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Series: Vikings & Outlander

Last month, I started watching two popular series – Vikings & Outlander.

VIKINGS (Seasons 1 – 4)
IMDB Rating: 8.6/10

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(L-R) Rollo Lothbrok, Ragnar Lothbrok and Lagertha Lothbrok

The series is based on the life of a Viking – King Ragnar Lothbrok; his rise to fame, his many conquests/failures and sons. During his lifetime he is married twice, defeats armies in at least 2-3 battles in foreign lands, rises from a mere farmer to a King and has 5 sons, who grow up to be even more famous. 

Season 5 releasing November 2017. 

OUTLANDER (Seasons 1 – 2)
IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

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(L-R) The hand is Frank Randall. Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser. James (Jamie) Fraser

The series is based on a novel series by Diana Gabaldon. It’s about an army nurse – Claire Beauchamp Randall, from the 1940s, who is magically transported to the 1700s – at the start of a Scottish uprising.

Season 3 currently being released.

Anyone missing Game of Thrones should definitely watch these two series.
Though I can’t promise the series contains the same amount of betrayal and treachery, they make up in story and action. and romance. and friendship.

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Movie Review: Braveheart (1995)

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Director: Mel Gibson
Actor: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Catherine McCormack

Synopsis

A Scot fights for the freedom of his people i.e. the Scots, after his wife is killed by English soldiers.

pros

During the whole course of the movie, you get to enjoy the beautiful views of Scotland. Mel Gibson has played his role as William Wallace to perfection. The battles had me closing my eyes, which is exactly the expected reaction to any medieval battle scene. I was especially laughing out aloud during the scene where they bare their privates at the English before the battle. I loved the bagpipes playing every once in awhile. I am in LOVE with the Scottish accent! No in the naaw!

cons

The whole storyline could have been a true story in my mind till the French princess goes and falls in love with Wallace. Seriously? Maybe they didn’t want to make the movie just perfect. Other than that, to my amateur eye, I couldn’t find any other flaw. Though their accents seemed to shift from Scottish to the British accent easily, even though it was a Scot like Wallace talking.

Reason I watched

It was always on my to-watch list and on many to-watch lists online. Who can forget that one scene, “They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our FREEEEEDOM!!!!!!”.

Would I recommend you to watch?

Well, you need to understand their Scottish accent. The movie is set in the 1300s, so expect a medieval wardrobe. Sit through almost 3 hours of the movie without dozing. Watch Wallace romance 2 ladies. Watch gory battles. Watch horses being killed and stabbed. If you can bear all the above mentioned hurdles, I would definitely recommend this movie! It was a really good movie.
It’s funny how movies released a century ago can still affect us (me mostly).
Freeeeeeeedommmmmmm!

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Movie Review: Tum Bin II

My friends are going to be so annoyed that I wrote this but I watched it coz they told me it was good, and this is what I felt about the whole 2 hours of the movie:
Did you ever watch a movie where during the whole movie you are thinking, “Why am I watching this?”. You keep forwarding the scenes. The movie is so slow, you find yourself actually counting the number of tears dripping from the actress’s chin (sorry exaggerating a bit). Like, Come ON! The protagonist doesn’t have any say in any matter. The guy says no you don’t like me, you like him. And she sits and cries again. Make up your MIND! Its Amar! No, it’s Shekar, Noooooo, it’s Amar! No, it’s Shekar! But all the while it’s Amar !!
I couldn’t bear to watch the ending ! Why put people through the torture ! Oh, and it’s based on the same plot as the first one. Which my friend explained to us happily. Waah! waah!
Okay I must say this, the guy playing Shekar did some good acting (except the time he drunk danced 😂 ). Neha Sharma was amazing! Acting was good, looked amazing too. Though she could have toned down the fast/slow motion running, (there are 2 scenes where she’s chasing “Amar”).
Though the plot was very engrossing, the writer should have written less lines. What’s with the snow scenes ? :s

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Movie Review: Point Break(2015)

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Director: Ericson Core
Actors: Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Teresa Palmer.

A review after countless months!
You know how die-hard readers keep hoarding new books but don’t really get the time to read them later? *sheepish smile” (I do that); but right now I’m suffering from reader’s block so I am currently only a die-hard movie/series fan. I hoard movies from friends, colleagues and countrymen; but sometimes I don’t watch certain movies; I discriminate them based on their name, their actors. One weekend was a tad monotonous so, I dug into my movie collection and watched this movie – Point Break – the 2015 version.

Synopsis:
Johnny, an FBI agent, befriends a gang of extreme sports athletes who use their skills to pull off heists. However, his plan to expose them hits a roadblock when he starts enjoying the lifestyle.
– Google

Ignore the ratings set by IMDB or anyone for that matter, and watch this movie. I hadn’t heard about this movie earlier, so I didn’t bother even giving it a second thought when I wanted to watch a good movie. But, when I did watch it, I LoVeD it! The suspense, the breath-taking views, and something different from all the romantic chick flicks. (i know, i know, i love those chick flicks too)

Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez were amazing in their respective roles and as usual I love the “villains” so, soon after the movie ended, I rushed to find out who was the guy called Bodhi😍
Even if you have watched the earlier version of this movie, you should give this one a try too! ☺

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Movie Review: God’s Not Dead (2014)

Like I mentioned in one of my previous posts; I am a Catholic. But, I do get lost sometimes and like to believe I would fare better as an Atheist. Everything will be much better if I just stop believing in some greater power. This movie made me rethink that.
It is a Christian movie about how when freshmen are made to acknowledge that God is dead by their philosophy professor, one among them is unable to carry out that task. He risks everything; even his relationship and his dream of being a lawyer to fight for his faith. It showcases the lives of 8 characters: Josh (the Christian freshman), A Chinese freshman, Aisha (a Muslim student), Jeffrey Radisson (the Atheist professor), Mina (his Christian girlfriend), Amy (A blogger), her Atheist boyfriend, David (A pastor). How they each react to their belief or lack of it.
I am not an advocate in people changing their religion to believe in God so the Aisha story was a little lost on me. God is a greater power that all religions believe in. God is a universal power. So, changing your religion defeats the purpose of your faith.
I asked a relative what they would do if they were made to perform the task of acknowledging that God is Dead, and their prompt reply was that they would do it; it just goes to show the decreasing hold of religion on the new generations. God would just be a name in a few more generations. Why oh why is it so hard to say I believe in God without looking like a fool? It’s like saying, “Aliens exist!”. Some people will nod seriously and agree. Others will just stare at you with a shocked expression and then laugh thinking you were just kidding.
The scene I loved the most was between Mina’s brother and mother. Here goes:

Mark (to his mother): You prayed and believed your whole life. Never done anything wrong. And here you are. You’re the nicest person I know. I am the meanest. You have dementia. My life is perfect. Explain that to me!
Mina’s Mother: Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn’t want them turning to God. Their sin is like a jail cell, except it is all nice and comfy and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to leave. The door’s wide open. Till one day, time runs out, and the cell door slams shut, and suddenly it’s too late.

Some reviews say that this movie was made to be the right fodder for believers. It doesn’t make any sense to those that do not believe i.e. It doesn’t make its exact point. That God does indeed exist.
Well I would say, Belief is and should be each person’s own choice.
P.S. God is Not Dead!

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Movie Review – Mindhunters (2004)

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Director: Renny Harlin
Starring: Christian Slater, LL Cool J, Val Kilmer, Catherine Morris, Jonny Lee Miller, Patricia Velásquez

The tag line explains it all! I had watched this movie once or twice before I guess but I couldn’t remember the ending. So, I went ahead and watched it again.

It’s about a group of FBI agents in training to be serial-killer hunters. So, they are put in fake situations to test their efficiency, thinking and general working. Now their sadistic trainer decides to send them to an island where he has set up a whole new scenario. The scenario is that there is a serial killer called the Puppeteer with them on the island. Their job is to find the clues and the killer. But what can they do when the serial killer, who is obsessed by time, actually starts targetting the trainees one by one? Who is the serial killer? The trainer or one of them?

So many questions! So many doubts!
As I said, I had watched this movie some time back. That didn’t stop me from reliving the horror and suspense during every minute of this movie.
Who is the killer?😱 Luke? Gabe? Jake? Nicky? Sarah?

Dedicated to…. Shweta! 😁 you know why;)

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Movie Review – The Longest Ride (2015)

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Director: George Tillman, Jr.
Starring: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Oona Chaplin, Jack Huston

This is an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’s book of the same name. Though normally some of the adaptations of his books turn out to be all mushy cushy lovey dovey with no actual thinking required. You just sit there waiting for Mr. Right to turn around and fall in love with Ms. Right. In this movie though, I ended up with a good feeling, like it actually made my heart smile.

The movie is about the love story of Luke Coulson and Sophia. Luke is a professional bull rider who had a run in with death the last time he rid a bull. Sophia is a college student on the way to fulfill her dream of working at an art gallery in New York. They meet when her friends and she attend one of Luke’s bull riding competitions. On their first date, they realise they do not have a future together. On the way to drop Sophia home, they find a car crashed at a tree and on fire. Luke saves the old man inside, who tells Sophia to save a box from the car, and they take him to a hospital. Then starts the story inside the story 😁. The story of Ira (the old man) and Ruth.

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The rest is the same, Luke falls in love with Sophia and vice versa, they make sacrifices for each other. Luke gets stubborn, Sophia cries. Sophia gets stubborn, Luke does something drastic. But in the end, they are both together. Same lovey dovey story. But, the part of this movie that had me happy was the story inside the story. Ira and Ruth. They are like the old couple in Up (the animated movie). Pure love. Just pure old love. Their story so much more interesting.  The fact that Ruth managed to change the life of one of her students, and the student being forever grateful and so many other things.
I loved this movie!<3

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Movie Review – Manhattan Romance (2015)

Browsing through some movie trailers on YouTube, I found this particular movie interesting for its non glamour story and cast. 

The movie is about Danny who is filming a documentary on the relationships of the people he meets around Manhattan. It also showcases his confusing love life with Theresa, a lady who keeps talking about good and bad energies, gives long hugs and enjoys uncomfortablely long eye to eye contact. He is best friends with Carla who is in a relationship with her apparently selfish girlfriend, Emmy.
The movie shows how Danny realises he has feelings for Carla; and how he tries to  understand his feeling for Theresa.

What I liked most about this movie, though it seems to not have a great rating, is that it portrays that friendships, relationships and the whole shebang can really work together.

Amazing movie, slow though, but cute.

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Movie Review – Places of the Heart (1984)

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Directed: Robert Benton
Starring: Sally Field, Danny Glover, John Malkovich, Ed Harris

This is a movie that has captured my childhood memories with its pure story and its amazing music. Though most of the songs are church hymns, there is no song that can get me humming like “Blessed Assurance”.

“This is my story, This is my song,
Praising my saviour, All the day long.”

The plot is about a lady, (Sally Field) who gets widowed when her husband is accidently shot by a drunk young boy. The story follows the life of the naive young widow, who entrusts her faith in a wandering black man, and takes in a blind boarder. Her two children take to both these men fast. But, her sudden loss makes her realize that they owed the bank for their property.
It is a slow story and obviously a very old one. But, it is one of the good ones that can make you smile.
I have a special appreciation for Sally Field after watching this movie.

“This is my story, This is my song,
Praising my saviour, All the day long.”

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Movie Review – Drishyam (2015)


Director: Nishikant Kamat
Written by: Upendra Sidhaye
Starring: Ajay Devgan, Shriya Saran, Tabu, Rajat Kapoor

Plot

One night, the lives and happiness of a happy middle-class family are threatened by someone who shows up at their door. They somehow manage to take care of this intrusion. What happens when the mother of the intruder, a highly respected senior in the Goa Police, starts searching for her only child ?

Review

This Hindi remake is of a Malayalam film starring Mohanlal and directed by Jeethu Joseph.

This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat, like many other films but there is that hint of extra Bollywood masala in it. Tabu enters like a boss!  Ajay gives a good performance. I was not totally convinced by Shriya’s acting though. The daughters gave a good performance. 🙂

The first half introduces you to the family of four (Vijay Salgaonkar, Nandini, Anju and Anu), who are a perfectly happy middle-class family enjoying once in a month shopping and pizza trips to the nearby town. A perfect, small, happy family.

Then enters the intruder… At which point, we watched in shock as the family takes “care” of the situation and is then slowly tutored back to normal by Vijay for the sake of their freedom.

Vijay, a local TV cable operator, watches TV shows non-stop, making him a brainiac at where exactly the police would start searching for clues, how they would link each clue back to them. He eradicates all clues that could implicate his family.

In the midst of the confusion, we were totally confused as to which team we were cheering for, Vijay’s team, who had acted defensively, as any other sane person would have, or the police, who were just trying to solve the missing case, actually half the time scratching their heads. 😛

 May the best man win this mindgame ! 😀

 Some reviews say that the remakes of the original film, have nothing to brag about, as they are all lesser versions of the former. I really have to get my hands on the Malayalam version. 🙂