Trailers from all other movies – 3 (Updated)

Posted in Continuing, the ugly on March 3, 2021 by munna

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tonymontana’s viewings (Updated)

Posted in Continuing, the good on March 3, 2021 by munna

Indoo ki Jawani:

A cute Kiaran Advani in a muddled film that could’ve been better had they focused on her sexual exploits alone. Instead it packs in more than they can handle: Indo-Pak tensions, terrorism, patriotism. A few funny moments but that’s about it.
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Images from movies (Updated)

Posted in the bad on March 1, 2021 by munna

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An Jo’s Viewings (Updated)

Posted in Continuing, Notes on February 27, 2021 by munna

A fantastic movie, that really shows the mirror to a so-called American citizen that claims that these United States have the ‘best’ facilities in health care. You see, a basic criterion that decides how great a country is with regard to its health program is the way the benefits percolate to the lowest strata in the pyramid. Alas, it is not so in the ‘greatest’ country, these United States.

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Trailers of non-Indian languages movies (Updated)

Posted in the ugly on February 25, 2021 by munna

Thanks to Sanjana…

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Naveen’s note on Drishyam 2

Posted in Notes, the good on February 22, 2021 by munna

Finished watching Drishyam 2 (D2) on Prime.

Knowing that it is the continuation, i watched the Mohanlal’s classic part 1 once again.

The characters, setting and mood of Drishyam 2 is same. So watching Drishyam 1 (D1) immediately before its resumption was a good decision at the end. Mohanlal’s Drishyam 1 (dubbed in Hindi) is available on Youtube for free.

Drishyam’s resumption is about George Kitty’s family’s quest for survival despite suffering from severe anxiety. The best thing about Drishyam is that it is relatable. I mean if there are very few situations when one can take law in her/his hand is, then one of those was the reason for the murder in D1. Vaastav is the last movie which comes to my mind where one felt one needed to take law into his hands.

But D2 is not about redemption. D2 is about cinematic strategy and survival instinct of a man Vs masterful strategy, power and might of the police force.
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Drishyam 2 and the rest of the box office

Posted in Continuing, the bad on February 20, 2021 by munna

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An Jo on the real Master – Lokesh Kanagaraj

Posted in reviews, the good on February 14, 2021 by munna



(Spoilers ahead)
One of the striking shots and, if you will see in ‘Master’ is that Vijay Setupathi’s ‘Bhavani’ has scars at the same place just above his left-chin compared to Vijay’s ‘JD’ where he sticks two small band-aids. And then there’s a scene that’s inter-cut when Bhavani kills the last opponent in his quest to become the president of the lorry drivers’ association: That scene is finely executed where the director while laying out the commonalities, spreads out the differences more beautifully and intelligently. Bhavani kills the opponent brutally – it is raw – while at the same time, JD takes out his 6-7 opponents who come to a jail cell to kill him. The skill that Lokesh possesses lies in understanding that he is working with two radically different actors/stars and that with the budget/money at stake, he cannot afford to go wrong. He does equal justice to both the actors and that’s truly the preliminary joy of this film. This is one hell of a marriage between so called ‘mass’ and ‘class’, albeit, not completely solemnized thanks to issues like length and excessive concentration on catering to Vijay’s Tamil Nadu fan-base.

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Rajiv Kapoor passes away at 58

Posted in Obituary on February 9, 2021 by munna

Rajiv Kapoor passes away at 58

Christopher Plummer Dies at 91

Posted in Obituary on February 5, 2021 by munna


Aadhaar and the rest of the box office

Posted in Continuing, the bad on February 4, 2021 by munna

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An Jo On ‘Talaash’…of ‘The Vanished’

Posted in Notes, the good on January 30, 2021 by munna

my piece on Rangan’s blog….

On ‘Talaash’…of ‘The Vanished’

(Spoilers on ‘The Vanished’ and ‘Talaash’)

Very recently, I watched ‘The Vanished’ on Netflix and was struck by the similarities of the so-called other’s presence and importance in our lives: On how the process of ‘comprehending’ an event and wiggling out of it is so difficult for some people. There is a world of difference and a perennial conflict between the way the brain comprehends, and the heart comprehends a devastating event. The heart struggles more and leaves the brain even more…helpless.
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Master, Maara, Kaagaz, Nail Polish, Ram Prasad Ki Tehrvi and the rest of the box office

Posted in Continuing, the bad on January 13, 2021 by munna

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2020… the year of watching films.

Posted in the good on January 1, 2021 by abzee

And so it comes to an end. This wretched miserable year. All the plans we made for 2020 at exactly this time one year ago were rudely shoved aside by something so small and nevertheless unimaginably, incredibly bigger than our worst fears. And yet, despite the scary realization that we don’t seemed to have bothered learning much from it at all… we remain hopeful, perhaps foolishly and perhaps arrogantly, that things will turn around. They must… “Picture abhi baaki hai”, and all that. And so anyone, especially someone that loves and breathes cinema, must hold on to that crassly commercial and yet most emotionally optimistic of catchphrases. Because, one would be lying if one didn’t also acknowledge that in the darkness that was 2020, an opportunity was presented by the lockdown and isolation to view as many films as you could… Not as the communal experience that movies definitely should be (which ironically also take place in total dark), but as your own year-long private film-festival. No excuses for not having seen that film that you always meant to see for the first time or revisit, or that release from last year which you missed during its theatrical run- good or bad. This here then is a list of all the films that this year was also kind enough to give me the space and time to see… even if that did feel like Tony Stark floating away in space all by himself with audio-visuals from times past being beamed at him.

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Happy 2021 (Updated)

Posted in Refugee, the good on December 31, 2020 by Satyam

The very best to one and all…

The Sports Thread 2021

Posted in Continuing, Sports on December 31, 2020 by munna

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Movie and Series recommendations 2021

Posted in Continuing, the good on December 31, 2020 by munna

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Interview with Mumtaz

Posted in the good on December 27, 2020 by munna

Mumtaz is unarguably one of the most beautiful and attractive heroines who lit up Indian cinema. But it’s not easy to have a long conversation with her as she’s travelling across countries with her ever-busy hubby Mayur Madhvani. But this time we got lucky as she’s in Mumbai and importantly we reached out to her ahead of others. We were surprised when the senior actress said, “Go ahead. Shoot your questions. I am all at ease today.”

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An Jo on Parinda

Posted in reviews, the good on December 26, 2020 by munna

‘Parinda’ released in 1989, was one hell of a crimemovie from the Bombay film industry on Bombay and one that shook and held its audiences by the throat and screamed—albeitcoveredin its veneer of ‘subtlety—a violence so unleashed, that one could feel iteven more after-the fact.
The way Nana’s Anna is introduced, more importantly, the under-belly of Bombay is introduced, is awe-inspiring to-date. Right from the topographical view of Bombay during the initial credits—with a terrific usage of ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’ piece— in its neon-light nights to graduallycutting down onto Nana’s ‘Anna Seth’ office and Rama Reddy (Kamal Kapoor) and Shiva Subramanyam’s ‘Francis’ wiping a knife decorated with blood after killing a non-decrepit man [Vidhu]; director Vidhu Vinod Chopra sets a broody, grimy, and a grisly atmosphere of the metropolis.

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