Batman Assault on Arkham

Assault-on-ArkhamMarvel may have lined up their live action movies till 2019 and DC is still far far behind. Justice League is still a vague idea for them, of course Zack Snyder is helming Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice and the Trinity has been revealed but would it end in a JLA Movie? I have my fingers crossed. Although there is one thing that DC aces everytime, the DC Universe Animated movies. Marvel’s animated movies have lacked that essential oomph factor that DC nails in almost every animated movie. Yes of course most of DC’s animated movies are based on DC Comics’ original material, and some did have a few pitfalls here and there but you have to admit many of DC Animated movies are a sheer pleasure to watch, be it Superman Doomsday, Flashpoint Paradox or the recent The Dark Knight Returns adaptation…its all top notch adding to DCs wonderful soirée. Continue reading

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Dawn Of The Planet of The Apes

DawnWhen I first saw the trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I remember posting a Facebook status: “Slap the word ‘Rise’ to a franchise and make a reboot out of it”. Little did i know that it’d be one of my favorite movies of the year. The movie was a brilliant reboot for the franchise especially considering what Tim Burton had done to it way back in 2001. Rise Of Planet Of The Apes told the story of Caesar the Ape and how he started an Ape Revolution and the movie also ended setting up everything for a sequel.

Enter Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, and when you are done with pronouncing the overlong title, the movie picks up the story after a decade or so from the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, most of the human population had perished due to the Simian Flu and Caesar has started his own herd, his own family deep inside the woods. Going in for Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, I had no clue what was in store for me, the opening scene itself blew me away and I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you. While Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes was for the most part commercial and pleasant, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes is definitely dark it gives out that grim feeling. The story is well crafted and leaves no room for a single speck of boredom. If you were someone like me, I am sure you would have tried to piece together a sense of story from the previews but believe me, the movie goes nothing like you’ve ever imagined, predictability takes a back seat and the movie throws at you, everything you’ve never expected.

Needless to say Caesar is once again the core of the story and it doesn’t disappoint, not even a bit. The movie was about 130 minutes but it kept me on the edge of my seat, wanting more. Its well paced and you will never feel one scene out of place or unnecessary. Instead of dialogue-ridden human sequences, I preferred the ape sequences more, of course it was a total pandemonium what with the apes screaming and making a ruckus but when Caesar’s on screen there no possible way to get my eyes off it.  Like many even I wanted Andy Serkis to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for playing Caesar in Rise of Planet of the Apes, such was power and perfection that he had brought underneath the layers of CG and you can see more of that here. If I had to give you one single reason to watch this movie other than Caesar, it would be his trusted right hand, Koba. Koba is insanely intimidating and could be considered one of the best anti protagonist in recent times. The humans, played by Jason Clarke, Keri Russel and Gary Oldman did their parts well. Jason Clarke did bring about a sense of empathy backed up by Keri Russell while Gary Oldman’s character was a prisoner of his own tragedies from the past.The visuals have been beefed up to an extend where you’d think twice seeing an Ape, if its indeed CG or real. Its a huge leap from the first movie and there were scenes where I was truly dumbfounded. I know 5 years from now, there might be something more advanced and visually arresting than this, but when I was watching this at the big screen, all i could do was gape at WETA’s visual wizardry that went into the movie. Michael Giacchino’s score became that icing on that immensely appealing cake.

Having directed movies like Cloverfield and Let Me In, Matt Reeves skillful direction comes into play and makes Dawn of The Planet of The Apes a great watch. Had i to concise and compare Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, it would be with The Dark Knight, Rise of Planet of the Apes being Batman Begins of course. I know I went overboard here comparing it with the Dark Knight, but still it deserves to be compared with no less. Dawn of The Planet of The Apes is undoubtedly one of the best movies in recent times, I even felt it’s a notch above X-Men Days of Future Past. I can assure you this’ll be one of those movies that’ll keep you glued to your seats. On a surface it looks like any good summer action blockbuster, but there’s more to it that meets the eye just like the undertones of Rise of Planet Of The Apes. Dawn of The Planet of The Apes is not monkey business, well sorta, but its still a must watch and SHOULDN’T NOT BE MISSED.

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Bobby Jasoos

Bobby-JasoosVidya Balan is the reason why I go in for a movie without a second thought. The amount of charm she packs in a movie is just unreal. She has proved more than once that she can effortlessly carry a movie on her sole shoulder. She was on a winning streak with Paa, Ishqiya, No One Killed Jessica, The Dirty Picture and Kahaani and that streak inevitably broken by movies like Ghanchakkar and Shaadi Ke Side Effects. Well guess what, she is back on track and hell, she can capture audiences like ever before. Continue reading

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Chef

Chef-Movie-ReviewI made the severe crime of watching this movie on an empty stomach. I should have known, after all the movie was basically food porn. Anyways back to business, Chef is a delicious comedy out this season and without much ado, I’d like to say that Chef is a great watch and anybody who loves food will definitely love this movie as well. Continue reading

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X-Men Days Of Future Past

X-Men-Days-Of-Future-Past-ReviewI remember the time when I was all jacked up when I saw the previews of X-Men. I was blown away when I saw the movie on VHS as well. Such an ensemble cast and Wolverine seemed to pack quite the punch. X2 Xmen United was better than I’d expected and the less said about X-Men The Last Stand, the better. Bryan Singer undoubtedly a skilled director as evident from The Usual Suspects and not to mention handling an ensemble cast like X-Men was no easy feat. But a look back at his recent flicks (Superman Returns, Jack The Giant Slayer), you are bound to set your hopes a bit low for X-Men Days of Future Past. Despite his fairly brilliant initial track record, I myself was skeptic about X-Men Days of Future Past especially when Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men First Class had a set a bar at how well made an X-Men could be. Continue reading

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Word Lens: Wow!

Word Lens Review

I don’t typically cover Apps, why? Coz of the obvious reason: There are millions out there but once in a while there’d be an app that makes it impossible to be ignored. Today I am going to yap away about one such app.

Remember when your uncle brought  you that awesome new camcorder from abroad and you’d have no clue as to how to operate it or to read that French manual that came with it? Remember how you’d try desperately try to pronounce and make sense of the those seemingly weird words? I know those days are long gone and most of you might even know the ‘La’ and ‘Le’ of French but for the unfortunate ones, worry not, Word Lens comes to the rescue. Word Lens from developers Quest Visual is a real time translation app that uses your phone’s camera to translate Spanish, English and other languages on the fly. It has been out for a while and now Google has acquired Quest Visual and made Word Lens free. And believe me it works like a charm. All you have to do is open the app, select the Language you want to translate, point it against the text and there you go. The text gets translated on your mobile screen and even without an internet connection! Continue reading

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Godzilla: What I Thought!

Godzilla-ReviewGodzilla, a legend that rhymes with the celebrated monsters of all time, the likes of King Kong and Frankenstein. Of all the summer blockbusters, Gareth Edward’s Godzilla would undoubtedly be among the top. The previews were haunting and thrilling enough to build hype. The anticipation it’d built is understandable, considering Roland Emmerich’s very mediocre Godzilla. Almost 15 years after, this years iteration had loads of promises to keep and going in for the movie I had my hopes way too high like any other Godzilla fan. And without further ado, I’d like to say I was satiated. Continue reading

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: What I Thought!

The-Amazing-Spider-man 2Ah the Hollywood summer time starts and the next 3 months are lined up with some of the most anticipated movies of this year. Don’t even get me started on the stars and budget of these flicks, everything seems marketed as the next best thing. From Bryan Cranston’s Godzilla and Bryan Singer’s X-Men Days of Future Past to Transformers Age of Extinction and Dawn Of Planet of The Apes and then some more. Apparently a separate budget needs to be planned for the same, cutting back some of em. A tough choice indeed. Continue reading

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Transcendence: What I Thought!

Transcendence ReviewWhen it was announced, I frequently confused Transcendence with Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, but was quick to come back to my senses. I learnt that it was being directed by debutante Wally Pfister, Christopher Nolan’s favorite cinematographer and I considered it to be a plus. The movie would undoubtedly look good and Nolan was bound to have rubbed some off on Pfister right? Moreover Nolan also was also the producer and I kinda had a hunch that he wouldn’t rack up money on something unworthy. From the looks of it everything was right in place and expectations for Transcendence were high, that was until the movie began. Continue reading

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