I have always been a fan of Prabhu Dheva's work primarily because he is committed to the genre of masala movies. Committed to the extent that he has chosen to do high quality work in this field. I was amongst the few who really liked the way Rowdy Rathod was executed. The attention to detail, the consistency of script, keeping it larger than life and yet very grounded, usage of right doses of good quality humour - all hallmarks of a good PD movie.
Friday, 6 December 2013
Apparently Gary Ross (Director of Hunger Games) turned down the opportunity of directing the sequels. After approaching 8 more directors including the likes of Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) and Joe Cornish (Star Trek 3), the opportunity landed on Francis Lawrence’s table who has then proceeded to give us a rendition that tempts me to ask him to remake Hunger Games 1.
Thursday, 5 December 2013
So it has finally happened!!!! Hollywood has released a movie after a Bollywood movie with the same story. And that’s what most people will be thinking of after watching Delivery Man or even reading the reviews. To them, I would like to say that we should not get too far ahead of ourselves before investigating all the facts. A good piece of advise that a wise man had given a long time back I am sure.
Friday, 29 November 2013
Monster’s University (Pixar), Epic (TCF), Turbo (Dreamworks), Planes (DisneyToon) and we have our 5th nomination from the year for next year’s Academy Awards in the category – Feature Film (Animated). MU and Epic need not feel worried about their place in the nominations since there is nothing else due this year. Unless of course the Academy decides to pick only 3 instead.
The Anil Sharma-Sunny Deol association started with Gadar – Ek Prem Katha, over 10 years back. 2 movies (Apne – 2007 with the entire family) later they have come together yet again to give us a Punjabi-Hindi Sunny Paaji potboiler that has upgraded the Dhhai kilo ka haath to a Saade Teen kilo ka haath (2.5 kg hand to a 3.5 kg hand – in a crude translation). They follow it up by calling it a 1.25 crore (125 million) strong hand with a reference to our burgeoning population. Corny reference in a totally corny movie.
Tigmanshu Dhulia is associated with hard hitting intense movies that have really solid dialogues and more importantly a really solid story. Bullett Raja ticks most of the boxes but at the end of the day it is nothing we haven’t seen before. The narration, the overall feel of the story, the performances and even the music had “seen that” written all over it from frame 1 (technically frame 1 + 10 mins coz I came in late) to finish.
Half of the Gori Tere Pyaar Mein!’s battle against me was already lost when I realized a couple of minutes into the movie that it has been set significantly in THE VILLAGE. Now, now people, don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against villages. But I have a lot against one particular village. For those who know me, this particular village is also known as – BENGALURU. I call it the largest village in the world.
Monday, 18 November 2013
The Shining was one of Kubrick’s last movies. To be precise, it was 3rd to last. After The Shining, Kubrick made Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. By then, Kubrick had dabbled with all sorts of genres – Thriller (The Killing), War (Fear & Desire), Dark Comedy (Dr. Strangelove), SciFi (2001) – you name it. The only one conspicuously missing was Horror. And what a movie The Shining turned out to be.
Sunday, 17 November 2013
When you have Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Robert DeNiro together, you know that you have to make a beeline to the nearest screen that is showing the movie. Now this is a guaranteed formula for success because you know that whatever is written in the script, these guys will ensure that it doesn’t look bad even if the scriptwriter has tried is best to make it look horrible.
Luckily for us, Dan Fogelman (Cars, Cars 2, Tangled, Bolt) is a good scriptwriter. He maintains his style that you may have seen in feature films (not animated) like Crazy Stupid Love. So we have funny situations that are backed with a flavor of slapstick but for some reason, seem better than just tasteless one liners. So now all John Turtletaub had to do was get the casting right and let the actors do their thing.
Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) are best of buddies since they were 6 years old somewhere in the 50s. Now, 58 years later, Paddy is mourning the loss of his childhood sweetheart and wife. Archie is divorced and struggling with a bad heart and is under house arrest. Sam is totally in love with his wife of 40 years but has several replaced bones in his body.
Billy is a successful business man of sorts who has stayed single all these years. He is nearly 70 and decides that the best time to get hitched is now. So at a good friend’s funeral, he is giving a eulogy and suddenly decides to deviate from that and propose to his girlfriend. The problem – Lisa (Bre Blair) is old enough to be his daughter – maybe even his granddaughter (I know I am stretching it).
The four friends decide to gang up for old time’s sake by giving a bachelor party to Billy. And therefore the movie is titled on a thought that it could well be their Last party ever. Ergo – Las(t) Vegas. Corny as it may seem, that is what you are also in for in the movie. Don’t walk in expecting some stunning one liners that you will remember for the rest of your life.
Walk in expecting moments that you could associate with old men having a blast would do. So you have Archie who gets lucky at the blackjack table and converts $15K to $100K+. Their greatest party follows. With the best suite in the house, pool parties galore, alcohol that is flowing all over the place – all building towards a concoction that is almost like Hangover meeting The Bucket List.
Last Vegas is a must watch for fans of these 4 brilliant actors of our time. Go with an open mind. Watch like it is your last movie and I can bet that you will enjoy it. It isn’t the best work from these four by a country mile. But it will bring a smile to your faces. 6 on 10 is my verdict. Make it a part of your weekend.
Watch the trailer on http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3383666713/?ref_=tt_ov_vi
Saturday, 16 November 2013
If a movie makes it to an International Film Festival, then there has to be something of at least academic interest in it. Right? Machete Kills was obviously put into the Mumbai International Film Festival with that intent in mind. But it turned out to be an absolutely brilliant entertainer from Frame 1.