Wilson is an upcoming 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Craig Johnson and written by Daniel Clowes, based on the graphic novel of the same name by Clowes. The film stars Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Isabella Amara, Judy Greer, and Cheryl Hines.Continue reading “Wilson: Trailer”
War for the Planet of the Apes is a forthcoming American science fiction drama film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback and Reeves. It is a sequel to the 2014 film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the third installment in the Planet of the Apes reboot series. The film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Gabriel Chavarria, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer, Amiah Miller, and Terry Notary. Principal photography began on October 14, 2015 in Vancouver. The film is scheduled to be released on July 14, 2017.Continue reading “War for the Planet of the Apes: Trailer”
Language: English | Running Time: 123 Minutes | Director: Francis Lawrence
The most fascinating thing about the latest epic about 21st Century’s pop queen, Katniss Everdeen’s journey is how self-aware the movie is about the position it holds in our culture. There hasn’t been a heroine who has moved not only the franchise’s unabashed lovers but also almost every audience it has managed to capture. This is a woman about whom articles are written that range from fashion to feminism and a series whose every action has somehow generated various interpretations. It helps that the franchise first arrived when the people revolutions started in the Middle East and the Americans were still playing cleanup of the mess that’s Iraq and Afghanistan. The first two movies weren’t about the revolution but the shaping up of it. There was war but not outright coups or civil unrest in the franchise. The makers, following what has become a box office norm for franchises, have split the final part into two films, making the third part an appetizer for the action to be ushered in the fourth but we have the first strands of civil unrest brewing and the politics and strategy in the war room are compelling pieces.Continue reading “The Hunger Games-Mockingjay Part 1 Movie Review: Sliced and Sidelined Humanity”
2013 was a rather mixed affair for Hollywood movies. The summer releases this year were largely underwhelming (Iron man 3, Man Of Steel, Fast and Furious 6 amongst others) if you ask me. Only a few amongst such releases made for enjoyable big screen viewing such as Pacific Rim, Star Trek into Darkness.
However there were also some good films which emerged out of Hollywood this year. As always I was able to watch some of them, while a few still remain unseen. Without wasting further time, here is my list of the Hollywood films I loved watching this year.
Kindly note these films are not rated in any particular order.
And yes let the bouquets and brickbats follow 🙂Continue reading “The Best of Hollywood: 2013”
Few months ago when I had gone to watch Django Unchained in a theatre, I happened to see the trailer of Now You See Me and was quite surprised. Because, here was a film that had a rather prominent set of actors top lining the cast. The promo also seemed quite impressive.Continue reading “Now You See Me Movie Review : Worth a Watch”
Now You See Me tells the story of FBI agents led by Mark Ruffalo who are tracking a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.
Directed by Lous Leterrier ( The Incredible Hulk, Clash Of The Titans) , the film features an impressive starcast of Jesse Eissenberg., Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Mark Ruffalo amongst others.
The film is scheduled to release in May across cinemas.
Meanwhile, check out the official promo of the film which promises to be an interesting watch.Continue reading “Now You See Me: Trailer”
Irish filmmaker Martin McDonagh, who had fetched an Academy nomination for the screenplay of his last dark crime-comedy In Bruges, looks all set to give it another shot. And if the trailer is anything to go by, his new dark comedy, Seven Psychopaths does look like a sure fire winner to watch out for!Continue reading “Trailer: Seven Psychopaths”
The Hunger Games = (Rambo + Hanna + Condemned)*Battle Royale/ PG- 13 movie with an attempt at R rating.
The Hunger Games is a movie based on the best selling trilogy written by Suzanne Collins, where teens kill other teens so that they can feed their families.
Graphic you say? Yes….
Gory you say?….Yes…
The story of a teenage girl who has two handsome studs fighting for her affection ensuring that every teenage girl on Earth wishes she was in her place, which in turn would lead to the books flying off the shelf ensuring Collins is frolicking in money soon…..YES!
Now don’t get me wrong, I am all game for giving teenagers knives and swords and then seeing them hack each other to death. Weirdly enough I personally felt I might even have volunteered had I been in their place. With the hair growing in weird places, your voice breaking, etc. I think sending me off in a jungle to fight other random kids would be a fun forthright. And this is in a vague but genuine bird’s eye view of the bleak future Suzanne Collins tries to showcase her readers. But the beauty of it lies in not the generic description of what we can expect in the future, but more on how the topic was touched upon and how people when pushed into a corner…learn to fight back.
To give you a brief about the movie (for those who haven’t read the book), it takes place in the future where America has collapsed and is replaced by Panem which is a new country and is divided by 12 districts. Each year two young representatives (or ‘tributes’ as they are called) from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games which is a part entertainment, part reality television game show. In this ‘show’, all 24 participants (12 girls and 12 boys aged between 12 -18 years) are forced to ‘eliminate’ (a.k.a beat to death) their competitors until there is just one left. When 16 year old Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence, who looks just as beautiful without the blue make up from Mystique) younger sister Prim is selected, she volunteers to take her place. Thus starts the movie where she and her male counterpart Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson, who I feel has a lot more to offer on screen, provided he picks better roles like in The Kids Are Alright) are literally thrown to the dogs facing off against other tributes who have prepared for this their whole teenage life.
Do they come out tops? Well I think the answer is simple enough for that; what’s more important is how they did it.
The movie has its strengths and most of it lies with its adaptation from the book. The movie perfectly complements the book and thus is brilliantly covered. The second major strength of the movie is the cast. Starting with Jennifer Lawrence a.k.a Katniss herself, who although a lot hotter than the book described, does the job of a ‘tribute’ beautifully, followed by Stanley Tucci as the uber-flamboyant talk show host series and my favorite Woodey Harrelson (who I have enjoyed watching in these kind of roles e.g. Zombieland) as Haymitch who acts his usual take-no-prisoners coupled with the soft-hearted-gooey-I-love-my-protégé mentor. And finally the movie is decently directed. Gary Ross has managed to touch the essence of the book, with the action, the emotion and the storyline all in tandem.
The only drawback was probably the length of the movie. An action packed movie, if goes on for over two hours, effectively kills the entire crash-boom-bang mentality (unless it is an Akiro Kurosawa). Also the development of the equations between the characters wasn’t too well defined which might have taken away some of the movie’s charisma. And finally, the movie has a great build up to the actual “Game”, but due to the shoddy camerawork, if you are looking to find the gore in this movie, it’s a blink and you miss fiasco.
Having stated the cons, it is a really tough ask from a director to capture the essence of a BOOK perfectly within a limited time frame (two hours max). Thus, due credit where it is and a pat to Gary Ross for at least coming close to what Collins might have wanted.
It is believed that this will directly compete with the Twilight franchise and you can see why. The movie centers on a woman who has two very smart looking guys fighting for her attention and she has a bigger problem to solve. The movie has all the elements of making a successful trilogy and if the opening week numbers are anything to go by, it’s completely possible that the movie might make it as one of the most successful movie franchises ever.
I recommend this movie worth a watch, but on a side note would also recommend you read the book. If in the theater with an open mind and a view to see something new, The Hunger Games would not be a bad alternative.
Warning – spoilers alert
Zombie films excitement have reduced over the period of time. It has been done as many times as the Amiri-Garibi love story been done in bollywood. Some have been good like 28 days later, 28 weeks later, I am Legend. More of it has been bad 30 days of night, Resident Evil : Apocalypse, Resident Evil : Extinction, Dooomsday, Quarantine.Continue reading “Zombieland – Funny & Creative”