Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
In 1984, a young programmer begins to question reality as he adapts a dark fantasy novel into a video game. A mind-bending tale with multiple endings.
Black Mirror is one of my favorite series and have liked many of the episodes. Was naturally excited to watch this new interactive Black Mirror movie. The interactive feature is nothing but a gimmick. Many of the choices go nowhere and you pretty much come back to the same choice and you have to select the other option. After a while you pretty much don’t care to make a selection as its pointless. Was able to reach 4 of the 5 endings.
The movie is pretty similar to The Butterfly Effect in that the lead keeps going back and changing his choices which lead to different outcomes. One of the endings is almost the same as the Director’s cut ending of The Butterfly Effect. The Butterfly Effect is a way better movie.
Fionn Whitehead was excllent as Stefan Butler, the young programmer. Will Poulter was excellent as Colin Ritman, the famous game creator. Asim Chaudhry was very good as Mohan Thakur, the owner of video game company Tuckersoft. Craig Parkinson was good as Stefan’s father Peter Butler. Alice Lowe was ok as Dr. Haynes.The rest of the cast was ok.
The direction is ok. The story/plot is arguably the weakest from Black Mirror team and this one does not have any profound message that Black Mirror episodes usually have. Skip this movie and watch the excellent The Butterfly Effect instead.Tags: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Movies You Watched This Month
I admire the effort to try something innovative but it was worthless at the end . Very weak writing. I actually subscribed to netflix just to try the interactive format.
Agree with you on “I admire the effort to try something innovative but it was worthless at the end . Very weak writing.”
The interactive format wasn’t working on my smart TV but it worked with my Roku.
Revisited the movie The Village which I had watched a few years back and pretty much thought the same of the movie this time too.
Have decided to write separate reviews of movies that I watch and put a link to my reviews here. So here is my review of The Village
Revisited the movie The Ghost and the Darkness Movie which I had watched a few years back.
So here is my review of The Ghost and the Darkness
Watched Badhaai Ho. One of the best movies of 2018.
Here is my review of Badhaai Ho.
Watched Hereditary which was praised by critics as scariest movie of the year. It was hardly scary.
Here is my review of Hereditary.
Revisited Memories of Murder and loved it even more this time.
So here is my review of Memories of Murder
Here is my review of Soni.
Sex education-Hardly educational but a fairly entertaining teen drama . Plot is basic but great cast and a lovely soundtrack make it worth a watch .
Thanks for the recco. Was thinking of watching it.
Just finished watching You.
Here is my review of You
Watched First Man and loved it.
Here is my review of First Man.
Watched The Commuter and did not like it.
Here is my review of The Commuter.
Watched Velvet Buzzsaw and did not like it.
Here is my review of Velvet Buzzsaw.
Watched Insidious and loved it.
Here is my review of Insidious.
Insidious: Chapter 2
The terrifying sequel to Insidious, follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey reprise their roles in the film directed by James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring).
Liked it. Good horror movie. Like the way they show that the events in the first film were triggered by the events in the second film.
Patrick Wilson was good as Josh Lambert. Rose Byrne was very good as Renai. Lin Shaye was good as Elise. Ty Simpkins was good as Dalton. Barbara Hershey was good as Lorraine. Leigh Whannell was good as Specs. Angus Sampson was good as Tucker. Danielle Bisutti was good as Michelle Crane and Tom Fitzpatrick was good as Parker Crane.
Watched The Invisible Guest and did not like it that much.
Here is my review of The Invisible Guest.
Watched Bohemian Rhapsody and liked it.
Here is my review of Bohemian Rhapsody.
Watched The Wife and liked it.
Here is my review of The Wife.
Watched BlacKkKlansman and liked it.
Here is my review of BlacKkKlansman.
Watched Green Book and loved it. One of the best movies of 2018.
Here is my review of Green Book.
Watched Get Out and liked it.
Here is my review of Get Out.
Watched First Reformed and hated it. Cant believe this horrible screenplay was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
Here is my review of First Reformed.
Watched Zero and hated it. It is one of the worst movies ever and the title suits the movie perfectly.
Here is my review of Zero.
Revisited Interstellar after a long time. Pretty much had the same thoughts as the last time but I think its a watchable movie.
I know I had already written a review for it in Movies You Watched this Month thread back then but decided to write a separate review for it. So here is my review of Interstellar.
Watched Vice and loved it. One of the best movies of 2018.
Here is my review of Vice.
Watched Nocturnal Animals and liked it.
Here is my review of Nocturnal Animals.
A team of experts — including a biologist and two scientists — must stop an oversized lizard from destroying all of Manhattan.
Usual disaster movie. Bad but watchable. They even have a cheesy love story in there. Nothing happens to the leads even though they are so close to Godzilla and even when they are literally in its mouth. A lot of buildings in New York get destroyed and Madison Garden gets blown up.
Matthew Broderick was bad as Nick Tatopoulos. He had so many scenes where he just stops to admire Godzilla and its babies. Jean Reno was ok as Philippe Roaché. Maria Pitillo looked pretty as Audrey Timmonds and was ok. Hank Azaria was ok as Victor. The rest of the cast was ok.
P. S. I had decided that I will write a separate review for every movie I watch but I don’t think I have been able to do that for every movie I watch. Also there is no point in writing detailed reviews for movies like Godzilla.
Fifty Shades of Grey
Ana is an inexperienced college student tasked with interviewing enigmatic billionaire Christian Grey. But what starts as business quickly becomes an unconventional romance. Swept up in Christian’s glamorous lifestyle, Ana soon finds another side to him as she discovers his secrets and explores her own dark desires. What results is a thrilling, all-consuming romance as Christian and Ana test the limits they will go to for their relationship.
Its basically a mainstream softcore porn movie. Don’t remember the last time a mainstream movie had so many nude/sex scenes. They are shot very well though.
Dakota Johnson looked very pretty and was good. She had no inhibitions and is nude for most of the movie. Jamie Dornan was ok. Rest of the cast was ok.
In the Heart of the Sea
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. “In the Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.
Did not like it. Bad movie. Had read Moby Dick in school and I think that would have made for a much more interesting movie than this story which is supposedly the inspiration for Moby Dick. The vfx weren’t that good either.
Chris Hemsworth was totally miscast for the movie. For a movie set in the 1800’s it needed a different actor not an actor who mostly does superhero movies. The rest of the cast was ok.
Rewatched The Silence of the Lambs after a long time. The movie still holds up and is one of the best movies ever. Here is my recco for The Silence of the Lambs.
The Old Man & the Gun
The Old Man & the Gun is based on the mostly true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his daring prison escape at age 70 to a string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who is captivated by Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and the woman (Sissy Spacek) who loves him despite his criminal ways.
Ok movie. Nothing great.
Robert Redford was good as Forrest Tucker. Casey Affleck was ok. Rest of the cast was ok.
Watched Us and it is fine as an entertaining home invasion movie or a thriller but there are too many flaws or plot holes when one starts to analyze.
Here is my review of Us.
Rewatched The Illusionist after a very long time and still liked it.
Had written a recco for The Illusionist almost 10 years back.
Had watched the complete first season of Game of Thrones last year with HBO free trial but forgot to comment on the Movies you watched this year thread. Had liked it but don’t remember much of the story.
So have started to watch again from Season 1.
Since final season of Game of Thrones is about to start this weekend hoping to binge watch and complete all old seasons by the end of season 8.
Completed Season 1 of Game of Thrones. Have completed two episodes from Season 2. Couldn’t binge watch and complete all the seasons like I planned too.
Liking it so far. Very good show.
There are a lot of great characters and performances are excellent from everyone. Tyrion Lannister character is the best and Peter Dinklage is excellent as Tyrion.
Thanks to @cr7 and @FS for the recco.
Completed Season 2 of Game of Thrones. Another very good season. The show has so many characters and so many sub plots but they are all very interesting.
Completed Season 3. Another very good season.
The 9th episode was the best with that shocking red wedding. Felt bad for Robb, Lady Talisa and lady Catelyn who I thought were good lead characters.
Completed Season 4. I think it wasn’t as good as the previous seasons. Did not like the whole Theon track with his torture and how he becomes Reek. Also did not like the Hound and Brienne fighting while Arya doesn’t even try to intervene. Sansa defending Peter track wasn’t convincing either. Also don’t like Stannis and that whole track. So there are tracks which seemed forced or unnecessary.
Peter Dinklage is excellent as Tyrion and the show seems great whenever he is on.
Completed watching Season 5. Shireen being burnt scene was very disturbing. Cersei getting intro trouble after having given the Sparrows power so that she could have Margaery imprisoned made it for an engrossing watch but it did not feel plausible that a King wouldn’t have any power and that he won’t be able to stop them.
Completed Season 6. Liked the story of why Hodor keeps saying Hodor.
Cersei is one of the most hated characters on the show but it felt great when she took revenge on the High Sparrow and the religious fanatics. Lena Headey is absolutely brilliant as Cersei.
Jon Snow gets so much buildup but he is usually captured or killed or almost killed every time he has to fight. In the Battle of the Bastards he falls down and is being trampled over when the fighting is happening.
Completed Season 7. Another good season and like the way all the threads came together.
Completed the first two episodes of Season 8. So I am up to date on Game of Thrones now. Don’t like the romantic angle between Jon Snow and Daenerys. There was no need for that especially considering what their relationship is now. Jon’s true identity revelation was good.
Watched episode 3 of Season 8 and terribly disappointed.
After so much buildup most of the fight happens in the dark and Jon Snow and Daenerys are on their dragons in some haze where they can’t see anything. And as usual Jon Snow is stuck somewhere unable to do anything of consequence.
Bran going into his dream zone did not make any sense whatsoever. They should have ended the episode with Night King about to kill Bran Stark. Don’t know why they had to kill Night King in the episode. They did not even show how Arya was able to get there.
Just completed Episode 4 of Season 8. A better episode compared to the previous one. They are building up as to who is the better ruler among Daenerys and Jon Snow as expected. Daenerys ships getting ambushed was so silly. Did not understand why she did not burn up the Eurons’ ships. Tyrion’s character is being shown as so stupid for someone who is supposed to be very clever.
Liked Episode 5 of Season 8 though it has lot of issues too. I think it was better than Episode 3. At least this time the war happened in broad daylight unlike episode 3.
The best scene was the scene between Jaimie and Tyrion. Final scene between Sandor and Arya was good too.
Daenerys burning the whole city and killing innocent people did not make sense when they had already rung the bells. She should have gone for Cersei instead of killing innocent people. Cersei should have been killed by Arya rather than just getting killed under the rubble. Tyrion’s role has become so useless. Him disclosing about Varys disloyalty to Daenerys was so stupid. Mountain not getting killed despite being stabbed and all did not make sense.
Just completed the final episode of Game of Thrones. Horrible episode and horrible ending. It’s like each episode this season has competed with the other in trying to be the worst episode ever.
Bran Stark becoming King is so ridiculous. Bran was one of the worst characters this season. All his three eyed Raven thing was bullshit and suddenly they choose him King for I don’t know what.
Jon Snow should have been King but they make Bran King just to not give what audiences were expecting.
Horrible end to a show which was great for a few seasons and good till season 7.
Watched Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota. It is boring and not entertaining at all. The movie works neither as a comedy/spoof nor a superhero/action movie.
Here is my detailed review of Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota.
Now a careworn middle-aged man, Christopher Robin goes on a familiar adventure when his old pal Winnie the Pooh brings him to the Hundred Acre Wood.
Its an ok children’s live action movie about Winnie the Pooh and other characters coming to visit the adult Christopher Robin.
Ewan McGregor was good as Christopher Robin. Hayley Atwell was good as his wife Evelyn. Bronte Carmichael was good as their daughter Madeline. Jim Cummings who has previously voiced Winnie the Pooh and Tigger in the animated movies was good. The rest of the voices were ok. The live action Pooh was good but Tigger and the other animals looked bad.
Follows a talented, young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
Its a entertaining heist movie with cool car chases.
Ansel Elgort was excellent as Baby. Lily James looked pretty and was good as Debora. Kevin Spacey was good as Doc. Jon Hamm was very good as Buddy. Jamie Foxx was very good as the crazy Bats. Eiza González was good as Darling and looked very pretty.
Watching Game of thrones and it keeps getting disappointing.TV series usually degrades in quality towards ending season. Episode 3 is embarassingly bad. Who would’ve thought GOT will turn into a marvel movie or even worse walking dead.. Awful is an understatemen.
I don’t mind the white walkers or the zombies since that was a plot point from previous seasons. But after such hype and build up the Night King is killed so easily by Arya who comes from nowhere. Bran flying as a Raven is of no consequence to the episode.
The writers have said that since everyone expected Jon to kill the Night King they had Arya kill him. This is just silly and lazy writing. Changing something just for the sake of it.
I think it was the worst episode of Game of thrones.
I also prefer a human vs human drama.But the theme from the very first episode was winter is coming. So winter came and couldn’t kill a single major character.All this hype for this shitty ending?Why the hell makers are so afraid of killing characters?Since the source material ran out GOT has turned into a crowd pleaser. They have failed to create real drama amd intensity.Tyrion’s chatacter is reduced to a filler character.Baelish isn’t there.I was hoping night king amgle would compensate for these flaws.WTF is jon dany love angle? These two should die and.make their how to train your dragon spinoff somewhere else.
Agree. Tyrion is such a great character and they have turned him into a sidekick. Even in this episode they made him hide in the crypt.
LOL on how to train your dragon bit.
The Bone Collector
A rookie cop reluctantly teams with a paralyzed ex-detective to catch a grisly serial killer dubbed the Bone Collector in this crime thriller.
Its a thriller from 1999 but it looked very dated with the technology that Denzel Washington’s character used. Denzel Washington’s character being paralyzed in a thriller is so stupid. He gives instructions to Angelina Jolie’s character and is almost forcing her to do things which she doesn’t want to do. The final twist as to who the killer is so preposterous and ridiculous.
Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie were good.
Absence of Malice
In America, can a man be guilty until proven innocent? Suppose you picked up this morning’s newspaper and your life was a front page headline… and everything they said was accurate but not true. This is the dilemma that must be faced in this timely drama about the incredible power of the press. Michael Gallagher (played by Paul Newman in an Oscar®-nominated role) reads in the paper that he is the subject of a criminal investigation. Suddenly, everything he has ever worked for is in jeopardy. He confronts the author, Megan Carter (Sally Field), a relentless investigative reporter. Together they learn that the story was purposely leaked to Carter as part of a plot by the chief investigator. Gallagher’s life hangs in the balance as he and Carter try to uncover the truth.
Good engrossing movie with a good message that journalism can sometimes hurt innocent people. In some ways its the opposite of All the President’s Men. The movie was nominated for three Oscars including Best Original Screenplay. Megan Carter does lot of wrong things with her reporting though she is supposed to be a good person. She also has a romantic relationship with Michael Gallagher subject of her article.
Paul Newman was excellent as Michael Gallagher and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor. Sally Field was very good as Megan Carter, the investigative reporter. Bob Balaban was very good as Elliott Rosen. Melinda Dillon was excellent as Teresa Perrone in a small role and she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Don Hood was good as James K. Quinn. The rest of the cast was good too.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
Single mother Liz falls for Ted Bundy and refuses to believe the truth about his crimes for years. A drama based on a true story.
Decent movie but nothing great. Had watched bits of a documentary on Ted Bundy a few weeks back and the movie stays true to the real story.
Zac Efron was good as Theodore “Ted” Bundy but the movie doesn’t show him doing any of the killings. So the movie almost shows him as some innocent who was framed. Lily Collins was very good as Elizabeth “Liz” Kendall, his girlfriend. Kaya Scodelario was good as Carole Ann Boone, another of his girlfriends. John Malkovich was very good as Judge Edward Cowart. Did not recognize Haley Joel Osment of The Sixth Sense fame as Jerry Thompson. He looks so different now.
Completed watching Season 1 of The Wire and now in Season 2. Liking it so far. Acting is really good by most of the main cast. Its very realistic even the way the bad guys get way with lesser sentences when you really want them to be punished.
Had watched one episode a few years back and did not get me interested back then. But since lot of people here (@Zacked, @FS, @hithere and @SaurabhSharma) recommended it gave it another try.
Agree with @FS’s comment – “The Wire – this would bore you to death in first season because 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 realize that you are totally sucked into it. Every season gets interesting.”
It does feel a bit dated now that the show first aired back in 2002 and some minor characters are given way too many scenes.
Completed watching Season 2. It was not as good as the first season.
Killing off D’Angelo’s character seemed stupid when he seemed to be one of the lead characters. Did not like the whole union track and all their troubles. That whole track looked like from some movie set in the 70s or 80s.
Also the show is kind of repetitive in that the main bad guys seem to always get away by the end of the season.
Started watching Season 3 and watched a couple of episodes but its not engaging me and I am getting bored.
Continued with Season 3 and completed it. It got better as the season progressed. Liked the whole Hamsterdam part but other cops not knowing about it part was not believable.
Completed Season 4 too and liked this season the most. The Mayor race and the politics part was very interesting. Also how the schools are and how the kids get into drugs and their parents and all that was very interesting.
Completed Season 5 which was the final season of The Wire. Did not like the season. Did not like the whole homeless murders track and the journalism track added to the series. Nothing happens to the main bad guy and he just walks off unharmed with all his money which is ridiculous. Same thing happened to the main bad guys in Season 2 and who were there in part this season too.
Did not like Detective Gregg spilling the beans on McNulty’s scheme. It felt ridiculous that she would go ahead and do that to screw up everything they had accomplished just to feel good or superior about herself. Never liked the actress who always had the same smirk expression in every scene. McNulty’s character was somewhat annoying too as that of know it all.
Many people on here and online have praised The Wire as one of the best series ever. I am sorry but I have to disagree. I think its an overrated show.
After spending 5 seasons if the cops cannot arrest and prosecute the bad guys successfully then what is the show for? Being realistic and the bad guys escaping in a two hour movie may be fine but 5 seasons to show this is completely ridiculous.
The performances were excellent whether it be the cops, the politicians or the criminals.
Finished TVF’s Kota factory .Didn’t rise up to the expectations created by first two episodes.That’s been a problem with tvf .Scratching the surface but hardly deep enough to create a real connection.They just try too many safe things specially the attempt to force nostalgia on everything. Still best tvf show since pitchers .
Started “You” on Netflix.The consistent suspense makes it a decent watch .It has the right amount of creepiness. Interesting characters too.But the plot gets very convenient at times.
Vice – Expected better .A movie dealing with such premise needed more depth.Even the comedy in Mckay’s earlier films has been better.It kinda falls short on both accounts .But it still had its moments. Bale is fantastic.
Watched Game night. Good timepass movie like jump street or horrible bosses series.The cast had good comic timing specially Bateman and Rachel. Enjoyed it.
Agree that the plot of You gets very convenient at times. Had written a review here
I loved Vice. Yes its not as good as The Big Short.
Agree with you that Bale was fantastic. “He literally looked and talked like Dick Cheney. I think he deserved the Oscar for Best Actor over Rami Malek.”
Watched bits of Kota Factory. Liked whatever little I watched. Performances were good. Jeetu Bhaiyya was the scene stealer.
A Star is Born
Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
Its a remake of a 1937 movie which has been remade multiple times (1954 and 1976). Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Abhimaan starring Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan is inspired from the same movie but it had a happy ending. So already knew the story. Its a musical and there are songs but they are during concerts and recording sessions. So the movie is not annoying as musicals usually are.
Bradley Cooper was excellent as the alcoholic singer Jack and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor. Lady Gaga was very good as Ally and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress. Sam Elliott was excellent as Bobby, Jack’s older half-brother and manager and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. The rest of the cast was ok.
The movie was nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Sound Mixing. The movie won the Oscar for Best Original Song for the song Shallow.
Watched first 3 episodes of Chernobyl. A very Intense,gripping and humane representation of the tragic incident.Absolutely fantastic. One of the best shows I’ve seen post breaking bad. Highly recommended
Thanks for the recco. Will check it out.
Completed watching first 3 episodes of Chernobyl.
Agree with you @Cr7 that its “A very Intense,gripping and humane representation of the tragic incident.” Thanks for the recco.
They portrayed Mikhail Gorbachev in a positive light which is surprising. I was expecting him to be shown as some kind of villain. Only thing I did not like was the wife who was stupidly touching her husband despite being told that its very dangerous.
Waiting on rest of the episodes.
Completed watching Chernobyl. Excellent show. The 4th episode was kind of weak but the 5th episode was great.
Also the last scene showing the pictures and the videos of the real people and their fate was so brilliant.
The highly acclaimed director of Finding Nemo and the creative storytellers behind Cars and Ratatouille transport you to a galaxy not so far away for a cosmic comedy adventure about a determined robot named WALL•E. After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, the curious and lovable WALL•E discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. Join them and a hilarious cast of characters on a fantastic journey across the universe.
Good movie with a good message. The first 30 minutes were a little slow though with no dialogues.
Completed watching Season 1 of The Sopranos. Excellent show. Loving it.
James Gandolfini is excellent as Tony Soprano. Lorraine Bracco was very good as Dr. Jennifer Melfi . Edie Falco was very good Tony’s wife Carmela. Nancy Marchand was excellent as the manipulative mother of Tony.
Thanks to @FS, @cr7 and @Saurabh Sharma for the recco.
Chernobyl-Finished watching it .A Masterpiece.And from now on I will be cautious to use this term again .Something has to be of Chernoby’s level to be called a masterpiece.
Good omens- This was so weirdly entertaining .Thoroughly enjoyed.
Bohemian rhapsody-Decent film. But had a pretty good time watching due to the songs.
If Beale Street Could Talk
Based on the novel by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk, is the story of Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first born child to term. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.
Decent movie. Its about a African American guy who is falsely framed by a racist white cop for rape. KiKi Layne was good as Tish. Stephan James was good as Fonny. Regina King was very good as Tish’s mother. She won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. I don’t think she deserved the Oscar. Emily Rios was excellent as Victoria.
The movie was nominated for three Oscars including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Watched first episode of Black Mirror Season 5. Liked it though it was somewhat weird. Good episode on how virtual reality or porn might affect real life.
Completed watching Black Mirror Season 5 and liked it. There were only 3 episodes this season.
The 2nd episode was about cell phone and social media addiction and how it can be fatal.
The 3rd episode was about fake image of a pop star created for her teenage fans. Its a entertainer and had a happy ending.
The Attorney- This Korean film started as a light hearted comedy but totally changes ita gear after half an hour. Rest of the movie is a very compelling courtroom drama with strong political backdrop.Fantastic performance by the lead actor.
Can you ever forgive me- A biopic of Lee Israel,a washed up writer who started forging letter of famous people to make ends meet. Liked it .And not only as a biopic ,its a pretty realistic take on loneliness and failure.I would like to see more biopics like this. Nothing extravagant,no glorification of justifying the act .It felt very realistic.What a fantastic performance by Mccarthy!I have only seen her doing snl skits before.Hope she gets more serious roles.
Thanks for the recco. Have been wanting to watch the movie since it was nominated for 3 Oscars including Best Adapted screenplay. Melissa McCarthy was nominated for Best Actress.
Now They See Us
Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.
The series is based on the true story of the Central Park case where teenagers (4 African American and 1 Latino) were framed and convicted of rape and assault. They were exonerated many years later after another person confessed to the crime.
Completed first two episodes and its not an easy watch. Its very emotionally moving and makes you furious at the racist cops and the prosecutors. The performances are excellent.
Completed watching the series Now They See Us. Excellent series directed excellently by Ava Duvernay. It’s just of 4 parts. The series showed how the teenage lives of the Central Park Five were ruined due to being falsely being framed for rape.
The racist prosecutor and the racist cops still believe that they were right even after having been proved wrong. Can’t believe how the 5 were even found guilty in the first place despite no physical evidence.
Performances especially by the young cast were excellent.
Kingdom of Heaven
A village blacksmith rises to his true calling as a knight who must lead the Christian army into battle during the Crusades. Orlando Bloom plays the lowly Balian who learns he is the illegitimate son of a respected knight–who has tracked down the boy in a remote French village in the hope of recruiting him to pick up a sword.
Had watched this movie when it released back in 2005. So revisited it after a long time. Decent movie. The movie is based on true story but it did take some cinematic liberties. Unlike usual Hollywood movies this doesn’t show the Muslims as bad. In fact the movie shows Saladin in a very positive light. Did not understand why Balian couldn’t have made the truce without getting so many people killed.
Orlando Bloom was good as Balian. Eva Green was ok as Sibylla. Jeremy Irons was good as Raymond. Brendan Gleeson was good as Raynald. Marton Csokas was good as Guy de Lusignan. Edward Norton was good as King Baldwin IV. Liam Neeson was good as Godfrey in a small role. Ghassan Massoud was very good as Saladin. Alexander Siddig was good as Imad ad-Din. It was nice to see Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie from Game of Thrones) and Iain Glen (Jorah from Game of Thrones) in small roles.
When their aging father’s illness reunites two sisters under one roof, new tensions arise between them as old wounds and hidden secrets surface.
Its a Pakistani movie. Its inspired by Kapoor and Sons and somewhat similar to it. The movie is quite bold. The movie has scenes where Zareen and Zara are shown smoking and the F word is used by Zara in one scene. Most importantly the movie depicts a inter-religious relationship between Zareen (Muslim) and Romeo (Christian). The climax is excellent and is the best scene of the movie.
Aamina Sheikh was excellent as Zareen. Sanam Saeed was very good as Zara. Adnan Malik was very good as Romeo. Faris Khalid was ok as Zain and Hira Hussain was ok as Sana. Syed Mohammad Ahmed was very good as the father. Beo Raana Zafar was good as the mother.
Revisited the movie October Sky after many years. Still loved it. Decided to convert my comment from last time to a review. Here is my review.
Completed watching Stranger Things Season 3. I think this was the weakest season of the series while people online have been saying its the best of the series. Billy and others trying to get everyone to the mindflayer’s side was the only novelty of the season. They added a stupid Russian angle. Everything felt same old same old. Its like you already know nothing will happen to the main characters.
Acting was good by everyone except for Winona Ryder who was very annoying.
Watched first 3 episodes of Killing Eve while on a flight. Liked it a lot.
Jodie Comer is excellent as Villanelle, the Russian assassin. Sandra Oh is good too.
Completed watching Season 1 of Killing Eve. Good enjoyable series.
Did not like the unnecessary track of romantic obsession of Villanelle towards Eve’s character. Show is watchable mainly due to Jodie Comer’s acting. Sandra Oh’s character is annoying sometimes.
Watched The Lion King and liked it. Good movie. Kids will like it a lot. Jon Favreau has done a good job once again after The Jungle Book.
Had not liked the original animated version when I watched it a few years back.
Completed watching Season 2 of Sacred Games.
Disappointing season after an excellent Season 1. The writing was all over the place with the Guruji and Kenya track and Pakistani ISI angle and all that. It was also very confusing as to what was in present and what was in the past. Also the whole India Pakistan track made it so cliched and jingoistic.
Completed watching Season 2 of Mindhunter. Loved it. Excellent season. It was very engrossing. The season is based on the Atlanta Child Murders of 1979-81. Excellent performances from everyone.
Watched the movie The Sting and I was about to comment on it. Searched for comments on The Sting coz I remember hithere had recommended me the movie few years back.
Turns out that I had already watched the movie 3 years back. Link Could not recollect at all that I had already watched the movie while watching it again. Did not like it at all this time. Movie felt very dated.
Watched Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special Sticks and Stones. Was excellent. One of the best stand-up comedy shows in recent times. Totally politically incorrect. Show reminded me of my favorite comedian, the late George Carlin. I think its something George Carlin would have done if he was alive.
Liked it too..But the Jackson part was strange .Except that it was Relevant and hilarious.
Tried to watch Season 3 of 13 Reasons Why but couldn’t. They are just dragging it. They have a new girl Ani who is in almost every scene and who is very annoying.
Watched Kumbalangi nights couple of weeks ago . Very nice movie. Enjoyed the soothing mood,dysfunctional family drama and the escalation to a completely different genre at times.Great bunch of actors too. Fahaad Fasil stole the show but I liked the actor who played Saji a lot.And if not for anything else I could watch the movie again just for the scenery.One of the beautiful looking movies I’ve seen in long time.
Article 15-Best hindi film of the year.
Barry-If Coen Brothers and tarantino join hands and made a tv series I think the show would turn out something like this.hader and winkler deserve emmy.
How to sell drugs online fast-Breaking bad based on teens.Quite liked it.It has slight american vandal vibe too.It reminds me again how much I miss American Vandal.
Thanks for the recco for Kumbalangi Nights. Have heard praise from lot of people on twitter. Will check it out.
Been wanting to watch Article 15 but I keep postponing it. I will watch it ASAP.
Have you watched Mindhunter. If not I highly recommend it.
Watched Article 15. Its a decent watch but it could have been way more.The climax and ending is such a cop out with the cops also being involved in the gang-rape. Its something that you expect from a regular commercial film.
Here is my detailed review.
Thanks for the recco @cr7. Agree with you completely. Loved Kumbalangi Nights. Its one of the best movies of the year.
Here is my detailed review.
Finally Watched The Handmaiden and loved it. Excellent movie. Was on my watch list for a long time. Thanks to @FS for the recco.
Here is my detailed review.
A missing child sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers as they unearth a mind-bending mystery that spans three generations.
Started watching the German Netflix series Dark and have completed 5 episodes of Season 1. Very interesting so far. It is somewhat similar to Stranger Things.
It has time travel and some Chernobyl references with the nuclear reactor in the town where its set. Its a bit confusing though with so many characters and the different time zones where same characters are played by different actors.
The cinematography and background score are excellent. Performances are excellent by everyone.
Completed watching Season 1. Excellent Season 1.
Some things don’t make sense though like the future character and present character being at the same place and being able to speak to each other.
Completed watching Season 2 of Dark. It was decent but not as good as Season 1. There were too many Jonases which did not make sense. There were multiple versions of Claudia doing time travel which also did not make sense. Claudia’s reasons and why she is called the White Devil wasn’t really explained. Also there were multiple time machines which again did not make sense.
I hope the third season which is the final season is able to explain everything and tie all these threads.
A businessman’s family is torn apart by an earthquake and reunited years later in a courtroom trial where father and sons stand opposed in the roles of accused, lawyer and testifying witness.
Had watched the movie as a kid and did not remember much except for the earthquake scene. Rewatched it now. It did feel a bit dated and is basically a lost and found movie but its still a good movie. The courtroom scenes at the end were good. Amar Akbar Anthony is a more masala version of Waqt.
Here is more detailed review.
Finished the sinner season 2.A very satisfying thriller.Perfectly paced,great twist and turns and a very nuanced performance by Pullman.
Thanks for the recco. Will check it out.
Can you recommend me some more TV series which are thrillers – may be psychological or on serial killers.
Completed watching Season 1 of The Sinner. Very good show. Liked it.
Bill Pullman was excellent as the detective. Jessica Biel was very good as Cora. Cora’s scenes involving snot made it look realistic but after a point they overdid that.
I’m yet to watch season 1.Started directly from season as there was no correlation.
I actually wanted to ask you if you had watched Season 1 and if it’s necessary to watch Season 1 before Season 2. But thought maybe you had already watched it before and just did not comment about it.
Completed watching Season 2.
Good Season except for the final episode and the ending. The build up and the cult part was very good but the ending had way too many plot holes. How can Julian a mixed kid result from two white parents? Marin returning after 13 years to get her child back did not make sense.
I think Season 1 was better than Season 2.
Performances by Bill Pullman, the kid and the actress who played Vera were excellent.
Joker-As Martin Scorsese would say this is what you call cinema(Referring to his recent remark about marvel).This is dark,disturbing and thoroughly captivating. Joaquin,the cinematographer and the bgm guy should get all the awards not that they matter…Only complaint – There should have been a 5 minute window away from joker to show the state of Gotham.You could feel the discomfort in the city but still couple of scenes could have justified the revolt more.
Thanks for the recco. I feel some critics are bashing the movie with their politically correct bullshit.
Media has unnecessarily created hype here that there will be some mass shooting at one of the theaters. It’s like they want some mass shooting to actually happen.
Watched Joker and agree with you that “This is dark,disturbing and thoroughly captivating. Joaquin,the cinematographer and the bgm guy should get all the awards not that they matter”.
In fact I used your line of “dark,disturbing and thoroughly captivating” in my review as you said it so eloquently.
Joaquin Phoenix is absolutely brilliant as Arthur Fleck/Joker, the mentally ill and poor stand up comedian with a condition of uncontrollable laughter. He will definitely be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor and should deservedly win too.
Joker is definitely one of the best movies of the year.
Here is my detailed review.
The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.
Decent movie. Good for its time. It has some funny sequences but it also has some good emotional scenes. The dream sequence at the end seemed unnecessary and stupid. The movie should have had a better screenplay while arriving at the same happy ending.
Charlie Chaplin was good as The Tramp. Jackie Coogan was excellent as John, The Kid and looked very cute. The rest of the cast was ok.
The Karate Kid (2010)
After moving to Beijing with his mother, Dre falls prey to a bully, so he takes lessons from a martial arts master in this remake of the 1984 classic.
Haven’t watched the 1984 version. Decent movie. Some scenes were good like the training scenes with the jacket. The tournament scenes were cliched and predictable. Dre miraculously getting well in two minutes was ridiculous.
Jaden Smith was very good as Dre. Jackie Chan was good as Mr. Han. Taraji P. Henson was ok as the mom. Wenwen Han was good as Meiying.
Living with yourself-Starring Paul Rudd this netflix show is based on a unique concept.I googled a bit and find out a movie named multiplicity was made on similar concept way back in 1996.Still its fresh. And if you don’t get into the intricacies of the basic plot it is a very very intriguing watch. Doesn’t really fall under any particular genre but it has great moments of comedy,tragedy and drama.But i thought the concept had tremendous prospect but it kinda ended on bit of a shallow note. Still its a an insanely entertaining.The cliffhanger ending of each episode,30 minutes length and adequate pace make it a perfect binge material. Rudd was fantastic.
When a singer is found murdered, with her scent glands excised from her body, detectives probe a group of friends who attended boarding school with her.
Completed watching the German TV series Perfume (Parfum). Initially it was a bit confusing with the many characters and their flashback. It got gradually very interesting but the ending was horrible. It doesn’t even make any sense and its actually confusing as to who actually murdered all those people.
All the actors were excellent.
Train to Busan
As a zombie outbreak sweeps the country, a dad and his daughter take a harrowing train journey in an attempt to reach the only city that’s still safe.
Very entertaining Korean Zombie movie except for the slightly sad ending which felt unnecessary. The movie is relentless and it doesn’t slacken or slow at all.
Reminded me of World War Z and I think if you liked that one you will most probably like this one too.
Gong Yoo was very good as the fund manager obsessed with his work. Kim Su-an was good as Su-an, his young daughter. Ma Dong-seok was very good as Sang-hwa. Jung Yu-mi was good as his pregnant wife. Kim Eui-sung was good as the rich COO. Rest of the cast was good too.
P.S. Decided to convert my comment into a review.
Wayward Prince Hal must turn from carouser to warrior king as he faces hostilities from inside and outside the castle walls in the battle for England.
The movie is based on Shakespeare’s collection of plays “Henriad”. The movie is very engrossing and doesn’t bore a bit. The movie is about a reluctant King who doesn’t want any wars but is still forced into a war. The war scenes are very well shot.
Timothée Chalamet is excellent as King Henry V. I think he will be nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars. Joel Edgerton is excellent as Falstaff. Robert Pattinson is excellent as The Dauphin. Sean Harris is very good as William Gascoigne. Lily-Rose Depp is good as Catherine in a small role. The rest of the cast is good too.
Screenplay by Michôd and Joel Edgerton is very good. Direction by Michôd is very good. The King is a very good period film.
Here is my review.
Revisited Rosemary’s Baby after 5 years and had pretty much the same opinion as the first time that I watched it. Decided to convert my comment from last time to a review.
Revisited Miracle after 6 years. Still liked it though some scenes now felt like a cliche. Decided to convert my comment from last time to a review.
Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves), an LAPD cop on SWAT detail, has a fearless nature and a keen understanding of the criminal mind. That, and some luck have kept him alive. But Jack’s luck is being put to the ultimate test. An elusive bomber-extortionist Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper) is seeking vengeance after his latest ransom scheme is thwarted. Payne gives a personal challenge to Jack: A bomb is rigged on a city bus, which will detonate if the speedometer drops below 50 MPH. Poor Annie (Sandra Bullock) gets shoved into the driver’s seat, while Jack does his best to save the day.
It has a very interesting premise and was a very engrossing thriller except for the stupid climax/ending. The movie could have ended with just the bus part and moved on to tracking/arresting the bad guy but the way Annie gets kidnapped was so ridiculous. The final train sequences were so over the top and completely unbelievable.
Keanu Reeves was very good as Jack. Dennis Hopper was ok as Howard. I think the role needed a more charismatic actor. Sandra Bullock looked cute and was surprisingly not as annoying as she usually is. Jeff Daniels was good as Harry. The rest of the cast was decent.
P.S. Here is link to my review.
Atypical -Netflix show based on a boy on the autism spectrum who is trying to date. Although the boy is the central character his family members are quite interesting too. Nice show. Nothing extraordinary but a decent entertainer.
Section 375-Compelling as a drama.But I think the makers were very clear on what message they wanted to send.Which is usually a good thing. But here in the process they’ve miserably under written the character of Richa chaddha. On the other hand Khanna was as charismatic one can get. Kinda ruined the fun of court room drama at times. Still a good watch with a very relevant perspective on the whole me too movement.
The devil next door- A riveting documentary on a very interesting and important incident.Wish it had two more eisodes to wrap things up properly. The pictures from concentration camps were horrific. Recommended for those who likes history and courtroom dramas.Specially the last episode very hrd hitting which asks some important questions.
Indictment: The McMartin Trial
The longest and most expensive trial in American history ended without a single conviction! The state of California spent seven years and 15 million dollars to prosecute the McMartin child-abuse case–a case that ended in deadlocked juries, a mistrial and outright acquittals. What’s wrong with a criminal justice system that lets that happen?
Excellent courtroom drama based on a true story. The movie shows how an innocent family became victims of a witch hunt due to paranoid parents, overzealous prosecutors and irresponsible media with allegations of child sexual abuse. Can’t believe that there was so much hysteria about the case and that people really believed the outlandish claims of child sexual abuse and satanic worship.
The courtroom scenes are excellent. The movie is a must watch if you like courtroom dramas based on true stories.
Here is more detailed review.
The fastest hands in the East meet the biggest mouth in the West when legendary martial arts daredevil Jackie Chan (“Shanghai Noon,” “The Forbidden Kingdom”) teams with comedic powerhouse Chris Tucker (“Jackie Brown,” “The Fifth Element”) in Rush Hour. When Hong Kong police detective inspector Lee’s (Chan) favorite pupil is kidnapped in America, the dedicated cop and martial arts genius travels to the United States to find her. Unhappy to have a meddling outsider, the FBI assigns reckless, arrogant and infuriating LAPD detective James Carter (Tucker) to baby-sit Lee–and keep him away from the investigation. But these two very different cops will stop at nothing to find the missing girl.
Had watched this movie back when it released and liked it then. Revisited after so many years. Its still an entertaining movie though the story is nothing great. Its a usual buddy cop movie but with an Asian action hero along with a comic sidekick. Jackie Chan’s action scenes are good.
Jackie Chan was very good. Chris Tucker was funny. Tom Wilkinson was ok as Thomas Griffin / Juntao.
Sonchiriya- Rarely bollywood tells a story with such conviction and originality.Another great film from the very talented Abhishek Chaubey which doesn’t compromise a bit in term of settings,violence and dialect.It gives the movie a raw charm that is so hard to find nowadays. Best hindi movie of the year for me.
Have heard praise from lot of people on twitter. Thanks for the recco. Will check it out soon.
Revisited the movie The Next Three Days after 6 years. Still found it entertaining even though some things were implausible.
Decided to convert my comment from last time to a review here.
Revisited the movie Cinderella Man after 3 years. Had first watched this in theater back when it released and liked it a lot.
Decided to convert my comment from last time to a review here.
The family man-If you don’t let the politics bother you it s a very intriguing thriller. Manoj was fantastic as usual . Always admired Raj and Dk’s comedy .It worked well here too to relive the tension at times.
After Sacred Games season 2, I am tired of the India Pakistan bullshit and decided not to watch this because of the politics.
The Irishman- **May contain small spoiler**
The first 3 hours is generic but very entertaining.Mostly because of incredible acting and some simple yet unforgettable scenes.My pick What is the fish discussion in the car,tony pro and Hoffa meeting in Florida.The last 30 minutes is brutal in a totally unique way .Its poignant and haunting.Since Frank’s phone call to Hoffa’s wife until the last scene its the best of TV/movie I’ve seen this year.
Have watched half of it and liked it so far mainly because of the acting but unfortunately did not have the time to complete it. Will complete it soon and write a detailed comment.
Watched The Irishman and agree with you on “What is the fish discussion in the car,tony pro and Hoffa meeting in Florida”
“The movie is very leisurely paced and is quite long at almost 3 and a half hours long. The movie could have been edited by quite a bit. Screenplay is somewhat flawed as an old Frank is narrating the entire story but there is also a car drive scene going on in parallel which doesn’t make any sense. The de-aging vfx doesn’t really work as you can’t even really tell what age they are supposed to be because they still look old when they were supposed to be young.
Even with the flaws the movie is a must watch just for the performances of the three greats – Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.”
wrote a detailed review here.
Watched Captain America: The First Avenger
This is one of the better superhero movies. The transformation from Steve, a short, skinny guy who gets beaten up, to the superhero Captain America is very well done. Its a entertaining movie. Its not completely realistic but its not complete fantasy either.
Here is my detailed review.
Revisited The Hunt for Red October after more than 6 years. Had similar views as last time. Still found it entertaining and engrossing except for the last 20 minutes which were cheesy. So converted my comment from last time with few additions to a review.
Watched Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and hated it. Its is horrible and one of the worst movies of the year. Here is my detailed review.
Rewatched Gandhi after a very long time. Gandhi is one of the greatest movies ever made on one of the greatest human beings ever to walk this Earth. The movie was nominated for 11 Oscars and won 8 including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Ben Kingsley) and Best Original Screenplay. Gandhi is a must watch for everyone.
Wrote a detailed review.
Rewatched Malcolm X after may be 19 years. Loved it. Excellent movie and a must watch. Denzel Washington’s career best performance. Here is my detailed review.
Watched The Aeronauts. The movie starts with the claim that its inspired by true events but they changed the gender of one of the main characters. Henry Coxwell was the one who accompanied James Glaisher but they replaced him with a fictional female character Amelia Wren. The problem is even with all the cinematic liberties the movie is still not engrossing or inspiring enough.
Here is my detailed review.