Thursday, January 28, 2010

Love is Beautiful But..

Followed by regretful thoughts...

And decisions to be made...!!

A story packed with emotions, surprises, travel, ambition, clandestine, meetings etc; the film tours the audience thru chennai, kerala, malta, Goa & new york..!!

As Love choses its own route, familarity makes way for a healthy yet simple relationship btwn karthik & Jessie..!!

Just when life seems perfect surrounded by the indescribable feeling of luv and the unknown pages from the future; !!

Love is Beautiful But it can be painful too...!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Spy Next Door

It's sad to see legends get old. As this generation of geeks raised on 1980's action movies advances in years, so do the actors we used to idolize. Some embrace it while others drop gracefully out of the spotlight. Others still refuse to let go, appearing in second-rate reality TV programs or direct-to-DVD action retreads. Some even run for public office. But when The Spy Next Door opens with a credit sequence filled with some of Jackie Chan's finest stunts from past films – all set to "Secret Agent Man," no less – it's hard not to compare the young, agile martial artist with the much older, much slower figure who appears on-screen directly after.

Now let's be clear…Any which way you cut it, The Spy Next Door is a terrible film. Whether you view the movie strictly as a critic or attempt to see it through the eyes of a child with no real concern for the trappings of quality cinema, this movie is utterly devoid of either action or charm. It's not funny; it's not exciting; and it's certainly not well-made. In fact, the entire movie looks to have been filmed for roughly what this reviewer will get paid for having written this review.

The story is deathly simple and wholly unoriginal. Bob Ho is an undercover secret agent on loan to America from the Chinese government. While on assignment chasing down a Russian bad-guy, Ho falls for the single mother next door. But before he can take their relationship to the next level, he has to earn the respect of her three children – the precocious boy, the sweet young girl and the attitude-heavy teenager. But when the villain and his gang break out of CIA custody in search of some files on Ho's personal computer, the kids become targets and Ho must protect them while also learning to cook, clean and play house in order to gain their trust. Sadly, however, from the premise to the execution, The Spy Next Door is a total entertainment failure, and yet shockingly, that's hardly the saddest thing about it…

Whether it's the lack of big-budget special effects afforded by such films as Rush Hour, or simply the effect of 55 years of hard, physical training, Jackie Chan looks old. There are moments in this film where Chan utilizes some poorly hidden wirework to pull off acrobatic feats that would have barely challenged him ten or fifteen years ago. The fight sequences have virtually no scale to them, taking place in very close quarters with a slight exchange of half-hearted punches and kicks. But the kind of dynamic action that fans are used to seeing from Chan is absent either by virtue of the film's budget or the actor's age. Certainly, the film is skewed toward children, but even family-friendly fight scenes can be well-choreographed and expansive. Instead, we get a dash of fisticuffs and a healthy serving of unfunny prop comedy, as if Carrot Top had finally earned his yellow-belt.

Another problem is that Chan is actually forced to attempt a performance here. Whereas in films like Rush Hour his broken English and confused delivery are factored into a comedic narrative, The Spy Next Door asks audiences to believe that this awkward, bespectacled secret agent, who can barely utter an intelligible sentence, could maintain a stable, loving relationship with the hot American soccer mom next door. But there simply isn't enough range to Chan's abilities as an actor to make any of the relationships – including those with the children – at all believable. Thankfully, the kids themselves all do a fine job and are arguably the most relatable characters in the film. George Lopez as the turncoat CIA director seems desperate to crack an adult-worthy joke while Billy Ray Cyrus appears uncomfortable in the wet, paper bag from which he can't quite seem to act himself.

At the end of the day, save your family the trouble of having to sit through this hamstrung, pseudo-comedic actioner. There are far better films – both in theaters and on home video – which you could watch with your children for an exceptionally better experience. In fact, if you're still reading this review, you've spent more time considering The Spy Next Door than you should have…and certainly more than the filmmakers did...

If Jackie Chan were really the spy next door, I'd move out of the neighborhood..!!

Get set Go to 'GOA'

After the successful encounter of the movie “Saraoj” Director Venkat Prabhu next flick titled as “Goa”. Venkat Prabhu nature of storyline is different from others so there were speculation about the storyline of “Goa” would be a racy entertainer which is going to film under the banner of Ocher Studios in association with Hollywood Production House. Latest from “Goa” movie is that Actor Premji, Jai and Vaibhav already signed for the project. Yuvan Shankar Raja also roped for the movie as music director.

The Story : Goa is about a gang of friends who go to Goa to celebrate their holiday, get stuck in a perilous situation but emerge unscathed...

Cinematographer Sakthi Saravanan have also signed for the project.. Director Venkat Prabhu says that the storyline was inspired from a real incident which happens in March at Goa in which a man charged for a case against raping a British teenager. The storyline revolves around this rape case of a girl and the story is going to made with humour and thrill.

Hope Goa will be Director Venkat Prabhu’s Hat Trick success...! ;)

Happy 60th Republic Day

26th January 1950 is one of the most important days in Indian history as it was on this day the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly sovereign state. In this day India became a totally republican unit. The country finally realized the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and the numerous freedom fighters who, fought for and sacrificed their lives for the Independence of their country. So, the 26th of January was decreed a national holiday and has been recognized and celebrated as the Republic Day of India, ever since.
Today, the Republic Day is celebrated with much enthusiasm all over the country and especially in the capital, New Delhi where the celebrations start with the Presidential to the nation. The beginning of the occasion is always a solemn reminder of the sacrifice of the martyrs who died for the country in the freedom movement and the succeeding wars for the defense of sovereignty of their country. Then, the President comes forward to award the medals of bravery to the people from the armed forces for their exceptional courage in the field and also the civilians, who have distinguished themselves by their different acts of valour in different situations.
To mark the importance of this occasion, every year a grand parade is held in the capital, from the Rajghat, along the Vijaypath. The different regiments of the army, the Navy and the Air force march past in all their finery and official decorations even the horses of the cavalry are attractively caparisoned to suit the occasion. The crème of N.C.C cadets, selected from all over the country consider it an honour to participate in this event, as do the school children from various schools in the capital. They spend many days preparing for the event and no expense is spared to see that every detail is taken care of, from their practice for the drills, the essential props and their uniforms.
The parade is followed by a pageant of spectacular displays from the different states of the country. These moving exhibits depict scenes of activities of people in those states and the music and songs of that particular state accompany each display. Each display brings out the diversity and richness of the culture of India and the whole show lends a festive air to the occasion. The parade and the ensuing pageantry is telecast by the National Television and is watched by millions of viewers in every corner of the country.
The patriotic fervor of the people on this day brings the whole country together even in her essential diversity. Every part of the country is represented in occasion, which makes the Republic Day the most popular of all the national holidays of India..!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Chance pe Dance -Skip this Dance

When it comes to shaking his shanks, Shahid Kapoor is not a lallu but a lulu. With what nimbleness he wiggles his butt, sways his brawny bod, twirls his pelvis, and virtually wriggles his anatomy into a perpetual tangle and untangle of limbs - like poetry in motion. Pity that his dancing skill be showcased in a movie as plot-holed, disjointed, cheesy and predictable as Ken Ghosh’s Chance Pe Dance.

Primarily a story of a struggler who comes to Mumbai with Bollywood dreams in his head, the film is a study in plot digressions. At whim it veers into tacky subplots that do little, if not nothing, to further the story. It keeps flitting from the shabby insides of the protagonist’s run-down Maruti Suzuki 800, into the lavatories and dance halls of a school, and from there to producers’ offices and dance competitions before crawling to its underwhelming climax, but not without a de tour to an MCD demolished Delhi.

It’s like the writers stitched together different skits to come up with something that has the semblance of a story. And with his good friend Shahid Kapoor at his disposal, director Ken GhoshKaminey charisma, plus his dimpled smile, bulgy biceps and nifty footwork would gloss over the blotches. Nah! They don’t.

‘Chance Pe Dance’ starts off as the story of a struggling actor Samir (Shahid Kapoor) who works as a courier boy when not knocking on producer’s doors or shaking his jelly feet to impress film directors at discotheques. Luckily by chance, one hotshot director (Mohnish Behl) spots him and promises him a break in his movie. Alongside, Samir befriends and later falls in love with Tina (Genelia D'Souza), a cute, bubbly, scooter-riding stunner who’s the choreographer of Samir’s debut film.

But not all is well for our hero. He gets kicked out of his rented apartment and has no money to rent another place. So, he starts living inside his car and takes up the job of a dance teacher in a school, making the nanhe, naughty taare gyrate zameen par. Things get further worse when Samir gets booted out of his debut film after the producers decide to find a hero through a nationwide talent hunt contest.

Now, even as Samir teaches dance to school kids, he has just one option to take his shot at stardom - participate in the contest. But there’s another tragedy waiting to happen.

Keeping throughout the pretense of a triumph-of-the-spirit tale, ‘Chance Pe Dance’ slips into overtly sentimental drama more often than not. After being kicked out of the movie, the protagonist sheds a tear and breaks into an emotional harangue about his unending woes even though his beautiful squeeze Tina sits beside him not knowing what to do or say, just like the viewers.

Shahid Kapoor definitely ought to steer clear of mushy melodramas. Doubtlessly he’s a good dancer and an above-average actor, but he can’t for his life internalize the plight of a struggler in ‘Chance Pe Dance’. Genelia looks terrific and is pretty comfortable in the skin of her charming, teeny bopper of a character. Mohnish Behl is good as the fidgety director, while Pariskshit Sahni gets just two-three scenes as the hapless, hardworking pa of the hero back in Delhi.

The music (Adnan Sami) is not peppy enough for footfalls to set the dance floor quaking. The choreography (Ahmed Khan, Marty Kudelka) is excellent and cinematography good, even though the editor does seem to have slept at times while doing his job.

Just Shahid’s dance, Genelia’s smile, and capers of a few perky kids don’t make a movie. My advice - skip this chance.. !!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Surya - oru kodi oru thodakkam

It is a substantially famous fact person Suriya is doing the mythologic employ of creating cognisance on activity in the teen minds of Dravidian Nadu. His Agaram Foundation has been doing a important employ for whatever instance serving slummy students to move their studies. been doing a remarkable job for some time helping poor students to continue their studies..

Now to verify things to a large sheet Suriyas Agaram Foundation and Vijay TV has become discover with a new information Oru Kodi… Oru Thodakkam which module start on a assignment to support the needy students who could not oppose higher studies exclusive because of non availability of funds. Well-known presenter hit pooled in Rs. 1 crore to be diffuse to the needy students..

Well-known philanthropist have pooled in Rs. 1 crore to be distributed to the needy students...!!

"Aayirathil Oruvan" - A Different attempt

Director Selvaraghavan's long-awaited "Aayirathil Oruvan", which has been touted as his dream project, is a brave attempt at seeking novelty in the world of Tamil cinema. Breaking away from the shackles of the stereotypes, the director transports us to a whole new world...and we are dumbstruck by the visuals, the packaging and his unique way of storytelling. .

The jet-paced first half offers comedy, action, eye-catching songs, stunning visuals and grandeur. However, the film fails to impress as a whole, as it gets diluted in the second half due to the over-ambitious and illogical approach of the director..

In the movie, the government appoints a secret team led by archaeologist Anitha Pandian (Reema) and a military officer Ravi (Azhagamperumal) to track down the missing links after an archaeologist (Pratap Pothen) vanishes into thin air during his mission to discover the lost Chola civilization!

To reach the lost city, Lavanya, the missing archaeologist's daughter is roped into the mission. A group of labourers led by Muthu (Karthi) helps the team carry their luggage and wade through the tough and inhospitable terrain and face hidden dangers and nature's fury..

After a tedious expedition, they stumble on the lost Chola king (Parthiban) and his people and find hitherto unheard of and unexplained links between them and the world's earliest cultures. What follows is a series of bizarre happenings that try to disentangle the whole mystery.

The fight sequence with the tribal folk and the arduous journey through thousands of snakes are some of the best scenes the film has to offer. The minus points are the length of the movie and the grave flaws in the screenplay.
Some questions are bound to come to mind - If the team suffers due to the mystique powers of the Chola dynasty, why couldn't the kingdom save itself from extinction using the same powers? ?

The inexplicable 'avatar' of Reema as the heir of the Pandian dynasty leaves much to be desired. The three rulers in south India - the Cheras, the Cholas and the Pandyas - are said to have led a civilized life unlike the way depicted by Selvarghavan, who shows them as cannibals. That is a bit too much to digest!

The fantasy element has been stretched too far...the director takes everything for granted in his pursuit to present a 'stunning' film..

The cinematography by Ramji is brilliant and G.V. Prakash's background score and music are good. "Un Mela Aasadhan" sung by Selva's younger brother and actor Dhanush, Aishwarya Dhanush and Andrea is a rocker.
Reema brings an uninhibited tempo to her role and the director has extracted a fine performance from her. Andrea is likeable and seems to have enjoyed her role. Karthi is lovable and humorous. His MGR-like punch-lines get thunderous applause..

Selvaraghavan is trying to widen the frontiers of commercial cinema and he deserves to be applauded for this. But he has failed to keep up the viewers' interest in the second half, which goes wayward.

"Aayirathil Oruvan" is undoubtedly a different attempt but the second half
lets the film down..!!