The Green Mile

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We each owe a death – there are no exceptions- but, Oh God, sometimes the Green Mile seems so long – Paul Edgecomb

Frank Darabont’s The Green Mile is about Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) a prisoner officer who works at Cold Mountain Penitent also known as ‘The Green Mile’ where criminals up for death row are kept and killed. But, he and the other officers haven’t seen someone like John Coffey (Micheal Duncan) who possess supernatural powers of healing. Coffey is convicted for raping and murdering two young girls, but seeing his innocent demeanor, Paul and the others begin to suspect whether he actually did this crime while getting through executing the prisoners on death row towards whom they have developed an affectionate side.

The movie is based on a novel of the same name by Stephen King and is directed by Frank Darabont, who also directed another little known adaptation of a Stephen King novella by the name of ‘The Shawshank Redemption’. And this movie is awesome !!!!!!!!!

The acting is just brilliant. I love TOM HANKS. He is superb in his role and so are the other supporting actors like David Morse, Doug Hutchison, Harry Dean Stanton, Barry Pepper and others. But, surprisingly, Micheal Clarke Duncan’s performance overshadows everything else. He is so good in his role.

The movie is an emotional experience. My friend forgot to bring his handkerchief and that was not at all a good experience to the guy sitting next to him. This movie is sure to make you cry and in the end leave a smile on your face. I had three movies this year that blew me away: Whiplash, Interstellar and THE GREEN MILE. I was so shook by it. I am going to definitely read the novel after watching this movie. Watching this movie was an experience in itself, a privilege in fact. This movie has magic woven around it. The movie takes the experience of film watching and shoves it to a whole new dimension.

The movie is pretty long but I assure you  that you won’t understand how time passed after watching this flick. Frank Darabont’s direction is perfect. Please don’t go expecting Shawshank while watching this movie just because it is set in a prison. This movie is another experience. Frank Darabont just keeps getting better- First Shawshank, then The Walking Dead, and now the Green Mile. The Green Mile has one of the best stories ever written, so simple yet so beautiful. And Percy is one of the most horrible villains in cinematic history, who you just despise.

The movie has a brilliant score which is deeply moving. Thomas Newman pours his soul out into this movie which is so human in its nature and it sort of has a mystery also woven around it, which arouses curiosity (sorry for the Gary Sinise pun).

I just can’t understand how Micheal Duncan missed our on the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and we ought to kick all the Academy voters’  ass for not giving Darabont an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Green Mile is an emotional canvas painted by the awesome performances by the actors and the brilliant direction and screenplay by Darabont and given a perfect finishing touch by Thomas Newman with his heart-breaking score. The Green Mile is an experience in itself and should be viewed as soon as possible (with a handkerchief).

Rating: 9.4 / 10

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Forrest Gump Review

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My momma always said ,” Life was like a big box of chocolates. You never no what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump

Robert Zemeckis’  Forrest Gump is about Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), a not-so intelligent guy with a childlike persona who inspires people in various ways and has a different outlook of life. Unintentionally, Gump gets involved in all the major historical events of 20th century but gets evaded in every phase of his life by his troubled childhood sweetheart Jenny Curran (Robin Wright).

The acting in this movie is effulgent. Tom Hanks is one of my favourite actors and this is one of his best performances. This act could have either been a gimmick but Tom Hanks gives such a controlled performance that we really feel for the character. I love Robin Wright’s acting (courtesy House Of Cards) and she gives a brilliant performance. Gary Sinise and Sally Field and Mykelti Williamson are brilliant in their roles.

Robert Zemeckis’  direction is brilliant. Robert gives us so many iconic scenes in the movies such as the bench scene and also the feather scene. The best aspect of the movie and one of the main reasons that it didn’t offense someone was that Forrest has no opinion about the events taking place, he is just there. Rarely have I seen a movie so magical. The movie is very touchy in its nature and Hanks is the main reason why. The movie also doesn’t portray Jenny as a bitch who doesn’t give Forrest a chance, it is just that she was in very troubled times. The movie has excellent dialogues and is very quotable, especially ,’ Run Forest Run !’ which I shout to myself while I run.

The movie has great visual effects. I don’t know they did that especially that Medal of Honor scene with Lyndon Johnson, I just don’t know how they did that. And we get the most magical scene of all time with Forrest and Jenny running towards each other at Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool with thousands cheering. Oh my God !

This movie made me realize why high definition is important. The first time I watched this movie, I watched it in really bad picture quality and also as the movie because of which Pulp Fiction / The Shawshank Redemption missed the Best Picture Oscar. But, I decided to give it a second go yesterday and watched it in Blu-Ray and I loved it.

Forrest Gump is an amazing movie which is one of the best underdog stories ever told. The movie has brilliant performances and awesome direction and groundbreaking visual effects and awesome dialogues and a really witty and intelligent script ( which is the exact opposite of what its protagonist is but you’re gonna love him anyway ) and is surely a must watch.( in HD )

Rating: 9.2 / 10

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Jerry Maguire Review

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                                           Show me the money ! – Rod Tidwell

Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire is about a sports agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) who writes a mission statement about dishonesty in the sports agency industry and gets himself fired from his workplace. So, he decides to start an independent venture in which athletes will get personal attention from their agents and Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger) a single mom, inspired by Jerry’s mission statement, joins him in his venture and they strive to make their only client Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.) successful while they struggle to make their business successful amidst their love life.

The acting is incandescent. Tom Cruise is one of the most underrated actors of all time. This is his best performance up to date although Collateral and A Few Good Men does come close. Renee Zellweger is brilliant as Dorothy and Cuba Gooding Jr. is brilliant. He is so brilliant and his Oscar Speech was just awesome.

The movie is a fun take on the sports and sports agents and is very witty. It is an underdog story which is told in such an extremely fast narration which makes it an riveting watch. Hilarious scenes and dialogues are infused so deep in the movie that it stays with you and you loathe Avery. The movie is such an heart-warming one.

The dialogues in this movie are AWESOME. The most quotable dialogues in the world are present in this movie and ‘SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!!!!’ in my opinion, may be the best movie quote of all time.

Tom Cruise deserved the Best Actor Oscar for this role. This movie is one of the best comedy movies of Hollywood and is a must-watch.

Jerry Maguire is a beguiling comedy which excels both as a comedy and as a drama and is a must-watch entertainer with brilliant performance by its leads.

Rating: 8.8/10

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Piku Review

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Shoojit Sircar’s Piku is about Piku Banerjee (Deepika Padukone) who lives with her father Bhashkor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachan). Bhashkor struggles with constipation and considers constipation as hazardous as cancer. Bhashkor unintentionally creates problems in Piku’s professional and personal life. Piku wants to sell her ancestral property in Kolkata but Bhashkor prevents her from doing so. To decide about this matter, Piku and Bhashkor go on a road trip to Kolkata with Rana Chaudhary (Irrfan Khan) driving them and also Budhan (Balendra Singh) accompaniying Bhashkor to assist him.

The actors dazzle in their roles. Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachan are so realistic in their roles. But the main attraction is Irrfan Khan, who with his controlled performance, infuses the much required energy into the movie. At a point, we even forget that these guys are acting.

The movie begins at a snail pace with scenes dragging on and all the jokes going flat. But, the movie picks up pace at the end of the first half and then it becomes a very entertaining and heart-warming movie. The movie also encounters some deeply philosophical questions such as ‘ Me may developing but we are doing so by uprooting our own roots. Then what is the use of such development ?’ The movie gives enough time for character development which has been absent from Bollywood for a long time. And the movie has brilliant dialogues and has one of the most befitting climaxes in Hindi cinema. We are given to draw up our own lines, which is very satisfactory.

It gives such a stark realistic view of the typical Indian family and has a brilliant layered screenplay. I recently received news that Piku will have a sequel and I am thinking of making a page called ‘PLEASE DON’T SPOIL THIS AND GIVE US CRAP’.

The cinematography and production design of this movie is radiant and is perfect for a family viewing.

Piku is a heartfelt movie which gives ample time for character development and also lives up to is layered screenplay which is further boosted by brilliant performances and is a must-watch.

Rating: 8.7/10

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Jaws Review

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You’re gonna need a bigger boat – Captain Brody

Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is about police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), who wants to close the Amity beach after a attack on a lady by the great white shark but struggles to get approval from the mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton). But after three vicious attacks, Brody, along with ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) ride out on a ship with its captain Quint (Robert Shaw), to capture and kill the dreaded white shark treading in the waters.

I was reading my post about Quentin Tarantino when I felt embarrassed that I hadn’t seen so may of Spielberg’s masterpieces. So, I was left in a fix about which movie to view. And, then I noticed that Chris Stuckmann had also added Jaws to his ‘My Favourite Movies’ videos. So, I zeroed in on Jaws.

What a glorious movie ! Rarely have I seen a movie so engrossing. The movie is brilliant and brings about the chills from the first scene and stretches that feeling till the climax. I have seen a lot of thrillers and a lot of horror movies but there only few of them in which I feared to even blink for a second in fear of missing something: The Usual Suspects, Se7en, Odessa File, Robert Langdon duology, Inception, Drishyam, Whiplash, Argo and now JAWS. This movie had me at the edge of my seat throughout and even made me jump in some scenes. The scene in which Matt goes to examine a boat underwater and a head pops out of the hole is the scariest scene I have ever seen in movies. Steven dangles between all the elements in the movie in such a sublime manner like the scene in which Brody is throwing meat to attract the shark and suddenly, the shark does appear. Within a second a hilarious scene transforms into pure horror.

Steven Spielberg has always struck a chord with me. I aspire to become an archaeologist because of his Indiana Jones movies. Although it is impossible to compare movies in different genres, Schindler’s List may be my all time favourite movie. And now, JAWS! This man is awesome.

The acting in this movie is coruscating. Roy gives us the fear, Richard gives us the energy and Quint gives us the bravery required in the movie.

John Williams’  score is so perfect. Even thought the shark is shown in very brief scenes, the dread is pushed into our veins by the score which keeps us to the edge of the seat.

Jaws is one of the best thrillers/horror movies ever made and is an edge of the seat movie and its viewing is an experience in itself.

Rating: 9.6/10

Age:13

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Fight Club Review

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It’s only after we have lost everything that we’re free to do anything – Tyler Durden

David Fincher’s Fight Club is about an insomniac depressed office worker (Edward Norton) who meets a charismatic soap maker Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) and together they form a fight club for men as a form of radical psychotherapy to fight out their wrath against the consumerist society. The movie also focuses on the Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) who get intertwined in the lives of the Narrator and Tyler.

My man Edward Norton is brilliant in this movie as he is always in all his movies. Brad Pitt also gives a scintillating performance in this flick and Helena Bonham Carter, one of my favourite actress, glitters in her role. Norton and Pitt, both deserved Academy nominations for their roles.

David Fincher is one of the best directors around. His Se7en and Zodiac are one of the best thrillers I have ever seen and ‘The Social Network’ is one of the best drama movies His direction is perfect in this movie. The movie is so well directed and he was Oscar-worthy for his work in this movie.

The movie begins with a brilliant note and the first half is awesome. The first half of this movie is very engrossing and touches upon various issues that men have to face in the modern world and is extremely funny and extremely cool and extremely thought provoking. I loved it but my hopes were shattered in the second half when the movie loses its charm that binds you in the first half and culminates into men hitting  each other vigorously and blood spluttering all around.

The movie loses its logic and the brilliant effort of Norton and Pitt to save the second half is the only thing that keeps your eyes towards the screen. The movie then has a twist which gives you a chill but within seconds kills it because it makes you think of the various interactions between Tyler and the Narrator and various people and how some dialogues are manipulated that people don’t get the twist. And, don’t get me started about the climax. Hell with everything else, but how do you get rid of your dissociated personality by shooting yourself in the head and not die yourself?

But, I have to admire the last shot with Helena and Norton looking out through the glasses at the exploding buildings with ‘Where is My Mind?’ playing, it doesn’t get better than it. That scene was the only scene in the second half which was interesting and is perfect in every sense.

Fight Club has gained a cult status because it struck a chord with men who suffer with the same modern problems the men in the movie face. People saw themselves within the Narrator amd the man they want to be in Tyler. Nobody, then minded the second half and Fight Club has then found itself on many Great Movies lists but in reality is a good movie which loses its grasp in the second half.

Fight Club has an engrossing first half but gets uninteresting and illogical in the second half, in which the movie loses its wittiness and charm and the underlying message about consumerism is overshadowed by the vicious violence and gore and the amazing performances and the stupendous direction are the only two aspects which keep the movie going in the dulled second half.

Rating: 7/10

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Quentin Tarantino- A Memoir

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Quentin Tarantino has his own share of haters and lovers- I belong to the latter. I love Quentin Tarantino ! I have begun making a ‘My Favourite Movies’ List and if my favourite film-maker is decided on the basis of the movies they have in my favourite movies list, four director take the 1st spot: Steven Spielberg (Schindler’s List Last Crusade, Raiders of the Lost Ark), Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings trilogy), Ron Howard (Rush, The Da Vinci Code, A Beautiful Mind), Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar), David Fincher (Zodiac, Se7en and The Social Network) and Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Django Unchained) . I am sure that Steven Spielberg will take the first spot gradually, well because I haven’t watched Jaws, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Munich, E.T (yeah,kill me!) and also the fact that I am still in a debacle of whether I should include Lincoln in my list. Ron Howard may also get in there because I am in a fix whether to include Angels and Demons and Nolan too has got a chance with the remaining parts of  the Dark Knight and Prestige, but Tarantino is one of the most special ones.

Quentin Tarantino had very humble beginnings. He loved movies since he was a teenager. He dropped out of high school and took up a job at a video store which gave him a lot of time to work on a script he had in his mind and from that customer-less video store did we get the masterpiece ‘Reservoir Dogs’ .

I don’t particularly like violence, I despise action movies and I oppose profanity in movies. And a Quentin Tarantino movie has all of that, and I still consider them great. That speaks a lot for itself. My first acquaintance with Tarantino came along with a newspaper article from a guy who loved the violence in Tarantino. Naturally, I despised him and googled Tarantino and the first thing that came alone was Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction.

I chose Reservoir Dogs, it was only 90 minutes long. I thought it would be easy to bear a short horrible movie with people killing each other, dudes yelling ‘ mother……’ in every sentence and a stupid plot. Instead, I got a movie I was literally blown over by. It sort of made me ignore the profanities in every sentence and the violence throughout the movie. How do you make a movie about a bank-heist without showing the bank-heist and still make it awesome? Ask Tarantino. The movie was so stylish. Ah, the style, in Tarantino movies ! Like the boys walking down the street in the opening, it was good ! It was very fortunate the script of the movie reached the hands of Harvey Keitel with which began the Tarantino- Avary gang which shook the 90’s. The movie actually gave an emotional side to it with Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth and had a perfect plot and is now considered the greatest independent movie of all time. And after watching the movie did I come to know that it was Tarantino’s debut feature. And if someone’s debut feature is a movie like that, you know something great’s coming up from this guy. (Exception, M.N.Shyamalan- He made the Sixth Sense and Signs, and then what happened is a bigger mystery than the Holy Grail)

Reservoir Dogs released and received mixed reviews. Ebert didn’t like it and if you read the original reviews of Reservoir Dogs by many critics, half of the total content of the review is about the ear-cutting scene, which was not even shown on screen. The movie was considered an attempt to glorify violence but that actually helped because all the dudes went to see the movie and they liked it and started the word-of-mouth publicity of Reservoir Dogs which culminated into the movie being a financial success at the box-office . The movie achieved a cult status and paved the formation of Tarantino fans. The critics too later praised the movie later and accepted that many of them weren’t ready for the non-conventional story telling. After watching Reservoir Dogs, I surprisingly gave Tarantino the license to use all that I despise.

Then, in 1994 came ‘Pulp Fiction’. The movie, along with ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ and ‘Forrest Gump’ was the most influential movie of the 90’s. Every aspect of this black-comedy crime drama was acclaimed. Roger Ebert gave it a 4-rating and added it to his ‘Great Movies’ list. Every critic loved it. I loved it the first time I saw it. But, it did make me wonder, why is it regarded Tarantino’s best? This thought dragged me into a second viewing of the movie and I got my answer. I loved it more the second time. This movie is made for second viewing. Which movie has the best dialogues in cinematic history ? – Pulp Fiction. They are so quotable. I love saying that dialogue of Yolanda over and over again ” If any of you fu….. pricks move, and I’ll execute every mother……. last one of you”. That dialogue followed by the ‘Taxi’ theme, it doesn’t get cooler than this. You actually become afraid of Jules because in the scene when Butch enters his flat and (Spoiler), I was like ‘Get out there ! Get out of there ! If Vincent’s there, so must be Jules’. Every scene is iconic in this classic. In privacy, I love to imitate Vincent’s moves in the dance scene. And, it is very funny. That scene when Vincent gives Mia adrenalin is one of the funniest scenes I have ever scene and also the aftermath of the scene is also very funny. And it was the worst decision of the Academy to give the Best Picture to Forrest Gump. I wouldn’t have minded Shawshank getting it, but really ?

Then, came the Kill Bill series and Jackie Brown and Four Rooms and Inglorious Basterds, which I cannot write about because unfortunately, I still haven’t got my hands on them. But, these movies cemented Tarantino’s position as one of the greatest film-makers of all time and Jackie Brown made him a critical favourite too.

But then came Django Unchained, Tarantino’s spaghetti western which proved out to be a great critical and commercial success. The movie gained Tarantino his second Oscar for best screenplay, and the movie got a Best Picture nomination too. This movie is undoubtedly one of the coolest movies of all time. The performances in this movie are splendid and this time, the supporting actors outshone the leading man. Christopher Waltz and Leonardo Dicaprio were terrifying in their roles and ‘The Good,The Bad,The Ugly’ influence sparkles throughout the movie. And dialogues were a treat, especially ‘I like the way you die boy’. This movie was one hell of a watch.

Tarantino makes movies as a movie lover. Once he got his license to continue making movies his style, he put in his movies all that he ever wanted to see in a movie and just shoved it in our faces and said ‘This is my type of movie and you either like it or you do not’. And everyone loved the end-product.

Tarantino is undoubtedly one of the greatest film-makers and one of my favourite film-makers all time. And this is to Tarantino haters ‘You may not love his movies, but can you deny his influence in the world of cinema? ‘

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