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.

 

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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.

Powerful Poise- RAID, Film Review

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The Indian film industry has been changing especially in the last decade. The writing is getting powerful and realistic and the actors are taking chances with new directors to experiment with their different styles and genres.

Superstar Ajay Devgn has been consistent in doing films that have a social message. He is a versatile actor and while he shines in comedies like the Golmaal franchise, he is intense in films like RAID.

RAID is based on the true stories….(Read More on Kenya Buzz Link)

 

Diplomat’s Delight- Darkest Hour, Film Review

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Gary Oldman is an excellent actor but to convince you that he is Winston Churchill seemed the impossible he made possible. The lanky actor became overweight and old with the hair and makeup but his acting talent remained flawless behind the layers of England’s dynamic Prime Minister.

Darkest Hour comes down to the moments leading up to the British soldiers stranded at Dunkirk and challenge of Hitler finally invading the entire Europe. It is an excellent historical account of the Prime Minister’s early days and how he dealt with some of the toughest decisions he probably ever made in his life. It is a must watch for every leader to learn and observe what happened, what could be and what you become?

The best scene in the film is between Winston and King George. The King visits Winston and shows his support for showing grit against Hitler and whatever the outcome he will remain a highly respected leader in his eyes. The film has been directed by Joe Wright and since his debut film Pride and Prejudice, Darkest Hour is one of his finest work so far. Anthony McCarten who wrote the film The Theory of Everything brought his Oscar touch to Darkest Hour.

Kristin Scott Thomas played the role of Winston’s wife, Clementine and she left her mark with her confident body language and deep set eyes. Lily James as Winston’s typist symbolizes the hopeful generation that went on to increase development after the war.

Gary shines all the way and while it gets exhausting to get to the end, he holds you to the task of his short war in convincing his cabinet not to give in to Hitler.

 

 

Akshay’s Most Influential Film, PADMAN Film Review

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The release of Padman was delayed because of a friendly gesture from superstar Akshay Kumar to director Sanjay Leela Bhansali of Padmavaat, so that their two movies don’t clash in the box office. You may remember that Padmavaat was originally scheduled for a December 2017 release but was hit by controversies that saw it pushed to a later date in January 2018, which Padman also occupied.

Finally, the film opened to packed audiences…(Read More on KenyaBuzz)

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