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April 26, 2010

Review: The Italian Job ( 1969 )

Filed under: Comedy,Crime — filmologic @ 10:20 am
The Italian Job

The Italian Job

Cars, stunts and great plot makes this one of the best heist movies of all time.  And I must say “Old is Gold”. I had seen the remake of Italian job in 2003, but didnt get a chance to watch the original 1969 blockbuster until now. Michael Caine has done a splendid job as Charlie Croker . The film is about great comic one liners( “You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!” ), a great plot to rob $4 million gold from the busiest traffic of Turin in Italy and great cars.

Charlie Croker gets released from the prison only to get a video from his dead friend’s wife about a job which he had planned in Italy.  He gets killed because the Italian mafia come to know about his plans to steal the gold and they cannot allow that to happen as it would hurt their pride.  But Charlie Croker has other ideas and plans a perfect getaway with the gold using 3 small cars and a touring bus.  All must go according to the plan or else Charlie Croker and his men have to face the Italian police and worst Italian mafia who wont spare them alive.

The movie never stops to excite you and always keeps on moving, which is always good to watch. Compared to the new one, the old one has  a bit more in terms of acting, characters and excitement, with a great soundtrack.

If you guys like comedy capers, then this should be top of the list to watch. And guys – ” I’ve got an idea”.

April 22, 2010

Review: A Fish Called Wanda

Filed under: Comedy,Reviews — filmologic @ 2:57 pm
A Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda!!! Fish or Jamie Lee Curtis?? Does it matter who it is – Fish or Actress!!!  The film starts with a great plan to steal diamonds and share among 4 friends – Wanda( Jamie Lee Curtis ),  killer Otto ( Kevin Kline ) , ( Micheal Palin ) as KKKKKen Pline and the mastermind Georges ( Tom Georgeson ).  After a successfull execution things go wrong when Wanda and Otto double cross Georges by tipping the police against him. But unfortunately for them, Georges changes the place where he hid the diamonds to make matters more complex. There comes John Cleese as the baristor Archie Leach, and now Wanda, Otto must find out where the diamonds are hid by using Archie who is defending Georges.

I will not spoil the central part of the film for people who have not seen it, but situations make the film so hilarious that you will hardly stop laughing.  Kevin Kline is impeccable as Otto and deserved the Oscar for a supporting role. But I would say that Micheal Palin was stand out for his “stammering” performance. You have to see it to really appreciate the story, dialogues and the acting of all the characters.

A simple classical comedy for all movie lovers… A Fish Called Wanda!!!

October 16, 2009

Review: The Dirty Dozen

Filed under: Action,Reviews,War — filmologic @ 1:48 pm
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Director: Robert Aldrich
Writers: Nunnally Johnson(screenplay) / Lukas Heller(screenplay) / E.M. Nathanson (novel)
Genre: Action, War
Release Date: 15 June 1967

The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen

US Army Major Reisman is assigned a task of mass assassination of a large number of German officers in WWII. He is provided with a dozen convicted murderers and he has no choice but to carry out the task.
Reisman has to train them and then carry out this deadly mission.

Lee Marvin does a good job as Major Reisman. All the dozen convicts are wonderful to watch, each of them having a story of their own. There are some stand out performances and the one which most impressed me was of the Franko played by John Cassavetes.

But the stand out of the movie is the script and the direction by Robert Aldrich.
The way Aldrich directs the training of the Dirty Dozen, the way he shows the unity in the movie is great to watch. One of the best moments of the movie is when the Dirty Dozen is asked to prove their worth in a war game mission. One feels so excited and happy as they perfect the mission with their amazing tactics. The Major is very much impressed by the tactics used by the Dirty Dozen to avoiding getting captured. The filming of the whole scene is a great watch.

They are sent to the deadly mission with Major Reisman memorizing all the steps of the mission until they parachute out of the plane. The plot of the assassination is perfectly directed by Aldrich.
But somewhere I personally felt that the movie lacked the touch which we could see in “Guns of Navarano” or “The Great Escape”. The whole group of Dirty Dozen was not given equal importance. There was much focus on a few individuals in the movie.
But whatever said, the movie is a must watch!

It does what it is meant to – “Train them! Excite them! Arm them!…Then turn them loose on the Nazis!

October 15, 2009

Bollywood Blue(s)

Filed under: Bollywood,Feature — filmologic @ 3:05 pm
Bollywood

Bollywood

There is a new Bollywood movie Blue which is scheduled to release. Blue has been getting a lot of hype and attention, mainly because of the underwater phenomena.
Well I believe Bollywood always is good at marketing movies. Marketing I mean by hyping them before the release. Most of the movies over hyped have not done so well in the Box office.
There was a lot of hype about Kambhakt Ishq having some great stunts, but the movie barely managed to get back the money.
Bollywood producers and director’s do not entirely realize the importance of making a film with a good script. Most of the movies with good scripts are rip-offs of Western movies eg: Bheja Fry, Zinda.
There are very few directors who come up with great scripts. Lagaan was one of them. And if you notice the marketing stratery followed by Aamir Khan, you will notice that before you, before the First Day First show, no one knows that it is a movie about a Cricket match. Incredible! I watched this movie FDFS and I was really amazed that at the end of the movie people were so happy and excited. It is a great feeling.
Then there is Swades by Ashutosh Gowariker. Very few people in India really appreciate this great movie. I call it great, because it is really a very inspiring and great movie. And this is one movie where SRK really did act. Unfortunately our beloved Filmfare cannot appreciate the acting of SRK in this movie, but can always award him for the roles like DDLJ, Main Hoon Na, Kal Ho Na Ho etc etc. Swades was also one movie where there was not much of marketing involved and one hardly knew the theme behind the movie until it was released. There are other great movies like Jodha Akbar, Black Friday, Jab We Met, Aks, Khosla ka Ghosla, Satya.
I will be doing a Review of some of such good and underrated( compared to the hyped ) Bollywood movies in my future posts for people who like ‘MOVIES WITH A DIFFERENCE’.

October 12, 2009

Review: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Filed under: Action,Adventure,Fantasy,Reviews — filmologic @ 3:42 pm
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Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: J.R.R Tolkien( Novel );Fran Walsh( Screenplay )
Genre: Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Release Date: 19 December 2001

Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings

For a very long time,  I never watched Lord of the Rings. I was never so fascinated by the film at the first look. Fortunately the last weekend I was browsing through some movies and happened to stumble upon Lord of Rings. I must confess that I feel that this film should be watched on a Big screen and not on a DVD. I really missed the opportunity of watching this film on the big screen. Well to be very frank – I loved it! I loved it so much that I was forced to watch the whole series. If anyone of you have not watched this movie, make sure you rent/buy all the 3 DVDs at once and watch it in series over a weekend. I know that it may be too much of sitting as each movie is around 3 hours long.

The first part Fellowship of the Rings is more focussed on the building of the different characters in the movie.  One may feel that it is a bit slow, but believe me it is worth it. You will surely enjoy each and every moment of the movie. The movie is about a Ring.. and how a few brave guys take up a great overwhelming journey of their lives. The second and the third part are a continuation to the journey of the Fellowship. I do not want to disclose any more secrets of the movie for my dear friends who have not watched it or some of them who may have forgotten the movie and would like to watch it again!!

I loved the part played by Sean Astin as ‘Sam’. It was a role which required to be humorous, serious, friendly and fearsome. It was perfectly played by Sean Astin. Orlando Bloom was good as ‘Legolas Greenleaf’. Well I can go with the whole list of cast, but everyone played a perfect role.

I must say that this is my first Peter Jackson movie and I loved the way he has placed each part of the movie to perfection. The movie has small beautiful moments of friendships which really light up the whole scene. The movie perfectly describes the way battles took place. The action sequences were great and a treat to watch. Being a great action movie fan, I would put the Action of this movie among the very best. The movie has extraordinary special effects and a great screenplay. With Lord of the Rings being a very huge book in itself, it is a perfect masterpiece by Peter Jackson to recreate it on the silver screen. There are so many fantasy adaptions which fail to live up to the expectations of the readers, but Lord of the rings almost manages to reach it.

There is so much about this movie to be told but no review can explain the journey through The Lord of the Rings. A must watch for everyone!

Rating: 9/10


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