March 12, 2023

2023: AnksReview - The 95th Annual Academy (Oscar) Awards Prediction

 It's again that time of year and here is my Oscar prediction where I managed to watch all the nominees in the nick of time to make it for the oscar award prediction just a few hours before the final show.

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1. Best Picture

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once - {WINNER}
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Avatar: The Way of Water
  • The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Elvis
  • The Fabelmans
  • Tár
  • Top Gun: Maverick
  • Triangle of Sadness
  • Women Talking

2. Best Director

  • Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once - {WINNER}
  • Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Steven Spielberg – The Fabelmans
  • Todd Field – Tár
  • Ruben Östlund – Triangle of Sadness

3. Best Actor
  • Brendan Fraser – The Whale as Charlie - {WINNER}
  • Austin Butler – Elvis as Elvis Presley - {Alternate Choice}
  • Colin Farrell – The Banshees of Inisherin as Pádraic Súilleabháin
  • Paul Mescal – Aftersun as Calum Paterson
  • Bill Nighy – Living as Mr. Rodney Williams

4. Best Actress

  • Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All at Once as Evelyn Quan Wang - {WINNER}
  • Cate Blanchett – Tár as Lydia Tár - {Alternate Choice}
  • Ana de Armas – Blonde as Norma Jeane
  • Andrea Riseborough – To Leslie as Leslie Rowlands
  • Michelle Williams – The Fabelmans as Mitzi Schildkraut-Fabelman

5. Best Supporting Actor

  • Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All at Once as Waymond Wang - {WINNER}
  • Brendan Gleeson – The Banshees of Inisherin as Colm Doherty - {Alternate Choice}
  • Brian Tyree Henry – Causeway as James Aucoin
  • Judd Hirsch – The Fabelmans as Boris Schildkraut
  • Barry Keoghan – The Banshees of Inisherin as Dominic Kearney

6. Best Supporting Actress

  • Kerry Condon – The Banshees of Inisherin as Siobhán Súilleabháin {WINNER}
  • Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as Queen Ramonda - {Alternate Choice}
  • Hong Chau – The Whale as Liz
  • Jamie Lee Curtis – Everything Everywhere All at Once as Deirdre Beaubeirdre
  • Stephanie Hsu – Everything Everywhere All at Once as Joy Wang / Jobu Tupaki

7. Best Animated Feature Film

  • Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio - {WINNER}
  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
  • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
  • The Sea Beast
  • Turning Red

8. Best Production Design

  • Babylon - {WINNER}
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Avatar: The Way of Water
  • Elvis
  • The Fabelmans

9. Best Cinematography

  • All Quiet on the Western Front - {WINNER}
  • Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
  • Elvis
  • Empire of Light
  • Tár – Florian Hoffmeister

10. Best International Feature Film
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany) - {WINNER}
  • Argentina, 1985 (Argentina)
  • Close (Belgium)
  • EO (Poland)
  • The Quiet Girl (Ireland)

11. Best Original Screenplay
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once - {WINNER}
  • The Banshees of Inisherin
  • The Fabelmans
  • Tár – Todd Field
  • Triangle of Sadness – Ruben Östlund

12. Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Living - {WINNER}
  • All Quiet on the Western Front 
  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
  • Top Gun: Maverick
  • Women Talking

13. Best Sound
  • Top Gun: Maverick - {WINNER}
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Avatar: The Way of Water 
  • The Batman
  • Elvis
14. Best Film Editing
  • Top Gun: Maverick - {WINNER}
  • The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Elvis
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Tár
15. Best Visual Effects
  • Avatar: The Way of Water - {WINNER}
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The Batman
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Top Gun: Maverick

So that's my list of predictions for the 2023 Annual Academy Award, do let me know your feedback and your prediction. Looking forward to the final award show.

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October 16, 2022

KANTARA (5/5) - {Kannada}


KANTARA - The Legend of the Demigod


Kantara is a 2022 Indian Kannada-language period action drama movie written and directed by Rishab Shetty and produced by Hombale Films. This is about the Legend of the Keraadi Forest area in Coastal Karnataka where a king in 1847 gives his land to Tribals in the Forrest Area in lieu of Demigod to gain peace and prosperity for himself and his family. The tribals have Guliga Deva (a demigod) who warns the King, that if he or his family will ever goes back on the word will face the wrath of the Deity.

Down the generations, the king's successors in 1970 demand the land back from the tribals during the Kola festival and warn about going to court but after a few months dies mysterious death as pronounced by Deva. The movie travels to 1990 when a Forest Department wants to make the place a Reserve Forest area and a village Kambala Champion Shiva (Rishabh Shetty) gets into loggerheads with DRFO officer, Murali (Kishore). The movie is about the conflict between Tribals, Royal Blood, and Forest Department while the folklore of Kola and Demigod is in the background. 

This movie is just fantastic in each frame from beginning to end. The movie is carried solely by Risabh Shetty who is not only in the lead role but also he is the one who has written as well as directed it. It's an amazing screenplay with perfect cinematography, a compelling background score, and flawless direction. The rawness of the jungle and village and the meticulously shot action sequence is the icing on the cake. Rishabh lives this role and looks so natural as tribal youth and what a performance by him in the climax which makes you speechless and awestruck. 

This is another gem from Kannada Film Industry, an Oscar Worthy movie and Must Watch in Theatre.

October 15, 2022

Doctor G (4/5) - {Hindi}


Doctor G - Losing The Male Touch!

Doctor G is a drama-comedy directed by Anubhuti Kashyap. The movie is about a PG Medical Student Uday played by Ayushmann Khurrana who was a lone student in the Gyenic department without his own wish. He struggles to come to terms with being a Male Gyenochologist and has a tough boss Dr. Nandini played by Shefali Shah. While the movie focuses on Uday's character however it also shows gray shades of him with male chauvinism around his family and friends.

The movie is beautifully written and touches on quite a few social issues in a funny yet hard-hitting way. It is a superb direction by Anubhuti Kashyap and Once again Ayushmann Khurrana nailed it with another movie on a social taboo subject. Shefali Shah is as usual flawless and so does Sheeba Chadha with such a strong grip on her character.

It's A Must Watch !!!

October 11, 2022

My Top 25 Movies of Most Versatile Actor Amitabh Bachchan who is a Super Star Of Multiple Generations

Today is the 80th Birth Anniversary of Amitabh Bachchan, so I am trying to put my Top 25 Movies of a great artiste who has entertained us since 1969 and still going strong with his performances. He is indeed the finest Film Actor we have and a flawless person and a great human being. We all pray that he lives long and keeps entertaining us. This is quite difficult to pick the best movies these are my top favorites. 

1. Agneepath (1990)

2. Sholay (2016)

3. Pink (2016)

4. Black (2005)
5. Sarkar (2005)

6. Deewar (1975)

7. Shakti (1982)

8. Kaala Patthar (1979)

September 11, 2022

Sita Ramam - (5/5) - {Telugu}

Sita Ramam - Soldier in Love
Sita Ramam is an Indian Telugu-language period romantic drama written and directed by Hanu Raghavapudi. The movie is set in 1964 and travels between 1985 and 1964 as the story unfolds. The movie starts from the time of 1985, when a Pakistani National Afreen (Rashmika Mandhana) has to fulfill a condition written in her Grand Father's will to deliver a letter written by Ram (Dulquer Salmaan) to Sita (Mrunal Thakur) in Hyderabad, India. While she struggles to find Sita's whereabouts she discovers the story about Ram, who was a soldier serving at the Kashmir border, who gets anonymous love letters from Sita Mahalakshmi and how he finds Sita to propose his love and story thereafter. The story has so many twists and turns, thriller, and suspense, any more information can be a spoiler.

The main backbone of this movie is the very strong screenplay and direction which was superbly done by Hanu Raghavapudi. The Production Design, Background Music, Cinematography, and Handling of Narration were just perfect to make the entire movie interesting from beginning to end. It has all the ingredients for full entertainment be it the way they show characters falling in love, songs, the beautiful locations of Hyderabad and Kashmir in the 60s, sequences where you wonder what can happen next, it was simply a delight. All leading character Dulquer, Mrunal Thakur, and Rashmika has delivered their best performances. 

It's a pure Romantic Movie with the flavor of Patriotism, a little bit of Action, and lots of emotions. Another great one by Telugu Cinema, A MUST-WATCH!!!

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August 13, 2022

777 Charlie (5/5) - {Kannada}

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777 Charlie: A Bond of Unconditional Love
Streaming Platform: Voot

777 Charlie is a Kannada film about a friendship between a dog and a man, directed by Kiranraj K. 777 Charlie is a story about a Labrador Puppy who escapes from a breeder where many dogs are caged and tortured. He struggles to survive and lands up in a housing colony where Dharma (Rakshit Shetty) resides. Dharma is a loner who doesn't have any friends and is hated by everyone around him. After one incident the puppy sees Dharma as a savior and follows him to his house and takes shelter outside his house. One road accident makes Dharma take Charlie to a vet who without his wish has to keep the pup for a few days before the vet doctor finds any family who can adopt Charlie. It shows how it is difficult to keep a pup and at the same time how it develops a bond for life. The story is about how Charlie and Dharma develop bonds that completely change Dharma's life around him, till the time Dharma founds out that Charlie has terminal cancer. This news shooks Dharma and he starts a road trip with Charlie to show her snow in Himachal which Dharma thinks it's her last wish. 

This movie is perfect in all aspects and the most strong point of this movie is its screenplay and direction. In this one movie, the director covers all the issues regarding pet dogs such as Acceptability in Housing Colonies, Illegal Breeding, Impulsive Adoption, Dog Shows, Animal Activist, Army Dog, and how a Dog can change the life of a person with unconditional pure love. The emotions are high and handled in a perfect way without making them melodramatic and showed how a human and dogs understand each other with their emotional bond.

This is one of the kinds of movies that are rarely made in India and everyone MUST watch this. If you are a pet parent you will understand how one can go to any extent for them and the one who doesn't have a pet will learn how deep this bond could be. 777 Charlie may lack the finesse of top world-class movie-making however its screenplay has all the ingredients to qualify for the Film Festival and International Award circuit.