Top 10 Movies Of 2015

It is the end of the year and this is my list for the best of 2015. Many releases won’t be featured because I haven’t watched them yet, and many won’t be featured because they haven’t released in India yet, and some 2014 releases maybe featured because they released in India in 2015. Let’s move straight to it :-

10. Baahubali – The Beginning

It is cheesy, over-the-top, melodramatic, but hell fun ! It has all the touches of becoming a superb fantasy flick. It is one of the few movies I think can resonate in the same way in the West as it does here.

9. Mad Max – Fury Road

This is the most insane movie ever, but I loved it. It had everything going for it, a brilliant performance by Charlize Theron, superb non-CGI action sequences, brilliant cinematography, adrenalin pumping score and the guy on the truck playing a guitar which spits out fire. What’s not to like ?

8. Baby

This Neeraj Pandey directed blockbuster has the narrative speed of an asteroid. Halfway through the movie, you are panting, confused and bedazzled. And there comes a plot twist ! Imagine Argo meets Sicario, that’s the atmosphere Baby generates.

7 . Piku

It made me feel the same way I felt after watching Up In The Air. it has no closure, it demands no closure. It is a beautiful story of connecting to the roots and preserving our culture in midst of all hurries intertwined with the joys and sorrows of a dysfunctional family. Heart warming.

6. Drishyam

This gritty remake of one of my favourite movies of all time, exceeded my expectations. It got the tense atmosphere of the original right, and the unflagging pace of the narrative right, even the performances by Tabu and Ajay were scintillating. And that score is one to die for !

5 .Premam

I haven’t laughed so hard in a movie theatre since the release of 3 Idiots, as much as I did while watching Premam. Oodling of an innocent appeal, the movie is a dark comedy about the protagonist’s life told through his romances with three women, but what it also does is a paint a portrait of the changing India while being a non-stop laugh riot.

4. Oru Vadakkan Selfie

Two movies came out in 2015 that attempted to educate and entertain – The Big Short and Oru Vadakkan Selfie. It started off as a hilarious movie with one liners to croon for but then suddenly starts taking the form of a tense thriller. It is hilarious, and yet educates us about the evil called cyber crime. What a masterpiece ! This could even work as an audio-book.

3. Court

There are no protagonists in Court, nor does the story have a beginning or an end. It doesn’t even have a protagonist. The movie flows through the case of Narayan Kamble, sometimes grappling onto it, sometimes paying no heed to it. It urges us to look at the bigger picture, the changing dynamics of the Indian society and the flaws in the judiciary system while also question our morality. And it is way witty. Shame it couldn’t garner an Oscar nomination.

2. The Imitation Game

I found a connection to this movie. There are different ways to analyse this movie. It works as a drama, it works as a period movie, it works a World War II movie, it works as a thriller, it works as a biography. But mostly, it’s about the struggle of an introvert who uses a turn point in history to fill a void in his life left open from childhood. And that performance by Cumberbatch in the climax brings me to tears every time. And this would have been the best of 2015, if it wasn’t for another movie which looked at a story in a way never attempted before, which is :-

  1. The Theory Of Everything

To look at the story of Stephen Hawking in a Nicholas Sparks way is a visionary genius in itself. The Imitation Game moved me to tears in the climax, but The Theory Of Everything had me crying at the smallest and insignificant of scenes and quotes. It was the most romantic movie of this decade and even after watching it nine times, I haven’t fully savoured it. And to be honest, I do not think I ever will. To be more honest, I do not want to.

When you walk out of the the cinema hall, mind-blown, amazed and with a feeling of sadness that the movie ended, that is when you know you have seen a great movie. Share your Top 10 lists of 2015 as well guys. And wish you a Happy New Year ! And do check out my mentor Mark Hobin’s list of best of 2015 as well :- http://fastfilmreviews.com/my-top-10-movies-for-2015/

Thank You !

 

 

3 Idiots Review

Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots is about how Farhan Qureshi (Madhavan), Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi) and Chatur Ramalingam (Omi Vaidya) go on a road trip to Shimla to search for their long-lost best friend Rancho (Aamir Khan) while Farhan recounts their epic tales of friendship at university, their feud with the head of the university Viru Sahastrabuddhi (Boman Irani) and Rancho’s romance with Pia Sahastrabuddhi (Kareena Kapoor) as they try to get through the ruthless education system of India.

Back when it released it 2009, I insisted to see it for two reasons – 1. It had Aamir Khan, who I adored deeply and still do for his work on Taare Zameen Par and, 2. It had Kareena Kapoor, who I had a great crush on and still do. And I went to watch the movie. The theatres where only playing 3 Idiots at that time, with the movie minting money like none other. We had to book the tickets a day ago, because of the movie’s immense popularity but the impact was felt by my young mind of 8 years only when I walked into the screening. Apparently, people had bought tickets to stand and watch the movie. The whole hall was literally packed with people , and there it began.

I can honestly say that the dialogues of 3 Idiots are second to none in the history of cinema. It felt like a Robin Williams stand up act. It moved at a unflagging pace, yet made us laugh our hearts out at every wit. At the time of its release, it was considered a social stigma to not have watched 3 Idiots with many of my friends going to watch the movie just because they couldn’t handle the insults hurled them for not doing so. That was when I could really experience the word-of-mouth promotions at its zenith.

I haven’t seen a movie which handles its themes as well as 3 Idiots. Which other movie can you name which goes from a song to next in 6 minutes and from a moment of absolute comedy to a heartbreaking emotional flair. Only one name comes to mind. Spielberg’s Jaws in which there is a scene in which a scene of comedy turns into absolute horror. Such accomplished is 3 Idiots. It works as a great satire, observing the flaws of the Indian education system under a microscope, going through the issues in a languid way, without forgetting its themes under its rapid fire comedy-riot.

The factor that made 3 Idiots such a great movie is its brutal stark realism, the way the characters talk, their body language, reminded me of my own friends. There isn’t a single dull moment in its long running time. Not one.

The performances by each actor is unforgettable. Although it had Sharman, Aamir, Madhavan and Kareena, the stand out is undoubtedly Omi Vaidya as Silencer. The direction by Hirani is superb. The way he conducts the entire movie is unbelievable. For a change in Hindi movies, the cinematography is fabulous. It looked pretty as a picture. The songs are stupendous, devoid of any Bollywood nonsense often attached to the songs churned out.

The bromance and romance are unbelievable. For the entire running time, we forget that Madhavan, Sharman and Aamir are on the screen, for us it’s Farhan, Raju and Rancho. The striking chemistry between Aamir and Kareena is unforgettable. There set the screen on fire whenever they are on screen and you really want to jump up and whistle when they kiss at last.

The way the movie depicts the flaws of ED of India is breath taking. They resonate deeply with everyone’s life and works just as a satire should. I loved it !

3 Idiots has a soul which maybe the purest it can be. I love it, I adorn it. You become the 5th friend among the gang as the story progresses. Whenever I watch it, it makes me want to fall in love, hug my friends, to excel and more importantly, love myself. 3 Idiots is a classic like no one other, but moreover, the movie is a friend of mine like none other.

Rating : 9.8 / 10

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The Shawshank Redemption Review

Recently, I showed ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ to my mother. Around the part where Brooks gets on parole, I observed her face. Tears glimmered on her face due to the light reflecting from the screen. A critic rightfully said, ‘If you don’t like The Shawshank Redemption, you are beyond redemption.’

The Shawshank Redemption is an enthralling experience each time I watch it. The feeling of nostalgia rushes through me every time I re-watch it. Every time you watch The Shawshank Redemption, it feels as if you are watching a movie made just for you. The structure of The Shawshank Redemption has a striking resemblance to the structure of my supposedly all time favourite movie, Schindler’s List. It is a great movie, which begins lost, supposedly having no definite idea where to go, then it treads forwards in definite episodes, just like a mathematical sum in which many proofs lead to the final definite proof. These episodes eventually lead to the climax, joining all the plot points and leave you dumb-struck. While the episodes of Schindler’s List were the horrors of Holocaust connected to the change in the character of the protagonist Oskar Schindler, the episodes of The Shawshank Redemption, those simple acts of everyday kindness eventually culminate into the redemption of Andy Dufresne and Red.

This Frank Darabont helmed classic is about Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) who is imprisoned for the murder of his wife and lover which he never did. Andy is sent to the Shawshank prison, where he meets Red (Morgan Freeman), and together they embark on a journey to redemption through acts of everyday kindness.

The Shawshank Redemption gains its authenticity from the fact that the friendship between Andy and Red doesn’t develop into this unbreakable bond within a few weeks, months or days. It develops within nineteen years of hell, where the company of human beings is the only way of solace. There hasn’t been a movie which has dissected the nature of human emotions as severely and stark really as The Shawshank Redemption in the history of cine world.

The Godfather also bears a slight resemblance to The Shawshank Redemption. In The Godfather, the film-maker Francis Ford Coppola distinguishes the good and bad from the bad. Similarly in The Shawshank Redemption, we distinguish those one-timers from the psycopaths among criminals, and there stands the sole importance  of our protagonist Andy Dufresne, he isn’t among them, he is innocent.

The Shawshank Redemption always leaves me crying, especially the Brooks sequence, where it is unnatural for an individual not to get emotional. Frank Darabont is a master director, one of my favourites, if I convey frankly. He debuted with The Shawshank Redemption, being helmed by audiences world-wide as the greatest movie ever made, then directed The Green Mile, on of the most engrossing and breath-taking movies ever made, and then moved to the small screen, and created ‘The Walking Dead’ one of the greatest and horrifying sitcoms ever made. He adds in a touch of magic in each of his movies which I find is the true essence of cinema.

Morgan Freeman delivers the highlight of his career with this performance. There is a certain innocence in his face, a smile whose charm is unfathomable, a loveable persona, an aura, a panache that is irresistible. I love this character. Tim Robbins give an extraordinary controlled performance, saying so much while doing so little.

The cinematography is awesome. Man, it is Roger Deakins at the party, so the direction of photography is undoubtedly going to be fucking awesome. The score is composed by Thomas Newman, one of the greatest composers of all time, and one of my own personal favourites, because of the sombre and elegant and emotionally prevalent form of music, which even Hans Zimmer or John Williams can’t achieve. Newman composes a score that just is, what is the word, I would say ’emotionally-imposing’, like it just guffaws you into those cellars.

The movie itself is a story of loneliness and obviously, redemption, like the name suggest but more of a portrait of existential angst. That is another factor which distinguishes Andy, others at Shawshank gradually become institutionalized and accept those walls made of stone, Andy, in for a crime he never conducted symbolises a glimmer of hope which never stops shining.

The Shawshank Redemption is an extraordinary movie about existential angst, loneliness, redemption, friendship and lot more, but what it is, is an experience no viewer can ever forget and rightfully adorns the second place on my list of the ‘Greatest Movies Of All Time’.

Rating : 9.9 / 10

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