Movies You Watched This Year – 2020

The Natural
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.

This is the second time I watched the movie. Had first watched it on @fearlesssoul recco in his post TOP 20 MOVIES OF ALL TIME – SPORTS. Liked it a lot again. Its a good sports movie involving baseball. Will try to write a more detailed review soon.

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.

Highly Recommended

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    sputnik 5 months ago

    Marriage Story
    Marriage Story is like an modern updated version of Kramer vs Kramer. Those who have watched Kramer vs Kramer may not be able to enjoy Marriage Story as it feels very derivative. Marriage Story is still a good watch because of the lead actor’s performances though.

    Scarlett Johansson is excellent as Nicole and she will definitely be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress and has a very good chance of winning too. Adam Driver is excellent as Charlie and will definitely be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor. Joaquin Phoenix will and should win though. Azhy Robertson is very good as Henry, Nicole and Charlie’s son. Laura Dern is excellent as Nora Fanshaw, Nicole’s lawyer. She will also definitely be nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and has a very good chance of winning too.

    Here is my detailed review.

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    sputnik 5 months ago

    Bombshell
    Bombshell is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time: Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it.

    Charlize Theron is good as Megyn Kelly but don’t think she deserved an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Neither her role nor her performance was great enough to receive an Oscar nomination. Nicole Kidman is very good as Gretchen Carlson in a smaller role. Margot Robbie is good as the fictional Kayla Pospisil. She was great in a couple of scenes but she should not have received an Oscar nomination either for Best Supporting Actress. Kate McKinnon is good as another fictional character Jess Carr. John Lithgow is very good as Roger Ailes.

    The movie has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling which is well deserved especially for making Charlize Theron look like Megyn Kelly.

    Here is my more detailed review.

    Recommended

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    sputnik 4 months ago

    Hell or High Water
    Toby is a divorced father who’s trying to make a better life for his son. His brother Tanner is an ex-convict with a short temper and a loose trigger finger. Together, they plan a series of heists against the bank that’s about to foreclose on their family ranch. Standing in their way is Marcus, a Texas Ranger who’s only weeks away from retirement. As the siblings plot their final robbery, they must also prepare for a showdown with a crafty lawman who’s not ready to ride off into the sunset.

    Rewatched the movie after almost 3 years and liked it even more this time. The movie was excellent though it was slow paced. The movie was nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.

    Jeff Bridges was excellent as the cop Marcus and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Marcus playfully making fun of his fellow cop’s Native American and Mexican heritage was very funny. Chris Pine was very good as Toby. Ben Foster was good as his brother Tanner. The relationship between the brothers is depicted very well too. Gil Birmingham was good as the cop Alberto.

    Here is my more detailed review.

    Highly Recommended

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    sputnik 4 months ago

    Rewatched The Conspirator after almost 6 years and liked it more this time. Liked Robin Wright’s performance too this time.

    Here is the link to my detailed review.

    Highly Recommended

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    cr7 4 months ago

    Sex Education S2-I liked season 1.It was a nice teen comedy .But this season is so much better.The show elevates to a exceptional relationship drama.A standard set for any coming of age movie/tv. great soundtrack as always.

    The outsider-Watched first 3 episodes and already looks like on of the better Stephen King adaptions.Very intriguing plot accompanied by a eerie atmosphere. Looking forward to rest of the season.

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    sputnik 4 months ago

    Harriet
    Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Haunted by memories of those she left behind, Harriet (Cynthia Erivo) ventures back into dangerous territory on a mission to lead others to freedom. With allies like abolitionist William Still (Leslie Odom, Jr.) and the entrepreneurial Marie Buchanon (Janelle Monae), Harriet risks capture and death to guide hundreds to safety as one of the most prominent conductors of the Underground Railroad. Witness the story of a woman who defied impossible odds to change the course of her life and the fate of the nation.

    Cynthia Erivo is excellent as Harriet Tubman and has been deservedly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress. Harriet Tubman deserved a better movie than this but it is still worth a watch because it is a story of one of America’s greatest heroes.

    Here is the link to my detailed review.

    Recommended

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    sputnik 4 months ago

    Ford v Ferrari
    Academy Award® Winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI, based on the true story of visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

    Christian Bale is very good as Ken Miles but his British accent did not sound right. Matt Damon is very good as Carroll Shelby.

    The movie has been nominated for Oscars for Best Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. The movie will most probably win Oscars for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

    Here is the link to my detailed review.

    Recommended

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    cr7 4 months ago

    1917-I like well made War movies.But there’s already so many of them that it’s difficult to be impressed by a new one. So I was skeptical despite overwhelming positive reviews for 1917.But it worked big time. Its an incredible story .The one shot take is not merely a gimmick but serves a purpose in the movie.The movie felt like a well made thriller. But what Nolan’s Dunkirk lacked “a character to root for”,emotional depth 1917 had in abundance. And unlike Dunkirk it has a fairly simplistic screenplay which made it more accessible. Best war movies in years. Its a clear favorite in Oscars. Deakins is sure to get his second straight Oscar. I’m up for more first world war movies.

    Jojo Rabbit-It shows what satire as a genre could achieve if well made. Its simplistic take on a very dark period of history but its effective. It has very sharp comedy writing as well as couple of devastating scenes.The kid was brilliant as well as his friend Yorkie.And what a year for Scarlet .The marvel movies she kept doing kinda made me forget she can actually act.Sam Rockwell is one of the best character artist now.Don’t know the name of the girl who played elsa but she was great.

    Bojack Horseman- One of my favorite shows of last decade ended this week.I am not articulate enough to write what a brilliant show it had became over the six seasons. And an honest and melancholic ending is perfect goodbye to it.

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      sputnik 4 months ago

      Watched both 1917 and Jojo Rabbit and will comment and write detailed reviews later.

      Liked 1917. Its good and agree with you that it is better than Dunkirk. After a point the one shot take felt like a gimmick to me and the movie dragged a lot towards the end.

      Liked Jojo Rabbit. Its good and reminded me of Life is Beautiful. Agree with you on “The kid was brilliant as well as his friend Yorkie.” and “Sam Rockwell is one of the best character artist now.Don’t know the name of the girl who played elsa but she was great.”

      Scarlet was good but I don’t think that it was a perfomance which deserved an Oscar nomination. She definitely deserved her Oscar nomination for Marriage Story.

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      sputnik 4 months ago

      Haven’t watched Bojack Horseman but have you watched We Bare Bears? I think its somewhat similar in concept. Its about 3 Bears living among humans. I have watched a few episodes and like the Ice Bear character who is very cool.

      You might like it.

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    sputnik 4 months ago

    Parasite
    Meet the Park family, the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki Woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. By turns darkly hilarious and heartwrenching, Parasite showcases a modern master at the top of his game.

    Bong Joon-ho’s direction is excellent. This is one of Bong Joon-ho’s best movies. It is almost as good as Memories of Murder. He deals with class, wealth and poverty once again after Snowpiercer. Here the Park family lives in a house with a stairway whereas the Kim family lives in basement just above the ground while Moon-gwang lives in a bunker underground.

    Parasite is excellent and one of the best movies of the year. The movie has been deservedly nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, Best Production Design and Best Film Editing. The movie will definitely win the Oscar for Best International Feature Film. The movie deserves every Oscar that it has been nominated for.

    Here is the link to my detailed review.

    Highly Recommended

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      cr7 4 months ago

      Well said.Loved the movie.Should win best director,screenplay and editing

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    sputnik 4 months ago

    Jojo Rabbit
    Jojo is a lonely German boy who discovers that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his imaginary friend — Adolf Hitler — Jojo must confront his blind nationalism as World War II continues to rage on.

    Roman Griffin Davis is excellent as Jojo Rabbit. Scarlett Johansson is good as Rosie, Jojo’s mother but don’t think she deserves an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Thomasin McKenzie is excellent as Elsa, a Jewish girl hiding in Rosie’s house. She should have instead been nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

    Taika Waititi is good as Adolf Hitler, Jojo’s imaginary friend version of the infamous figure. Sam Rockwell is excellent as Captain Klenzendorf, an army officer who runs a Hitler Youth camp. Rebel Wilson is very good as Fräulein Rahm, a brutish instructor in the Hitler Youth camp. Archie Yates is very good as Yorki, Jojo’s best friend. The rest of the cast is good too.

    Taika Waititi’s screenplay and direction is very good. Its not easy to make a satire where antisemitic jokes/stereotypes are used and Adolf Hitler is portrayed as someone’s imaginary friend. The movie actually mocks the Nazis while appearing to mock the Jews. Jojo Rabbit reminds one of Life is Beautiful. Jojo Rabbit is a feel good comedy even while the underlying subject is dark.

    Here is the link to my detailed review.

    Highly Recommended

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    sputnik 4 months ago

    1917
    Sam Mendes, the Oscar®-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917. At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.

    Screenplay by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns is contrived. The movie starts off well but drags a lot towards the end. Many scenes seem forced just to increase the running time as the movie has barely any plot. Why would they waste their time in some underground barracks when they are in a race against time?

    They come across a abandoned farmhouse with fresh milk readily available. Schofield fills his canteen with milk just because he has to give that milk to a French woman with a baby few scenes later. That whole French woman with a baby track felt out of nowhere.

    Schofield inexplicably keeps running away from a shooter instead of turning around and shooting him back. He even encounters a huge waterfall. When he is almost at the Devons to deliver the message he has to keep asking multiple people in the trenches for Colonel Mackenzie and then has to sprint across the battlefield, just as the infantry begins its charge.

    1917 has been nominated for 10 Oscars. It doesn’t deserve all these nominations.

    It deserves nominations only for Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. It will probably win the Oscar for Best Cinematography due to its one shot take effect. The one shot take felt like a gimmick and its not even a novelty anymore. Birdman had already done the one shot take six years back.

    Sam Mendes direction is ok. The problem is the lack of story. 1917 is not bad but it certainly doesn’t deserve all the acclaim and Oscar nominations that it has received.

    Here is the link to my detailed review.

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    sputnik 4 months ago

    Knives Out
    The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there’s one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc knows for sure—everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Now, Blanc must sift through a web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth. From acclaimed writer-director Rian Johnson comes this suspenseful, twist-filled whodunnit with an all-star ensemble cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Michael Shannon, Jaeden Martell, and more.

    Knives Out is a somewhat old fashioned murder mystery. It is mostly set in one house. Its a good engrossing murder mystery with some good twists. Knives Out was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

    Daniel Craig is good as Benoit Blanc, a private detective but his accent seemed forced and unnecessary. It reminded of the Murder episode of The Office where Michael was trying the Savannah accent. Ana de Armas is very good as Marta. Chris Evans is very good as Ransom. Jamie Lee Curtis is very good as Linda.

    Here is the link to my detailed review.

    Recommended

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    sputnik 4 months ago

    Rewatched A Few Good Men after a very long time and decided to write a review for the movie.

    Had already wrote about it in my post on Best Hollywood Courtroom Dramas.

    Had posted it as Scene of the Week before.

    Highly Recommended

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    sputnik 3 months ago

    Rewatched 12 Angry Men after a very long time and decided to write a reviewfor the movie.

    Had already wrote about it in my post on Best Hollywood Courtroom Dramas.

    The Hindi movie Ek Ruka Hua Faisla directed by Basu Chatterjee was a scene to scene dialogue to dialogue copy of 12 Angry Men. Had made a post on Ek Ruka Hua Faisla Inspired/Copied from 12 Angry Men with scenes from 12 Angry Men and the entire movie Ek Ruka Hua Faisla..

    Highly Recommended

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    sputnik 3 months ago

    Rewatched Dallas Buyers Club after 6 years and decided to convert my comment from last time to a review for the movie.

    Highly Recommended

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    cr7 3 months ago

    Dark Waters- I listen to Bernie Sanders’ “Big corporations” speeches and often think of it as a crazy rant . And then I watch a movie like this which gives his rants relevance .A fascinating story of greed,negligence of big corporation and heroic of one man. Liked it a lot.

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      sputnik 3 months ago

      Thanks for the recco. Will check it out. Had liked the trailer.

      Bernie makes great points but I don’t understand how some middle class people can be against him saying he is a socialist. Big corporations and the billionaires get all kinds of tax breaks but it is not socialism but when poor and middle class people get any benefits then its welfare and socialism.

      I like Benie Sanders and want him to win the democratic primary. Not sure if the democrats will let him win though.

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        cr7 3 months ago

        Same here .I’m amazed by the unexplainable love some have for capitalism. Like other economic systems capitalism failed too. Just the chaos is well managed so the visibility is less.its nothing but oligarchy right now.

        I admire Bernie’s consistency .So rare in today’s politicians. Implementation of his ideas will require immense work though and will be a big challenge . Democratic establishment will do everything in it’s power to stop him but I guess he’ll sail through this time.

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          sputnik 3 months ago

          Agree. Let’s hope he sails through this time.

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    cr7 3 months ago

    I’m not okay with this-I really like the variety of teen dramas in Netflix. I’ve disliked some in past but this one I liked. The supernatural angle is very well done.The awkwardness between Syd and Stanley(specially Stanley) is adorable. The leads are a perfect casting. Only 20+ minutes per episode length also helps it to never drag.Overall a Good show.
    P.S.-The lovely soundtrack is a bonus.

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    sputnik 3 months ago

    Rewatched the movie The Untouchables after more than 6 years. Had almost similar opinion as last time except that I liked the background score this time. So decided to expand my comment from last time to a review.

    Here is the link to my detailed review.

    Recommended

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    sputnik 3 months ago

    The Help
    In 1960s Mississippi, Southern society girl Skeeter (Emma Stone) returns from college with dreams of being a writer. She turns her small town on its ear by choosing to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent white families. Only Aibileen (Viola Davis), the housekeeper of Skeeter’s best friend, will talk at first. But as the pair continue the collaboration, more women decide to come forward, and as it turns out, they have quite a lot to say.

    The movie is a comedy while it still deals with serious issues of racism and segregation. The movie is hilarious with just a few dramatic moments. The movie was nominated for 3 Oscars including Best Picture. The Help is excellent and highly recommended.

    Here is the link to my detailed review.

    Highly Recommended

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    sputnik 3 months ago

    War of the Worlds
    A contemporary retelling of H.G.Wells’ classic, the sci-fi thriller reveals the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family. Fleeing from an extraterrestrial army of killer Tripods that annihilate everything in their path, Ray Ferrier (Cruise) races to keep his family safe.

    Its an alien invasion movie. Some of the scenes are ridiculous with Ray leaving his kids alone initially. The ending is quite stupid. Robbie suddenly appearing in Boston was ok for a happy ending but it did not make any sense as to how he reached there.

    Tom Cruise was ok as Ray. He seemed miscast as a father of a teenager. Dakota Fanning was good as Rachel. Justin Chatwin was good as Robbie. Tim Robbins was good as Harlan in a small role.

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    cr7 3 months ago

    Motichoor Chaknachoor-I liked the first 30-40 minutes .It was charming .But then there isn’t much of a storyline to make an intriguing film. Athiya was really good so was her aunt.

    Tanhaji- Entertaining movie.Very nicely paced .Wish the vfx was better.Looked very amateur at times.

    Schitt’s creek- Started watching this Candian sitcom.First couple of episodes is weird but gets better when the characters get familiar.A decent entertainer without annoying laugh track.

    Broadchurch- This was fantastic.The mystery is intriguing.And the sadness is deeply affecting. Casting couldn’t have been better. Only watched season 1 though as I find the ending of season 1 provides closure.Read on internet that season 2 takes the story forward and I wasn’t really sure about that.

    Wild tales- Apt title.Six crazy stories told in a very entertaining manner. Perfect mix of humor and tension.

    The war on democracy – The part about Venezuela’s social security programs didn’t age well though   .But other than that its a well researched and informative documentary .makes you think that we don’t usually have clues what goes underneath major political changes in the world.

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    cr7 3 months ago

    And hope everyone doing fine amidst the corona outbreak .Take care 🙂

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      sputnik 3 months ago

      Yes. Hope everyone is safe.

      Bangladesh hasn’t had any Corona virus cases so far I think and I hope it stays that way.

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    cr7 3 months ago

    Watched contagion.Felt eerie due to the uncanny resemblance with current circumstance. Don’t know how it would have looked If I watched in a different time.

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      sputnik 3 months ago

      Have been wanting to watch it because of the current circumstances. Thanks for the recco.

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      sputnik 3 months ago

      Watched Contagion and loved it.

      Agree with you that “Felt eerie due to the uncanny resemblance with current circumstance.”

      Contagion is so topical with the prevailing Coronavirus. Contagion is excellent and is a must watch for everyone right now.

      Here is the link to my detailed review.

      Highly Recommended

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    sputnik 3 months ago

    School of Rock
    Jack Black stars as a hell-raising guitarist with delusions of grandeur. Kicked out of his band and desperate for work, he impersonates a substitute teacher and turns a class of fifth grade high-achievers into high-voltage rock and rollers. Joan Cusack portrays the principal of the private school where Black is prepping the kids for a Battle of the Bands.

    Re-watched the movie after many years. Had liked it the first time too. Nice entertaining comedy.

    Jack Black was very good. The kids were very good too. Joan Cusack was good as the principal. Sarah Silverman was good too.

    Recommended

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    sputnik 3 months ago

    Empire of the Sun
    Based on J.G. Ballard’s autobiographical novel, Empire of the Sun stars Christian Bale as a spoiled young British boy, living with his wealthy family in pre-World War II Shanghai. During the Japanese invasion, Bale is separated from his parents. With the help of soldier-of-fortune John Malkovich, Bale learns to survive without a retinue of servants at his beck and call. By the time Malkovich and Bale are tossed into a Japanese prison camp, the boy has picked up enough street-smarts and developed enough intestinal fortitude to regard his imprisonment as an exciting adventure. The story ends during the 1945 liberation: on the verge of manhood, the 13-year-old Bale will never again be the pampered, privileged brat whom we met in the early scenes.

    Christian Bale is very good as Jamie/Jim and the movie shows that he was always an excellent actor even from such an young age. Unfortunately many of his scenes are ridiculous. John Malkovich was good as Basie but we never know his backstory or his intentions. The rest of the cast is ok.

    The Cinematography and the art direction are very good. The movie was nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and Best Sound.

    Its one of the worst movies ever. Its boring and too long. Spielberg’s direction is horrible. Its such a wannabe epic. Its like Spielberg wanted to make the greatest movie ever but unfortunately the screenplay is horrible. Many scenes and many of Jim’s actions don’t even make sense.

    Here is the link to my review.

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    sputnik 2 months ago

    Sophie’s Choice
    Stingo (Peter MacNicol), a young writer, moves to Brooklyn in 1947 to begin work on his first novel. As he becomes friendly with Sophie (Meryl Streep) and her lover Nathan (Kevin Kline), he learns that Sophie is a Holocaust survivor. Flashbacks reveal her harrowing story, from pre-war prosperity to Auschwitz. In the present, Sophie and Nathan’s relationship increasingly unravels as Stingo grows closer to Sophie and Nathan’s fragile mental state becomes ever more apparent.

    Revisited the movie after more than 5 years. Had same opinion as last time. Decided to convert my comment from last time to a review.

    Meryl Streep was excellent as the Polish immigrant Sophie. She looked really emaciated in the concentration camp scenes and she was absolutely brilliant in the scene where she has to make the choice. She deservedly won an Oscar for her performance.

    The movie is quite slow paced and boring for the most part but it has a very interesting back story which actually should have been the main story. The back story is told in flashbacks and is excellent. The concentration camp scenes are very good and the scene where Sophie has to make her choice is excellent. The movie is recommended only if you are a Meryl Streep fan and for the few concentration camp scenes and the Choice scene.

    Here is the link to my detailed review.

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    cr7 2 months ago

    Panchayat-Delightful,feel good drama by TVF .
    Tiger King- Its crazy.You can not write stuff like this .Really stranger than fiction.
    Succession- On to episode 5 of season 2. Intense and entertaining . I like these dramas about despicable but interesting characters.
    Schitt’s Creek- Nothing groundbreaking about this form of comedy but It was very entertaining.made my quarantine days fun.

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    cr7 2 months ago

    Rewatched some Hindi comedies during the quarantine. Hungama and Dhol were as hilarious as the first time . Due to all the memes I thought I would like PHP more but it was so so. Really liked Khatta meetha.

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    sputnik 1 month ago

    Something the Lord Made
    Two men–one a wealthy white chief surgeon, the other a poor black lab technician achieve a monumental medical breakthrough that earned one accolades…and the other a painful lesson in racism and unequal opportunity in 1940s Baltimore. Alan Rickman and Mos Def star in this ‘HBO Films’ drama.

    Had watched this movie first time may be around 18 years ago. Have watched this movie like 3 or 4 times and it is one of my favorite movies ever.

    Though it has a made for TV feel it has a great story about how two people, a White surgeon and a Black lab assistant, worked together to perform the first heart surgery during a time of racism and segregation.

    Alan Rickman is excellent as Dr. Alfred Blalock. Mos Def is excellent as Vivien Thomas and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television. Both Alan Rickman and Mos Def were nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.

    The movie was nominated for 2 Golden Globes including Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. The movie was nominated for nine Emmy Awards and won three Emmys for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special. The movie also won the Peabody Award.

    Direction by Joseph Sargent is very good. The movie uses quite a bit of medical terminology and doesn’t try to dumb down the medical procedures. Joseph Sargent won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing in a Television Film. Something the Lord Made is excellent and one of the best movies ever.

    Here is my more detailed review.

    Highly Recommended

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    sputnik 1 month ago

    Revisited Rudy after 7 years and had the same opinion as first time. So decided to write a separate review this time.

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

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

    Here is the link to the detailed review.

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    cr7 1 month ago

    Extraction-I think action fans will love it. But as someone who is not very fond of the genre I had a really hard time keeping interest during the long action sequences.The plot is very straightforward and gets very tedious quickly.
    About the portrayal of Dhaka,I think they shifted a Latin american plot to Dhaka for whatever reasons without making any necessary adjustments.It was way off.

    Little Women- Due to the looks and trailer I had a preconceived notion that it would be boring .But very pleasantly surprised.It was entertaining .Young amy and adult Meg character needed some work .Saorise rocked in an author backed role.

    Inside Llewywn Davis- Dark comedy and melancholy .Loved the combination.Great soundtrack.

    Bad education- Decent film.Interesting story .It could have been more revealing .Hugh jackman was brilliant .

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      sputnik 1 month ago

      I saw some people going gaga over Extraction on twitter. Heard it was set in Bangladesh. hmm…. So they just shifted Latin American plot to Dhaka.

      Little Women and Bad Education are on my watchlist.

      Had watched Inside Llewyn Davis 6 years back and liked it. Saw your comment there that you downloaded it then. So you got to it after 6 years 🙂

      Here is my Inside Llewyn Davis review.

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        cr7 1 month ago

        Haha . Streaming services and Lockdown has helped me to catch up on some films I missed earlier.

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    cr7 1 month ago

    Never have I ever-Flawed but cute. Took a downhill turn after episode 5.McEnroe’s narration was funny.

    Veep-I always keep a comedy show to watch 2-3 episodes everyday.Veep is currently the show and I’m really enjoying it. The writing is sharp.

    Ayyappana Koshiyum- Basic plot but credits to the writers to turn it into a intriguing movie.Its like a modern day western,battle of egos.

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    sputnik 3 weeks ago

    Searching for Bobby Fischer
    After he beats his dad (Joe Mantegna) in a chess match, Josh Waitzkin (Max Pomeranc), a 7-year-old, gets noticed for his talent. He becomes interested in speed chess at the park and learns the game from a hustler named Vinnie (Laurence Fishburne). However, Josh’s parents invest in the services of Bruce (Ben Kingsley), a famous coach who has very different practices. Between Bruce’s methods and the stress of the competitions, Josh learns that even a chess prodigy cannot make all the right moves.

    The movie is based on the true story of prodigy chess player Joshua Waitzkin adapted from the book Searching for Bobby Fischer by Joshua’s father Fred Waitzkin.

    Max Pomeranc is excellent as Josh. Joe Mantegna is very good as his father. Joan Allen is good as his mother.
    Ben Kingsley is good as Bruce Pandolfini. Laurence Fishburne is very good as Vinnie. Michael Nirenberg is very good as Jonathan Poe. William H. Macy is good in a small role.

    The movie was nominated for an Oscar for Best Cinematography. Steven Zaillian’s direction is very good. The movie is about how Josh is afraid of losing at Chess and thereby losing his dad’s love. The movie very sensitively portrays a young Chess prodigy who doesn’t want to win at any cost.

    Here is my detailed review.

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    sputnik 2 weeks ago

    Paatal Lok
    A down and out cop lands the case of a lifetime when four suspects are nabbed in the assassination attempt of a journalist. The pursuit of it leads him to ‘Paatal Lok’, and to shocking discoveries in the past of the four suspects.

    The show borrows a lot from real life incidents – the 2014 Badaun gang rape (though here the girls are not found hanging here), the Batla House encounter case (though the encounter doesn’t happen here) and the Junaid Khan case (lynching on a train on suspicion of eating beef). The show also highlights harassment of lower caste people by upper castes in Punjab, poor street kids being sexually abused and Islamophobia. The show also has a LGBT character. There was no need for that scene of child rape where a nude male is shown thrusting though they did not show the kid. The scene before and after was enough to show that the child was raped.

    Paatal Lok is a very good web series even with the somewhat disappointing ending. Paatal Lok raises a lot of important issues and shows a mirror to our society.

    Here is my detailed review.

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