Top 5 Movies with Dolls as Antagonist

Dolls have always been every lil girl’s best friend, confidant and their favourite toy. Seen as the most innocent and adorable thing a child could own until some filmmakers decided to start making horror movies with dolls in pivotal roles as anti-heroes. Almost all of us can talk about how we were traumatized by Chucky or the new age Annabelle. Let’s be honest, even now as adults, we’ve caught ourselves staring at our nephew or niece’s doll, waiting for it to blink, come to life and start killing people.Continue reading “Top 5 Movies with Dolls as Antagonist”

The Dissolve (2013-2015), The End Of A Cinephile Community

Today, it becomes a week since The Dissolve dissolved. Sorry for the bad pun. I’ve been spending a lot of time reading old articles, focussing especially on the comments section which has at times been as enlightening as the posts and sometimes more. The Dissolve had this rare following of true geeks of cinema who wouldn’t miss a step discussing color, sound, framing, shot selection or anything about cinema under the sky and beyond and whose comments would make a lesser person like myself feel like I was being educated on the finer nuances of the medium I’ve come to love. The fact that the editorial team managed it in less than a 2 year period is extraordinary and in all honesty, I haven’t come across another website so enriching and complete for discussions about film-making.Continue reading “The Dissolve (2013-2015), The End Of A Cinephile Community”

I Love New Year Movie Review: Canned but Not Devoid of Juice

If you decide to watch Sunny Deol-Kangana Ranaut starrer I Love New Year (stylized as ‘I Love NY’), which in all likelihood you would not, do not enter the theater with any pre-conceived notions. Yes, the film has been delayed for a couple of years and it is definitely not the best Hindi rom-com that you are likely to come across, but it is not unwatchable. In fact, I Love New Year genuinely tries to be different from run-of-the-mill rom-coms and attempts to tell a unbelievable story through believable means. Most of the film’s pitfalls are inflicted by the cruel fact that lost time and momentum makes any product stale and mediocre. Adding salt to the injury is Kangana Ranaut’s decision to mostly disassociate herself from the film and Sunny Deol’s lack of enthusiasm in promoting what is one of his better performances in recent times. More on this later.Continue reading “I Love New Year Movie Review: Canned but Not Devoid of Juice”

Nagesh Kukunoor’s, Dhanak bags the top award at Sneakers Children’s Festival

After bagging two awards at the Berlinale, Dhanak (Rainbow) co-produced by Manish Mundra (Drishyam Films) and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor has won the best film award in the main category, ‘Children’s Feature Film Competition’ at the Cinema in Sneakers Children’s Festival, Poland. The prize ceremony took place last evening.Continue reading “Nagesh Kukunoor’s, Dhanak bags the top award at Sneakers Children’s Festival”

Second edition of Navi Mumbai International Film Festival

The Second edition of Navi Mumbai International Film Festival (NMIFF) 2015 is to be hosted at CIDCO Exhibition Center, Vashi, Navi Mumbai from 29th – 31st May 2015. The festival just in its second year, we have received 410 entries and the participating countries that the entries have been received from have gone upto 75. The festival was founded with the idea to showcase the talent & creativity of filmmakers from Navi Mumbai as filmmaking and inclination for creating excellence in the cinematic world was almost negligible till before the festival was founded. With the NMIFF, film-makers now have a reputable film festival that will give a global exposure to their creativity and innovative ideas while film-goers have a repository of fine movies of different taste & calibres from across the globe, to enjoy.Continue reading “Second edition of Navi Mumbai International Film Festival”

Roy Movie Review : Ambitious, Faulty and Not For Everyone

A lot is being said and written about this weekend’s big release, Roy. If only it did not feature the leader of Bollywood’s ‘actor who can act’ brigade, Ranbir Kapoor, we could have easily written it off as another tank by Arjun Rampal or Jacqueline Fernandez. But then to inject star value into it, T-Series decided to cast Kapoor, and that too in ‘a dynamic role’ meekly imitating the ‘modest’ credit given to him as the film begins. The trailer looked a sure misfire, but the songs worked wonders, much like any other T-Series film. But is that enough? Well, as we see around now, almost every one out there is appealing to debutante writer-director Vikramjit Singh to stand with a boombox and apologize. Sigh, so much thwart for a mere film. Not so advisable to proclaim but in all honesty, I must admit that I fairly liked Roy. Not because it is brilliant or great, only because it is ambitious, and even when it fails, it doesnt make an almighty mess. Continue reading “Roy Movie Review : Ambitious, Faulty and Not For Everyone”

PK Movie Review (2014): Plan Asinine From Outer Space

Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Rating: *
While watching movies, I often wonder how the germ of the idea for the story came about. It must have started as a thought, and then more ideas added to it. Characters devised around which the story can revolve, scenes and situations imagined and finally dialogues put in. A similar thought struck me while enduring PK. The writers would no doubt have read about the spate of spiritual / religious babas going bust like dot com companies of late. So why not make a movie about it? The movie shall deliver a sucker punch to the concept of organized religion. But wait…hasn’t it already been done by Paresh Rawal in OMG: Oh My God and the play it is based upon? Hmmm, yes. But that’s where a human exposes the sham of blind faith. We shall bring a wholly original twist to it. Import an extra-terrestrial, throw him into the muck and let his naiveté bring out the God fraud.Continue reading “PK Movie Review (2014): Plan Asinine From Outer Space”

The Babadook (2014) Movie Review: Bedtime Monsters and Mothers

Let me tell you at the outset that I am not a fan of horror films. It is not that I do not enjoy this genre, it is because I get easily scared and have nightmares for weeks after watching horror films. Somehow I managed to watch The Babadook and though it is marketed as horror film, it is not a Horror film per se. This is what I loved about it, as a horror film it does not give enough creeps or chills.Neither is it a film which will give you nightmares.

Amelia loses her husband Oskar in a road accident, when they were on their way to deliver Samuel. Cut to present day, Amelia is a single parent with an obnoxious kid. Samuel has strange fixation with monsters and builds weapons to fight them and save his mother. Samuel’s erratic behaviour starts to take toll on Amelia’s professional life.Continue reading “The Babadook (2014) Movie Review: Bedtime Monsters and Mothers”

Filmistaan Movie Review: Entertainment packaged, smartly

Nitin Kakkar’s Filmistaan won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi in 2012. That is an incredibly tall order for a film which finally finds a theatrical release, almost 2 years later. Riding on no significant star value, Filmistaan is one of the rare films which are a testament of heresy to the pervasive opinion about non-mainstream films. Yes, this is a ‘supposedly offbeat/arthouse’ film which is a comedy and a good one at that. That apart, it is also fresher than a million other trashy mainstream comedies we get to see. Yet, that it is not a flawless film and what joy would it have been if it was! Continue reading “Filmistaan Movie Review: Entertainment packaged, smartly”