The Room

The Room is a 2003 American independent drama film written, directed, produced by, and starring Tommy Wiseau. The film centers on a melodramatic love triangle between amiable banker Johnny (Wiseau), his deceptive future wife Lisa (Juliette Danielle), and his conflicted best friend Mark (Greg Sestero). A significant portion of the film is dedicated to a series of unrelated subplots, most of which involve at least one supporting character, and are unresolved due to the film’s inconsistent narrative structure. The Room has been dubbed as “the Citizen Kane of bad movies”.

Surely it can’t be that bad? – I innocently thought! How little did I know! Over the last few years I have seen clips and reviews and parodies of this movie and recently got to know that James Franco is making a biographical comedy-drama movie about on the creation of The Room, named The Disaster Artist (based from the book by Sestero of the same name) and that coupled with several funny reviews of the movie made me want to watch it. So I watched it last night.

And I laughed, and laughed and laughed. Tommy is terrible, he delivers his lines like an actor who just decided to become an actor and his accent is weird when it turns from American to whatever he actually is (Polish as it could be claimed). He has barely any acting chops and he overacts and over dramatizes things. His direction, story and production is crap. None of the others are any good either. The actress who plays Lisa, Juliette, is terrible and she is given so many repetitive lines to say. “Don’t worry about it” & “I don’t want to talk about it” – the latter after she brings it up! Denny is a creep and Mark is the worst friend ever!

Best acting job is the lady who plays Lisa’s mom – from the most casual way to drop a cancer confirmation to her overacting about Denny’s drug thing. She doesn’t know much about Denny or even like him much but she berates him as if they were mother and son! It’s terrible and it’s funny because it’s terribly done. Lisa is evil, a really bad woman and Mark is a bad friend but no one can feel sympathy for Tommy. It’s so bad it’s good kinda thing here. I will go out on a limb and say this confidently – I can make a way better movie than this but it won’t become a cult classic like this movie has become.

One for the ages. I give this movie 2 outta 10 but 10/10 for being the best worst movie ever. Oh The Room, you are TEARING ME APART!

 

mother!

mother! is a 2017 American psychological horror film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Aronofsky’s films are not for everyone. Well, atleast some of them aren’t. His themes and film making style are off the beaten path. I have enjoyed some of his films but this one – I am still not sure after one viewing.

The story follows a couple, Him and mother who have moved into a house in the country. We first see Him an acclaimed poet struggling with severe writer’s block, places a crystal object on a pedestal, and the burnt out house changes into a renovated look. Mother sees visions in the house, including a beating heart in the walls. Man (Ed Harris) comes to their house one day, mistaking the house for a B&B but Him insists that he stay the night, despite Mother having reservations. In the night Man experiences prolonged coughing fits and Mother catches a glimpse of a fresh wound near his rib area before her husband covers it with his hand.

The next day he is better but his wife, Woman, comes in and she too is staying in the house though Mother makes it clear to Him that he should discuss with her before making these decisions. We learn that both the guests are fans of Him’s work and Man is dying. However, when Man and Woman accidentally break and shatter the crystallized object, Mother decides to kick them out. But the two sons of Man & Woman come in and start arguing about the will and one thing leads to another when The Oldest Son, who is left with nothing, mortally injures his Younger Brother and apparently flees, while Him, Man, and Woman take the injured son to get help. Upon returning, Him informs Mother that the son has died.

Dozens of people begin arriving at the house in the wake of the dead son. More people arrive, and behave in a way that bothers Mother; she becomes angrier and eventually snaps when they flood the house. She kicks everyone out. Angry with Him for allowing so many people into the house for his pleasure and ignoring her, she berates him before the two engage in sex. Mother becomes pregnant and Him is inspired to write again and his work is well received. Months later as his work is published, Mother sets a nice dinner to celebrate but a cult of people who are fans of Him come to the house and come in. Their behavior devolves into stealing their belongings as keepsakes and disrupting the environment.

An increasingly disoriented Mother makes her way around the house as each room devolves into chaos. Him’s publisher, the Herald, takes part in the madness. Military men with guns arrive to help Mother, but a cult of devoted fans forms around Him; they start to engage in rituals. Mother goes into labour and gives birth to a baby boy and Him wants to show the baby to the mob outside the room they are in but she refuses. When she falls asleep, however, he takes the baby outside to the crowd, who grab him and break his neck. Devastated, Mother makes her way to the front of the crowd where she sees the hacked corpse of her baby and witnesses the crowd eating his flesh. Furious at them, she calls them murderers and begins stabbing them with a shard of broken glass.

They turn on her, beginning to strip and beat her until Him intervenes and stops it. Mother escapes the grasp of the crowd and makes her way to the cellar and the oil tank for the furnace. Despite her husband’s pleas, Mother sets the oil on fire, destroying the crowd, the house, and the surrounding garden and trees. Mother survives but is horribly burned while Him remains unaffected. He asks her for her love and she agrees; he  tears open her chest, removing her heart in the process. As he opens up the heart with his hands, a new crystal object is revealed. He places the object in its pedestal. Once again, the house changes from a burnt-out husk to a newly renovated house. A new Mother forms in a bed and wakes up, wondering aloud where Him is.

Got all that? It’s basically a retelling of Christianity in a different perspective. You have god in Him, the earth perhaps in mother, Adam, Eve, Cain & Abel and humanity and I suppose the baby is Jesus. The crowd is humanity blah blah blah. I found the movie a bit tedious to watch and a bit preachy if you can call it that. It was also a bit boring to watch. I give it a …..hmmm….7 outta 10! I like the concept but not the end product.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a 2017 American action comedy film directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O’Connor, whose script was on the 2011 Black List survey. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman and Salma Hayek, and follows a bodyguard who is hired to protect a hitman who has to testify at the International Criminal Court.

Ryan Reynolds plays Michael Bryce, an ex-CIA agent turned private European Union based executive bodyguard who offers the finest services. He lives a lavish lifestyle and is rich and lives with his girlfriend Amelia Roussel, who has newly joined Interpol, in a nice mansion. However after his important client Takashi Kurosawa, a Japanese arms dealer, is killed at the airport Price falls into disgrace. 2 years later he is a shell of his former self, separated from Amelia and ekes out a living protecting drug-addicted corporate executives in London.

Vladislav Dukhovich, the ruthless and bloodthirsty dictator of Belarus, is put on trial for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. The prosecution is unable to make headway against him, as they are unable to substantiate their allegations with physical evidence and Dukhovich assassinates any witnesses who could do so. The prosecution’s last hope is notorious incarcerated hitman Darius Kincaid, who agrees to testify against Dukhovich in exchange for releasing his wife Sonia from prison. Roussel is picked to lead the transportation of Kincaid, with a convoy of vehicles in which armed French & English agents escort them from Manchester to The Hague. The convoy is ambushed by armed men with guns and explosives and with the exception of Roussel and Kincaid, everyone else is killed.

Roussel and an injured Kincaid head to a safehouse and thinking that Interpol is probably compromised as the attackers knew exactly where and when to ambush them, she takes a risk and calls in Bryce who is reluctant  ultimately agrees to aid them in exchange for the restoration of his reputation. After a brief showdown with Kincaid which reveals that Bryce had multiple conflicts with him in the past, Roussel returns to Interpol to update them on the situation, while Bryce and Kincaid escape an attack by Dukhovich’s men. It is revealed that Roussel’s superior Foucher is the one who is working for Dukhovich and is spying for him. Dukhovich’s men track Kincaid’s location through his cellphone and ambush him and Bryce.

While they are able to fight them off, their vehicle is destroyed. The two hitchhike to a ferry terminal and take a ferry to Amsterdam, where Sonia is being held. Kincaid escapes from Bryce to send flowers to Sonia, and Bryce tracks him down and kills several more hitmen. Kincaid reveals that he killed Kurosawa two years ago, having been at the airport only by chance after another job. Enraged at the revelation that he has spent two years blaming Roussel for “betraying” him when in reality the client’s death was a sheer fluke, Bryce punches Kincaid and then abandons him. Bryce has a couple of drinks as Kincaid is attacked by Dukhovich’s men but has a change of heart and helps out the hitman.

Bryce though is captured and tortured and it is now Kincaid who comes to his aid and rescues him. They make their way to the Hague with seconds to spare and Kincaid provides damning evidence against Dukhovich, who resorts to his backup plan; to bomb the court, allowing him to steal a gun and attempt to kill Kincaid. Bryce jumps in the way of the bullet and orders Kincaid to stop Dukhovich from escaping. Roussel notices Foucher acting suspiciously during the attack, and deduces he was the traitor. She subdues him with Bryce’s aid. Kincaid pursues Dukhovich to the roof of the building, where he attempts to escape by helicopter, but Kincaid dispatched both the helicopter and pushes Dukhovich to his death.

In the aftermath, Bryce is recovered and has rekindled his relationship with Roussel and Sonia is released. Kincaid is rearrested for his previous crimes, but breaks out of HMP Belmarsh so he and Sonia can celebrate their anniversary in the bar in Honduras where they first met. The movie ends with them dancing and then kissing in the midst of all the fighting and chaos taking place at the bar.

Funny in a lot of places and with non-stop banter and fast paced action, this movie delivers on what the trailer promised it would be. Action, buddy elements, guns, explosions and lots of banter and with both leads saying “motherfucker” and “fuck” a lot! It’s senseless fun and entertainment but the difference in this movie, compared to others, is the obvious chemistry between Reynolds & Jackson. 8 outta 10, for the kind of movie it wants to be!

RIP Albert Moses

Sri Lankan born actor Albert Moses who became famous for his character Ranjeet Singh, a Sikh from Punjab (‘A THOUSAND APOLOGIES’ ) in the ITV sitcom Mind Your Language died in London September 15. He was 79. The remains of Albert Moses will be buried at St.Andrew’s Church in his native Gampola today.

Moses, who was based in the United Kingdom began his acting career in the 1960s in India where he acted in several films. From India, he moved to Africa where he undertook work on documentaries. Moses has been involved with the film and television industry for over 30 years starting in India where he acted in 7 films. In the UK, Albert has been involved in a great number of diverse projects, several of which were ventures filmed around the globe.

In his younger days, Albert’s specialties as an actor included: fencing, dancing, singing, motor-cycle stunts, karate and judo. He is fluent in English, Arabic, Tamil, Sinhalese, moderate German and Sanskrit. One of Albert’s popular themes was playing the double of Clarke Gable. He has played in film, television and theatrical productions with many respected actors including: Kirk Douglas, Oliver Reed, Sir John Gielgud, Roger Moore, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Charles Dance, Kenneth Williams, Benny Hill, Tim Piggott Smith, Pamela Stevenson, Diana Rigg and many others.

During his extensive career, he has also worked with many internationally renowned directors including John Landis, John Houston, Rob Cohen and Alan Parker. He did prominent roles in many theatre productions such as Freeway at National Theatre Phædra Britannica with Dame Diana Rigg. Long March to Jerusalem at Watford Theatre are few of the many.

He starred in movies such as The Man Who Would Be King – A John Houston film with Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer, The Spy Who Loved Me – James Bond Movie with Roger Moore, Stand Up Virgin Soldiers – EMI, Carry On Emmanuelle – as an Indian doctor, The Little Drummer Girl – EMI, The Awakening – Columbia Pictures, An American Werewolf In London – John Landis Movie, The Great Quest – with Oliver Reed, Pink Floyd, The Wall – Alan Parker Film, Octopussy – James Bond Movie (as Saddrudin – undercover British agent in India), Jungle Book II – Walt Disney, East Is East – Channel Four Films, Scandalous – with Sir John Gielguld and Pamela Stevenson.

RIP Shashi Kapoor

Veteran Hindi film actor Shashi Kapoor passed away on Monday after prolonged illness. He was 79. The actor-producer took his last breath at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. He appeared in a large number of Hindi films as well as in various English-language films, notably the films produced by Merchant-Ivory. He was also a film director and assistant director in the Hindi film industry. Born as Balbir Prithviraj Kapoor; 18 March 1938 Kapoor was a member of the Kapoor family, a film dynasty in India’s Bollywood cinema. Kapoor was born in Calcutta (now Kolkata) during the British Raj. He was the third and youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor, the younger brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, the widower of Jennifer Kendal (sister of actress Felicity Kendal), and the father of Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, and Sanjana Kapoor.

In 2011, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for his contributions to Art-Cinema. In 2015, he was awarded the 2014 Dadasaheb Phalke Award, making him the third member of his family to receive the highest award in Indian Cinema after Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor. He was admitted for a reported chest infection at Kokilaben Hospital, Mumbai on 3 December 2017 and died on 4 December 2017 due to prolonged liver cirrhosis. He made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film “Dharmputra” and went on to appear in more than 116 films during the ’70s and until the mid ’80s. The veteran actor is well-known for his roles in films like ‘Deewaar’ (1975 ), ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ (1978 ), ‘Junoon’ (1978 ), ‘Shaan’ (1980 ), and ‘Namak Halaal’ (1982).

Ranking Planet Of The Apes Movies

I’m a big fan of science fiction movies and I love the Planet of the Apes franchise. Classic scifi that started in 1968 and they are really awesome. Here is my ranking of the 9 movies that they have made (including the two reboots). They even had two series based on the original movies but I haven’t watched them yet.

    • Planet of the Apes (1968 )
    • War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
    • Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
    • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
    • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
    • Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
    • Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
    • Planet of the Apes (2001)
    • Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

Yeah on the whole, I think Tim Burton’s attempt at a reboot was probably the weakest try but Battle is almost unwatchable. I still find it hard to watch that in my rewatch cycles (every 3 years or so.

Unlocked

Unlocked is a 2017 American thriller film directed by Michael Apted and written by Peter O’Brien. The film stars Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Michael Douglas, John Malkovich and Toni Collette. The film was released in the United Kingdom on May 5, 2017, by Lionsgate.

Rapace plays Alice Racine, a brilliant CIA operative who hasn’t worked in the field since she was unable to prevent a terrorist attack in Paris in 2012. She blames herself and then took a undercover job in London in the guise of a social worker, which gives her insights into possible terrorist plots. Her former boss in the CIA, Eric Lasch, repeatedly tried to get her to come back and work for him but she politely refuses.

However she is called in lead the interrogation of a muslim man who is couriering a message from a radical imam, with a possible terrorist plot and agrees to do the job. However after she breaks him down, she gets a call from the CIA asking her to get the investigation started, she realizes that she is dealing with a rogue element. She gets out of there in the nick of time, managing to kill a few of the rogues but the courier dies in the cross fire. She then does not know whom to trust and goes to her old mentor, but his house is attacked and he is seemingly killed, so she goes to a safe house he had given her the address for. There she is ambushed by more rogues but a burglar, Jack, who just happened to be looting the place, gives her hand and takes her to safety.

With Jack, who tells her he is a former marine and can help, with her she goes to find a contact she has and tried to get info on the imam, but Jack turns out to be a rogue agent and she is attacked by him. She gets away and he is mauled by large dogs, who the contact let loose on him. On the way she is helped by her friend & MI6 boss Emily Knowles and a superior in the CIA Bob Hunter, to uncover the double crosses and plots by rogue elements in the CIA, lead by her mentor Lasch. In the end, she triumphs and outwits Lasch and the white haired mercenary her hired and goes back to her old life.

Unlocked is one of those films which has a really good cast but is let down by a choppy script and storyline.The talents of Collette & Malkovich are wasted in their roles. Still ok for a late afternoon viewing. 6 outta 10!

Predestination

Predestination is a 2014 Australian science fiction thriller film written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor, and is based on the short story “—All You Zombies—” by Robert A. Heinlein.

A time traveling agent is in 1975 and attempting to disarm a bomb to stop the “Fizzle Bomber”‘s attack on New York. Things go wrong and it explodes causing a fire and the agent is severely burnt on the arms and face. A stranger pushes his time traveling device closer to him, so the agent is able to go back to the future and is taken care for by the agency. He is given reconstructive surgery and told that he will look very different from before. After he recovers he takes on his final assignment and goes to 1970 and works as a bartender.

One night he meets John, who is a writer under the pseudonym “The Unmarried Mother” for magazines about true confessions. They start talking and John decides to tell the Bartender about his own life; he was born Jane in 1945. As a baby she was left on the doorsteps of an orphanage and raised there. She excelled in her studies growing up but never fit in and always got into trouble. As an adult she applied for a program called “Space Corp”, which promised women the chance to go to space while providing astronauts R&R, but she was later disqualified because of a medical condition which she was not informed of, which a man named Robertson was interested in. While taking classes one evening, she bumps into a man who says he was waiting for someone.

They hit it off and start talking and soon fall in love. Months later the man walks away from her, telling her he will be back shortly but never returns.  Robertson approached Jane, revealing that Space Corp worked for the Temporal Agency, and this agency now wanted to recruit her. However when they find out that she is pregnant she is rejected and left devastated. While performing a Caesarean section, doctors discovered she was intersex, with internalized male sex organs as well as female sex organs. Complications during the birth forced them to remove her female sex organs, and she had to undergo a gender reassignment and begin living as a man. Furthermore, the baby was stolen by a mysterious man. Since then, John has been living a bitter life as “The Unmarried Mother”.

The bartender tells John about his time traveling and tells him that he will take him to back to the day that Jane met the lover who left her, so John can take revenge and kill him for ruining her life. In return, John has take over the agent’s job for whatever duration he wishes. The agent and John jump to that day in 1963. John prepares to kill his past lover before he can meet Jane. While waiting, he encounters Jane, and when they begin talking, John realizes that Jane’s lover was him. The baby born from this “self-fertilization” is stolen by the agent and brought to the orphanage 18 years earlier, in 1945. Therefore, Jane, John, and their baby are the same person, revealing a predestination paradox. The agent then goes to 1975 and helps the the burned man from the beginning of the film.

He then goes to 1963 and takes John back to the Temporal Agency so John can take over his job and the agent can retire in 1975 New York. However his device doesn’t  decommission itself as planned and he is ordered to go to a laundromat where he sees the Fizzle Bomber who is actually the agent’s future &older self, now suffering from psychosis as a result of excessive time travel. he Fizzle Bomber insists that his actions have saved and will save more lives than the lives lost, and that they ultimately lead to the reinforcement of the Temporal Agency. He tries to convince the agent that the only way to end the cycle is to spare his life, unlike the Fizzle Bomber did in his past. The agent denies he will ever become the Fizzle Bomber and kills his future self. He then tries to understand the paradox.

So that’s the story? The burned man, Jane, John, the agent, and the Fizzle Bomber are the same person. This agent’s creation was orchestrated by Robertson to create an agent who has no ties to time. This “perfect” temporal agent was responsible for both his own conception and death; he has driven the predestination paradox to its limit. Try to wrap your head around that one. It’s a well done movie and it had a very interesting scifi premise. It only made $4.3 million but it was made on a very low budget. I give it an 8.5 outta 10!

White Zombie

White Zombie is a 1932 American Pre-Code horror film directed and independently produced by Victor and Edward Halperin. The screenplay by Garnett Weston, based on The Magic Island by William Seabrook, tells the story of a young woman’s transformation into a zombie at the hands of an evil voodoo master. Béla Lugosi stars as the antagonist, Murder Legendre, with Madge Bellamy appearing as his victim. Other cast members included Robert W. Frazer, John Harron, and Joseph Cawthorn.

Large portions of White Zombie were shot on the Universal Studios lot, borrowing many props and scenery from other horror films of the era. White Zombie opened in New York to negative reception, with reviewers criticizing the film’s over-the-top story and weak acting performances. While the film made a substantial financial profit as an independent feature, it proved to be less popular than other horror films of the time.

In Haiti, the newly arrived Madeleine Short reunites with her fiancé Neil Parker, with imminent plans to be married. On the way to their lodging, the couple’s coach passes Murder Legendre, an evil voodoo master, who observes them with interest and manages to grab Madeleine’s scarf. Neil and Madeleine arrive at the home of the wealthy plantation owner, Charles Beaumont. The musical chanting that the locals do at the funeral is enough to give anyone the creeps, especially at night. Charles has ulterior motives; he wants Madeline for himself and takes the aid of Legendre to get her to do his bidding.  Murder states that the only way to help Charles is to transform Madeleine into a zombie with a potion. Beaumont agrees and surreptitiously gives the potion to Madeleine. Shortly after Madeleine and Neil’s wedding ceremony, the potion takes effect on Madeleine and she appears to die.

After her funeral Neil takes it badly and drinks his sorrow but on visiting her tomb and finding it empty he seeks the help of  the local missionary, Dr. Bruner, who recounts how Murder turned many of his rivals into zombies, who now guard his estate. The two men journey to Murder’s cliffside castle to rescue Madeleine. Meanwhile Charles regrets his actions and begs Murder to release Madeline from the zombie state but the latter refuses. Charles discovers he has been tainted by Murder’s voodoo and is transforming into a zombie. Neil and Dr. Bruner enter the fortress and Madeline under the influence of Legendre is ordered to attack Neil.  She approaches Neil with a knife, but Bruner stops her. As the zombies attack Neil & Bruner, Charles wrestles with Legendre and knocks him out. The zombies, directionless fall off a cliff disoriented and dazed.

Murder awakes but Charles pushes him off the same cliff and he too falls down to his payday loans online direct lender no credit check death. Murder’s death releases Madeleine from her zombie trance, and she awakens to embrace Neil. White Zombie is considered the first feature length zombie film. Modern reception to the film has been more positive than its initial release. Some critics have praised the atmosphere of the film, comparing it to the 1940s horror film productions of Val Lewton, while others still have an unfavorable opinion on the cheapest secured loans quality of the acting. 7 outta 10!

Ranking DCEU Movies

First of all, I have no idea why the call it the DC Extended Universe. But we all got to have our lists, don’t we? So if I do not consider the older Superman or Batman films, I have the ones that have come since 2013 and here is the order in which I would rate them:

  1. Wonder Woman
  2. Batman vs Superman : Dawn of Justice
  3. Justice League
  4. Man of Steel
  5. Suicide Squad

Any surprises? I think Henry Cavill isn’t very charismatic and doesn’t do “justice” (pun not intended) to the role of Superman, though he was better in Justice League. Suicide Squad – don’t get me started on that drivel. I bet it will be my least favorite DC film of all time and least favourite superhero movie of all time.

Justice League

Justice League is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name, consisting of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film is the fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is directed by Zack Snyder with a screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, from a story by Terrio and Snyder. It features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen and J. K. Simmons.

Thousands of years ago, Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons attempt to conquer and remake Earth through the combined energies of the Mother Boxes. They are foiled by a unified army that included the Olympian Gods, Amazons, Atlanteans, ancient humans, and Green Lanterns. After repelling Steppenwolf’s army, the Mother Boxes are separated and hidden in locations around the world.

  • So what did I think of this film? I watched it in Lulu PVT Gold (the plush recliner seats and expensive theatres of Lulu PVR) last evening with my cousin and we liked it a lot. It’s not my favourite superhero film but it’s pretty good.
  • We have a weak, one-dimensional almost cartoonish villain who keeps babbling about. That kinda spoiled it a bit. We should be getting more complex and evil villains.
  • Gal Gadot is a sight secured bad credit personal loan for sore eyes. She really was meant to play this role, this version of Wonder Woman, just like Linda Carter was made to play the 70s version. She is gorgeous, graceful, classy and a bad ass. She brings to life the superhero of our childhood and dreams. She is probably my favourite superhero playing character of all the ones rights now (sorry but Christopher Reeve is still #1 of all time for me).
  • Ben Affleck does an tremendous job again as an older Batman. He has fit into the role so well that even I, a former Affleck non-fan and critic, has warmed up to him. I would gladly watch several films of him as the detective Batman. Sadly, I doubt if we are going to see him in them for another film, if the rumours are true.
  • Ezra Miller is fun as Barry Allen aka The Flash and provides the comedic elements to this film. He has averted my fears of doing a good job in this role though for me, Grant Gustin IS THE FLASH. I don’t care how many movies Miller makes in the DC’s movieverse, he just won’t be Flash enough for me.
  • Likewise Ray Fisher as Cyborg is a good addition. I don’t know anything about Cyborg to compare his performance to but I think he did very well. There is a progressive change in the character’s evolution in the movie. Also, I have never seen the actors in a role before. There is supposed to be a standalone movie on the Cyborg character sometime soon.
  • Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry aka Aquaman – although he was good, Jason plays the same type of grumpy or gruff musclebound character in everything he is known for. Ronan in Stargate Atlantis, Conan The Barbarian, Khal Drogo in Game Of Thrones and now as Aquaman. I know he can’t change his style and physical appearance but he doesn’t show much variety.
  • Henry Cavill as Clark Kent aka Superman has an awesome return in the film. I haven’t been sold on Cavill as Superman. I find him to rigid and lacking any charisma. Perhaps I am comparing him to evergreen and fan favourite Christopher Reeve but that is bound to happen. Cavill is a big guy but he is no charmer like Reeve was. Still, I liked him better here than in the previous two movies he has been as Superman!
  • Diane Lane, Amy Adams, JK Simmons, Connie Nielsen & Jeremy Irons return to portray their supporting characters to good effect in the film. And the post-credit scene showing  Joe Manganiello and Jesse Eisenberg as Slade Wilson / Deathstroke and Lex Luthor, respectively looks ominous and interesting.

Everyone else did a find job. The story was ok, the fight scenes were pretty good and the laughs were well timed. We had fun watching it in the theatre. And that’s all we can ask for. I liked the special effects and the script though I felt that it would have been better if they had the movie be longer than it was. 8 outta 10!

Despicable Me 3

Despicable Me 3 is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures. It is the third main installment, fourth overall in the Despicable Me film series and the sequel to Despicable Me 2 (2013). The film is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Steve Carell, Miranda Cosgrove and Dana Gaier reprise their roles of Gru, Margo and Edith and Julie Andrews returns as Marlena, Gru’s mother. Kristen Wiig and Steve Coogan return from Despicable Me 2, while Trey Parker, Jenny Slate and Nev Scharrel (replacing Elsie Fisher as Agnes) join the cast.

Gru & his wife & partner at work Lucy are assigned to apprehend  Balthazar Bratt, a former child star turned evil, from stealing the world’s largest diamond. Bratt dances his way to MJ’s Bad onto a navy ship and steals the diamond but Gru is able to stop him but the villain gets away. Gru and Lucy are fired from the AVL by its unreasonable new director Valerie Da Vinci, following the retirement of Silas Ramsbottom. As Gru mops around disappointed in letting down his kids, he is visited by  Fritz, the butler of Gru’s cheerful twin brother Dru, who lives in a distant country named Freedonia and longs to meet him. Gru is shocked to learn he has a twin. He confronts his mother, who reveals that when she and her husband divorced, they agreed to keep one child each.

Gru, Lucy and the girls are greeted with much job by Dru and are amazed by his apparent wealth. Meanwhile the Minions, led by Mel, who had left the house as Dru refuses to return to villainy, get arrested for trespassing at a talent show set. Bratt manages to steal the diamond again, intending to use it to power a giant robot and destroy Hollywood as revenge for the cancellation of his show. Gru then tells Dru the family secret – the pig farm is just a front and their father’s super villainy is the real reason for their massive wealth. Dru was dismissed by their father as he was no good at being a villain and was seen as a disgrace. The brothers bond as they drive their father’s gadget filled car.

Lucy tries to balance her tasks as a mom, which she exhibits after turning away a young boy named Niko who had fallen for Margo in the midst of a traditional cheese festival, while Edith and Agnes stumble into a local tavern and learn from the bartender about a mythical unicorn which lurks in a nearby forest. Gru tries to convince Agnes that unicorns are imaginary, but decides against it to avoid hurting her feelings. The next day, Agnes and Edith set out into the woods to track the mythical horse, only to find a one-horned goat whom Agnes adopts and dubs “Lucky.” Meanwhile, the Minions’ longing for Gru motivates them to escape from prison. Gru goes to steal the diamond back from Bratt and Dru tags along almost ruining things.

Gru secretly intending to bring it to the AVL, which he hopes will convince Da Vinci to rehire him. Despite several setbacks, they manage to retrieve the diamond and are rescued by Lucy after narrowly escaping. After finding out Gru’s true motives, Dru confronts his brother about his lie. In return, Gru insults him and decides to leave Freedonia. Bratt, disguised as Lucy, kidnaps the children, and once again acquires the diamond. Gru and Dru resolve their differences and pursue him. Powering his large robot with the diamond, and superpowered gum, Bratt terrorizes Hollywood Lucy saves the children while Gru and Dru weaken Bratt’s robot with the weapons of their father’s car. Gru is knocked unconscious when the car is destroyed, and Dru manages to destroy the robot’s core from the inside when Bratt threatens to kill Gru.

When Gru recovers, he battles Bratt in a dance fight, using it as a distraction to grab his weaponized keytar, and defeats him. Having rendezvoused with Gru, the Minions manage to destroy the gum already covering the city, and Gru and Dru reunite. Soon afterward, Gru and Lucy are reinstated in the AVL and the newly united family celebrate in Gru’s home. Lucy is acknowledged by the children as their mother. Lured back to villainy, Dru and most of the minions steals Gru’s ship, with Gru’s emblem replaced with a “D” graffiti. Gru and Lucy decide to give them a five-minute head-start before engaging pursuit.

Funny and sweet, just like the others though I want more Minions, it is a good movie to watch even at midnight. I love it. 8.5 outta 10!

Thor : Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011’s Thor and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, and is the seventeenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Taika Waititi from a screenplay by Eric Pearson and the writing team of Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost, and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor alongside Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins. In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor must escape the alien planet Sakaar in time to save Asgard from Hela and the impending Ragnarök.

This movie is just out and has already made $450 million plus and is a behemoth in the box office. It certainly is the best of the three Thor films. Let’s see the various aspects of the movie:

  • It is really funny. Thor himself is a more relaxed and chilled version of himself and there’s plenty of jokes at his expense. This is despite the rather sad experience of losing his father, Odin. Hemsworth intearctions with The Hulk & Bruce Banner are hilarious as is his banter with Tom Hiddleston / Loki is also great.
  • Good new characters introduced in Korg – who sounds so New Zealandish -, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Karl Urban as Skurge & Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie are all well done and well cast. Valkyrie will be a recurring character in more films with Thor and MCU movies in general and she is pretty good as a hard drinking recluse who left Asgard in shame after Hela killed all her fellow legendary warriors of the Valkyrior. The Grandmaster is basically Jeff Goldblum playing the Grandmaster playing Jeff Goldblum! If you can imagine that.
  • Karl Urban’s character Skurge is a predictable one – he is a lower rung Asgardian trying to come up in the world. He guards the Bifröst Bridge in Heimdall’s absence and aligns himself with Hela to survive. He becomes her executioner but his heart isn’t in killing his own people and in the end he sacrifices himself to save people.
  • The Hulk/Bruce Banner/Mark ruffalo is awesome in this – for two years he has been The Hulk and Banner has been in the backburner. The way that the Hulk talks is like a toddler and it is even seen in his behaviour. This is probably the best the Hulk has been done in.
  • Kate Blanchett – I might be biased but she plays an awesome villain who is just pretty damn awesome to watch. She is bored when challenged but kicks so much ass that she backs up that strut and boast of being the goddess of death. The reveal that she was the first born child of Odin and was once his executioner and general in his army was surprising. Also – how old do these Asgardians live? It kinda seems like Hela was imprisoned for very long and both Thor and Loki are unaware of her.
  • Waititi also provided the motion-capture performance for the fire demon Surtur, based on the mythological being Surtr, with Clancy Brown providing the voice for that character. Thor co-creator Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance as a man on Sakaar who cuts Thor’s hair. There are also several cameos in a sequence where Asgardian actors perform a play based on the events of The Dark World: Sam Neill, who Waititi previously worked with on Hunt for the Wilderpeople, plays the Odin actor; Luke Hemsworth, brother of Chris, plays the Thor actor; and Matt Damon plays the Loki actor.
  • Oh yeah and nice to Doctor Strange in a cameo appearance in it as well. That scene was really good.
  • The action is awesome, the fight scenes and battle scenes are great and entertaining, the special effects is awesome and the acting is really good. What more could you want? 9 outta 10!

The Blackcoat’s Daughter

The Blackcoat’s Daughter is a 2015 American-Canadian supernatural psychological horror film low interest unsecured loan written and directed by Oz Perkins. The film stars Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton, Kiernan Shipka, James Remar and Lauren Holly.

Ok, this is a bit boring so it’s not for all horror fans. Not that it’s scary, it’s more of a psychological horror. The movie shows us two girls, Katherine and Rose, who are enrolled in a prestigious Christian boarding school for girls. At a winter break, these two are the only ones who haven’t come to pick them up. Rose says her parents thought they had to pick her up a few days later while Kat’s parents are unreachable. Mr. Gordon, who is in charge of the school, says that they can stay there until their parents can pick them up and leaves two sisters in charge of them.

Rose, a senior at the school, thinks she is pregnant and goes out at night with her boyfriend to whom she wants to discuss this. When Kat protests, she tells her that the  telling her a story about the nuns at the school being devil-worshipers. When Rose returns, she goes to the bathroom and hears strange noises coming from the boiler room and goes to investigate. When she looks through a window in the door she sees Kat prostrating in front of the lit boiler. Kat had picked up a phone call and hears a distorted man’s voice telling her to kill all of them. She is soon possessed by a demon and is seen being contorted in an inhuman way.  Kat tells Rose she knows her parents are dead, which disturbs Rose.

Kat begins to act strangely and is unable to pray and when she is scolded, vomits. As the nuns try to nurse her, she lashes out at them. Mr. Gordon rings to tell them he will be coming back to the school. It is implied that Kat’s parents have indeed died in a car crash. The women ask Rose to shovel the driveway for him. After shoveling, Rose tries to re-enter the chaperones’ house but the doors are locked, so she returns to her dorm room. Kat stabs and kills the two nuns and then kills Rose. She cuts off their heads and is found by Gordon and a policeman at the boiler seemingly offering the heads to the demon. She yells Hail Satan and is shot on the shoulder by the cop.

Kat is taken to an hospital and as she heals a priest performs an exorcism on her and the demon is gone. She is left in an insane asylum for 9 years but kills a nurse named Joan and steals her identity and makes her way to the boarding school. She is met at a bus stop by a man who offers her a ride in his car along with his wife. It turns out to be Rose’s parents who are on to their way to the town that the boarding school is on the anniversary of their daughter’s death. Joan finds out that they are Rose’s parents and takes a knife from a restaurant and kills both the man and his wife, cuts off their heads and takes it to the boarding school.

Joan enters the boiler room with the suitcase only to find the boiler dark and cold. The demon is long gone and the school has been abandoned. She exits the school and looks back at it as she begins to sob, realizing she is truly alone. After the loss of her parents she was truly happy with the demon and wanted it to possess her. Strange ending but the movie is boring to say the least. I fell asleep at one point. 6 outta 10!

Megan Is Missing

Megan Is Missing is a 2011 American drama horror film written and directed by Michael Goi. The film is presented by way of “found footage” and follows two early-teen girls that go online to find friends but instead go missing. Produced by Mark Gragnani the indie horror flick stars young actors Amber Perkins as Amy Herman & Rachel Quinn as Megan Stewart.

While Megan is a straight A student and highly popular her best friend Amy is a loner and only has her for a friend. She lives with her mom and her dad left them when she was very young. Her step dad apparently raped her for 2 years but her mom never believed it, even if he is prison now. Perhaps due to her broken home life, Megan a lifestyle of hard partying, drugs, alcohol, and indiscriminate sex. At 14!  Together, these two girls forge a deep friendship based on their mutual needs and regularly communicate by web chat cameras or cell phone. Megan often goes online to videochat with people outside of her friend circle and meets Josh, a 17 year old skater who’s webcam is broken but he can see her.

After a series of conversations, Megan goes to meet Josh behind a restaurant and is not seen again. The police begin an investigation but after several days of finding no clues, they start to dismiss the idea of an abduction and believe that she simple ran away. Amy contacts Josh to find out if he knows anything and finding him suspicious tells the police about his possible involvement. Josh warns her off and stalks her, grabbing her out in the woods as she is making a video diary. She is grabbed by someone and taken to an abandoned building’s basement in the woods. Days later her camera is found by the cops and they see the footage.

Josh, who is a fully grown man, has her stripped to her underwear and locked in a basement cell. He degrades her by making her eat food out of a bowl like a dog and then violently rapes her. Later he says he will let her go and tells her to get into a barrel so she can’t see where he has kept her. But in the barrel is Megan’s rotting corpse and a screaming Amy begs to be let out. Josh loads the barrel into the car and then drives to a forest, where he digs a large hole as Amy screams and begs for her life. Josh pushes the barrel in the hole and fills it up before walking away, leaving Amy to die. The film concludes with a clip of Megan and Amy relaxing on her bed together, talking about their plans for the future.

Where do I start? 14 year old girls partying so much and drinking beer? Parents too dumb to smell the alcohol on them once they return? The boy who runs the party is one of the biggest douches I have seen in a film and he talks like he is 21. 14 year old girls having sex or giving head and it’s not their first time? To see Megan giving a blow job to a classmate throwing a party as a favour for letting Amy is, was disgusting to say the least. This movie is scary to say the least. Not in a ghost or scary monster kinda way. But is this what kids in cities and suburbs do? Most of the film is boring and the acting is terrible in some cases, except for the two leads. 6 outta 10!

Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 is a 2017 American neo-noir science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. A sequel to the 1982 film Blade Runner, the film stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, with Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto in supporting roles. Set thirty years after the original film, the story depicts a bioengineered human named K, who discovers the remains of a once-pregnant replicant. To prevent a possible war between replicants and humans, K is secretly tasked with finding the child and destroying all evidence related to it.

So 30 years have passed and replicates have been integrated into society, mostly as servants. The new manufacturer of replicants is the prolific but ambitious and ruthless industrialist Niander Wallace, who took over the now defunct Tyrell corporation which was the original pioneer in this field. And we have K, a newer Nexus-9 model replicant who is created to obey his bosses and is employed by the LAPD to work as a Blade Runner and hunt and kill older rebellious replicant models. His home life is spent with his holographic girlfriend Joi, an artificial intelligence product of Wallace Corporation.

After tracking a replicant who is hiding on a farm and killing him post a struggle, K finds he remains of a female Nexus-7 replicant who died as the result of complications from an emergency caesarean section. K, and his superior, Lieutenant Joshi, find this unsettling, as pregnancy in replicants was originally thought to be impossible and she orders K to destroy all evidence of this and kill the child. K is disturbed by this order visits the headquarters of Wallace Corporation founder, who identifies the body as Rachael, an experimental replicant designed by Dr. Tyrell before his demise. In the process, he learns of her romantic ties with former veteran blade runner Rick Deckard. Wallace wants to check out replicants who can reproduce as creating new replicants is tedious so he sends his enforce replicant named Luv to steal Rachael’s remains from LAPD headquarters and follow K to find Rachael’s child.

K finds a date scratched in the farm and it matches the date of one of his own memories about hiding a toy wooden horse while being chased by bullies. Joi insists that this coincidence is evidence that K is, in fact, a real person. Searching birth records for that date, he finds that there were twins born – a boy and a girl – and the girl died while the boy lived. He tracks the child to an orphanage which he recognizes and finds the hidden wooden horse, suggesting that these memories — which he thought were merely implants — are real. K seeks out Dr. Ana Stelline, a memory designer who informs him that it is illegal to program replicants with humans’ real memories, and verifies that his memory of the orphanage is real, leading K to believe that he might be Rachael’s son.

fter failing a test of his replicant behaviour, K is suspended by Joshi, but he explains that he failed the test because he completed his mission in killing the child. Joshi gives him 48 hours to disappear. K transfers Joi to a mobile emitter on her orders, despite knowing, and informing Joi, that if it is damaged she will be erased. He then tracks the wooden horse to Las Vegas, a city in ruins, and finds Deckard, who admits to mixing up the baby’s records and was forced to leave a pregnant Rachael with the replicant freedom movement to protect her. They are then attacked by Luv and her agents and K is left for dead while Deckard is taken away. Joi is lost as the emitter is destroyed but K is rescued by the rebel replicants.  was forced to leave a pregnant Rachael with the replicant freedom movement to protect her.

K is told by their leader, Freysa, that Rachael’s child is actually a girl, and her memories were implanted in K. K deduces that Stelline is Deckard’s daughter, as she is capable of creating the memory and implanting it into him, and had begun crying upon viewing the memory earlier. Freysa urges K to prevent Wallace from uncovering the secrets of replicant reproduction by any means necessary, including killing Deckard. In Los Angeles Wallace tells Deckard that Rachael’s feelings for him may have been engineered by Tyrell to test the possibility of a replicant becoming pregnant and tempts him into revealing the location of the child he had. Deckard does not cooperate and is taken away.

K finds Deckard and kills Luv and her men, and heavily injured himself takes Deckard to Stelline. A mortally injured K, who had stages Deckard’s death so Wallace won’t send more of his men to find him, succumbs to his wounds outside on the steps of Stelline’s lab while Deckard reunited with his daughter.

The film is a stunning visual feast, though the pacing and length might not be suitable for all. It is a fitting epic sequel to a scifi classic. I love the decaying society feel of humans who seem to have lost their humanity while it is their creation, the replicants, who feel more human now. This franchise is look at the question what does it mean to be human and possibly about humanity being replaced eventually by their own creation. An 8.5 outta 10!

Blade Runner

Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The script was written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples. It is a loose adaptation of the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.

Set in a dystopian Los Angeles circa 2019 (just two years away) the story depicts a future in which synthetic humans known as replicants are bioengineered by the powerful Tyrell Corporation to work on off-world colonies.  When a fugitive group of replicants led by Roy Batty (Hauer) escape back to Earth, burnt-out Los Angeles cop Rick Deckard(Ford) reluctantly accepts one last assignment to hunt them down. During his investigations, Deckard meets Rachael (Young), an advanced replicant who causes him to question his mission. The film questions what it means to be human and the quest for life and also thematically enfolding the philosophy of religion and moral implications of human mastery of genetic engineering in the context of classical Greek drama and hubris – and also in a way a take off from Frankenstein.

It shows humans as being less empathetic, cold and impersonal, while the replicants appear to show compassion and concern for one another – the test to find out if one is a replicant is an empathy test, with a number of its questions focused on the treatment of animals. The quest for the rebel replicants to seek out their father,  Eldon Tyrell , in a quest to gain more life than the 4 years that the lifespan for their Nexus 6 has, ends in tragedy – all of the replicants die. Roy Batty, the leader of the rebels demands more life from Tyrell and the latter tells him that it is impossible; the replicant confesses his “sins” to his maker and upon getting praise for his advanced design and accomplishments, he then kisses his maker and kills him.

Then there is Rachel, a replicant who does not know that she is artificial and thinks she is human. Tyrell has her programmed with false memories so she thinks she is a human but later has suspicions and approaches Deckard, who starts to fall in love with her and she reciprocates. Deckard kills two of the rebel replicants and saved by Rachel before one can kill him. After his fight with Roy in the rain at the end of the movie, Deckard leaves to find Rachel and leaves the city apparently to hide out and live with her. I am surprised about Roy – he has no problem in killing the others but he saves Deckard though he attacks him. When the latter is about to fall from the roof, Roy catches him and pulls him up and then dies.

While a commentary on humanity, the film asks you the question : was Deckard a human or replicant? Deckard’s unicorn-dream sequence, inserted into the Director’s Cut and concomitant with Gaff’s parting gift of an origami unicorn, is seen by many as showing that Deckard is a replicant—because Gaff could have accessed Deckard’s implanted memories. The interpretation that Deckard is a replicant is challenged by others who believe the unicorn imagery shows that the characters, whether human or replicant, share the same dreams and recognize their affinity, or that the absence of a decisive answer is crucial to the film’s main theme.

The film was a critical favourite but didn’t make money at the bo – it only made $33.8 million off a $28 million budget but has since become a cult favourite and considered a scifi classic. In the year after its release, the film won the prestigious Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, and in 1993 it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. I give it an 8 outta 10!

Movie Theatre Fuel

What three snacks do you always get at the movie theater?

What do you usually get? I always go for the classics – especially since last year (remember, I stopped going to movie theatres from 2005-2016). That’s popcorn and Coke/Pepsi. The popcorn options in Cinepolis and Lulu;s PVR are the same – classic salted, cheese and caramel. I love the flavoured kind so I usually go for either cheese or caramel.

Cinepolis (though they are closed at the moment due to building violations in the mall that they are located in) has a deal with Coke, so when I go there I get Coke. Lulu PVR has Pepsi so I usually get a Pepsi there. There are other soft drinks, cold frappes and coffees too but this what I usually get to drink there and I usually go with the medium size and once in a while I take large.

The third one is obviously candy. Chocolate balls or bars of any kind, though it has been ages since I have bought one in. I would also say that nachos are another option. They offer nachos with dips like salsa and others at these two multiplexes. There are sandwiches and other stuff as well.

Prompt from 31 DAYS OF WRITING PROMPTS FOR MARCH at The SitsGirls