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August 30, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises








Director - Christopher Nolan

Genre - Action/Crime/Drama


The success of a Superhero franchise goes hand in hand with how badass his arch-enemy is. Heath Ledger's portrayal of Joker was unpredictable and dangerously off the charts. Here, Batsy's numero uno nemesis is replaced regrettably with a far less worthy one, with the most mundane name in the history of bad guys to boot - Bane. Why not name the guy Smith or Thompson? Anyhow, we are faced here with the question whether we want to or not of how it would have been had Ledger lived. It is in the back of our minds throughout the movie. For Christ's sake, if Bruce Wayne goes into hiding from the entire world we would expect the person who eventually lures him out to be much meaner than Bane who is nothing but a huge hunk of lumber with the strength of 10 Hulk Hogans. Well then, why not just get 10 Hulk Hogans? At least the Joker had a brain and it wasn't all about pitting triceps against biceps. We applaud Nolan for doing a different take on the Superhero genre with its operatic tone and admittedly moving ending but alas, Ledger was missed sorely. And it was too long.

3 STARS!

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August 22, 2012

That Girl in Yellow Boots








Director - Anurag Kashyap

Genre - Thriller/Drama/Mystery


You know you're witnessing the work of a truly gifted director when every shot feels fresh to your eyes, every turn of the plot feels new. Kalki Koechlin (the lead) wrote the script for this movie with her husband Anurag Kashyap (director). Raw and filled with a kind of playfulness only a filmmaker who loves cinema to death could bring to life, this film is undeniable proof that if the heart is in the right place, the sincerity of the art will not disappoint. A sort of mystery/thriller/drama, the story weaved and curved in ways delighted us as we took in the beauty of Koechlin's naturalistic performance. The director's evident fun in creating a piece of cinema that is unlike any that we've ever seen thrilled us totally too. If Kashyap is the future of Indian cinema it is looking brighter than ever to us.

4.5 STARS!

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August 9, 2012

Bob Le Flambeur








Director - Jean-Pierre Melville

Genre - Crime/Drama


Paced at a leisurely, sort of nonchalant rhythm (as most French films are), this picture by Jean-Pierre Melville didn't impress us as much as one of Godard's. Lacking star power and running on a story absent of bite, everything fell on the cinematic signature of Melville. His use of music matched with the memorable scenes he created was enough to make this a favorable experience. A high-roller in the mob tries to conduct a heist at a casino but as with most things in life, a gamble of any kind doesn't guarantee success and everything begins to fall apart. Quite a classy one, this.

3.5 STARS!

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August 2, 2012

Shame





Director - Steve McQueen

Genre - Drama


Michael Fassbender plays an advertising executive with big commitment issues. He is also addicted to pornography and sex, his overpowering need to hump everything in his way hindering his ability to have a serious relationship. There are also indications that he actually lusts after his own sister (Carey Mulligan), which further showcases what a fucked up individual this guy is. All through the movie, we're wondering why we should even care about a chiseled, well paid pervert. We really shouldn't, but Fassbender is such a fine actor of his generation that he made it alright. He made it hard for us to hate him and go, "Come off it now, you look good enough to eat, shagging loads of hot women...and you're depressed?". Ultimately, 'Shame' is about how these blessed people can actually screw up so much, just like the rest of us. Look at how Charlie Sheen had been behaving lately and you'll know what we mean. You won't find the conventional hero who discovers redemption in this film. What you get is the ugliness of a person, warts and all, displayed in all its human fallacy. The fact that he looks good enough to eat doesn't matter. When the soul is rotten, it eats away at everything you've got.

3 STARS!

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