The Big Short Trailer

Directed by Adam McKay (The Other Guys, Anchorman), The Big Short tells the true story of four individuals who predicted the credit and housing finance doom in the U.S in the mid-2000s and who took on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed.

The film which is based on a book by Michael Lewis features a stellar cast which features Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell among others.Continue reading “The Big Short Trailer”

Exodus:Gods And Kings (2014) Movie Review: Irreverent Gods And Awful Kings

Language: English | Running Time: 150 Minutes | Director: Ridley Scott

Our hero, Moses(Christian Bale) is told by a petulant, child God that he is one of the people who doesn’t agree with everything He has to say and then asks him to drop the hammer he’s holding if he disagrees with the need for laws for the people he has liberated. Moses continues chalking away stone and the child God approves. With any other filmmaker, I wouldn’t have been as lost as I was after watching this exchange. But this is Ridley Scott‘s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and so I am perplexed that the exchange was so ordinary, so without any action to assuage importance. Ridley Scott’s “Kingdom Of Heaven” is a movie which dealt with religion and the Crusades in particular. It had an ordinary hero with an extraordinary tale but every scene in the movie had an importance not just in words but the way a scene filled the screen. Exodus : Gods and Kings has further convinced me that Ridley Scott’s masterpiece Kingdom Of Heaven is one rare movie.Continue reading “Exodus:Gods And Kings (2014) Movie Review: Irreverent Gods And Awful Kings”

American Hustle (2013) Movie Review: Screwball Fun, Scorsese Style

Language : English | Running Time : 138 Minutes | Director : David O. Russell

Two con artists, lovers – Irving Rosenfeld(Christian Bale) and Sydney Prosser(Amy Adams), when finally coming to terms about what they feel and what has been imposed on them have a moment together in a room and Sydney Prosser says “We’ve got to get one over all these guys”. For a caper movie, there’s nothing better than having a con being pulled with exquisite brilliance after such a proclamation. If pulled in a style that’s closely associated with Martin Scorsese, it only ends up becoming an exciting experience. The third film in what I call the reincarnation of David O.RussellAmerican Hustle has a cast which is a pot-pourri of actors from his two brilliant previous films – The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook and a story loosely based on the ABSCAM sting from the late 70s.Continue reading “American Hustle (2013) Movie Review: Screwball Fun, Scorsese Style”

10 Most Anticipated Hollywood Movies Of 2014

Most Anticipated Movies Of 2014

Without wasting further time, let me write about the most anticipated movies of the year 2014.

22_jump_street_movie_poster_1Kindly note that this list is purely compiled on the basis of my personal choices and preferences.

10. 22 Jump Street : Co-Written by the multi-talented actor/writer Jonah ”Superbad, MoneyBall” Hill  he teams up once again with Channing ”G.I Joe”Tatum in 22 Jump Street. 22 Jump Street is a story of 2 undercover cops who are so good at being incapable that in the 1st film they had to let go of a criminal because they couldn’t read him his rights. The film which is directed by  Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs) is a sequel to the hilarious 21 Jump Street. This time they are going undercover in a local college, so expect some more funny one liners and insane gags.

9. A Million Ways to Die in the West : Written & directed by an absolute mental Seth”Family Guy, Ted” MacFarlene, this film promises to push the limits of  comedy which range from  gross to the most creative gags. See the fight scene between Mark Wahlberg and Ted in the movie Ted to know what am talking about. A Million Ways To Die In The West tells the  story of a cowardly farmer who seeks the help of a gunslinger’s wife to win back the woman who left him. It sounds serious but trust me it’s going to be madness and knowing Seth’s work it maybe something out of the box.Continue reading “10 Most Anticipated Hollywood Movies Of 2014”

The greatest Superhero story ever told

There are some films which are just meant to be unapologetic mindless entertainers – Housefull 1&2, Priyadarshan Comedies, many of the Roger Moore/PierceBrosnan James bond films etc. Then there are some films which at least try to be smart – Kahaani, Khakee, KKG, Agent Vinod, Spiderman 1, Casino Royle etc. Then there are others which are layered, deep and the sub texts overweigh what is actually happening on screen – OLLO, Shanghai etc. Continue reading “The greatest Superhero story ever told”

How to Hate The Dark Knight Rises

A little note : Thanks to my experience of saying bad things about Nolan movies at PassionforCinema: any insults/trolling will be returned in equal measure and comments engaging with what is written will be answered in a civil tone and to the best of my abilities.

I’m not a fan of Christopher Nolan; I think the best description anyone has given of him is Jim Emerson saying ” I don’t think Nolan is a bad or thoroughly incompetent director, just a successfully pedestrian one.”  I found Memento and The Prestige completely pedestrian and in fact a bit worse because they act like they have psychological depth. I thought Inception was fun but utterly disposable  and I was not for a moment flabbergasted by its complexity.  And I think his batman trilogy, while actually ambitious in a good way, is very messy, unsubtle and inelegant (here is a comparative review of The Dark Knight and Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke); in terms of quality, both how good it is and in what ways it is that good, I would put it alongside critically reviled films like Superman Returns, The Last Airbender, Gamer etc. The best Batman movie I have watched is 1993’s The Mask of the Phantasm.

But The Dark Knight Rises (I will assiduously not refer to it as ‘TDKR,’ that being the name of one of the great Batman comics) surprised me some: it was, in terms of writing and directing (for example, the fact that the bat-plane was shaped like a wasp, while as inelegant as most of his other metaphors, actually not mentioned in the dialogue; but Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Robin-like behaviour is finally called out – baby steps), Nolan’s best movie yet, but it completely failed to deliver on his most consistent thematic storyline, that of Batman saving USA.

Anyway, this is not a real review; it’s just a little wodge on the film’s worst and best aspect, thematically. I don’t mention the quality of the direction (the Bane-Batman fight in the middle was the only one I found remarkable visually, very nicely dark and not at all dreary) and writing (I wanted to bang my head into my palm much less than during the first two) and acting (concisely, first time Bale and Caine did any work that’s not unremarkable, rather enjoyed Hathaway despite many of her ‘sassiest’ lines being false beats, and found everyone else – even the usually awesome JGL – too underdeveloped to really enjoy). Also, SPOILERS follow.

Look at Batman Begins; it sets up Gotham as a synechdoche for the USA (too literally, in fact: Ra’s at one point speaks of Gotham as the ruler of the modern world), then Batman saves it from prongs of danger 1 and 2, 1 being the greedy corporate guy (with a magical negro, though I guess this is a symbol for overcoming racism, also alluded to in the casual racism of the opening scenes) and 2 being the terrorists who believe the US of G is a decadent civilisation and want to destroy it.

The Dark Knight turned its attention to the insides of every man. Joker wanted to get out the hateful tendency of every person and how it’s in constant friction with what we call a ‘good’ civilisation. Yes, Hobbes etc. Again, TDK declares hope (as long as Batman’s around as a guiding hand, you know), despite showing Dent’s storyline as its utter negation. The lie in the end was potentially a nice irony for this reason, though the film refused to really dig its teeth into the meat here.

So, it was obvious that the third movie would involve societal inequity.

Weird part is, while the first two movies delivered a coherent plot in this thematic storyline, all it delivered in the other two thematic storylines (Bruce’s character arc and the nature of heroism) was – “Batman doesn’t kill” and “Batman’s not wearing hockey pads” excluded – vacuous bullshit (seriously, what good thing has Gotham done to “deserve” Batman anyway?” and why is it that for the sake of semantic mirroring, Gordon makes it sound like Dent is too good a hero for Gotham?).

The Dark Knight Rises turns the tables. It delivers a relatively strong plot for Bruce’s growth (one of the major reasons I was surprised with the whole Talia revelation was that the love triangle earlier was such a convincing way to make him choose between Batman and sensible ways to help society and the movie really impressed me on how it delivered on the conflict despite yanking the rug out from the triangle) and as for heroism, there’s a damn-near transcendent moment in the prison when all three themes come together to create something of an epiphany for Bruce about perseverance and in what way exactly Gotham needs him (I’ll watch it again just to be able to elaborate on when it happens and what exactly Bruce realises), when I really thought “wow, the Nolans really do understand what a superhero is,” so that the whole ‘broken spirit’ Bane encounter just felt like the final repercussion of a really strong, wrapped-up arc.

Okay, now for what was wrong here. So, it has been shoved into me since 2001 that Muslim terrorism is basically an extreme reaction against Western imperialism (I’m not yet sure how deeply to believe this, but it’s a good place to start any discussion), so I was really kicked at the inclusion of Catwoman – so Frank Miller-ish (he kind of imagined her as a black, poor woman with many of the same driving motivations as Batman) that many of the shots of her house are borrowed from Batman: Year One (dreadful choice, casting her white*, especially considering the “leaving roots and attendant preconceptions/prejudices behind” storyline that the Nolans gave her) – and JGL’s cop and his orphanage – terrorism rises from Gotham’s gutters because the battening down of organised crime via Dent Act is a type of rich-people imperialism that really doesn’t leave them with any job options, actually impoverishing them further (the real picture of the effect of organised crime is a lot more nuanced than this but this effect is one I’ve never really seen so explicitly in a movie before – and I think having just a touch of this particular effect was well-suited to what I thought the movie would be). I was even more kicked when he just started taking moments out of the real TDKR (Frank Miller and Lynn Varley’s The Dark Knight Returns) after Batman comes back, assuming that he was racing ahead to a conclusion that I couldn’t predict, but would involve some heavy reversals of TDKR (in the comic, Batman gets himself an army of gibbering retards to fight a blacked-out city gone mad and there’s a panel where he’s on a rearing horse in front of the army – so effectively reversed in the shot of him on the motorcycle in front of the police army).

And then… nothing happened; it devolved into some ridiculously Holvudine shite about father issues and bombs (worst part is, I think that that Talia speech was supposed to somehow reflect on Bruce’s character arc, but I have no idea how). I mean, the whole economic issue is not even obliquely referred to after that army moment I just described – the status quo is returned and happy ending montage overclosing what has already been resolved (JGL was such an effective anti-Robin – in that his fight against crime is more sustainable while still with the same motivations – before that montage).

*The white-washing was all over. Over and above the near-lack of non-white American characters (there’s Fox and some army dude whom Bane talks to about what to do with the unblown bridge), there’s a whole host of white characters from the middle east and just imagine how powerful JGL’s storyline could have been if he was Latino, given something to do that jumped off from that line about how the orphans don’t really have any options apart from Bane and had a face-palm moment when Bruce’s will read out that wholly ridiculous ‘Wayne manor as orphanage’ bit.

The Dark Knight Rises Movie Review- Every great story demands a great ending

It is difficult to live up to the hype. And the hype and expectations are even bigger when it’s Christopher Nolan and his conclusion to the Batman trilogy. After years of waiting and months of buildup,  ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (TDKR) finally rises.  Eight years after the events of  ‘The Dark Knight’ Batman is nowhere to be found. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has hung up his cape. It takes the catastrophic threat posed by a mysterious mercenary named Bane (Tom Hardy) with a weird breathing apparatus  to draw Wayne out of his self-imposed exile. Everything is at stake and Batman depends upon the aid of Commissioner Gordon, a hotheaded rookie cop (Joseph Gordon Lewitt) and (just maybe) a cat burglar Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway). In this third and last installment of his trilogy, Nolan goes steps further from where he left The Dark Knight.

I read somewhere a piece which described TDKR as a superhero film without a superhero. I don’t agree. Being a superhero doesn’t mean he should have extraordinary powers. Nolan’s Batman has a power of understanding and feeling of human emotions and pain. And he shows that in TDKR when he rises to the occasion proving what Superheroes are made of.

I have been a Batman fan since my childhood. But I had never imagined him to be the way Nolan showed it to us. TDKR is a true cinematic experience to behold. The movie exceeded my expectations in terms of action and entertainment. At times, the bigger the movie, the expectations grow even bigger with a  few loose ends here and there. But here the colossal size of the film is a spectacle to behold and surprisingly you don’t get lost with all the explosions and extravagant action scenes. Nolan has made an intellectually challenging final film, where he sets out to reconcile the issues raised in the first two. It brings Wayne’s story to a suitably epic conclusion.

Remember the roof walking scene in Inception? Nolan takes that gravity defying scene to another level and introduces Bane which induces a sense of  horror and shows Gotham’s real reckoning. Bane is no Joker. However, he is no less. Joker was a psychopath killer. Bane is a mastermind. Bane might lack the Joker’s iconic quality, but Hardy still commands attention in the film groaning with attention-commanders and the Vader-ish wheeze in his voice. He is intelligent and horrifying. I think this is Tom Hardy’s best role so far. Imposing yourself on others when your face is covered with a half-mask containing a voice box and an analgesic device that eases your constant pain and with just your eyes and voice to do all the acting is difficult. Bane is our Shakespearean villain. He emotes through his voice, eyes and action. And delivers a performance worth remembering coupled with a physical dominance strong enough to send shivers down your spine.

Anne Hathaway aka Catwoman is the best thing in movie. She is Catwoman, but unlike any of the Catwomen we’ve seen before. This Catwoman is as close as it could get to the comic book. Nolan also does an impressive job of  weaving Catwoman’s story in the battle between Batman and Bane. The relationship between Catwoman/Selena Kyle and Batman/Bruce Wayne is by far the best and after the end you will agree with me if I say that this Catwoman deserves her own movie.

Christian Bale is more efficient and human than ever. Bale remains a strong moral presence and shows than superheroes can also fall. But they rise when required. Caine’s Alfred, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Gary Oldman’s Commissioner Gordon are at their usual best. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is excellent as an honest young cop and I guess he’d be a significant figure were the franchise  to be renewed (bringing back a lost character which Bale doesn’t like). Marion Cotillard (a rich philanthropist) provides the twists and turns in the film, but she needed a strong presence which she lacked when pitted amongst the biggies.

All of Nolan’s movies have deep psychological themes and this takes those in another new direction. As in Inception he showed the level of abstraction and depth. An equal amount of the same is present in this film too. Batman Begins shows how hard Bruce Wayne had to work to become Batman.  In The Dark Knight, Batman says he has more of a right to be a vigilante than a couple of regular guys because, “I’m not wearing hockey pads!”  Now in The Dark Knight Rises, crime fighting is for everybody. Nolan wants to take the symbol of Batman as someone trying to strike fear into the hearts of criminals and change it into a symbol of hope. The Dark Knight Rises wants us to love the idea of Batman—fighting crime for the good of the city—and forget the specifics of Batman.

Nolan kept me hooked to the movie. Not a single boring moment in my opinion and coupled with Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack, it takes the movie to another level all together. I think the music score brings enough excitement in the film and the chant haunts you. And the movie gets better gadgets too this time. Catwoman gets to ride the Bat-pod whereas Batman goes a notch higher with The Bat which looks like a converted Tumbler which can fly.

Every great story DEMANDS a great ending. And Nolan gives you that. Nolan brings back some old faces too in the film to keep the excitement levels up. Dedicated fans of the comic books are unlikely to feel surprised by many story twists here, but that is no surprise in itself ,given the DC icon’s extensive history. Nolan’s heart is focused on Bruce Wayne which shows by the end where Nolan doesn’t send Batman in the dark. He leaves enough scope for anyone who wants to take the series forward.   Nolan’s conclusion of Batman is a grand spectacle. Might be long but then it requires that time to bond everything together without missing anything. Can Nolan take a U-Turn and  re-vamp the DC Comics sphere? I wish so. Because if Avengers was about superheroes than TDKR is about the Superhero of Superheroes. Mr. Nolan take a bow

Rating- You can’t rate Nolan for this.

Sudeep Shukla

Christopher Nolan – Picasso Of Filmmaking

Chris Nolan can do with movies, what Picasso could do with paintings. Nolan was born in London and spent his childhood in both London & Chicago. Nolan found an interest in botany and dicots early on until he found his father’s camera.

I’ve always loved films. I started making films when I was seven years old and I haven’t stopped. I never really thought about doing anything else. What I love are films that create their own particular geography, a particular world and immerse you in it for a couple of hours — Christopher Nolan

Some of the trends in Nolan’s Films:

  •  His characters in the films have some kind of mental disorder or fear. Be it in Memento, Batman Begins, Insomnia, Following.
  • The protagonist will have negative shades & there is always a constant battle or they have inner fear that they have with themselves to overcome .
  • His heroes are never perfect & they always have some kind of defect in them.
  • Nolan’s films often feature a non-linear narrative presentation (Following, Memento, The Prestige, Batman Begins) and psychological themes.
  • His films will mostly be high on concept.

The film which influenced him in his youth, he says, was Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner which he admired for its visual complexity. He started by directing several short films. The most notable among them is DoodleBug with Jeremy Theobald who later starred in his first feature film Following.

The movie was of course a start of many to follow psychological thrillers. The film shows a journey of a struggling writer who decides to follow random people in search of some interesting story. In doing so he gets involved with the conman/petty thief and soon he is robbing people’s homes & getting involved in things he shouldn’t be. Its shot in black & white & has just half the length of most of his films. Its gripping to watch & the performances are good. The twist at the end is just superb. What’s incredible about the film is that if you take Ra.One’s budget you can make 100 Followings. It was made with just $6000 by working with friends. Its amazing what he could do with $6000 most people are not able to achieve with millions of dollars today. The success of ‘The Following‘ resulted in the Maverick’s next, Memento.

This is based on a short story by Jonathan Nolan who has also co-written The Prestige & The Dark Knight. The reverse story telling of the cult classic Memento makes it my favorite movie of all time. The revenge saga with the Nolan mark is a most twisted piece of art you can see. The movie starts with the ending and ends with the beginning. The protagonist is looking for revenge for his wife’s murder but he cannot recollect anything after the murder and his current memory cannot be for more than 15 mins. He takes snaps of the people that he meets and categorizes them in the form of writing to make sure he knows who they are. The tattoos are also incorporated in the body telling him about the various things and events that has so far occurred in his life. This movie will suck you in & make you feel that you’re the person suffering from the 15 minute memory loss. This is the movie which has the repeat value of the highest proportion, and there are several reasons for it. It is an absolute joyride, insanely entertaining & the most important reason of all-it is almost impossible to grasp it all in a single viewing. Like most of his films he has shown a unique talent for creating full fledged feature out of a concept. The screenplay basically plays backward before winding back to the start again. Every scene in Memento is a suspense and puzzle piece.

The performance by Guy Pearce is right up there & he manages to appear confused & revengeful at the same time. Carrie-Anne Moss does a good job in getting just the right amount of mystery & untrustworthinees needed for the character. The way how Carrie-Anne Moss & Joe Pantoliano become the memory & the brain of Leonard Shelby respectively makes you wonder whom to trust & you feel like they both are manipulating him for their own advantage. The twist in the end will twist your head. When you are done watching the film you’re still figuring out what hit you, what happened. Hours after watching the movie you’re still thinking and rewinding the movie in your head trying to get the answers. I can only imagine how they must have edited it. Back & forth, story in reverse, but not a moment in the movie do we feel that he has lost the plot or he doesn’t know what he is doing. This is what you call an intelligent man’s movie. It will fry your head off but when you’re done with it you will be just be sitting there savouring and recollecting what just hit you.

Then came Insomnia an adaptation of Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjærg’s film of the same name, a suspense/thriller starring Al Pacino and Robin Williams. It is a story of two Los Angeles homicide detectives who are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn’t set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen. The film is good and Nolan’s direction was totally in control. The pace, slower than usual Nolan films, is in sync with Al Pacino’’s state of mind but avoids boredom by really picking up in the action scenes. The photography is beautiful & brings some cold beauty to the picture. The color tones in the film which is dark & bleak really adds to the mood of the film. Twists are kept to a minimum, and the plot itself is fairly straightforward. It was refreshing to see Robin Williams in such a complex role & Hilary Swank holding her own even in presence of such great actors. Al Pacino as an Insomniac is just unreal. The thirst for perfection & the hunger for excellence is such a treat to watch from this man. However, such is the benchmark & standard that Nolan has set for himself, that I have to say that this film was his weakest work.

Every magic trick consists

of three parts, or acts

The first part is called “The Pledge.”

The second act is called “The Turn.”

The hardest part.

The part we call…

“The Prestige”

The story of two magicians trying to out do each other. The storytelling is complex & confusing. The performances are mesmerizing & the amount of detailing in the production design, magic tricks & the cinematography are terrific.  It’s a complete departure from his previous work. This one took him to a territory we have never seen him in. A period film with a large budget compared to his previous work. The twists & turns in the screenplay are a plenty. The constant back & forth cuts in to the time & places are riveting. It’s so unpredictable that you will soon give-up hope of predicting anything correctly about the film & just go where it takes you. If the movie goes over the  head of  people then it is completely understandable. Because this is what Nolan can do & he is becoming supremely good at it. The movie will make you irritated, confused, exasperated, frustrated but before it’s over… you’ll fall in love with it. The writing is of the highest caliber. The first 20-25 minutes of the film is confusing but then things slowly starts to come together & you are completely engrossed in to it. The running time of over 2 hrs doesn’t feel like it, because there is no time to think over it as there is so much happening in the film & you will be completely hooked in to it. Also, the way he has managed to hold the various sub-plots & relationships in the film. Be it the relationship between Bourden & Sarah, the rivalry between Bourdon & Angier, the relationship between Angier & Cutter. And all of these woven around the main theme ‘Magic’ is effortlessly done by Nolan.

His most commercial film came out in the form of  Batman Begins. The Batman movies made prior to this where generally made as super heroes movies usually are, childish fantasies and not to be taken too seriously. However, Nolan decided, let’s get serious. He did what no one else could:

  • Showed that Super-Heroes were Vulnerable, Scared, Indecisive, Human.
  • Made you feel you dint want to be a super-hero just seeing what Bruce Wayne had to go through to become one.
  • For the 1st time the super-hero movies were serious, made you think, scared you & not just a no brainer movie.
  • The super hero didn’t come from some other planet.

When you start watching Batman Begins you actually don’t feel like you are watching a super hero film. You feel like you are watching a super action suspense thriller. The whole feel of the film is different. Nolan started the story of Batman Begins right from ground z ero and it was co-written by David “Blade” Gover. The story starts with Bruce Wayne, the Super-Hero off the film actually feeling scared & vulnerable. The man even though scared decides to overcome his fears & fights crime, hence ends up being trained by Liam Neeson. Bruce Wayne then returns to the city & fights crime after differences grows between Bruce Wayne & Henry Ducard who actually thinks that Gotham City has become corrupt & too much crime goes around & everyone should die & be destroyed.

The action sequences in the film are real & high-octane  without being  fantasy based which we are so used to while watching a super hero movie. The Gotham city is all glossy and glamor on the outside but Nolan makes sure that the underbelly of the city doesn’t go unnoticed. The amount of talent that came together in the film-Christian Bale, Micheal Caine, Liam Nesson, Gary Oldman, Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson, Morgan Freeman is overwhelming. However, you never feel that any of these actors were just there for the heck of it. Everyone was there for a reason and had their fair share of the pie in terms of the role. Something like these can only be pulled off by the man of the caliber of Nolan.

Oh, hee-hee, aha.

Ha, ooh, hee,

ha-ha, ha-ha.

And we thought Nolan or anyone couldn’t top Batman Begins.

‘The Dark Knight‘ was a follow-up to the Batman Begins. What a sequel it was, the best sequel we must have ever seen. The ever troubled Gotham City is back with the regular bunch of criminals and the man

– I know why they call him the Joker.
– Why do they call him the Joker?

I heard he wears makeup.

– Makeup?

Yeah, to scare people.

You know, war paint.

The Joker

In The Dark Knight,

Joker wants Batman to reveal his identity to the city & he will not stop until he sees him do that. He is menacing & he will not stop at anything. Nolan did something that only Nolan could do. He turned the Joker in to a dark & complex devil. From the scars on the face to the make-up, the licking habit, the way Joker laughs & walks, Nolan completely changed the Joker, just like he changed the Batman franchise. Heath Ledger will never be forgotten for putting in the greatest performance ever seen in a villainous role. Nolan does not reveal till the very end what Joker really wants. Like the first time he walks up to the bunch of criminals and tells them that

It’s simple. We, uh, kill the Batman.

If it’s so simple, why haven’t

you done it already?

If you’re good at something,

never do it for free.

Here it looks like he is doing it for money. But near the climax of the film he burns down the money. Then, it’s in the climax everything is reveled. How do you deal with a man whom you can’t bargain with makes it so scary. The tension built with the racing pace, color tones & the mind-boggling cinematography was the reason for the fear that you get that Gotham city will be destroyed. Visually speaking, action did as much talking in the film as much as the dialogues. It was never over the top or gimmicky either. The story & screenplay was just brilliant. Some of the sequences can never be forgotten. The highway sequence where the Joker is captured is pure edge of the seat stuff.

The performances by all the actors were brilliant. Even though it was the Joker who steals the show. Aaron Eckhart, Gary Oldman, Christian Bale manage to hold their own & give able support to Joker. The action sequences are at a amazing level, you can watch it a number of times & still feel the same thrill. One thing that can go against The Dark Knight however, has to be that it was tad too long & it could have been 15-20 minutes shorter.

He does this everytime, I don’t know how but he does it everytime. He always manages to prove us wrong that his next won’t be as good as or better than his previous movie. Inception is arguably his most complex and confusing commercial action film. To be really frank with you, there can’t be spoilers when it comes to Inception because it gets very difficult to properly explain it to someone without him thinking that either you’re stupid or we are just a fan of Yash Raj kind of films and only pretending to like it. Inception as most of Nolan’s films is a high concept epic. The basic plot is simple. A group of high end conmen led by Leonardo DiCaprio – Cobb, Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Arthur, Ellen Page – Ariadne, Tom Hardy – Eames are men who steal secrets from the dreams. They get a proposal from Ken Watanabe  – Saito to plant an idea which is called as Inception into his competitor’s son.

Just to give a small brief,if you miss a minute of this film, you can pretty much forget about understanding it. The confusion is there, the dream within the dream and the constant dwelling in to the subconscious of the human mind if not paid attention to can give you nightmares but that’s the fun part, the screenplay though confusing is never too crowded and is always going on smoothly in the right direction. The jargons are kept to the minimum which also helps to keep us in pace with the movie. Dialogues are mostly used to explain the scenes. The storytelling is masterly in the way in which Nolan blends in the love story of Cobb and Marion Cotillard – Mal with minimal fuss and ease. It astonishing how he manages to pull off this because it could have been a total joke or a disaster but like a true master pulled it off.

The action sequences are lavish and superb, especially the Matrix kind of stunt in the hotel. The production design needless to say is top of the line and special effects leave you breathless. The cinematography and background score add more substance and emotions especially in the parts of Cobb and Mal. It is an emotional journey as much as an action roller coaster, and something that you must watch at least once, because I don’t think we will get to see something like this made by someone like him and being as good as this.

This man has already achieved so much in such a little time that it scares me whether he will be able to live up to this or top it up. He has literally changed the way we view films . He makes film viewing a maze which we are trying to figure out and the most amazing part in all of this is that he is not like those people who always tries to show off as how good he is with his camera placements, atmospheres and editing though he is a utter genius and and poles apart from anyone else you won’t feel like he just did that for showing off or anything like that and it is mark of a great man, the greater the human being the humbler he is and he signifies it. He has changed cinema in so many ways be it

  • The unique story-telling style & playing with your mind
  • Giving us something different everytime without repeating himself
  • The complete make-over of the super hero genre
  • Giving cinema one of the greatest villain of all time Heath ‘Joker’ Ledger
  • Keeping the audience’s engaged and on the edge of the seat for more than 2 hours
  • Making the movie viewing a roller coaster ride and making us take out emotions which we rarely use while watching a movie

All I can tell Christopher Nolan is that do whatever you are doing, keep doing because we just can’t get enough of it.

12 films to look for in 2012

It’s always a tradition for a movie maniac as he/she looks forward to the year with some anticipation even though one gets heartbreak, anger, amusement and excitement while watching films. Not giving any general consensus or making a statement on behalf of everyone, but there are some movies that have my date and time fixed and so would like that to be shared amongst my fellow cinemalcholics. The list only includes Hollywood releases and has excluded World Cinema, Hindi & Regional films for a better outlook. Hope these movies live up to their hype and we have a satisfying time at the movies.Continue reading “12 films to look for in 2012”