Review Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

I love Mr Tom Cruise sense of humour. Shall we just call it his chutzpah. From the heavy Ving Rhames trying to catch the British rose in the wind, to the very dry raspy voice of the superb villian (perhaps the best) and Benji / Scotty doing one turn. One is only disappointed by the Hurt Locker /Avenger Guy/ Brett Ranner. I mean seriously dude, didnt you hear what they talked about you in Birdman.

And the scenes are lovely. But I wish John Woo directed this one too. Writing was much better this time.

Alec Baldwin reminds us why we love twinkling Irish eyes in our actors.

Go see this one people.

Hackeristan is the new rogue nation and when hackers unite despotic governments shall tremble.



Mad Max Movie Review : Why Fury Road is so awesome

  1. They didnot use computer generated effects, they used human generated effects.
  2. They made sure 3D was actually realistic and not just a rip off to charge more money.
  3. Tom Hardy and Theron are awesome actors. So are Hoult. No the splendid wifey was not a splendid actress again.
  4. The same director and the same villain as 1979! movie
  5. Design ! Design !
  6. Witness the V8 riding off to Valhalla.
  7. The sound track was actually appropriate to the context and delivered!
  8. Double guitar throwing flames from a guitarist suspended in air in a truck full of speakers and drum players!
  9. Mechanical Engineering is much more cool than Computer Science engineering in terms of visual effects :-p
  10. I wish Mel Gibson had made a cameo. or Tina Turner!

Movie Review Fast and Furious 7 Times Lucky

23#The Seventh Movie in a franchise and yet it scores high in ooh aah moments of car chases, crashes, stunts and surprisingly even the emotional content and appeal. This one is a true send off for the beloved Paul Walker with Vin Diesel, Rocky, Jason Statham, and pals making this the start of a hot hot summer movie season. Oh yeah and watch how they top the MI4/Tom Cruise stunt in Burz Khalifa and how O Conner  gets the best send off in a movie since the Joker ended with an Oscar.



Movie Review American Sniper

clint_sniper_illoClint Eastwood is a director I enjoyed as much as I did his acting chutzpah in his younger days. Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino and Unforgiven are some of his best works. Mildly disappointing is his treatment of the rather incredible story of an ordinary human being caught up in extra ordinary events to become one of the most celebrated solders of one of the most celebrated special forces teams of the planet. Ironically what is jarring is not the violence and the killing but the transition from war time to peace time. The drums beating in the background of the killing scenes, Bradley Cooper’s over reliance on his eyes while mangling his otherwise perfect method acting routine- all take away points from the fact that Chris Kyle was both a great human and a great soldier. Some of the scenes seem quite implausible, but war is as implausible to us sitting in the arm chair as peace is to savages. Watch it for how horrible war is, without the  expectations ofa  genius. Keep your expectations low and this is a still a really good movie.

Cloud Computing for Christmas

My second book – R for Cloud Computing : An Approach for Data Scientists is now ready for sale ( ebook). Softcover should be available within a month. Some of you have already booked an online review copy. It has taken me 2 years to write this book, and as always I accept all feedback on how to be a better writer.

I would like to especially thank Hannah Bracken of Springer Publishing for this.

and I dedicate this book to my 7 year son Kush.

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Everything that is good in me, come from your love, Kush

Movie Review X Men Days of Future Past

The great thing about the movie is the story and the cast. The worst thing is you still end up cheering for Peter Dinklage. Wolverine is grayer ( which is surprising since he did not age right) and both Patrick Stewart and Gandalf the Grey look a wee bit subdued. The younger Magneto and Xavier though end up owning the show. The actor playing Nixon looked plastic. How did a guy with a nose like that ever get elected?

Fun time- awesome plot- Bryan Singer returns to prime form. Alas, this may be one over milked franchise if they decide to sequel it. This is the perfect ending!x-men-days-of-future-past22

Movie Review – Two States (Bollywood 2014)

As a Punjabi engineer turned IIM MBA, who turns into a writer after marrying a woman from a different state (that’s me here!) , I was a bit apprehensive on how good or bad this movie could be. It was a relief and indeed a joy to watch this movie. The comic timing is light and everyone acts well. Watch Two States as the feel good movie of New BollyWood 2014. Alia Bhatt is lovely, Arjun Kapoor decides to move his acting and facial muscles, and the veteran team of actors fits in the roles very very naturally. A good way to spend a few hours, and be amazed at the amazing diversity of India.

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