Category: Movie Reviews!

BAAHUBALI 2 (EEEEEEKKKKKS, It is finally here!

Movie Review Time!

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Actually, I will be watching the movie tomorrow. Hopefully, with a big tub of buttered and caramelized popcorn.

Yes. BAAHUBALI!

I have to write is in all capitals, because I think of it the same way.

Those of who know nothing about this movie, let me tell you this.

I find it hard to believe it.

It is just not possible you are living on our great country and you don’t know anything about it. Okay, given that I don’t know half the things that happen around me and that means my methods of living under a hole has largely been successful.

Now imagine, that even after living under a hole, if I know about Baahubali, you MUST also know about it. I am sure, there is a mathematical equation somewhere about it. Maybe I’ll create one later.

Moving along…when part 1 of this EPIC saga was released in 2015. I foo-fooed it, like maybe many others. Mainly because it was a movie in Telegu language. Then one of friend’s parents commented how wonderful this movie is. He couldn’t stop talking about it. Which convinced my friend to give it a try. Because he knew, from experience, that his dad doesn’t waste words. So he DRAGGED me along, promising me popcorn.

Now for me, it you bait me with popcorn, I will go along even for a documentary-type movie (shudder). Thankfully, this movie was now dubbed in Hindi and many other regional languages. It seems it was just THIS popular. I hadn’t figured it out why.

The first half of the movie had me in splits. I was all about the giggling and the commenting. Because, there were some scenes which were just toooooo filmy. Like the way the lead actor was oh so strong and could literally move mountains and fly into the sunset. And how he could basically undress a girl without her wishes, and SHE FALLS FOR HIM. In reality, I don’t have to tell you what that kind of action is called. I did warn my friend that this is only a movie. DO NOT TRY THIS IN REAL LIFE.

I don’t know what happened but suddenly I got so involved in the plot. The story that was being told on the screen. Yes, it is all fictional and a lot like Lord of the Rings. But it was just as intriguing. Everything was more than larger than life. The characters leaped out of the screen. The story unfolded and had more twists and turns than the cables attached to your computer. I fell silent. So did my friend. And we watched the movie spell-bound.

I had to admit, it was one hell of a movie. I liked it so much then I went for it again. And again. I have watched the movie a total of 4 times, one time in Telegu. I am sure I don’t mind watching it again. I have watched it by myself and with people of different age categories. We all loved it.

Needless to admit, I have a small (huge) crush on the lead actor. That part I mentioned above – he was only playing the part of a caveman to the T. Besides, I am sure he knows that this is only a movie. Plus, he has a drool-worthy body.       Image result for drool face image

Everything else is forgiven.

And just like any great story, it cannot be told only in one part in a matter of 3 measly hours. Therefore, there HAD to be a PART 2. Hopefully, for another 3 hours. Or more. I feel this is the most awaited movie of all times! For people across India. It is not just a movie from the South. Only for the Telegu speaking crowd. This is for ONE and ALL!

Which brings me to the point of this post.

I GOT MY TICKETS FOR PART 2

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Yes, I was smart enough to NOT share the QR code. Lest you go instead of me! I also entertained the idea of calling in sick and going for the first show of the day. I cannot wait for tomorrow – 27.04.2017!

And get this – if you book your tickets through Book My Show, you get Rs. 125 or 50% off on the tickets. Whichever is of lesser value, of course. 

The code is BMS125 and this offer is valid upto 30.04.2017 !

I can benefit from this offer a number of times!

You can expect a review about the experience. I will definitely update you on how many times I watched the movie. I may have other things to do with my time.You know – explore, experience, exist.

But, BAAHUBALI!!

Singing along with Sing Street!

If you are wondering “How does she find these movies?!”, my answer to that is “By taking a chance and watching a whole lot of trailers!”

That is my favourite thing to do while surfing the web. Log on to YouTube and go click click click.

Sometimes, IMDB also serves as a good vehicle for my click click click venture. It also shows me links to related movies that I may, someday, like viewing.

If a movie features Adam Levine, then there are no two ways about it. I HAVE to watch it. Even if it is him only playback singing. Because, HELLO! ADAM LEVINE.

Yup, I am a big fan right here. Although I don’t remember the lyrics to any of his songs even if I have heard them all a million times! Neither do I know about all of his tattoos. I haven’t tried searching for my name in it. I swear on your head! My love is true and that is all I know.

SO what led me to this awesome movie that you MUST watch?

Adam, who else?

I was doing my usual listening to his songs on YouTube business, when I came across this new song. And paid attention to the description which read OST Sing Street. Hmmmmm….is he acting in this movie? Curious, curious!

So I checked out the trailer and VOILA! It was a movie that I just HAD to watch!!

It is a story based in the 80s’ in Dublin. Interestingly, I have watched the other movies by this director and they are pretty good too!

Before you watch this movie, brush up on your Irish. Or you may have to resort to sub-titles. I got a good ear on me. Actually a pair of them! So I had no issue.

This is a very sweet funny story of a teenager and how he plays the hand he is dealt with – in terms of his family which makes him go about getting what he wants, in spite of the odds being against him. And what he wanted was what any teenage boy wanted – to impress a girl. So he forms a Band! And this is the story about that journey. The songs are fun – from that era when everything was upbeat and loud – especially the hair and makeup. And you will be transported back in time.

As the story progresses, you see that the relationships are deeper than just a superficial crush. The understanding of children about their parents’ stuck in an unhappy marriage, the dusting of sibling rivalry which paled under the loyalty that they felt towards each other, school with atrocities like justified righteousness and bullying, friendships full of trust, breaking out of the mold, love, belief that anything is possible…all these things make the movie absolutely wonderful to watch.

I did not recognize any of the actors, except Little Finger (from Game of Thrones). It is a new crew and they have all done a great job! Each of them are so believable in the parts they play. There are some memorable quotes in the movie as well. I would love to share it over here. Although that would be a spoiler. Tell you what? We can swap a list of our favourite quotes later. Good plan? Thanks!

I would rate this movie with FOUR

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and one more, for Adam!

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Here’s the trailer:

And here is the song that got me to the movie.

It is a beautiful song <3

Letter to Life!

My latest recommendation to you is to watch Dear Zindagi.

I got the chance to watch it before it disappeared from the big screen. My simplest description for the movie is – It is an extended therapy session. Being in the same profession, and being on both sides of the chair, I can firmly say that that’s what the movie was.

Show the problems through the symptoms, the therapy sessions and how it works, how it affects the person and everyone related to that person, resolution through understanding, acceptance and finally moving ahead!

I kept telling my movie partner, this is exactly how a therapy session should be! You can do away with the dramatics or make it a part of it, doesn’t really matter. Gaining trust, does. What really clicks with me is the message that everyone can benefit from Psychotherapy.

You don’t have to have a belittling illness or be suicidal or homicidal or multiple disorders to visit a therapist. If you simply want to understand yourself and accept yourself completely, that is a reason good enough to visit a therapist.

The cast of the movie is really good. All the actors, the big names as well as the supporting cast, has played their roles really well. The supporting enthusiastic friend, the realistic one, the bumbling all accepting one, the maid, the mother, even the patronizing uncle and aunts! You can see the patterns, the outcome of the patterns, the reasons for the patterns in the first place, and how the pattern gets broken.

I liked everything about the movie except the ending. Because your therapist doesn’t necessarily fall in love with you! Since it is a movie, and since it is SRK and Alia Bhat, I think creative liberty has been inserted. But people! That doesn’t happen in real life.

I am just a couple of weeks late in posting this blog. And I hope by now you have got your dose of Zindagi!

Note: And also watch English Vinglish. It’s by the same director. THAT is absolutely heart warming and fantastic!

Mister Doctor Strange!

If there is one movie you must watch this weekend, make it Doctor Strange.

I am not saying it because I am a huge fan of Benedict (love the actor, not the eggs). I am saying it because it is and excellent movie!

I may be a tad partial to magic and impossibilities, but this is not just about magic.

Being the newest in line of the Marvel franchise movies, this movie will make more sense and ensure all the story lines start emerging now, including the much awaited (by me, definitely) Avengers and Thor:Ragnarok movies.

We had a bunch of hooligans sitting behind us talking and such. But only until the theatre turned dark. Then everything disappeared, except the screen and the popcorn.

In the beginning, I was a little skeptical. Because Benedict Cumberbatch has been Sherlock for me for sooooo long. And then he was Khan. But mostly Sherlock. Also, I did not have any idea about this Marvel Superhero. Come on, it was a little strange with a name like Doctor Strange, don’t you think?

Also, what was his superpower? I didn’t quite get it when I saw the trailer. And then I saw the movie. And then I was like: this is meant to be!

There is the part about the effects where the world on the screen turns topsy-turvy and seems like Inception at one point and reminds you of Alice in Wonderland at another point. But it is much more than that! Psychedelic and trippy, for sure. But still much more. It is an idea. An idea that has been around for so long that we have taken it for granted. An idea that simply states “Anything is Possible”. And that is wonderful!

Spoiler Alert:

Though Dr. Strange is only trying to gain his life back by getting control over his hands (he is supposed to be a brilliant surgeon), he ends up getting control and losing control of more than the Universe. Because control is subjective. Subjective to how bound you are to your thoughts and beliefs and what you think is true. Because the Truth can be infinite. Really. Think about it. All that actually matters is if you are ready to let go and explore what lies beyond what you think can be true. Which will actually make you levitate.

Yeah, you don’t think about all this when you are watching the movie. I sat with my eyes wide open in wonder. Because of the thought of the possibilities that exist. And that made the movie just plain awesome! The Infinity stone, a new one, makes an appearance. Which builds the link to all the other movies so far.

There is the humour present which is seen in all the Marvel movies. Good to see that superheroes don’t take themselves too seriously. And Dr. Strange’s cape has a personality of its own. You need to see it to believe it.

The other roles and characters are interesting too. Like the Ancient One/ Guru. Or the Love Interest. Or the MMA trained artist/ actor (Scott Adkins) who mostly plays an assassin in most of the movies he stars in. Although, what I want to know is why does he get such little screen time and why does he have to get killed? He got killed in The Grimsby Brothers as well! Okay bad guy dying means good guys are winning. But hello, some more of the MMA stuff please before the give him the knife/ axe.

I needn’t say this if you are a true Marvel fan. But I’ll still say it: Wait after the credits roll. There is that something extra that will make you go OOOOOOOOOooooooooo. Or maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, I give DR. STRANGE

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4 capes!

So stop making sense of everything and start being amazed!

SiMplY mArVeLlOuS!

I found this gem of a movie while I was trolling the internet for Feel Good Movies (FGM)

Marvellous.

That’s not just the name of the movie, it describes the movie perfectly.

Marvellous is actually a TV movie (movie made only for Television screening)  and is based on a real life story. Neil Baldwin, the person who has inspired the movie is hale and hearty and just celebrated his 70th birthday party in March. What is interesting about this party is that it was attended by friends and family, professional footballers and football administrators, members of the clergy, professional actors and screenwriters, impresarios of the circus, Keele University professors, students and graduates, local dignitaries, singers from the Neil Baldwin Choir, three Cambridge University Boat Club rowers, and members of the Neil Baldwin Football Club. The highlight was a birthday greeting by video-link from Sir Alex Ferguson. Vice-Chancellor Professor Trevor McMillan remarked that “Only Neil could bring together people from such diverse walks of life to celebrate his birthday” (Thank you Wikipedia for this piece of information!)

So this man knows a whole lot of people. And is a registered clown. And has Learning Disability.

What the movie brought to me was how unfortunate we normal people are. Normal as in, you know, with average IQ. That is one way to gauge normalcy. There are many other ways, but that we shall file away under Random Musings section. Simply because we are so easy to train! We get trained to set our expectations, trained to think, to act, to be. We are so easy to define because we get our boundaries set. Either by experiences or by teachings! We become SO LIMITED. While THEY are LIMITLESS.

We label them as People with Special Needs. But in fact, they are simply Special. You will understand when you watch the movie. There are many movies that have touched on the subject of learning disabilities and other psychologically profiled illnesses. What this movie brings forth is that in spite of what we would view as roadblocks or impossibilities, there is this man who simply does what he wants to with the belief that he will achieve his goal.

Nello manages to be gainfully employed without asking for special privileges, makes friends from all walks of life – young and old, and believes that everything is possible if you just ask. His special skill includes Vicar Spotting – pointing out which priest is in line to be chosen as Bishop. And he did manage a football team as well.

Toby Jones, who plays Neil Baldwin in the movie, does a wonderful job. You don’t feel sorry for the character. You will be amazed at the strength of the man. And you would wish to be blessed by half the perseverance and faith that this man has.

Mrs. Baldwin, like any mother, is worried about her son. Worried about how he would survive without her looking out for him. Gemma Jones, who plays this character, won a BAFTA for her role. Mrs. Baldwin is forever worried about Neil, but he manages to surprise her every single time.

There are certain scenes that remains with me – how Neil would wait at a corner for a lift. Because someone would come and offer him a lift. Or how he would play tricks on his team members when they would pick on him. Or the reason he is so positive and happy is because he just decided to be positive and happy. All the time!

If you want to watch a FGM, this definitely should be on your list. You will keep smiling throughout the movie and after the movie and generally have a great day. I can vouch for this since I am still smiling as I write this. Although, NOTE: this is not such a fast paced movie. Hang in there. It is totally worth it.

I give it 4 clown hats!

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P.S. Neil Baldwin – Totally Google Worthy!

Enjoy the trailer 😀

We Are Your Friends

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This review is not about Zac Efron, Well, almost

I am OD-ing on Zac Efron. And his movies. I am an easy person to please. You just need to play your cards right.

And this guy knows how to do it just by turning up on the screen!

Yes,I have watched the High School Musicals and got inspired to break into a song and dance.

Like all true stalkers, I usually google the actors that catch my attention. It can be their amazing acting skills, or the way their eyes crinkle when they smile, or their six-pack abs or other hundred million things that can catch my attention which leads me down this path towards utilising my limited time into looking up their lives, to know more about them, to find out what other movies they have acted in on their way to immortalization…

But the point of this post is the movie.

Because, hello! Movie review plus a push in the right direction for you when you are contemplating what to do on a Saturday night when the friends are gone and the plates are empty. The glasses are never empty.

This is a good movie for a Saturday night (or any time or any day) – We Are Your Friends.

This was a feel good movie for me. The main characters evolve to what their best can in a span of two odd hours.

The cast was interesting. I have watched Zac Efron and Wes Bently in other movies, but the remaining cast was new to me. This goes to show I need to up my ante for watching more movies.

What I loved about the movie was how the music followed me even after the credits had finished rolling. It was more of EDM. I am not a big fan of EDM. They all sound repetitive to me. But this movie opened up an integral aspect of how this kind of music can be special and mesmerising. Maybe that’s what sets apart one regular DJ from a great one. I have the music from this movie on repeat. So I am OD-ing on the music as well. But hey, it is worth it.

There is one particular scene that was interesting. I guess if you have been intoxicated enough or high on whatever the new high is, you must have experienced this. To see colours in everything. Okay, life is in technicolour but to Become Colours!

The storyline is simple and interesting. A laid-back one, nothing intense. Everyday struggles of everyday people, to have a better life. And how they choose to overcome the struggles. Work for the devil, sell your soul for a quick buck, the usual drama. There is love, life, loss and friendship. The movie is especially easier to understand since they spell out all the important bits. You’ll understand when you watch the trailer.

The leading lady, Emily Ratajkowski (Sophie) is beautiful, hot and definitely google worthy. I am sure other actors are too, but since I limit myself to the offerings of the Pandora’s Box, called the Internet, I choose only couple of actors to stalk. The remainder of the time, I spend watching trailers.

So in my humble opinion, this movie is definitely worth a spin!

I would give it 4 tubs of popcorn!

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And one tub while watching the trailer:

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And one hanky for the ladies to wipe that drool while watching Zac:

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