Friday, May 28, 2010

Top 10 Movies of 2010 By Critics Choice Jan -April 2010

This Site Aggregates reviews from all critics from around the web and present an overall score. Based on that Score Top Movies of Jan -April 2010 by Critics Choice are:


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Kites Review

Overall Rating: 2.5/5
 

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand  Site:IBNLive

Scripted by as many as four writers (one is credited for story, three for screenplay), Kites is woefully predictable and ridiculously repetitive, even as the film's second half is punctuated by long-winded chases across the stark Mexican desert and elaborate shootout scenes that always seem to end with J escaping from his pursuer by the skin of his teeth. Kites has the look and feel of a sumptuous A-grade Hollywood production, combined with the cheese factor of a Bollywood B-movie - caricaturish villains, clunky dialogue, and over-sentimental back-stories about dead parents. I'm going with three out of five for director Anurag Basu's Kites. Watch it because it's an ambitious, brave experiment that may not always work, but it tries. Which is more than what one can say about many films we've seen recently.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

The million dollar question is, does KITES fly high? Let me hit the nail on the head: The film has some terrific moments and of course, Hrithik Roshan's star power to cast a spell, but it has plenty of low moments. In fact, KITES could've been a cult film, but its writing relies too heavily on clichés and formulaic stuff and that, frankly, throws a spanner. KITES is visually stunning and makes a sweeping impact, but it totters in its writing department.Final word? KITES will meet with diverse reactions, but the one unanimous thing that it will gather in abundance would be the immense praise for this matchless actor called Hrithik Roshan. He alone is worth the price of the ticket and more. Wish I could say that for the film in entirety!
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia

Where's the chemistry? Where's the story? And where's the twist in the tale? Kites could have been that cross-over film that Bollywood has been dreaming about since long. Sadly, it flounders even before it can take off and soar.... So what's holding it down? First and foremost, the film completely lacks a story  and unfolds as an unabashed chase film. Nothing wrong with that, for we have had a number of road movies that have thrilled and chilled us. But for that, there has always been a twist in the tale to provide an edgy feel to the film. Kites, on the other hand, does have Hrithik and Barbara spending the second half of the film as fugitives on the run, but their journey is so predictable, it fills you with a yawn.So what works in Kites? It's the look of the film which carries it forward. Director Anurag Basu may have dipped in the emotional quotient of the film but he does create a visual feel and texture that has an international feel to it. Watch Kites for its kool looks. But don't expect the popcorn to remain crunchy for long.
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 Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Khalid Mohammed Site:Passionforcinema
To put it more politely, though, this manically hyped roam-com is a vast let-down: as redundant as flying those titular kites without manja. How the background score grates with its pump-up-the-volume band baaja.Meaning the ouchcome is hardly a cool-crackling fiesta; it is a misconceived enterprise at best to crisscross over to the international market. Once Bombay-produced cinema prided itself in using Hindustani language. Out here, most of the dialogue is in English, Spanish (subtitled) and gobbledygook. Honestly, you have to be a multi-linguist to know what exactly is going yawn.Be that as it may, you might still ask, but the plotline must have something to proffer. Kaho na story hai? Sorry, if there is one, it’s replete with cheesy coincidences, mind-spinning implausiblities, senseless killings and heisted material from more movies than you can count on your toes and fingers.Bottomline:  Save yourself your multiplex money, fly a kite instead. Much more entertaining that.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Raja Sen Site:Rediff

Yes, I said experiment. Because while this is pure popcorn, it's not the popcorn you were expecting. Kites moves drastically away from tried and tested Bollywood formulae... and straight into a Hollywood masala template: Attractive yet mismatched people in the midst of mayhem, falling in love against all odds, the kind of thing playing right now on three movie channels.Except, in this version, Matthew McHrithiky is a bit of a crybaby. Yup, it's a standard-issue Hollywood actioner, laced with bucketloads of tears and overwhelmingly high-octane background score. Actiomelodrama? Clearly these two starstruck romantics have eyes that talk louder than their tongues, but we as an audience aren't as blessed, and liable to cry foul. In whatever language we can.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra Site:NDTV

The second half of Kites has way too much of the son who chases his fiancée and her new lover over stunningly stark new Mexico landscapes. There is one particularly weak shoot-out between cops and bounty hunters, which feels like a left over from B-grade American television and an over- stylised climactic shoot-out in the rain, which echoes Sam Mendes’ Road to Perdition.This is a real shame. Kites is sumptuously produced, painstakingly crafted and in its own way, ambitious. The Roshans and Basu are trying to stretch the boundaries of the Bollywood love story.Hrithik Roshan is spectacular. And yet the film doesn’t become more than the sum of its parts because the second half is flat and in places, outright foolish.Still I recommend that you see Kites. It’s far from brilliant or even fully satisfying but it’s easily one of the better Bollywood films I’ve seen this year.
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 Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:KoiMoi
The story (Rakesh Roshan) is ordinary but it has two good angles – one, that the partners of a brother-sister duo fall in love with each other and elope, and secondly, the lovers do not have a common language to converse in. However, the screenplay, written by Anurag Basu, Robin Bhatt and Akarsh Khurana, is so poor that the drama just doesn’t move ahead. However, even before one comes to the flaws in the screenplay, one must mention that probably the biggest drawback of the film is that 90% of it is in English and Spanish with very little Hindi thrown in. The writers have made Jay speak mostly in English although he knows Hindi too. As for Natasha, she speaks fluent Spanish and broken English. On the whole, Kites is a disappointment. Its English-Spanish dialogues on the one hand and lack of romance, emotions and comedy on the other hand will keep the audience hugely dissatisfied.
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  Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes
Though the story of ‘Kites’ comes from old school (read: There’s nothing new about this plot), the modern day cinematography, choreography, direction and editing make this one worth a watch. Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori live upto the hype that has been created. Their on-screen chemistry is one to watch out for. Anurag Basu’s direction takes ‘Kites’ to a different level altogether. He has excelled behind the camera, and the neat, crisp editing has complemented the film. ‘Kites’ is worth a watch...
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 Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Shubhra Gupta Site:IndianExpress
`Kites’ comes by itself, trying to coast on a polyglot mix : a tawny-chested Bollywood superstar, a bronzed-skinned Mexican beauty, and a few other people of indeterminate origin. But despite its global trappings, the beautifully shot `Kites’ is basically really old wine in a sort-of new bottle, in a script which doesn’t quite know whether it wants to be an old-fashioned `prem kahani’, or a new style romance, and ends up being neither. Kites’ is a good-looking disappointment.
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bumm Bumm Bole Movie Review

Overall Rating: 2/5
 

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


There are so many things wrong with director Priyadarshan's adaptation of Iranian gem Children of Heaven, you can't decide where to start.The film's awkward title -- Bumm Bumm Bole -- has no relevance to the story whatsoever, but appears to be a reference to a song in Taare Zameen Par whose young star Darsheel Safary is the lead in this film too.Bumm Bumm Bole fails entirely because it's hard to connect with the kids and their pain. There is an endearing charm to little Ziyah Vastani who plays the chatterbox sister, but it's wasted in a film that has little integrity.I recommend you stay home and watch the original film on DVD instead. Children of Heavenis a heartbreaking drama that'll leave you with a lump in your throat and tears in your eyes.This one, meanwhile, deserves to be skipped. I'm going with one-and-a-half out of five for director Priyadarshan's Bumm Bumm Bole. Not worth your time.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

For those who've watched the Iranian film, you'll realize that BUMM BUMM BOLE is not a patch on that film. And those who haven't watched the Iranian film and would view BUMM BUMM BOLE as an isolated case, BUMM BUMM BOLE still disappoints. So what ails this film? There's no denying that Priyadarshan is one of the finest storytellers around, but if you've watched some of his recent films, you may've realized that they have been stretched beyond a point. That's one of the prime reasons why BUMM BUMM BOLE suffers. On the whole, BUMM BUMM BOLE starts off well, but loses focus as it develops. Nothing to rave or rant about!
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 

Priyadarshan reveals his multi-faceted craft once again. Digressing from his usual dhamaal comedies. Bumm Bumm Bole is quite a watchable film, both for adults and kids, with an exquisite canvas where the tea gardens of Ooty double up as the ULFA-infested terrain of Assam. It creates a heartening picture of a destitute family that may be depleted of rations but does have an abundance of love.The film is on song as long as it follows the kiddie track. The children deliver their roles perfectly and do not end up as precocious young things as is the case with most Indian films with child protagonists. But the terror track does seem totally unwarranted and ends up as a jarring note in what could have been a idyllic portrait of familial bonding. Nonetheless, Bumm Bumm Bole is fine vacation fare for the family and presents a viable alternative to parents who are looking for meaningful tween entertainment in a boom-boom age.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Preeti Arora Site:Rediff

Right at the beginning! A couple of reels and you know the director wants you to weep copiously through the film. Unfortunately, such blatant manipulative efforts have the opposite effect. One feels distant and aloof instead of empathizing with the characters.The second half of the film could have been chopped considerably and the climax stretches endlessly. Surprisingly in the climax too, the shoes seem to be the focus of the film not Darsheel. Let's hope this doesn't set a new trend in Bollywood.The film is a must-watch for Darsheel fans but they must be prepared to suffer. And everybody else must keep away!
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:IndiaTimes
The primary appeal of the film lies in the simplicity of its plot and the ability to bind you with minimalism. But amidst this when you have a fancy song merely enforced for barefaced in-film branding, it just doesn’t gel with the candour conduct of such cinema. The innocent chemistry of the siblings is brought out persuasively and the baby girl (Ziyah Vastani) wholly wins your heart with her cute charm. The screenplay is uncomplicated yet eventful with Pinaki’s endearing attempts to keep the secret of lost shoes from his parents and subsequently win a new pair for his sister. However it strays in between.Bumm Bumm Bole is nowhere close to the class of neorealistic masterpieces like Kanchivaram that Priyadarshan directs once in a decade. However its still notches above potboilers like Garam Masala, Bhagam Bhag, Mere Baap Pehle Aap and Billu , the kind of stuff that Priyadarshan serves us through the decade. Bumm Bumm Bole is watchable but simply for its ‘shoe-string’ of an idea.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Shubhra Gupta Site:IndianExpress
Till the film stays with the children, it stays nice. Both Safary, who made a wonderful debut in `Taare Zameen Par’, and Vastani are allowed, mostly, to be their natural selves. Their interactions, when they are squabbling, which is what siblings do a lot of their waking hours, feel real. Priyan retains a lot of the original (entire scenes are faithfully lifted). But then he gets up to his old tricks of not knowing how to let a good thing be, and inflates the story with terrorists and insurgents and cops and shoot-outs, as well as a leering tea plantation manager who tries molesting the wife : this, in a children’s film?Plus, a good film does not, repeat after me, does not need item numbers.
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Admissions Open Review

Overall Rating: 1.5/5
 

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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 

Now this film did have a noble idea. But alas! Why had it to be so ignobly done. While the first half does manage to raise a few pertinent questions on higher education and parental pressure, the second half goes completely cuckoo with a bunch of crazy characters aimlessly going around under the ruse of running a college of the youth, by the youth, for the youth. Ekdum weird! End result?.Ankur and his band of crazy friends to run the institute which offers classes in the art of cooking, music, seduction, bhaigiri, politics and what-you-will. Of course, there are no teachers, no exams, no order, only chaos, as the students supposedly go around tutoring themselves. Total and terrible confusion.
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Friday, May 7, 2010

Badmaash Company Reviews

Overall Rating: 2.28/5
 

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

Parmeet Sethi, writer-director of this week's "Badmaash Company" has been quoted as having said that he took all of six days to hammer out the script of this film. Well, guess what? It shows! Packed with lazy clichés and convenient plot-holes, "Badmaash Company" is unforgivably long and insufferably boring. The acting -- from all four leads -- is nothing to speak of, and Sethi's direction is amateurish to put it politely. 'Flogging the infamous Yash Raj Films formula of stylish costumes, gorgeous foreign locations and hip dance numbers, Sethi delivers a film that is entirely superficial and staggeringly dull. I'm going with one-and-a-half out of five for director Parmeet Sethi's "Badmaash Company". Unless you enjoy being punished, stay far away from this one.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

The best thing about BADMAASH COMPANY is that you identify with the mindset of those who aspire to reach the pinnacle of success using shortcuts. The scams and the con games the youth indulge in are easy to decipher and least complicated, which works in its favour. Another strong point is the camaraderie that the four actors share on screen. The film would've fallen flat if the chemistry was missing, but the bonding looks so real that you forget that they are merely enacting those roles.BADMAASH COMPANY has some terrific moments.Final word? BADMAASH COMPANY is a decent attempt, with several captivating moments and power-packed performances by each and every member of its cast. We often grudge that entertainment-laden films make no sense these days, but this one entertains and also makes sense. Watch it!
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 

Badmaash Company does have a bunch of riveting scenes, although the story does follow a very predictable line of crime and punishment/repentance.Also, what jars most are the repetitive business deals which form a major chunk of the film and say nothing new, other than the fact that the foursome are building their empire on fraud. The film picks up when the cracks begin to appear and the company breaks up due to internal fission. The chemistry between the foursome does have a dash of energy, although most of the time is spent in song and dance. Badmaash Company may not be as buoyant as Bunty aur Babli, the original badmash couple in recent cinema, but it does make for some merry viewing.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra Site:NDTV
Badmaash Company is a staggeringly tedious film, which takes two hours and twenty three minutes to give us the moral science lesson that honesty is the best policy.The first half of Badmaash Company is dull but somewhat coherent. The bonding between the four friends – the other two are played by Vir Das and Meiyang Chang – has some lively moments. But in the second half, Badmaash Company derails completely. Badmaash Company is a proof that the Yash Raj Films formula is irrevocably broken. The posturing stars, snazzy styling, foreign locations, plastic textures and necessary dash of family values simply can’t cut it anymore.
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 Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes
Badmaash Company is an extraordinary story set in the 90’s in middle class Mumbai of four young friends who get together to start a company. Their business is an instant hit because they find a way to beat the system...By doing all the wrong things... the right way! Parmeet Sethi makes an impressive debut as a director with Badmaash Company with an entertaining story and extracting good performances from the cast. Certainly, worth a watch!
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 Ratings:0.5/5 Reviewer:Raja Sen Site:Rediff
Badmaash Company is an unimaginably boring film that is so amateurish it hurts. Peopled entirely by imbeciles, the film is about a bunch of swagger-happy bling-loving scamsters who come up with some mild manipulation with selling sneakers.So smitten is the director with this plan that he shows the team in action again and again, setting up sequence after sequence first so Shahid can slowly explain his plan and then repeating the shots so they can execute that very spelled-out plan. Meanwhile, we yawn and wait. It's hard to take this sort of film seriously, a film that lathers on the same lackluster ideas over and over again, expecting us to lap it up but actually beating us into stupor. There's not a single scene in the film that actually works, and there are a couple that just hurt: including a very poorly thought out reference to a music legend.Nope, all they get right with Badmaash Company are the first three letters of the title.
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 Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Aniruddha Guha Site:DNA
It’s got a background score that sounds suspiciously like Ocean’s 11, a storyline with shades of 21, and clichés that you associate with a ‘Bollywood’ film. In spite of all that, Badmaash Company is immensely watchable. Without some inconsistencies and a little more imagination, it could have been a lot better.Frankly, if Sethi had kept out some unnecessary ‘weepy’ moments, like the one where Karan’s father (Anupam Kher) receives an award, or the one where Karan finds out he’s a father, the film could have been shorter, crisper, and more enjoyable. And we would have got to see a Hindi film in which the protagonists aren’t apologetic about wanting to do something they don’t consider ‘wrong’, even if it may be so morally.That little conventionality and some convenient writing apart, Badmaash Company is fairly entertaining.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:Yahoo
Parmeet Sethi’s story is fresh and even the anecdotes in the first half are quite new, youthful and entertaining. The language used by the friends, their attitude, their behaviour are all so typical of the youngsters today that the school- and college-going youth will take an instant liking to the foursome.Also, the tricks adopted by Karan and his company to fool the authorities are intelligent, keeping the viewers constantly involved and engrossed in the proceedings to understand what the ploy is. However, the drama could have been more energetic and a bit more fast-paced. The screenplay takes a dip after interval, especially when cracks start developing in the friendship of the four friends.Although the climax does not have the usual excitement or melodrama, it does have freshness to compensate. The track of Karan’s parents lends the film the emotional appeal although it could have been more pronounced.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Mayank Shekhar Site:Hindustan Times
The picture’s premise is strong. The setting is solid. The scam’s quite awesome. The friends make for quite a foursome. All are equally endearing. As are their antics. And then the screen flashes, Interval. Everything dopily goes down a slope thereafter, and onward to America, arrogance and all that jazz.  You can tell when a script's half-written. But up till that point, written phenomenally well.We sit through reels contemplating the corrupting nature of dishonesty, over-ambition, greed, arrogance and sundry other hungry beasts -- not very different from the other Shahid Kapoor film (John Matthew Mathan’s Shikhar). And you forget why this ride had started out being so much fun in the first place.
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