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Mission Impossible: Disavowed but still in the game


imageThe latest addition to the Mission Impossible franchise is the Ghost Protocol. The fourth installment sees the IMF team actually working as a team and the entire movie doesn’t depend on Tom Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt being the one-man army!

The movie has the team globe trotting from Russia to Dubai to India… However, one thing that did really irk me is the "fake" Indian accent put on my Anil Kapoor. Mr. Kapoor doesn’t talk with the accent he used in the movie and his reel life persona seemed to have an accent which is most often heard during a Russel Peter’s gig! Stereotyping……

With that rant aside, the movie is a definite watch and you do wonder whether Ethan Hunt is made up of some alien alloy material because I pretty much lost count of the number of times he got smacked in the face or head while making a jump which seemed to be bordering on the verge of insanity!

Simon Pegg being field certified now adds another rookie element into the whole IMF team. Hats-off to the dialogue writers as they seem to have hit the nail on the head for comic timing! They have managed to infuse the movie with a dry and sarcastic sort of humor which will leave you in splits when you are not gaping in amazement at the breath-taking amazing action sequences. The vertical climb by Ethan Hunt on the outside of Burj Khalifa was one of the best stunt sequences in the movie!

The movie is action packed… The story obviously remains the same with IMF and Ethan Hunt needing to save the world! However, this time around Hunt and his team are on their own and working without any backups!

MI4: Burj Khalifa stunt

Pssst Santa: I wouldn’t mind that BMW Concept Car that was being driven around by Ethan Hunt for Christmas!!

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The Puss and Twilight


Recently I watched two movies which managed to instigate my blogging persona to pen this post.

Breaking Dawn Part 1 is the latest addition to the Twilight franchise which to my mind is an at par movie in case you have seen its predecessor, Eclipse. I thought the bride-to-be couldn’t look more anorexic in reel or real life but I was proven wrong after watching the movie! The movies is 117 minutes long which does mean that some of the scenes (especially in the first half) are a bit dragged out. The special effects in the second half of the movie are good. If you are intrigued by how the franchise is panning out, then a trip to the cineplex might be alright! The cast primarily remains the same though you do get to see the acting maturity of the protagonists in terms of their expressions and acting prowess. And there is some action when there is a sparring match between the werewolves and the vampires.

The second move was Dreamwork’s latest foray into animation: Puss in Boots. Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek were probably the best choices to provide the voice overs for Puss and Kitty! And that is not half the story. The move has some of the best fairy tales concoction with characters from Jack n Jill, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Golden Goose. This is a family movie where ingenuity and tongue-in-cheek humor always keep that smile pasted to your face for the entire movie duration. In my mind, (and by no means am I a film critic) Puss in Boots is the better experience of my two visits to the multiplex.

However, the USP quite differs for both these movies as well as their genre. The numbers on IMDB with respect to revenue would tell you a different story $42M weekend gross for the Vampire sage compared to the $7.45M weekend gross for the Puss.

Moral of the story: Don’t go by just the numbers!

And for my Indian friends: Numbers pe mat jao, apni akal lagao!

*stats courtesy IMDB.

Oscar was not part of dream-in-a-dream


The 83rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony slated to happen on 27th February, will have Anne Hathaway and James Franco as it’s hosts. From the video promo of “Hosts in Training” on the Oscar site, you would have an anticipation of planned humor and smart-alec quips for the grand finale.

Hosts in Training

The Oscar nominee list is out and Leonardo DiCaprio yet again misses out on an Oscar nomination after his performance in “Inception”. However, the movie itself bagged 8 nominations (mostly in technical categories) this year preventing a repeat of the Dark Knight snubbing for Inception. Surprisingly the one of the highest media and public buzz generating movie director, Christopher Nolan, finds himself absent from the Best Director nomination list.

Here are the nominations for the “Actor in a Leading Role”:

From http://oscar.go.com/#category_actor-in-a-leading-role

Here is some food for thought on Inception and theories around why the movie might not get the accolades that it deserves.

Leonardo has been quite selective with his films and has put in some stellar performances in the past in movies like Shutter Island, Body of Lies, Blood Diamond, The Departed, Catch Me If You Can and many more.