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The Lost City of Z
A well made adventure biography about Percy Fawcett, an explorer in the WWI era who wanted to find ancient South American civilizations. Well acted with Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland doing well in their roles. The major drawback is the sluggish pace and extensive length. The movie could have done with better editing. 

The Ghazi Attack

A thrilling naval war film. One positive about The Ghazi Attack is that it is patriotic without being jingoistic. It is a complete battle of wits and strategy between PNS Ghazi the best South Asian sub of its time and S21 an Indian recon sub. It is an uphill task for a recon sub to go against a battle sub, but S21 is able to do so with some clever maneuvering and loads of luck. Overall a good war film. My only critique is some of the underwater torpedo and mine sequences were a bit cartoonish. 

Bill Nye Saves the World S2

S2 is much shorter with only 6 episodes compared to S1's 13. But I think they went for quality over quantity. Bill Nye is less dismissive, more educative and conducts his expert panels a lot better. Bill meets Science Twitter is a cool new segment. In many segments, it does come across as over the top and cheesy. A must watch for Bill Nye fans as well as anyone with an open mind and curiosity to learn more. 

American Vandal

An absolutely clever parody of Making a Murderer and Serial. At first, I didn't know if it was a parody or real. But then I got it from the internet buzz. Even though you know it is a parody, you get totally sucked into figuring out "Who Drew the Dicks?". The show also manages to make some great commentary on our society and approach to crime. It gives surprisingly profound lessons on biases and the self-fulfilling prophecy. 

Somebody Feed Phil S1

I honestly started watching it because it looked like a cool food documentary. I had no idea who Phil Rosenthal is. He is no Anthony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmern who have a strong culinary background. He is just a quirky eccentric old Jewish guy who really digs food. At first, I didn't know if I'd like Phil, but he grows on you and he genuinely has a warm heart and open mind when it comes to people. My favorite bits were the shots of Purim in Israel, the lesbian wedding in New Orleans and Leah Chase

Hindi Medium

A really sharp appraisal of the current state of education in India. We Indians make a huge fallacy of equating English with intelligence. Yes, English is a wider used language. English education is practical and opens a lot of opportunities. But we should not engage in elitism or ignore our own languages. Secondly, while the right to education allowed poor children access to better education, it did not guarantee them acceptance. Many schools still find these kids beneath them. They allow the rich to scam and take their seats. Those poor kids who do make it are bullied, ignored, and don't fit in. This movie shows all this so aptly. Irrfan Khan and Deepak Dobriyal are phenomenal. Also the opening love story between Raj and his wife was adorable. 

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There's a marathi movie I watched on Netflix called Baapjanm and I liked it. It's a family type movie but with a twist. Recommended.
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movie review---Darkest hour
'Darkest hour' centres around Winston Churchill from the time he was made prime minister of Britain till the evacuation of British troops from the french port of Dunkirk during world war 2 . The movie starts with the removal of former prime minister Neville Chamberlain from his post for failing to confront Hitler . Majority of the cabinet wants Lord Halifax to be PM , but he feels his time is not yet come . So the onus falls on Churchill to be PM .

Churchill's wife and children raise a toast for his elevation , but privately Churchill tells his wife that making him PM during Britain's darkest hour is like taking revenge . Obviously if anything goes wrong as it seems will happen , then Churchill can be made scapegoat . It is upto him to prove his detractors wrong and make history .

But the movie does not glorify Churchill and does not just show the fiery speeches that he gave , but also concentrates on his private moments . And many of them are filled with self doubt and even tears . Also many of his private moments are spent on his commode in the WC phoning allies like US president Roosevelt . And many moments are disappointing , like when the US president says he cannot give the fifty warships Churchill wants as he is bound by the neutrality act .

His female secretary/stenographer ( played by Lily James ) is witness to many of these happenings . When the British army is surrounded at Dunkirk and she does not understand the situation , he personally takes her to the war room to show the situation on map . And watches her tears flow as she comes to know...her brother is trapped there never to return you see...Churchill just keeps on looking at her face...

His plan to ask 4000 British soldiers to divert the Germans on themselves so that those trapped in Dunkirk can escape does not receive the support of anyone , but he pushes the plan and those soldiers are sacrificed . His wife ( played by Kristin Scott Thomas ) is his pillar of strength , egging him on to fight the nazis . King George VI ( played by Ben Mendelsohn ) would plainly have preferred to have Lord Halifax as PM , as he admits to Churchill . But later he warms up to Churchill , visiting him in his all too humble quarters asking him to reach out to the people . And Churchill is shown doing just that ; a fictitious journey is invented by the moviemakers in which Churchill travels through the London underground to asses British public opinion about the war . And the opinion of all is not to surrender .

But behind the scenes there are people willing to negotiate with Hitler , and they want Churchill out because of his adamant opinion that war is a must to preserve western civilisation . Leading them are Lord Halifax and Chamberlain , who is dying of cancer . They consider him a drunkard and a man who has only 4 good ideas among 100 , with the rest 96 being bad ideas . Indeed Churchill is shown forever drinking and smoking a cigar . But the speech he makes in parliament makes him unstoppable . ''We shall fight them on the beaches , we shall fight with growing confidence in the air'' he says . And promises to carry the fight across the seas if Britain shall fall .

The speech makes a rousing climax to the movie and Gary Oldman has wonderfully acted every bit of his part as Churchill , making us feel as if the PM himself was with us making the speeches . He is helped by the some great music as background score and good photography . What would disappoint an ordinary viewer is the fact that there are no action scenes . Ultimately Churchill's decision to send civilian boats to evacuate the British soldiers stranded at Dunkirk proves to be right as the boats manage a successful evacuation , but you will have to see the movie 'Dunkirk' for that . This movie is about what went on in the centres of power in Britain's darkest hour .

Verdict---decent .

Three stars out of five .
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Netflix has released a whole treasure-trove of Marathi movies... if anyone is interested. Now, you require a taste for Marathi movies before you can go and enjoy them. They are not the usual commercial movies... nor are they out and out art movie. In fact, a typical commercial Marathi movie will feel like watching an art movie... and an art movie, well... jaane do. All Marathi movies are art movies... why because they have no budget to make a commercial movie. The g'ment probably finances most Marathi movies... and then it forces the movie-halls to show at least one.

Sorry... went on a tangent there. That is not the point of this thread. There are some good... and some bad Marathi movies. Most of them seem to be Ashok Saraf starrers... which automatically put them into bad but funny movies. Thought I should list some of the decent ones I watched recently... but hungry now and brain does not work... can't remember any of the names. Will update post later when stomach full and brain working...

 

Those Marathi movies on Netflix,

Hridaynath: Jackie Shroff stars in this one as an old school teacher (master), who dislikes conflict... to the level that he will just give in and take a beating but not stand up. Then his heart changes... physically... and he changes into a small time ganglord. But due to budget restrictions (movie-making, low production values), he never rises up to his zenith... and the movie just fritters away. Watch if you have nothing else to do.

Ideachi Kalpana
: A remake of the old Sanjeev Kumar/Farouqhue Shaikh movie, "Dus Lakh". But of course, the marathi movie takes it a scale up and adds more twists and turns. A funny one-time watch. The twists towards the end really seem unending till you keep asking for more... and more.

Shame-to-Shame
: A mixup of twins... but old and badly made... the mixup seems very forced. Can be skipped.

Pheka Pheka: This is a remake of the old "Aaj ka Taja Khabar"... and not funny at all. It has the constipated-looking Ashok Saraf making his forced-faces all through out. And there are no add-ons or twists, follows the old movie faithfully. The original hindi movie is way better.

Kay Dyache Bola:
This is a gem of a movie... a loose remake of "My Cousin Vinny". Couple of college guys get falsely accused of murder... and their lawyer-uncle comes from the village to rescue them. Dialogue-delivery of this uncle is first-class and takes the movie from its simple nature to the high-level of movie-making. Definitely worth a watch, if only one-time.

Started watching "Aajcha Divas Majha"... will update after watching... give me a few days/weeks.

 

This is one movie which i found not worth watching. So, there might be a few out there who like it.

O21 -


The synopsis said it was about corporate mining Afghanistan and some extremist leaders thrown in sounded interesting.

Found that is a Pakistani movie, relatively high budget with some Firang actors.

But the presentation is horrible. It is slow but with horrible editing, there is a frequent flipping of scenes. The background music is also monotonous and does not even reflect what is going on in the scene. The result is a headache and you dont know where the movie is heading.

In imdb, all Pakistani posters are going gaga over it. I would be more like the audience in a couple of Karachi halls who booed this movie and forced the halls to change it.

 

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Old 1969 Movie is on youtube :

 Aadami aur Insaan ::

 Watched this movie on youtube. A film directed by Yash Chopra.
Cant believe Bollywood was so advanced with technology during those days,excellent direction,photography and the tight screenplay which keeps you glued.
Firoz Khan and Dharmender at their best,Mumtaz as a vamp is also wonderful,Saira Banu somewhats looks like a mis-caste for the film.
Liked the shirts worn by Dharmender in the first half,hope I find some of those materials now

 The aircraft breaking into flames scene special effects, though amateurish now, were a lot hat ke for bollywood those days.

 Packs a lot of story. Lot of twists.
Friendship, love, patriotism, action, corruption, intrigue in those 3 hours. Saira Banu is stunning and Mumtaz is Sexy.
Plus a load of villains and henchmen- Feroz Khan for a good part of the movie, Madan Puri, Ajit and Randhawa (brother of Dara Singh)

It starts off as Satyakam but goes beyond that.

 Here is the youtube video from Venus films which is of better quality.

 https://youtu.be/M-HQzjXkfGU

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Originally posted by Himalaya10

movie review---Darkest hour
'Darkest hour' centres around Winston Churchill from the time he was made prime minister of Britain till the evacuation of British troops from the french port of Dunkirk during world war 2 . The movie starts with the removal of former prime minister Neville Chamberlain from his post for failing to confront Hitler . Majority of the cabinet wants Lord Halifax to be PM , but he feels his time is not yet come . So the onus falls on Churchill to be PM .

Churchill's wife and children raise a toast for his elevation , but privately Churchill tells his wife that making him PM during Britain's darkest hour is like taking revenge . Obviously if anything goes wrong as it seems will happen , then Churchill can be made scapegoat . It is upto him to prove his detractors wrong and make history .

But the movie does not glorify Churchill and does not just show the fiery speeches that he gave , but also concentrates on his private moments . And many of them are filled with self doubt and even tears . Also many of his private moments are spent on his commode in the WC phoning allies like US president Roosevelt . And many moments are disappointing , like when the US president says he cannot give the fifty warships Churchill wants as he is bound by the neutrality act .

His female secretary/stenographer ( played by Lily James ) is witness to many of these happenings . When the British army is surrounded at Dunkirk and she does not understand the situation , he personally takes her to the war room to show the situation on map . And watches her tears flow as she comes to know...her brother is trapped there never to return you see...Churchill just keeps on looking at her face...

His plan to ask 4000 British soldiers to divert the Germans on themselves so that those trapped in Dunkirk can escape does not receive the support of anyone , but he pushes the plan and those soldiers are sacrificed . His wife ( played by Kristin Scott Thomas ) is his pillar of strength , egging him on to fight the nazis . King George VI ( played by Ben Mendelsohn ) would plainly have preferred to have Lord Halifax as PM , as he admits to Churchill . But later he warms up to Churchill , visiting him in his all too humble quarters asking him to reach out to the people . And Churchill is shown doing just that ; a fictitious journey is invented by the moviemakers in which Churchill travels through the London underground to asses British public opinion about the war . And the opinion of all is not to surrender .

But behind the scenes there are people willing to negotiate with Hitler , and they want Churchill out because of his adamant opinion that war is a must to preserve western civilisation . Leading them are Lord Halifax and Chamberlain , who is dying of cancer . They consider him a drunkard and a man who has only 4 good ideas among 100 , with the rest 96 being bad ideas . Indeed Churchill is shown forever drinking and smoking a cigar . But the speech he makes in parliament makes him unstoppable . ''We shall fight them on the beaches , we shall fight with growing confidence in the air'' he says . And promises to carry the fight across the seas if Britain shall fall .

The speech makes a rousing climax to the movie and Gary Oldman has wonderfully acted every bit of his part as Churchill , making us feel as if the PM himself was with us making the speeches . He is helped by the some great music as background score and good photography . What would disappoint an ordinary viewer is the fact that there are no action scenes . Ultimately Churchill's decision to send civilian boats to evacuate the British soldiers stranded at Dunkirk proves to be right as the boats manage a successful evacuation , but you will have to see the movie 'Dunkirk' for that . This movie is about what went on in the centres of power in Britain's darkest hour .

Verdict---decent .

Three stars out of five .
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Watched it today. It was a good movie I guess. I felt really uncomfortable watching it, especially having watched Dunkirk before. I mean to see what's happening on the other side while the soldiers were facing almost certain death, it was scary. 

Also, I think it's amazing how many parallels can be drawn to the present political scenario with Trump having got the presidency. I don't agree with Trump's hysterics but somehow Churchill was someone I was rooting for. Of course, I have my reasons, but this probably shows that you can agree with the left and with the right for different causes. No perspective is completely wrong. It's probably the person who is wrong, another person with similar perspective might have been the right choice. 

I really liked Lily James too. She is so pretty but in a very real way, not plastic like some actresses look. I like that and she acts really well too. 


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Simran: Major overacting by Kangana. Hangover of Queen mixed with real life event= Sloppy movie.

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