The tedious drab of “Suicide Squad”

“Man of Steel” introduced us to a jaw clenching, detached Superman responsible for destroying an entire city. “Batman vs Superman” relaunched Batman as a perpetually brooding hero with a compromised moral compass who doesn’t flinch before killing bad guys. And now, Suicide Squad wants us to root for supervillains who are neither very dangerous, nor very “super” in their powers.

There is the assassin with a really good aim! (Gasp) An Australian burglar who can throw a mean Boomerang. A crazy (but ridiculously hot) ex-psychiatrist with a baseball bat. A possessed archaeologist and the man-crocodile who…eats people?  Continue reading “The tedious drab of “Suicide Squad””

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50 Years of Star Trek – Beyond

Even though I am a bonafide Star Trek fan and had been waiting for the movie ever since it was announced, I had found the trailers very underwhelming in comparison with the previous two movies.

Justin Lin had to step into the director’s shoes because JJ Abrams chose to direct Star Wars instead of this movie. There were rumours of major rewrites to the screenplay barely months before the shooting began when Simon Pegg was brought onboard as a co-writer.

Then there is the fact that Star Trek Beyond is the 13th Star Trek movie, clouding it with an aura of bad luck, if you believe in that sort of a thing. Continue reading “50 Years of Star Trek – Beyond”

Independence Day: Resurgence – Double the destruction, half the charm.

In Independence Day Resurgence, there is a scene where Jeff Goldblum and Liam Hemsworth are escaping a shower of falling buildings, planes and ships (don’t ask) in a plane where Jeff Goldblum announces nervously “Err… they like to get the landmarks”, seconds before we see the London Bridge destroyed like a poorly made sand castle.

In that scene, I suspect he wasn’t talking about the aliens out to destroy the world. He was talking about the film makers, especially director Roland Emmerich who obliterated the Empire State Building in ‘Independence Day‘, destroyed the Brooklyn bridge and half of Manhattan in ‘Godzilla‘, flooded and froze the Statue of Liberty in ‘Day After Tomorrow‘ and sank pretty much everything else in ‘2012‘.  Continue reading “Independence Day: Resurgence – Double the destruction, half the charm.”

Why India shouldn’t miss ‘Udta Punjab’

Abhishek Chaubey learnt the ropes of film-making from stalwarts like Anurag Kashyap and Vishal Bhardwaj.

He helped create memorable characters in some very successful Indie films (Omkara, IshqiyaKaminey, Maqbool) of recent years. These characters were from small towns, had a shifting moral compass and still seemed real and relatable.

That same pedigree is again on display in Udta Punjab where he tells the story of a state in the clutches of drug addiction, from the vantage point of four well written characters. Continue reading “Why India shouldn’t miss ‘Udta Punjab’”

Point Break 2015 – Review

The original Point Break, released in 1991, was a fun movie for it’s time. The hippie culture of the 80s was coming to an end but the idea of a bunch of social outcasts challenging the legal limits in pursuits of Nirvana still struck some sort of a chord with the audiences.  You couldn’t approve of Bodhi’s gang and his ways, but you still found yourself cheering for them. Continue reading “Point Break 2015 – Review”