Author: Arindam Sen

Top 10 Hollywood Movies Of 2014

2014 has been a superb year for genre flicks. There has been a wonderful mix of greatness coming out from almost all genres, from very bleak horror stories to mind boggling action movies to quirky comedies and grand science fiction spectacles. Here’s my very subjective list for the what I feel were the 10 Best Movies that I saw this year, I’m sure most will not agree with it. Yes I did rank Godzilla above Interstellar, but it’s my list, so do feel free to tell us yours. Sound off in the comments. Honorary mentions : X-Men: Days of...

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Blind Spot | Graphic Novel Review

Blind Spot is a collection of four different stories by writer Raveesh Mohan with four different artists. All four stories feature some stunning artwork. The look is a very distinct one and the stories get pretty dark and the painted look compliments it perfectly giving it a gritty, noir like feel.You may almost mistake these short stories to be a part of Tales from The Crypt as they feature sinister twists at the end and are ripe for adaptation to the TV medium. The first story, Layers by artist, Murtuza Ali, features some frenetic energy emanating from the pages and some amazing panel work which are an integral part of the story. The dialogues do tend to get a bit cheesy but the superb pacing and a very surprising twist more than make up for that. It succeeds in setting up the basic template for the rest of the book. The second story, Cross-Hair begins with a very Rorschach-esque narration. Vipul Bhandari and Nikhilesh Khatri’s use of dingy colours gives it an Old West vibe and since it deals with the story of a Hitman, I couldn’t complain. This is quite a depressing tale dealing with infidelity, trust, love and hate. The third story, Futile is about an Indian soldier who tries to escape from a POW Camp. This features my favourite art among the bunch and the detailing...

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IN-Conversation With Orange Radius’ Raveesh Mohan

At MFCC 2014, I got an opportunity to talk to the Founder of Orange Radius, Mr. Raveesh Mohan. They have been known for their original superhero work namely Parshu (A superhero from the North East) and Garuda (A Bronge Age era warrior set in the Modern Age). Here is a conversation regarding their latest graphic novel, Blind Spot which has been authored by Raveesh and features art by 4 different illustrators and whose review we will soon be publishing, so watch out for that. IN (Arindam): Hi Raveesh. So how has Comic Con been this year for you? Raveesh: It’s been good, but I was expecting Mumbai response to be much better, but given that there’s one more day left to go, I’m hoping that the response will pick up. I was expecting it to be better than what it was last year. IN: What titles have you been introducing this year? Raveesh: This particular year, 2014, we’ve come out with three titles – the first title that we launched at the Delhi Comic Con earlier in February was Blind Spot, a standalone graphic novel of 4 short stories. Then at the Bangalore comic con in September 2014, we launched the 4th issue of Parshu series, a flagship superhero series by the name Mayhem, which started off the second arc of this particular series; the first half got completed last year. And...

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Exodus: Gods and Kings | Movie Review – A Biblical Borefest

So let it be written So let it be done To kill the first born pharaoh son I’m creeping death. Metallica’s lyrics brought to life were one of the few bright spots in Ridley Scott’s latest epic which starts off with a very well choreographed fight sequence that had me hoping we would finally see the Ridley Scott that made Gladiator rather than the one who made Robin Hood. Sadly it was the latter. Exodus starts off with the conflict between the brothers Rameses and Moses right before battle. I felt this was quite liberating and a fresh perspective on these characters and we didn’t have to go through another origin story with the Baby in the Reeds sequence, however as the movie progresses you’ll feel if that was much needed as you do not feel an emotional connect to Rameses as is expected and with an actor like Joel Edgerton, he could have had a definitive take on the character replacing Yul Brynner from the Ten Commandments, rather Edgerton’s Rameses is made a sideshow and a fairly forgettable two dimensional bad guy. Christian Bale is at the top of his game, he carries what little is left to salvage from the script as the tortured Moses trying to find his right place. There are huge names attached to this, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, who is painfully under-used, Ben...

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Sulemani Keeda | Movie Review : A Profanity-Laced Indie Gem!

Sulemani Keeda belongs to the new breed of fresh voices that have been coming out from the Hindi film industry recently that strive to make something very different from the norm and average theatrical movie releases that we grew up with and relegate these days. Also it has the added advantage of having a title that induces laughter just by a mere mention of it. This movie also looks unlike any other movie you will see this year, maybe due to its extremely low-budget, achieves a very intimate look with regard to the color grading, cinematography, highly reminiscent of MTV’s immensely brilliant show – Bring on The Night. Surjodeep Ghosh, the cinematographer and Amit Masurkar, the director have a free rein exhibiting a photographer’s delight in many sequences with long exposure shots, double exposures, a song sequence composed only of still images, great to watch them play out on the big screen. We need more A-rated Hindi comedies, after Delhi Belly this is probably the only one that goes on a no holds barred rampage of the choice swear words which do not seem forced and is seamless with the dialogue. The high point being the Poetry scene where actor, Mayank Tewari who has one of the best comic timings I’ve seen, has his take on slam poetry. He steals almost every scene that he is in. I’m sure we’ll...

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