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! :)

January 19, 2011

R-view 140: Hava Aney Dey

Some cliched plot, with the middle class Bombay metro life, bar dancers, guys in love with bar dancers, cuss words, annoying fillers in between with nuclear war threats. Some nice piece of film making, the cinematography, editing etc.

R-view 140: Bengaloored

Independent movie by a fan-boy on the city, the then Bangalore. Nothing impressive. Dull flat characters. Bengalooru this, that and all that.

January 9, 2011

R-view 140: Traffic

The Bobby-Sanjay scripting duo nails it again. An edge of the seat-dynamic thriller like never before. A first in Malayalam maybe. An amazing cast performing in control, riveting background score, invisible cuts, we have a winner! Rajesh Pillai delivers it slick. Dont feel like criticizing anything about it. Must-watch.

R-view 140: This Film Is Not Yet Rated

Docu. Shocking revelations on how the MPAA rating system works and how it can kill the true spirit of cinema. A rebellion, this documentary, with shades of an investigative thriller.

R-view 140: The Element Of Crime

A feature-length masterfully crafted hallucination. Period.

R-view 140: Fish Tank

Brit. Reminded of Thirteen, Prozac Nation etc. Troubled teen drama, feels like a slice of life. Disturbing settings.

R-view 140: The Soloist

Beautiful. Even more beautiful to know its a true story. There is no end to the things that can influence your life in ways you never knew. Jamie Foxx in his best of roles other than Ray maybe. Felt like a trance. Lots of fun-feel-good moments.

R-view 140: The Station Agent

Peter Dinklage, that is who this guy is. Feel good comedy. Heart-warming. We need each other to survive, its such a dirty fact. Must-watch.

R-view 140: Vanaprastham

From the maker of Piravi. I could only wonder, till now. Masterpiece. Cinematography at its coming-of-age best in Malayalam movies ever. Sounds are a treat to the ears. Zakir Hussain. Wow.

January 2, 2011

R-view 140: The Light Thief

Kyrgz. Heart-felt performance. Political. Very light. Reminded of True Noon. Good to watch a movie from Krgyztan. A first for me. Must-watch.

R-view 140: Somewhere

Somewhere. Anywhere? It goes nowhere. Not a Sofia Coppola fan. Will comment better after watching Lost in Translation. Maybe I missed something. Boring. A bit of dad-daughter relationship scattered somewhere.

R-view 140: Boiling Point

Japanese. Takeshi Kitano has been an inspiration to many directors I revere. Realised it after watching this movie. Unpredictable, violent, funny, quirky. Kills your idea of a text-book protagonist. Lots of raw action.

R-view 140: Biutiful

My favorite director's latest, and my least favorite (comparing to his previous works). Watched it from the front most row and was lost on the Javier on board. One hell of a performance. Realistic, super-natural, emotional, its a mix. Inarritu is done perfecting his multiple narratives, and now he has gone experimenting it emotionally.

R-view 140: Best Actor

Are we working on an exclusive street slang for Malayalam like the 'Tapori' in Hindi? Over-use of Cochin slang all over. Mammootty excels in both the avatars. Rich visuals, as expected from the photographer-turned-director. Touching climax gimmicks. Good watch.

R-view 140: Fog and Night

Turkish. Mixed conscience and a similar narrative. Washed up tone. A post-apocalyptic sky in the background adds to the feel. Thriller. Slow.

R-view 140: 99 Francs

French. From the director of Dobermann. Dark, wacky and ridiculously funny. Bizarre and trippy in parts. Like an hour and half long advertisement, while being satirical on the advertising industry at the same time. Pure brilliance.

R-view 140: The Social Network

Movie on the Time magazine's Person of the Year. Movie on the guy behind the once-in-a-generation-holy-shit idea! Movie on friendship, talent, betrayal, lawsuits and lots of fictitious drama surrounding Mark Zuckerberg. Rocking background music. A whole sequence in the tilt-shift pattern, treat for the eye. Reminded of Fight Club. Im addicted.

R-view 140: World Trade Center

Dont feel like commenting on this OLIVER STONE movie. Couldn't relate to anything. Heavy-duty drama.

R-view 140: Catfish

Docu. Moves like an eerie thriller movie. Expected it to be something like District 9. Beautiful editing and all those video formats. Must-watch.

R-view 140: Break ke Baad

Seen it over n over n again n again and over again or wotever since Hum Tum and Salaam Namaste and so on. Same old story. Good cast and music. That is all about it. Broke.

R-view 140: The Invention of Lying

Impressive fiction. A world where nobody can lie. Hilarious jokes. Took off good and crashed midway. Ricky Jeravis*****

R-view 140: Brief Crossing

French. Some sort of an emotional essay! Drama. Minimalistic. Not much of a laudable plot. Wish I could watch it in a theater.

R-view 140: Manmadan Ambu

Sync-sound killed some of the would-have-been brilliant comic scenes. As usual Kamal Haassan is the master of wordplay. Some sequences reminded of Kamal's own Alavandan, Anbe Sivam and Panchatanthiram. Lacks the usual 'woah' factor. Period.

R-view 140: The Postman Always Rings Twice

Sensuous. Slutty. Treacherous. And a galore of talents. As the tag-line goes, "You will feel the heat." Jack Nicholson - Jessica Lange