Movies over the weekend

Transsiberian

Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley

The Transsiberian is a movie about a journey. Roy and Jessie travel in the Transsiberian express to reach Moscow from Beijing. Jessie had a troubled background and Roy bails her out of it and they are so much in love. They are married, but Jessie is not yet ready to start a family. Roy is a locomotive fanatic and he is a simple man from a simple background. As they cross into the borders of Russia, they meet up with Aby and Carlos. Carlos senses the trouble in their marital life and makes is moves to woo Jessie. Roy misses the train in a station and the adventure starts. The rest of the movie is a downhill ride filled with drug trafficking, love, lust, faith, Russian Mafia, corrupt police officers, deception and twists. This movie is one hell of a ride that keeps the audience to the edge of their seats. Though the only big wig is Ben Kingsley, the entire cast and crew have done their best to make this thriller.

gRate: 3.5/5

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5MUTPx_SIY]

Golmaal Returns

Anjana Sukhani
Anjana Sukhani

We must have come across movie reviews which advice the viewers to shut their brain and enjoy the movie. But I guess Rohit Shetty has watched many such movies and decided to shut his brain and make a movie… and the result: Golmaal Returns. The movie is about… well the movie is not about anything, its just a collection of slapstick comedies and on-liners to give the viewers a rib tickling 3 hours of humor club experience. To spice up the masala, the hot ingredients are Kareena, Amrita, Celina and the fresh Anjana Sukhani and ofcourse the main course Ajay Devgan along with sidekicks like Arshad warshi, Tusshar and Shreyas Talpade. The hotties have done their job and Ajay Devgan fills the stomach along with Arshad and Shreyas, but sidekick (allakai) Tusshar drastically needs to shed is useless-crank-boy kinda role. Else he will be a sidekick for ever. There are lot of hilarious instances in the movie, where they mock at OSO, Saawariah, Tashan and some recent flicks. Watchout for the cute tamil dialogue pronounciation by Celina and Shreyas. The one line story: Ajay’s adventures to manage is doubting wife Kareena and at the same time deal with his foe Arshad, aided by the sidekicks and rest of the hotties. Well, its a good laugh and the movie will stay on screens for a while and box-office is paisa vasool.

gRate: 2.5/5

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNEGKG1JPlk]

Taken

Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson

“Back home they call it the Raghavan Instinct” – A famous one-liner from the movie Vettaiaadu Vilayadu by GV Menon. This is the theme for the movie Taken. I wouldn’t be surprised if this movie is dubbed in tamil and named as Vettaiaadu Vilayadu Season 2. The story is of a retired (VRS) secret service agent who avenges to sneak and destroy his daughter’s kidnappers and retrieve her. Liam Neeson is the spy and he has done an excellent job in this 2 hour thriller. The story is simple and straight forward, but the nail bitting 2 hours experience is the one to be lauded. Wonderful and realistic action, love, sentiment, guns, detectives and you name it, you’ve got it. “Taken” is not only worth a watch, but also don’t miss it kinda movie.(…pssst…the movie is gonna be in screens only by Feb 2009 ūüėČ )

gRate – 4/5

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyBQVpODvDw]

Anniversary with N95 8Gig

Its been exactly one year since I laid hands on the N95 8gig. It was freshly launched then, and I was the among the few first buyers in the city. So what now? Is it time for a change? Let me think out loud.

The mobile has been an exceptional performer. Great camera, wonderful usability, mediocre battery and ruggedness are a few good points to mention. I found 8gb very hard to fill. I have not crossed 5 gb of storage. Thanks to Smartmovie for movie and Nokia Multimedia. Smartmovie converts a full length DivX movie (700mb) to less than 120mb with optimized quality for the N95 screen. Nokia Multimedia organizer coverts a 11-12mb mp3 to 2-3 mb m4a format with lossless conversion techniques. I still don’t think I have listened to all 1200+ tracks stored in it. The Wi-Fi has been very useful and this is one feature I will not compromise in my next mobile. I haven’t used GPS much, mainly due to poor infrastructure over here. GPRS? yes, i use it very often and its satisfactory. I couldn’t comment on the mobile’s 3G features because 3G is not yet launched in India.

Symbian OS has rendered my phone to be very slow. It has been slow with 0GB stored and also 5-6GB stored data. Data doesn’t matter, the phone is inherently slow. The mobile is a bit bulky on dimension and weight. That seriously upsets the aesthetics aspects of this performer. The build quality is very poor. The rubber coating at the back panel starts to wear off within 3-4 months of usage. The slide mechanism scratches the paint of the keypad. It‚Äôs very difficult to find face panel for N95 8Gig. But the phone is totally rugged. I have dropped it infinite times but the phone is still in good conditions. Lack of camera lens cover is one serious flaw. I could never find a replacement lens as well. The Nokia care center in Chennai is a total crap. They wanted the phone for 15-20 days plus almost 20% of the MRP just to change the face panel and camera lens. I swear, I will never enter that place again.

This phone is an engineering splendor but an architectural blunder.

So what next? Do I go in and get a new mobile? Or still stay with my favorite N95?

If I choose to stay, then it would be for its sheer power and performance plus the moolah i shed out of my wallet.

If its going, then what next? Definitely not an iPhone or N96. iPhone is not a very flexible phone for power users like me. N96 is both an engineering and architectural blunder. With its weak battery, poor construction, heavy pricing for the same features as N95 8gig, I would not even think of N96. N85 and N79 are my attention grabbers. Both have similar features. They have memory card slots expandable upto 8gb, touch sensitive navigation wheel, FM transmitter and almost all other features of N95 8gb but with a camera lens cover. N85 has OLED screen, which means a richer display but still N79 is a clear choice because it a hassle-free monolithic constructed mobile and gets rid of the slider snags. It weighs lesser(97g) than any Nokian in its class. Its panels are easily replaceable. But the final choice depends on the price factor and user reviews.

Nokia’s touch UI mobile 5800 expressMusic also thrills. It is subsidized in Europe and costs just 270 Euros at launch. But the Indian pricing could be different. Also detailed user review is awaited. If the rumors are right, Nokia is also about to launch Touch UI in their N series as well, and that could mean a long wait.

So I could either have my N95 8gig and wait for N Series with Touch UI, or I could go in and get a N79 and use it for about an year or so and then get a second generation Nokia.

P.S: I am a hardcore Nokian, so I will not choose the highly unstable Sony Ericsson product line or the ever failing Samsung mobiles, atleast until they prove themselves at the user market. But Android??? mmhm..

Presto – the charm-caster

I happened to watch¬†Pixar studio’s Presto accidentally as I was browsing my DVD collection. Presto is a short animation movie from the makers of classic animation movies like Wall E, Cars and¬†Ratatoullie. Its about a magician and his pet rabbit which he pulls out of his hat to entertain the audience. One not-so-fine day, Presto forgets to feed the rabbit Alec and Alec ensures that he suffers for his mistake.

The movie lasts for no more that 3-4 minutes. But very racy paced and intellectually intriguing stuff gave me a satisfaction equal to watching a full length movie. What struck me most was the simplicity of the story, animation and characters and out-of-the-box thinking by the director.

The Singh Rules

Singh is Kinng… No mistake…it spells with two n’s. Numerology? I guess there is no need for numerology or luckology when you make a good entertainer. There was too much hype around the movie and lot of promos and events to market the movie. Usually such marketed movies fail at the market. So I didn’t want to watch it and waited for the “movie testers” gang’s review. So when these guys told me the movie was good, I wasted no time.

The story is not a great one. Its about a good hearted village sardarji Akshay (Happy Singh) who travels abroad to bring home a long lost son (Sonu Sood as Lucky Singh) of a fellow villager. That son happens to be a most wanted gangster (by Gyara Mulkon ka police walon…). Along with Rangeela Singh (Om Puri) he starts off to Australia but lands in Egypt to find the Mummy of his future kids Sonia (Katrina). One side love blooms at first sight but duty refrains him from making The Moves and he is headed to Australia.

At Australia, Lucky Singh, Mika Singh (Javeed Jaferi), Julia (Neha Dupia) and the rest of his Singh gangsters throw Happy Singh out of the house. Kiron Kher helps Happy and Rangeela with food and shelter. A series of events takes Lucky Singh into some sort of trauma and the gangsters make Happy Singh as their King. Sonia happens to be Kiron’s daughter and to impress her daughter (yes u heard me right!) Kiron approaches Happy the King.

The rest of the story is a Hera Pheri of how Akshay converts the bad guys to good and implants good sense in them, impresses Katrina, wins over Lucky Singh’s heart and takes him back to the village.

Akshay is totally awesome. He has once again proved that he can be a good actor who can mix comedy and emotions along with ease of dialogue delivery. Katrina is as usual the “Eye Candy factor” with no talent but pure luck. Hottie Neha Dupia is wasted in the Secretary role. She deserves a more vital role. Javeed Jaffery and Om Puri have been utilized well and they prove to be pivots in the story line whenever it starts to slag.

Music is good for the ears and choreography is good too. Don’t miss the final Title song featuring Snoop Dog. The¬†costume¬†designer deserves a round of applause. From turbans to the Sherwanis, every costume of Akshay’s and the gangsters fit the mood (Unlike the Ajit¬†Starer¬†Billa). A clean entertainer and a very light movie to watch. In total, this movie is full paisa vasool both for the producers and the viewers. Singh is Indeed the Kinng.

gRate – 3.5/5

The Dark Knight is The Joker’s Day

The comic strip says it all. The Dark Knight is one exceptional Movie. No wonder the movie’s ratings overtook Godfather’s IMDB ratings. The IMAX camera used to film the movie has proved its worth and this movie is worth watching only in Big Screens….no matter how hi-tech is your home theater. Heath Ledger will sure be missed. Hope he gets his posthumous Oscar. Go watch it for a paisa vasool entertainment.

Thinks I liked in the Dark Knight

  • Screenplay and Choice of dialogue
  • Stunt sequences
  • Joker’s villainy
  • Joker character played by Heath Ledger
  • Extra-ordinary locations
  • Perfect Casting
  • Maturity of Christian Bale as he gets into the Bat Costume
  • Batmobile ejecting into BatPod which is inspired Dodge Tomahawk
  • Nokia Tube Mobile used in Sonar Scanning
  • Commissioner Gordan’s character

gRate 4.5/5