Author: Arindam Sen

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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Interstellar | Movie Review #3

Interstellar commits a cardinal sin of being predictable at the very start of the movie which keeps it from being a truly remarkable movie. This in my opinion is the first time that Nolan will be criticized of being too convenient. It was also the first time I felt a Nolan movie did not engage me right from the start, the running time gave leeway to flesh out the characters more which I felt compromised with the pacing at the beginning, his previous works had a hook which sweeps you in with an urgency that I felt was sorely...

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The Expendables 3 | Movie Review

I usually review movies by the set standards of the genre they represent. So, going into Expendables I knew what was expected – A testosterone fueled look back at the heydays of 80s action movie age, when megastars like Arnold and Stallone ruled the roost, the one which would be low on character development and high on the nostalgia and fun quotient. The third outing however isn’t as much fun as the previous two installments. The nostalgia factor wears thin pretty quick as it comes across as over-bearing and the plot, over-simplistic and juvenile. Stallone hands over the directorial...

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Guardians of The Galaxy | Movie Review #2

*Spoiler alert* When Marvel announced Guardians of the Galaxy as a new movie in their second phase, like Korath The Pursuer played by the indomitable Djimon Honsou there was a resounding,”Who?” among the fans of the books and movies alike. Obscure was an understatement for this franchise. I consider myself a semi-literate comic fan and I had never heard of it prior to Marvel’s announcement at Comic Con 2012. It was furthermore surprising that James Gunn was announced as its director, whose credit till then was scripting Zack Snyder’s remake of Dawn of The Dead, the two Scooby Doo...

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