and so do his nightmares. Its partly a horror movie but nothing overly scary.
Kate Bosworth was good as the grieving mother. Thomas Jane was ok. Jacob Tremblay was good as the kid. The rest of the cast was ok.
Sulu is an ambitious housewife with a loving husband and a happy family. Things start changing for her when she accidentally lands a job as a radio jockey and her show becomes an instant hit.
Its a decent movie. The movie had potential to be a very good movie. It tries to raise important questions but the climax and the ending are a cop out. The middle class household was captured well.
Vidya Balan was very good as Sulu but I don’t think she should have won the Best Actress over Sridevi for Mom. Manav Kaul was very good as her husband who wants to support her but is also conflicted over her answering night calls as a radio jockey. Neha Dhupia was good as her boss. Vijay Maurya was good as her colleague. Sindhu Shekharan and Seema Taneja were very good as the always disapproving elder twin sisters. The rest of the cast was good too.
i think vidya got the award righteously.. and sridevi shouldn’t have won any award..
Sorry have to disagree with you.
Like I said Vidya was very good but Sridevi’s acting was way better. Sridevi’s role of a stepmother who is hated by her stepdaughter and yet she avenges her stepdaughter’s rape was very challenging.
Two friends and a chirpy teenager take a road trip from Bangalore to Kochi.
Did not like the movie. Stopped watching after half of it. It was slow paced and annoying.
Dulquer Salman was good. Irrfan Khan was ok but did not like his regressive character. Mithila Palkar was bad and did not like her character either.
A talented but indigent poet Vijay struggles for love and recognition in this selfish world.
Had been wanting to watch this movie since a very long time and finally managed to watch it. Had watched the Telugu version Mallepoovu way back in late 80s or may be early 90s.
Excellent movie. No wonder its considered a classic. It has a great story which is still relevant even today. Guru Dutt’s direction was excellent.
Some scenes are excellent like the scene where Gulabo tries to escape from a cop and hugs Vijay, or the scene where he finds out his mother has died, or the scene where the crazy beggar keeps following him or the scene where his own brothers refuse to recognize him because of money or the scene where his college friend refuses to recognize him. The best scene is one where he rejects all the money and the fame.
I am not sure if this was the first time but it must have been very bold to depict Gulabo as a prostitute in a 1957 movie. Its not the typical Naachnewali at Kotha that used to be shown in old movies.
Dialogues by Abrar Alvi were excellent. Cinematography by V.K. Murthy was excellent. The songs were excellent and picturized so well. Music by S.D. Burman and lyrics by Sahir were excellent.
Guru Dutt was excellent as the poet Vijay. Waheeda Rahman was excellent as the prostitute Gulabo, with a heart of gold. Mala Sinha was good as the married ex-girlfriend. Rehman was good as Mala Sinha’s husband. Johnny Lever was good as Sattar. Mehmood is in a non comic role as Vijay’s elder brother. The rest of the cast was good too.
Sanju- Cringey This is what Hirani does but usually the humor works or the message is relevant . But this is mediocre and unwatchable for most parts. Ranbir was good but Vicky Kaushal was better . Rest of the cast was very average .
Mukkabaaz- Solid . Stretched a bit towards the end. But not for a moment the makers or actors compromise with the rustic look and natural flavor. The sports scenes looked very well done. Vineet Singh was fantastic so is the rest of the cast .
Agree with you almost completely on Sanju.
Raju Hirani tried to do his usual formulaic stuff with some comedy scenes and some emotional tearjerker scenes but unfortunately this time neither the comedy worked nor the emotional scenes.
Ranbir tried very hard to play Sanjay Dutt but unfortunately it looked more like a caricature – something a comedian would do on a TV show. Vicky Kaushal was excellent as Kamli and stole the show. Paresh Rawal neither looked nor acted like Sunil Dutt. His constantly talking about songs was all so Raju Hiranish. Manisha did not look like Nargis either and was overacting like anything whenever she had any talking scenes. Anushka looked horrible with that stupid hairstyle and the whole concept of her being a biographer was so stupid. There was no need for her role. Diya Mirza was ok. Sonam Kapoor was ok in a small role but she was pathetic with that accented “Where is my Mangalsutra”.
Raju Hirani even brings up his Munnabhai M.B.B.S as if it was the first good movie that he did after coming out of jail and makes a big deal of Sanjay winning Best Comedian at Filmfare awards when he did Vaastav in 1999 and even won Best Actor for that.
Agreed .Watch Mukkabaaz .It kinda went unnoticed but a very well made film .
Have heard lot of people praise Mukkabaaz. Will definitely watch it if it becomes available on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video here.
Qarib Qarib Singlle
After reluctantly joining a dating app, a 35-year-old widow accompanies an easygoing poet on a trip to visit three of his exes.
Liked it. Its a entertaining romantic comedy. There is no great story or anything. It is also a travel movie.
Irrfan Khan was excellent. Parvathy was good too but she overacted in a couple of scenes. Neha Dhupia seems to have been typecast in small cameo roles.
didn’t like this movie much. Its a formula done to death when a happy but not sophisticated guy meets a unhappy, rich girl. At least it starts like that.
Only different thing is the female character is normal looking not extra good looking, divorced and they meet through a dating app.
But the female character is also irritating with his constant breaking the forth wall dialogue.
Still the first part is fine. but 2nd part of not so good specially the ending. I also got confused near the end with like what is even happening.
Four very different women live out their lives in rural India trying to cope with constant stress, fear and a misogynistic culture.
Good woman oriented movie with a good message but it felt that the director was trying to make a movie set in a village without any real knowledge. The movie doesn’t say which period it is set in but Rani’s mud house is shown with Diya and lamps but she has a cell phone. So don’t how she can charge her phone without any electricity.
Radhika Apte was very good as Lajjo. It was very bold of her to do the nude scenes though I don’t think the scenes really needed the nudity. Tannishtha Chatterjee was good as Rani. Surveen Chawla was good as Bijli.
Beyond the Clouds
A youthful drug dealer in Mumbai must change his ways when the sister who raised him is assaulted by her boss and imprisoned for defending herself.
The story was good and there were some scenes that were very poignant but the movie should have had a happy ending. There was a cop chase scene inspired/copied from Slumdog Millionaire which itself was inspired from Black Friday.
Ishaan Khatter was excellent as Amir. Malavika Mohanan was good in most of the scenes but she was bad in some of the earlier scenes. G. V. Sharada was very good as the girls grandmother. Tannishtha Chatterjee was ok as Chotu’s mom. The kids were all very good.
Complex thriller about computers and cryptography, government and espionage, secrets and deception and betrayal.
Started off well and was interesting for a while and then it became completely ridiculous. The movie had a good cast but it was all a waste.
Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Sidney Poitier and David Strathairn were ok.
Rewatched Sholay and the movie is a real classic masala film – a film with drama, action, romance, comedy, songs. The action scenes still looked good.
Completely stand by my comment that I made here.
“Sholay is the best Bollywood masala film period. Its arguably the greatest Bollywood film ever made even though it is inspired from many westerns and even copies some scenes. Today’s OTT southern masala remakes are crap compared to Sholay.
Even as a kid (when I watched it first in 1989) I did not like the final scene where Thakur flies in the air to kick Gabbar and those Jagdeep scenes which are not even relevant to the plot. Asrani’s scenes were LOL for their time. Even though I like the scenes where Amitabh goes to Mausi or Dharmendra talks about suicide I feel these also seem like added to the movie to lighten up a serious movie.”
BoJack Horseman –
It is the most intelligent show of our generation so far. It deals with so many things so intelligently that I wonder whats going to happen in season 6.
Its about existential crisis of our generation, cultural issues, internet generation, fame, feminism, absurdity in news, politics..
Moreover its the show about adult and their unhappiness.. and why most adults are unhappy.
First season is not as great as rest of the season but rest are greatest with no dip in quality.
private life –
Its a intimate movie showing private life of two new york writer couples and their struggle to have their own baby. Beautifully shot and gives a immersive experience of the life in general .
The Sopranos –
Before breaking bad came, their was a show which short of inspired the character Walter white. Both has sibling themes, where breaking bad is about the rise of a egoistic man in the drug world and his struggle to manage his family, The Sopranos is about a new-jersey Italian mafia guy and his struggle with his mental health and managing his family.
Its the unique concept where mafia discuss his issue with a therapist and it is one of best shows of all time. Easily in top 10, may be in top 3.
Its a family drama where drama is done so right that every bolly filmmaker should watch this show and learn writing. The acting are superlative.
Its theme is also resemble to bojack horseman in a way.. which is also about a person dealing with unhappiness..
The sopranos teaches you that you are the problem of your unhappiness.. your desires and ambitions..
This is the only show which made be cry sometime because of the scenes and drama though the scenes themselves are not emotional.
Also it has got the best ending of all time whether for a series or a movie.. Its ending is still and will probably remain the best ending..
The Wire –
What is drug problem, how deep it is and why the problem exist , what are the factors in it. How business works and how police department works.
That is the theme of one of the best show of all time.. and one the most important show of all time.. its a eye opening series and resembles a docu as well..
Creator David Simon had spent some years of his life as a journalist in Baltimore which had drug problem and the show is all about that..
Each season deals with a unique problem in details.
The setting and characterization is so real that you wonder how they have done it. They have got everything about the drug setting on the point.. the lingo, clothes, technicalities, business, location, looks everything.
On the top of that it has a engaging story and drama in each season where most of the character remain same..
After watching the show you will have the same feeling as you have watcher a great documentary yet with a lot of entertainment.
All acting is superlative and never you feel like you are not in baltimore. Some of the actors are not even profession and picked up from real life.
Yet the show was not given any emmys and that will always remain of the darkest spot on the face of emmys..
Omar little is one of the best character written of all time inspired by a real life Omar..
It will always remain one of the best and no other show will ever replace it because the writing is so superlative.
Struggling to conceive, a couple in their 40s are almost out of options — until a sliver of hope arrives in the form of their visiting step-niece.
Good movie which showed the struggle of the couple to have a baby. The movie had some good comedy too. Did not like the open ending and I think many will hate the ending. The movie needed a happy ending. Thanks for the recco @saurabh
Paul Giamatti was very good as Richard. Kathryn Hahn was excellent as Rachel, Kayli Carter was very good as Sadie. The rest of the cast was ok.
I really liked the open ending. I don’t like happy ending in realistic movies. But then it also shows my frame of mine.
Thanks for the recco for Private Life. Will definitely check it out soon. Had heard praise from others online too.
Had watched a bit of the first episode of The Wire sometime back and it did not get me interested. But a lot of people here (you, zacked, FS, hithere) have recommended it. So will try to watch again.
Had watched a bit of Sopranos first episode and it looked dated. Did not get me interested.
Have started watching House of Cards Season 6. So far its been very disappointing especially with the absence of Kevin Spacey. Hated last season too.
Have watched a few episodes of The Crown. Well made show about Queen Elizabeth but its a show that would appeal more to women than men. Claire Foy is excellent as Queen Elizabeth. Matt Smith is good as Prince Phillip. Vanessa Kirby is good as Princess Margaret. John Lithgow is very good as Winston Churchill. Pip Torrens is excellent as Tommy Lascelles.
Completed watching House of Cards Season 6. It got a bit better after the first two episodes and just when it seemed like it would be an interesting season it went all downhill. The climax/ending was pathetic. They just started killing characters for no reason. They had two new characters this season who were billed as very powerful but end up as nothing. Many of the things did not even make sense and lot of things were left unresolved.
Robin Wright was excellent as Claire Uderwood. Michael Kelly was good as usual as Doug Stamper. Diane Lane was ok as Annette Shepherd, a unnecessarily hyped character. Campbell Scott was good as Vice President Mark Usher. Boris McGiver was good as Tom Hammerschmidt. Derek Cecil was ok as Seth Grayson.
Greg Kinnear was ok as Bill Shepherd, another unnecessarily hyped, confused character.
Ya the sopranos, setting might look dated but give it 3-4 episode.
Same goes for wire. The Wire is the my among top 5 list of shows that are important. (not just entertaining )
Important in the sense that there is a takeaway. You learn something.
Same goes for sopranos but may be not as important as The wire, but still more important than BB while reaming entertaining.
The Wire and The Sapranos are one of the best series ever made.
The Wire – this would bore you to death in first season beacuse of its slow pace. It is very slow because in reality thats how things work.. By the the time you are near the the finale or may be in 6th-7th episodes you wont even realise that you are totally sucked into it. Every season gets interesting.
The Sapranohs is like you get to know the personality of a successful individual, entreprenuer and a mob boss. I mean you see the development as and when it happens and his growth, how he learns and adapts it into his life, like if you know a successful person, you can identify his success or relate his success with this the main lead of the character.
@Saurabh-Totally agree on Bojack . Big fan of the show .Its intelligent and relatable . Season 1 was the weakest and then it just gets better and better . Episodes like Free churro,fish out of water are some of the best writings on TV right now.
I also loved how they handle the gun shooting and their reaction. I hope bojack finds happiness at end.
Dog Day Afternoon
The incredible true story of a man (Al Pacino) who robs a bank to pay for his lover’s sex change operation is immortalized in this pitched tale of crime by desperation.
Wanted to watch this movie since a very long time as it is a Oscar nominated movie and Al Pacino was also nominated for an Oscar for his performance. @FS, @cr7, @shinji had also recommended the movie here. So thank you for your reccos.
Loved it. Excellent movie. Sidney Lumet’s direction was excellent. Great bank robbery movie. The tension and the chaos with all the cops was so brilliantly captured.
Dog Day Afternoon was deservedly nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Editing. It deservedly won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. I think the movie was unlucky in that One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest released the same year. Otherwise Dog Day Afternoon would have definitely won the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director.
Al Pacino was excellent as Sonny. He deservedly was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor. I think he would have won the Oscar that year if Jack Nicholson did not have One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest that year.
John Cazale was excellent as Sal. Charles Durning was excellent as Sergeant Eugene Moretti. James Broderick was very good as Agent Sheldon. Chris Sarandon was excellent too as his wife but its surprising to know that he was also nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role as his role was very small. The rest of the cast was excellent too.
Searching-Very good movie.Not only because of the unique presentation.But as a thriller its very engaging with enough twist.
Watched till season 7. I really liked it and can re watch some of the episodes as well.
The different setting and awkward comedy does take season 1 to adjust and understand the character but then it goes uphill from there till season 5-6. Later season are not as good as earlier seasons.
Loved Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute and Creed.
Its an intelligent comedy show and doesn’t feel like sitcom though it has a romantic couple.
Same here. My comment on The Office.
“Liked The Office US version a lot. Initially I did not like it and thought it was weird. But on the second try I started watching episodes from the middle of the series and ended up liking it a lot and then watched the whole series. It did get stretched and somewhat annoying in the later parts of the series. Steve Carell left and then they had different bosses and all of them (Ed Helms, James Spader, Kathy Bates) were annoying. The Dwight Schrute character was my favorite.”
I now don’t like to watch movies on laptop now much until unless its really great movie. The reason is that American series are so good and so much entertaining from every aspect that investing 2 hour in a decent movies does make it hard to choose movie over a series.
A series you can watch an episode in an hour which gives you flexibility and then there are series which have half hour episodes.
Most of the great series have consistent quality through out the series and they have intelligent writing and plot points.
Also a great series makes you invest in the characters so the pay off is just awesome.
Great movies have consistency but still i found them not as great as series.
Like the sopranos gives a fair idea about mafia. Goodfellas does the same but not in as detail as the sopranos.
I think movies will remain a theater experience from now on which works for movies which are big and have lot of effects or if this is a movies you will like it more with crowd like Andhadhun or badhai ho.
I think movies like october will be less seen going forward and which will competition from the series.
Also online is cheap and easy and comfortable.
So a movie should be really worthy of time, money, effort.
Stree- A fairly entertaining movie .Nice mix of horror and comedy . The movie scores more on the comedy part . Horror part is pretty average. Last half an hour could be better.Tripathi and Rao are brillant actors and done their part with ease . Both friends are good. Sradha was okay.
Count Dracula, a 15th-century prince, is condemned to live off the blood of the living for eternity. Young lawyer Jonathan Harker is sent to Dracula’s castle to finalise a land deal, but when the Count sees a photo of Harker’s fiancée, Mina, the spitting image of his dead wife, he imprisons him and sets off for London to track her down.
Had watched this movie many years back and revisited the movie. The story was good but the screenplay did not make sense for some of the things that happen in the movie with respect to the Dracula character. The movie was entertaining though.
The movie won Oscars for Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing and Best Makeup and was nominated for Best Art Direction. Cinematography and vfx were also very good. Surprised that the movie was not nominated for these.
Gary Oldman was excellent as Dracula. Winona Ryder looked very pretty and acted very well too. Anthony Hopkins was annoying in his smartass role. Keanu Reeves looked completely miscast.
Tigers-An important story told in a convincing manner.probably a bit more detailing would help the cause more.This genre needs a more intensive execution.Anyway this is a small downside in a otherwise good movie .Really liked the way Ayan’s family and background was portrayed .It made his character very likable.
Sui dhaaga- Started off really well but there’s hardly any peak in 2nd half.Plot was too simple and convenient at times.Decent movie but could have been far better.
Ratsasan- Not as good as the reviews but a very gripping watch.Slightly underwhelming 2nd half.
96-Fantastic.One of the best I’ve seen this year.
Venom-Predictable but a very fun movie to watch after venom’s introduction.
Tumbbad- Liked it a lot. Intriguing story and the execution is even better.. Absolutely loved the eerie atmosphere created right from the introduction scene.
Ready Player One- Underwhelming.Interesting concept but rest of the movie is a complete mess.Thin plot,lackluster execution.Nothing is remotely interesting in the movie.Maybe a lot of people would like it due all the pop culture references.But IMO this is Spielber’s weakest.
The IT Crowd
Aided by a tech-illiterate manager, a pair of basement-dwelling dweebs makes the most of life in IT at a corporation run by a cloddish new owner.
Completed watching all five seasons of The IT Crowd. Some episodes were hilarious and some not so but overall its a good sitcom. The British humor is a little different so it took some time to get used to.
Chris O’Dowd was very good as Roy. Richard Ayoade was excellent as Moss. Katherine Parkinson was very good as Jen. Matt Berry was excellent as the boss Douglas Reynholm. Noel Fielding was excellent as Richmond.
Thanks @cr7 for the recco.
Senator Ted Kennedy watches his future unravel in the wake of an infamous car crash as family and allies vie to protect his reputation.
Very good movie. Liked it a lot. Its based on a true story. Its unbelievable how Ted Kennedy did not go to jail after having run away from a car accident which led to a woman’s death and reporting it nine hours after the incident. Here is a good article on the infamous incident. Link
Jason Clarke was excellent as Ted Kennedy. Kate Mara was good as Mary Jo Kopechne. Ed Helms was very good as Joe Gargan. Bruce Dern was good as Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.Jim Gaffigan was good as Paul F. Markham.
Witness the birth of the Mexican drug war in the 1980s as a gritty new “Narcos” saga chronicles the true story of the Guadalajara cartel’s ascent.
Have started watching Narco: Mexico and completed the first three episodes. Excellent show. Liking it a lot so far.
Finished watching Narcos: Mexico. Very good show overall. It did drag a bit though. Felix character itself made it worth a watch.
Diego Luna was excellent as Félix Gallardo, the cool leader of the Guadalajara Cartel and founder of the modern Mexican drug trade. Michael Peña was very good as Kiki Camarena, an undercover DEA agent. Alyssa Diaz was good as Kiki’s wife Mika. Ernesto Alterio was excellent as Salvador Osuna Nava. Fernanda Urrejola was good as Felix’s wife Maria. Joaquín Cosío was very good as Don Neto. Matt Letscher was good as Jaime. Tenoch Huerta was excellent as Rafael Caro Quintero. Tessa Ia was very pretty as Sofia. Teresa Ruiz was ok as Isabella. Wagner Moura is back in one episode for one scene as Pablo Escobar. The rest of the cast was good too.
The hunt for a San Francisco psycho makes unlikely comrades of two women: a detective and a criminal psychologist who survived a serial killer attack.
Had watched this movie many years back and liked it a lot back then. Re-watched the movie and still liked it. Its a good movie though there are some things that do not make sense or seem somewhat implausible.
Sigourney Weaver was good as the agoraphobic criminal psychologist. Holly Hunter was good as the cop, Dermot Mulroney was good too. Harry Connick Jr. was very good as Daryll Lee Cullum.
A visually impaired pianist’s world careens into a series of shocking twists after he unintentionally lands at the murder scene of a former film star.
Excellent thriller. Was completely engrossing till the end with all the twists. Did not bore even a bit. Have not seen Stree and Badhaai Ho but it is definitely one of the best movies of the year.
Tabu was excellent as Simi in a negative role. Ayushmann Khurrana was excellent as Akash. Radhika Apte was good too as Sophie in a small role. Anil Dhawan was ok as Pramod Sinha. Zakir Hussain was very good as Dr. Swami. Manav Vij as was good as Inspector Manohar Jawanda and Ashwini Kalsekar was very good as his wife. Chaya Kadam was good as Sakhu and Rudrangshu Chakrabarti was good as Murli.
Andhadhun-Fantastic.Best of the year .
Badhai ho- Entertaining .
A town is held in the grip of terror by tales of a mysterious woman who calls men by their name and then abducts them, leaving only their clothes behind.
Hilarious movie. Loved it. As @cr7 said its a horror comedy but more of a comedy. The ending did not really make sense with respect to Shraddha’s character. The dialogues by Sumit Arora were fantastic. Some of the dialogues took clever potshots at politics. Did not know that the story and screenplay was by Raj Nidmoru and Krishna DK. Direction by Amar Kaushik was excellent.
Rajkummar Rao was excellent as Vicky. Shraddha Kapoor was good as the mysterious girl. Pankaj Tripathi was excellent as Rudra. Aparshakti Khurana was very good as Bittu. Abhishek Banerjee was excellent as Jaana. Vijay Raaz was ok as Shastri. Atul Srivastava was good as Vicky’s father.
P.S. Thanks to @Drama8Queen and @cr7 for the recco.
A man and his son encounter a legendary demon while searching for hidden treasure in 19th-century India.
Decent movie but could have been way better. Its very atmospheric and the first 30 minutes builds up the movie but it doesn’t really live up to the expectations. There are not that many scary scenes and Hastar doesn’t really live up to all the buildup. Its basically the story of the The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs.
The cinematography, art direction and the background score are excellent.
For a movie which has quite a few young characters did not understand the need for that masturbation scene and some other scenes which felt inappropriate in a movie like this.
Sohum Shah was excellent as Vinayak. Mohammad Samad was excellent as Pandurang, Vinayak’s son. Anita Date was good as Vinayak’s wife. Jyoti Malshe was good as Vinayak’s mother. Dhundiraj Prabhakar Joglekar was good as Young Vinayak and Rudra Soni was good as Sadashiv, Vinayak’s young brother. Deepak Damle was good as Raghav, Vinayak’s friend.
One time watch
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
On a dangerous assignment to recover stolen plutonium, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) chooses to save his team over completing the mission, allowing nuclear weapons to fall into the hands of a deadly network of highly-skilled operatives intent on destroying civilization.Now, with the world at risk, Ethan and his IMF team (Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson) are forced to become reluctant partners with a hard-hitting CIA agent (Henry Cavill) as they race against time to stop the nuclear fallout. There’s never been a threat more destructive, stunts so jaw-dropping or a mission so impossible!
Very good thriller. Nothing new story wise but it keeps you thoroughly engrossed. The chase scenes in France and the final 30 minutes were excellent.
Tom Cruise was excellent as Ethan Hunt. Henry Cavill was excellent as Walker. Ving Rhames was good as Luther. Simon Pegg was very good as Benji. Rebecca Ferguson was very good as Ilsa Faust and looked very pretty. Sean Harris was excellent as Solomon Lane. Angela Bassett was ok as Erika. Vanessa Kirby was very good and looked gorgeous as Alanna. Michelle Monaghan was ok as Julia. Alec Baldwin as ok Alan Hunley.
When Becca and Tyler are sent to their grandparents’ secluded Pennsylvania farm for a week-long stay, they quickly discover something is not right with the elderly couple. Faced with strange rules and increasingly frightening behavior, the children soon realize it will take all their wits to make it home alive.
Its a decent horror movie with some comedy though the basic premise requires quite a bit of incredulity. There are no supernatural elements in the story though.
Olivia DeJonge looked pretty and was good as Becca Jamison. Ed Oxenbould was good as Tyler Jamison. Kathryn Hahn was decent as their mother in a small role. Deanna Dunagan was excllent as Nana. Peter McRobbie was good Pop Pop.
Horton Hears a Who!
A kindly elephant discovers a civilization living on a speck of dust and protects them from those who don’t believe they exist.
Its a good animated movie. Children will like it.
Revisited Prisoners and liked it again.
Revisited Heat and did not think it was that engrossing. It was too lengthy at 2 hrs 50 minutes and bored quite a bit. There were lot of unnecessary scenes with respect to Al Pacino’s character which could have easily been edited out. Found out that its based on a true story.
Had forgot to mention that I tried to watch Jab Harry Met Sejal a few months back and stopped watching after 15 minutes because I couldn’t tolerate it.
After telling a white lie that spins out of control, the son of an Iraqi-born cleric in Melbourne becomes torn between family duty and his own heart.
Its a decent romantic comedy set in a Muslim community in Australia. I thought I had commented on the movie here but looks like I forgot.
Osamah Sami was very good as Ali. Don Hany was excellent as Sheik Mahdi. Helana Sawires was good as Dianne Mohsen. The rest of the cast was good too.
Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a survivor and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.
Its similar to A Quiet Place but the difference is here they can hear but should not see. The premise itself does not make sense. Did not like it much.
Never like Sandra Bullock and did not like her in this either. John Malkovich was ok as Douglas. Vivien Lyra Blair was good as “Girl”/Olympia and Julian Edwards was good as “Boy”/Tom.