Monday, December 22, 2008

Red Eye - Red In Thrill

Racheal McAdams is one of my recent favourite heroines. This is the third movie of her, I really enjoyed watching, the first being *The Notebook* and another being *Mean Girls*. *The Notebook* being a top-class romantic drama and *Mean Girls* being a good teen movie, and this, *Red Eye* being a good thriller.

Lisa (Rachel McAdams) the manager of a star hotel 'Lux Atlantic' in
Miami when returning from Texas, meets a complete stranger Jack (Cillian Murphy) in the airport accidentally. They both get attracted to each other on their first sight. By chance, they are happened to travel in the same flight. They both flirt for some time and part.

Ironically, it so happens that Jack sits adjacent to Lisa. With good friendly talks and pranks the flight takes off. Since Lisa had already told him that she is afraid of flying, Jack asks questions about Lisa's family when the flight takes off. After they have reached the altitude and the turbulence stops, Lisa thanks Jack to have distracted her from the turbulence.

With the same lovely cute face, Jack tells that he was not distracting her, but keeping the focus on her and her father. Slightly confused and a little scared, she inquires why he would keep the focus on her father. His answer starts the actual movie and Lisa comes to knows that everything that happened till that time with that guy is not by chance... but there was something big happening.

What is that he expects out of her and how could she even escape from this mess is the rest of the movie. Most of the movie happens in the airplane. The movie has some big logical mistakes as all their conversations happen in the flight and no one even knows about it. People don't even turn back when he hits her. If you are ready for the thrill, you can forget about these plot holes and enjoy the ride.

I liked the movie as it had started with a romantic-comedy kind of things and moving in to a suspence thriller and ending with gripping chases and hide-and-seek-for-life things. It is a good thriller with not-so-much gore. If you like suspence-thriller movies, this is one movie you can definitely hang out with. Please click here (dont miss this one) to watch the trailer and here to see my comments. Watch the movie and share your comments.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Just Like Heaven

Just Like Heaven is the second Reese Witherspoon movie I watched, first being Legally Blonde. It is always a pleasure to watch a romantic comedy movie with a pretty heroine, beautiful cinematography and brilliant music. Just Like Heaven happens to have all these three. A pleasant movie with a pleasant climax, so, this movie is in my favourite list.

Elizabeth is a workoholic doctor who spends most of her time in hospital. When is going for a blind date, she meets with an accident. David (Mark Ruffalo), a widow man comes to Elizabeth's appartment for rent. After some time, he encounters Elizabeth in their appartment, Elizabeth being a ghost, and not even knowing her name for sure. Though David being a civilian, he only could see and hear Elizabeth's spirit.

Don't judge the movie with the basic theme. It may sound childish or rubbish or foolish to hear a story like this: a woman's spirit with a man and he alone could see the spirit and all. I have to agree that the basic theme is childish, but what is more important is the situations and emotions and sentiments that could only be brought by these kind of what-if movies.

David agrees with Elizabeth's spirit to help it uncover what really happened to her. The more time they spend together, they fall in love with each other; yes, Dave falls in love with a ghost or spirit of a woman. Both David and the spirit is pushed to ut most shock when they find what happened to her. David, believes that, he can bring her back alive and tries to do his best. What really happened to Lizze and why Dave alone could see her and what happened to Dave's love with Elizabeth is the rest of the story.

Though the story may not be impressive, the screenplay and the chemistry between Reese With
erspoon and Mark Ruffalo and wonderful music makes this movie a worth watching one. Though this movie may not be able to make you laugh aloud, it will keep you happy and pleasant. I would say, it is a must watch movie for romantic comedy movies fanatic like me. Click here to watch the trailer and here to see my favourite dialogue.

Monday, October 20, 2008

One Fine Day - You will watch this movie!

One fine day is a movie which is driven completely by the chemistry between George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer. This is a movie with a single line story but with a strong storyline as to keep everyone with a pleasant mood till the end. Also, this is a very different movie as the whole movie takes place in One Fine Day, within a spam of 24 hours. Other movies which I know of which take place in a short spam are Cellular, PhoneBooth and 16th Block, all being action and thrilling movies.

Jack Taylor is a reporter who isn't used to do everything on his own and Melanie Parker is an architect who does everything on her own, happen to meet one fine day. Because of the habit of Jack, both Jack's daughter Maggie and Melanie's son Sammy miss their field trip. The first impression being so bad and with her previous experiences, Melanie snubs and insults Jack. AS though this is not enough, Sammy and Maggie has certain amount of dislike for each other.

Having set such a relationship, situations make them to meet very often and forces them to help each other. Jack, falls for Melanie on the first sight though irrespective of her attitude towards him, but Melanie keeps the attitude and holds a sting in my tongue whenever she talks to him. Out of a desparate situation, she asks for help to Jack, which he does perfectly.

Melanie also starts to like him later seeing him caring his daughter so much and being funny and charming. Thank God again to those situations which perfectly give both of them chances to express themselves and the movie ends with a cute romantic and egoistic fight between the beautiful couples.

This is definitely a feel good, pleasant movie which will easily suite those who love romantic comedy genre, at least it suited me very much and I have already seen this more than five times. Click here to watch the trailer and here to see one of favourite dialogues.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Anger Management - Laughter Management

I like comedy movies no matter how it makes me laugh and how much it makes me laugh. Due to my friend's recommendation I saw this movie, Anger Management. I can't say that you have to watch it at any cost, but what I can say is, this is an okay movie you can hang out for at least one time. My second Adam Sandler movie, so I can't compare where does this stand amongst his movies.

David (Adam Sandler) thinks low of himself and he angers himself for the society treating him like a bloody crap. He feels too lowly even to demand the rightful promotion from him boss. He does all the work the boss has to do for years without even asking for his well deserved promotion. He just happens to get messed up in a flight and thus he is put in a twenty hours of Anger Management course by Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson), and then his life is completely changed.

Buddy has a definite vengence on Dave and he treats him badly and makes him to have more and more Anger Management classes. He then becomes him 24\7 anger guardian and tortures in every possible way. Buddy then comes to know David's beautiful girl friend Linda (Marisa Tomei) and he then flirts with her. Buddy even makes sure that Dave breaks up with his girl friend.

But David is in such a situation that, if he disobeys Buddy, he will have to spend an year in jail. He obeys every one of his orders. Finally ending up in fighting with his school days enemies, embarrassed by a hooker, threatening his boss for promotion and at last losing his girl friend to that same bloody Buddy.

What Dave does in those situations and whether he gets his girlfriend back or not, is the climax. I have to admit that climax sucked my big time. Why didn't they come up with a better (at least an okay) climax? But this movie gave me some good laughs, especially when Jack Nicholson tries(?) to unfluster Adam Sandlre in the bridge, was too good for me. Click here to watch the trailer and here to see my favourite dialogue. Your comments are most welcome.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Pride and Prejudice: Beautiful and Brilliant

Pride and Prejudice (2005) is one of the most wonderful novels I have ever read. My first classical novel also. Since this is the movie which is after that novel, I watched the movie with huge prejudice that it would be too good. And the movie didn't fail my expectations, in most of the ways. If you have read the novel, you could enjoy more when watching the movie. But I am not sure, how much anyone would like if they had not read the novel.

Well the name tells the story. It is the relationship between a proud man and prejudiced woman. Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) is a beautiful woman who gets prejudiced that Mr. Darcy is a very proud man. Though Mr. Darcy is not a proud man, initial circumstances lead Elizabeth to a strong prejudice that Mr. Darcy is arrogent, selfish, proud man.

But, Mr. Darcy, fighting against his better judgment, falls in love with Elizabeth, who considers that, Mr. Darcy is the last person in the entire world she would ever marry. Even though having such a strong prejudice, Elizabeth is made to believe that Mr. Darcy is not a proud, selfish or arrogant man by direct and indirect means. How Elizabeth could come out of such a strong prejudice and how they get along well is the rest of the story\movie.

I couldn't say much on this movie as the novel is quite complex with so many characters. Of course, the movie could not cover all the beautiful scenes of the novel, but IMO it is a very good adaptation of the novel. Keira Knightley is so beautiful, cute, pretty, etc. that she is the prefect fit for the character. She was also nominated for Oscar for this movie.

Most beautiful scenes of the novel are, Mr. Darcy's dance with Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy's first proposal (too good), Elizabeth happened to meet Mr. Darcy at his own house even after rejecting him, Elizabeth and Darcy's small stroll after they both understand each other, Darcy's explanation of the two offenses Elizabeth puts forward, Darcy's explanation of how he started to like Elizabeth.

I would strongly recommend anyone to read the original novel and also to watch the movie. A pure classical romantic novell and a pure classical romantic movie. Click here to see my favourite dialogue of this movie and here to watch the trailer. Your comments about the book and the movie are most welcome.

Friday, August 22, 2008

My Sassy Girl - A lovely Girl

The first ever Korean movie I had seen in my life is "My Sassy Girl" and all I can say is, I loved this movie. Had it not been so much recommended by my friend, I would not have seen this lovely, beautiful movie. What? A Korean Movie? You have to watch only with subtitles and it will be boring, is what I thought first. But this movie proved it wrong.

This movie is about a helpless student, so he calls himself like that, Kyun-woo who has never fallen in love. Accidentally he meets and saves a living doll, (yes, I can call her like that... a living doll...), who is portrayed till the end as 'the girl' and things happen so as to keep them together for sometime. He sees the melancholy inside her and wants to heal her from her sorrows.

Instantly, they become good friends. Most of the movie goes as the hero gets hit by either 'the girl' or by someone else. At some point, they both realize that they are not just friends but greater than friends. But 'the girl' comes to conclusion that they have to be separated. Separated for two years. She asks him to write what he thinks about her and she also writes what she thinks about him. They put both the letters in box and bury it under a tree, under a contract that after 2 years, they will come together and read it.

And you know what? This movie is a real story of a guy. The guy wrote this on internet in that 2 years cooling time and it became this movie, "My Sassy Girl". Why did 'the sassy girl' ask him to be separated though she liked him very much? Why does she have a bad temperament? Why does she drink like hell? What happens after 2 years? Everything is explained in the last 20 minutes of the movie.

Well, I can say, that this movie could have been made as a one hour forty five minutes movie, reducing the length by thirty minutes. Some people may feel like it is too big or too much stretched. But the climax would make you forget everything and will make you even cry if you have that vulnerability. Almost all the scenes that are for comedy has embedded meaning portraying or explaining the girls sorrow and temperament. You can watch the last one hour for any number of times.

Click here to watch the trailer and here to see my favorite dialogues. This movie made me to write a small poem when I first saw it (or a piece of crap) and it is: "It is not tears that come from her eyes... it is the purest form of love". This crap, sorry, poem also suits for the climax of You Got Mail, my most favorite movie ever. I almost felt the same touch as YouGotMail from this movie. Watch it and share your comments.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Hitch - In my opinion, a must Watch!

Hitch is the first Will Smith movie I saw. Both the movie and Will Smith left their impression in my mind for some time. It has been a pleasure watching the movie even for the 5th time, but the 6th time, some of the comedies made me to grin instead of laughing. But I can say that this is a pretty decent Romantic Comedy genre movie.

This is a movie about a guy, Hitch (Will Smith), who is a 'Date Doctor', who helps in people to get opportunities to get introduced to their love and help them to succeed in their love (but not exactly like a mama*, you think). He is a good guy (obviously, as he is the hero), and helps only people who are really loving others, not for those who are... nasty, you can say.

Hitch finds a girl, Sarah (Eva Mendes) in a bar, and falls almost in love at the first sight. Sarah is very much realistic, at least that is how she shows herself to the world and is very much pissed off about love and mythical good-guys. Hitch starts to use his own techniques to get acquainted with her and almost tastes success.

The real story plays around a very innocent Albert who falls in love with a celebrity Allegra and is helped by Hitch. In the meanwhile Sarah discovers partly what Hitch does for living and she misunderstands his job (she interprets him as a double MA*). She uses her powers to break Albert Allegra love and also she breaks her own love. How our hero sticks both of the broken loves is the climax.

This movie has a lot of comedies that will make anyone (at least me) to laugh whenever seen. A very serious subject, how hard it is to fall in love and how much love is lovable, is presented in a very hilarious way. I would say that this movie is a must watch in my opinion. But I believe, this movie has been completely spoiled by being taken as *The Partner* in Indian movie market. Click here to watch the trailer and here to see one of my favourite dialogues.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

She's The Man - Unbelievable yet Funny

She's the man is an incident driven movie more than a story driven movie. Viola (Amanda Bynes) has a great passion about soccer and she plays well too. But her school coach does not admit girls to play in the soccer team, who else will? She wants to prove that she is a better player and hence decides to join the rival school's soccer team, to take revenge, under her brother's name (Sebastin) as a boy; as her brother goes to London for two weeks. Two weeks are enough for her as the rival match is going to take place in two weeks.

What happens to her in the two weeks in the boys hostel is the movie. You know what are all the kind of comedy to expect from this movie and they are all present in somewhat fair way. The fun comes when she loves her roommate, Duke (Channing Tatum) and her roommate loves his class mate, Olivia (Laura Ramsey) and that classmate loves Sebastin\Viola, thinking that She Is The Man of her dreams. (By the way, Laura Ramsey is the most beautiful aspect of the movie.)

As Viola (as Sebastin) does not give a damn about Livia, Livia's friend advices her to make Sebastin\Viola Jealous. So, Livia flirts with Duke to make Sebastin jealous, but Viola really is jealous as she has already fallen in love with Duke. Incidences around these three people and how Viola manages to get a good name in the soccer team and how she proves herself as a better soccer layer and a better girl for Duke is the movie. Not to mention, the movie ends with a happy romantic ending.

But, I have to admit that, some aspects of the movie is too bad. Acting as one example, when Viola enters in to the school, every boy dashing her accidentally is just too weird. Also, most of the time, she talks in female voice and no one raises question about that. Some of the things... But this is a comedy movie and hence all logics Viola-ted.

If you just accidentally hit on this movie, don't miss it. But this is not so great a movie that everyone has to run and watch it without fail. Overall, a good time-pass. Amanda has acted really well in some scenes and really irritating in some other. But she is the best in the movie. Watch this movie and share your comments. Click here to watch the trailer and here to see my favorite dialogue in this movie.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

12 Angry Men - 3 of them are Oscar winners!

12 Angry Men is a unique kind of a movie I have ever seen. The name tells everything. It is a story about twelve men and all the twelve are angry. The whole movie is the discussion that goes on between the twelve men. I was biased about this movie by the rating it has (stands 13 in the top 250 movies ever) and by the friend who talked great about this movie (and who knows... he might have been biased by some other facts already). But what I can tell you is that, it is a damn good movie.

In a murder case, which seems 104% sure that the defendant is guilty, has come to the stage for the verdict of the juries. The 12 juries go to the jury room and start to discuss about the case. Interestingly, only one out of the twelve juries thinks that the defendant is not-guilty. How the single man convinces the other 11 juries who are so strong about their verdict and so angry on the defendant, is the movie.

There are two strong eye witnesses for the case and a lot of circumstantial evidences, like, the boy had a fight with his father and went directly to a shop to buy a switchblade knife, which was used to kill the father after some time, and the boy claiming that he lost his knife when he went to a movie after the fight, and, he does not remember anything about the movie when the police inquired, etc.

It seems very obvious that the boy killed his father when the discussion first starts. The one man who is against this proves to all prejudiced people that they may be wrong about this case. Let me tell you, the movie is not about proving that the defendant is not-guilty logically or scientifically or legally or Medically (like My Cousin Vinny or Liar Liar or Primal Fear or Legally Blonde). This movie is about handling people and their emotions in the right way to get the right result; also please do not think this is a movie about personality development.

If you ever get any chance of watching this movie, I would recommend you to watch this. Though this is a very old movie (1957) it is quite famous one, so you should not have trouble getting one. Watch this movie and share your comments. Click here to view one of my favorite dialogues in this movie and here to watch the trailer.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Prison Break - Heart Breaker

[Disclaimer: Nothing that will take off the thrill of watching this serial, for the first time, will be revealed, unlike, in some Tamil channels when they do cinema reviews: they will reveal the entire story (please do not come to fight me, for saying that tamil movies have stories in them... as some of them really do, no matter if the story is of 3 to 4 lines), like, for example, '"The hero is a beggar and the heroine is the daughter of very-rich-man\MLA\MP\rowdy-who-controls-the-entire-nation etc. Like no other movie in the history, they fall in love and that too the heroine will chase him and love him even though he will refuse for many times. The father of the heroine will oppose that and in the climax, whether they join or not is the story", they will tell the reviews like this, as though no one will know what the bull-shit climax would be.]

Prison Break is a world famous serial, which has 9.1 out of 10 rating in IMDB. The theme is simple. Micheal Scofield, a structural engineer, voluntarily goes to a prison, to break out of the prison with his innocent brother, who was set up with a murder of vice-president's brother. The prison he goes into is a well structured, well protected building and breaking out of it almost impossible.

At first, the main idea is to break out of th prison and get lost from those who set his brother up. But soon, the real problem comes when he finds out that, the people who involved in that set up are highly professional in doing these kind of business and killing people is as tough as calculation 1+1 for them. Micheal finds some friends as well as enemies in the prison. How he manages to break out of the prison and how he handles the problems which he will face after that is the serial.

There is nothing much I can say here without affecting the thrill, so let me tell you other things. This serial has 3 seasons with season one having 22 episodes and season 2 having 22 episodes and season 3 having 13 episodes, totally 55 (wow... what an arithmetic) each one with approximately 43 minutes. Once you start watching this, you wont be able to stop it unless some other important factor affects you.

I have seen my friends (including me) watching this for full nights, till 3:30 AM or 4:30 AM or 5:30 AM as we were not able to stop watching it. It is highly recommended for anyone having any interest in movies. By the way, it wont look like a serial, you can imagine this to be a movie which runs for about 40 hours. I have already spoiled some 4 friends (making them to stay awake throughout nights) with this serial. So, if you get any chance for seeing this (or you can get from me if you know me personally [as though anyone who don't know me will ever read my blogs ;)])