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The Silence is nothing more than a cheap knockoff of A Quiet Place

It would seem rather obvious that attempting a cheap knockoff of a well-made, successful film merely a year after its release is not the best of strategies. Clearly Hollywood didn’t get that memo. Almost exactly a year after A Quiet Place arrived in cinemas, Netflix has unveiled The Silence, a movie which follows pretty much the same premise, albeit a lot more shoddily. Just like the John Krasinski hit, John R. Leonetti’s thriller is set in a world which is under attack by creatures that hunt by sound and tells the tale of a family with a hearing impaired teenage ...

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As far as Stephen King adaptations go, Pet Sematary is certainly one of the better ones

Stephen King’s legacy as one of the best, as well as one of the most popular horror novelists is perhaps best attributed to the fact that no novelist in history has had more of his books adapted into movies. King’s greatest strength is perhaps his uncomplicated style of storytelling. While there are often underlying layers to his work, the narrative directness of his stories makes them tailor-made for the big screen. Pet Sematary however, which serves as the 35th time one of King’s books has made it to the big screen, has a special place even in King’s vast oeuvre. Worried by ...

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Project Ghazi: A missed opportunity

In 1989, Saeed Rizvi pioneered the use of cutting edge visual effects in the Pakistan film industry with his science fiction spectacle Shani. Thirty years later, after a cornucopia of advancements in computer graphic imaging (CGI), director Nadir Shah’s film, Project Ghazi, also attempts to push the boundaries of Pakistani cinema. Boasting an all-star cast comprising of veteran actors and rising talent, the action film hopes to be a genre-busting trendsetter. Project Ghazi’s plot revolves around a special organisation which creates an elite force of ‘super soldiers’ who are given advanced combat abilities. The story kicks into action when Zain (Sheheryar ...

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Balu Mahi brought the Pakistani out in me

Recently, Pakistan’s movie industry has been going through the process of transforming and restructuring itself. Primarily related to this change is an alteration in movie production. The era of the “gandasa” (a wooden pole) and “horse-riding dhoti-wearing heroes” is over or at least diluted to some extent. This is the time to fill the big screen with colours, fun, and relationships backed by practical stories that resonate with our society. Balu Mahi offers an assortment of feel-good moments, comic relief, and songs along with heart-warming moments between Bilal (Osman Khalid Butt) and Mahi (Ainy Jaffri). It started off slowly, and ...

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Passengers: An absurd cliche of a film

Why do good actors choose bad projects? That is the biggest mystery that runs through Passengers, a clunky sci-fi vehicle that can neither justify nor make the most of the star power at its helm. The film is set aboard the Starship Avalon, an interstellar star-liner that is on a voyage from an overpopulated earth to the colony world of Homestead II. Its 5000 passengers and 258 crew members are in hibernation, and are set to spend 120 years in suspended animation before they are awakened upon reaching their new home. Chris Pratt in Passengers (2016).Photo: IMDb But a malfunction ...

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is whimsically Burton

Peculiarity at its uber best! That, my readers, is Tim Burton for you. I don’t need to introduce him; a pure genius oddball, period. Maestro of everything that is bizarre, crazy and wonderfully strange, all at the very same time. My first ever Burton experience was the quirkily magical Edward Scissorhands (1990). It is only Burton who in this bittersweet flick could have infested every possible human emotion in an entertaining eerie -esque way. Since then, I never missed any of his ventures, though there have many hits and misses in between. And this time round too, I was enthusiastically ...

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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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If we take out the romantic element, M S Dhoni could be considered an all-time great biopic

Not too long ago, Bollywood released a cricket biopic of a fallen star called Azhar (2016). Among other things that went wrong with Azhar, the biggest problem with it was the mockery it made of cricket. Even before Azhar, films like Kai po che! (2013) and Victory (2009) also struggled to show the sport the way it is played. Admittedly, it’s very difficult to make sports genre movies because you have actors playing the sport that may not be their strength. However, if you miss the basic laws of the game, there is a bigger problem than the actor. M ...

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The Neon Demon: The horrors of going from rags to riches

So, after his last critical and commercial flop, Only God Forgives (2013), Nicolas Winding Refn is back with another film – The Neon Demon. The Neon Demon is the story of a young girl – played by Elle Fanning – who lacks every bit of talent, except for looking pretty. She decides to become a model and without much hesitation, quickly climbs the ladder of success and in return, her fellow models become envious of her. But what starts off as a rags to riches success story, quickly ends up turning into a much more psychedelic and horrifying experience. With previous films like the Pusher trilogy, Drive (2011) and Only God Forgives under his ...

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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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