Movie Review: ‘Bang Bang’ by Neha Ravindran

bangbang-poster_650_070114093727Movie: Bang Bang!

Director: Siddharth Anand

Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Danny Denzongpa, Jaaved Jaffrey

Genre: Action-Romance

Bang Bang! is a remake of the Hollywood movie, Knight and Day. I am positively against the Bollywoodian remake of Hollywood movies as they usually end up as a bitter concoction of a story headed neither here nor there. The greek god Hrithik Roshan and Indian (with an accent) Barbie doll Kartrina Kaif have a fiery chemistry as they proved in ‘Zindagi Milegi na Dobara’. And in Bang Bang! their chemistry is only factor setting the screens on fire, of course, besides the blown up cars and bullets firing everywhere.

Now, grudgingly I have come to accept, action movies can never be filmed realistically. I have made my peace with- bullets firing everywhere but none hitting the hero, cars overturning and getting blown up but our hero is still safe (you see, he is the Hulk!) and the heroine having nothing better to do but to be lovey-dovey with the hero admist all this shor-sharaba. So I knew what I was getting into with Bang Bang! Rajveer Nanda, a criminal, steals ‘Kohinoor’ diamond from London for Interpol’s most wanted criminal Omar Zafar (Danny Denzongpa). The deal is fixed for 5 million and a meeting is fixed in Shimla. But at the last minute Rajveer decides to back out as he wants more money now. Then the cat and mouse chase ensues where Rajveer transforms into spider man to superman to what not, as he climbs up buildings and jumps down roofs with snow clad scenic mountains in the backdrop. Harleen Sahni (Katrina Kaif) is a bank receptionist is tricked by Rajveer into believing that he is her bind date and somehow (Iam still not sure exactly how) the villains and the government spies now believes that the Harleen is Rajveer’s accomplice. So now what do to? They have to keep running from city to city risking their lives. (I feel so tired even thinking about it.)

Bang Bang! is an ‘okay’ movie, it’s neither great nor bad. For action lovers, well the movie will serve you the right amount of explosions, fancy cars and guns. If you were expecting some extra ordinary acting, eerr sorry then! Hrithik’s acting is average at best because the character does not need him to explore his acting, and Katrina Kaif’s character is only there in the movie because come on! now, our hero needs to romance somebody (aaaww..). The cinematography of the movie is superb, as the audience is taken from London to Shimla to Abu Dhabi and Greece. The songs have been shot in some very picturesque locations and elaborate sets and are good enough to swing along with. All in all it is an interesting package, maybe just not the best one.

Iam going to neither suggest nor reject this movie for you. There are some really good things about the movie and some not so good. Take your pick and make your decision to watch this or something else. Either way, you weekend fun has been ensured off. Enjoy!

My verdict: ***

And The Oscars Goes To…

– Best Picture – Argo! George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Grant Heslov and Alan Arkin oscarsstatue-3_4_r536_c534

– Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis for ‘Lincoln’.

– Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence for ‘Silver Linings Playbook’.

– Best Direction – Ang Lee for ‘Life of Pi’.

– Best Writing – Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarantino for ‘Django Unchained’.

– Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay – Chris Terrio for ‘Argo’.

– Best Original Song – Adele for ‘Skyfall’.

– Best Original Score – Mychael Danna for ‘Life of Pi’.

– Best Production Design – ‘Lincoln’ – Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration).

– Best Film Editing – William Goldenberg for ‘Argo’.

– Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Anne Hathaway for ‘Les Miserables’.

– Best Sound Editing – A tie between Paul N.J. Ottosson for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers for ‘Skyfall.

– Best Sound Mixing – ‘Les Misérables’ – Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes.

– Best Foreign Language Film – ‘Amour’ – Austria.

– Best Documentary – Feature – ‘Searching for Sugar Man’.

– Best Documentary – Short Subject – ‘Inocente’.

– Best Short Film – Live Action – Shawn Christensen for ‘Curfew’.

– Best Make-Up and Hair Styling – Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell for ‘Les Misérables’.

– Best Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran for Anna Karenina.

– Best Visual Effects – ‘Life of Pi’ – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott.

– Best Cinematography – Claudio Miranda for ‘Life of Pi’. ‘Life of Pi’

– Best Animated Feature Film – ‘Brave’, directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman.

– Best Short Film – Animated – John Kahrs for ‘Paperman’.

James Bond To Be Felicitated By Oscars

skyfall-poster02Los Angeles: (IANS)  James Bond will be honoured at the Oscars ceremony following the success of ‘Skyfall’, the latest film in the franchise. The 85th Academy Awards will also pay a tribute to the Bond movie franchise, which is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, reports

“We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday. Starting with `Dr. No` back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon,” said show producer Craig Zadan.

‘Skyfall’ is expected to pick up a handful of nods when the Oscar nominations are announced Thursday. Former Bond star Timothy Dalton feels ‘Skyfall’, the most successful Bond movie ever, is worthy of serious consideration in a number of categories.In a recent interview, Daniel Craig`s predecessor insisted the latest blockbuster is “right at the forefront” of modern cinema.

In the past, only two spy series won Oscars — 1964 release ‘Goldfinger’ won the best sound effects trophy, while its follow-up ‘Thunderball’ got the best special visual effects award. “It is absolutely time for Bond to get proper attention at the Oscars. On almost every level, this Bond movie is right at the forefront of what cinema is capable of.

“It is an absolutely modern James Bond, a movie truly of its time. Daniel Craig is fantastic and it feels very real. I thought the film was fabulous,” said Dalton.

‘Skyfall’ has become the first Bond film to earn more than $1 billion at the global box office.

Sasha Baron Sprinkles Ashes On Oscars Red Carpet

Los Angeles: (PTI)  Sacha Baron Cohen was escorted off the Oscars red carpet after the he tried to pull off a publicity stunt for his new film, ”The Dictator”, arriving as a middle eastern leader and claiming to be carrying the ashes of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-II. The British comedian was in character as Admiral General Aladeen in a white military uniform with gold epaulets. Cohen walked the carpet with two female guards and in an interview with TV host Ryan Seacrest he said it was Kim’s dying wish “to be sprinkled over the red carpet and over Halle Berry’s chest.”

He then tipped the urn over Seacrest, covering his tuxedo in white dust. Cohen, 40, who is known for outrageous publicity stunts in films like Borat and Bruno, was bundled off the red carpet by security guards. Turning to the camera, Seacrest said, “Anything can happen and it most certainly did, all over my lapel.” Cohen’s film is expected to be released in March. He was invited to the Oscars as a cast member of Martin Scorsese’s multiple award nominee Hugo.

Earlier there were reports that he had been forbidden to attend the ceremony after asking to arrive in character as Admiral General Aladeen – which the Academy denied. After the red carpet stunt, “Moneyball” actor Jonah Hill, who was nominated for best supporting actor, said, “I guess the Oscars isn’t the best place to sell your movie. I think he’s a funny guy, though.” “30 Rock” actress Tina Fey saw the funny side, and crossed herself over the ashes as she walked past

And The ‘Breast Actress’ Oscars Goes To Jennifer Lopez!

Washington:(ANI) Jennifer Lopez appeared to have suffered a wardrobe malfunction as she presented the honour for Best Costume Design and Best Make Up with Cameron Diaz at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. The 42-year-old actress, whose Zuhair Murad couture gown featured a plunging neckline and cut-out sleeves, has polarized opinion from bloggers, fashion critics and commentators.

“I’ve always loved fashion since I was a little girl. I enjoy playing dress up. I grew up in the Bronx, my style was very kind of street and hip-hoppy. I still have a little bit of that, it evolves,” a website has quoted her as saying on the red carpet. Though the gown has received some praise, mainly from correspondents on the red carpet, it didn’t go down well on social networks.

“I bet Jennifer Lopez is furious that they didn’t have a chance to finish her dress before she had to present,” one critical Twitter user said. However, another user was more complimentary and complimented the ‘Monster-in-Law’ star’s sense of style. “No one uses tape on a dress like Jennifer Lopez. The tape gods have to be pleased. Absolutely gorgeous!” the other user said.

Though unconfirmed, a leading daily reported that Lopez also suffered a wardrobe malfunction while presenting with Cameron Diaz. “Where is the worst place to have a wardrobe malfunction?” the website wrote.

“It was barely there – let’s call it the nip slip that wasn’t — but Lopez almost had an embarrassing moment while presenting an Oscar on stage with Cameron Diaz. Her low-cut dress was stunning, but perhaps she should have made sure she was taped in there a little better,” it added.


‘The Artist’ Rules Oscars’ Night, Wins Top Three Honours!

Winners Galore: (Picture Courtesy: LA Times)

LOS ANGELES: (PTI) French silent drama The Artist triumphed over Hollywood biggies to win five awards including best picture, director and leading actor honours at this year’s Oscars where Meryl Streep was crowned the best actress. The black-and-white movie, director Michel Hazanavicius’s tribute to the early days of Hollywood, became the first silent film to win best picture since Wings in 1929. It beat eight rivals for the top prize, including Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and The Help. Scorsese’s Hugo won five trophies in technical categories on Sunday night.

Streep, the most nominated actress in the Academy history with 17 nods, looked dazzling as she accepted her third Oscar and her first in the last 30 years for her portrayal of the former British Prime Minister, Ms Margaret Thatcher, in The Iron Lady’. Streep, 62, previously won for 1979 film Kramer vs Kramer and 1982’s Sophie’s Choice’.  “Oh my God! Thank you so much. When they called my name, I had the feeling I could hear half of America going, ‘oh, come on, her again?” Streep said while accepting the trophy to a standing ovation.

The Artist stars Jean Dujardin plays silent hero George Valentin, who fades when Hollywood makes its transition to talkies from silent movies. “Oh! Thank you. I love your country,” said an overwhelmed Dujardin as he accepted the best actor trophy. The 39-year-old actor repeated his trademark dance before exiting the stage. The 84-year-old Christopher Plummer won his long overdue Oscar in the best supporting actor category for his portrayal of a gay father in The Beginners while best actress honours went to Octavia Spencer for her role of sassy house maid in The Help.

The Artist, nominated in 10 categories, also won Oscars for best original score and best costume design. Hugo, with 11 nominations, won five trophies in the technical categories including the Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Cinematography and Art Direction.

Best supporting winner Plummer, 82, became the oldest actor to win the Oscar in a night where first timers rubbed shoulders with veterans. “You’re only two years older than me, darling. Where have you been all my life? When I first emerged from my mother’s womb I was already rehearsing my Oscar speech,” said an emotional Plummer as he held his trophy at the 84th Oscar awards. ”…but it was so long ago…mercifully I forgot it,” he added.

Plummer was competing with Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn, Jonah Hill in Moneyball, Nick Nolte in Warrior and Max von Sydow in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Best supporting actress Spencer was out of breath as she thanked director Tate Taylor and her co-stars. “I share this with everybody. Thank you world,” Spencer said. She beat Berenice Bejo in The Artist, Jessica Chastain in The Help Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids Janet McTeer in Albert Nobbs.

George Clooney, who had turned in his career’s best performance in The Descendants, was expected to get the best actor honour but was beaten by Dujardin. The film picked up its only Oscar in the best adapted screenplay category for director Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Woody Allen won the original Screenplay Oscar for Midnight In Paris, about a novelist adrift in a romantic re-imagining of 1920s Paris.

Allen, 76, has been nominated for an Oscar 23 times and this was his fourth win. The filmmaker was not present at the event to accept the honour like always.

And The Real Winner Of Oscars Is… Sacha Baron !

The Oscar night this Sunday could turn out to be super entertaining  if British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is allowed to attend the event as ‘Aladin’ the character of his upcoming movie, “The Dictator.”

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the producers of the show have not been able to decide as Sacha Baron can easily hog the limelight. Earlier this week there were media reports that he was banned from attending the Oscars. Reacting sharply to these reports Sacha posted a video online expressing his “outrage” over the Academy.

Sensing a potent controversy building up the Organizers seems to have realized that if they stop Sacha from sashaying on the red carpet they would still be not able to stop him from diverting all the media attention from the main event. Therefore on Friday the organizers relented from their staunch position and gave indications in the media that on Sunday night Sacha will attend the gala event.

Responding to this ‘change of heart’ Sacha tweeted, “VICTORY IS OURS! Today the Mighty Nation of Wadiya triumphed over the Zionist snakes of Hollywood…What I am trying to say here is that the Academy have surrendered and sent over two tickets and a parking pass! TODAY OSCAR, TOMORROW OBAMA!”

‘The Dictator’ is scheduled for a May 11, 2012 release.

Meryl Streep and Clooney Hot Favourites For Academy Awards

London: (ANI) Meryl Streep and George Clooney are the bookmakers’ favourites to win the top acting honours at the Oscars this year. Streep is streets ahead with the bookies after she got nominated for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’. For the Best Actor category, Gary Oldman, nominated for his role as British spymaster George Smiley in ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’, faces a tough challenge to beat Golden Globe winner George Clooney for ‘The Descendants’.

“There are some very strong favouites here and Meryl Streep is one of the strongest,” the Telegraph quoted Rupert Adams, spokesperson for the bookmakers William Hill, as saying.Williams Hill’s Oscar odds are:

Best Actress: 1/3 Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), 3/1 Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn), 7/2 Viola Davis (The Help), 20/1 Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs), 25/1 Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)

Best Actor: 1/3 George Clooney (The Descendents), 2/1 Jean Dujardin (The Artist), 10/1 Brad Pitt (Moneyball), 25/1 Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soilder Spy), 25/1 Demian Bichir (In A Better Life)

Best Film: 1/4 The Artist, 4/1 The Descendents, 12/1 War Horse, 12/1 Hugo, 25/1 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, 33/1 Moneyball, 33/1 The Help, 33/1 Midnight In Paris, 33/1 Tree Of Life

Best Director: 4/7 Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), 2/1 Martin Scorsese (Hugo), 5/1 Alexander Payne, (The Descendants), 14/1 Terrance Malik (The Tree Of Life), 14/1 Woody Allen (Midnight In Paris)

First Animal to win an Oscar: 2/1 Dog; 4/1 Monkey; 5/1 Horse; 6/1 Whale/Dolphin; 8/1 Cat; 10/1 Fish; 16/1 Sheep; 20/1 Pig

The 84th Academy Awards take place on Sunday 26 February at the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood. They will be presented by actor and comedian Billy Crystal.