Monday, November 17, 2008

Quantum Of Solace

Daniel Craig, the only man I know who can carry off white pants with panache! I enjoyed Casino Royale better but this one was good too. Didn't care much for the women in the movie and Eva Green was definitely more beautiful. The villain is what was the saddest. I like movie with good villains and this one had a frail ugly looking one. The plot itself wasn't great and much of it was spent trying to avenge the betrayal by Vesper. I hope the next one is better. They have a more believable bond and it should be hard to come up with a decent storyline to do justice.

Monday, November 3, 2008


The lesser said about this movie the better. The book was silly and the movie with its oh-so-bad-that-I-want-to-pull-my-teeth-out dialogues was even worse.

The Happening

I am such a big Night Shyamalan fan!!!! I love all his eerie movies and they spook the hell out of me. I first regret not watching this in the theatre and secondly not watching it on Halloween night. The whole build up is fantastic and the scene of construction worker walking off the edge of the tall building is simply awesome. It delivers on the chills. thrills and gore that one expects from his movies. The Alma character is a little weird. The way the whole concept of the plants/trees and toxins is brought in is a little stupid too especially given that it is the weird nursery guy who says it. Not to say that the concept in itself is bad. I think it is interesting and they could probably have given further details/explanation to show my Eliot starts believing in it. The old lady who lives by herself, a fantastic character to scare the crap out of you. A highly recommended watch if you are into Night Shyamalan movies:)

I was so desperate to watch this movie because it was a Madhur Bhandarkar product. I really liked his Page 3 and Corporate (Traffic Signal not so much). The movie did not disappoint although some of the characters were over the top. I am sure that the picture he paints is not true of every supermodel but at least a few. I did not like the fact that all male designers were portrayed as being gay and all the gay men were so stereotypically gay. The acting by the three women was fabulous and I especially give credit to Priyanka who did justice to the role. Kangana played the same character as many of her other movies but again did a good job of it. There was this one scene shown in the promos where she gives a disgusting expression while looking at Priyanka and I did not see that in the movie. But she was so good as the show stopper in her first scene. This movie was totally worth the watch in the theatre and I am glad I chose it over Golmal Returns although I am sure that is a fun one too.


The only reason I wanted to watch this movie was all the curiosity that it roused up with the hype and the fact that I actually like Himesh Reshammiya and his music (most times except when he comes up with something stupid like Tandorri Nights). The movie wasn't good and I saw it in bits and parts and you can totally give it a miss. I do like the Lut Jaun number though. Urmila has done something with her face surely (botox??). Anyways no more Himesh movies. Just his songs.

Monday, October 13, 2008


Promos can be soooooooo deceptive. The only reason I even rented this DVD was because of the fancy promos they kept showing on TV. The songs were ok too and I was definitely curious to see what this Imran dude is all about since I didn't quite get the feel for his acting in JTYJN. The movie would have been ok if part of it weren't so ridiculous that you wonder why the the movie is still going on. The movie starts randomly with a hip-hoppish number starring Minissha Lamba. This has been done before but never ever works for me. Minissha has lost a lot of weight and was good in the song but passing Vidya Malvade off as her mom is plain silly. They never really told what caused the rift between her and Sanjay Dutt except innuendos about his lack of time for the family. But if his wife is a doctor (as they claim with a Dr before her name), did she even have the time fight about it??? Anyways I can go on and on about the flaws in the script but then I guess I shouldn't have expected much anyways given that Sanjay Gadhvi's other movies (Dhoom 1 & 2) both had tonnes of flaws. I was not too impressed by Imran Khan either. He sounded like he was holding a chewing gum between his teeth all the time while speaking:P. I think he is a better chocolate boy than action hero. All in all a disappointing movie.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Mumbai Meri Jaan & A Wednesday

This was an interesting weekend and thoughts about terrorists and bomb blasts stayed with me throughout. We watched Mumbai Meri Jaan on Friday night followed by news of Delhi blasts as soon as we woke up on Saturday and ended up watching A Wednesday on Sunday night. To add to this I just finished Chetan Bhagat's 'Three Mistakes of My Life' which is set to the backdrop of Gujarat communal riots. Both the movies are excellent and fall into the same genre as Aamir and they have excellent actors doing complete justice to the roles.

Mumbai Meri Jaan:

A very thought provoking story of -
  • A journalist who realizes the shallowness of Indian media reporting when her loved one is affected by the blast. Soha is passable and yet again loses her fiancee.
  • A regular person who refuses to run away from India to escape reality and goes through a gamut of emotions during the blast and is scared to even step onto a train because of the trauma. Madhavan has acted really well in this role.
  • A poor man shamed by the treatment of a mall worker in front of his family who finds an easy way of hassling the rich. He is also hit by guilt and remorse when his prank causes an old man to colapse. Irrfan Khan needless to say excels at this.
  • A suspicious man who fears and doubts the Muslims around him but comes to terms finally with the fact that they are no different from Hindus. Kay Kay Menon, is simply awesome.
There is a whole brood of fine actors in the industry currently and coming out with fantastic roles - Kay Kay, Irrfan Khan, Ranvir Shorey (although not sure what he was doing in SIK), Vinay Pathak, Konkona Sen to name a few. I would compare their talent to the likes of Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Farooq Sheikh, Anuradha Patel, Rekha, Shabana Azmi who used to come out with movies like these in the previous era. The whole change in the industry of makingmovies with real stories is wonderful for hungry movie goers like me.

A Wednesday:

A very well made (from a regular movie watcher's perspective) movie with veteran actors like Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah where thankfully they are not wasted at all. All the characters are well chosen especially Jimmy Shergill and his collegue Jai (dunno his name). I really liked Jimmy Shergill in this movie after a long time. I simple hated him in some recent roles with those ridiculous highlights but this one was a fresh surprise.
I am simply in awe of Naseeruddin Shah and the talent he packs into each of his roles. I have heard a lot about this movie called 'Ijazzat' and his acting in that and thankfully my sister sent me a DVD. That is definitely going to be the next on my watching list. God bless him and may be live many many years to work in more movies. His son is really cute too and I liked his movie Dil Dosti, etc but haven't seen him in anything after that;)