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! :)

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.

R-view 140: Happythankyoumoreplease

Directed and lead by that guy from How I Met Your Mother. Was enough to get me hooked, and the interesting title. A bit slow, a tad cliched. But nice settings and cast, it does strike some chords. Feel good. Happy. Thank you. More please.

R-view 140: Ichi The Killer

Work of an auteur. Guts-on-the-floor kinda violence, literally. Extremely disturbing. Still confused about how they came up with some of the torturing methods (shudders). Wacko movie.

R-view 140: 127 Hours

All those split screens, what a turn-on! What would have been an extremely disturbing sequence, not when Danny Boyle takes control. Lots of layers, reminded of his own Shallow Grave. One man show. And its something like a celebration of the human spirit, life in itself.

R-view 140: Unstoppable

Tony Scott never lets us down, provided he teams up with Denzel Washington. And this is one of those movies where you genuinely feel that adrenaline rush (in parts). Bright yet saturated tones as usual. Thriller.

R-view 140: Machete

What started off as one of the fake trailers in the Tarantino-Rodriguez Grindhouse venture has now been made to a full blown feature film which can be included in the super-exploitation genre out there with lots of blood and guts. Danny Trejo, the big bad Mexican, in his first lead role with all the cool in the world but lacks any kind of visible changes in expression, except for the "kill kill kill" one. Gratuitous violence. Michelle Rodriguez****

R-view 140: Chaser

My favorite Korean movie. Serial killer, dirty cop, the game, the chase. But above all, the Korean style of pitch black grittiness. Must watch.

R-view 140: Predators

Never been a fan of the Aliens/Predators franchise. Lots of gore, looked like the usual American evil-alien thriller. Adrien Brody can look tough!

March 12, 2011

R-view 140: Dear John

Neat. Some good one liners. Not too cheesy; with some flat characters. Lots of relations explored. Not a rom-com either. Straight to the point/plot.

R-view 140: Mango Yellow

Brazilian. Hunk, queer, virgin, slut, necrophiliac etc.  Some random characters. Some annoying sex sequences. Beautiful tones. Lush. Not ripe, raw.

R-view 140: The Losers

From the director of Stomp the Yard. A pumped-down version of The Expendables, A-Team etc. with some nice guns, guts and funny one liners. Nothing new or better in the plot. Fun.

R-view 140: Yuddham Sei

Mysskin is an auteur in every sense when it comes to these noir-ish crime thrillers. But all those repeated leg shots? Anjaathe had a whole sequence with the feet alone. I wonder if it turned just pretentious in Yuddham Sei. The action sequence is well choreographed (and reminds of every other Korean; Kitano movie out there). Cheran looks good, but does smash his head against the wall as usual, in despair. Cinematography deserves special mention. Slow; unless you are accustomed to watching those Korean detective movies.

R-view 140: The Fighter

Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale together is a reason enough for a flick like this to go to great heights. Convincing plot and wonderful cast. One of the best boxer-movies ever. Must-watch.

R-view 140: Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey

Utterly butterly boring with the very serious looking Bachchan boy uttering lines in Bengali accent. And very very long, even for a period flick. Informative, that is if this is some textbook we are talking about.

R-view 140: It's Kind of a Funny Story

We live at the edge of a great depression, emotionally/literally. To find your grip is the most important part. The rest will 'come to you'. All smiles.

R-view 140: Eesan

Definitely not what was expected from the so called pioneer of the new-wave in Tamil cinema. Haven't we seen this story before? Nasty politician, spoilt son, honest cop, the innocent village family, big bad city, the rape and revenge? Long.

R-view 140: Due Date

'From the director of Hang-Over.' What more should a road-movie need for a tagline! Zach Galifianakis together with Sherlock Holmes. A lot like Planes Trains and Automobiles, but has its moments.

R-view 140: Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji

Bhandarkar should stick to his inside-drama/jokes/politics kinda movies. The jokes are a bit on the low side and he even managed to make Omi Vaidya sound exactly like how he was in 3 Idiots and overdo it. Filmy, very filmy.

R-view 140: The Other Guys

Mark Wahlberg does full-on mindless comedy! Otherwise a really crap-piece of motion picture.

R-view 140: The Mechanic

OK so they didn't want to call it Transporter 4, that's it. Everything else is the same. Statham sure can kick ass and look like he doesn't give a crap. Predictable.

R-view 140: Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam

Telugu. Siddharth looked loads better in Bommarillu and Oye. Some nice story line, but definitely as cheesy/melodramatic as it can get.

R-view 140: Tron

Unbelievably brilliant Computer Graphics (Made in 1982!). A geek-cult-classic it should have been. Wonder what the sequel looks like.

March 6, 2011

R-view 140: Buried

How do you set a feature length movie inside a wooden coffin buried in the sand with just Ryan Reynolds (no more Mr. Cheesy lover boy!) trapped in it?  Must-watch.

R-view 140: Devil

Has everything you would look out for in a Manoj Night Shyamalan flick (yup, he wrote the script), and he delivers it. Predictable at some point but keeps you going with its 'mind-blowing' cinematography! Thriller.

R-view 140: I'm Here

Short. Emotional. Futuristic, but not the scary-apocalyptic kind. Learn to dream, and then to live for it. Get hold of the OST if available. 

R-view 140: T.D. Dasan, Std. VI. B

Something feel-good about this movie. Maybe it is all those 4:3 frames in between, the parallel film in film sequence or maybe it is the innocence all about the tale set in the village. Neat.

R-view 140: Grown Ups

Nothing serious or special. Not even a new plot. Bet you can predict the outcome of jokes even. Watch it for the cast, all the funny guys in there.