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Monday, October 15, 2012

Must Watch Movies ... 11


101. The General's Daughter - English (1999)
Director: Simon West
Writers: Cristopher Bertolini, Nelson DeMille (Novel)
Cast: John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton Leslie Stefanson and others



102. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 – English (2010)
Director: David Yates
Writers: Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling (Novel)
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Ralph Fiennes and others




103. Mumbai Pune Mumbai - Marathi (2010)
Director: Satish Rajwade
Writers: Satish Rajwade, Parag Kulkarni
Stars: Swanil Joshi, Mukta Barve


104. Pandharichi Wari – Marathi (1988)
Director: Ramakant Kavrekar
Stars: Jayashree Gadkar, Raja Gosavi, Ashok Saraf, and others



105. Saransh - Hindi (1984)
Director: Mahesh Bhatt
Writers: Mahesh Bhatt
Stars: Anupam Kher, Rohini Hattangadi, Soni RaZdan and others



106. Die Hard With Vengeance – English (1995)
Director: John MacTiernan
Writers: Johnathan Hensleigh, Roderick Thorp
Stars: Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel Jackson and others



107. Die Hard 4.0 – English (2007)
Director:Len Wiseman
Writers:Mark Bomback
Stars: Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant, Maggie Q, Cliff Curtis, Mary Elizabeth Winestead and others



108. Jerry Maguire - English (1996)
Director: Cameron Crowe
Writers: Cameron Crowe
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Rene Zellweger, Kelly Preston, Jerry O'connell, Regina King, and others



109. My Cousin Vinny- English (1992)
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Writers: Dale Launer
Stars: Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio, Marisa Tomei, and others



110. The Hangover – English (2009)
Director:Todd Phillips
Writer: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifiankis, Justin Bartha, Heather Grahm and others









Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Friday, June 3, 2011

Ocean's Eleven


Ocean's Eleven
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Produced by: Jerry Weintraub
Cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy García, Julia Roberts, Bernie Mac, Don Cheadle, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Elliott Gould, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner Music by: David Holmes
Cinematography: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: December 7, 2001
Running time: 116 minutes
Language: English


Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 comedy-crime caper. It is a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack caper film of the same name. The 2001 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and features an ensemble cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy García, and Julia Roberts. The film was a success at the box office and with critics. Soderbergh directed two sequels, Ocean's Twelve in 2004 and Ocean's Thirteen in 2007.

After being released from prison, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) breaks parole and travels to Los Angeles to meet up with his former partner in crime and close friend Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) to propose a scheme he has in mind. The two go to Las Vegas to pitch the plan to wealthy friend and former casino owner Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould). The plan consists of robbing the Bellagio, The Mirage, and the MGM Grand casinos. Tishkoff's familiarity with casino security makes him very reluctant to get involved, but when he begins to think of it as a good way to get back at his rival, Terry Benedict (Andy García), who owns the three casinos, Tishkoff agrees to finance the operation. Because the casinos are required by the Nevada Gaming Commission to have enough cash on hand to cover all their patrons' bets, the three predict that, on the upcoming night of a highly anticipated boxing match, the Bellagio vault will contain more than $150 million. Ocean and Ryan recruit eight former colleagues and criminal specialists, including Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon), a young and talented pick-pocket thief. Several of the team members carry out reconnaissance at the Bellagio to learn as much as possible about the security, the routines and behaviors of the casino staff, and the building itself. Others create a precise replica of the vault with which to practice maneuvering through its formidable security systems. During this planning phase, the team discovers that Ocean's ex-wife, Tess (Julia Roberts), is Benedict's girlfriend. Ryan urges Ocean to give up on the plan, believing Ocean incapable of sound judgment while Tess is involved, but Ocean refuses. When the plan is put in motion, Ocean goes to the Bellagio in order to be seen by Benedict, who, as expected, has him locked in a storeroom to be beaten by a bouncer called Bruiser. Ocean, however, knows Bruiser, and he allows Ocean to leave through a ventilation shaft, to meet with his team in the vault. Linus Caldwell poses as a gaming commission agent, confronts Benedict on hiring Frank Catton as an ex-con, and in the process lifting the security code to the vault from Benedict. From there Caldwell and Catton staged a faux confrontation to allow Linus to slip away into the vault after the incident. Yen is smuggled into the vault by the Malloy brothers, to assist in triggering the explosive from the inside. Saul Bloom sneaks explosive into the casino vault by posing as an international arms dealer needing especially secure safekeeping for his valuables, and then stages a heart attack that was treated by Ryan posing as a doctor.

The team activates a stolen pinch device to temporarily disrupt the casino's electrical power, allowing them to breach the vault undetected. As Benedict attempts to restore order following the power outage, Ryan anonymously calls him on a cell phone that Ocean had earlier planted in Tess's coat. Ryan tells him that the vaults are being raided, and that all the money will be destroyed if Benedict does not cooperate in loading half the money into a van waiting outside. Benedict observes video footage of the vault that confirms Ryan's claims, and complies in moving the money, but orders his men to follow the van after it departs, and calls a S.W.A.T. team to secure the vault. The S.W.A.T. team's arrival results in a shootout which causes the incineration of the half of the money left in the vault. After assuring Benedict that the casino is secure, the officers depart. Terry realizes that the vault video feed was faked when he notices that the floors shown in the video lacked Bellagio logos, which had only very recently been added to the floors in the vault. The men following the van discover that it is being driven remotely, and that, instead of money, it contains duffel bags full of flyers advertising prostitutes. A flashback reveals that Ocean had used the vault replica to create the fake video Benedict had seen; the rest of the team posed as S.W.A.T. officers, and took all of the money in the vault when responding to Benedict's call for police assistance. Benedict then returns to the room where he left Ocean and finds him still there, leaving him with no way to connect Ocean to the theft. Ocean offers to assist Benedict in finding the money on the condition that he give up Tess, to which Benedict agrees. It is then revealed that his team had routed live footage of this conversation to Tess's suite. Angry at being used by Benedict, she leaves him and returns to Ocean. Benedict tips off the police, who arrest Ocean for violating parole, and Ocean spends some months in prison. When he is released, he is met by Ryan and Tess, and the three drive off, closely followed by Benedict's bodyguards.

Ocean's Eleven had a budget of about $85 million. On its opening weekend, it grossed an estimate of $38 million and was the top box office draw for the weekend. The film grossed $183,417,150 in the United States and grossed $267,311,379 overseas leaving a worldwide gross of $450,728,529.












Wednesday, April 6, 2011

NO STRINGS ATTACHED

Movie Review “No Strings Attached” (2011)


Genre: Romantic Comedy
Director: Ivan Reitman
Language: English
Story: Michael Samonek, Elizabeth Meriwether
Screenplay: Elizabeth Meriwether
Star Cast: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Kline, Cary Elwes and others

 I had to admit, I watched this movie because Ashton Kutcher is in it. He is like a veteran now in Romantic Comedy movies but I like his “Butterfly Effect” the most. I like this actor.
To tell you what this movie is about, as the title says “No Strings Attached”, it is a story of 2 people who don’t want to get into any relationship. They just want physical relationship and no emotional attachment. But can they sustain it?
Adam played by Ashton Kutcher and Emma played by Natalie Portman first meet at camp, then several years later, at a party. Several years after that Adam has been dumped by a hot girlfriend and not just dumped she dumped him for his father. Adam drinks himself silly and next morning he finds himself naked in Emma's apartment, where she stays with her roommates. They have sex, next day Adam approach Emma to take one step forward but Emma is not interested in relationship. Instead she proposes that they should be using each other for sex without any emotional attachment. Adam obviously agrees and they have raunchy sex for days. You will think Adam will be happiest person in the world. But no he wants more; he wants to be in relationship with Emma. Will Emma agree? We will find that out end of the movie.
There are no dull moments in the movie as such. Like any other romantic comedy, this is light hearted entertaining movie. Both actors are pleasing to eyes and carried the role easily.
If I have to rate this movie I will give it 6 out of 10.








Friday, January 14, 2011

EIGHT BELOW



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








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