In cinemas, often in movies that are meant for mass entertainment & nothing less or more, there is always a limit beyond which the suspension of disbelief simply goes out of the window. Once this threshold is crossed, then what was envisioned as illogical yet ridiculously fun sequence simply turns into something that's absolutely stupid, absurd & an insult to human intelligence.
And that's what Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is. Not just in few sequences but from…
It's that time of the year again.
The rustling leaves, the slowly-setting sun, the chilly and blistering cold, college football; the season of Fall is here.
Okay, technically it isn't Fall just yet, but It feels like it where I live. And since I've been itching to dig into the horror genre some more, I decided to kick off horror-film season early. Every year, I watch horror films throughout September and October. I don't do a marathon or anything, but…
The boldest most ambitious project launched by Werner Herzog becomes his worst nightmare! Everything that could possibly go wrong goes wrong! It's as if the film is cursed right from the get go! Like Fitzcarraldo, Werner Herzog dives into the deep end of a mind numbing obsession!
Klaus Kinski goes on rampages and irks the natives to the point one of the chiefs goes out of his way to tell Herzog he would kill Kinski for him!
But it is…
I had seen this back in the day when I was a young pup under the title of "Stairway To Heaven" and loved it! David Niven and Kim Hunter were wonderful together as the star crossed lovers!
A marvelously charming and whimsical tale that was a real treat to watch!
My one and only gripe was the totally unnecessary and quite frankly unwanted heavy handed spiel about this American versus British garbage! Barring that little misstep it's still a winner…
From the director of Rebecca, Shadow of a Doubt, Notorious, Rope, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho & The Birds comes the final feature film of his great & glorious career. And although it may be no match to any of the above mentioned films, it nonetheless works as what it is in the first place; a dark comedy.
Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot tells the story of two couples; one consists of a…
You're Next is a ferocious and vicious joyride of a slasher movie, sending audiences on a trip of brilliant staging, immaculate pacing, pitch-perfect twists, and incredible kills. Frankly, this is EASILY the finest slasher of the 21st century. Nothing has come close. I can't believe I delayed my viewing of this, mostly because the majority of horror fans are whiny little bitches who can't see when anything worthy of mention is released.
I laughed, I cringed, I gasped in horror,…
Film #10 of Project 40
”War starts at midnight!”
Few films can catch the spirit of time as good as this 1943 visually riveting and thematically intricate piece of cinema. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger portray the passing of time and the changes it brings to the moral values of society and individuals so finely and with such skill that the whole film looks like a reflection of life at its simplest form, with lost loves, regrets, friendships, adventures and…
In my not so humble opinion this is Billy Bob Thornton's Magnum Opus! He wrote, directed and played the mentally challenged character Karl Childers!
Billy Bob Thornton's chameleonesque abilities brought the most tragic and tormented character to life right before our very eyes in this mesmerizing southern gothic tale!
Would I watch it again? Yes, I've seen it many times!
Would you buy the dvd? Yes!
A fascinating blend of heartfelt narration, wonderful direction, clever writing, impressive performances & remarkable use of humour, Groundhog Day is one of the most exciting, witty & original concepts to grace the film canvas and isn't just one of the best films of its year or decade but is simply one of cinema's finest comedies of all time.
Set in the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Groundhog Day concerns a self-centered meteorologist who, for unexplained reasons, finds himself stuck in a time loop…
"Nightmares? Look, man, the real nightmares man has made upon other men in this war. The bad dreams of your keep are nursery rhymes by comparison."
F. Paul Wilson, the author of the novel from which Michael Mann's The Keep was adapted, has said that the film is "visually intriguing, but otherwise utterly incomprehensible." Normally I believe there's little value in asking authors what they think about movies which their books inspired, but in this case Wilson is absolutely right.…
Part 3 of Hoop-Tober
"Rock’s chosen warriors will rule the apocalypse."
I haven’t been surprised this much with a horror movie since I saw John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness nearly a year ago. Trick or Treat, the 1986 horror movie I hadn't even heard of five days ago, is some of the most fun I have had while watching a horror movie in a very, very long time.
In Trick or Treat, the…
I loved part 1, was absolutely bowled over by part 2. And that just doesn't happen very often.
Beautifully expanding on the foundation lain in the first film, part 2 is an adventure that has the guts to take on a darker tone when the story requires it, without ever compromising on its rollercoaster ride nature. It's fun, funny, epic and gripping, not something many feature films can pull off.
The animation is, once again, outstanding. Crisp, vibrant and creative,…
Constantly interweaving between potent satire, expressionistic fantasy, blazing science-fiction and inexplicably charming romance; Brazil is an utterly audacious and perfect piece of cinematic art. As I see more and more films, I find myself harder to please. So, when I find a film that completely blows me away like I'm seeing moving images for the first time, I take notice.
Truly I felt, as streams of images, sights, and sounds blasted across the screen, that I was experiencing something worth…
Part 2 of Hoop-Tober
"You mustn't be afraid of the dead – they sleep very soundly."
Black Sunday is a little Gothic horror movie about witches and Satan. At first, I thought it was going to turn out to be something like The Crucible and I was preparing to hammer a spike-ridden mask onto my face when, suddenly, someone in Black Sunday had a spike-ridden mask hammered onto their face instead!
That is when my…
"I would have thought with all those brains you've got, you would've figured out the game we're playing now."
The home invasion sub-genre is nothing new. If anything, it's one of the more cliched genres prestented in movies nowadays. But, when you have Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson leading said film, you can't help but be somewhat interested in what it has to deliver. Sadly, No Good Deed is still predictable and vanilla affair, despite the fact that Elba…
Los Angeles, 1950s: Mickey Cohen rules the world. Drugs, guns, women—you name it, he's got it. A group of police officers band together to root out the corruption which threatens to take over the city when the void of his jail sentence creates a power vacuum—
Cut! Mickey Cohen doesn't go to jail in this picture. What're you reading there? That's the synopsis for L.A. Confidential! You're reading for the wrong movie!
Oh, wow, sorry about that. Let me try…
Transformers fighting aquatic monsters sounds corny and stupid, but it sound like something I'd love in the hands of someone with the brilliant mind of Guillermo del Toro, it sounds like something incomparably fun, entertaining and gripping. Yet, Pacific Rim was just another huge disappointment.
As we all know, del Toro is a magnificent world creator and with his latest film, he does it again, he creates an exciting world full of awesome creatures and promising combat machines. Visually, Pacific…