Oct 8 2010
This is one movie I really want to see. And I’m hoping that M. Night Shyamalan gets that hit that he really needs. Gotta support your fellow Malayalees. Watch the trailer for Devil.
Oct 7 2010
Anthony Hopkins, Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving, Art Malik & Geraldine Chaplin star in The Wolfman, a remake of the 1941 horror classic of the same name, with lots of changes. Lawrence Talbot (Del Toro) returns to his hometown of Blackmoor on the death of his brother Ben. It was Ben’s fiance Gwen (Blunt) who sends him a letter informing about Ben’s disappearance. We see at the beginning of the movie that Ben is mauled to death by a creature that looks part man and part wolf.
Lawrence meets Gwen and his estranged father Sir John (Hopkins) and is horrified to see the remains of his brother. Among the belongings are a gold medallion which leads him to a group of gypsies who love outside Blackmoor. While there, local townspeople force the gypsies to hand over a dancing bear who they suspect to be the Ben’s killer. Just the the werewolf attacks and kills many of the people at the camp. Lawrence gets his shotgun to kill the werewolf and runs after a boy who takes off into the woods alone. Lawrence saves the boy but is attacked by the werewolf and is bitten on the neck. The rest of the people chase the lycan away and Lawrence is taken to be tended to.
Gwen returns to Talbot Hall to nurse Lawrence back to health. He has several fearful dreams but after a few weeks appears to have completely healed. Lawrence is also investigated by Inspector Aberline (Weaving) and brings up Lawrence’s tortured past of being in an asylum as a child. One evening after Gwen returns back to London, Lawrence follows his father Sir John into a crypt kept in memory of his wife, Lawrence’s mother. Lawrence has memories of his mother committing suicide by silting her throat. He finds his father in the catacombs beneath the crypt, in a shrine to his dead mother, a shrine that includes a chair specially fitted with restraints. Sir John tells Lawrence that he has been “dead” for years, and then locks himself in the room alone. As Lawrence tries to leave, he turns into the Wolfman. Rampaging through the woods, he kills several townspeople who had created a trap in hopes of catching the monster. The next day, Sir John leads Aberline and the local police to where a dazed, bloody human Lawrence is hiding.
Lawrence is taken to the same asylum where he was incarcerated as a child and put electro-sock & ice water therapy. A visit from Sir John reveals the truth behind the creature – Sir John was bit by a young werewolf while in India and he killed his wife on a full moon night. As Lawrence had seen the death, he was subjected to treatment in an asylum and forgot the details of the incident. Sir John killed Ben when he found out that Ben was planning on moving away from their house in Blackmoor after his marriage to Gwen, who it seems had also won the admiration of Sir John. In a fit of rage he lost control and let loose on the countryside and attacked his own son. Later in an observation room, while Aberline watches, Lawrence changes into a werewolf on a full moon night and kills a few people and escapes. He meets up with Gwen and they share a kiss. He leaves to confront his father, while Gwen researches lycans.
She is led to the gypsy woman who tells her that the only release from the lycan curse is death. Gwen hurries to Blackmoor as Sir John & Lawrence, changed into werewolves, fight each other to the death. Lawrence kills off his father by kicking him into the fire and then beheading him. Aberline and the cops attempt to kill the werewolf but Gwen interferes and Aberline is bitten. A chase into the woods, leaves Gwen at the edge of cliff and she pleads to the werewolf. He hesitates for a bit and he recognizes Gwen but as the approaching mob startle the werewolf, Gwen shoots him with a silver bullet. Lawrence transforms back to his human form and thanks Gwen as he breathes his last, lying in her arms. As the movie ends, the camera pans back to a wounded Alberline, the screen goes blank and we hear the howl of a werewolf.
It’s an ok movie, although why we needed another period movie about werewolves is beyond me. Updating the effects of a man changing into a werewolf – ok I did like that and there are errie parts to the movie. But I’m not surprised that it flopped and hasn’t yet broken even. I’d give it a 5 outta 10.
Oct 3 2010
Loosely based on the Greek myth of Perseus, Clash Of The Titans is a 2010 remake of the 1981 hit movie. Sam Worthington takes over Harry Hamlin’s role of the demi-God Perseus, son of the king of Gods Zeus and a mortal woman. Directed by Louis Leterrier and made on a budget of $125 mil, the movie has made nearly $500 as of date.
The movie also stars heavyweights & award winning actors Liam Neeson as Zeus, Ralph Fiennes as Hades and Pete Postlethwaite as Spyros along with Mads Mikkelsen as Draco. Gemma Arterton, Alexa Davos play the two main female characters of the myth while Polly Walker has a brief role as Cassiopeia. I think most of you must know the story (I myself first learned of this myth as a 9 or 10 year old in school, where the tale of how Perseus defeat Medussa was a lesson included in an English class), so here’s just a few points about the movie (my 20 cents):
7 outta 10!
Sep 30 2010
Classic Hollywood actor & hearthrob of the 50s & 60s, Tony Curtis passed away yesterday. He played a variety of roles, from light comedy, such as the musician on the run from gangsters in Some Like It Hot, to serious dramatic roles, such as an escaped convict in The Defiant Ones, & Spartacus which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. From 1949, he appeared in more than 100 films and made frequent television appearances.
The Clark County coroner says the entertainer and father of Jamie Lee Curtis died at 9:25 p.m. local time of cardiac arrest at his Las Vegas-area home. Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz in the Bronx, New York, the son of Emanuel Schwartz and his wife Helen Klein. He is also the father of acclaimed actress Jamie Lee Curtis.
My memories of Curtis will be of him sparing with Roger Moore in the one & only season of the Persuaders, where they acted as two international playboys. It was a fun series although it got canceled for not making an impact in the US.
Tony Curtis (June 3, 1925 – September 29, 2010)
Aug 9 2010
I’ve finally seen it; the biggest blockbuster of all time and I just saw it last night. No it wasn’t in 3d and no it wasn’t on a movie theatre. Heck it wasn’t even on a big LCD tv either. Humble me watched James Cameron’s Avatar on my 15.6 in screen of my Lenovo G550 laptop. And if I was this blown away watching it here, I can only imagine what it must be like watching in a giant screen with the lights dimmed!
Awesome experience of movie making at the very best. A fantastic imaginary world created by Cameron to boggle your mind and yeah the ordinary human brain cannot fathom the extensive research, creative process, brain storming, craftsmanship & fantasy that went into making this film. It’s Sci-fi for the ages and dare I say it, it’s like the Star Wars gone bonkers on acid, mushrooms & the finest of weed! This totally rocks!
The story is simplistic at best, a formula that has been around for decades. It’s almost Dances With Wolves with aliens instead of Native Americans. Paraplegic soldier is chosen to operate the human/Na’vi hybrid avatar in an effort to learn the ways & gain the trust of the natives of Pandora, a moon in the Alpha Centuri star system. Greedy humans want to mine the rich & valuable mineral which is on the sacred homeland of these natives. Soldier gets into the group and gains the trust of the Na’vi after learning their ways and also gets the love of the girl who shows him the land. Greedy humans close in on the natives and through brute force & technologically advanced weapons scatter the tribe from one holy land. Soldier gives rousing speech and helps natives to defeat the humans and they are chased away. He gets the girl, becomes one with the natives and all ends well. Sounds familiar? Insert human instead of ‘white man’.
Still it’s a stunning visual feast and we are all indebted to Jimmy boy for creating this master piece. Here is a few thoughts on the movie:
Outta 10 I give this movie 99!
Aug 8 2010
These are the top 11 movies, made before I was born, that I like off the top of my head
Aug 1 2010
I knew nothing about this movie other than the fact that Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor were cast in it. That is the full extent of my knowledge about this movie but since it stars Jim Carrey, I took a copy of this film from a friend today morning. It’s a delightfully acted and well scripted and fast paced film in which both Carrey & McGregor shines. Jim Carrey has always been a huge favourite of mine and I think this should win him even more fans.
I Love You Philip Morris is based on the real life events of ex-cop, conman, impostor and multiple prison escapee Steven Russell, played by Carrey. Russell’s childhood is marred when he is told that he is infact adopted and he tried to find his biological mother as he grows up but is rejected. He is married to the religious & upright Debbie (Leslie Mann) and is a dotting father to his little daughter. But he is infact gay and a car crash & near death situation makes him decide to live his own life, as that of a gay man. He finds a boyfriend and moves to Florida and showers his new lover with expensive gifts and lives a lavish lifestyle, soon fueled by the money he makes by conning. He gets caught and is sent to prison.
Over there he meets and falls in love with the shy and gentle Philip Morris (Ewan McGregor) and after sharing letters for a while, Steven manages to get himself transferred to the same cell as Philip. They soon become lovers and have s torrid love affair. Once Steven is released he gets Philip out early by forging documents, faking voices on the phone, and maintaining a series of inspired bluffs including pretending to be a lawyer. He then makes a life with Philip, constructing a massive, fraudulent career in both law and finance so that they can live together in luxury as a super-rich gay couple. However he is caught while bluffing his way through the post of a company’s CFO and making huge amounts of cash on false profits. He is caught again and this time Philip leaves him as he is tired of the lies and shame.
Steven will go through any length to see Philip, escaping from prison a few times like pretending to be a doctor and painting his clothes, impersonating a lawyer and forging a judge’s signature on release forms. His love for Philip is the desire that fuels him and his biggest ingenious plan is faking his own death by pretending to have AIDS and then meets Philip in prison pretending to be his lawyer. Until finally they are both caught and put in separate prisons. Philip is released in 2006 but Steven is given a life sentence and is still behind bars. The ending of the movie shows a laughing Jim Carrey running away from guards trying to make yet another escape – his persistence is amazing & incredible.
You may, like me, be put off by the gay sex scenes. I can’t imagine these two actors kissing and stimulating sex with another man while actually being straight but that’s professionalism for ya. It is a great movie with some tremendous acting skills shown. 9 outta 10!
Jul 29 2010
Veteran film & tv character actor Maury Chaykin passed away on July 27th, 2010. Born in the US he later moved to Canada and was known for portrayals of blustery supporting characters and the occasional lead, as in the character Nero Wolfe in the tv films or in Whale Music. The former role lead to a two year series in A Nero Wolfe Mystery. He was also the Mahoney in Owning Mahoney.
Maury Chaykin (July 27, 1949 – July 27, 2010)
Jun 28 2010
I first heard about this movie when I saw a interview of the main stars on The Hour with George Stroumbolopolous. And I heard them talking about the Rush angle to this movie. That was more than enough to peak my interest in this movie. Plus I really like the two lead actors – Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. Rashida Jones, daughter of Quincy Jones, also stars as Rudd’s fiance and Jamie Pressely, Jane Curtin & Jon Favereau also lend a supporting hand in this movie.
Peter Klaven (Rudd) just got engaged to his girlfriend of 8 months, Zooey Rice but he is embarrassed by the fact that he has a lack of male friends, especially compared with the close intimate relationships that Zooey has with her group of female friends. Overhearing her friends discussing this oddity, Peter goes on a series of “man dates” with men hoping to get a real friend in time for his wedding. However, he always seems to be ending up in awful situations. Feeling rejected, Peter is about to give up, when during an open house at Lou Ferrigno’s mansion, he meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) . The two hit it off very well, despite having different personalities. Later, Peter calls Sydney, and they go out for drinks.
Pretty soon they are spending a lot of time together, including jamming on bass & guitar in Sydney’s garage turned ‘man cave’. They also bond over a mutual love for the rock band Rush – the two of them singing Tom Sawyer in the garage is a highlight of the film! Peter then asks Sydney to be his best man at his wedding and invites him to a dinner with family & friends – where Sydney makes a totally inappropriate toast! Things get a little testy when Sydney borrows $8000 from Peter and puts billboards all over Los Angeles to advertise Peter’s real estate skills. And then Sydney fights with Ferrigno which seems to jeopardize the sale. They break off their friendship for a while.
However, it seems that Sydney’s silly billboards have worked in getting more business for Peter including Ferrigno, who is impressed with the sales technique. Zooey who has second thoughts about their friendship, relents when she sees that Peter is upset on the day of their wedding and she invites Sydney to come. The two friends are reunited and the wedding takes place.
Total dude movie; watch it and you’ll love it. 8 outta 10!
Jun 23 2010
I had kinda given up hope on Manoj Shyamalan’s movies getting the same kinda acclaim as Sixth Sense and Signs did. I liked The Village a lot more than most people did and have yet to watch Lady In The Water & Unbreakable. This movie is similar to the kind of movie that you would expect Shyamalan to make. Although I am surprised by the casting – Zooey Deschanel is not the kind of actress I would have expected in this role and neither was John Leguizamo in his small supporting role. I don’t like Mark Wahlberg but I guess he did ok in this role.
The Happening is about an unexplainable natural disaster that occurs on the East Coast of the US. It starts off in Central Park, New York when people suddenly start to commit suicide in the most accessible manner possible for no apparent reason. Stabbing themselves in the neck by a pen, walking off construction sites, policemen shooting themselves with their own guns etc.
Initially believed to be a bioterrorist attack using an airborne neurotoxin, the epidemic quickly spreads across the northeastern United States, slowly moving from large population centers to smaller and smaller areas. The disease is spread through the air and the onset is depicted by the wind picking up. Wahlberg plays Elliot, a high school teacher, who tries to escape the epidemic with his wife Alma (Deschanel), his friend Jullian (Luguizamo) and Jullian’s young daughter Jess. Jullian dies when he goes back to search for his wife and is infected along with others that he is traveling with. Elliot & Alma take Jess with them as they try to make their way to smaller and more open areas with less people as they get the idea that this infections occurs where there are more people. They are joined by a group of people who soon split into smaller groups as the wind picks up and they start to get infected.
Towards the end, Elliot is left with just Alma & Jess and they take refuge in an old isolated farm house occupied by a paranoid oddball woman, who is unaware of the disaster as she keeps to herself and has shunned technology and interaction with other humans. Soon, however she too is infected and she kills herself by banging her head onto the windows of her house. Elliot, Jess & Alma hide out in different parts of her house until they feel that death is inevitable and they come out to embrace in the field. The wind picks up and the trio wait for the onset of the epidemic…but nothing happens!
As predicted by scientists in the beginning the outbreak abates as quickly as it has started lasting only a couple of days. 3 months later things are normal for Alma & Elliot who have adopted Jess and are also expecting their first child. The Northeast is almost back to normal, save for the deaths and some destruction of property. However, a scientist is shown talking on tv that this was probably just the signs of a bigger wave of the epidemic, saying that humans have been a threat to the planet and nature is fighting back. We are then shown the same epidemic strike in France as the movie ends.
7 outta 10 for me. I like it but they could have done better!
Jun 18 2010
I’ve known that I wanna watch this movie the first time I read about the subject matter. My interest was even more piqued when I came to know that Paranormal Activity was rated to be quite scary and gained my admiration when I came to find out that although made on a budget of $15,000, this Orel Peli directed film has made over $192 million worldwide! That is an amazing statistic.
A few points about this movie: I don’t think any Hollywood ace director used to making big budget box office smashes could have done a better job. Trust me on this; it’s a bang up job with a shoe string budget. Choosing the right cast is extremely critical as they are trying to sell it (atleast initially) that this is actual home video footage of & by a real live young couple! That being said, both Katie Featherston & Micah Sloat are wonderfully fresh, authentic and talented to have pulled it off. Well done guys!
From the grainy, bad colour film footage at night to the ouija board that moves on it’s own and then catches on fire – this movie does it all. The ominous moving of plants in the closed living room, the movement of the door and then it getting slammed – fantastic. Katie awakens in the middle of the night to spend several hours standing by the bed staring at Micah while he sleeps – how many of you wouldn’t get a scare to open your eyes and see someone staring at you, even if that someone is your loving partner?
The ending is also very good and effective in scaring the beejesus outta you and you family tree! Scary looking masks, heavy duty monster make up and special effects are laughed at by this movie. By the end you are stunned, scared and concerned. And begging for more. Gotta watch this one! 8 outta 10!
Jun 11 2010
Another one of the dvds that had been lying around for a couple of months and which I just watches – Knowing is a sci-fi/drama / thriller that bordered so closely to being something from the makers of The X-Files. Except for the end of the world that we see at the end of the film.
Well, Nicholas Cage stars in the film as John Kostley, as a recently widowed professor of astrophysics at MIT. At the school’s opening up of a time capsule, his son is handed a letter which was written 50 years ago by Lucinda, a girl who heard whispers and wrote a series of seemingly random numbers on the paper. John sees the paper and discovers that the numbers are the dates and geographic coordinates for every major disaster that has happened in the 50 years since Lucinda wrote the letter. Lucinda had accurately predicted each and every one of them.
There are 3 dates that are yet to come but within a few days. A day later a commercial airline crashes near John with many dead or burning to death at the exact coordinates that was in the paper. John tries to contact Lucinda but learns that she is dead and instead meets up with her daughter Diane, who does not believe him at first. After a subway crash that left many dead, Diane is convinced and approaches John. While the two search Lucinda’s home, mysterious strangers in coats come to John’s son Caleb and Diane’s daughter Abby. As John chases them, they disappear in a blinding light. Along with this having noticed that the last date on the paper is not accompanied by coordinates, further clues in Lucinda’s home lead John and Diana to realize that the “33″ listed as the death toll for the final disaster is actually “EE” reversed, which Lucinda meant to represent “Everyone Else.” Meaning the end of everyone.
The worldwide catastrophe that will mean the end of life on the planet is soon found out to be a massive solar flare will soon reach Earth. Diane tells John that the four of them can hide out in underground caves with supplies but John finds out the final message left by Lucinda – coordinates to her home in the woods! By now both Caleb and Abby can hear whispers and start scribbling numbers. A scared Diane takes both Caleb and Abby with her toward the caves and stops at a gas station. While she is on the phone, the tall strangers drive off with her car and with the kids inside it. Diane gives chase but dies in a car crash. John leaves for the home in the woods where he finds his son & Abby who are paying with two rabbits. Turns out that the strangers are aliens in human form. They know of the destruction of Earth and have come to take chosen ones with them.
The chosen ones are the humans who hear the whispers and can predict the future. John lets his son and Abby go with the aliens in a spaceship. From space we can see that many such vessels are carrying off possible others who have been given the gift. John goes back to meet his parents & sister where they all gather together and embrace as the solar flare burns the ozone layer and incinerates all life on Earth. The children are deposited on another world in a field that features a giant white tree towards which all the kids run. This signifies a new beginning for the human race.
7 outta 10
Jun 9 2010
A Perfect Getaway is a psychological thriller movie released in 2009 and was a minor hit. Based solely on the awesome trailer, I really wanted to see this movie. And I did last evening – and it wasn’t as great as I expected it to be. The film was shot in Puerto Rico and Hawaii, and was released on August 7, 2009 in the US, and on August 12 in the UK and stars Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant, Milla Jovovich, Kiele Sanchez, Marley Shelton, and Chris Hemsworth. So what’s the movie about?
Surprise casting; funny man Steve Zahn, who I have always liked, as a psycho killer. The dude is very convincing. And Mila Jovovich as Cydney plays a believable almost ditzy & dumb, woman in love until she shows her true colours. Keile Sanchez, who I have only seen in Married To The Kelleys, is also good. Overall I’d give it a 6 outta 10.
Jun 3 2010
All of you who have heard of this movie may be aware of the history behind it. The story of American President Richard Nixon who resigned from office in leiu of the backlash from the Watergate scandal & you may have heard / seen television presenter / journalist & talk show host David Frost. David Frost is huge part of my childhood, having seen him on numerous tv specials throughout the years I spent growing up in Kuwait. But I wasn’t aware of this series of interviews that the British journalist conducted with Nixon.
The movie is a strong, mostly dialogue driven classy bit of cinema that I shall always remember. So nice to know that such movies are also being made. Here’s why I loved the movie:
Great movie. 8 outta 10 for me!
May 7 2010
I recently watched 2012 on dvd, a copy that I’d bought a few weeks ago. It’s a movie that ultimately grossed over $769 million worldwide, becoming director Roland Emmerich’s second highest grossing film, behind Independence Day.
Such a big budget & big name movie based on the 2012 phenomenon gets a lot of praise and a lot of criticism as well. The special effects are to be commended and the realism of it is absolutely stupendous. Ofcourse not everyone will like it but I did. Here’s my few view points on this film.
8 outta 10!
May 2 2010
There’s one big reason to watch this movie – the acting of Suleka Matthew. Touch Of Pink is a 2004 film directed and written by Ian Iqbal Rashid and takes its name from the Cary Grant movie That Touch of Mink. The film, revolving around Muslims and being gay.
Alim (Jimi Mistry) is a gay young man working in the film industry in London, UK. He originally left Toronto to get away from his conservative family – his mother Nuru (Suleka Mathew), his aunt Dolly (Veena Sood) & his well meaning uncle Hassan (Brian George). He lives a comfortable life in London, sharing an apartment with his British boyfriend Giles (Kristen Holden-Reid). However his life in the closet is about to be turned upside down when his mother decides to pay him a visit, feeling sad that Alim is not around for the upcoming wedding of his cousin & Dolly’s son Khaled (Raoul Bhaneja).
In London Alim pretends that Giles is just his roommate, whom Nuru doesn’t like and sarcastically calls as ‘egg stealer’ when he eats some of the breakfast she had made for her son – even if there is a lot of it left for Alim. She lays on the guilt heavily for Alim and he even pretends that he is going to marry Delia, Giles’ sister to put on a front of being straight. Giles meanwhile wins over Nuru by taking her out on the town and dancing in the evening. When Nuru finds out that Giles & Alim are actually lovers she is upset & humiliated and leaves back for Toronto.
Alim is upset with Giles that he is not taking things seriously while Giles is angry with Alim for insulting his own mother. They break up temporarily and Alim decides to go attend his cousin’s wedding. While back there, we understand that Khaled & Alim had homosexual relations while they were younger, which Alim is not too proud off. Giles relents and comes to Canada to reunite with his love. Seeing the two of them at the party, Nuru decides to welcome Giles into her family and opens up to her relatives about her son being gay and having a non-Muslim & white lover.
One of the highlights of the movie is that to navigate through his complicated life, Alim uses the spirit of Cary Grant (played by Kyle McLachlan) as his confidante and advisor. The witty banter & conversations between Alim & his imaginary friend are well done. As is Suleka’s acting. It’s not a great film but it does have it’s moments and is worth watching. 7 outta 10!