Posted on 9/14/14 06:33 AM
Many critics have concluded that American Hustle feels more like a Scorsese movie. I strongly disagree. It definitely has the zany air of some of Russell's previous movies, with a lot of elements which are seemingly inspired by a Scorsese movie, but may have been completely non-intentional.
The very starting of the movie pokes fun at those movies which are "based on a true story". And that, I must admit, was quite impressive. Bale plays Irving Rosenfeld, a con man, who falls for a woman much outside his league, the seductive Amy Prosser(Amy Adams). While both are successfully conning and pecking at each other, FBI agent Richie DiMaso enters their lives and offers to let them go of their charges, only if they help him in catching other con men. They target Carmine Polito, played by Jeremy Renner, who is a New Jersey political operator. A man with a heart and with great ambition, Polito wants to make New Jersey a better place-but this requires a lot of money, and that can be done only through corrupt practices. And to add to all this mayhem is Irving's hysterical and crazy wife, resulting in a sometimes overdone performance by Jennifer Lawrence.
Lawrence and Cooper both seem to be characters which are mighty similar to the ones they played in Silver Linings Playbook, which was also directed by David O Russell. While Lawrence does sometimes feel a little too much, Cooper plays his role with ease, and is effective. Amy Adams plays her part well-as a matter of fact her performance determines what your anticipation might be, and that is an important element.
Renner has always been a great actor, and here you really feel for his character, a person who is so good, that he is ready to muddle with the wrong people just to make his city a better place. Bale's character is the most trickiest one-he is overweight, doesn't look too great, but is still a sought after person, and probably the most intelligent person among the assembly of persons we witness.
It is the performances here which elevate this movie as compared to other con movies. Russel's direction is energetic, so much so that we sympathise and understand all the leads, even Lawrence at times. Hustle is one of those rare movies in which such a great cast is balanced perfectly, the plot pretty strong, and the ending is mind blowing, but not in a way that you question the possibility of it. American Hustle is a strong movie for many reasons-the magnificence of the cast being the primary one.
Posted on 9/13/14 10:45 AM
I started watching Jobs with really low expectations. As a matter of fact, I had to convince myself to watch the movie as I wanted to watch something related to Steve Jobs. Having seen Pirates Of Silicon Valley, which was a television movie but which really hit the nail at certain points, I must admit Jobs has some new things to offer.
And the few new things are new only because they happened after Pirates Of Silicon Valley. But it's new only in the sense that is is shown for the first time on the big screen-after watching the movie you don't really get to know something new. Not many know that when Jobs was "fired" from his own job, he worked for Pixar, and was, as a matter of fact, an executive producer of Toy Story. And this is just one of the many facts. The rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates is nothing but a one minute phone conversation-and that is really undermining one of the biggest rivalries in history.
However, Jobs is by no means a bad movie. Even if you know everything that is shown in the movie(I knew most of it), you will have a decent time watching it. The performances are good-some are really better than can be established. Ashton Kutcher is really displaying Jobs mannerisms impressively with the stoop, facial expressions. He really looks very close to Jobs. Josh Gad as Steve's friend is a comic relief at one point, and has one strong scene with Kutcher that really might jerk a tear for some. Dermot Mulroney and Lukas Haas are good in their roles as well. J.K. Simmons talent is wasted here, with hardly any screen time.
This is not the best homage to Jobs. But it definitely is worth anybody's time, especially if you really want to know about the basics of Steve.
Posted on 8/20/14 11:21 AM
It would be very normal if someone new to the world of movies would find that the relevance of "The Godfather" is still present today. It would be very normal if someone laughed at you if you are a movie fan and you have not heard/seen this movie. And it would be very normal if you have seen The Godfather a billion times but you don't mind watching it a billion and one times.
The sheer brilliance of this movie is the fact that it still finds place today, because even with the rise in technology and various other such things, the movie at its centre is about how a mafia family operates. It is a world where anyone can be killed, anyone can be threatened and anyone who was an enemy can become a friend. We learn to make offers that cannot be refused, we learn to keep our friends close but our enemies closer- and we immediately want to be a part of all this.
Vito Corleone, exaggerated successfully by Marlon Brando, is worshipped by many as The Godfather. In the opening scene of the movie, we see how he solves problems for many, making them friends in the process. It is his daughter's wedding and no favours can be denied on this day. Vito has three sons- and there are certain flaws in all of them. Fredo is dumb, Sonny loses his temper real fast, and Mike wants no part in the business run by his father. There is also Tom Hagen, who is a reasonable man and is Consigliere to the family.
It is almost known to everyone that the best performance in this movie is by Marlon Brando. With cotton in his mouth, a gait which just shows power, and with every sentence seeming like a statement, Brando creates an image of an unforgettable don, who is feared by many, but respected by many more.
Al Pacino as Michael Corleone is probably the next strongest character. We see at the start of the movie how Michael expresses to Kay that he wants no involvement in his family's business. However, after certain situations which I would prefer not to discuss in detail, we see Michael coming into his own, and we see how someone who is mocked, laughed at, and even bullied to some extent-can take it all in his own hands and do a pretty neat job of it as well.
James Caan as Sonny Corleone is effective- we see how having a hot head can get into the way of things. Quite contrary to his character is Tom Hagen, played brilliantly by Robert Duvall. The consigliere to the family, Hagen is always calm and confident about his opinions, and is a trusted adviser to the family.
There are many more characters in the movie-getting into all of them would simply result in giving away half of the movie. The movie is about three hours long, but it feels more like two hours. Coppola makes the movie look grand, and you can really see through the eyes of the Corleones, how power can be a weapon for use as well as for one's own destruction. You see dreams being shattered, you see how you cannot trust the people who you have otherwise always trusted. A masterpiece in every way, The Godfather will always find a place in the top ten movie lists, and will be watched and rewatched, but still find relevance even thousands of years from now.
Posted on 7/05/14 04:10 AM
Porky's for some is a classic-and for some a complete disaster. For me, it is the sort of disaster that you can go through once. With the opening scene where Pee Wee is measuring his you know what, I thought that this would be a smart, old school movie. But soon enough the jokes fell flat, everything just seemed really forced, and I really did not understand why some people love this movie.
I can admit that some scenes were funny. And the last act, where they take revenge was pretty good as well. But that does not make this movie a fun watch in anyways possible. The only reason why I have a little respect for this movie is that this was probably the first of its kind- and so it can be said that a lot of nerve was required to pull this movie off.
It is not that I hate high school movies-I loved 21 Jump Street, Superbad, Harold And Kumar. I keep watching this movies again and again quite often. But something just falls flat about this movie for me. I have loved older high school movies like Dazed And Confused, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Fast Times At Ridgemont High-but this really did not work for me.
Posted on 6/14/14 02:56 AM
Iron Man 3 is not directed by Jon Favreau- who helmed the first Iron Man 2 movies. The director is Shane Black, and trust me, you can feel the change. The tone of this movie feels so different from the first two movies. And even though the movie is quite an improvement over the second movie, it does not come even an inch close to the first one.
The flaws in this movie are way too many, but so are the strengths. First of all, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man is as good as ever. Just like The Dark Knight Rises, we see more of Tony Stark and less of Iron Man. At a point, Stark has to start from scratch and do things- at this point he is almost alone and helpless. You get to see the genius side of Stark which was not shown one bit in the second movie.
Coming to the villains, we have Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian- who reminded me of Jim Carrey as The Riddler. As the movie progressed, I could still not make up my mind about how I felt about his character. The fault lies not in the acting, but the villian feels too much of a cartoon character, rather than a comic book hero villian.
Ben Kingsley knocks it out of the park as The Mandarin. Or does he? Mandarin's story arch is probably the most controversial thing about this movie- some might love, some might hate it, and some might even be a bit confused as to what they feel about it. Its been roughly a year since the movie came out, and I still cannot confirm completely how I feel about this movie.
The movie also feels really inconsistent at times. There are a lot of times when there is a lot of things packed into one and you don't really know what the movie really wants to convey.
This movie is definitely the most serious and darkest of all the Iron Man movies- Black takes a route which is quite different from the previous two installments.
All in all, if you are a comic book hero fan, or just a casual movie watcher, Iron Man could be the movie which satisfies you every bit, or it could be the movie whose existence is questioned by you. It's definitely not a movie which will appeal to all</>
Posted on 6/10/14 11:45 AM
Ridley Scott's Prometheus is like most other sci-fi movies.With some new elements.The movie is about a group of explorers who want to find answers.Answers to the origin of mankind and if God did make man,why is he now destroying him in the first place?
Prometheus is a really well made movie.The performances are good,the movie is visually appealing and there was no specific flaw as such.However,there is something missing-probably a little freshness which is much needed in this genre.The movie does try to bring about a little change,but in the end succumbs to what most of the other movies of this genre have.However,Prometheus is definitely a movie worth watching,especially due to Fassbender's turn as an android.He is definitely the best thing about the movie.
Posted on 6/10/14 11:44 AM
This Is The End is basically nothing but an inside joke where all the characters play themselves,an exaggerated version of themselves.Does that idea work?Yes.Is it a movie that will make you laugh?Yes.Is it a fun time?Most definitely.Is the story good?Beep,caught you there.
This Is The End is a movie which takes a big risk as it was not necessary that the audience would have approved of such a movie,especially when all of a sudden people actually have started giving a damn about stories.Although I have a soft spot for The Hangover movies,I don't usually like comedies which have an excuse as a story.This movie is no exception-t is basically an apocalyptic comedy.But frankly,its not the story here which makes the movie,but the characters and the concept.And praises galore should be heaped for Rogen and Baruchel-these are the two characters which really make this movie a very fun watch.Michael Cera's character is effectively funny and probably has one of the best scenes in the movie.Jonah Hill,for me,was a letdown.I really like his 21 Jump Street and Superbad,but the version of himself which he portrays here,I really couldn't buy.Danny McBride,James McBride and Craig Robinson are great.James Franco is shown to be this artistic guy,and his scenes with Rogen are some of the best parts of the movie.At the end of the movie though,the three characters who I really felt I could believe were portrayed realistically were Rogen,Baruchel and McBride.
This Is The End is nothing but a mindless comedy with a heart.There is no sense in the movie.So if you are one of those who is a freak about how the plot points are nonsensical and absurd,it is strongly suggested that you stay away from this movie.However,if you just want to have a good time,with some surprisingly funny moments which might get a bit too cheesy and over the top sometimes,then you could very well see this movie.
Posted on 6/10/14 11:44 AM
50/50 is a movie which will leave you satisfied.And I mean truly satisfied.The movie is inspired by a true story.Joseph Gordon Levitt is Adam,who receives the shock of his life when he is informed by the doctor that he has cancer.He feels helpless as he does not smoke,drink or do anything that could have potentially lead to him getting cancer.And since he is in his 20's,the shock is felt more severely.However,the movie takes this issue and deals not only with the serious aspects,but also adds some humor to the situation in a very non-offensive way.
Adam gets to know who he can trust and comes to terms with some harsh realities while he has cancer.Anna Kendrick,who plays Katie in the movie,gives one of her best performances.However,apart from Gordon Levitt,it is Seth Rogen who makes this movie all the more fun to watch.You can really understand what his character is like,and he portrays his character with so much perfection,that you could actually take that character to be real.
50-50 is an underrated movie.It is a feel good movie which blends a serious story with some really well thought out humor.If you have not seen this movie,I implore you to watch it.Its probably a sin as to how underrated this movie is.
Posted on 5/25/14 08:23 AM
Spider Man is directed by Sam Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker, Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane, Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin and James Franco as Harry Osborn. Now let me make one thing very clear at the start of this review-this was the very first live action take on Spider Man. I was a child of merely ten or eleven, and was really looking forward to this movie, as Spider Man was the coolest superhero for me at that point of time.
And when I saw the movie for the first time, I loved it from the word go. It captured the true spirit of the comics and just satisfied me. And weirdly enough, as I have grown up,I have loved the series more and more. It provides me with this sense of nostalgia which no other movie possibly can- and for some reason I just can't understand why Spider Man 2 is appreciated more than this one. Don't get me wrong, I love the second Spidey movie, but this one just feels so much more loyal to the comics.
The first time you see Parker don the costume, it is awesomeness to an unparalleled level.The drawback of the movie is probably Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane-all the scenes between her and Parker fall flat, and I wouldn't mind if most of their scenes together were edited out. Dunst performance looks very forced and fake. Apart from that, the movie develops really well, and the origin story is told in a really well paced manner.
All in all, Spider Man is still my favourite Spider Man movie. Also, J.K. Simmons as J Jonah Jameson feels like he was born for the role-he is definitely the comedic relief of the movie.Do check this movie out, irrespective of whether you are a Spider Man fan, or just a superhero fan in general.
Posted on 5/23/14 08:37 AM
The Amazing Spider Man 2 is again directed by Marc Webb-whose efforts into the first movie was good, but there was still a lot of room for improvement. So viewers were expecting this movie to improve upon the flaws made in the first movie. However, hope seemed to be lost consistently as Sony started taking out the trailers for the latest Spidey installment. Many speculated that this movie could be as bad as Spider Man 3, as there seemed to be too many villains.
Most of all the speculation was right, but not completely right. What is probably the biggest weakness of the movie is the marketing done- the trailers give away practically some of the best scenes in the movie. As a matter of fact, the final shot of the movie is a scene which you have already witnessed if you have seen the trailer. Also, the trailers lead you to believe something, which is completely false as you will realise after watching the movie. Some scenes which are shown in the trailer are just removed from the movie, which more than puzzles me.
That being said, this movie does improve on many ways upon the first movie. You see a lot more of Spider Man in this movie, and when the action does take place, it is a lot of fun. Andrew Garfield is a strong character to play the underdog Peter Parker who is secretly Spider Man. Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy is perfect, and there is a scene in the movie in which you feel more than sorry for Stone's character. Jamie Fox is good as Electro but even better when he was Max Dillon. You could really feel how helpless and alone his character was, and that really made me invested in his character. Although when he turns into Electro, things are handled in a really ill-managed manner, the special effects whenever Electro lights up are just amazing to watch. A scene towards the end where there is a face off between Spider Man and Electro is probably some of the best special effects I can remember having seen in movies recently.
Dane Dehaane's character is under-utilised, and not well developed, which only further leads to a feeling of scattering of the plot. Going into Paul Giammatti's Rhino holds no point-all I can say is the marketing did not really demonstrate what his role in the movie would be like. The post credits scene is passive-because it is not even slightly related to the Spider Man movies.
This movie is a summer popcorn movie, but definitely not the best. We have had much better ones, and I am sure some superhero movies which are to come out this year will be notches above this one. Yet, to see a new Spider Man villain, even if not handled well, is always fun to watch. Watch Spider Man for the child which is ever present in you- because that child will be satisfied. You will feel that the comics have partly come to life, but you might just forget this superhero world the very next day.