Indiana Jones – Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

May 29, 2008

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL (PG-13). Indiana Jones returns to battle a group of evil Russians hunting for a lost artifact with supposed psychic powers. Starring Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett and Karen Allen. 2:07 (violence and gruesome imagery). Opens Thursday at area theaters, with some screening it at midnight Wednesday.

There are two ways to manage a film franchise. One is to continually reinvent and update it, which has worked pretty well for James Bond. The other method is to simply stick with what worked the first time.

That’s what director Steven Spielberg and creator-producer George Lucas have done with “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” their 1981 adventure classic. There’s no recapturing Ark’s innocent magic, so the filmmakers, through two middling but popcorn-worthy sequels – 1984’s “Temple of Doom” and 1989’s “The Last Crusade” – basically reworked the original while taking care not to sully our memories of it. “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” manages the same balancing act, though with some major wobbles as usual.

All necessary ingredients are here: ancient riddles, rumbling stone technology, a precious artifact with supernatural powers. And Harrison Ford, as Indiana Jones, still dashing in leather bomber jacket or professorial tweed. But now it’s 1957, Jones is grayer and creakier, and the new (-ish) villains are Cold War Russians. (Cate Blanchett vamps as their leader, Irina Spalko, a Stalinist she-wolf wrapped in a military body suit.) Karen Allen returns as Marion, Indiana’s tomboyish lover, now the mother of a rebellious teenager, Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf).

The film is fast-moving, fun and occasionally inventive (the man-eating ants are a nice touch). But its success rides almost entirely on Ford, who brightens the action – always improbable, occasionally ludicrous – with physical humor and rascally charm. He wears the role so naturally that his supporting actors often seem to be faking it. And speaking of fake: The disappointing crystal skull of the title, a clear shell with some flashing lights in the cranium, resembles a novelty phone.

The film hints that another sequel might come our way. If so, more of the same will probably work fine, but a reinvention might be in order.

U ME aur HUM

April 15, 2008

The Concept

Movie is about love at first site where a boy (Ajay Devgan) tries everything to convince the girl whom he loved at first site, but as truth unfolds, they move apart but fate brings them together and they get married. And then the movie is about the emotional aspect of life after marriage.

The Movie

Love is the essence of life and that is what the movie tells. Ajay Devgan starts telling the story in flashback mode where Ajay (Ajay Devgan) falls in love at first to Pia (You may spell as Piya too) . In order to convince her that she is the right match for him and he too is ideal for her, he goes to all extent, even breaching her room to find her likes and dislikes. Soon both are the couple. Wait, thats not the story, but good things ends soon when Pia found that he has lied to her and used unfair means to make her believe. So she put things to end.
Things were not meant this way, later on fate again re-unites them, they gets married and becomes an ideal couple for everyone. But now things gets more complicated as they started facing the other aspect of life and there starts a lot emotional troubles. To add to it, Pia (Kajol) is suffering from Alzheimer. So how they save their love life is the movie

The Conclusion

Why to give up relations when we can work upon them ? It is what Ajay (Ajay Devagan) thinks in YOU ME AUR HUM. So overall movie is talking about love, love is not only about having happy moments together but it has other parts too that includes support, understanding and also being together no matter what.

Overall, there are pros and cons of the movie but pros outshine the cons.. A good to movie to watch.
I rate it 4 / 5

Krazzy 4

April 11, 2008

Not again! Another over-the-top comedy and this time with a senti-‘mental’ shade to the story which only ends up being detri-‘mental’ to your mental health. When will the mentality of moviemakers change?

The fundamental idea of Krazzy 4 is clearly inspired from an English film The Dream Team and is sketched into a screenplay which is as much manipulated as the title of the film. Alas the makers seek numerological aid for the title but are at lack of logic when it comes to treatment.

The four title characters are supposedly mental patients but surprisingly seem to be fit and fine to physical and psychological perfection. Raja (Arshad Warsi) is temperamental. Daboo (Suresh Menon) can’t speak. Mukherjee (Irrfan Khan) is a cleanliness freak with an obsessive compulsive disorder for neatness. Gangadhar (Rajpal Yadav) still lives in a bygone era as outdated as the flavour of this film. There is no backing to the background accounts of these loosely drafted characters or any explanation on how they landed in the mental hospital.

Dr. Sonali (Juhi Chawla) feels the quartet needs some time away from the hospital and takes them to the city to watch a cricket match. Unfortunately in the city Sonali is kidnapped and the foursome is stranded. Conveniently Raj stumbles upon his ex-girlfriend (Dia Mirza) while Mukherjee meets his daughter on some random road. The script is crammed with many more of such cinematic coincidences until it comes to a clichéd climax where the four give long lectures on how its better off being dim-witted than being bad in the mad world outside.

The irony with our comedies is that when characters are expected to act sane they go blaringly berserk, and when they are expected to act mad like in this one, they end up appearing rational. While the four characters here are expected to be stupid, they exhibit more intelligence than the rest of the commonsensical cast put together. They stand for the National Anthem, sing expressive songs and also carry off a sting operation successfully.

From an unscrupulous politician who gets his own wife kidnapped to corrupt cops, Ashwini Dheer employs every possible formula in his wangled screenplay. Almost every gone-off gag is stretched beyond its expiry date until it backfires in reflex action. Just for instance there is an entire track dedicated on how earning just one rupee in this materialistic world is so difficult. How redundantly ridiculous!

Jaideep Sen’s directorial touch is equally slapdash, reminiscent of a substandard 80s potboiler. Resorting to a crude Rakhi Sawant item number to wheeling rickshaws in climax chases, the director clearly caters to the front-benchers. Unfortunately these days cinema halls do not fill up till front row capacity.

Even the performances of the much capable cast aren’t inspiring, to say the least. Arshad Warsi’s repeated anger bouts do not amuse. Irrfan Khan looks uninterested. The immensely talented Suresh Menon is criminally wasted in a mute role. Rajpal Yadav is bearable this time around.

Crazy has different connotations from passionate to mad. While the director doesn’t seem to be passionate about his craft, he surely makes you go mad by the end of the show.

Courtesy: Indiatimes movies

Khuda Kay Liye

April 6, 2008

Khuda Kay Liye isn’t merely a powerful story; it’s a film that boasts of fine performances, a great music score and sophisticated production values. Naturally, the scene-stealer is Naseeruddin Shah who enters only in the penultimate moments of the film, but adds enough punch to leave a lasting impression. He is ably matched by his rival, the fundoo mullah Tahiri, with actor Rasheed Naaz spewing fire and brimstone within the precincts of the mosque through sermons that are a deadly mix of religion and politics. Now here’s meaningful cinema that doesn’t compromise on commercial values. Go for it and get thinking.

Shaurya

April 5, 2008

Inspired by a Few Good Men , the Hollywood drama on the defence forces which revealed the ugly underbelly of one of the most respected officers (Jack Nicholson), Shaurya is essentially a courtmartial drama where two friends (Rahul Bose and Jaaved Jaafrey) play defence attorney and prosecutor to a cadet guilty of murder. And if the background is Kashmir, be sure there is a dissection of the world’s number one problem: Islam versus terrorism. But the director handles the incendiary topic with balance and sensitivity. Go for some serious, cerebral viewing.

Blonde Witness

March 16, 2008

A blonde was summoned to court to appear as a witness in a lawsuit. The prosecutor opened his questioning with, “Where were you the night of August 24th?”

“Objection!” said the defense attorney. “Irrelevant!”

“Oh, that’s okay,” said the blonde from the witness stand. “I don’t mind answering the question.”

“I object!” the defense said again.

“No, really,” said the blonde. “I’ll answer.”

The judge ruled: “If the witness insists on answering, there is no reason for the defense to object.”

So the prosecutor repeated the question: “Where were you the night of August 24th?”

The blonde replied brightly, “I don’t know.”

Project Managers

March 16, 2008

If you get in my way, I’ll kill you!

- ideal project manager

If you get in my way, you’ll kill me!

- somewhat less than ideal project manager

If I get in my way, I’ll kill you!

- somewhat misguided project manager

If I get in your way, I’ll kill you!

- A tough project manager (eats glass, live cats, etc.)

If get kill in will way I you.

- dyslexic, functionally illiterate project

manager

I am the way! Kill me if you can!

- messianic project manager

Get away, I’ll kill us all!

- suicidal project manager

If you kill me, I’ll get in your way.

- thoughtful but ineffective project manager

If I kill you, I’ll get in your way.

- project manager who has trouble dealing with the obvious

If a you getta ina my way, I gonna breaka you arm.

- project manager from New York

I am quite confident that there is nothing in the way, so

no one will get killed.

- project manager who is about to get in big trouble

If you kill me, so what? If you get in my way, who cares?

- weak, uninspired, lackluster project manager

If I kill me, you’ll get your way.

- pragmatic project manager

Kill me, it’s the only way.

- every project manager to date.

Bird barks instead of sings!

March 12, 2008

The Antpitta avis canis Ridgley is a bird that looks like a stuffed duck on stilts and barks like a dog. The bird was discovered by ornithologist Robert S. Ridgley in the Andes in Ecuador in June 1998. Thirty of these long-legged, black-and-white barking birds were found. It apparently had gone undetected because it lives in remote parts and, of course, doesn’t sing. The size of a duck, it is one of the largest birds discovered in the last 50 years.

There also are dogs that do not bark! The basenji, smallish dog with a silky copper coat, does not bark. Instead, it yodels when it get excited. Wild dogs like the African Wild Dog also do not bark

The first Oscars

March 12, 2008

At the first Acadamy Awards, Best Director awards went to Lewis Milestone for Two Arabian Knights and Frank Borzage for 7th Heaven. The first award for Actor in a Leading Role went to Emil Jannings for his roles in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh. The first Best Actress award was won Janet Gaynor for her roles in 7th Heaven, Street Angel and Sunrise. The first Best Picture award went to WINGS. Those were the days of the silent movies, thus WINGS was the only silent to have won a Best Picture Oscar. It also featured Gary Cooper in a minor role. Swiss-born Jannings grew up in Germany and had a heavy German accent which, with the advent of sound in movies, basically put an end to his Hollywood movie career.

Jodha Akbar-First week collection

February 22, 2008

jodhaaakbar1.jpgThe first week all-India net of JODHAA AKBAR should silence the detractors, who’ve been spreading malicious rumors throughout the week. Here’s the circuit- wise breakdown:- Mumbai: 11.60 cr
Delhi-U.P.: 4.83 cr
East Punjab: 1.59 cr
Nizam: 1.57 cr
Mysore: 1.41 cr
Tamil Nadu: 42.62 lacs
Kerala: 10.48 lacs
C.P.: 72.28 lacs
C.I.: 64.25 lacs
West Bengal: 97.71 lacs
Bihar: 58.02 lacs
Orissa: 15.57 lacs
Assam: 13 lacs

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