Hollywood Reviews

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

Cast: Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway; Music: Hans Zimmer; Direction: Christopher Nolan It is always going to be difficult to match The Dark Knight. After single-handedly reviving the failing Batman franchise, and topping it up with a spectacular sequel, Christopher Nolan would have realised that there is no […]

Black Swan

Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel; Music: Clint Mansel; Direction: Darren Arnofsky BlackSwan is an interesting film. And that’s just that, and nothing more. It has aninteresting premise and a very clever script that makes the viewer conscious thatit is being clever. Unfortunately, all that cleverness couldn’t hide the factthat the film is painfully […]

Adaptation

The famous screen writer Charlie Kaufman is known to mess up with your mind. And in Adaptation, to our delight, it is Kaufman who gets messed up. The story of this film is a bit difficult to define , and, after some deliberation, you conclude it is pointless, and even unnecessary. In a nutshell, tasked […]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

J. W. Eagan once famously said ‘Never judge a book by its movie.’ If he has watched Lord of The Rings trilogy, he would have thought differently. Unfortunately, more often than not, book after book, as Hollywood decimates the literary world with its insipid high-octane action-oriented films that ruin the experience for the avid reader, […]

Avatar

Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang Music: James Horner Direction: James Cameron What more can you write about Avatar? From what you’ve read from Roger Ebert, to various domestic reviewers (in this case, London papers), to Rotten Tomatoes (84% Fresh rating), to Ram Gopal Varma’s blog, it is irresistible to not write […]

Recommendations: Gran Torino

‘I would like to grow up to be like Clint Eastwood. Eastwood the director, Eastwood the actor, Eastwood the invincible, Eastwood the old man. What other figure in the history of the cinema has been an actor for 53 years, a director for 37, won two Oscars for direction, two more for best picture, plus […]

Babel

Cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchette, Adriana Barazza, Gael Garcia Bernal, Koji Yakusho, Music: Gustavo Santaolalla, Director: Alejandro, Gonzales Inarritu I am usually quite biased when it comes to Latin American directors. With them, there is one thing you are guaranteed with: Uniqueness. You will encounter some newness either in the story or in the presentation. […]

21 Grams

Cast: Sean Penn, Benecio Del Toro, Naomi Watts and Charlotte Gainsbourg; Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu; Screenplay: Guillermo Arriaga; Music: Gustavo Santaolalla   People close to me know of my not-so-secret partisan towards Latin American directors. Not just their choice of stories, I even like their camera angles, music or the lack of it, blatant and […]

Good movies and bad movies Part II

  In the recent version of King Kong, a particular scene comes to my mind as I begin to write this. Kong, after ‘rescuing’ the girl (Naomi Watts) from the clutches of the city, on their way to escape, lands in the frozen lake in New York’s Central Park. As expected, Kong slides down the […]