Khalid Rafi

Khalid Rafi

The author enjoys writing and is passionate about Pakistan Cricket. He tweets @TheKhalidRafi (twitter.com/TheKhalidRafi)

Sully: Clint Eastwood can simply do no wrong

Clint Eastwood is no stranger to showing his love for American heroes, or at least people who satisfy his definition of an American hero. And that’s something that’s best reflective of the latter part of his career with films like Flags of Our Fathers (2006), J. Edgar (2011) and American Sniper (2014). And something he continues to explore with his 35th film behind the camera: Sully. Based on the remarkable true story of the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’, when on January of 2009, Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger successfully landed a US Airways plane on the Hudson River, after an influx ...

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Blair Witch: Unoriginal and barely scary

Seventeen years ago, for better and worse, The Blair Witch Project (1999) changed the horror genre forever. On the plus side, it brought a new meaning to the term “viral marketing” by turning a $600,000 movie into a $248 million global hit – thanks largely in part to those viral online ads. On the other hand, it also gave birth to the found-footage genre, which represents just about the most uninspired and hackneyed conventions of filmmaking out there today. I must say, I’ve never cared for The Blair Witch Project, but having said that, I do understand that the film really struck a chord ...

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Will Magnificent Seven prove to be a worthy remake?

Hollywood’s obsession with remakes does not seem to be ending any time soon. The least we can hope for is that they at least bring something fresh to the films they are attempting to reinvent. With the fall movie season looming over us, one of the most anticipated films of the season is set to be released towards the end of this month, which actually happens to be a remake of a remake (originality in tinsel-town is in short demand these days); The Magnificent Seven.  Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Chris Pratt, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, ...

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Will Rang Raaz: The Secret of Colour be a step forward in Pakistani cinema?

Making it as an independent filmmaker in Pakistan is not easy. Having a film industry that consistently puts dance numbers, good-looking actors and fancy costumes over character, story and plot is bad enough. But the fact that studios here are not ready to invest and original ideas only makes it worse. But that hasn’t stopped aspiring filmmaker and playwright Hamza Bangash from bringing his ideas to life and overcoming a number of barriers that can come in the way of any aspiring filmmaker. In 2014, his short film Badal premiered at the Cannes Film Festival’s Court Metrage, which is an incredible achievement in itself. And now, two ...

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Nerve: It’ll surely get on your nerves

With the Pokémon Go epidemic sweeping worldwide (which is getting people to run into traffic while looking at their smartphones) it seems the timing for Nerve could not have been better. It is a thriller about people performing embarrassing and increasingly death-defying stunts in the name of a shadowy online game in an attempt to gain popularity and cash. Emma Roberts stars as Vee, a high school senior who lives on Staten Island with her clingy but hardworking mother Nancy (Juliette Lewis). Vee is afraid to tell her mom that she wants to go across the country to an arts college in California because she is ...

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The idea behind Suicide Squad is way better than the finished product

I don’t think there was any movie this summer that was as widely hyped as Suicide Squad – the third film in the DC Extended Universe’s (DCEU) cannon of films – after 2013’s Man of Steel and this year’s Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice. And you can understand DC wanting to hype up the movie considering how disappointingly Batman VS Superman fared earlier this year, critically and commercially. So, Suicide Squad; the premise is fairly simple. Viola Davis plays Amanda Waller, a high-up government agent who decides to assemble a taskforce containing the worst of the worst; rogues, thieves, ...

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Star Trek Beyond: An oasis in the barren desert of summer 2016 blockbusters

After the disappointing Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013), many people believed the future of the Star Trek franchise was in danger. Not from a financial stand-point, but rather a creative one. And let’s face it, for all its excitement “Into Darkness” did feel very much like a sub-par remake of the far better 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. There was a general consensus among most fans that the series was beginning to forget its roots, which were essentially about exploring space and spreading peace throughout the galaxy. There was even more disappointment among the fan base ...

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The Legend of Tarzan: A tedious and utterly insipid rehash

I can’t say I walked into The Legend of Tarzan with particularly high expectations. And that wasn’t only due to the fact that the character of Tarzan simply does not appeal to me, or because of the character’s highly unsuccessful, nearly a century old on-screen track record. But also because, I feel the character and story is an out-dated relic of the past that should have been forgotten, when its author Edgar Rice Burroughs passed away in 1950. But knowing Hollywood and its primal penchant for rebooting and rehashing anything and everything that has the capability of making even a little money, I’m not ...

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Is Star Trek Beyond worth the anticipation?

The third instalment in the Star Trek franchise ‘Beyond’ finds Fast & Furious director Justin Lin taking over the director’s chair, with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, and Karl Urban all returning, while Kingsman: The Secret Service star Sofia Boutella and Idris Elba join the cast. The latest film finds the enterprise facing a new alien threat played by none other than Elba himself, which causes the ship to crash in an unknown planet. While, the Star Trek films have garnered both critical and commercial acclaim in recent years, many fans have complained that they have failed to maintain the ...

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Possibly Out of the Shadows

Despite being reviled critically, the Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took in close to $500 million at the box-office which was supposedly enough to warrant a sequel. But while the 2014 reboot of the 80’s comic book about a group of talking, genetically mutated, pizza loving teenage ninja turtles was too dull or bland to be enjoyed in the slightest, its successor, Out of the Shadows thankfully manages to improve considerably. And despite its flaws, it manages to standout as an enjoyable piece of summer popcorn entertainment. After saving New York City from the wrath of Shredder (Brian Tee), turtles Leonardo (Pete ...

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