Movie Review: Sultan

I had just come back after 5 months in the land of the brave and free (  Trumpistan ) so it was my first Bollywood movie in some time and Salman Khan did not disappoint in his annual Id outing. Sultan followed a wrestler who became a wrestler to impress a girl, and then gets separated post losing the girl. Fairly standard sports movie fare of rise, fall and rise again, though with a great Indian twist and I really think they could make Sultan 2.The heroine should be Rhonda Rousy in that one though. Anushka is not credible enough as a skinny wrestling prodigy, though Salman easily does the best acting of his career (minus the dancing)

The songs were ok ok, though the dialogues were amazing. Bhai rocks

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Movie Review: Star Trek Beyond

This Star Trek movie was a bit of a slow starter. There was no Khan /Benedict Cumberbatch to play the foil which would be a tough act to follow and no JJ Abrams too. No cameo by Spock prime, though the only emotional high points were his reminisces. new Chekov is dead and that was a bummer. Bones and Karl Urban still rock! new Sulu is gay, sigh , we live in politically correct times, but what a cheesy way to honor George Takeai’s work

I wish they showed a bit of Kirk Prime someday. new Spock and new Kirk clearly seemed a bit tired. Oh no, third movie of a Franchise already they said. the soundtrack is oki doki and actually the Beastie Boy song was the worst bot of casting since George Clooney was cast as the Dark Knight.

The plot seemed nice enough and so were the graphics, but Idris Elba just did not seem menacing enough. See it if you are a fan boy, but rather pop in an older version of the TV series if you really needed Vitamin  Trek. I think it is time they brought in Picard eh amigo

Send in Rouge One me hearties

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Star Wars awakens

Star Wars Episode 7 woke up a lot of thing in me. Memories of a simpler time, when a good story was a good story and the CGI effects were just additional effects. When ensemble casts were good from all actors speaking even the slightest word. When you could actually feel and sigh and feel sad and happy together even though you were strangers sitting in a dark movie hall.

Of course it awakens the Force, and of course the Box Office is on Fire.

While going  out to the toilet in the intermission, I almost thought of using the force to guide you know. I bet no one reads this shit.

George Lucas is thankfully given reins to JJ Abrams. JJ Abrams now has the keys to entire geek kingdorm by directing BOTH Star Trek and Star Wars. The new Jedis are good, and the new Rebels are cool. The bad guys, well, there is no Darth, just a professor Snape look alike. The new robots are good. Where the hell is Luke, well we wonder? The ending left us strangely satisfied and impatient at the same time.

Two more years to watch the next Star Wars movie. Damn. I couldnt wait to get out and use the Force to write this review and chat up my buddies.

 

 

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.

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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.