Sweet, Heart Wrenching & Real, October Film Review

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October Film

On New Year’s Eve, the Radisson Hotel staff are having a party and when Shiuli tries to sit of the ledge, it is slippery and she falls 30 feet to the ground. Her last question “Where is Dan?” haunts him and he ends up playing a crucial role in her recovery.

The story of October is simple because truly it can happen to any one of us. Dan is working to earn his Five Star Hotel diploma but you can quickly see that he is not settled and is seeking more. Somehow, he always found the reason for conflict in Shiuli and very few can understand his compassion for the girl lying in a deep coma. (Read More on KenyaBuzz)

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The Fussy Dressmaker, Phantom Thread Film Review

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A perfect dress is every lady’s desire. Reynolds Woodcock was the ideal dressmaker and when he met his muse Alma, who knew there will be that much change in his house and life.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson who directed There Will Be Blood starring Daniel Day Lewis, repeats the partnership in Phantom Thread. This interesting weave of a couture London dressmaker in the 1950s is cooly handled by Daniel. You can see his has done his character homework of all the mannerisms of a dressmaker, being slim, attention to detail, the spectacles, walking and soft voice.

The entire film revolves around the three, Daniel as Reynolds Woodcock, Lesley Manville as his sister Cyril Woodcock and Vicky Krieps as the muse Alma. Daniel is one of the finest actors in Hollywood and Vicky has done her utmost in responding to his excellence.

For the sake of art, it is a must watch.

Passion for More, The Greatest Showman Film Review

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The Greatest Showman

A circus is full of tricks from animals and the humans, but the spirit only comes alive from the vision and hard work of its creators. The Greatest Showman is inspired on the Barnum & Bailey Circus. The film received much acclaim at the Golden Globes and Oscars, by winning the Best Golden Globe for Best Original Song “This is Me” composed by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

The film is a simple story of an ambitious and curious boy named P.T. Barnum who rises up to the challenge of giving his wife Charity and their two daughters a better and bigger life. In this musical/comedy it is when his daughters tell him that he needs to add some life to the collection of animal statues only then will the public be attracted to see it. P.T. Barnum seeks the strange and unbelievable people who have been discarded by the society as misfits and lo behold the circus is ready.

He soon rolls in money but when he joins hands with Philip, the character based on P.T. Burnam’s business partner James Anthony Bailey, he meets the singing sensation Jenny Lind. Jenny falls in love with P.T. and he loses a lot of money, coming rock bottom until his own misfits give him another chance.

Hugh Jackman is a large hearted man and he is perfect as P.T. Burnam. Michelle Williams for a change is in a happy role as his wife Charity. Zac Efron is cool as Philip and Rebecca Ferguson as a vixen completes the film.

The Greatest Showman is inspirational because in its subtle ways it reminds you of the current racial challenges we are having and the lack of self confidence and opportunities that the youngsters are facing. Being yourself is hard but not impossible.

Margot Robbie is So Cool, I, Tonya Film Review

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I, Tonya Courtesy by Screen Musings

I, Tonya Courtesy by Screen Musings

She is beautiful, innocent and yet strong. Margot Robbie is just such a cool actress. When she was opposite Will Smith in Focus you could see her gorgeousness and then in Suicide Squad she was cute as Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel.

Now with I, Tonya this girl is shining. I, Tonya is based on the real life story of American figure skater Tonya Harding and Margot Robbie fits in her ice skates perfectly. This must have been her most difficult role ever, but if this one could land her an Oscar Nomination, well then girl you’ve only just started.

Biopics are interesting if well handled because you are most likely aware of the story beforehand. But if you never knew Tonya Harding, then this film is sweet presentation with all its intense real life incidents to tell you what a fighter this girl was.

My favourite scene was when her skating laces were letting her down and she burst into tears on the rink. It was as if her world was falling apart and she had to let go or be strong and fight for her place.

Director Craig Gillespie was has previously made Million Dollar Arm and The Finest Hours, has done a superb job with I, Tonya. Big credit should also go to McKenna Grace who plays the younger Tonya, she was so gifted in Gifted and even here, she’s one to watch out for. Actor Sebastian Stan who plays Tonya’s husband Jeff Gilloly has done a remarkable job but its Allison Janney who plays Tonya’s mother who also steals the show. Her rigid, don’t care attitude parenting is heart wrenching. Obviously deserving the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Academy Award for 2018.

I, Tonya is about her struggles as a child, her dream to be an Olympian and the first American to do a triple axle. We get to see her relationship with her mother and the abuse she withstood as a child which spilled over into her marriage.

This is a must watch for psychologists and interesting study material. But it is also a must watch for inspiration, because no matter what happens, never underestimate your talent or reduce it just to please others.

 

Veteran Acting at its Best, Khujli Film Review

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Jackie Shroff Courtesy India.Com

Jackie Shroff Courtesy India.Com

You know an excellent actor when they just do their work flawlessly, that’s called being a veteran. Jackie Shroff is so cute in this short film Khujli and Neena Gupta who plays his wife is simply marvelous. This film about a couple in their 60s trying to act out a scene from the book of Fifty Shades of Grey is just so cool.

Well done to writer and director Sonam Nair. Her debut Bollywood film was Gippi and with Khujli she has aroused curiosity to see her next work. The film is from Terribly Tiny Tales.

The film was a winner at the Jio Filmfare Awards 2018 for Best Actor in Short Film.

 

 

Rani Mukerji’s an Instant Hit- Hichki Film Review

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Hichki Courtesy Movie Talkies

Hichki Courtesy Movie Talkies

 

No matter how old we become there will always be that one teacher that left you inspired. Yash Raj Films have gone for an adaptation of the book Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had by Brad Cohen.

 

The Tourette Syndrome is a neurotic disorder where the person is either sniffling too much or making a distinct ticking sound uncontrollably.

The producers filled the shoes of the teacher’s role with the versatile actress, Rani Mukerji. Rani is incidentally married to the producer Aditya Chopra and they have a two-year-old daughter named Adira. Rani was last seen in the film Mardaani…(Read More on Kenya Buzz)

A Real Riot, Love Per Square Foot Film Review

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Love per Square Foot Courtesy Common Sense Media

Love per Square Foot Courtesy Common Sense Media

 

 

The city is Mumbai, the city of dreams and the dreams of this young couple are tall. They want to own their own home.

 

 

 

Meet software engineer Sanjay Chaturvedi, who has been a used friend by his boss Rashi Khurana until he meets Karina D’souza, who is also working in the same bank on the 2nd floor. Karina is bored with her love life and Samuel is not willing to leave the comfort of his family home to make a dream life with her.

Thus, it is a housing scheme that brings Sanjay and Karina together, or not! That’s the riot you need to see. The everyday lives of these middle class Mumbaikers and their aspirations to strive for more. There are so many sweet moments in the film, from the auto-rickshaw rides, kiss on the roof and the breaking off the ceiling.

Anand Tiwari has done few small roles as an actor and as a director he showed promise with his short Internet film Bang Baaja Baraat. He has retained his heroine Angira Dhar to play the character of Karina D’souza and she surely shines. Vicky Kaushal who will certainly get bigger roles in Bollywood and was discovered in the path breaking film Masaan, plays the character of Sanjay Chaturvedi. His sincerity will take him places. The couple are supported by bossy Rashi, played by Miss India Earth 2014 winner Alankrita Sahai and her obsessive boyfriend Kashin, played by Arunoday Singh. However the cute characters were Karina’s mum, played by Ratna Pathak Shah and then Sanjay’s parents Raghubir Yadav and Supriya Pathak Kapur.

This Netflix hit is a perfect chic flick and definitely a must watch for young boyfriends. It is fun and well written by Anand Tiwari and Sumeet Vyas with very nice cinematography by Avinash Arun. The soundtrack of the film has been composed by Sohail Sen and singers include Udit Narayan, Rekha Bhardwaj, Benny Dayal and more.

Go on, get some popcorn, coffee or wine and enjoy Love Per Square Foot and by the way there is a very awesome surprise at the end.

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