The “Mastizaade” + “Kya Kool Hain Hum 3” combined Review

Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 & Mastizaade remind us of the game “find 6 differences between these two pictures”that everyone must have played while growing up. Only here, its a case of finding a dozen similarities between the two movies. We are attempting to review both the movies together. Because why not! If two movies…

“Joy” Review and Oscar Predictions

Dysfunctional relationships and flawed characters are the cornerstones of David Russell films. Be it Silver linings playbook or The Fighter or American Hustle, Russell formulates each entity of the story into such paradoxes that you keep thinking – “Yes I like this personality but oh wait..there’s this other side as well. So which is the…

The “AIRLIFT” Review

Let’s get a few things clear at the outset. There was no Ranjit Katyal or Amrita, we are also not sure if there was any menacing Iraqi General called Bin Zayd. The movie does take creative liberties in reimagining the events of 1990 in far off Kuwait. But does that take the sheen out of…

“The Hateful Eight” Review and Oscar Predictions

Among the handful of rebel directors who don’t remotely play by the rules, Tarantino is one. Be it the scene in a French village where a certain Nazi Officer interrogates a simple farmer about some runaway Jews as they hide under the floor-boards or the the scene where a psychotic feudal Lord makes a deal…

“The Revenant” review and Oscar predictions

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant is an excruciating and almost choking survival tale of the legendary frontiersman, Hugh Glass. The movie is a study in the strength of the human spirit, the indomitable character at the face of imminent death and the lives of mercenaries and traders during the 1800s. The story is…

“The Danish Girl” Review and Oscar Predictions

Complete character transcendence is a rare, rare phenomenon and Eddie Redmayne is the Master of it. Time and again, he has played characters that overwhelm you and make you gasp in utter disbelief that the person being played in front of you is not a ‘Truman show’ but an actor playing someone else. We have…

The “Steve Jobs” Review

The first thing about this film that grabs your attention is its sheer pace. Its frighteningly quick, blunt and precise from one scene to another as if Inaritu was brought in as a special consultant, no offence to Boyle. The screenplay, aptly written by Walter Isaacson the celebrated biographer himself, lends the movie a certain…

Movies that disappointed us in 2015

Creed A half-baked attempt at a potentially great spin-off, Creed failed to rise to the occassion. It had all the ingredients required to make it a resounding success – a classic franchise, a timelessly endearing character and a legacy. Thanks to bad writing, the story tried to extend the ethos of Rocky Balboa without really…

THE LIST– 2015

   Disappointing movies-2015    Calendar Girls Madhur Bhandarkar is going the RGV way. Once respected for making women oriented movies, Bhandarkar has lost his story telling chops. May be Bollywood is changing for the good. We have more movies with strong women characters now, so few stand up and notice when Bhandarkar works on a…