Hassan Sardar

Hassan Sardar

The author is an aspiring filmmaker and a diehard Liverpool fan. He also teaches Screenwriting and Cinematography, and loves tattoos and flip-flops. He tweets as @CineSardar (twitter.com/CineSardar)

Are you ready for the eye-candy and action galore that is Kingsman: The Golden Circle?

Ever since the two World Wars, the spy-thriller genre has been a staple of the film industry. Your typical espionage movie can range anywhere from the super serious à la ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ and ‘Munich’, to crazy laugh riots like ‘Austin Powers’ and ‘Spy Hard’. However, James Bond unarguably turned out to be the most famous one of the lot. One reason why the whole ‘007’ series was such a rip roaring success from the get-go was the fact that it was neither too grim nor was it too comical; it was a perfect blend of both the extremes. So when they started producing our favourite British spy ...

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The Mummy: Tom Cruise and Russel Crowe, what more do we need?

Well guess what? As sure as night follows day, we have got another movie where Tom Cruise is seen doing what he does best. He is literally ‘off to the races’ again in the reboot of Brendan Fraser’s action-adventure hit The Mummy. So what exactly is Tommy boy bringing to the table – other than running around like an absolute maniac – this time around? How about we delve deep into the preview material to find that out. Tom Cruise in The Mummy (2017)Photo: IMDb Set to the tune of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It Black’, the trailer ...

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Watch, process, rewind, repeat: What in the world is the new Star Wars trailer suggesting?

When the last known Jedi, Luke Skywalker, himself seems to think that “it’s time for the Jedi to end”, you can’t help but sit up and take notice. Not that Disney dropping the first trailer of Star Wars: Episode VIII alone wasn’t a cultural event in itself (unless you’ve been hiding in a galaxy far, far away, you probably would have heard the news). In all likelihood to Luke’s aforementioned statement, the title Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a direct sequel to The Force Awakens. Initial shock aside, do they really expect us to believe that Jedi would simply go extinct? Just like that! Not when ...

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Fate of the Furious is nothing but a slow and strenuous collection of ludicrous action pieces

Remind me again, what exactly is this whole franchise? There is no way it can be termed as a movie series. Films, after all, require some resemblance to a story. But in furiousverse, there is no such thing as a plot.  We have simply got a collection of ludicrous action set-pieces that are connected together by filler scenes comprising of hot chicks, lame gags and tediously boring monologues about the importance of ‘la familia’. But – with due respect to all the furiousheads out there – in our universe, this might be called a show reel, but there is ...

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Is ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ the weirdest Marvel offering to date?

It’s hammer time, or not! Considering we just had Hela aka the Goddess of Death stopping Thor’s trusty weapon Mjolnir mid-flight and then shattering it to pieces. Okay, now this might sound a little confusing to a whole lot of you out there but by surprise-dropping the first teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok , Marvel Studios has caught a vast majority including myself off-guard. So forgive me if I am getting a little ahead of myself in terms of excitement, but boy, this first trailer of Norse God of Thunder’s third solo adventure  has me all psyched up. Following 2011’s Thor and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, Thor: ...

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History repeats itself, as Stephen King’s ‘It’ fuels our nightmares once again!

Clowns of the world are up in arms and they are not just angry, they are furiously frothing at the mouth. Surprisingly, the reason for their intense rage is a movie trailer. One that smashed streaming records with close to 200 million views globally in its first 24 hours online, blowing away the previous best of 139 million set by The Fate of the Furious back in December. It wasn’t just a film trailer dropping; it was a freakin’ cultural event. Within hours of its release, the first trailer of Stephen King’s feature adaptation ‘It’ became a viral sensation, trending heavily across social media. The movie promo featuring ...

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Hindi Medium: When Pakistan and India come together to shatter class barriers

I always knew Saba Qamar was good, but this good? She is going ‘toe-to-toe with Irrfan Khan and still holding her own version of good. Pakistani diva’s Bollywood debut Hindi Medium’s official trailer has just dropped and it’s safe to say that we are all highly impressed. The great Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini once said, “A different language is a different vision of life.” While his statement might ring true anywhere on God’s green earth, but in our part of the world, it reaches gospel status. Photo: Screenshot Photo: Screenshot Being in a country where multiple languages are spoken, ...

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Will DC Comics’ Justice League be the answer to Marvel’s Avengers?

One thing I can never wrap my head around is the bizarre fact that all of Zack Snyder’s DC Comics’ movie adaptations are shot in the dark. Do they not experience daytime in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU)? With this slight moan out of the way, let’s turn our collective attention towards DC Comics’ answer to Marvel’s Avengers. The first full Justice League trailer just dropped and the entire internet world is in a state of meltdown. In a world where ‘The Avengers’ already exist, you’ve got to seriously up the ante if you plan on introducing a rival, and by the looks of it, this is ...

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Baby Driver – Revving it up with a ‘car chase musical’!

Have you ever wondered what you’d get if you mix ‘La La Land’ with ‘The Fast and the Furious’? Add in ‘Reservoir Dogs’ for good measure and Voilà! You have Edgar Wright’s latest project ‘Baby Driver’. The trailer of this ‘car chase musical’ hit the ground with tires screeching just a couple of weeks ago and it has already got all the cinephiles hooked. Jamie Foxx, Lanny Joon, and Ansel Elgort in Baby Driver (2017)Photo: IMDb It’s been a while since we’ve seen a movie from director Wright with ‘The World’s End’ from the Cornetto Trilogy being his last ...

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Will Wonder Woman turn things around for DC Comics?

Will DC Extended Universe be able to rival Marvel Cinematic Universe in terms of cinematic popularity?

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Superman, who? Batman, I don’t care! Wolverine, too macho for my liking! Are you sick and tired of the male bravado being present on the big screens all around you? Feminists around the globe, rejoice! You guys finally have someone you can truly root for while sticking to your principles. Enter, Wonder Woman! Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman (2017)Photo: IMDb With her cameo during Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice deemed not long enough, we will finally get to feast on the Amazon princess in all her unadulterated glory this coming summer. DC Comics posted the latest—and possibly the ...

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