March 25, 2019

Delhi Crime - TV Series (5/5)

Delhi Crime - Just another day in the Police Force

Delhi Crime is based on the 2012 Delhi infamous "Nirbhaya" gang rape case that took place in the neighbourhood of South Delhi. The series follows the story in the aftermath of the gang rape, where DCP - Vartika Chaturvedi (Shefali Shah) is tasked to investigate the crime and catch all rapists.
The series starts with PCR van picks up two victims of Gang Rape on the sideway of Munirka Flyover and further shows how investigation begins to unfold to catch criminals with no records and limited clues.

The series focused on the conditions our police force works by putting the tireless amount of duty hours in extremely poor condition with the limited budget and unlimited amount of pressure of media, politicians and public at large. "Delhi Crime" takes us inside the mind and life of police officers who are quick to be blamed for any crimes happens around us.

It was superbly written and directed by Richie Mehta who carefully takes us through the investigation process as realistically as possible. You will feel you are part of the investigation and not even a single frame will make you feel you are watching any drama. Shefali Shah rules here with her natural portrayal of the role of DCP where she posses a strong personality with a bit of sensitivity side as a loving mother as well. This is indeed her best performance ever and you can't imagine anyone else replacing her for this role. Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain and Rajesh Telang are other gems here who just blends in with their characters. Special kudos to casting and each performer even the ones who have done small roles in the side are marvellous.

I just binged watched entire season as you can't stop it once you start watching. It shows different aspects of society where we comfortably comment on police force without knowing how they live and yet perform their duty to protect us. This is by far the best Indian TV Series I have seen without even a single flaw.

February 22, 2019

2019: AnksReview 91st Oscars Annual Academy Awards Prediction

2019 - Best Pictures Nominees
Well, it's been quite sometime I have been writing about Oscar Prediction and I have been quite glad that most of my prediction on popular category came across true so far. In that respect, 2018 is quite tricky for me and also lots of surprises to arrive at the final winner of the great Gold offered by Academy.

I do not want to open a debate on what movie deserved to be in nominees and especially if some of the great movies have been missed this year as let's trust the wisdom of filmmakers, festivals participants, continuous promotions across the globe and finally the thousands of votes which comes from Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science for the final nominees. I also want to reiterate, for any movies to be even part of nomination itself is a great feat which needs to be celebrated. 

A slight difference I have done in my this year prediction, I have also highlighted "My Choice" as sometimes our own individual choices are different than the one who wins on other parameters.

So here it is, my prediction of 2019 Oscar Winners:

1.     Best Picture

Best Film Prediction - A Star is Born

§     A Star Is Born{ Winner } as well as My Choice as Winner
§     Roma{ Possibly Win, as per Oscar’s previous trend }
§     Black Panther
§     BlacKkKlansman
§     Bohemian Rhapsody
§     The Favourite
§     Green Book
§     Vice

2.     Best Director

Best Direction Prediction - Alfonso Cuaron

§  Alfonso Cuarón – Roma - { Winner } as well as My Choice as Winner
§  Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
§  Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
§  Adam McKay – Vice
§  Paweł Pawlikowski – Cold War

3.     Best Actor

Best Actor Prediction - Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

§  Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody as Freddie Mercury - { Winner }
§  Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born as Jackson "Jack" Maine – { My Choice }
§  Christian Bale – Vice as Dick Cheney
§  Willem Dafoe – At Eternity's Gate as Vincent van Gogh
§  Viggo Mortensen – Green Book as Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga

4.     Best Actress

Best Actress Prediction - Glenn Close (The Wife)

§  Glenn Close – The Wife as Joan Castleman – { Winner } as well as My Choice
§  Yalitza Aparicio – Roma as Cleodegaria "Cleo" Gutiérrez
§  Olivia Colman – The Favourite as Anne, Queen of Great Britain
§  Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born as Ally Campana
§  Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me? as Lee Israel

5.     Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actor Prediction - Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
§  Mahershala Ali – Green Book as Don Shirley – { Winner } as well as My Choice
§  Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman as Philip "Flip" Zimmerman
§  Sam Elliott – A Star Is Born as Bobby Maine
§  Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me? as Jack Hock
§  Sam Rockwell – Vice as George W. Bush

6.     Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actress Prediction - Regina Kin (If Beale Street Could Talk)
§  Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk as Sharon Rivers - { Winner }
§  Rachel Weisz – The Favourite as Sarah Churchill – { My Choice }
§  Amy Adams – Vice as Lynne Cheney
§  Marina de Tavira – Roma as Sofía
§  Emma Stone – The Favourite as Abigail Masham

7.     Best Original Screenplay

§  The Favourite - { Winner }
§  Green Book
§  First Reformed
§  Roma
§  Vice

8.     Best Adapted Screenplay

§  BlacKkKlansman - { Winner }
§  The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
§  Can You Ever Forgive Me?
§  If Beale Street Could Talk
§  A Star Is Born

9.     Best Animated Feature Film
Best Animated Film Prediction - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
§  Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - { Winner }
§  Incredibles 2 – Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle
§  Isle of Dogs – Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
§  Mirai – Mamoru Hosoda and Yūichirō Saitō
§  Ralph Breaks the Internet – Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer

10.  Best Cinematography
Best Cinematography Prediction - Roma
§  Roma – Alfonso Cuarón - { Winner }
§  Cold War – Łukasz Żal
§  The Favourite – Robbie Ryan
§  Never Look Away – Caleb Deschanel
§  A Star Is Born – Matthew Libatique

11.  Best Foreign Language Film
Best Foreign Film Prediction - Roma
§  Roma (Mexico) - { Winner }
§  Capernaum
§  Cold War
§  Never Look Away (Germany)
§  Shoplifters (Japan)

12.  Best Visual Effects
Best Special Effect Prediction - Avengers: Infinity War
§  Avengers: Infinity War - { Winner }
§  Christopher Robin
§  First Man
§  Ready Player One
§  Solo: A Star Wars Story

13.  Best Original Score

§  Black Panther - { Winner }
§  BlacKkKlansman
§  If Beale Street Could Talk
§  Isle of Dogs
§  Mary Poppins Returns

14.  Best Original Song

§  "Shallow" from A Star Is Born - { Winner }
§  "All the Stars" from Black Panther
§  "I'll Fight" from RBG
§  "The Place Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns
§  "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

15.  Best Sound Editing

§  First Man - { Winner }
§  Black Panther
§  Bohemian Rhapsody
§  A Quiet Place
§  Roma

16.  Best Sound Mixing

§  Bohemian Rhapsody - { Winner }
§  Black Panther
§  First Man
§  Roma
§  A Star Is Born

17.  Best Production Design

§  Black Panther - { Winner }
§  The Favourite
§  First Man
§  Mary Poppins Returns
§  Roma

Do let me know what you feel about these predictions.

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December 29, 2018

AnksReview - Top 10 Hindi Film of 2018

We are at the end of 2018 and here is the list of my Top 10 Hindi Movies released this year. The list is decided and ranked as per the overall experience of movie watching with more focus given to story & screenplay, direction and of course performance of lead actors in it.

1. Andhadhun

Andhadun is finely crafted crime thriller by Sriram Raghavan with the excellent story which will keep you on the edge and top-notch performance of Tabu & Ayushmann Khurrana made it a perfect watch. The movie is flawless with an amazing script and perfect in all sense. This is indeed the best movie of 2018.

2. Manmarziyaan

Manmarziyaan is a twisted love story by Anurag Kashyap with the unique flavor of tried & tested love triangle used in movies like Woh Saat Din and Hum Dil Chuke Sanam. Manmarziyaan makes it to the top list because of its rawness, amazing screenplay & characterization, brilliant performance by Vicky Kaushal, Tapsee Punnu & Abhishek Bachchan, perfect direction by Anurag Kashyap and not to miss awesome music by Amit Trivedi.

3. Raazi

Raazi is spy thriller by Megha Gulzar based on true story and adaption of Harinder Sikka's novel Calling Sehmet. This is another great one by Meghna Gulzar with the perfectly written screenplay and the excellent performance by Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal.

4. Badhaai Ho

Badhaai Ho is coming off the age comedy-drama by Amit Sharma is a story about a Delhi based typical middle-class family where the middle-aged mother gets pregnant adds to disappointment to sons and people around. Ayushmann Khurrana has done such kind of role if being in odd situation in past and the movie also delights with you excellent performance by Nina Gupta and Gajraj Rao. Its funny with great story and direction.

5. Mukkabaaz

Mukkabaaz is action drama by Anurag Kashyap based on observations of several sportsperson's experiences in India. It's a story of underdog boxer who falls in love with local politician as well as head of the boxing federation and his struggle as a sportsman. The movie is a delight with the impactful performance of Vineet Kumar Singh, Zoya Hussain and the best one from Jimmy Shergill. Anurag Kashyap shows that he still has his mojo when it comes to action-packed romantic movies with rawness in story backdrop.

6. Pad Man

Pad Man is a drama by R. Balki Inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu who introduced low-cost sanitary pads. It's a well-written movie with a social message and excellent direction by Balki as well performance by Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte, and Sonam Kapoor.

7. Pataakha

Pataakha is a comedy-drama by Vishal Bhardwaj based on Charan Singh Pathik's short story titled Do Behnein, a story about two sisters who share a difficult relationship with each other. The story set out in the small village in Rajasthan bring the rawness of Indian village and it's simplicity. It's a marvelous direction by Vishal Bhardwaj who is daring enough to make such simplistic movie. It will give you the flavor of Blue Umbrella where a simple story can make movie strong. One more great highlight of this movie is a flawless performance by newcomers like Radhika Madan, Sanya Malhotra, and Sunil Grover.

8. Sanju

Sanju is a biographical drama by Rajkumar Hirani based on a life of movie star Sanjay Dutt. The movie is about Sanjay Dutt's life from his perspective. It's a great entertaining movie with excellent direction and best performance of Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt as well as Paresh Rawal and Vicky Kaushal.

9. Padmaavat

Padmaavat is an epic period drama by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, loosely based on the epic poem Padmavat by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. It's a typical Sanjay Leela Bhansali who presented the era of Rajput and battle in a realistic way. The movie is a well directed and great performance by Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.

10. October

October is a romantic drama by Soojit Sircar about the life of hotel-management intern who discovers a strange attraction towards fellow interns who accidentally get into to coma and takes care of her unconditionally and unconventionally. It's a very complicated story presented in a beautiful manner and an excellent performance by Varun Dhawan.

So these are my best 10 of 2018, let me know about yours.

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November 20, 2018

Searching (5/5)

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Searching: Following the Digital Footprint

Searching is a thriller film directed by Aneesh Chaganty set almost entirely on smartphones and computer screens. The film starts with a creating of profiles in Windows 95 of a small happy family of David Kim (John Cho), Michelle La (Pamela Nam Kim) and their daughter Margot (Alex Jayne Go) where movie progress with timelines of important events in their life. As story progress, Pamela dies from lymphoma after which David and Margot kind of become distant.

They are living their lives until one of the night Margot goes missing from a friend's house where she has gone to study. David is clueless as he never interacted and knows any of her friends and finally report her missing to the local cops. To uncover the mystery of her suddenly gone missing David logs into Margot computer and phone records to explore what exactly happened to her. Her digital footprint unravels lots of facts which was unknown to David and David tries to find her by connecting dots from whetaver he gathered from her computer and online activities. The movie takes you through David's perspective on how he relentlessly tries to find his daughter. 

After a long time, I have seen a movie with such perfection. It's amazingly made movie in each its frame and keeps you on the edge with your mind running as fast as a David Kim in the movie. A unique thing which came out was the way movie is shot through the computer and smartphone screens was simply amazing. Whether it is acting, direction, story, editing ... this one is a perfect movie from all the aspects. It certainly shows that you do not need a high budget and the heavy star to make great movies. I will be very disappointed if this movie doesn't get shortlisted for Oscar. 
Everyone must go for this one without a doubt !!

October 15, 2018

A Quiet Place (5/5)

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A Quiet Place : A mute survival

A Quiet Place is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic horror film directed by John Krasinski. The movie was set up in 2020 where most of Earth's humans and animals have been wiped out by shadow creature of unknown origin. The creature attacks anyone which makes noise and hypersensitive to any sound they hear.

The story showcase Abbott family- Lee (John Krasinski), Evelyn (Emily Blunt), partial deaf daughter Regan and sons Marcus & Beau. The family silently live in a wild alongside with the deserted town and communicate with each other in sign language to avoid any sound to avoid attack by the creatures. While scavenging supply in one of deserted store Beau find a toy which was given to him by Regan and activates it's battery while walking towards their home. The sound of battery attracts creature who attacks Beau. Lee couldn't able to save Beau and Regan lives with the guilt of getting her brother killed. A year later, Evelyn is pregnant at the final stage and Lee continuously tries to contact the outside world to check whether is there any more human alive. While Lee and Marcus away from house Evelyn gets into labour pain and try not to make any sound however due to an accident and small noise creatures get attracted and enters their house. The movie is all about their survival and fight by being mute and quiet. While fighting it back Regan discovers the sound which comes from her hearing implant distress the creatures and she uses that to kill creatures. 

There are several movies on doomsday and apocalypse like I am Legend, The Road etc- "The Quiet Place" has taken the thrill to next level with very few characters. The direction, cinematography, sound design is flawless and keep you on the edge throughout the movie. Emily Blunt has been amazing in the scene where she delivers baby quietly and fighting it back. It is indeed one of the best sci-fi, survival thriller ever made. Must Watch and be ready to get scared !!! The best part is that the movie ends up with the possibility of the sequel and recently its sequel also announced.