About R-view

R-view contains some real short reviews of some of the movies I've liked over the years. Most of them are 140 character posts as they used to be my tweets (@mrzoozoo) This blog was created for (the purpose of showing off my INSANE movie review skills :p) some class assignment purposes. So don't frown if you don't find enough text in there to make you like or watch the movie. Hey you can always Google! :)

May 8, 2011

Short Flicks: 10 Minutes

Dir: Ahmed Imamovic
Plot: This short film, as its title indicates lasts only 10 minutes, but it tells a much longer story which unravels only in our imagination upon seeing the end of the film. While 10 minutes in someone's life mean nothing, they can be fatal in another: a boy and his loving family, tragedy in a war-torn city, death and destruction. All in just ten minutes.

R-view 140: Ko

Inspired from State of Play; but adapted well and polished into perfection by the master cinematographer K.V. Anand. Lots of details. Jeeva and Ajmal underplay, looks fresh. Pia steals the show in every frame she's in. Visuals are a treat to the senses. Political thriller, gripping.

R-view 140: Ardh Satya

The best Indian police movie. Classic. Realistic like hell. Om Puri should have been crowned as India's angry young man instead of AB. The mother of all guest roles, Naseeruddin Shah as Inspector Mike Lobo. This is Indian cinema, not Bollywood. Period.

R-view 140: Orange

Bhaskar cant seem to move on from love and love stories and worlds best love stories etc. Ram Charan Teja's second is a thumbs down, but he looks good. Genelia D'Souza is irritatingly bubbly and cute. Wot did Bhaskar slip into Genelia's drink, whatever it is, sure its double the dose tat was used for Bommarillu!

R-view 140: City of God

Its fine to be inspired, but you get inspired from Amores Perros and name it City of God? Lijo Jose Pellissery disappoints in his second feature since Nayakan. Irritatingly shaky steady cam shots. Beautiful framing and lighting. Some flat characters but lots of emotion. Good BGM and tracks. Realistic in parts.

R-view 140: Yeh Saali Zindagi

Guy Ritchie meets Irrfan Khan kinda humour. Neat parkour sequences and some good action. Long. Predictable.

R-view 140: Confessions

Revenge. The plot couldn't get any better twisted. Nothing short of brilliant. Must watch.

R-view 140: Mirch

Four shorts on sex and sex only. Strong in theme, fails to deliver. Down.

R-view 140: Im Still Here

How far would you go to accomplish something; something weird, completely make-believe.. and miserably fail at it? Obscene in parts.

R-view 140: Sukiyaki Western Django

A tribute to the spaghetti western genre, funky with all those references to literature and heavily choreographed action. A treat if you can sit through some of the weird costumes and humour. And I thought only Tarantino plays around with the exploitation genre.

April 24, 2011

R-view 140: Aguirre: The Wrath Of God

Madness and men, a masterpiece only Herzog can craft. A tale of obsession, sanity and the thin line in between.

R-view 140: Lennon NYC

Docu. A fan video maybe. But lots of interesting footage and chapter graphics. Good to know about Lennon the humanist. And all those live concerts and interviews.

R-view 140: No One Knows About Persian Cats

Kurd. From the director of Turtles Can Fly. Reminds of Akin's Crossing the Bridge, not a docu though. Guerrilla film making. Undergroung tales of forbidden music inspired by true events. Must watch.

R-view 140: Spanking the Monkey

Incest. A difficult watch. Along the lines of a coming of age drama. Subtle comedy and striking performances. 

April 10, 2011

Short Flicks: Things I Like, Things I Don't Like

Dir: Jean Pierre Jeunet
Plot: A short comedy starring Dominique Pinon. Featuring muted colors with a sepia black and white, Pinon takes the viewer through various examples of what he "likes and dislikes".

R-view 140: Kalavaani

The light side of the new-found-new-wave of Tamil movies set in the rural milieu. Not your usual Tamil romance, a Rom-Com this one. And no confusing accents or Madurai slang either. Fun. Vimal****

R-view 140: Woodstock: 3 Days Of Peace & Music

Docu. The event of a generation. The generation that was the event.

R-view 140: Urumi

First impression was "Magnum-Opus". I even looked it up on the dictionary; it fit, all that emotion, the cast, the cinematography, music, the reach. But looking at it after the first rush of excitement, the movie looks silly in parts with the revenge driven protagonist mouthing dialogues in extreme confidence, they look comical at times. The script is way too simple (and just because Santosh Sivan himself used this term) like a ballad. Amol Gupte, Arya, Nithya Menon, Jagathy Srikumar, Prabhudeva, Genelia D'souza. The humour was rib-tickling and the action sequences looked way too dull, but detailed with lots of D.I. and slow motion. A Titanic-esque ending, no I wont lash out on that, it was cheesy, my kind of ending. A twist in history or fiction? Epic. Two swords up.

March 27, 2011

Short Flicks: Agent Orange

Dir: Tony Scott
Plot: A psychedelic love story of a man's frantic search to connect with his true soul mate.

R-view 140: 7 Khoon Maaf

First impression; Susanna - Scary. Don't blame me, the dark humour was too much. The seven men excel in their screen space. Felt like reading pages of a diary, the narrative, long. Vishal Bhardwaj delivers again.