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Inception

Inception

Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Thriller
Running Time: 2 hr. 28 min.
Release Date: July 16th, 2010 (wide)
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout.
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Cast And Credits:
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Produced by: Chris Brigham

So where does one start with a movie like Inception? It’s arguably the most anticipated film of this summer, if not the entire year. Without revealing terribly much in the clips and trailers (thankfully!) it’s been one of the most hyped films of the year as well – if not by the studio, then by movie news sites (including this one) and their readers. Following a monster hit like The Dark Knight is a heck of a task for Christopher Nolan, who not only directed Inception but wrote and produced it as well.

Well now that it’s done and hitting theaters, I believe Mr. Nolan can relax – because this film is all kinds of awesome. Cutting edge 3D Camera Rigs 3D Stereoscopic LED Walls

This is one of those movies that’s difficult to review without revealing at least some minor spoilers, so be warned. It won’t be anything that will even remotely ruin the film for you, but I do have to bring up a few things in order to describe the story. Let’s start by explaining exactly what “Inception” is in the film: It is the process of imbedding a thought in the mind of a subject in such an incredibly subtle manner, that they end up thinking that they came up with it on their own. No, don’t think hypnotism, this is a much more sophisticated thing. As a matter of fact, Nolan makes a point to get at least one “oh, I know what this is going to be” thought out of your head within the first few minutes of the film: This is much more than the old dream within a dream plot line.

Leonardo DiCaprio is Cobb, a man who works with a team stealing corporate secrets from the minds of executives while they sleep. The 1984 film Dreamscape may come to mind, but things are much more complex here. In order to retrieve what Cobb’s clients want, he can’t just enter the dreamworld of the subject and poke around until he finds it – an “architect” is required to construct a world and settings that will lead the subject where Cobb wants him to go, and there is a backup man who also goes into the dream (Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Arthur) in case something goes wrong or it’s a two man con game.

As the film opens, we find that Cobb has failed in his mission for a client for the first time ever, and for this failure the corporation is out to kill him. Besides the obvious, Cobb has another problem: He is the father of two small children who he has not seen in quite a while yet both of whom he loves very much. Sadly for him, the last place he can go is back to the United States to be with them (there is another major reason as well). However an opportunity to fix all that lies between him and his children presents itself in the form of Asian corporate mogul Saito (Ken Watanabe). If Cobb does an almost impossible job for him, Saito is powerful enough to call the dogs off Cobb and to fix everything so he can return to his family.

The plan involves implanting a thought in the mind of one Robert Fischer Jr (Cillian Murphy), the son of a competitor who is on his deathbed and whose death will make the rival corporation so powerful it will rival that of a government. To carry off this plan, Cobb needs a new architect and an additional partner – so he finds his old teacher (Michael Caine) who despite misgivings points Cobb to a young woman named Ariadne who has inherent skills surpassing those of Cobb himself (Ellen Page). While hesitant at first, she becomes intoxicated with the idea of being able to create worlds as if a god, and signs on for the task at hand.

From there begins the exceedingly complex and multi-layered process of not only building the world in which they will place Fischer Jr, but the script they will have to follow in order to lead him to an initial seed of a subconscious thought that will eventually grow to a major, conscious decision that he would not otherwise make. The story is riveting and will take you through one level after another, until you’re not quite sure where, exactly, you are.

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Rizvan Khan - Shahrukh Khan

Rizvan Khan - Shahrukh Khan

“Repair Almost Anything.” Rizvan Khan, the protagonist of the film holds out a placard after he runs out of money during his long, arduous, circuitous journey to meet the President of the United States of America to tell him just one thing: “My Name Is Khan and I am not a terrorist”.

Rizvan Khan, a Muslim man from India, moves to San Francisco and lives with his brother and sister-in-law. Rizvan, who has Aspergers, falls in love with Mandira. Despite protests from his family they get married and start a small business together. They are happy until September 11, 2001 when attitudes towards Muslims undergo a sea-change. When tragedy strikes, Mandira is devastated and they split. Rizvan is confused and very upset that the love of his life has left him. To win her back, he embarks on a touching and inspiring journey across America.

Every single scene of the movie has great links to convey, so you can’t afford to miss even a single act.

Movie has many appealing & simple scene, but they are very convincing & attractive. Though the romance between Rizvan & Mandira is subtle, yet it’s appealing. The life of SRK in the movie is the best part of the film.

There’s a minor holdup in the IInd half, when Rizvan proceeds to Georgia to put aside a hurricane-ravaged hamlet. Moreover, media also implement tends to make the movie lengthy.

Work of Shibani Bathija should given the credit.

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The Spy Next Door

The Spy Next Door

Starring: Jackie Chan, Madeline Carroll, Alina Foley, George Lopez, Billy Ray Cyrus
Directed by: Brian Levant
Produced by: Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Solon So
Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Kids/Family and Thriller
Release Date: January 15th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of action violence and some mild rude humor.

While we anticipate Jackie Chan’s Asian production with Little Big Soldier this Lunar New Year, he continues his journey in the West with yet another kid and family friendly production with The Spy Next Door, which would fit into the Disney Channel stable given Chan’s penchant to appeal to the lowest denominator to draw in the family crowd, and you know just how safe the stunts of Hollywood tend to be when appealing to this demographic.

Which leaves The Spy Next Door pretty much a departure from contemporary adventure flicks which tend to draw upon violence and gore in its action sequences, to keep it within a safe, acceptable rating. Jackie Chan plays Bob Ho, a man with as much personality as his any of his past heroes, which tend to be cop / secret agent belonging to the Hong Kong / Chinese police / spy agency, and here he’s on loan to the CIA because of warming Sino-US relations. For years he’s been helping out and solving what the Americans cannot, keeping in line with Hollywood’s trend of putting China in good light, and he does so undercover and under fake glasses, living next to a divorcée (played by Amber Valletta) whom he fancies, and her three kids.

They do not know his identity as his cover is as a geeky pen salesman, and like any super- hero film, has to keep his identity, abilities and tools a secret, which you know will be threatened for exposure as he grows closer to the family, wanting to take his relationship with Valletta’s Gillian to the next step, and working toward seeking acceptance from her children, only for a Russian criminal to escape and threaten the world’s oil reserve, and having to grapple with a mole within the CIA. Sounds complicated, but it actually isn’t, really, especially when the main villain (Magnus Scheving) spends a lot of his time trying to look trendy and fashionable.

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Alvin and the Chipmunks-The Squeakquel

Alvin and the Chipmunks-The Squeakquel

Starring: Jason Lee, Zachary Levi, Anjelah Johnson, Wendie Malick, Justin Long
Directed by: Betty Thomas
Produced by: Karen Rosenfelt, Ross Bagdasarian Jr, Janice Karman
Genres: Comedy, Kids/Family and Sequel
Release Date: December 23rd, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor

In the final scene of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Alvin and his two brothers bed down for the night just a few feet away from three singing female chipmunks. Chipmunks are not exactly known for their restraint, which leads us to some depressing math.

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The Eastern chipmunk can produce two litters a year, with up to five young each. Thus within a decade, since cartoon chipmunks never die, there will be thousands of talking, singing chipmunks running around the animation universe, far more than the ecosystem can tolerate. They will begin showing up everywhere: stampeding through The Simpsons, mucking up Japanese anime, driving Clifford the Big Red Dog bonkers. Earplug sales will soar as they sing their electronically manipulated heads off.

Anyway, the latest adventures of Alvin, Simon and Theodore find them pursuing the rock-star careers they began in the 2007 Alvin film (which, like this one, mixes live action and computer-generated imagery). Their human handler, Dave, ends up in traction within the first minutes of the movie, which somehow results in the boys™ being enrolled in school, which they inexplicably begin at the high school level. Or something like that.

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3 Idiots

3 Idiots

Producer: Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Executive Producer / Co-Producer: Anil Davda

Director: Rajkumar Hirani

Star Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Mona Singh, Parikshat Sahni, Javed Jaffrey, Akhil Mishra, Rahul Kumar, Omi Vaidya, Rajeev Ravindranathan, Sanjay Lafont, Achyut Potdar, Amardeep Jha, Farida Dadi, Jayant Kriplani, Arun Bali, Supriya Shukla, Atul Tiwari

It would be unfair if I tell the story in one go, it would ruin the suspense but.. without telling story there won’t be much to tell..

So bear it! 😀

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Avatar

Avatar

Director: James Cameron
Producer: James Cameron, Jon Landau, Rae Sanchini
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Peter Mensah, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald

Avatar is a perfect amalgamation of virtual visual splendour and close-to-the-human-heart sentiments. It’s a hardcore Hollywood masala that treats you to ’shock-n-awe’ of the extra terrestrial kinds. Top Gun fire fighting atop friendly flying dinosours and a cute romance between strong willed ET Princess and his saviour American warrior. Amusing. Visual effects through 3d glasses transports you to an amazing land blessed with a delectable celestial charisma. Fantasy come true.

The best thing about Avatar is the dedicated behind-the-scenes team. Actors just happen to deliver the goods. But it’s the magnificence of the vivid imagination that director James Cameron and his team are imbued with that transforms this film into a successful experiment of fusing the real with the imaginary. Mauro Fiore’s breathtakingly crafty cinematography, James Horner’s Pied-Piper effect like background music score, Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg’s incredible production design, Kim Sinclair’s masterful set decoration, the long list of team members involved in God-like visual effects, spot-on make up department, magic-clarity given by the sound department, flying-fists-in-the-air stunts….it’s a long list of never ending behind the scenes brilliance that has nurtured this spectacle.

Where writer-director James Cameron scores brownie points is the way he has interwoven the testosterone-powered visual effects with an age old story that strikes a chord with the viewers instantly. Jack (Sam Worthington) is an ex-marine who was wounded in a combat and paralysed from waist-below. He is a part of the Avatar program which will gift him the ability to walk again. He is virtually transported to Pandora, an extra terrestrial moon blessed with wondrous life forms and beastly animals.

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2012

Posted: August 3, 2010 in Reviews
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2012

2012

Cast List:
John Cusack – ‘Jackson Curtis’
Amanda Peet – ‘Kate Curtis’
Chiwetel Ejiofor – ‘Adrian Helmsley’
Oliver Platt – ‘Carl Anheuser’
Thandie Newton – ‘Laura Wilson’
Danny Glover – ‘President Thomas Wilson’
Woody Harrelson – ‘Charlie Frost’
Tom McCarthy – ‘Gordon Silberman’
Liam James – ‘Noah Curtis’
Morgan Lily – ‘Lilly Curtis’
Zlatko Buric – ‘Yuri Karpov’
Johann Urb – ‘Sasha’
Chin Han – ‘Tenzin’
Beatrice Rosen – ‘Tamara’

Crew List:
Directed By: Roland Emmerich
Screenplay By: Roland Emmerich and Harald Kloser
Producers: Harald Kloser, Mark Gordon and Larry Franco
Executive Producers: Roland Emmerich, Ute Emmerich and Michael Wimer
Director of Photography: Dean Semler
Production Designer: Barry Chusid
Editors: David Brenner and Peter S Elliot
Music By: Harald Kloser and Thomas Wander

Theatrical Release Date: November 13, 2009
Genres: Action, Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language

I was totally kicked about watching 2012; any disaster movie, is my favourite. This movie did not disappoint, specially with the visual effects. But the story line was a little non-convincing for the actor

John Cusack always as a close shave with death and survives, the other reason was there is only a mention of the Mayan Prophecy.

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