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Old May 13th, 2016, 10:40 AM
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Gangster squad



Its 1949 in Los Angeles.....the second world war is over.....

But those who come home to get some peace and security find out that even at home there are other wars to fight....

For the mob is everready to take over the city , spreading its tentacles like a spider weaves its web....

And leading the mob is gangland boss Mickey Cohen , played with aplomb by Sean Penn.....

His men are beginning to run amok in the city , finishing off anyone standing in their manifest destiny---which is to ultimately gain control of the whole state .

And Josh Brolin is the man about town , though in a rather different way---He is a cop who searches for trouble , especially where women are being forced into prostitution by Mickey Cohen's men , and singlehandedly liberates them......

He dares to go against authority , and more importantly against the fears of his own wife that he might be killed in action.

But naturally , he is chosen to lead a gangster squad of policemen---a squad of cops who are tasked to wreak havoc in the empire of Mickey Cohen.....but the entire job is to be done without their police badges or there police identity being known , and there wont be a medal or awards in the end for a job well done.....

.....In short , a thankless task.....but somebody's got to to the dirty job of cleaning the city....

And the gangster squad is enlisted with more men like him---people who dont give a damn about money or the risk to their own life....and it includes Ryan Gosling with Nick Nolte among others.....

And as the gangster squad begins to strike at Mickey Cohen's crime dens , a full scale war erupts between them and the mob.....

We are treated with wholesome doses of machinegun fire , grenades , knife attacks and even fisticuffs....

Bodies fall dead like ninepins as bullets smash into them.....

Blood splashes everywhere and is nicely interspersed with screams and howls of terror.....

Cars are crashed into each other and are overturned in desperate chases....

The battles break out in streets and in casinos and nightclubs , disturbing the night and sending common people yelling in fear....

And anyone from his gang who fails to stop the gangster squad is sent to grisly death by Mickey Cohen.....

And what grisly methods !! One man has a hole drilled into his head by a drilling machine , while another has his body dragged apart by chaining him between two cars and driving them apart.....

All actionpacked stuff.....

But all the action would be incomplete without the charms of one sultry woman---Emma Stone , who is the gangland boss's moll but dares to put her life at risk by sleeping on the side with Ryan Gosling ; yeah , she's fallen for him like a ton of bricks.....

So everyone , including a lovely woman like Emma , is playing a deadly game on the edge of death.....and that everyone includes not only members of the gangster squad , but also Mickey Cohen who is dancing with death by inviting the wrath of the Chicago mafia by killing their people ( yeah ,the man dragged apart by cars was their man )......

And games of death are what ashdoc likes to see on screen.....

May the best win in this game....and may the audience get the bloodsoaked pleasure of seeing as many men being send to heaven or hell ( whichever they deserve ) by the way of dusty death....

Amen to that....

So wins the game amidst all this mayhem ??

Go watch the movie for that....

Its well worth a watch....

Verdict--- Real good .
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Old May 14th, 2016, 09:31 AM
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Now you see me



Four magicians pull off a heist---and with what verve and panache and mind blowing speed.....!!

Yeah , they are the ' four horsemen ' selected by a mysterious person who prefers to remain behind the scenes to carry off three spectacular heists in the form of magic tricks in full view of the audience . They are carefully selected after close observation of their skills and include a card trick player , a mentalist , a conman and a an escape artist---the last being deliciously and sexily feminine.....

The film certainly begins well as the four magicians pull of a sensational robbery of a french bank in a magic show in Las Vegas by teleporting a man to the bank and helping him rob the money---money which is showered on the audience watching it . The special effects are dazzling and a visual treat .

But there's also a person ( played by Morgan Freeman ) who debunks these magicians and shows us just how the magic was not really magic.....

But who cares....There's the next trick to be pulled off.....
The movie moves at electric pace and breakneck speed and leaves you with very little time to wonder and ponder about whether it was really magic or not.....

But as the movie moves on to the next trick you realize that behind it is one man's personal agenda---and that agenda is nothing but revenge.....

Revenge for past wrongs , revenge for past sins committed against someone.....But the question is---whom ??

The second trick dazzles you again , but the vengeful motives of the person behind the whole thing become clear too....

But the police and a beautiful Interpol agent are after the four magicians , though they always manage to stay one step ahead of the cops , and Morgan Freeman the debunker is not far behind too....

The question again is---why all this elaborate deception , and by whom and for what purpose ??

Go and watch the movie for that....

Its in the third trick that the movie fails , for it is way too complicated to watch....and the car chases are something that we have seen in other movies as well....

In the end , the magician's tricks and special effects become too much to handle , and so does the superfast pace of the movie....

There's a twist to the tale in the end as the villain/hero reveals himself and his motives , but to me the bigger question was---why would the four magicians take such risks with the police for another person ?? Why would they go to so much trouble for a person they did not even know ??....and that question was left unanswered....

The movie begins spectacularly but loses its way towards the end....
Had it been the opposite , with the movie starting slowly but getting better towards the end , then it would have been a good one....
But then , not all fridays ( actually I saw the movie in sunday ) are lucky for the audience---are they ??

Verdict---Okay .
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Old May 17th, 2016, 10:41 AM
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American sniper



American sniper is a real life action movie dealing with the life of Chris Kyle ( played by Bradley Cooper ) , a soldier of America . He was a remarkable sniper , using long range telescopic rifles to shoot enemy soldiers at extreme range using the telescopic sight of the rifle . He was able to pile up a deadly body count , killing upto 170 people in action in Iraq .

Of course , he was only doing his job . Looking at things from his point of view , he was able to save countless American soldiers who would have been targets of those they were fighting in Iraq . And that is the point of view of the movie too , for it practically paints him as a heroic figure who was fighting for his country .

To be honest , there is the viewpoint as to what was America doing in Iraq in the first place . It should not be forgotten that Americans invaded Iraq with false claims of weapons of mass destruction that they knew Saddam didn't possess . They invaded Iraq against the wishes of the majority of the world , without caring for world opinion .

But the movie has no scope for this discussion . It neatly and clinically shows the fighting that Chris was involved in , and intersperses it with considerable glimpses of his family life . In particular , his relationship with his wife ( played by Sienna Miller ) is built up well .

Of course , the contrast in life of the people who have sent their armies ( Americans ) and the people in the war zone ( American soldiers and Iraqis ) is unbelievable . In Iraq , Chris is dealing with a situation where Iraqis are up in arms against what they perceive as an unprovoked aggression of the country---leading to fighting in which people are dying dog's deaths....while when he comes back home , his wife is more bothered about his increasing blood pressure !!

There is no doubt that Chris is a person with a special aptitude for his job . He is no liberal with the weak heart of a sissy . When he was growing up back in Texas , his father taught him not to back down from a fight if he or his younger brother was threatened---on pain of being whipped by his drawn belt . He was a cowboy before he joined up to the armed forces in response to seeing terror attacks against his country on television , and his childhood memories consisted of hunting animals along with his father using accurate marksmanship of his hunting rifle .

He is shown to be the quintessential family man . After some relationships with women , he settles down to holy matrimony with his wife . He is not shown to stray with other women after marriage even though he is away for long periods from his wife due to his duty in Iraq . And he also cares for his younger brother .

And of course , he is a patriot . His job is to save American soldiers from being shot dead by insurgents in Iraq using his skills with the long range rifles and he does that . The politics of whether Americans are right or wrong in Iraq---leave it to the politicians....or maybe to the armchair critics....

Technology has brought the war far too close to home for comfort ; he actually talks to his wife on mobile phone ( or is it satellite phone ) from the war zone of Iraq while he is searching for enemies with one eye on the telescopic sight of his rifle , and one finger on it's trigger.....and then all hell breaks loose and his wife can hear it all---as if she is seeing a running commentary of the actual fighting live on radio....

War has given him the status of a legend due to his marksmanship , but he is ever ready to leave his position on top of a building searching for attackers to help in house to house search of Iraqi insurgents with raw recruits of the marines....and he forces his comrades to do so too , even though house to house search is a job carrying deadly risk to life and limb....

It is during such a house to house search that Chris stumbles upon a man who could lead him to the 'butcher' , the second in command of the Iraqi insurgents....
And he is hell bent on revenge when the top Iraqi sniper ( called Mustafa ) kills his team mate....

So what happens of the task of capturing the butcher ?? And can Chris kill the Iraqi sniper Mustafa ??
Watch the movie for the answers....

It is the war in Iraq that dominates the movie , or at least Chris' part in it....and the director does excel in showing all the action at both close quarters and long range . The feel of the action is real , and no cinematic hyperdrama is created . To Chris and his men , the Iraqis are 'savages' as they openly call them---and I guess it is that mentality of contempt for the opposition that wins wars....political correctness may lead to becoming losers....

The end however was a shock , and left the audience stunned.....no one got up as the closing music was played....
It seemed that the movie along with Bradley Cooper's acting had really sunk into the hearts and minds of the audience....proof that it was a good movie....

Verdict---Good .
Four star rating .
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Old May 31st, 2016, 10:59 AM
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Gone girl



Ben Affleck returns home to find out that his wife is gone one day....

He calls in the cops , who begin the investigation....

And the investigation leads to one way---Ben Affleck becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance....

His wife is a celebrity , and the TV channels extensively explore the story....

The common people and especially the women are baying for his blood....

Women presenters run programmes on TV trying to prove that Ben is a murderer , and even his relationship with his sister is tried to be labelled as incestous....

Ben can't move anywhere without being hounded by the cameras and press....

He becomes the number one hated man in America....

So he hires a top notch celebrity lawyer to defend himself....

But the problem for those trying vilify Ben , and indeed those trying to get him convicted is---where is the body ?? And police can't make a clear cut case until his wife's body is found....

So where is the body ??
And what is the meaning of 'Gone girl' ?? Does it mean that his wife is gone ??
Or does it mean that she is/was a 'Gone case' ??

Either way , the cup of Ben's woes brimmeth over....
But just how much does it brimmeth over ??

Watch the movie for that....
The movie has some really stupefying answers for your questions....

Telling any more of the story would be spoiling the fun for you , and because the entertainment of those who read my reviews is uppermost in my mind ( see how much I care about you !! he he ) , I will desist from telling any more details of the movie....

Acting by Ben Affleck is good for once---at last he has become a good actor....
See how he acts in front of a camera faking how much he supposedly loved his wife....
And see how much pain and anguish he really feels at all that is happening around him....

The movie unfolds in flashbacks as a diary written by his wife ( acted out by Rosamund Pike ) is read out to us and she comes to life through the diary....
And the diary tells a story of a lovely marriage hitting the rocks....

And as she comes in the flashbacks , Rosamund puts up a great performance....
I particularly liked the soft way in which she talked , the soft way in which she talked not at all giving any hint of what was to come....
And what was to come , blew my mind away when it came....

I also liked the acting by the actress who played Ben's sister---and the sister is loyal and so supportive all the way, so loving , so caring....Vow !! I wished I had such a sister....Why doesn't God make such women any more....??

The plot twisted and turned several times giving some high blood pressure to weak hearts....
Some parts shown in the film were not realistic , but that is to be expected in this kind of movie---for what is a good movie without these kind of bloopers ??

But it did give some entertainment to savour....
And kept me royally interested throughout...

Verdict---Don't miss it....
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My eldest bro? His friends, for the longest time, kept telling him that he was the BOSS! Brother of a sexy sister? .. just saying ;-) He was overprotective & didn't appreciate that one bit is an altogether different story! I being the youngest, enjoyed all the attention from my brothers & his friends & everyone around
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American Sniper.. Think I watched on redbox. What a movie.. and what a story, and an abrupt ending. Leaves you silent and teary eyed.
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The gallows

The movie begins with a play gone horribly wrong in a school---the actor is to be shown to be hanged , but the base on which he is standing crumbles abruptly and he gets stuck in the gallows and gets really hanged to death .

Decades later , the same play is to be enacted again in the same school . All the sets are placed in position , including the gallows of the hangman . But the night before the play , a group of disgruntled students decides to play havoc with the sets .

The students have discovered that a door to the interior of the school has a broken latch and they can enter the school at will in the night . So they enter and find that some attractive female students also want to come in .

Having created havoc with the sets , the students decide to get out---only to discover that the door through which they came in is now firmly closed and they can't get out . To be honest I was expecting this---what else could happen....?

Once trapped inside , the students try to search ways of getting out---only to go deeper and deeper into the quagmire of evil...for predictably , an evil spirit is out to get them inside the school ; indeed , it has haunted the school for ages....

As the body count piles , you wonder if anyone will get out alive . The scares in the movie are pretty routine stuff , but you do get the jolts every now and then . But then , I am a aficionado of horror movies---primarily because I don't get scared much of them and can sleep well at night even after watching them ; yes , not being able to sleep well after watching a horror movie is a major reason for people not watching them . But for me it is not an impediment .

In between the jolts old secrets tumble out and the doomed students realise why everything is happening ; nice to know the reason why you are going to die...

The ending is bad and the director should have thought of some way better to end it .
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Warrior ( 2011 )



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A lethal dose of action mixed with real emotion---that's what this movie is all about...about broken family ties and loss and pain and about recovering from it all---but a lot of sweat has to go , a little bit of blood spilled , and a lot of punches traded to make everything all right in the end....

Nick Nolte's family has splintered long ago , primarily because of his heavy drinking . His wife left him long ago , and her younger son ( Tom Hardy ) chose to go along with her . She was sick due to a fatal disease , and Tom had to take care of her alone---because his father and his older brother ( Joel Edgerton ) never knew about that .

Joel too broke ties with his father , but chose to remain in town because he was in love with a local girl ( Jennifer Morrison ) and he married her . He became the more stable of the two brothers because his life was settled by domesticity . But misfortune struck as his daughter was having a heart condition and he had to mortgage his house for treating her . So he decided to earn money by taking part in professional fighting . However , the news reached his school where he has a job as a teacher and he was suspended .

Younger brother Tom Hardy however has been emotionally shattered by his mother's death , which he had to face alone when he was young . He becomes an ace marine who is a real hero because he saves the lives of other soldiers , but is too emotionally distraught to try get a medal for his brave act . He is further emotionally wrecked when he and his comrade are attacked mistakenly by his own country's warplanes in Iraq and his comrade is killed . He deserts the marines and gets a new name because he feels forsaken even by his country . But he decides to help his comrade's wife , and decides to fight in a mixed martial arts tournament to win 5 million dollars and give the wife that money . And whom better to train him than his father Nick Nolte , who was an ace trainer....but as his father ( who has given up alcohol now ) tries to make a bond with him , Tom rejects any personal feelings and refuses to rebuild their relationship .

Nick Nolte now tries to reach out to his older son Joel , and Joel is not ready at first and refuses to let him meet his daughter and wife . But being the more stable of the two brothers , he finally forgives his father . His more pressing concern however is to earn money by entering the mixed martial arts tournament himself .

So both brothers are destined to meet in the ring . It is Tom who is the more powerful of the two , as his life's experiences have made him a meaning killing machine....without emotion , rentless . On the other hand Joel is more capable of taking a beating without backing down and then persisting and beating the opponent . And soon news spreads about Tom's heroism during his marine days and the marines turn up as spectators to cheer him . Joel's students ( whom he taught at school where he was a teacher ) too come to know of his new career and they turn up to watch the tournament to watch him . So both brothers have their own supporters . But whoever of them wins , it's all going to be in the family....or is it ? For there are other fighters in the tournament as well including the unbeatable Koba from Russia .

As the movie gets more violent with what the punches being thrown and kicks landed and wounds inflicted , it also gets more emotional as the three ( father , brother and brother ) grapple with their feelings for one another . But out there in the fighting ring , it's a cruel world where the one who can take maximum punishment can survive . The climax is a gem where inspite of all the animosity that Tom has with Joel for not choosing his mother over his girlfriend , the two estranged brothers are able to make a connection in the ring---but not before we are treated to some real action of mean fighters having a real go at each other .

The acting of all concerned makes the film worthwhile to watch , and so does the fighting in the ring....what is emotion if not mixed with sizzling action after all....

Verdict---Good .
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saw THE HURT LOCKER .

It is a supposed-to-be-realistic portrayal of a squad that defuses bombs in post 2003 iraq . its team leader gets killed and the new leader is as unconventional as it gets . glamorises the work of soldiers who defuse improvised explosive devices . actually the work is very painstaking and dangerous . the task before the team however is endless , just like the iraq war . the more they defuse bombs they more the iraqis come out with IEDs . above all one feels the hopelessness of fighting an endless war in a muslim country where everybody is seething with violence . more of an art film than commercial . acting is good by eveyone and photography is good .

here is a piece that blows the so called 'realism' of the film however---

http://taskandpurpose.com/heres-hurt...ar-movie-time/
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saw THE HURT LOCKER .

It is a supposed-to-be-realistic portrayal of a squad that defuses bombs in post 2003 iraq . its team leader gets killed and the new leader is as unconventional as it gets . glamorises the work of soldiers who defuse improvised explosive devices . actually the work is very painstaking and dangerous . the task before the team however is endless , just like the iraq war . the more they defuse bombs they more the iraqis come out with IEDs . above all one feels the hopelessness of fighting an endless war in a muslim country where everybody is seething with violence . more of an art film than commercial . acting is good by eveyone and photography is good .

here is a piece that blows the so called 'realism' of the film however---

http://taskandpurpose.com/heres-hurt...ar-movie-time/
Utterly stupid article I must say, the movie won only 6 academy awards, including the Best picture for 2010, and Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director.
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13 hours

Amazingly , history itself teaches us that the lessons of history are never learnt and therefore history is condemned to repeat itself. Just like they had destroyed Iraq in 2003 and killed Saddam and created a failed state , in 2011 the western powers intervened to destroy the regime of another dictator/tyrant---muammar gaddafi of Libya . Result---another failed state and death of the US ambassador Stevens, who was killed by insurgents.

Just saw the movie '13 hours' on the killing of the US ambassador and the harrowing time US personnel living in Benghazi had trying to fight with an overwhelming number of insurgents. Several US personnel were killed too . The movie shows all the fighting in gory detail. Seeing the movie made me revisit the mistakes made by the western powers in the so called Arab spring . I would rate the movie as good and give it three and half stars out of five.
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