Movies over the Weekend

Have been watching quite a few movies over the past few weeks. Let me sum-up and write out short reviews on the good ones.

Step up 2 the Streets

This is yet another underdog movie. Its about freestyle street dancing. The movie features some fantastic hip hop beats and lots of amazing dance movements. The entire cast is a bunch of rubber bone dancers. The choreography is splendid and attention has been paid to each and every movement. The climax dance in rain is the crown jewel of the movie. The story is not unique but the screenplay keeps you glued to the movie. If you are a fan of gravity defying, super synchronous, rare to watch freestyle dancing, then this movie will prove to be a clean entertainer.

gRate 3.5/5

Jaane Tu Ya Jaane na

Aamir’s blood relation and production house has proved that its worth its value. Imran is totally awesome to watch and so is Genelia. Genelia has come up with a never-before performance, but would seriously advice her to shed the cute-curious-adrenaline-filled college girl image asap, else she would be branded and loose out of the industry soon. The plot is unique and the screenplay is just right. No macho heroism for a debutant from a starry family. No overacting by any of the cast, except the girl who hears the story. My best moments in the movie are the ones with Nazrudin Shah’s appearances. I would not say that this is an out-of-the-box movie, but the somehow this movie relates to at-least a part of every-one’s life. Go watch it and comeback with a super-happy-refreshed-young mind.

gRate 4/5

WALL-E

YAAM (Yet another animated Movie) and YAASM (yet another animated superhit movie). WALL E is about a lonely robot who is left to reside on earth and all the humans fly out to space to live in a spaceship. Their only hope of returning to earth is discovered by WALL E (short for Waste Allocation Lift Loader, Earth-Class)and his gobot (girl robot) EVE ((short for Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator). Their journey and destiny to bring back the humans to earth and win each other’s robotic heart (or rather Memory/Processing Module) is the storyline. Don’t miss this if you are a fan of animated movies.

gRate 3.5/5

The Superhero Movie

yuk…why do they try satirical comedy if they don’t understand the basic literal meaning of comedy? The aim was to mock spiderman movies make fun of other superhero movies. The target totally missed and the result is a gross boring movie.

gRate 1/5

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Kung Fu Panda

After failing to deliver the promised with SHREK 3 and OVER THE HEDGE, Dreamworks animation house is back in business with KungFu Panda. Watching through the movie, initially i was sort of getting bored, but the momentum picked up and the really funny scenes and action sequences started pouring in. Just after Po enters the Jade Palace, its laugh after laugh, excellent voice acting, amazing CG animation. The story was great and the background was beautiful, it really felt like an ancient Chinese city. The plot revolves around a wannabe-kungfu-figher-overweight, cute, clumsy panda called Po(Jack black). He hears that the dragon warrior is going to named and he wants to see it, but sudden turnaround of events, he himself is appointed to be become the Dragon warrior much to the horror of Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) and the Furious Five: Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Viper (Lucy Liu), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Crane (David Cross) and Monkey (Jackie Chan). Shifu must find a way to train him. One hilarious moment after another continues until Shifu recognizes Po’s true driving force. This is just in time as the villain Tai Lung (Ian McShane), a snow leopard has returned as he believe is the true Dragon Warrior.

gRate 3/5

Speed Racer

The Wachowski Brothers have done it again! Yes, they have made a splending movie that will link to mythology, karma, parampara and bhavishya. They have made a movie with high octance action sequences and laymen can enjoy the action while the philosophers can get the hidden messages. But its kinda boring and contains highly bollywood-type brother sentiment and family sentiments. Mr and Mr Wachowski, you can’t sell this movie in India, we have seen much more like this.

gRate 2.5/5

Why Panchvi Pass is not Exciting?

I am a die hard SRK fan and would watch anything from advertisement to movies featuring SRK. When SRK came into the KBC arena, there could be none happier than me. I was so excited that I could watch my demi-god everyday. When he was done with KBC, I eagerly awaited his next TV venture, Kya Aap Pachvi pass se tez hai? This was supposed to be a adaptation of Are you smarter than a fifth grader? I haven’t watched much of the english version, but have watched a few of its episodes from youtube and my expectations grew on the Indian version. Expected to have fun watching it… but was totally disappointed… why?

  1. The 5 filmi kids are highly artificial. Real life (non-silicon) kids from different schools for each episode would have been more interesting.
  2. I don’t believe that these kids knew the answers by themselves. These kids have spent most of their time before the arc lights and would have never gone to school. I don’t even believe that they can get their alphabets right unless dictated by a director.
  3. Why do these kids squeel when the contestants select them or a section? Totally irritating.
  4. The questions asked are not genuinely 5th grade questions. Some of them are from IAS/IPS GK chapters.
  5. SRK is awesome but he carries himself like he did in KBC. Expect a few variations for this kind of show.
  6. Then there is these contestants who are not very enthusiastic but always nervous to stand near SRK.
  7. Every now and then, mention of sponsors like compaq, airtel… clearly shows the money making interests. Ofcourse thats the ultimatum, but need not be so obvious.

Shahruk ji just wind up this season of panchvi pass and lets go back to the movies and rule the bollywood. Do what you do best. Leave out small screen for some chotta motta wannabe star. Probably the true cabability of the show would come out then.

Dell Hell

There has been a lot of positive reviews and praises for Dell floating in the web. Blindly relying on these reviews I took a giant leap and purchased myself my first Dell laptop. Its a XPS series and Model M1210. XPS is supposed to be the premier lineup in Dell production line and its the most expensive of the lot. I was ready to pay the extra money imagining I would get a red-carpet welcome in the customer service area plus superior performance and quality product. I was decieved by Dell in all three areas.

1. Red Carpet Customer Service

After one year, I wanted to extend my warranty and I contacted Dell by email. They responded fast but the response was very bland. No greetings, no regards, no contact details in the mail. I was surprised. But then I didn’t want to make a fuss. So I asked for my quotation for my XPS system. The guy sent me a quote for Inspiron system. I repeatedly told him that I have an XPS system. But he kept sending only the Inspiron quote. When enquired, I was surprised to hear that they have only one template for quotation PDF and it can accomodate just Inspiron. But still I can go ahead and get it as it would cover my service tagged Laptop. I was not so sure about this. By this time the guy in Dell India Support (Extended Warranty Section) lost his patience. So I contacted another guy over the phone, only to find that he reports to Guy 1 and he too sent me the same quote but with my laptop model mentioned in the remarks section. Yet this quote is for Inspiron.

I decided not to go for warranty extension with a company with such poor infrastructure. I really dont understand, if they can’t reprogram the tool to support XPS and other product lines as well.

I decided to buy the replacement for the battery and I found out that its not possible to check it online in Dell’s site. So I called them again and when the call center guy hears my issue, without any warning, he puts me on hold and transfers my call to a person responsible. And that person not available in desk so I go to her voice mail. It doesn’t route to any other person who can help me. Is there only one person who can sell battery in the entire Dell Asia?

Dell India Customer service is highly chaotic and ill-managed.

2. Quality Product

After exactly 1 year, the battery life started exponentially decreasing. This is not my first laptop and I have had many brands before and every one of them had a very decent battery life and they would run fine for years. I tried contacting the Technical Support team a couple of times and the made me wait for 40+ minutes in each of my call and the line got disconnected automatically. I didn’t want to waste anymore of my mobile bill (I dont have access to Toll Free number) and I started searching the web and found out that its the same case with many. The 53 watt 6 cell lithium battery would not last more than a year. Probably this could be a dell-tactic to make consumers buy more from them even after the laptop purchase. One of the worst unethical tactic I have ever come across. I never expected Dell’s products to be of such inferior quality.

3. Superior Performance

The XPS line-up is not a great thing to drooll about. Its just an average laptop and even Vista rated it as 3.5 in its hardware performance rating. Nothing great about either Dell brand or the XPS co-brand.

My next laptop will definitely not be Dell and I would never recommend Dell to any of my friends.

a twisted RACE

Race Movie Review @ gBlog

Disclaimer: Review has Spoilers that may reveal part of full plot of the movie.

Probably the most twisted story released in Indian movies I have seen. The movie plot has got nothing but twists, u-turns, hairpin bends every 10 minutes. I guess the Burmawala brothers must have been auto drivers in Chennai before getting into the movie business. Only Chennai auto-walas switch the left indicator, hand signal on the right and continue to go straight into a lane where only a cycle can get in.

The movie starts with an introduction to the cast so shall the review. Saif and Akshhaye are step brothers and they are filthy rich and own a family horse racing/breeding business in South Africa. Saif loves Akshaye so much as his brother. But Akshaye has inverse love for his brother. Hot Jism babe Billo rani Bipasha is an upcoming model and Saif’s girl friiend. The semi-firangi wali cute Kat is Saif’s PA and has an eye for him. Saif totally relies on Kat. Akshaye is an alchoholic and one day tells Saif that he would de-alcholize himself if he gets Bips. So Saif sacrifices and fixes up Bips to Akshaye. Now you dont even dare to think that the movie is going to be a romantic-love-sacrifice-to-brother movie.

Akshaye find out that Bips herself is a con artist and they both get into a deal to kill Saif and get away with the 100 Million $ insurance money. They get married and plan push Saif from 20 storey building. Oh! I almost forgot the steamy bedroom scene between Saif and Bips. If you are soft-porn deprived, then this a treat for you. It is then shown that Saif has seen the bigger picture already has Bips in his Hooks already and they in-turn plan to kill Akshaye and plans for the 200 million$ heist. So you are set to believe that Bips will push off Akshaye from the building. Another twisted twist here…

In short, when you think A = B. Its actually C. But when you think C = A, its actually D and finally you are left with an equation so complex yet easy to fit in.

Ok I can just go on and reveal all the remaining twist and the so-called thrills. But I wouldn’t do that. Instead go watch the movie or just download the good quality Pre DVD rips available at all torrent site. So lemme just jump the plot relealing part and to the actual review part.

The director duo has done a fool proof survey on the Hindi movie audience and they know what we want. Sex, Lies, deception, Violence, glamour, speed and twists…name it, its all in the in this movie. Saif and Akshaye have done their role of racers and deceptionists almost perfectly. Bipasha looks hot only in the bedroom scene unlike Katrina who looks gorgeous in almost all shots. But Katrina who has been in bollywood for a while is expected to learn a bit of acting, dialogue delivery and some expressions. She can’t get away with only her looks for a long time and she can’t bank on glamour too. So Ka! its time you stop giving us those blank stares at all situation and go to some good acting school. (Or Sallu bhai can give u some lessons too…)

Ok now comes the juicy part…Sameera Reddy. She is hot and got the body, skin and pout to make any walking / dead man go crazy. (looking forward to see her in Vaaranam Aayiram). She is the assistant of RD. R.D who? R.D Burman? no its Robert Dicosta! Why do Indian Characters living in Foreign locations change their names like call center guys? Well, I am not sure, may be you must ask Anil Kapoor himself. Anil is the Inspector incharge of the crime conspiracy investigations. He does investigating, eats all-fruit diet with disgusting manners, grabs Sameera’s assets to feel her heart beat (for no apparent logic reason) and thats it. This duo is only a catalyst in this fast paced storyline. Jhonny Lever appears in the screen for exactly 5 min and those 5 min he sizzles the screen and makes everyone go crazy with laughter. For title name sake! there is a car race to end the movie.

The movie is good to watch. Fast paced, racy, twisty, twistier, twistiest and in total, like an one night stand, its gives you all the thrill you need out of a high budget bolly flick.