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. 

October 14, 2018

A Star is Born (4/5)

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A Star is Born: Love and Addiction

A Star is Born is a musical romantic drama produced and directed by Bradley Cooper in his directorial debut. This is a 4th remake as well as representation of the same story which appeared in 1937, 1954 and 1976 as well as in Bollywood with a movie like  Abhiman and Aashiqui 2. 

A movie revolves around a famous rock star Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) who is alcoholic and happen to meet Ally (Lady Gaga) in one of drag bar where she was performing. He gets impressed by Ally's talent as a singer as well songwriter and they both share their passion for music. Jackson invites Ally on his next musical gig and encourages her to sing live on stage with him. Ally gets a great response from the crowd and she joins Jackson on his tour. They both fall in love during the tour while Jackson struggles with his addiction along with sudden success and change in Ally's life. They both get married however Jackson couldn't able to cope up with transformation in Ally and his addiction to drugs & alcohol. The story takes emotional turmoil where Jackson becomes difficult for Ally's career and embarrassed her during Grammy award. Ally decides to spend time with Jackson to help him recover which cost her musical tour. Jackson realises that it's good for Ally if he ends his life.

The movie is exceptionally made and well performed by all actors. The most strong part of the movie is its music which just goes along with stories with all amazingly written songs. Bradley Cooper did a superb job not only as a director but also as a fine actor and he certainly got into the skin of a rock star with all songs sung by himself. Lady Gaga is a delight and not even for a moment it looked like she is new to acting and handled her role as an experienced artist. It will be interesting to watch her as an actor in the coming time. Overall it was an amazing movie with a sad romantic story and I am certain it will fetch some popular awards in Oscar as well as Golden Globe. A worth a watch.

June 29, 2018

Sanju (4/5)

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Sanju : So many lives in a lifeSanju is a 2018 biographical film based on the life of Sanjay Dutt (Ranbir Kapoor) directed by Rajkumar Hirani. The film is narrated from Sanjay Dutt's perspective about his life from his younger days when he starts in his first movie, his relationship with his father, descent into alcoholism and drug addiction, his recovery, his friendship, being arrested for keeping illegal arms and involvement in the 1993 Bombay bombings, successful comeback in the film industry, and eventual release after completing his jail term. Though Sanjay Dutt's life is full of interesting stories, this movie focussed on his own version of his life and how he overcomes all such extreme situations. Rajkumar Hirani presents the story in a way which keeps the audience interested with emotional turmoils presented in the movie. The movie explains the story quite well especially the Father-Son relationship between Sanjay Dutt and Sunil Dutt (Paresh Rawal). The film has all the fine actors who played their part perfectly but one person who outshines everyone is Ranbir Kapoor who has literally cloned himself as Sanjay Dutt in all aspect. His action, voice modulation and acting in emotional sequences will make you believe him as original Sanjay Dutt. Paresh Rawal may not look identical to Sunil Dutt but played his part very well as Sanju's father. Another person you can't avoid to notice is Vicky Kaushal who done an amazing job and looked so natural in his role as Sanjay's best friend Kamli, especially his Gujarati ascent. People may have lots of question about the way this biographical drama portrayed Sanjay Dutt as real Hero, however as a movie it is quite entertaining and once again you will love Ranbir Kapoor's performance as one of finest actor of the present day.

March 4, 2018

2018: 90th Oscars Annual Academy Awards Prediction

So tonight in LA, Hollywood, California it's going to that grand evening which gives accolade to all the great movie released in 2017. I am just in time to watch all the nominees in the popular category to give my prediction for 90th Oscars Annual Academy Awards. 

As I always say that even being nominated means all movies and artiste are quite at par with each other winning is just merely voting by select group of people who are oscar Jury. I am ony giving prediction from nominees whereas I certainly feel there are plenty of other great movies which somehow could not able to make to nominated list. 

So here is my prediction which is really difficult to choose among the nominated ones and also I am predicting alternate options on some cases.

Best Picture
AnksReview - Winner: The Shape Of Water
The Shape Of Water - { Predicted Winner } 
Alternate Options: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

Best Director
AnksReview - Winner: Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
Chritopher Nolan – Dunkirk {Predicted Winner} 

Alternate Option: Guillermo del Toro - The Shape Of Water

Best Actor
AnksReview Winner: Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman - Darkest Hour {Predicted Winner}
Alternate Option: Timothee Chalamet - Call Me by Your Name

Best Actress
AnksWinner: Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand- Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri - { Predicted Winner} 
Alternate Option: Sally Hawkins - The Shape Of Water

Best Supporting Actor

Sam Rockwell - Three Billboard Outside Ebbing,  - {Predicted Winner} 
Alternate Option: William Dafoe - The Florida Project

Best Supporting Actress
Allison Janney - I,Tonya - {Predicted Winner} 
Alternate Option: Laurie Metcalf. This was most tough to decide between Allison Janney and Laurie Metcalf
Best Original Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay
AnksReview Winner - Call Me by Your Name – James Ivory based on the novel by André Aciman
Best Animated Feature Film
AnksReview Winner - COCO
Best Cinematography
AnksReview Winner - Blade Runner 2049
Alternate Winner - Dunkirk
Best Visual Effects

AnksReview Winner - Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Best Sound Editing
AnksReview Winner - Baby Driver

Best Sound Editing
AnksReview Winner - Dunkirk

These are my predictions for 90th Academy Awards, Please feel free to comments on same
Disclaimer: All the pictures used is downloaded from Google Search or from respective web sites available at public domain.

January 6, 2018

The Hungry - (4/5)

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The Hungry - Revenge gone ugly

The Hungry is a 2017 Indian drama film directed by Bornila Chatterjee. It is released in Amazon Prime and is an adaptation of  "Titus Andronicus" by William Shakespeare.

Tathagat Ahuja (Naseeruddin Shah) and Tulsi Joshi (Tisca Chopra) are two Delhi based business house who are signing a contract with the government in a new year eve party where Ankur Joshi (Suraj Sharma), an elder son of Tulsi Joshi gets mysteriously murdered and making it look like a suicide. The story progress further where Tulsi plans to marry Sunny Ahuja (Arjun Gupta), son of Tathagat Ahuja in an awkward setup. Tathagat shows his discomfort on this marriage and has a hunch that Tulsi is marrying his son to take revenge of her son's murder. Tulsi's second son Chirag (Antonio Aakeel) visits her mother for marriage and beats up Tathagat's daughter Loveleen Ahuja (Sayani Gupta) very badly over an argument in the night of sangeet ceremony. The movie goes further to unfolds revenge of revenge with a shocking ending.

It's one of the slow thrillers which can bring chill in your spine the way story unfolds. The story takes its turns and surprises you beyond imagination. It's a very well written adaption of Shakespeare and perfectly directed by Bornila. The highlight of the movie is the flawless performance of Naseeruddin Shah and Tisca Chopra. The movie may not release in theatre, do make an effort and watch it on Amazon Prime.

May 25, 2017

Bahubali 2 : The Conclusion - (3/5)

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Bahubali 2 : The Conclusion - Power Of Vengeance

Bahubali 2 is the sequel of Bahubali: The Beginning taking place before and after the events of its first film. The movie set in the fictional historical era where Kattappa (Sathyaraj) continues to narrate how he ended up killing Amrendra Bahubali (Prabhas). After defeating Kalakeyas, Amrendra was declared a king and have been gone to tour a kingdom with Kattappa before his official coronation ceremony. While he was touring his kingdom he meets Devasena (Anushka Shetty), Princess of Kuntala Kingdom and falls in love with her. Bhallaladeva learns about this new development and smartly plans the conspiracy where Amrendra has to choose between Mahishmati kingdom and Devesena. Amrendra follows the dharma taught by her godmother Rajamatha Sivagami (Ramya) and leaves the crown and choose to become army chief of Mahishmati. Bijjaladeva (Nassar) & Bhallaladeva are jealous of Bahubali's popularity among people and they further plot conspiracy to banish Baahubali & Devasena from the royal palace. Amrendra still manages to rule the heart of people which makes Bhallaladeva conspire a plot and creates the false story to convince Shivagami to instruct Kattappa to kill Bahubali. 
The story of his father murder evokes the emotion of vengeance in Mahendra Bahubali and prepares an army to attack Bhalladeva to avenge his father's murder.

Well, it is certainly larger than life movie especially after it's prequel which raised the standard of movie-making of Indian film industry. Bahubali is grand with flawless special effects, awesome cinematography, thrilling sound effects & great action sequences. The only place I feel movie lacks its pace is in its plot and storyline. Bahubali: The beginning was making us curious and something to look for in its story and kept us on the edge where as the sequel looked predictable and also sometimes over the board and too much of liberty on storytelling. The performance was also over dramatic which steal the soul of the movie. The highlight of the movie was it's action sequence however during climax it was too tiring to see and at one point I was feeling like- just get over with it.

I am giving it a rating of 3 out of 5, maybe because I was expecting way too much based on what it presented in its first part. Having said that Baahubali shows our artistic caliber to deliver such grand quality movie making from India. I really proud of Rajamouli to make India arrive in such quality movie making with this blockbuster.


September 18, 2016

Pink - [ Drama ] - (5/5)

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PINK - No Means No

Pink is a hindi film directed by Anirudh Roy Chowdhury is about court drama about one crime incidence happened in outskirts of Delhi. It’s a story about three girls - Minal Arora (Taapsee Pannu), Falak Ali (Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang) who are staying together as tenants in posh Delhi locality and are working professional in their respective fields. One night, after a rock concert these three girls accepts a dinner invitation to one resort from one of Minal’s old friend Vishwa and his friend Rajveer (Angad Bedi) who is relative to a powerful politician. Rajeev and his friends gets drunk and try to molest the three girls and in retaliation Minal smashes the bottle on Rajveer’s heads and injures his eyes and runaway from that place.

The movie is about after event how the powerful intimidate those three girls and instead of police acting against boys they arrest Minal and thus trial begins in the court to convict her. Living alone in Delhi which is anyways hostile to women in the eyes of society, they come across a neighbor Deepak Sehgall (Amitabh Bachchan) who is retired lawyer suffering from bipolar disorder. Deepak decides to help the three girls and movie plays around  in court sequence where it tells how as a society women gets branded as well as characterized by their normal behavior.

The movie has strong social message and may be the best movie to cover women empowerment and feminism. This movie completely belongs to Amitabh Bachchan for his flawless performance which will keep you engaged through out the movie. Even the young girls Taapsee and Kirti done superb performance with lots of maturity.  The main attraction of movie is its story, screenplay and flawless direction which is perfect from all perspective. 

I will rate this as a best hindi film of year so far and one of the best movie on feminism. No Indian must miss this as it shows real mindset of our feudal social system.