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Movie Marathon Theme: Love

I love movies and I take them very seriously. If you watch an average movie at the cinema it will become something extraordinary. My friend is a movie freak like me and I’ve been watching movies with him for 10yrs  in his basement, first he has 5.1 surround sound and recently he upgraded to 7.1 Dolby Surround sound system with cinema seats.

Basement Home Cinema

So after seeing this upgrade I decided to do theme based movie marathon  followed by one or two Youtube  video and one song. For March I selected ‘Love‘. Movies I’ve selected are In the Mood for Love, Her and Amour.

In the Mood for Love

It’s a masterpiece directed by Wong Kar-wai. His movies has been admired by Martin Scorsese & Quentin Tarantino.  What makes this film distinct and unique when compared to most romantic movies is that it deals with a relationship that is never going to happen, but nevertheless, a great loss is experienced. Love the way Wong Kar-wai handles his characters. This movie has a Prequel titled ‘Days of Being Wild‘ and a sequel titled ‘2046‘.

Her

Her is about one man’s relationship with an electronic device that has a female voice. Far from being an alarming tale, it highlights how technology itself cannot only fulfill our emotional needs, but also clarify our relationships with the people it’s meant to connect us with. This is something that can be possible in the future. Stunning Production & AHmazing performance by Joaquin Phoenix.

Hoyte Van Hoytema has done stunning cinematography. I knew that  Spike Jonze will win an Oscar for Best original screenplay and on 16th feb. I tweeted my prediction.

Amour

Amour is a 2012 French-language romantic drama film written and directed by the Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke. It honors the resilience of love in the face of old age and sickness. Amour is emotionally powerful, but attains its power through a spare, non-manipulative chronicle of events in the lives of an elderly couple. Although predominantly a tragedy about the end of life, Amour also makes a profound statement about what constitutes true love at one word might lead you to believe.

 

In the end

 

one song

#OYEKuchkarGuzar Review

Few days ago #OyeKuchkarGuzar started as hashtag for city wars on Twitter triggered by Mangobaaz and it ended  up with Pakistan’s first online film released on Youtube produced by Djuice Pakistan starring Ali Safina, Ushna Shah and Uzair Jaswal.

Oye Kuch Kar Guzar

Here is the teaser of the movie.

Story

The story was about Sherry who wants to follow his passion and become a singer. He was traveling to Karachi in a train where he was joined by Uzair Jaswal, Ushna Shah and Mahjabeen Habib  and after that the most unforgettable  adventure begins.

What’s New

This is the first Pakistani movie that has been released on Youtube with a unique interactive experience.  It has been released in 5 episodes with alternate endings, at the end of each episode you have to select the option to continue the story. They also added comic style animation to make it more interesting.

Oye Kuch Kar Guzar

Oye Kuch Kar Guzar review

Oye Kuch Kar Guzar

Most hilarious thing about the movie was Taher Shah guest appearance, a man who needs no introduction.

Tahir Shah

Overall it was unique and refreshing experience and Youtube interactive option at the end of episodes gives it  all new twist. Humorous punchlines will keep you entertained till the end of the movie.

Rating 8/10

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review

2016 is all about the new Harry Potter books or should I say screenplays, back in July J. K. Rowling released the 8th Harry Potter book titled ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘ which I finished in just 2.5hrs. Now there is new a screenplay  available at the book stores titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Its a prequel to the Harry Potter Book Series. I bought the book to read it before watching the movie. So first I’ll be reviewing the book and then the movie.

Story

It was a story of Newton Scamander, a Magizoologist who arrives in New York in 1926, to stay for a brief time following a journey around the world to research creatures for his book.

Book Review

First thing I like about this book was its cover, it has almost every creature mentioned in the book. Some creatures are hidden in the design. This book marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling. Unlike the Cursed Child, this screenplay has more details like the Harry Potter books. Placing the story in New York City during the 1920’s was brilliant, evoking an era that has its own special flavor.  I like the way it links to what we already know and even Dumbledore everyone’s favorite headmaster gets a brief mention.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review
The ending has a great twist and it definitely stands up alongside the Potter books. For those who don’t know a lot about stage direction etc, there is a dictionary of the terms they use in the back.

Caution: If you didn’t like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child then please don’t read this cos both books followed the same format.

My Rating: 4/5

Movie Review

It is the first of a planned five  prequel movie series. The movie was great and reading the screenplay allowed the details to swim in my mind. I love how faithful the movie director was to the book. The characters are good, the dialog is subtle, the descriptions are vivid.

The very talented  Oscar winning actor Eddie Redmayne shines throughout the movie. He plays an endearing and slightly awkward Newton Scamander. Excellent visual effects and a screenplay which includes more than a few lighthearted moments.  The standout, however, is the Niffler. A dragon-like obsession with treasure makes for some hilarious slapstick comedy where the adorable little creature, like a mix between a dog and a mole, rampages through a bank and collects a veritable trove of trinkets.
Niffler
It  was more like a spellbinding adventure sets in the amazing magical world created by J. K. Rowling and David Yates.
Worth watching at a cinema in 3D

My Rating: 8.5/10

Ciao! Till the next Fantastic Beasts movie which will be released on November 16, 2018.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review

Inferno – Worst Movie of 2016

Yesterday I have seen the last screening of ‘Inferno‘ at the Atrium Cinemas  in Karachi. I wonder why they showed this movie just for 6 days but I got my answer when I walked out of the cinema. Movie is based on the Dan Brown’s novel with the same title. I don’t know what Ron Howard was thinking when he was making this movie. They’ve missed ‘The Lost Symbol’.  The novel  was very  fast paced intriguing,  filled with many  twisted mysteries but in the  movie they messed up the story and ended it in a Hollywood style which was very disappointing. 

Inferno Movie Review

Irfan Khan was wasted.  The love story between Langdon and Sinskey wasn’t needed. Too much shame on Ron Howard for being such a poor director and for Dan Brown for allowing it.  Movie lacks in mystery and history,  worst  adaptation of  Dan  Brown’s book. It was a total waste of time and money.

My Rating: 1/5

Dollars Trilogy Review

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I don’t like Western movies but recently I re-watched iconic The Dollars Trilogy to relive the charisma of spaghetti western movies. The Dollars Trilogy also known as the ‘Man with No Name Trilogy’ is a film series consisting of three Spaghetti Western films directed by Sergio Leone. He is known for his extreme close-up shots with lengthy long shots. The films are titled as A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). These are the iconic Western movies by a legendary Italian director Sergio Leone who introduced a new hero with no name played by Clint Eastwood.

The Dollars Trilogy ReviewA Fistful of Dollars 1964

A Fistful of Dollars is a story about of a The Man With No Name (Clint Eastwood) who enters the Mexican village of San Miguel in the midst of a power struggle among the three Rojo…

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Tamasha Review

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Film: Tamasha
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Piyush Mishra
Director: Imtiaz Ali
MyRating: 4.5/5

Watched first day first show‬ of ‪‎Tamasha‬ yesterday at Atrium Cinemas. It was a story of Ved (Ranbir Kapoor) who is a gifted young man weighed down by the pressures of expectations. He wants to be a story teller but his father wants him to excel in studies and become a normal man. First half is visually stunning while 2nd half is an emotional ride. Ranbir Kapoor steals the show with his superb performance.

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Music was composed by A.R. Rahman, who doesn’t need any introduction. After a very long time I’ve listened the voices of Lucky Ali and Alka Yagnik while Mohit Chauhan does his magic in ‘Matargashti’. Matargashti was very well choreographed with funny lyrics. Safarnama by Lucky Ali is about self-exploration. My favorite song is ‘Tum Saath Ho’ by…

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Review

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the girl who walks alone at night reviewA Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a first Iranian Vampire Western movie directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. It is her debut feature film. The story is about the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire. It’s a very unique movie in this genre cos I haven’t seen anything like this before. As it is a graphic novel Amirpour shot it in black and white which makes it more impressive. Movie is inspired by Sergio Leone’s classic western movies, he is known for his extreme close-up shots with lengthy long shots, Amirpour used the same technique. As Amirpour is also a singer and DJ she has done her best to keep the audience on their toes with amazing soundtrack, for the first time I’ve listened to the Indie Iranian rock music…

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