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Old 3rd July 2012, 21:31   #4741
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The Help - An absolutely great movie; slow, very clear direction. Story that takes place during the 60's USA that portrays the life of "colored" vs whites. I'd certainly not hesitate to watch it again for the story line & direction - The Help (2011) - IMDb

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Have watched 3 movies of Night Shyamlan, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable & Devil. I somehow feel there's some amount of discontinuity or proper flow in the movie is lost at some point of time in all his movies. Is it only me or does anyone else also thinks so?

For instance...
Unbreakable - All of a sudden Samuel Jackson's life is put forth all the while Bruce Willis is introduced. At the beginning yes, its quite understandable to show the train scene & Bruce Willis to show the present day & from where things start. Sometimes I wonder is that one scene of his Mother's encouragement towards comic book is sufficient for Jackson to learn his prophecies?

Devil - Though the plot & story line is excellent (like any of his movies), I found it was somehow lacking the thrilling that it should have for a story like this.

Sixth Sense - Very nice movie, awesome climax; clever plot to even reveal anything between Malcolm & Cole initially, but the movie kept on progressing well. A few scenes like Cole getting to see dead people more than once are unwanted (another unwanted is from Unbreakable is the initial but very slow conversation between Bruce & sports mag reporter)

Out of all these movies, I found all of them had excellent story line & plot & very slow moving. Its quite enjoyable for sure, but something is still missing or is it only me?
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Watched The Amazing SpiderMan

Frankly speaking I had no plans to watch this movie as the trailer didnt look much exciting, it was only after reading positive reviews here i decided to watch the movie. As mentioned by others the movie has been made very well. Fresh narration, fresh actors, great performances & a good storyline is what makes it a worthy movie, there is never a dull moment.

The only down side that i could think of is that unlike other superhero movies & especially the previous Spiderman this movie doesn't have a single memorable dialogue that you would remember while exiting the theater.

Irfan Khan plays a small yet important role, much better than what Anil Kapoor did in MI

4/5

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Ice Age 4: Continental Drift - Watched it in 3D, loved it. Somehow I found it better than the latest installment of Madagascar.
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Watched few movies in the last week; quite memorable ones were...

I am Sam - Vikram's Tamil movie Deivathirumagan is a remake of this one; obviously English is unbeatable - - 8/10 - I Am Sam (2001) - IMDb

Oceans Eleven - Excellent plot; all major actors, Bradd Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts; story of robbing $160 million from a super secured Casino. Yet to watch thirteens, but Twelve was not as good as Eleven - 8/10 - Ocean's Eleven (2001) - IMDb

City Lights - The movie is a must watch for Chaplin fans; little touching with usual humor as how the Tramp struggles to help a blind lady get her eyes - 9/10 - City Lights (1931) - IMDb

The Pilgrim - No words to describe this 89 years old movie; so amazing that it still that yester years of simple no dialog comedy still rocks than today's most vulgar ones - The Pilgrim (1923) - IMDb - 8.5/10

The Idle Class - Again, no words to describe this 90 year old movie; its a must watch - 7/10 - The Idle Class (1921) - IMDb

The Secret of Moonacre - Very nice fantasy family movie, mostly for kids, yet good for one time watch - 6/10 - The Secret of Moonacre (2008) - IMDb

Brothers - Overall story line is very good, except for a few things missed out here & there, the movie was very good - 6.5/10 - Brothers (2009) - IMDb

Departures - Simple story of how a man changes his profession from cell player to funeral preparation & the difficulties he encounters - 7.5/10 - Departures (2008) - IMDb

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Took a day off from work to watch 'The Dark Knight Rises' on the first day. If you are a fan of the previous 2 movies, you are going to love the finale. This movie gives a perfect ending to one of the best trilogies ever made. The movie is very serious and very grim, but the climax is awesome and is sure to satisfy all the bat fans. There are so many great unexpected twists that you will come out of the movie theater smiling inspite of the seriousness of the movie. Nolan's action scenes have improved greatly when compared to his incoherent action scenes in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. I think the movie needs to be seen in IMAX as nearly half of the movie was shot using IMAX cameras. Sadly, we don't have an IMAX nearby ( and I can't drive 600 kms to just see a movie, although I would love to ) .
Anne Hathway is great as Selina Kyle and Joseph Gordon Levitt is great in his role. Tom Hardy as Bane did a great job, but people would be missing Heath Ledger's role as The Joker. One can only imagine how much better the movie would have been if he was alive. Cillian Murphy is back for a small role as The Scarecrow and he is really good and really funny. Bale is good as Batman ( and I don't really like the guy since that infamous audio clip from Terminator 4 ) . Special props to Michael Kane. He was awesome in the small role that he had.
One more thing that I noticed was that they changed Bane's voice from the one earlier that I had seen in the 12 min IMAX preview during MI:4 . I'm glad they changed it coz I could barely understand what he was saying earlier. However, I still wasn't a fan of this voice either.
I think we will be missing this version of the Batman now that it has come to an end , but I can think of no other better way to give a send off to the Batman.

P.S. There was a trailer of 'Man of Steel' before the movie. I was never a fan of Superman, nor of Zack Snyder, but the trailer looked very good and has stoked my interest in movie. And with Chris Nolan (I've been his fan from much before the Batman movies, so I'm not a bandwagoner ) staying on as producer of that movie, I'm looking forward to it next year.

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I m not much of an English movie buff but would recommend three movies which I saw recently:

1. 12 Angry Men: Features in IMDB all time top 10 list. A jury drama and a must watch. Would rate it 10/10. It was remade in hindi in the name of "Ek Ruka Hua Faisla". It was good but no where close to the original. ( Again my opinion)

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2. The Great Debaters: This is again a masterpiece from Denzel Washington. Shows how an all black debate team wins against the whites of the top college. My rating 8/10.

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3. Freedom Writers: This is based on a true story. Watch it for Hilary Swank. She is immaculate in the role of a teacher. This shows how a teacher can change a generation.
My rating 8.5/10

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Watched The Dark Knight Rises- first day first show. It is an amazing movie, coming as no surprise from the awesome Christopher Nolan. Storyline is really good, with lots n lots of unexpected twists! Breathtaking machinery throughout and lots of laughs too The score by Hans Zimmer is also brilliant. A must watch for all fans. If you've seen the first two in the trilogy, you'll love this one
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The Dark Knight Rises. Excellent! Go watch it guys.

First day, first show after a long long time. And totally worth it.
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Have watched 3 movies of Night Shyamlan, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable & Devil. I somehow feel there's some amount of discontinuity or proper flow in the movie is lost at some point of time in all his movies. Is it only me or does anyone else also thinks so?
Yes - had felt the same. He is good in the construction of the basic plot, the revelation of relationship between characters and again in the building up of the tension. I felt that he falters in the question of 'why?' in the scheme of things. Somehow runs through it without proper thought. Have seen Unbreakable, Sixth Sense, Signs and Village. Tried sitting through Lady in the water - was totally bored.
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Second day second show! Loved it! Specially the initial aerial stunt - pretty precarious and difficult to execute! Batman sure knows how to make an entrance (and an exit when he gets trapped in an alley)!

For me the 'The Bat' fell a bit short of expectations. It seems to be powered by a large fan underneath it and also in the last shot where its ready to haul the nuclear rector, there seems to be small fans in the front - it looks more like ROV (submersible) than a attack vehicle.

Verdict? Me likey very much 5/5
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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) - IMDb


Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - I am fan of Ewan Mcgregor and feel that the movies he picks and works in have a strong connection and message. Be it 'Big Fish', 'Beginners' and this one here another of my favourites. Good watch - 4/5 from me.
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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - I am fan of Ewan Mcgregor and feel that the movies he picks and works in have a strong connection and message. Be it 'Big Fish', 'Beginners' and this one here another of my favourites. Good watch - 4/5 from me.
A wonderful book by Paul Torday. Am glad they filmed it. Wonder when I will get to see it.
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Second day second show! Loved it! Specially the initial aerial stunt - pretty precarious and difficult to execute!
The whole initial scene with the airplanes was shown a few months back on IMAX screens during the shows of MI:4 . The whole scene is shot using IMAX cameras. It has to be seen on IMAX to really see the scale. After watching it in IMAX then, I felt very underwhelmed yesterday in our normal theater.
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Man, that is one awesome movie - Batman ! These guys sure know how to bring out comics to life..

The entire theatre applauds a scene where Batman reappears (at the end of the movie)
Nolan belts out another great Bat flick!

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