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Jumpdates movie review - Tree of Life (2011)


Thursday, August 4th, 2016
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The Tree of Life movie released in 2011 had very mixed reviews since it did not have a familiar plot as many movie goers would prefer. Nevertheless it takes on a beauty and substance that tries to test our intellectual capacity.

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A heartwarming romantic movie Ghost - US & Japan


Thursday, January 24th, 2013

The movie Ghost which was released in 1990 starred Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore and won two Oscars. The film follows two people hopelessly in love with the tragic death of Sam Wheat (played by Patrick Swayze) who comes back as a ghost. The Japanese version of Ghost was released in 2010 and follows the same theme but this time the woman meets with a tragic death.

A heartwarming romantic movie Ghost

A heartwarming romantic movie Ghost

Both movies portray the strong love and affection that is felt by the couple and the death of one conveys the overwhelming sense of loss. The movie Ghost works well since true love is inextricably linked to the tragic loss and is the centerpiece of the whole story. The movie is best remembered for its famous score ‘Unchained Melody’ by the Righteous Brothers. It is a melody that is laced with sadness and great love all in the same tune. Jerry Zucker the director did well to add this score to the movie. The 2010 version also makes use of this song but sung by a more modern singer.

Although the Japanese version of Ghost (2010) could not match the emotional depth and feelings depicted by both Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, the film nevertheless does a good job of showing compassion and love. If you look close enough you will see some subtleties in each version. The Japanese version is tamed down in the love scenes but one can also detect faint hints of cultural differences with respect to singles pairing up. For example, in the initial scenes where the couple goes through a slow process before making love.

If you want to watch a movie that is heartwarming and at the same time listen to one of the all time classical romantic song then this would be a worthy movie to watch.



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Chronicle The Movie And Its Relationship With The Audience


Saturday, February 11th, 2012

I watched in intrigue the recent movie ‘Chronicle’ that came out this month and has caused quite a stir amongst the movie fans. Firstly, the movie was directed by an unknown direct Josh Trank who only has 3 other movies to his credit and is about to turn 27 this Feb. 19th. It is for this reason why perhaps the imagery and the story of the movie progressed well resulting in a spectacular ending towards the end.

Chronicle The Movie And Its Relationship With The Audience

Chronicle The Movie And Its Relationship With The Audience


The young Josh Trank can relate to the teenagers of the movie and coupled with his deep insight for movie making has turned this movie into a possible cult movie. The very things we often criticize in movies to support the plot was not much evident in this movie. For starters, Andrew with his supernatural powers could quite easily go to a bank and pull out all the money but instead decides to rob a few thugs living locally. However, this was cleverly handled and almost justified by the madness streak that followed in Andrew at the end. What made this movie good and very watchable was because the audience could not ‘fault’ the storyline so much. The only technical flaw I witnessed was when Steve was moving the car in the parking lot and I could visibly see the CGI effects of the wheels against the tarmac although I would imagine other folks watching the whole car moving and not paying much attention to this trivial detail.

There was another part of the movie where Josh Trank’s portrayal of Andrew was when he became lucky with a college girl but it turned out disastrous at the end when he threw up at the most important step. A consequence of this was that he was a joke of the school the next day where the kids especially the girls made leering remarks against him. Again in reality not something that is easily believed but against the backdrop of bullying that is taking place around schools reported by the media this becomes credible.

Another aspect of the movie that becomes almost non believable but something which Trank handles with deft in making the audiences somehow believe are the way they the kids are very restrained in using their power. One of the reasons for this is that the powers did not come to them at 100% and they needed to learn and master their powers over time. This may have given a sense of greater understanding to the kids on the wider implications of the misuse of this power as they had time to learn and apply.

A turning point for the climatic ending was long developed early in the movie by Trank who portrays Andrew as an introverted and socially inept child living with an abusive father. This can be compared to the horror movie Carrie (1976) starring Sissy Spacek as the troubled child in a family who blows a fuse and ultimately causes the destruction of her school.

All in all, the movie engages the audience well in its progressive and thought provoking storyline and scores 8/10.

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Dostana - Laugh out Loud with First Ever Gay Onscreen Couple


Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Movie: Dostana (Friendship)
Director: Tarun Mansukhani
Year: 2008
Stars: John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra and Bobby Deol

Snapshot of the Story

Dostana is story of Sameer (Abhishek Bachchan) and Kunal (John Abraham) looking for an apartment in Miami. Unfortunately they find a posh apartment, but they have to pretend that they are Gay to secure it as they share the apartment with beautiful and gorgeous Neha (Priyanka Chopra). But both of them fall in love with Neha and try to impress her. But here also they are unlucky and found that she is dating her boss. The story becomes very interesting as Neha comes to know that both Sameer and Kunal are straight.

Movie Reviews and Ratings of Dostana

Movie Reviews and Ratings of Dostana


Storyline

Dostana is first movie for the director Tarun Masukhani and before this he was working behind the camera as assistant director for movies like “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham” and “Kal Ho Naa Ho”.

Dostana is a story of two friends Sameer and Kunal looking for a place to live in Miami. Unfortunately the apartment they find suitable has been shared by Neha, but in front of apartment owner they pretend that they are gay to gain access to this apartment. Not knowing the fact Neha stays very freely with them and feels comfortable in the inner wares. Both Sameer and Kunal fall in love with her, but cannot tell her as they are strangled in their own gay drama of their making.

Neha is an independent girl and works for a fashion magazine. She calls her boss Abhimanyu (Bobby Deol) at her place for dinner and try to impress her hoping that he nominates her for a high post as he is about to join another fashion house. However, that does not work well, but both Neha and Abhimanyu starts dating and falling in love. But both Kunal and Sameer also loves Nahe and they start playing dirty tricks with both of them to create confusion to break their relationship. However, when nothing works for them they play a prank and taste success in breaking up their relationship.

Their success has a bitter ending as Neha comes to know that both Kunal and Sameer are not gay and have been foolng her all this time and she wants them to leave the apartment. Now Sameer and Kunal decide that they will help Neha and Abhimanyu reunite.

Final Thoughts

Dostana is a mixed bag of comedy, emotions and romance that makes an engaging story to watch. The first onscreen gay kiss on Bollywood created a buzz and was the talk of the town shared by Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham. The entire credit goes to director Tarun Masukhani by showing a gay couple with such grace keeping in mind that Indian society is still at a very young age even to think of gay couple and such things are not spoken openly. Music by duo Vishal – Shekhar was the chart topper and they also bagged the Filfare award for bagged music. Abhishek Bachchan also got his best actor award from Filfare that is the one of the most prestigious award in Indian Cinema.

Rating

Dostana scores 8 out 10 for choosing such a sensitive topic and showing it with so much grace and comedy. Actors did a fantastic job specially Abheshek and John Abraham and Priyanka looked gorgeous as ever.

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    Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai - Beauty of Retro with Drama is Missing


    Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

    Movie: Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai
    Director: Milan Luthria
    Year: 2010
    Stars: Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranawat and Prachi Desai

    Snapshot of the story

    Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai is a story of an underworld don Sultan Mirza / Haji Mastaan (Ajay Devgan) and the rise of Imran/Dawood (Imran Hashmi). Sultna Mirza is famous don of Mumbai and lives life wanting to rule Mumbai in a clean way as this city has given him shelter. Imran wants to rule the city by any means (hook or by crook), this leads to clashes between the two. Movie has the retro look of the 80’s and has some excellent dialogs which are refreshing to watch and listen.

    Movie reviews and Ratings of Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai

    Movie reviews and Ratings of Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai


    Storyline

    Commissioner of Police (Randeep Hooda) puts himself in charge to create a don because due to him a Mumbai blast happened when once a gangster Sultan Mirza (played by Ajay Devgan) ruled Mumbai. Sultan was not only a gangster, but also godfather of the poor people, he used to donate half of his earnings to poor people when he was a child and was working in a dock yard. He used to handle his job with discipline and humanity. He believes in his ideology that “when the work can be done with friendship then, why make enemies”. He is fond of the film actress Rehana (played by Kangana Ranaut) and manages to meet her and impress her and they start dating each other and both fall in love.

    There is a guy named Shoaib as depicted underworld don Dawood in real life (played by Emraan Hashmi). He is ambitious and an unruly boy from his childhood. Sultan Mirza is powerful and Shoaib also wants to be like him and joins his gang and in the passage of time Shoaib becomes the right hand of Sultan. Shoaib has a girlfriend named Mumtaz (played by Prachi Desai) whom he deeply loves.

    Sultan decides to leave all the bad jobs of his past and wants to join politics and gets involved over in Delhi, but here in Mumbai Shaoib is taking care of his empire in his absence. Shoaib enjoys his powers and position and continuous with all of his illegal ways including contract killings, extortion and production of illicit liquor. When Sultan returns to Mumbai and comes to know about Shoaib’s act he asks him to stop all that he is doing which create a rift between them, Now the infuriated Shoaib in is no mood to shut his operation as he wants to be the king on Mumbai underworld and plans to kill Sultan Mirza.

    Movie has the complete look of 80’ retro fashion and shot with immense perfection. Ajay Devgan has been shown in larger than life image. Movie has great dialog and every scene of Ajay Devgna was phenomenonal. Imran Hashmi looked very in good in the movie and helping him to shed his serial killer role as in his previous movies.

    Final Thoughts

    Movie is shot in the 80’s when Mumbai was called Bombay. It was the time when the underworld drug mafia was ruling the city, no opportunities for the young and crime too its place in the city. Movie has been shot very well and the screenplay of the movie is excellent. Movie connects with the audience and engages them throughout. Both ladies Kangana Ranaut and Prachi Desai gave strong performances. Director Milind Luthria, directed movies like Kachhe Dhage and Taxi No. 9 2 11 and was able to deliver once again on the silver screen.

    Rating

    Once Upon a Time in Mumbai scores 8.5 for its larger than life image of mainly Ajay Devgan with good music and recreating the entire 80’s era and gains an extra half a point extra for its very well written dialogs. This pushes the overall rating to 9 out of 10.



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