Friday, January 14, 2011


Eight Below is a 2006 American adventure film directed by Frank Marshall and written by David DiGilio. It stars Paul Walker, Jason Biggs, Bruce Greenwood and Moon Bloodgood. It was released theatrically on February 17, 2006.

In 1993, Jerry Shepard (Walker) is a guide at an Antarctica research base under contract with the National Science Foundation. UCLA professor, Dr. Davis McClaren (Greenwood) arrives at the base and presses Shepard to take him to Mount Melbourne to attempt to find a rare meteorite from Planet Mercury. Shepard does so against his own intuition, which tells him that it is too late in the season (January) to complete such a treacherous route. Worried about the snowmobiles breaking through the thinning ice or falling in a crevasse, Shepard tells his boss and McClaren that the only way to get to Mount Melbourne is by dog sled.

Shepard and McClaren make it to Mount Melbourne but are immediately called back to base camp due to an approaching storm. McClaren begs for some time, and Shepard gives him half a day. McClaren finds what he was looking for and the two head back to the sled.
Shepard pauses to patch up one of the dogs (Old Jack) whose paw is bleeding. McClaren, while walking around to get a better radio connection with base, slides down an embankment when a soft ledge gives way. His landing at the bottom cracks the thin ice and McClaren ends up breaking through. Shepherd is able to get his lead dog Maya to take a rope to McClaren and the dog team pulls him from the water.
Now, as they battle hypothermia, frostbite and near whiteout conditions, Shepard and McClaren have to rely on the dogs' stamina and keen sense of direction to get them back to base. The injured people are immediately evacuated, along with all other personnel, due to the storm, which is expected to intensify. With too much weight in the plane to carry both people and dogs, the human team medically evacuates Shepard and McClaren with a plan to return later for the dogs. The dogs are temporarily left behind, but the storm is worse than expected and it soon becomes apparent that no rescue will be attempted until the next spring.
Back at home, Shepard is guilt-ridden about leaving his dogs, and stops working as an Antarctic-conditions guide. Five months later, and after a heart-to-heart session with an older, veteran guide, Shepard decides to throw his all into rescuing the dogs. Before leaving for the trip, Shepard patches things up with McClaren, and tells him about his intentions to rescue the dogs. McClaren learns that Shepard does not have enough money to pay for the trip, but tells him that he cannot help him. Soon afterwards, McClaren sees a drawing of the dog team made by his young son, with the title: "My Hero is... THE DOGS WHO SAVED MY DADDY." McClaren realizes the magnitude of his ingratitude and uses the remaining balance of his grant money to finance a rescue mission.


The Dogs' Story:
Four days after the dogs were left at base camp, they eventually break free of their chains, except for Old Jack, who's too old to go with the others on their journey and dies at base camp. The dogs now begin hunting in order to keep from starving. However, one night whilst looking at the Southern Lights, one of the dogs, Dewey, falls off a steep slope and is fatally injured. The dogs show their affection for their teammate, but eventually have to move on. The youngest dog, Max, stays with Dewey a little longer and is separated from the rest.


Max finds his way back to where McClaren fell into the ice earlier and spots a dead Orca. At first, he has a nibble until he realizes that nearby is a leopard seal that fiercely guards its meal. The other dogs also find their way to the dead Orca and Max decides to get the leopard seal's attention so the rest can eat. But the leopard seal quickly sees what's happening, bites Maya on the leg and nearly kills her. Max and the other dogs fiercely chase him off. Maya manages to survive, but her leg is seriously injured.
The rest of the pack continue to hunt for food. Maya refuses food brought for her, and gives pack leadership to Max, who has shown bravery, leadership and compassion.
The dogs manage to find their way close to the base camp where Shepard and his rescue team are arriving. Shepard and the dogs, including a weakened Maya, have a happy reunion. The final scene shows a grave for Old Jack and Dewey.

Cast: Paul Walker as Jerry Shepard, Bruce Greenwood as Davis McClaren, Moon Bloodgood as Katie, Jason Biggs as Charlie Cooper, Gerard Plunkett as Dr. Andy Harrison, August Schellenberg as Mindo, Wendy Crewson as Eve McClaren, Belinda Metz as Rosemary, Connor Christopher Levins as Eric McClaren, Duncan Fraser as Captain Lovett, Dan Ziskie as Navy Commander, Michael David Simms as Armin Butler, Daniel Bacon as Bureaucrat #2, Laara Sadiq as Bureaucrat #3, Malcolm Stewart as Charles Buffett.

Dogs: D.J as Max, Timba as Max(stunt double), Koda Bear as Maya, Jasmine as Maya (stunt double), Apache as Old Jack, Buck as Old Jack (stunt double), Noble as Shadow, Troika as Shadow (stunt double), Flapjack as Buck, Dino as Buck (stunt double), Sitka as Truman, Chase as Truman (stunt double), Floyd as Dewey, Ryan as Dewey (stunt double), Jasper as Shorty, Lightning as Shorty (stunt double)

Background: The 1958 ill-fated Japanese expedition to Antarctica inspired the 1983 hit film Nankyoku Monogatari. Eight Below is the fictional adaptation of the events of the 1958 incident moved forward to 1993. Dog teams were removed from the ice in February 1994. In the 1958 event, fifteen Sakhalin Husky sled dogs were abandoned when the expedition team was unable to return to the base. When the team returned a year later, two dogs were still alive. Another seven were still chained up and dead and six unaccounted for.
Sled Dogs: In Eight Below there are two Alaskan Malamutes (Buck and Shadow) and six Siberian Huskies (Maya, Max, Truman, Dewey, Shorty and Old Jack). Each actor-dog had help from other dogs who performed stunts and pulled sleds. In all, over 30 dogs were used to portray the film's eight canine characters. Max, Maya, Dewey and Buck (Old Jack's stunt double) were played by dogs seen in Disney's Snow Dogs.
Box office: According to Box Office Mojo, the film opened at #1 on February 17, 2006, with a total weekend gross of $20,188,176 in 3,066 theaters, averaging to about $6,584 per theater. The film closed on June 1, 2006 with a total worldwide gross of $120,453,565 ($81,612,565 domestic and $38,841,000 overseas).
Awards: Wins - ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards: ASCAP Award, Top Box Office Films (Mark Isham) 2007. Nominations - Satellite Awards: Satellite Award, Best Youth DVD, 2006.

Directed by Frank Marshall
Produced by Patrick Crowley, David Hoberman
Screenplay by David DiGillio
Based on Nankyoku Monogatari: Toshirô Ishidô Koreyoshi Kurahara Tatsuo Nogami Susumu Saji
Music by Mark Isham
Cinematography          Don Burgess
Editing by Christopher Rouse
Studio Spyglass Entertainment, Mandeville Films, Kennedy/Marshall, Winking Productions
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release date: February 17, 2006 (2006-02-17)
Running time: 120 minutes
Language: English
Budget: $40 million
Gross revenue Worldwide: $120,455,994

Monday, January 10, 2011

Must Watch Movies ......... Part 10

91. Duplicity - English (2009)
Director: Tony Gilroy
Writer: Tony Gilroy
Stars: Julia Roberts, Clive Owen and Tom Wilkinson, Paul Giamatti, and others

92. Chachi 420 - Hindi (1997)
Director: Kamal Hassan
Writers: Gulzar (dialogue), Kamal Hassan (screenplay)
Stars: Kamal Hassan, Amrish Puri and Om Puri, Tabu, Johny Walker, Paresh Rawal, Ayesha Jhulka, Baby Sana and others

93. Namak Haraam- Hindi (1973)
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Writers: Biresh Chatterjee (story)
Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Rekha, Simi Garewal, A.K. Hangal, Asrani, Manmohan, Om Shivpuri, Amitabh Bachchan, Raza Murad, Jayshree T. and others

94. Chupake Chupake - Hindi (1975)
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Writers: Shakeel Chandra (dialogue director), Upendranath Ganguly (story)
Cast: Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, David Abraham, Usha Kiran, Keshto Mukherjee, Om Prakash

95. Sarfarosh - Hindi (1999)
Director: John Mathew Matthan
Writers: Hriday Lani (dialogue), John Mathew Matthan (screenplay),
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Aamir Khan and Sonali Bendre, Mukesh Rishi, Smita Jaykar, Sukanya Kulkarni, Ahmed Khan, Makarand Deshpande, Shri Vallabh Vyas, Rajesh Joshi and others....

96. Spy Game - English (2001)
Director: Tony Scott
Writers: Michael Frost Beckner (story), Michael Frost Beckner (screenplay)
Stars: Robert Redford, Brad Pitt and Catherine McCormack and others

97. Once Upon a Time in Mumbai – Hindi (2010)
Director: Milan Luthria
Writers: Rajat Arora, Amitabh Bhattacharya (lyrics)
Stars: Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut, Prachi Desai, Randeep Hooda, and others

98. Batman: The Dark Knight – English (2008)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (screenplay)
Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart,Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman and others

99. Remember The Titans – English (2000)
Director: Boaz Yakin
Writer: Gregory Allen Howard
Stars: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst, Donald Faison, and others

100. Taken – English (2008)
Director: Pierre Morel
Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, amd others

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Movie Review “GolMaal 3” (2010)

Genre: Comedy
Director: Rohit Shetty
Language: Hindi
Star Cast: Ajay Devgan, Arshad Warsi, Kareena Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Shreyas Talpade, Tushar Kapoor, Kunal Khemu and others

Golmal is back, Rohit Shetty is back with another dose of crazy comedy of Golmal. This is a third movie in the hugely successful Golmal series. This movie is as expected nothing different than prequels Golmaal and Golmaal Returns. It is as mad comedy as them if not madder. Comedy is Rohit Shetty’s specialty, in this movie he might not excel but maintained his standard. Ajay Devgan seems to be his favorite actor or may be lucky for him as Rohit cast him in his every movie. It seems Ajay Devgan gave the action and enjoys doing comedy now or just riding the new comedy wave in Bollywood today. Rohit Sheety repeated same star cast of “Golmaal Returns” except the actresses other than Kareena Kapoor are out. And Kunal Khemu and Mithun Chakraborty is added to the team.

“Golmaal 3” will remind you a Basu Chatterjee’s movie “Khatta Meetha” in 70’s starring Ashok Kumar, Pearl Padamsee, Rakesh Roshan and others. It is one of my favorite movies. Although movie is released as a sequel to Golmaal and Golmaal Returns the story of this movie bears no similarity to it. There is no connection whatsoever other that same star cast. The movie is set in Goa, as most of the Rohit Shetty’s movies are.

The movie is typically made for festive season; it is nothing but mad entertainment. All the actors are simply brilliant. Kareena Kapoor bagged bigger and more important role in this part. Although movie is good it is not as good as first “Golmaal”. If I have to rate this movie I will give it 7 out of 10.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Amitabh Bachchan's Filmography ........ Part 5

41.Immaan Dharam (1977)

Director: Desh Mukherjee
Writers: Javed Akhtar
Cast: Shashi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Aparna Sen, Helen, Prem Chopra, Om Shivpuri, Shreeram Lagoo, Utpal Dutt, Amrish Puri, A.K. Hangal
42.Khoon Pasina (1977)

Director: Rakesh Kumar
Writers: Kader Khan (dialogue), Rakesh Kumar (story)
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Rekha, Nirupa Roy, Helen

43.Parvarish (1977)

Director: Manmohan Desai
Writers: Kader Khan (dialogue), Prayag Raj (screenplay)
Cast: Shammi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Neetu Singh, Shabana Azmi, Kader Khan, Amjad Khan, Dev Kumar, Indrani Mukherjee, Viju Khote

44.Chala Murari Hero Banane (1977)
Director: Asrani
Cast: Asrani, Bindiya Goswami, Ashok Kumar, Prem Nath, Bindu, Paintal, Jagdeep, Keshto Mukherjee, Satyendra Kapoor, Lal Krishna Advani, Dharmendra, Rishi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Atal Behari Vajpayee, Amitabh Bachchan – Guest Appearance as himself

45.Khatta Meetha (1978)

Director: Basu Chatterjee
Writers: Basu Chatterjee (screenplay), Keka Chatterjee (associate screenplay)
Cast: Ashok Kumar, Rakesh Roshan, Bindiya Goswami, Raju Shrestha, Deven Verma, Preeti Ganguli, Ranjit Chowdhry, Devendra Khandelwal, Vimal Sahu, Ravi Raaj, Pearl Padamsee, Pradeep Kumar, Keshto Mukherjee, Amitabh Bachchan in guest appearance..
46. Besharam (1978)

Director: Deven Verma
Cast: Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan, Bindu, Helen, Amjad Khan, Urmila Bhatt, Uma Dhawan, A.K. Hangal, Iftekhar, Nirupa Roy, Jayshree T, Deven Verma

47.Ganga Ki Saugand (1978)

Director: Sultan Ahmed
Writers: Nabendu Ghosh (screenplay), Asgar Mirza (assistant dialogue)
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Amjad Khan, Bindu, I.S. Johar, Anwar Hussain, Farida Jalal, Mukri, Pran, Jeevan

48. Kasme Vaade (1978)

Directed by Ramesh Behl
Produced by Ramesh Behl
Written by Mirza Brothers
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rakhee Gulzar, Randhir Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Vijayendra Ghatge, Amjad Khan, Bhagwan, Sharat Saxena, Katy Mirza

49.Trishul (1978)

Directed by Yash Chopra
Produced by Gulshan Rai
Written by Javed Akhtar, Salim Khan
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Raakhee, Hema Malini, Poonam Dhillon, Sachin, Waheeda Rehman, Prem Chopra
Nominated for, Filmfare Best Actor Award.

50.Don (1978)
Directed by Chandra Barot
Produced by Nariman A. Irani
Written by Javed Akhtar, Salim Khan
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Iftekhar, Pran, Om Shivpuri, Satyendra Kapoor, Pinchoo Kapoor, Kamal Kapoor, Arpana Choudhary, Helen, Mac Mohan
Amitabh won Filmfare Best Actor Award.