Monday, November 8, 2010

The girl with the dragon tattoo



The movie is based on a posthumous best-seller by Stieg Larsson, titled "Men who hate women" in Swedish. Both, the English and Swedish titles are equally interesting and hard to ignore aren't they?

The main theme is crime/suspense. Its a shocking and somewhat gory movie, so make sure you watch it in the right frame of mind :)
Oh and yes, do make sure you watch it...

[Spoiler ahead]
I absolutely hated Lisbeth's guardian, and absolutely loved what she did to him.

One thing I found weird was that Mikael tries to justify Martin's stand - that Martin was introduced to this kind of a life by his father at a very young age, and so perhaps he didn't know otherwise...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Inception


I haven't been this confused by a movie, since Mullholland drive. It's going to take several viewings and even more review readings to understand the movie!
It's interesting, but to me, does not entirely live up to all the hype. Don't get me wrong, its certainly worth a watch, but perhaps not a 9.6 pointer as IMDB claims it is (as of yesterday).
But you know who is a 10 pointer - Leo :) My childhood crush never fails to impress! Be it Departed, Blood Diamond, Revlutionary Road, Aviator, Catch me if you can, Shutter Island or the evergreen romantic Titanic :)
Coming back to the movie - it introduces a new concept, perhaps the first major/noticeable one after Matrix. Its about sharing a dream space. Very interesting concept, equally well presented.
I dont think too many spoilers are possible for this one - because any spoiler would require so much explanation!!! :) But still, here's a small one:

[Spoiler ahead]
Some dialogues were just too funny:
- Cobb (Leo) to Eames when he is gambling with only 2 chips left in hand "Rub them all you want, but they are not going to breed"
- Arthur to Ariadne when people who are Robert's subconscience start staring at Arthur, suspecting him of being an intruder "Kiss me now". They kiss. And then Ellen says "They are still staring!". Arthur says "It was worth a shot"

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Toy Story 3


Didn't I mention in my previous post that I am a sucker for Disney. Well add Pixar to that list.
Since Toy Story has been released in 3D, Jatin was dying to watch it. And well, it being Toy Story, I was also dying to watch it. It turned out to be even better than what we expected :)
All the Toy story's are so warm, humorous and entertaining. This one is no different.

Update: Make sure you watch the end credits!

[Spoiler]
There are 2 high points in the movie:
- Spanish Buzz : Oh can the guy move! And my my how cool is the romance between Jessie and spanish Buzz - perhaps this bit was inspired from Kites... heheheh
- Barbie and Ken : Ooooo how she chooses to torture Ken by ripping off his clothes! hahahahah! Barbie, you go girl!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Prince of Persia Sands of time


I am a sucker for arabian-nights style romance stories... And also a sucker for Disney :)
So there - this one automatically became a must-watch!
It has a slightly brain-dead, but fast paced script, combined with AWESOME visuals. So, its not something everyone would like.
But I did, I soo did :)

[Spoiler]
Ok, it is ridiculously predictable who the real villain is. I mean, anyone who has watched enough of Coupling, knows Jeff cannot be the villain, right? :)

I love the fact that the movie showed all possible deaths, but in the end everything was fine and dandy!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Shutter Island


Its one of those movies which you know is backed by a strong book. The story is powerful, and the actors have done a fantastic job - Leonardo in particular. I have started to like the Martin Scorsese - Leonardo Di Caprio combination!
I really cant write much about the movie without giving away its plot. This suspense thriller is a must watch!

Monday, April 12, 2010

LSD


The name of the film can either act as a deterrent or a catalyst for one to watch the film. But whatever be your expectations from this film, it is bound to have an impact.

Its a very cleverly executed film. Every choice the director has made (as far as the story is concerned) seems to be justified, and this fact comes to light only the second segment of the 3-segment film.

I loved the actors, the story, and well, the overall impact that the movie had on me.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Good Hair


For me, this film is the scariest revelation ever!
It is an HBO documentary based on the $9 billion African-American women's hair industry.
To me it is a documentary that describes the lengths people can go to, the torture they can endure, to look good. No seriously, I used to think getting botox/implants was bad, but this, this is a lot worse - because this is a way of life - a means of "fitting in".
It feels good sometimes, to think that we don't have a similar peer pressure here in India. Or maybe thats just because I am in the software industry with very few girls.

[Spoiler ahead]
Tirupati is where they get most of their hair from. In America, these women are willing to pay through their noses for this hair, and in India - they are giving it all away for free - in the name of god! Unbelivably ignorant of Indians.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Invictus


Sport unites, more than any other thing on earth.
Invictus is a real-life story of how rugby united the post-apartheid South Africa, as envisioned by Nelson Mandela and executed by Fran├žois Pienaar, captain of the South African rugby team in 1995.
Director Clint Eastwood has done a fine job, and so has Morgan Freeman.
The film reminded me of Chak De somewhat... Except that this one based on a true story, and has a very inspiring political message.

[Spoiler ahead]
Some of the dialogues are awesome.
The scene where Pienaar visits the prison to see Mandela's cell, is haunting. Before the finals, Pienaar tells his wife "How can a man who lived in prison for 30 years, come out of prison, prepared to forgive those who put him there?"

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sherlock Holmes


The man's got style, style and more style. And the film is simply awesome - fast paced, funny, entertaining. But like the other Guy Ritchie films (ok, I have only seen Lock Stock... and Snatch), you might need subtitles to thoroughly enjoy it.
The strange relation between Holmes and Watson is as funny as it gets, and seriously, the film would have been complete even without the women :D
Ohh, and the best part of the film is its end - which promises a part 2 :)

JFK


"Fundamentally, people are suckers for the truth. And the truth is on your side, Bubba." - Mr. X
The film presents one of the conspiracy theories behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Though many of the characters/incidents described in the film are far from reality, it is one heck of a ride.
An extremely well made movie with some awesome performances by Kevin Costner and the rest of the cast.
If it weren't for all the controversy that surrounded the film, I am sure it would have bagged some more awards.

[Spoiler ahead]
The court room scene is extremely powerful, and despite all the exaggerations in the film, leaves you wondering if what Jim Garrison was proposing, could indeed be true. And if indeed it is true, I find it extremely difficult to believe that such a large-scale conspiracy could have been kept under the wraps for this long!
I am still not over the "what if"'s and "but if"'s related to this movie... Like others, I too will have to wait till 2017 to find out (when the secret documents will be released for public to read).