Should be catching up with some movies that are currently in the running for numerous upcoming award shows. Meanwhile, here are some movie reviews of other movies I've watched recently.
Director: Ritesh Batra
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur
Synopsis: Ila is a young wife seeking for her husband's attention by trying to cook delicious lunchboxes delivered to her husband on a daily basis by the very famous Dabawalas of Mumbai. She later found out her lunchboxes have been sent to a wrong man - Saajan, a lonely man about to retire from his job. They started exchanging notes through the lunchboxes and started a strange relationship.
The Thumb-Up(s): Making two very normal-looking people the main characters of a movie isn't easy but the movie turns out to be so lovely just because they are average as we all are that you feel like everything that happens to them might happen to us too. Saajan especially, is such a character that you will have a love and hate relationship with - so introvert yet shows some interesting characters and sarcasm that just make you laugh.
Also love how they presented the story in the most realistic ways - people going to and off work in Mumbai everyday, trapped in the packed train everyday, met with weird people, etc.
And who doesn't love Irrfan Khan? He is always the main reason a movie is good, and that goes with this movie too.
The Thumb-Down(s): Hmmm... Maybe if you don't prefer Indian movie?
The Verdict: It's a lovely movie and that's all I can say.
Director: Nicholas Stroller
Cast: Seth Rogan, Rose Byrne, Zac Afron
Synopsis: Mac and Kelly are a married couple with a newborn baby daughter who are getting away from their old party lifestyle because of the baby. Things change when they have new neighbours moving in next door...
The Thumb-Up(s): While I cannot say the lame jokes and pranks in the movie are all acceptable, the fact that the story is about a young couple who are still trying to be hip after having a baby is quite genuine and it's something many can relate to. And figuring out how to love each other more after all the chaos is another thing you can learn from this comedy.
The Thumb-Down(s): Some of the lame jokes, pranks, scenes are you know, very cheesy comedy ideas.
The Verdict: Honestly, I've watched more than one Seth Rogan (and sometimes James Franco) movies lately just to get some laughter but this is the only one worth reviewing. So I guess you should get my point.
Life of Crime
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Yasiin Bey, Isla Fisher, Will Forte
Synopsis: Mickey became a target of an ill-planned kidnapping with a bunch of kidnappers who are doing it for the first time.
The Thumb-Up(s): The outstanding cast is what made the movie really watchable. They are really entertaining to watch!
The Thumb-Down(s): It was a little slow pace, and very disappointing at the end of the movie.
The Verdict: Sorry Jen, I didn't enjoy the movie... I hope to see a better you in Cake!
Camp X Ray
Director: Peter Sattler
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaadi
Synopsis: Army Private Amy Cole arrived at Guantanamo Bay detention camp to serve as a guard and started a friendship with one of the detainees, Ali.
The Thumb-Up(s): I'm always a fan of movie like this - not all people from a certain religion are assholes or terrorists and I'm glad some Americans see that too when they decided to make this movie. The relationship between the two characters developed as the movie goes further and you could feel the pain and sadness in the end when they parted.
Kudos to Peyman Moaadi and Kristen Stewart, for quite a performance in the movie!
The Thumb-Down(s): Perhaps a little boring and slow here and there.
The Verdict: It was not as good as what I've expected, but still not bad a movie.