What Is The Greatest Cinematic Experience I Have Ever Had ?

What is it to have a great cinematic experience? As much as the art it derives its existence from, a great cinematic experience is subjective to its very core. I have read various testimonials of couples on the internet talking about how Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck made them fall in love with each other. I, on the other hand would readily make a case that watching a submarine fight while sitting on a beach would be a far better way to spend one’s time than watching the same movie in question.

In these few recent years during which I have fallen madly in love with this art form, the question of how a movie is perceived differently by every individual has hounded me persistently. And it’s not just confined to either a negative or positive response. Even to this day, the lovers of Francis Ford Coppola’s haunting masterpiece Apocalypse Now are debating whether to hail it as a pro or anti war movie.

One of the most pivotal and obvious reasons a movie may allure some and parry others is primarily because of its subject matter. A person who hasn’t gone through heartbreak may not think twice of Marc Webb’s (500) Days Of Summer after having seen it. However, it will stand out as a favorite of one who has experienced this heart-wrenching ordeal because the movie illustrates his life situation, which induces a personal experience for him in the cinema hall rather than a mere steady flow of 24 frames per second.

Another factor causing a major divide among the audiences is one’s perception of cinema itself. A friend of mine who lives a floor above hails Micheal Bay’s Transformers as the greatest movie he has ever seen. This opinion of his was obviously met by me with great dissent and inept sarcasm (Micheal Bay is so dumb he got locked in a grocery store and starved). But the more I think about it now, I don’t see his opinion to be flawed at all for when he walks into a cinema theater, all he expects to take from it seems to be unabashed entertainment which Bay seems to offer.

And as I realize now, I could go on and on about the various factors which seem to be responsible for this psychological phenomena, but none of them would be a concrete factor which one can consider the principal reason for a person to either hate or love a movie. In the end I truly believe, a movie is to a person what he is or has been.

But, dear reader, it was your inquisitiveness towards my own personal experience which brought you to this paragraph. And the answer to the titular question is a relatively well-known movie from Paul Thomas Anderson titled Magnolia. Why ?

Because after watching it, I knew the movie had changed me irreversibly, but I had no idea how. Many of the meaningful moments in our lifetime seem to ascertain themselves with deep, life changing philosophical depth, but somehow, the most important among them always seem to evade their greater meaning from us, as if to make us revisit and learn from them from time to time.

One of my greater fears I have as a human being is I have depleted my quota for the emotions a human being feels in his lifetime and what I am feeling now is just lesser version of what I have already felt. But after watching Magnolia, I knew I was feeling something deeper than anything I had felt, but I also knew I would never have the words to describe it.

For me watching Magnolia wasn’t just a cinematic experience, but more or less, a life experience. And a profound one too.

(Share your greatest cinematic experience and your thoughts on the different perception of movies in the comments)

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Are Movies Consuming My Life ?

To my dear readers, this article is mostly me moaning about my personal relationship with movies so read at your own risk, you may find it boring.

If you have read my Gravatar profile, you may have noticed I have said that I have opened this blog to find more people to talk about movies, because i have no social life. This point was further elaborated in my article ‘Answering The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ and the review of the television series ‘Castle’. Today, a thought passed through my mind. It just came out of nowhere, but has left me thinking ever since and I won’t be able to concentrate on any other thing if I don’t write this and share it with you, my friends.

See, the main reason I have no social life, or more clearly, the reason why I am lonely is because of movies. I didn’t have this problem till I was 12. Then, I watched Castle one day and from that day, I have never looked back. That was the time when I got immersed in English entertainment. English literature, television and movies became my life. The thought that they are responsible for the current despicable state of my social life was just heart-breaking. Had the things I worshiped for happiness became the inception of my sorrow ? I didn’t know and that is what got me here, writing this post, as a eccentric form of therapy.

This article is not for your sympathy, please give that to the earthquake victims of Nepal who suffered the most grave tragedy. Instead, I just want you to read this and reach out to me. If you are a lover of English literature, movies and television shows, I need you desperately. I don’t know if I am making a convincing appeal because I am typing every random thought passing through my mind, but I hope you understand friend.

Movies have become a part of my daily routine. I can’t live without them. I watch at least one every weekend. Every free time I get is consumed in making lists regarding movies, or just talking about them to my very bored friends at school who don’t want to listen to me but pretend to care about what I say just so that my feelings don’t get hurt.

I don’t know if you understand my state of mind, I don’t know if you understand loneliness. You may, or may not, I don’t know. This is a problem that many do not understand. I have tried conveying this to two of my friends. One listened very compassionately, other just asked a question- You live in Mumbai, with a population of 270 million, how can you be lonely ? I say, because I can’t reach out to them, and because not one among these 270 million intrigue me.

If I approach you to be my friend, please forgive me if I appear to be pushy. I don’t want to be, but the remotest possibility of having a friend who has the same love towards movies that i have intrigues me to a high extent. Loneliness is not having people around you, it is not having people around you that you can bare your soul with. I want to talk about movies, sitcoms and books, because that is the only thing that intrigues me. Escapism as many call it, that’s what this is all about. I love getting transported to a new world with new characters, a world where I don’t have to worry about Chinese currency and Kim Jong Un. And that is what I want, a friend who wants to share this experience with me. A friend who I can talk about my passions with. A friend who confides in me. But, my passion turns out to be Hollywood movies and there ain’t nobody around here who wants to talk about them. I wish I could be there in London or California where I have more chance of finding such a person.

i have said that even if you don’t read my reviews, just post some comment, try to spark of a conversation, because I desperately need it my friend, I need it.

I love Chris Stuckmann (https://www.youtube.com/user/ChrisStuckmann). Why, because he is a lot like me. He used to be lonely at a time, had a dark phase in his life, then what got him up again ? Movies and he took up a career I wish I had. I envy him, he has a geeky wife as well and has people around him who also talk non-stop about movies. Whenever Chris talks, it feels like I am talking to a friend. It’s a warm feeling. I have possessiveness around him too, although I don’t know him. I cried when he got emotional in his tribute of Robin Williams, and I start a fight with anyone who says something bad about him in comments. I hope I can meet him sometime.

I also wanted to say something about some people I have met due to this blog. First of all, Mark Hobin. He is the creator of Fast Film Reviews (http://fastfilmreviews.com/), and is my favourite movie critic alongwith Chris Stuckmann, Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. He is more of a mentor for me as well, he helped in a lot of things concerned with my blog and was also the first follower of my blog. Mark, if you are reading this, thanks for all that you have done. You may not know it, but I consider you one of my best friends. You reply to every comment that you get on your website which I find as a very great virtue. Mark, you may find some of my comments on your website as stupid, or just completely unrelated to the concerned movie or topic. I sometimes post them when I feel overcomed by loneliness. The fact that you will reply brings in some assurance to my existence and that joy when you reply cannot be described in words. I know you may find this very silly considering you reply to hundreds of comments, but I just wanted to say, it means a lot.

Next, to Kelly Konda. He is another person I consider as a friend. He was the first person to like a post on my blog and also talk to me through this medium. He also gave me a big step in my short blogging life. He offered to send me an invite to be a contributor on We Minored In Film (http://weminoredinfilm.com/) Due to some technical glitches, the invitation doesn’t arrive on my account. Fuck Indian internet ! But, the fact that you cared so much about my writing was very touching and I hope we can talk again sometime.

I think that is about it. But concerning to the main question, are movies consuming my life, I say the above mentioned examples are a proof that they have introduced me to few fellows who love movies as much as I do. So, it may be baby steps, but I am making new friends and I hope to keep on forging new relationships of friendship with people who share a love towards this art. Maybe you, the reader of this article, may turn out to be the best friend I will ever have. I may even end up getting teased for this article on the ruthless, emotionless internet. An endless list of possibilities lie before me, and that will help me to go on. I will keep trying.

That time when Quentin Tarantino talked about ‘those Cate Blanchett’ movies

Quentin Tarantino is a bravado. He is a source of energy in the cine-world just like anti-matter in the world or in that case, in Dan Brown novels. But, if you look closely, Tarantino keeps much to himself. But no complaints considering the fact that his mind is constantly engaged in churning out stories like Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction. But, recently Quentin Tarantino revealed that while he finds many movies good and artsy, he still thinks they don’t have a place in cinema.

That is the most true statement anyone has made for a really long time. I too wanted to say this for many years, but I never had the guts to say it. That’s what I love about Quentin Tarantino. He is so cool ! He just makes what he wants to make and just says what he wants to say. He is unrestrained.

Quentin Tarantino’s statement was like this ‘Half of these Cate Blanchett movies — they’re all just like these arty things. I’m not saying they’re bad movies, but I don’t think most of them have a shelf life. Look at movies like The Fighter or American Hustle. These are movies that folks are gonna even after 30 years.’

A standing ovation for you, Mr.Tarantino. Movies now-a-days which get all these Oscars have no shelf life. The movie gets consumed in the art it is supposedly trying to display. It is no fun for the audience, just some things to rave about for a bunch of self-proclaimed film intellectuals who praise all things which are considered heart yet criticize pure entertainers as they do not consider them art.

This is what makes Tarantino’s movies to stand out. They are pure entertainment while still being a ode to the art known as cinema. Cate Blanchett is one of my all time favourite actress, because she just gets under the skin of any character she has to play, and also she happens to be HELL HOT ! But, I wouldn’t just categorize such movies to Cate Blanchett. Many movies are released every year which no one actually enjoys. And then there is moaning about people not appreciating thoughtful art yet making crap like Transformers blockbusters. I say give something to the audience.

After 30 years no one’s gonna remember Blue Jasmine or Ida or all that. People are gonna look up this age and point out American Hustle, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Django Unchained or Whiplash. These are movies that will continue to enthrall the audiences even after a century. These are movies that people are going to be known as classics, these are movies that will be acknowledged as a celebration of cinema. Art at its purest form. So, I hope people will listen to Tarantino’s statement and try to make movies that have a retain value and can be enjoyed by audiences any time they want.

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My thoughts on BBC’s 100 Greatest American Movies List

It is has been much debated upon, much criticized and all that but heck, I needed to talk about this list. BBC had polled 62 international film critics to come up with this list and after their hard work, they came up with this :-

100. Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder, 1951)
99. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)
98. Heaven’s Gate (Michael Cimino, 1980)
97. Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939)
96. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
95. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)
94. 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002)
93. Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese, 1973)
92. The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)
91. ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982)
90. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
89. In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray, 1950)
88. West Side Story (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961)
87. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
86. The Lion King (Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, 1994)
85. Night of the Living Dead (George A Romero, 1968)
84. Deliverance (John Boorman, 1972)
83. Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)
82. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981)
81. Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott, 1991)
80. Meet Me in St Louis (Vincente Minnelli, 1944)
79. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)
78. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
77. Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939)
76. The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
75. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977)
74. Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis, 1994)
73. Network (Sidney Lumet, 1976)
72. The Shanghai Gesture (Josef von Sternberg, 1941)
71. Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993)
70. The Band Wagon (Vincente Minnelli, 1953)
69. Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1982)
68. Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946)
67. Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, 1936)
66. Red River (Howard Hawks, 1948)
65. The Right Stuff (Philip Kaufman, 1983)
64. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954)
63. Love Streams (John Cassavetes, 1984)
62. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
61. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999)
60. Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986)
59. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Miloš Forman, 1975)
58. The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940)
57. Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen, 1989)
56. Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985)
55. The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967)
54. Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950)
53. Grey Gardens (Albert and David Maysles, Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, 1975)
52. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)
51. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)
50. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940)
49. Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick, 1978)
48. A Place in the Sun (George Stevens, 1951)
47. Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock, 1964)
46. It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)
45. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962)
44. Sherlock Jr (Buster Keaton, 1924)
43. Letter from an Unknown Woman (Max Ophüls, 1948)
42. Dr Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
41. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, 1959)
40. Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, 1943)
39. The Birth of a Nation (DW Griffith, 1915)
38. Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
37. Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk, 1959)
36. Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977)
35. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)
34. The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)
33. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
32. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941)
31. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes, 1974)
30. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
29. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
28. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
27. Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, 1975)
26. Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett, 1978)
25. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)
24. The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
23. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
22. Greed (Erich von Stroheim, 1924)
21. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
20. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
19. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
18. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931)
17. The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin, 1925)
16. McCabe & Mrs Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)
15. The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler, 1946)
14. Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975)
13. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
12. Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
11. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles, 1942)
10. The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
9. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
8. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
7. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952)
6. Sunrise (FW Murnau, 1927)
5. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
3. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
2. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
1. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)

So, the list is anchored by Citizen Kane, which was an obvious choice and the safest bet but if you ask me why, I have no freaking goddamn idea. This has become sort of a moral obligation to place Citizen Kane as the best movie ever made. It is nowhere near that, I assure you. Some groundbreaking film-making techniques are employed in this movie, which were revolutionary in the 40’s, 50’s and even 60’s and has still influenced cinema but that doesn’t mean that it should end up on every great movies list. Avatar too was shot with revolutionary motion capture techniques, does that mean it should end up on every great movies list ? No. The time has long passed to leave behind Citizen Kane.

Once again, there is Singin;  in the Rain for no apparent reason. There is a great improvement too. Marin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Goodfellas comes in high at 19 and 20 rankings. And there’s Mulholland Drive ! BBC has more sense than the Academy which just gave it one Academy nomination. There is variety too. Kubrick’s controversial Eyes Wide Shut is on the list, and so is the Razzler nominated horror classic The Shining.

Schindler’s List comes in a lot late. BBC’s stupid. Really, they think The Graduate, Groundhog Day, Eyes Wide Shut, Some Like It Hot, Marnie, Wizard of Oz is greater than Schindler’s List, which in my opinion is the greatest movie ever made.

And there’s The Dark Knight ! This one of the best decisions ever. BBC is the first one to acknowlege the greatness of the movie. The way it has revolutionized a genre is unbelievable and cheers in its inclusion.

There are fortunately many modern movies in the list such as Mulholland Drive, The Dark Knight, The Tree of Life, 12 Years A Slave and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I still feel that there was no need for including 12 Years A Slave.

Like always, this list sparked off controversies. Questions were raised about the non-inclusion of greats like The Shawshank Redemption, Inception, Memento, North by Northwest, Saving Private Ryan, Rear Window and To Kill A Mockingbird. But, mainly it’s just another list guys, take it easy !

Note : By the way they should have included The Shawshank Redemption, Inception and 12 Angry Men.

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Why I Don’t Love Superhero Movies

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I began watching movies since I was 7 and during that age my love for them was extended only to sports and comedy genres. After a few more years, romantic comedies and dramas came into that space. And when I became 11, I read the Sherlock Holmes stories after which I expanded my horizons and the thriller and horror genres came in. After watching Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity I started appreciating the science fiction genre as well and The Raiders of the Lost Ark got me into action and archaeology. But, there is one genre that I still haven’t loved: Superhero movies.

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Superhero movies did excite me when I was a kid with nil knowledge about movies. I watched in delight the Iron Man and Spiderman movies but after some time, when I got acquainted deeply with Hollywood, I watched Chaplin, Zodiac, Good Night and Good Luck, Sherlock Holmes and Tropic Thunder. And I noticed a man who stole the scene in every scene that he acted. I saw a man who challenged the other actors with his performances and simultaneously improved their performances. I saw a great actor and then I saw Iron Man and Avengers. Robert Downey Jr. was stereotyped into a genre. That man who jumped within comedies and dramas and romantic comedies and even horror had stopped his routine because he had found the machine that was going to pay for his entire life. Why try to act in front of the camera and then sometimes receive criticism for it when you just have to go in front of the camera and just say some dialogues that the children will admire and make you a public favorite without much effort?

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We all know that Marvel will never stop making these movies. There will be another 6-7 sequels for Iron Man and 4-5 sequels to Avengers and Iron Man is part of the third Captain America movie as well and it is reported that RDJ will receive a 40 million plus salary for it. So he will earn what, another 250 – 300 million from the upcoming Marvel movies and by the time they end, he will be as old as Robert Duvall is right now. Then we can all agree that he won’t have much time left to give great performances. He will not be remembered as a great actor, but as the guy who put on a stupid iron suit and although the main work was done by the visual effects supervisor, walked away with a cool 200 mill.

Now, I do agree that the first Iron Man movie was a decent one. RDJ gave a good performance, the screenplay was good and it was enjoyable and sensible but once the first one gained critical and commercial success, the makers gained all the momentum required and started making balderdash. They had a gained a fan following that would be dedicated and would always forgive them for the movies that they make, because they would hope that there would be another one like the first. And by puking again and again over the hopes of the people, they make money.

Another problem with comic book movies is that they sort of appear to be catered only for comic book fans. I pity these fans, I really do. They go these movies expecting a good tribute to these heroes that made them laugh, cry and even inspired them in their life because they got a hero. Mostly nerds read these comics. Although I belong to a different species of the same kind, because I don’t like comic books or movies, I know how many of them feel. They don’t have many people to talk to, they lack the confidence to say something that they want tot to say and these heroes gave and still give them hope. They are given a feeling that there will always be someone who would be their best friend and listen to everything that they want to say and that they would never let any harm befall on them. And the feeling of seeing your heroes or friends in living skin is an experience just like I had when watching Harry Potter. And capitalizing on that feeling to make money is despicable. If you are trying to bring beloved characters that live in words on screen then utmost care should be taken so that they would be perfect to the people who idolize or love or despise them.

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Now let us move on to a time when this actually happened, i.e. Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. It was a great move to rope in the guy who had made Insomnia and Prestige and Memento at that time. Nolan understood that although comics are about the good guy kicking the bad guy’s ass, there was actually a drama at their core. Nolan didn’t saw Bruce Wayne as a guy who put on a cool suit and sat in a cool automobile and defeated the bad guys, he saw Bruce as a broke guy who was trying to wipe out the underworld because of the negative impact that the underworld had on his childhood. And the Batman movies don’t have continuous action scenes throughout them; they are shot like a crime drama which is also a character study.

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For example, let us analyze the greatest superhero movie villain of all time – Joker. In every shitty superhero movie, you see a guy who wants to make money/ world domination on his mind/ just kills without any reason. But, Joker is broke. He had an abusive father and the love of his life left him which burned his faith in humanity. Then he saw Batman as the guy who represents humanity in its good sense and Joker felt that Gotham should also see humanity as it really is, darkness. Joker is not a freak, he is a symbol of the true nature of human beings, i.e. evil and Batman was shown as hope. And we all know how that worked. I too consider the Batman trilogy as one of the finest movies ever made.

So, in reality, I do not have a problem with superhero movies, I have a problem with the way they are presented. If they are given more thought and care and not just considered as a money making machine for the makers and the actors, then this is a genre that can actually revolutionize cinema and can appeal to its target audience and also the average moviegoer who just wants to see a good movie on the screen.

I hope you enjoyed this post, folks ! If you want me to write about anything related to the cine industry, or review a movie/sitcom or make a list about something cinema related, please post your request in the comments below.

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Top 11 Movie Trailers & Why Trailers Are Not Doing Their Job

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Okay Travis, I get it ! You too need help dude, you talk to yourself in a mirror ! God, I love making lists so much. I love it. God help me, I love it. I love it more than my… sorry, if I started talking like George Patton right now. I just watched Franklin Schaffner’s Patton and an idea just came to me after watching the movie, and it was that I should go home and watch the trailer of Inglorious Basterds to see the coolest version of the war ever. And eventually I thought, why not make this list ?

Trailers are meant to arouse (send your dirty minds to the laundry) your interest towards a movie and get your butt towards that comfortable seat of your nearby cinema hall. But most trailers don’t do that. They vice-versa on their purpose. They instead destroy any interest an individual has towards viewing the movie or end up spoiling major plot lines for the cinema goer or end up imprinting a wrong impression about the movie in the minds of the viewer.

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Take the trailer of the movie Drive for example. It was a superb crime drama but the trailer gave the perception that this was an action movie. So, the targeted audience was not acquired by the movie. Instead it got an audience looking for an action film, and they were subsequently disappointed. But fortunately, the people who had read the novel ‘Drive’ on which the movie was based on and also the cinema goers who were already acquainted with the work of Nicolas Refn went to watch the movie and loved it and gave the flick word-of-mouth publicity which resulted in the movie not being a financial failure, but it unfortunately didn’t get as much financial success as it deserved because of the slow first weeks.

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For spoilers, let’s take the trailer of Lord Of The Rings – Two Towers. It began as an extravagant epic flaunting its large scale. The score adapted from Requiem for a Dream added with a touch of epicness just made it mesmerizing. But what happened in the end ?  If you have watched the first installment, Fellowship Of The Ring, you know Gandalf dies in it. But the trailer of Two Towers just spoiled the most important twist of the plot – that Gandalf is actually alive and has now become a White Wizard ! See, if they had just ended the trailer with that shot of Legolas, Gimli and Aragorn staring at a White Wizard, this trailer would have made it into my top 10, but they had to show Gandalf’s face and spoil everything. Why ?!

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As for interest, take the trailer of Conjuring or my all time favourite movie Schindler’s List. Conjuring gave away all the major scares it had in store for the audience in the first half of the movie in the trailer itself. A horror movie owes its success to its surprises, but Conjuring thought that just showing its scariest scenes in the trailer will just bring audience to the cinema hall. But, everyone thought it was going to be another ghost in the basement movie. But it was actually a very good horror movie. Schindler’s List’s trailer gave the perception that it was going to be brutal throughout it. That it was just going to show Jews getting killed from start to end, and believe me, if you are paying 10 dollars to watch a flick, you expect something more than leaving the cinema hall with a headache after seeing people getting killed for three hours. This trailers were extremely misleading and have destroyed the interest people had about watching them. Fortunately, I watched these four after watching the movie.

But the ten I am about to list out now did their jobs. They did it like Mark Zuckerberg did with Facebook. They are like Citizen Kane of trailers. Many of them were even better than their movies were. The moment I watched them, I knew I had to watch this movie. They revealed nothing about the plot, but had me engrossed even before the movie began. And so it begins :-

11. AMERICAN SNIPER

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One of the most intense trailers I have ever seen, American Sniper takes us to the point of nervous collapse, and makes our heart to beat faster, just like that of the movie’s protagonist. The trailer begins with two soldiers, one of them Chris Kyle played by Bradley Cooper, with guns and binoculars in their hands, bored and waiting for a call on their next target. Suddenly, they get a green signal on their next target. A 7-10 year old innocent boy. Now, the tension begins and Kyle tries to make a decision of whether to act on the duty or moral side while re-evaluating his life. His hands tremble, but begin tightening around the trigger and right at a point where Kyle either fires the shot or leaves his fingers off the trigger, the trailer ends. It leaves it with what we want from the movie, the tension. It assured us that American Sniper is going to be exactly what it promises to be : gritty, emotional and tense and leaves us waiting for the movie to release as soon as possible. Only if it had kept up with the trailer.

10 . BOYHOOD

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Heart warming is what this trailer is. Never has a trailer captured the essence of a movie so effectively as the trailer of Boyhood does. We are given brief glimpses into Mason’s life beginning from the first shot to the end shot. Like the movie, it doesn’t show major plot changers in the movie, it just shows the little moments that we cherished later in the movie. We all felt related to the trailer somehow. This had or is happening to everyone of us. And the exquisiteness of the cinematography is flaunted impeccably in the trailer and never have I seen a song being used so perfectly to support the framework of the narrative yet to unfold.

09 . NIGHTCRAWLER

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Haunting. I couldn’t get over this trailer. If I had been an Academy voter, I would have given Gyllenhaal an Academy nomination for his performance in the trailer alone. We are introduced to Lou Bloom, a normal, seemingly innocent guy struggling to meet his ends meet. He has high philosophy and is a ‘nightcrawler’. He doesn’t get sleep for some reason. And one day, he stumbles upon a car accident and notices a camera crew which comes to record the scene. And here’s where it begins. The madness of Lou is unleashed. He has ventured into the news business with an assistant and a fact is shoved into our brain : This guy ain’t innocent. We are given a brief yet tantalizing glimpse into this sadist psychotic mind with no rules. He will do anything for perfection and success. This trailer had a very slow start but in the middle, there is this explosion of thrill and tension which leaves our jaws dropped. But it is the acting by Jake that leaves us mesmerized. The innocent guy who Lou was at the beginning is transformed into this sick yet fascinating monster who we cannot miss to see in action at the nearest cinema hall.

08 . THE SOCIAL NETWORK

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If you are familiar with the book this movie is based, you might now the title of it is ‘The Accidental Billionaires : The Founding Of Facebook : A Tale Of Sex, Money, Genius & Betrayal’. That is exactly what we are shown in the trailer. We are first given a glimpse into almost all the important features of Facebook. Then we are shown the humble beginnings of Mark Zuckerberg, then the inception of an idea called Facebook which expanded from a Harvard hostel room to almost all the continents in the world (except Antarctica of course, you think penguins are gonna use Facebook ? Are you high after watching Mr.Popper’s Penguins ?!) You are given a brief introduction of the characters and then you are sent down into a delicate rabbit hole of sex (hot girl with Timberlake!), money & betrayal (you see Garfield smashing things and court papers) and of course, the genius portrayed impeccably by Jesse Eisenberg. With its stupendous score and gentle motion, the trailer is a must watch just like the movie itself.

07 . WHIPLASH

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Mortifying is the only word that runs in your mind after watching the demon unleashed by Simmons in the trailer. I like it when things hit me when I am not expecting them to hit me (expect in the classroom, that compass throwing ain’t fun guys!). The trailer begins with Andrew Neiman, played by Miles Teller, on a date with the girl from Glee (that lucky son-of-a-bitch). They are definitely right for each other it seems. We are immediately given an insight into Andrew’s love for music, when he talks about the music playing in the pizza place. Then, we are pushed into more happiness because Andrew has been selected for the studio band where he is being hailed by the curator Terence Fletcher (J.K.Simmons) as Buddy Rich. But here’s where it begins. Terence seems to be enjoying Andrew’s skills when he suddenly throws a chair at him. Never have I been surprised as much as I was with this shot in my entire movie-going experience, except for a scene in Jaws. First timer Damien Chazelle had given a challenge to Steven Spielberg himself. Then, the tone of the trailer completely changes and the ideologies of both Terence and Neiman are revealed subsequently and we are given glimpses of this epic psychological battle while being thrilled by the haunting score. The trailer did give a spoiler that Andrew breaks up with the Glee girl (yes, I too was happy that she was back in the market but she gets another boyfriend in the end of the movie 😦 ) but that can be forgiven. Yes it can be.

06 . THE DARK KNIGHT

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I hate superhero movies. I freaking hate them. They are stupid, immature, have a weak plot line and are made to cater to just comic book fans. The opposite of the first three adjectives that I used in the previous sentence will give you a description of The Dark Knight. This trailer was haunting. The exquisite cinematography is the first thing that you are amazed by. And then comes Joker. The moving reality of horror and sadism. Every second of the Joker gives you chill. And that Hans Zimmer score is so freaking great. I never gave a crap about this movie before. But Nolan was directing it, so I decided to show a little bit of interest in it. And the trailer just arouse (read the whole sentence pervert!) my whole curiosity. And most of all, Katie Holmes had been replaced ! Instead, we have Jake’s sister Maggie in it. But the character of Rachael is still annoying so Nolan gave us the best of treats, he puts Rachael into all sorts of trouble. Unforgettable is the gritting horror radiated from the trailer.

05 . PULP FICTION

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There are drugs consumed, there are shots being fired, there are characters dancing, there is sex, and then you know, this going to be one hell of a movie. Nothing is revealed about the plot, not a single thing, the only thing the trailers does is to show few scenes capturing all the actors. But it does its job. The job of converting these L.A. lowlifes to ultra stylized vibrant characters. The trailers shows us how funny it is, how cool it is, how fun its gonna be, and most of all, follows the same non linear narrative method which Tarantino uses in the movie. The movie has already warned the audience of its ingredients : crude humor, drugs, violence, again violence and lots of blood, and an obscenity in every dialogue. Yet if you don’t mid them, you are in for an experience you will never forget.

04 . THE IMITATION GAME

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It begins with a bang and ends with a bang. The Imitation Game is the most effective trailer in recent years. It begins with a thriller tone and progresses into an emotional one. We feel the plight of Turing who is repeatedly failing at breaking Enigma. Then, we know that Turing has had the hard way and finds it difficult to socialize but after some time, we see four guys standing up for him. Why ? That was the mystery that The Imitation Game shrouded us with. But it was the score by Desplat that made this trailer phenomenal. And Cumberbatch of course ! Playing a genius is in his veins. The way he does it ! Cumberbatch molds a new character but stills brings about some Sherlockian features while portraying Turing enough to make all the Cumberbitches and me to croon. (He is a good looking fellow, alright. Don’t I have feelings ? Can’t I have a man-crush ?)

03 . INGLORIOUS BASTERDS

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Quentin Tarantino has unleashed his true self into the trailer. He puts himself in a whole new genre and instead of getting immersed in it, he reinvents it ! Typical Tarantino. He has put together a whole new tale, a tale of a successful revolt against Nazism by a bunch of another low-lives commanded by an commander so cruel that he feels imposing even though he hasn’t done a single act of cruelty. Till then we were seeing only the plight of the Jews, but Tarantino thought it was enough. So he just made a movie in which Jews kill Nazis with baseball bats. There are guns firing and firing and Hitler shouting ‘Nay!Nay!Nay’. What else do we need ?

02 . THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

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The best thing a trailer can do is to change a person’s perception about the movie completely. For example. imagine if the Godzilla trailer had a mob shootout scene in it. You would be surprised right ? That’s exactly how I felt after watching the trailer of The Theory Of Everything. I expected it to show Hawking writing on library windows, or staring at the universe, or getting a standing applause and all but what happened was I saw a trailer for a romantic movie. The way James Marsh presented a bio-pic about a cosmologist great was by focusing on his unsung love story. That’s where it shook me. And that score ! I knew Johann Johannasson could do serious (watch Prisoners) but a score such lively and inspirational was so unexpected. And I knew I am gonna love this movie and like hell I did !

And the drum roll please (Fletcher’s throwing chairs at me)

It is :

01 . INCEPTION

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This Christopher Nolan epic delves into the world of dreams and is undoubtedly one of my all time favourite movies. But, the one thing that I love more than the movie was …… its trailer ! It revealed many a thing but nothing about the plot. It gave you instructions about how to manage and create a dream, delved little bit into Cobb’s personal life and moreover, showed us how intense, genius and epic it was gonna be. That shot of a city going upside down was all it took for me to book a ticket. The cinematography in the trailer gives the movie a noir effect which I cherish and also that score from Zack Hemsey is haunting, attractive, mind-blowing and goes along perfectly with the mysterious essence of the movie. That trailer was just perfect. God help me I love it !

So, I hope you enjoyed my top 10 as much as I enjoyed writing it. Do you have any other trailers in  your mind that you think should have been a part of this list ? Can you name some trailers which enriched or ruined your movie-going experience ? Do you want me to review any sitcom or movie or write about anything related to sitcoms and movies that you think I should write about ? If so, please let me know in the comments.

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Will You Guys Just Stop Spoiling Game Of Thrones For Me ? ( Contains some spoilers because some plot-spoiling idiots spoiled it for me )

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I love the internet. I think it is the single greatest invention in the past 1000 years or something. It is the most effective and cheapest way of connecting with the world. But will you guys just stop spoiling the supposed greatest sitcom ever made for me ! It is MA, and I have decided to begin to watch it as soon as as I turn 16. But by that time, I would have known the whole freaking plot.

I love the opening credits and in my very short experience I have found that most of the shows which have an awesome opening sequence turns out to be good. Sherlock, Mad Men, The Big Bang Theory, Friends, X-Files, they all rock. And the opening sequence itself radiates so much epicness that I couldn’t subdue my desire to watch it, which I didn’t pervs, so stop laughing ! I instead began with the books and finished the first one and have begun with the second one as well but thanks to those vicious selfish demons with a freaking laptop/computer/mobile I already know Catelyn Stark is not in season 4, Jon Snow dies, Sansa Stark gets raped, Joffrey Baratheon dies (son of a bitch deserved to die, but at least I would have preferred to know it myself ). Everything is spoiled for me.

The internet owns me, I think. I can’t help it. These spoilers just pop out from anywhere. While reading articles, while watching videos, literally when I do anything, I think. It feels as if somebody is throwing freaking darts at me every time I use this goddamned internet. I can’t help it. What do you suppose I should do ? Sit with my butt on this surprisingly comfortable chair watching movies and reviewing them. These guys just won’t stop. They are like ‘ I have to watch this first and spoil this for everyone else out there’. I don’t why they do that. The experience of watching something like this is unbelievable for a television watcher and these guys won’t just let other guys experience the same thing that they feel when they watch this game of deceit being set into motion before their own eyes.

Solution : I freaking need you right now ISOC. Just censor everything that I can see and remove all the Game of Thrones stuff from it. And to all those guys out there, just invent some software called Game of Thrones Protection or some carp like that which sends a notification to you whenever you open something GOT related saying ‘Game of Thrones Spoiler. Open at your own risk.’

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