Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Avatar Movie Reviews

Overall Rating: 3.9/5

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Ratings:5/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive
James Cameron's decade-in-the-making sci-fi dream project Avatar is not only a groundbreaking film it's also the definitive cinematic event of this generation.With Avatar, director James Cameron doesn't just deliver solid fan-boy entertainment, he pushes the boundaries of technology in a manner that seems to bridge the gap between imagination and the practical limitations of the day. You may argue that you've seen better films than Avatar recently, but try remembering the last time you enjoyed the movie-going experience so much.I'm going with an unprecedented five out of five and two big thumbs up for James Cameron's Avatar. Watch it in glorious 3D; that's how he intended for it to be seen. It's films like this that make going to the cinema an out-of-the-world experience.
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia
And we thought sinking the Titanic was a titan task! Well, this time round, James Cameron chooses to play god and creates a whole new world with such exquisite finesse, aesthete and eye for detail, he almost takes your breath away. In terms of sheer technology, Avatar marks the coming of age of both CGI and 3-D cinema with its art house special effects and its shock and awe treatment. Avatar is indeed a complete cinematic experience with cinematographer Mauro Fiore, music director James Horner and special effects maestro Joe Letteri joining hands with director/screenwriter James Cameron to create a strong and visually-stirring plea to save the world, before it is too late. And the only way the human species can do it is by abdicating its destructive tendencies.
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Aseem Chabra Site:Rediff
This much I can say: Avatar is a tremendously entertaining film. It is a huge WOW and an amazing display of high technology, although once again overriding the drama and the script. It is a sensory, emotional feeling -- the experience of being inside and participating in a two and a half hour long video game, with tall blue aliens called the Na'vi, creepy lizard like flying creatures that can be tamed, other scary monsters, lush plant life, big huge 'shock and awe' like war sequences between the natives using bows and arrow and evil Earthlings, motivated by profit, and then also some nice tender romantic moments. Avatar has once again compelled me to revise my perspective of what cinema and technology can do.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Renuka Vyavahare Site:Indiatimes

Avatar begins well but goofs up as it progresses. The story which seems promising initially starts faltering the moment Cameron shows Jake fall in love with a Na’vi woman. Avatar begins well, drags tremendously in between and then picks up on its pace towards the climax, but its too late by then. The film is a visual delight, but lacks an original plot. This visual treat doesn’t make up for the weak storyline. The infusion of human trauma in an idyllic fantasy setting doesn’t seem to be a good idea! Avatar loses direction somewhere along the way, and its huge length plays spoil sport too. Performances are decent, but not outstanding. Unfortunately, so is the film! However, ‘decent’ is not what one expects from a James Cameron.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Lehendup G Bhatia Site:DNA

The movie sincerely needs to be reviewed at two levels. One at the technological marvel that it creates, and the other at its sub-par story line, which though decent, brings down the overall film's quality.To come back to the special effects of the movie, there are simply so many moments that will leave the viewer spellbound with its detailing. Perhaps the most being the avatars and the Na'vis themselves.It is not like some banal machine turning into a robot, ala Transformers. Cameron sure knows how to harness technology for story-telling. And though the story is not as original as Terminator 2 or as heart-warming as Titanic, it sure is thrilling.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Top Movies Sept - November 2009 by Critics Choice

This Site Aggregates reviews from all critics from around the web and present an overall score. Based on that Score Top Movies of Sept- November 2009 are:

  1. Wake Up Sid   3.38
  2. Chintu Ji   3.14
  3. Kurbaan   3.12
  4. All The Best 3.07
  5. Ajab Prem ki Gazab Kahani 3
  6. Wanted 2.82
  7. London Dreams 2.75
  8. Tum Mile 2.5
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Friday, December 4, 2009

Paa Movie Reviews

Overall Rating: 3.63/5

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive
Much in the same vein as the director's previous film Cheeni Kum, the first half of Paa unfolds breezily, with witty dialogue and clever scenes used effectively to establish the characters and their relationships. Steering clear of pity, even in delicate scenes, Balki avoids the obvious pitfalls that come with stories about characters suffering from grim conditions.Despite the hiccups, Paa is ultimately an engaging film because of its largely original writing. Most scenes, in fact, between Auro and his buddies at school are a pleasure to watch because of the natural performances Balki is able to derive from his child actors.I'm going with three out of five for director R Balki's Paa. Few filmmakers stick their necks out to tell difficult and different stories in these days of mindless entertainers making potloads of money. For their intentions alone, the makers of Paa deserve a thumbs-up.

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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama
Trust me, 10 minutes into the film and you forget you're watching Amitabh Bachchan. For, Auro takes over the moment he is introduced to the viewer. PAA is a simple film told in the most simplistic manner and that's one of the prime reasons why this film works big time. The emotions would've fallen flat had the writing been sub-standard or the execution of the material been humdrum or the actors been inferior. But, thankfully, PAA scores in all three departments, although it must be said that the entire slum redevelopment episode is a complete put-off. Yet, all said and done, PAA is an outstanding film. A film for every paa, every maa... for everyone with a heart. Take a bow, Auro!

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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia

Amitabh not only captures the essence of the gawky, geeky, god-he's-different teenager with great skill, he creates a whole new benchmark for an actor to experiment, innovate ad reinvent himself when the career graph seems to plateau. The actor looks different (almost unrecognisable as E.T.'s country cousin), talks different (with a slight nasal twang), moves different (an awkward shuffle that breaks into the Auro dance) and emotes different (mostly through his be-spectacled eyes). End result? Paa is an experience that works, only because it is so different. Watch out for a lilting
music score by Ilaiyaraaja, some picturesque cinematography by PC Sreeram, a chuckle-and-laugh screenplay and some fine acting. But Paa is primarily a platform for Auro to steal your heart away. He does. And no, he isn't a desi Benjamin Button.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff
Director R Balakrishnan aka Balki's Paa celebrates the purest phase of an individual with such touching simplicity; it's impossible to remain unmoved.What's more remarkable he doesn't brand the key protagonist into someone odd or special because of his peculiar illness. The ailment, in this case Progeria -- a medical condition which leads to premature ageing of a child, is purely incidental, it doesn't change the course of the story or influence the actions of those who surround him.Ultimately, Paa is Auro's dream and moment. And so you shed a tear in his memory and leave the hall with a fond smile on your lips, secretly doing the monkey dance in your head knowing he would have liked it.
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes
From its very outset,Paa is not designed as an educational or informative film on Progeria unlike Taare Zameen Par that took a serious look at dyslexia. The disorder is just used as a backdrop to make way for a basic human drama. And Balki has an absolutely different definition for drama. His storytelling is supremely simple and subtle. Much of the plot is predictable but the director’s lighthearted approach to a subject, which otherwise could have been melodramatically reduced to a tearjerker, makes it different.At times you should not be yourself to show the world what you really are. Amitabh Bachchan does just that and shows the world he is the Paa of performing arts.
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Martin D Souza Site:Glamsham
Let's give a standing ovation to the man who dominated the 80s and 90s and continues to surprise with his talent and willingness to subject himself to roles that require make-up for a complete change in appearance. Mr Amitabh Bachchan, for you Sir... the applause refuses to die off... R Balakrishnan (aka R Balki) has tackled a very complex subject and has brought out the beauty of relationships in a very forceful manner without even one relationship in the movie going over the top.Paa kasam, this film will rock you.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra Site:NDTVMovies
But Balki's real triumph as a writer is the character of Auro. There is no trace of self-pity about him. He's witty, charming and pretty acidic when he wants to be. He calls his grandmother Bum because she has a big one.The film unfortunately, isn't as smooth. The first half has a few jarring moments - at one point, we detour into Amol's political career, which leads to an unnecessary lecture on media responsibility - but mostly Balki keeps the plot on track. Paa loses its flow. It loses its emotional momentum and starts to feel unnecessarily manipulative and lengthy. I found the other children in the film especially problematic.These are sizeable bumps but Paa neutralizes them with strong performances, some crackling writing and its ambition.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Anand Vaishnav Site:Buzz18
As a plot, Paa is inherently Bollywood with subtle influences of Shekhar Kapoor's Masoom, Mahesh Bhatt's Kaash and Aamir Khan's Taare Zameen Par. But what works for this film are the impressive performances and director R Balakrishnan's treatment. Balki doesn't go for an excessively melodramatic approach keeping the flow lighthearted. While this robs off some depth and your heart doesn't go all out for the characters, there are several other highs. The flow is rather charming and funny.Don't miss the innovative opening titles, which set the pace for the film's straight-out-of-life narrative. Paa might fall short of greatness but has a positive, feel good graph that stays with you for long. Far from being boring or heavy on the senses, this is a simple film for the entire family. Take your Maa and Paa along and you wont regret it.
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Radio Movie Reviews

Overall Rating: 1.67/5

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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive

Trying too hard to be cool, the Himesh Reshammiya-starrer Radio is a misguided film about modern relationships.Radio, written and directed by Ishan Trivedi, is an unintentionally hilarious film that unsuccessfully tries to tap the youth and its preoccupation with current fads - from social networking sites like Facebook, to idle chats in coffee-shops.What the film lacks in story, it tries to make up in screenplay gimmicks. I'm going with one-and-a-half out of five for director Ishan Trivedi's Radio. The protagonists in this film repeatedly smash crockery on the floor insisting it's good luck. I wonder whose luck they mean. Not the audience's, I can assure you!
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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama

RADIO rests on a thin storyline. Superficially, it's about a couple that goes separate ways, then man meets another woman, later ex-wife develops a soft corner, much later man is torn between the two women. Haven't we witnessed similar themes in the past? Oh yes, aplenty! The USP of RADIO is, without doubt, Himesh's musical score. The film has some melodious tracks, but how one wishes the super music was complimented by an equally superior script. RADIO rests on a fragile plot, with the writing holding your interest at places, but blowing away the hard work in its immediate chapter. That's how erratic RADIO is.On the whole, RADIO just doesn't work... It's complicated!
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia
The story that tries to talk about the relationship rigmaroles of the Facebook GenXers doesn't seem to be tailor made for an e-wary Himesh. It just is a bit too young with its FB terminology and its twenty-something heroine (Shenaz Treasurywala) who has a penchant for updating her status on the social network, whenever she's not making eyes at her colleague. So, naturally all this spiel about `commitment', `closure' and a `complicated' relationship status does end up as awkward and odd from someone who would have outgrown FB, Orkut, MySpace years ago. Time for the singer-composer-actor to take up something that suits both his age and his newfound style.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes
Radio isn’t much different from a Himesh Reshammiya music video – it has a heart-broken protagonist, it’s gloomy and has an overdose of music. If you are amongst those audacious audiences who buy Himesh’s music video DVDs, this film is certainly for you. Also if you are amongst the ones who have a hearty laugh on Himesh’s expense, this Radio is worth tuning in with friends.For everyone else, take the title song seriously and ‘ Station koi naya, tune kar le zara ’. Tune in to something else.
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Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Anand Vaishnav Site:Buzz18
Radio has no story. It's bunch of haphazardly put together scenes involving some equally confused characters. Adding to the adversity is the director's fixation for dividing his film into non-linear chapters, a la Tarantino. The tag-line 'It's Complicated' and some weird brand endorsements are drilled into your senses, bringing back memories of Yaadein (no pun intended).We wish Himesh got back to full time composing ASAP. But if he insists on acting, we suggest he dumps the hero's part. Leave the glossy packaging aside, Himesh should concentrate on getting a proper role. Because this Radio is just way out of sync!
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Dipen Shah Site:Rediff
Radio, it does not work because of its subject. It talks about relationships, which are complicated, according to the tag line. But the film itself is so complicated. Your character Vivan is not sure whether he is in love with his radio jockey colleague (Shemaz Treasurywala) or his ex-wife (newcomer Sonal Sehgal). He's seen roaming around with both women despite a bitter split from the wife.And what is the logic behind breaking plates in the film? Was that funny or were you trying to make a fool of yourself? The music would have been the film's saving grace. But they sound incomplete without your nasal twang.
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