Monday, December 27, 2010
While 2010 wasn't a happy year for Bollywood, what with biggies such as Kites and Guzaarish flopping, it certainly marked the return of that staple known as the ITEM NUMBER!
With the release of Salman Khan's curry masala "Dabangg" came the rustic chart topper "Munni Badnaam" giving us a the gyrating dewar-saali duo of Malaika Arora and Salman Khan, added for extra measure were lookalikes of Saif Ali Khan and Amitabh Bacchhan.
Soon after, were we treated to the Beyoncesque gyrations of a barely clad Katrina Kaif, who flaunted the results of her low carbohydrate diet for all and sundry to see; in Tees Maar Khan's " Sheila Ki Jawani" .
While the promos itself praised Sheila as the sexiest item song ever, it seemed to have been inspired from sources as wide as Beyonce to Kimi Katkar from "Jhumma Chumma".
It is however the frEek's opinion that the item girl of 2010, was not a munni or a sheila, but that dark damsel from videshi shores who wowed us with her spontaneous dance skills, all when her husband wowed India with his charm, that's right folks, I am talking about none other than Michelle Obama!!
So there you have it folks...2010 main Munni badnaam hui, aur Sheila jawaan, but it was Michelle that took our votes!!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
What it is? : Tron Legacy tells the tale of Kevin Flynn (Garett Hedlund) who is the son of TRON's protagonist Sam Flynn ( Jeff Bridges), Kevin a maverick hacker decides to investigate his father Sam's disappearance and ends up following him into the digitized universe known as TRON. Neon suits, lightcycles and techno music follow!!
What Works: TRON: LEGACY, promised the next level in cinematic effects, and it manages to live upto that promise in part. The Lightcycle battles are truly amazing experience to watch on screen. Tron: Legacy also features Jeff Bridges in two roles, and he tries valiantly, to succeed in both while succeeding. Tron: Legacy also enjoys the collective presence of beauties such as Olivia Wilde, Beau Garett and YaYa Dacosta and Serinda Swan..or better explained in the below picture!!!
go buy your ticket...now!!!
The Verdict: TRON: Legacy, was hailed as the next Avatar, and instead it ends up resulting in being a half-hearted mish mash of its predecessor. A lesson that fancy-packaging cannot disguise an empty soul...now doesn't that sound like something Sam Flynn would say!!
A disappointing two FreEkies!!
Friday, December 10, 2010
The trailer for the latest in Marvel Comic's onslaught of superhero films : THOR, just hit the net, following worthy predecessors such as IRON MAN, HULK; THOR is the tale of THOR (Chris Middlesworth), who is banished to Earth as punishment by his father ODIN (Anthony Hopkins). Will this prove to be a worthy contender in the previous superhero Marvel releases, only time will tell
Can's wait when all of Marvel's medley superheroes will appear on screen together in the AVENGERS ( 2012)
Apologies for having logged out for so long, this episode of Film freEk brings to you the trailer for the final part in Michael Bay's TRANSFORMER's trilogy, called : TRANSFORMERS - THE DARK OF THE MOON.
with the second part coming in for a lot of criticism regarding its CGI overkill and the lack of a coherent plotline, BAY appears to have taken a Spielbergish approach and attempted a suspenseful feel to the movie, although that will vanish within the first 15 minutes of the movie, to be filled in with the usual images of giant robots, and Shia Laboeuf running aroung screaming "nonononononono!!!"
Oh well, what's the use, I know you'll be there!!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
The trailer for David O' Russel's " The Fighter" hits the internet today. The Fighter tells the true life story of Irish boxer Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg) who, coached by his brother played by Christian Bale, went on to become a boxing legend. Bale's character is an ex-boxer who succumbs to drug addiction and to his credit Bale looks the part of a recovering drug addict! Mark Wahlberg, reportedly trained for two years to get the fighting skills required for this movie.
The Fighter, is not a very new story, but what will set it apart, is the performance of its lead cast, and accordingly is being released in December, to be close to the Oscars.
Will it score a knockout at the Oscars? time will tell...
Friday, September 10, 2010
What works: Dabangg is a rehash of the old gaon-in-distress story that Bollywood overkilled in the 70s-80s. Salman Khan plays Chulbul Pandey a boorish corrupt yet lovable cop who doesn't mind doing his job, as long he gets to make some moolah on the side. A misunderstanding leads to Chulbul seperating from his brother Makhanchand (Arbaaz Khan) and step father Prajapati (Vinod Khanna). Chulbul is also at loggerheads with Chedi Singh played by Sonu Sood. To add some meetha to this masala mix, walks in Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha) to steal Chulbul's heart. While the plot is nothing new, its the little details that make this movie special. Chedi carries with him in his entourage a photographer, to capture his exploits! Chulbul manages to a dance sequence while bashing goons to a pulp! and yes, Sallu's bhabhi; the sizzling Malaika drops in to gyrate for the new national anthem.."Munni Badnaam"!
Verdict: Dabangg, rises over the maar-dhaad movies of yore due to one factor, and one factor alone: SALMAN KHAN! Sallu who previously portrayed the muscled buffoon in movies such as Wanted takes Chulbul Pandey a step further, from his tongue in cheek dailogue to his rippling muscles, he brings to screen a character worth remembering for a long time ( seriously in the recent past, after Munnabhai, which other Bollywood character is worth remembering?). The over the top action sequences ( apparently as much time was spent shooting them as a regular movie) and the pulsating movie add to this maar-dhaad-pyaar-vyaar-khichdi! Southern India always acclaimed Rajni as the king of the over the top films, where the hero performs superhuman stunts, passes ribald dialogue and has a laugh with the audience in doing so; with Dabangg, Bollywood has a Rajni of its own!! Critics always complained about Salman's lack of acting skills that put him notches below the acclaimed Aamir Khan, with Dabangg, Salman proves to the world, he may not be much of an actor, but he is the STAR!!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Black Swan features Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as well as the legendary Vincent Cassel
(the guy who married Monica Bellucci) in a tale set against the New York Ballet. The trailer reveals Aronofsky's now-trademarked k camera work, and one hope the movie lives upto its promise!!!
Inception, finally seems to have some competition!!
extra freEky - I'm getting a Fight Club vibe from this, and you?
Friday, August 6, 2010
What it is: Continuing the tale of the Predators "hunting" other species, Predators tells the tale of several humans who find themselves on an alien planet, these being: Royce (Adrien Brody); A mercenrary, Mexican drug cartel enforcer Cuchillo (Danny Trejo), Spetsnaz soldier Nikolai (Oleg Taktarov), Israel Defense Forces sniper Isabelle (Alice Braga), Revolutionary United Front officer Mombasa (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali), death row inmate Stans (Walton Goggins), Yakuza enforcer Hanzo (Louis Ozawa Changchien), and doctor Edwin (Topher Grace).
What Works: On a much larger scale than the 1988 original, Predators features some great visuals, the dark jungle locations are put to great use, the usage of CGI to create alien creatures is also nicely interspersed. The movie also benefits from the unique casting. While many had cried foul over casting someone like Adrien Brody (obviously much skinnier than Arnold), you may realise, that real-life soldiers/mercenaries, are actually lean rather than the bulk-a-saurus that Arnie was!! The fight sequence between Hanzo and a Predator, is one of the highlights of the movie ( cheesy, but fun!!)
What doesn't: The original Predator featured only one Alien, massacaring an all star team of mercenaries, hence the concept of a rag-tag team of convicts taking down several predators is a bit unsettling!!! While Adrien Brody does his best to play the "mercenary-with a conscience" none of the other characters do make a lasting impression.
A measly 2 FreEkies!!
Extra FreEky: Manliest Greeting ever...
Heartfelt apologies for staying away from my blog so long. If you are half the freEk i think you are, you have already been overwhelmed by what the critics have called the greatest movie in the last five year; INCEPTION!!!
Chris Nolan's masterpiece has everything going for it, a great cast, amazing visuals, a stirring starcast, and yes, a less than simple plotline!!!! Without spoiling much, it suffices to say, that you will have been left scratching your head, there are a lot of webpages that have sprung up, trying to explain the convulted web of dreams..
don't believe me?? take a look!!
Think about it, wasn't Inception after all "Sapne main dekha Sapna" phenomenon? Trust the great Amol Palekar to helps us out of this cinematic mess!!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
b) Acting talent such as Kabir Bedi and Kangana Ranaut are reduced to playing over-exaggerated characters and are thoroughly wasted!! Verdict: Despite the lavish setting and the sizzling Mori, Kites leaves you unsatisfied. Given that it is to have a huge US release (with a version re-edited by Brett Ratner) it leaves you with a feeling that it is perhaps a show-reel of Hrithik Baba’s acting “talents” meant for western directors and audiences, in much the same way Roshan Sr. had lovingly crafted “Kaho Na Pyaar Hai” to previously showcase Hrithik’s talents for the Indian junta a decade ago!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Over the last few years, comic-book giant Marvel has got its act together and taken creative control of the screen adaptations of its comic book properties. As a result, we got to see the the reboot of the Incredible Hulk, the awesome Iron Man and its sequel. but Marvel isn't done yet!!
Those who have watched the above movies will clearly remember the cameo by Tony Stark
(Robert Downey Jr) in the Hulk movie, which went something like this...
Not to be content with one Captain America cameo, Marvel also shoved Captain America's trademark shield in both the iron man movies...
IRON MAN 1:
IRON MAN 2:
If that's not all, IRON MAN 2 contained a post-credits scene hinting at the arrival of yet another superhero: THOR!!
Check out Thor's Hammer in the last frame!
What does this crossover brouhaha mean you ask? Well, the frEek has all the answers! Marvel will shortly roll out movies featuring Thor directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Helmsworth, the first image has already been leaked out...
The next on the block is of course Captain America directed by Joe Johnston and starring Chris Evans.
As a final coup-de-grace, Marvel plans to unite all these characters in what will be known as the "Avengers" movie which in turn is modelled on the comic book superhero team of the same name. Marvel has gone ahead and signed sci-fi director extraordinaire Joss Whedon as the director for the same. Still don't believe it? here's further proof:super -powered" individuals across the globe, as indicated from the circles on various continents. These are the superheros that Nick-Fury (Samuel Jackson) wants to unite as the Avengers. Apart from the circles in the Americas ( Iron Man, Hulk) of particular note are the ones in the North Pole (being the frozen Captain America) as well as one in the middle of the ocean could
this be a secret nod to yet the introduction of "NAMOR" who is Marvel's underwater superhero? time will tell!! So there you have it folks, an exclusive freEk-peek at the superhero extravangza starring Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and a slew of smaller superheros!
Will this be the greatest cinematic miracle since buttered popcorn or a mish-mash of many genres? We can only wait and freEking watch!!
What works: IRON MAN 2 was given a substantially larger budget to operate from and it shows! more explosions, bigger baddie robots and a beautifully shot fight against the monaco grand prix, make this the perfect popcorn flick!! Robert Downey Jr. (RDJ) brings his game on as the eccentric genius that is Tony Stark, it is hard to imagine any other actor bring such quirkiness into even a tiny scene such as where Tony eats a box of strawberries that he buys by offering the seller, his Jaeger Le Couture watch! Sam Rockwell (SR) as Justin Hammer, Tony's rival dials in a brilliant performance bringing equal parts goofiness and evil, frEeks might remember that SR was at one time in the reckoning for the role of Tony Stark ( which was utlimately played by RDJ) and it is interesting to see how he fleshes this character (Justin Hammer), who in many ways tries ( failingly) to model himself after Tony Stark. Who can forget Scarlett Johansson's smoking hot turn as Tony's lawyer / Secret Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Her supple yet lethal fight scene where she fights off a dozen baddies is a treat to watch!
extra freEky: Iron Man's suit is actually a gold-titanium alloy!!
Saturday, May 1, 2010
An early-birdy hellos, freEk fellows!
For someone took well-aimed and ruthless pot shots at film-makers, Sajid Khan probably threw away all caution to the wind when he took on the mantle of director himself. His earlier venture “Hey-Babyy” was an unashamed rip-off of that 80s Hollywood classic “Three Men and a Baby”, and his new mish-mash “Housefull” appears to a well convoluted mix of recent Hollywood blockbusters..
What it is: Akki (quite convincingly) plays an endearing yet neurotic “loser in love” (borrowing liberally from Ben Stiller’s character in “Along Came Polly” and “Heartbreak Kid”) when his first, hurried marriage to seductress ( read nymphomaniac) Jiah Khan ( trying hard to come off as sexy, and failing by miles!) doesn’t go quite as planned, Akki finds himself falling in love with Deepika Padukone (effortless) and trying desperately to get out of his marriage with the suspicious Jiah. Add to this a half dozen twists and turns and Akki finds himself (pretending to be) married to Lara Dutta as well! At some point in time, all 3 heroines show in bikinis, at which point one wonders if the movie should have been called “Blousefull!”
What works: Akki who hasn’t had a hit in a while, puts a lot of effort in the characterisation of his neurotic and hapless character, almost making it work. Riteish Deskhmukh as Akki’s friend brings along his easy charm and Arjun Rampal as an army man, suspicious of Akki’s motives, plays his stern persona well. Chunky Panday as the imaginatively titled “Aakhri Pasta” and Boman Irani ham up their parts collectively, this ham and pasta dish is too rich for my taste (burrrpp!) To Sajid’s credit he seamlessly manages to make the year’s first purely fun film! And yes, that “item-number” with Jackie Fernandes is pure-fun! the modern version of the Lawaris number “Aap Kya Hoga”
What doesn’t: Yes Akki is one of the best looking guys around, yet his pairings with heroines substantially younger than himself are wee bit yucky (Yucky Akki!) to say the least. The seduction number between him and Jiah Khan seems like the sequel to Nishabd! Sajid also follows David Dhawan’s and Priyadarshan’s tried and tested route of adding twists and new characters to compensate for the lack of a basic plotline. For viewers of angrezi hits such as “the Heartbreak Kid” and the “Hangover” the mish-mashed scenes will bring a unwelcome feeling of déjà-vu!
An iffy -iffy 3 freEkies!
Positioning itself as Bollywood’s first major summer release post the IPL extravaganza, Housefull surely stands to gain from crowds looking for their next dose of escapism, just wish that the thrills, lasted a little longer than the theatre exit!!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
With its limited vocabulary of 140 characters or less, it has managed to keep celebs in touch with their salivating fans and more revently...dethrone ministers, uncover scams and if word is to believed Mumbai Police will be forming their own tweet-cell to help them uncover corruption (just kidding!!)
That's right folks the phenomenon that is TWITTER is indeed here to stay, and as a tribute to this chirpy little wonder, we present Bollywood's first song tribute to Twittter...
Bollywood - will its wonders never cease!!!!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
That glorious web of deceit, that is the internet just threw up the trailer for Judd Apatow's latest "Dinner for Shmucks". Any freEk worth his salt will indeed be reminded of Sagar Ballary's suplerlative BhejaFry (2007) which in itself was a copy of the french masterpiece Le Dîner de cons.
Dinner for Shmucks stars Steve Carrel as Barry (in the Vinay Pathak role) and Paul Rudd as Tim (in Rajat Kapoor's role). Zach Galifanakis ( "Hangover") also stars in what appears to be the role played by Ranvir Sheorey in Bheja Fry, although Zach's character is shown to be competing with Steve Carell's character when the dinner starts. FreEks will remember that Bheja.. never showed the actual dinner taking place, and this is perhaps where the Hollywood version will differ from its Indian counterpart.
Many will agree that Bheja Fry, was one of the funniest works to come by in the starved for genuine humour industry that is Bollywood. It remains to be seen whether Apatow and his crew mess this up, or take this up to a whole new level!
see ya the movies freEks!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Which is why the promo for Rahul Bose's latest offering "Fired" has me in a tizzy! Well, although not purely a bollywood movie, it does star a largely Indian cast and is directed by Sajit Warrier. Fired has Rahul playing a "lay-off" expert who has been given the unenvious taks of laying off 80 people in one evening and begins to see horrible visions while left alone in office, are they real or is he hallucinating from the impending guilt of ruining so many lives??? Watch the movie and find out!!!
Friday, April 2, 2010
Surely James Cameron must have realised the implications of unleashing the 3D
(enhanced) technology, that he would be opening quite the Pandora's box, for wasn't the planet in Avatar called Pandora!
Studios today are falling over themselves to create/re-create every adventure epic possible and the latest cinematic offering to get the remake treatment is 1981's Clash of the Titans
How it is: On paper Clash Of The Titans could well be one of the biggest earners ever, with a stellar cast having Sam "Avatar" Worthington as Perseus, Liam Neeson as "Zeus" and Ralph Fiennes as "Hades" not to mention a bevy of digitally created monsters such as gigantic scorpions, the lovely Medusa and the horrible horror that is the KRAKEN! In reality though, the lead actors sleepwalk through their roles, in fact when Perseus manages to mount the winged Pegasus we are all but reminded of the similar scene in Avatar when Jake Scully ( also played by Worthington) manages to mount the Turak Makto in Avatar.
Even the CGI created KRAKEN, leaves you yearning for the rather cute KRAKEN puppet that starred in the 1981 original.
An iffish two stars....watch the 1981 version instead!!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
It's been a while since my last post, and for this please accept my sincerest apologies, and as always to make amends, I bring to you news fresh off the ovens of cinemadom.
For those of us growing up in the 80s, action movies meant bone-crushing, adrenaline fuelled extrvaganzas starring muscled monoliths such as Stallone, Schwartznegger, Willis and Chuck Norris. Gleefully we watched as our favourite action hero single-handedly ripped apart entire armies of russians/arabs/european villain not before managing to deliver a punch-line such as "Rest in Pieces" or "I'll be back". Sadly with the advent of cinematic technology like CGI and bigger budgets, the realm of the action hero (like the VHS casettes that we watched them on) began to disappear. Fist fights and exploding cars were replaced with transforming robots, and CGI generated badguys. With CGI beginning to rule the roost, larger than life was par for the course and other than a random actioner such as the Bad-Boys series, the escapist action genre had all but vanished. That is, until now....
In the revent past, a surfeit of overblown CGI movies (Transformers, GI Joe) has led to many a fan yearning for the more realistic actioner fare. At the same time, the rise of actual combat related shows such as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) the varoius wrestling shows ( WWE) have given film houses a sea of talent to pick the next action hero from.
This summer, promises what appears to be a return to the action genre of old, and leading from the front is Stallone's "The Expendables" starring what appears to a reunionof the action stars of the old (Willis, Schwarzenegger, Lundgren) with some newer ones such as Statham and Jet Li. What is also interesting is the use of actual MMA fighters such as Randy Couture, Gary Daniels and the Noriega Brothers in the movie to add a touch of realism to the combat.
extra freeky: It's the return of the man, baby!!!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
my name is (never mind, that's what got you into all ths trouble in the first place didn't it?) and I am a big fan of your work. I am really saddened by the news that your latesht film "My Name is Khan" may not be seen in Mumbai due to the Marathi manoo's backlash against your "foot-in-mouth" disease syndrome.
While it be far from me to adjudge the veracity of this issue (I can picture the Sainiks burning printouts of my blog!) , I am very keen to see your latesht picture release in aamchi Mumbai
(which counts for 20-25% of the movie's gross, I heard you say on a leading channel), and as your most humble fan, suggest that a slight change of title might work, in appealing towards one and all, before closing this blessed blog, hear me out, for I present to you not one but three alternate titles, which mught help in finally releasing this movie..
a) My name is KHANolkar:
b) My Name is Thackeray:
Sir, surely you realise that both your political tormentors (the MNS and the Shiv Sena) share one thing in common ( besides the penchant for burning your posters) is the surname Thackeray! and what better way than to appease these two birds than with this dramatic change in name, Although I cannot rule out political clashes between these two parties, on which Thackeray it is that you claim to be!
c) My Name is KHAN (3-D)
d) My name is Khanna:
Do you remember that recent Salman Khan starrer called "Main Aur Mrs. Khanna"? no?...well neither does anyone else! by this change of title of your movie, you can pass this off as the sequel to that imminently forgettable film, and avoid all controversy!!
e) The 4th Idiot:
Sir, at the risk of being politically incorrect, we all know that you play a "special" (read idiot) in the film, and what better way than this to ride on the success wave of your close friend ( read rival) Aamir's blockbuster 3 idiots! Didn't Aamir ensure that Ghajini lookalikes flooded the theatre during the release of your "Rab ne Bana di Jodi"
I hope the suggestion of a name change, does not anger you. "What's in a name..." Shakespeare had once said, and surely you will agree, for haven't you played the same character in so many different movies, with different names? what's in a name indeed!
your most humble fan
cc: Mr. Karan Johar
Friday, January 29, 2010
One must also not forget that Bal Thackeray and his cohorts, have been around for ages, and are all too aware of how the political game is played. As a lawyer of an American fast food chain, I had the opportunity to meet with Sena officials, who had negotiated the amount of damage, that they would be carrying out to the chains store, in protesting against lack of employment of the marathi manoos. Why the extended courtesy you ask? surely you will remember that it very corporations such as this that would fill up the Sena's coffers come election time! Surely then the Sena whose mileage with its votebank suffered during the last elections, due to the emergence of Raj Thackeray, would not be amiss from using this publicity opportunity!
While it far be from me to pass judgement on this issue, remember that necessity ( or publicity) always makes strange bedfellows!!!
extra freeky: MNIK releases in two weeks from now!
Monday, January 25, 2010
The Hurt Locker:
ironically...Kathryn and James Cameron were once married!
George Clooney - Up in the Air
Sandra Bullock - Up in the Air
James Cameron - Avatar
Best Foreign Film
The White Ribbon / The Prophet (Une Prophete)