#DannyCollins #EnglishHollywoodFilmMovieReview #JohnsonThomas #Rating: * * *
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#BombayVelvet(Hindi) Rating: * * ½ #AnuragKashyap’s ambitious dream-come-true fantasy has it’s origins in New York rather than sepia toned Bombay. Transplanting a milieu alien to the unique city culture of Bombay reeks of inventiveness but doesn’t ring true in either form or content. His influences are obvious- #DickTracy #TheGodfather and many other noir styled underworld gangster thrillers but the Americanizing doesn’t help build connectedness with an audience expecting a true-blue picture of a late forties to early seventies representation of the birth of a city- even though he manages to intersperse the narrative with the mill union strikes, politician-underworld-builder nexus, and the real estate and tabloid wars significant to that era. Far too many jump cuts, tight close-ups, faulty Period detailing and intermittent incoherence create a major hurdle in the enjoyment here. All the actors look weirdly costumed and out of sorts too! Career wise this film may open the gates to big budget films for Anurag but in terms of craft, this one is way below par. #SpicePR #FoxStarStudios #FoxStarPictures #AnuragKashyap #RanbirKapoor #AnushkaSharma #KaranJohar #VijaySingh #PhantomFilms #GyanPrakash #MumbaiFables #VikramadityaMotwane #VikasBahl #SatyadeepMisra #VivaanShah #KayKayMenon #ManishChaudhary #SiddharthBasu #Remo
#Best #DannyCollins(English) Rating: * * * About an old pop star discovering the true meaning of life, this is an appealing dramedy with streaks of melodrama, some sharp dialogue, and a able cast anchored by ever lovable . It’s genteel and imminently appealing and that’s more than you can say about the movies of today.
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#Best #MadMaxFuryRoad(English/3D) Rating: * * * * This is action heaven. George Miller’s magnificently imagined dystopian, road-action spectacle has been crafted with a lot of care. Replete with hugely enjoyable extravagant action set-pieces and memorable characters , it also has a strong emotional core that builds clingy attachment. This franchise, though it picks up 30 years later, with a strong dash of feminism, hope and redemption within it’s core, is well worth the long wait. This Stunning, uniquely thrilling, richly imagined tale of a post-apocalyptic wasteland is visually and technically awesome, and guaranteed to be one of the best big-screen spectacles of the year. #TomHardy #CharlizeTheron #NicholasHoult #ZoeKraviz #AdelaideClemens #AbbeyLeeKershaw #RileyKeough #RosieHuntingtonWhiteley #GeorgeMiller #WarnerBros #AnkitAgarwal
English Film Review
In LIKE we surrender
Film: Danny Collins
Cast: Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Bobby Cannavale, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Plummer, Anne McDaniels, Melissa Benoist
Director: Dan Fogelman
Rating: * * *
Runtime: 106 mins
The supremely gifted veteran actor Al Pacino returns to cinematic centre-stage with this lovable portrayal of a hard-partying, loose-living ageing rock star who gets triggered into touching base with his never-seen-before son , following a letter to him from John Lennon delivered to him a couple of decades too late.
This is an appealing comedy with not much greater ambition other than pleasing it’s viewer into an amenable mindset. The old soft-rock performer discovers the true meaning of life only when he’s nudged into doing so. And the nudge happens when Danny's manager and best friend Frank ( , (actually withheld by him for four decades), inviting Danny to go to New York and look him and Yoko up. It’s a shake-up that gets him to the straight and narrow. As an aside, the real letter that Lennon sent was to British musician Steve Tilston, who worried about the corrupting influence of fame. That’s as far as the based on true events here goes…) gives Danny, almost a spent force, a birthday gift—a 1971 fan letter from
Following a few sleepless nights, Danny cancels his big-money tour, breaks off his engagement to a younger woman who's been cheating on him with a younger man, checks into a suburban New Jersey Hilton, sets about wooing a much more age- appropriate hotel manager, Mary(Annette Bening), working on a new song, and reconnecting with his long-estranged son, ( ), a real working-class guy(in construction) who lives in the suburbs with his pregnant wife Samantha ( ) and their special-needs daughter, Hope ( ).
The Story’s Lennonesque references are quite obvious. The narrative takes shifty turns into melodrama and uses invective dialogue to sharpen the emotion. The cast does a wonderful job keeping it all real and affecting. Al Pacino leads with his charismatic presence and infallible craft while Christopher Plummer, Annette Bening, Bobby Cannavale and Jennifer Garner lend strong support. Written and Directed by first time feature filmmaker Dan Fogelman, this redemption tale about a deeply flawed individual trying to redeem himself into a better human being and therefore a much deeper artist, has it’s moments of involving dramatics and enjoyment. This one’s a lovable experience – not a deeply emotional or thought-provoking one.