September 21, 2008

The Breakfast Club

Our Rating: 4.5

Starring: Emilio Estévez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Paul Gleason.
Director: John Hughes.

Ok, so nobody from this generation's even heard about this movie. So what if none of the actors made it really big, with Anthony Michael Hall being the only one of them to have been in the news recently (courtesy The Dark Knight, where he played Engel)? This is the definitive teenage coming-of-age films. It's the movie that literally jettisoned the genre when it was released in 1985. And, rightly so.
The movie follows a pretty simplistic storyline. Five teenagers, representing the different cliques of students in a high school, have to spend one Saturday together in detention. So, you have 'the brain', 'the athlete', 'the princess', 'the criminal' and 'the basket case' locked up with each other for one whole day. To add to their woes, the teacher-in-charge has asked them to submit a 1000 word essay on "who you think you are" by the end of the day. But then, as the day progresses and they come to know and understand one-another, they come to realize that each one of them is much more than what they have been typecast as. In each, lurks an athlete, a brain, a criminal....Each one faces the same issues and parental and peer pressures.
The sad part of this journey is that though, they have come to accept each other, they realize that their other friends will not be as open as them. That is, because of peer pressure and a sense of wanting to fit in, they will not be able to openly acknowledge one-another as a friend. As 'the princess' puts it, and is seconded by 'the athlete', she'll feel really embarrassed if 'the brain' walked up to her every day in the corridor and talked to her...
The film rather poignantly addresses issues of dealing with what society expects of, and finally, makes people. And, it does it in a really entertaining and humorous manner, never getting too preachy. The character of the criminal, Bender, is portrayed really well by Judd Nelson. His bluntness, though hypocritical, makes you think. And, his I-don't-give-a-shit attitude makes for some really darkly comic situations. In fact, all the characters are extremely well fleshed out and enacted.
All in all, though I'd recommend this one to everybody, it'd really be appreciated by the slightly more discerning audience...

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September 20, 2008

"Another Way To Die"

Another Way To Die, the theme song for the new Bond flick, Quantum of Solace, has finally been released. Performed by Jack White (of The White Stripes) and Alicia Keys it is the first duet ever in the history of James Bond soundtracks. Click here to listen to it online.

The track will be released on a limited edition 7-inch single (only 6,000 copies of the single will be released worldwide), starting 30th September in the US, and 6th October in the UK. It's available for pre-order from or The track is also available to purchase for digital download worldwide (excluding North America) through the iTunes Store. For North American fans, the track will be available from the 23rd of October.
While the reaction from fans has been mixed, I personally, didn't like the song very much, preferring Chris Cornell's You Know My Name from Casino Royale to this. What I feel is lacking in this song is the raw power that Cornell brought into You Know My Name, with both White and Keys making this song overtly lovey-dovey in tone. I have said earlier, and I stand by my point that Amy Winehouse would have been better for a Bond theme. But alas, love it or hate it, this is the song that's going to make it to the Quantum of Solace soundtrack.


Another ringer with the slick trigger finger for Her Majesty
Another one with the golden tongue poisoning your fantasy
Another bill from a killer turned a thrill into a tragedy

A door left open
A woman walking by
A drop in the water
A look in the eye
A phone on the table
A man on your side
Someone that you think that you can trust is just
Another way to die

Another tricky little gun giving solace to the one that'll never see the sunshine
Another inch of your life sacrificed for your brother in the nick of time
Another dirty money, heaven sent honey turning on a dime


Another girl with her finger on the world singing do you whatcha wanna hear?
Another gun thrown down and surrendered took away your fear
Hey! Another man that stands right behind you looking in the mirror


Suit 'em up, bang bang!

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September 14, 2008

QoS theatrical trailer

The theatrical trailer of the next James Bond flick, Quantum of Solace. Clocking in at 2 minutes 21 seconds, it is a direct continuation of the teaser trailer and expands on the role of Dominic Greene, the villain, and the new Bond girl, Camille, while also ramping up the action.
When Marc Forster (Monster's Ball, The Kite Runner, Finding Neverland) was confirmed as the director, I started gearing myself up for a quieter, much more introspective Bond, who would seldom burst into any action. But, must say, this trailer has dispelled all those fears!

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Our Rating: 2.9
Rotten Tomatoes: 35%
Yahoo Movies Critics: C
Yahoo Movies Users: B

Director: Robert Luketic
Starring: Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Lawrence Fishburne.

Whoever said first impression is last impression, must not have seen this film. Whoever said a film inspired by the true story of the MIT Blackjack Team (that of the house breaker fame) has to be inspiring and smart, must not have seen this film. What this film actually is, is a pale shadow of the casino heist genre, the best example of which, according to me is the Ocean's series. Huh?! What is it that I hear? This isn't even supposed to be a casino heist flick, but a biopic of the MIT Blackjack team? Well then, tell me, why does it pretend to be casino flick? Why does it masquerade as something it is not? Why was the casino angle played up so much?
Don't get me wrong. I have little problem with most of the movie (the starting and middle are mind-blowing). Just that the ending is so goody-goody cliched, that I don't even feel like remembering the good parts. The whole third act is wrong, wrong, WRONG! In what world, other than the cliched world set up in the movie, would you find a hero so naively humble and down-to-earth? Oh of course, he can afford to be an idealistic bimbo because, after all, he is Ben Campbell, and the movie revolves around him, and so, in 21-land, he will eventually get the girl and the path to Harvard, but no money, because he has realized that there's more to life than the money. Humph...what a bore!
The acting, mercifully, is pretty decent. Kevin Spacey as the autocratic leader of the team, Micky Rosa, is brilliant. I would've loved to see him disposed off in a better way than has been presented in the film (again, the weak third act is to be blamed). Kate Bosworth as Jill Taylor, the love interest, is just that-pretty good eye candy. Jim Sturgess, as Ben Campbell, is nice. He appears lost in parts, but on the whole, his act is pretty effective. Lawrence Fishburne, as Cole Williams, the security in-charge of the casinoes, is wasted. Anyone could've done this role, and there was no apparent need to get someone of Fishburne's talent to essay, what was basically, a prop role.
All in all, I'd advise everyone to watch this one with zero expectations and absolute gullibilty. Though a lot of parts are spectacular (especially the veiled verbal confrontation that Campbell and Rosa have in the middle of Rosa's maths lecture), the third act takes a lot of steam out of the movie.

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