La La Land: Is a love story enough to make a movie a winner?

La La Land is the critically acclaimed musical starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. The film is directed by Damien Chazelle who also directed one of my favourite films of 2014, Whiplash. Now as you can see the connection, Chazelle loves to work with the thematic element of music. And I guess it was inevitable for him to finally make a musical. La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life ...

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Will The Lego Batman Movie surpass DC Comic’s Batman v Superman?

The Academy may not have given the film its proper dues – and yes, some of us may still be a tad miffed about this major award show injustice – but the fact remains that The Lego Movie (2014) was downright awesome. Both joyous and thought-provoking, the wildly entertaining animated romp ushered us into the zany Lego realm. Now, three years later, we finally get the chance to revisit Lego Land in the spin-off instalment The Lego Batman Movie.  The flick is centred on the character of The Dark Knight (voiced by Will Arnett) and its trailer promises an amusing adventure in Gotham City. As per the prevue, Bruce ...

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Will Balu Mahi live up to the hype it created?

The upcoming romantic comedy, Balu Mahi, has created a lot of hype over social media and for all the right reasons. We don’t know much about the movie aside from the fact that Osman Khalid Butt takes the lead as Balu, alongside Ainy Jaffri as Mahi. Sadaf Kanwal makes her debut in acting as well. In anticipation for its release, fans have already begun enjoying Balu Mahi’s title song, performed by Asim Azhar and Aima Baig. Recently, the Balu Mahi team started a Balu Mahi dance contest over social media. Featured in the video were Butt, Hareem Farooq, Zainab Ahmed, ...

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If you’re a die-hard Hrithik Roshan fan, watch Kaabil

The plot is simple. The clichés are common. There is an A-list actor in the lead. The Bollywood formula is locked and loaded. Aim at a public holiday and fire. Kaabil hit the screens on Indian Republic Day and gathered around 20 crores in its first week. *Minor spoilers ahead* Directed by Sanjay Gupta, of the Kaante (faintly copied from Reservoir Dogs), Zinda (Old Boy) and Jazbaa (the Korean film, Seven Days) fame, comes Kaabil which seems to be loosely adapted around the Korean film, Broken, where the protagonist’s teenage daughter is raped and murdered. In Kaabil, Rohan (Hrithik Roshan) vows ...

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Rings: The demonic Samara returns!

Apart from anime, if there is one thing that Japanese filmmakers are really good at, it is their treatment of the horror genre. These low-budget shockers tend to focus more on subtle dread – enough to keep you up at night in a cold sweat – as opposed to gratuitous gore and have a cult-following around the globe with hard-core disciples. But one film from this particular lot turned out to be more notorious than the rest, Ringu. For years, you had to have a black-market connection to get a copy of the video in lots of places, but then Hollywood decided to ...

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Is Logan the perfect send-off for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine?

Ever been in a discussion where the topic of conversation turned towards cinematic superman, and somebody had to ask which particular one we’re talking about? It is a long list indeed, with several actors portraying The Man of Steel in motion pictures and TV series including Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh, Tom Welling, Henry Cavill, and Tyler Hoechlin. The same goes for The Dark Knight. Adam West, Michael Keaton, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck are just some of the performers that have played Batman. But there is no confusion when it comes to the mutant made of Adamantium. There is ...

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Sang e Mar Mar: Truly a masterpiece

As most of you already must know, Sang e Mar Mar is now inching towards its finale with its plotline coming to a heartbreaking and poignant end. (Warning: spoilers ahead.) In a shattering episode, three deaths simultaneously occur: Safiullah kills Saifurrehman to take revenge of his brother Gauhar’s death, Torah Khan kills Safiullah at the same time to avenge the cruelty Safiullah’s father inflicted upon Torah Khan’s mother – and he does this to make it look as it was Saifurrehman who killed Safiullah. In another place, Gulalai is hit by a bus as she is coming back to the ...

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Are millennials doomed to failure?

At a wedding dinner recently, some people spoke disparagingly about the younger generation. “They’re too lazy”, said one. “All they do is peer into their smart phones and watch video clips,” said another. “There really is no hope for them now,” said a third man. So I thought deeply on whether the younger generation is as idle and useless as these older men portrayed. I know that when I started my career, those who were 20 years senior to me would laugh at my mistakes. “You don’t know how to work hard,” my boss would say. “A little bit of effort and research, and you ...

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Will Raees live up to the standards of its record breaking trailer?

With less than ten days on the calendar, get ready to lap up a potboiler in the name of the SRK brand once again. Following a delay of almost a year, Shahrukh Khan is back from taking a break from his romantic image with Raees. Shahrukh Khan and Mahira Khan in Raees (2017).Photo: IMDb Set in 1980s Gujarat, Raees tells the story of Liquor Baron Raees Alam (Shahrukh Khan), whose business is challenged by a police officer ACP Majmudar (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). How the two go head-to-head forms the crux of the narrative. First things first, the movie is ...

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La Haine should definitely be on your bucket list

La Haine is a french film, written and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. The film was released in 1995 and has rapidly grown in popularity in the world of cinema. La Haine was released at a very defining moment in French Cinema where the mantel of Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Claude habrol was being replaced by the up and coming filmmakers who were not particularly influenced by the likes of Alfred Hitchcock or Orson Welles, but more by new American cinema like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Roman Coppola, and Spike Lee. Vincent Cassel in La Haine (1995).Photo: ...

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