Month: June 2011

Augmented Reality Cinema: Apps for Movie Fans

Finally we’re starting to get apps on the iPhone that are useful and not just about chucking fat birds to kill pigs ( altough pigs are filthy animals) or ninja’s slicing melons. Here is an app that will get any movie fan salivating. What it looks like is you point your phone at any area in a city and it shows you which movie scenes were shot there.

Pretty awesome if you live or are visiting a city, probably not as useful if you don’t.

Although still in concept stage, the prospect still looks exciting.

There’s only a slight bit more information on the website.

via Slashfilm

Let us know if you think this a useful app in the comment section below!

 

 

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Second Immortals Trailer

Here is a new trailer to Tarsem (Singh)’s Immortals. As always the visuals look amazing but that’s a guarantee if you have the former ad film maker involved. His previous effort The Fall is a movie I recommend whenever people ask me which Blu ray disks they should get. The visuals on it are just bonker but as with many directors that make the leap from advertising to feature length movie making, the story is sometimes the weak point.

We get to see more of Henry Cavill the soon to be Superman, our favorite petite Indian-actress-in Hollywood Freida Pinto (that dress dropping scene has already caused some controversy in India) , Micky Rourke in a crazy helmet and slow motion Kung Fu.

Not only does it have a strong 300/ Clash of the Titans vibe but it even has a bit of Kanye West’s Power video don’t you think?

The trailer and the Kanye West video are below to compare.

Immortals is out as the trailer claims on 11.11.11

Let us know if you’re looking forward to Immortals (we are!) in the comment section

Image Source: Screenrant

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ShahRukh Khan’s Special Appearances are injurious to your Box Office!

With the release and subsequent overall dismissal of Always Kabhi Kabhi at the Box
Office, a movie produced by ShahRukh Khan‘ s banner Red Chilies, a thought occurred
to me as soon as I saw the tired looking superstar jiggying on the promotional
Item song “Antenna”, has a special appearance by ShahRukh Khan ever
helped a movies chances to success? Have a look at the list below and let us
know what you think?
Special Appearances:
These are the earlier appearances or cameo’s that Shahrukh used to do before he
became the star we all know and love. Some were favors to by-gone friends, some
were about experimenting with new genres or just about visibility during a lull
in release schedules. None of these movies were really successful with the
exception of Saathiya. Although Hey Ram was a critical success and King Uncle
is a guilty pressure of ours especially of Jackie Shroff’s moustache and
Shahrukh still had that jumping jack charm and the uncoiffed mullet from the
early days. Shahrukh started his inability to make a movie successful when
sporting a hairy upper lip with the Sri Devi vendetta movie Army and it also
proved that overselling Shahrukh’s special appearance as a major part of the
movie was always going to disappoint his now steadily growing legion of
die-hard fans.

The smaller the role, the bigger the face on the poster

Item Songs:
We did a whole podcast about Item songs with our good friends Paresh from the
Currysmugglers and FilmiGirl (which you can find by clicking here, it was a hilarious
episode) but the only song from the list below that got a mention was Ishq
Kamina from the Nana Patekar, Karisma Kapoor “women empowerment themed
Bollywood ishtyle” – Shakti the Power, and since it was Paresh’s pick we
were more enamored with Aishwarya’s ghatti charm then Shahrukh’s mesh vest.
Heyy Baby was probably the only movie that did manage to keep SK’s appearance
under wraps and was probably the most successful. We saw the movie in theatres
and do clearly remember when that purple sherwani came on screen and how hearts
were sent aflutter. This is probably the type of appearance audiences enjoy the
most but if the movie doesn’t hold up then a promotional numbers can only do so
much. ( Oh Kaal, was pretty good wasn’t it? but boy was Krazzy 4 terrrrrible)

I See You, a movie no one saw

Narrator/ Voice over:
A trend started by the emperor of Bollywood (Amitabh Bachchan) but tried by The
King after that with pretty horrible results. Usually a favor to movie
producers who are or were friends of SRK one time but as we know from his
appearance on Koffee with Karan, friendships wih Shahrukh never seem to last
too long. Probably only Kismat Konnection as a moderate hit at the time,
probably due to smart budgets and Shahid Kapoor’s new found pectorial glory,
and I have to be honest I did not remember SRK’s involvement until I looked it
up on IMDB as is the case with the rest of the list!
Playing Shahrukh:

Madhuri..so pretty... oh right, we were talking about SK weren't we?

We have entered the age of the meta narrative where movies realize they live in a
world where people watch movies and where stars exist in real life. Usually
targeted at smaller niche audiences or the so called- metro’s (although I have
no clue who Gaja Gamini was aimed at but I won’t make fun of it as the director
has just passed away and the timing isn’t right).
Billu might jump out on the list as he was playing Sahir Khan and not Shahrukh
As a final thought maybe a
piece of advice for the King of Bollywood from that “M*thaF*cka to the Max”
Carlito Brigante: A Favor will kill you faster than a Bullet!

Let us know in the comment section if you agree or disagree with our analysis in the comment section below!

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Delhi Belly Exclusive A Conversation with Imran Khan

EXCLUSIVE PODCAST: We had a chance to catch up with Imran Khan (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Break ke Baad, I Hate Luv Stories) and talk about his forthcoming movie Delhi Belly directed by Abhinay Deo and co-starring Vir Das and Kunal Roy Kapoor.

This is a real treat and Imran had the chance to speak about the marketing approach, controversies surrounding the release of the movies, on Delhi Belly not being a typical  Bollywood movie, the role of censorship in Indian Cinema and what his favorite swearword is! Riveting stuff!

 

Check out the trailer of the movie!

 

Delhi Belly will be premiering at the London Indian Film festival on the 30th of June and you can find more information on the screenings and programme on their site by clicking here!

A big thanks to Ashanti for setting this up for Upodcast. You can follow her on twitter and her blog and many of her writings pretty much everywhere from Cineworld Unlimited Magazine (UK), Anokhi Magazine (Canada/US/UK), Galatta Magazine (India), Desi Hits (Worldwide)!

Also a thanks to our good friend FilmiGirl for prepping us and giving some great questions to shoot and who also did a few interviews with Imran’s co-stars in the movie Poorna Jagannathan and Kunal Roy Kapoor.

Do leave a comment below and let us know what you thought of the Podcast!

 

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Is this the original version of Character Dheela?

During the promotional run of the blockbuster Ready, there were  rumours circulating about introductory song Character Dheela being reshot as Salman Khan and the production company Tips weren’t really happy with the grandeur of the original version. The rumours took the usual route of first being multiplied and enlarged (allegedly director Anees Bazmee was annoyed of being side tracked and then close to walking off, then Farah Khan was being approached) , then denied and as soon as the movie became a hit, completely swept under the rug.

Now there is a remix version out of the song on the Ready Facebook page that suspiciously looks like the the original version that was shot? If you want to have a look at what Character Dheela might have looked like. have a sneak peak here

The picturization looks awful and looks more like No Entry which came out years ago. Above all Zarine Khan must be thanking her stars that the reshoot decision was made because after the movie’s producers, she is probably the one that benefitted the most in terms of buzz, as her appearance was really appreciated (as it was by us in our original review which you can read here)

Let us know what you think of Character Dheela in our comment section below!

 

 

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EP 27 X Men First Class, E3, WiiU, Hangover 2, Green Lantern Emerald Knights, Priest

Episode 27 of Upodcast is indeed a true geek feast ladies and gentlemen.  In fact there was too much for the three of us so we brought in occasional guest “Loops” (aka Louis Francois) to ably assist us in our round up.

Wii discuss and digest the latest and greatest from E3 for U all and of course get stuck into some movies.  First up is Hangover 2, the one the critics love to hate!  Can the team repeat the successful recipe for needing painkillers the morning after or should we all  just ditch the monkey?

In the midst of a comic book laden year of films, we also talk about 2 adaptations, one Korean and one American: Priest and Green Lantern Emerald Knights.  Which needs our prayers and which is a shining beacon?  You’ll have to listen below or download our Podcast and find out.

We give you a low down of the E3 conference in LA from Playstation to Micrsoft and where the biggest announcement was the Nintendo‘s WiiU.

Here is a handy InfoGraphic the guys over at IGN made:

Last but by no means least, we unleash our collective critical beast on X-Men First Class. Matthew Vaughn‘s latest movie has a cracking trailer and a talented cast, but does it leave us travelling in economy?

 

Here are the trailer of the movies we reviewed:

 

 

You can follow Loops on twitter, or check out his travel photography on  tumblr or his nostalgia blog.

Let us know what you thought of the show in the comment section below!

 

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Jacqueline Fernandez in Murder 2 ‘Aa zara karib’

Normally we don’t write posts just to oggle the hotness of women but the new promo for Murder 2 ‘Aa zara karib’ is just something that needs to be discussed and dissected (Purely for scientific reasons,we swear!).

Now we don’t know what’s really going on in this clip but  there is a quite a bit of bondage in a very greasy warehouse with a dance floor attached to it. I’m guessing they shot this before the health and safety inspectors closed the place down. But probably the most ludicrous element of the clip is making the public believe that Emraan Hashmi can actually play chess. They seem to be stuck here for a while as his facial hair and horrible mullet is taking all different shapes and sizes (or just maybe becoming sentient).

but “OM to the sweet Jeebu”s is Jacqueline Fernandez a sight for sore eyes. For a girl that’s not wearing a bikini or surrounded by drooling men (I’m guessing the drooling is going on behind the screen and not on)  a la Sheila, Munni or Jalebi she sure can send the temperature soaring. And who knew she could dance so well? In my mind any casting director that is considering casting Deepika or Piggy Chops can just replace her with la Fernandez.

The lip synching maybe be off but the dance skills and especially those well timed leg lifts (Is she smelling if she can wear those pants one more day?) surely distracts anyone trying to find nitpicks. Emraan has the same expression he usually carries but that’s ok, he basically play Sultan Rahi in every movie.

And those chains seriously? It’s not the hulk or Salman Khan you’re tying down, it’s that Pepe le Pew with the 80’s hair that pushes women against walls.

It seems that the Embed option isn’t working. Click here to watch the video!

Let us know what you though of the clip and apologies for the horrible pop up ads that keep appearing. T Series still dont seem to get the hang of this whole social media malarkey.

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Ep 26 L.A. Noire, The movies inspired by James Elroy novels and An Intro to Noir

With the release of RockStarGames L.A. Noire, the Upodcast team gives you a Noir inspired episode. Forget about Femme Fatales, we are  joined by our good friend and noir connaisseur Danny Bowes from Tor.com.

This Episode of our Geekalicious Podcast takes you through the murky dark lit alleys of  1940’s LA. We give our impressions of this seminal game for the Sony Playstation console and discuss the world it might have been inspired by.

The UpodCast team gives our picks for taking your baby steps in the wold of Noir! We speak about movies ranging from James Elroy’s Black Dahlia and LA Confidential to Maltese Falcon, The Third Man, The Tim Burton Batmans and Brick.

Check out Danny’s blog by clicking here, if you havent’ checked it out yet, you will be glued when you do! His full and very detailed review of L.A.Noire  is here but beware of spoilers if you havent finished the game!

Let us know what you thought of the show in the comment section below and of course you can follow us on twitter or Subscribe in iTunes and never miss an episode!

Listen to/ or Download the episode in the player below!

 

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Fight Club Alternative Posters

Maybe not the most recent movie but defintely one that influenced a generation of men to shave their heads, waiting to be shot up into space like a bunch of Space Monkeys. The Shortlist has put together some of the most interesting designed posters for this David Fincher, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton flick by some very creative designers. Here are some of our favorites. His name is Robert Paulson, his name is Robert Paulson.

Source: The Shortlist

Hop over to the Shortlist for some more posters and also the names of the artists!

Let us know which one is your favorite in the comment section below!

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Thor: How It Should Have Ended

The God of Thunder made quite an impact on the International Box Office and we all liked it on Upodcast (We might have raved a bit more about Fast 5) and listen to Episode  25 with FilmiGirl and Danny Bowes.

 The Guys from “How it should Have Ended” (a hilarious Youtube channel I can strongly recommend subscribing to) have given their take on this Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman Marvel superhero movie. And listening to some of our comments about Portman during our podcast, I’m not sure we would have done anything different.

Check out the video here and watch out for some cameo’s and a running joke at the end of the clip in the diner.

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Let us know what you thought of the clip in the comment section below!

You can check out some more hilarious video’s on the HISHE youtube channel

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The Wire characters what happened next: Marlo Stanfield

Here at Upodcasting we more than loved The Wire. We adored The Wire…knelt down at its altar and prayed for more of the goodstuff. Not that we were alone in this of course. And now, as times have changed and we realise that maybe only Idris Elba will be a true star off the back of the show, we can have fun following the fellow performers as they go about the humdrum existence of a mere jobbing actor. It is to my great surprise however to see that Jamie Hector has decided to leave the acting fraternity and become a footballer…most likely for Manchester United, current England Premier League champions.

Ashley Young and Marlo Stanfield – never in the same room together. 

  

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Green Lantern for Newbies

 

One of the major reasons it can be daunting for casual comic book fans to get back into comics or start reading a new character is just the ton of back story and continuity you have to be aware of. Honestly that´s one for the reasons I havent´t gotten back into the Flash even though I hear Geoff Jons has done some great work with the character.

Since there are more and more superhero movies releasing, viewers could end up with the same problem. Some know Superman, some know Batman, but not everyone might know the ins and outs of Green Lantern. So in anticipation of the upcoming movie release Warner Bros. has released a video  for Newbies. Giving us the low down of the characters, the superpowers and what makes the Lantern corp so special.

For fans there are quite a few shots from the movie nothing you havent already seen in the trailer but always interesting to see how they adapted a lof of the sometimes hard to grasp concept.

For the ladies (and some fellas) I guess there is quite a bit of Ryan Reynolds so still worth a watch. And better to be prepared when the nerdier part of the couple starts geeking out after dragginf you to the movies as the release of this much anticipated movie is just around the corner.

Via Moviefone

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Beats Rhymes And Life The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest

No Hip Hop group inspired me growing up as much as A Tribe Called Quest. Unlike most of my friends (should I be calling them Homies since I am talking about rap) were into their Wu-Tang clan or NWA. Myyellow Sony Walkman was constantly playing  the smooth jazz sampled beats and playful lyrics of Q-Tip, Phife Dog and Ali Shaheed Muhammed until i wore out my Maxwell tapes.

I’ve just never been able to find the same kind of connect with any other group, maybe the Fugees came closest but even that was a fire that burnt brightly but fizzled out. I think the news of the group breaking up just might have been the first sense of heartbreak I had. Seeing the trailer for the documentary directed by “That Guy” -actor Michael Rappaport reminds me of that heartbreak. I can’t wait to watch this movie since it got previewed at Sundance and even got raving reviews from non rap fans.

It was always a mystery why they quit after so many years but just looking at the short clip, it already tips a bit of the veiled issued this legendary group faced at the end of their journey.

Were you a tribe fan growing up? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

 

 

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Ready Review

 

The promos have been playing night and day. The pocket pointy dance has become a fad. The public has been waiting for a time pass masala entertainer since January. Salman Khan is riding high after Dabanng and Wanted. Aneez Bazmee is at an all-time low after Thank You and No Problem. No one can even remember the last time Tips, the production company, behind Ready had a bona fide hit. So how does Ready stack up with all these expectations? Check out our review after the jump!

Before I start talking about the movie I have to mention that there are a ton of sponsorship deals, thank you’s and corporate tie-ins that appear before the movie starts.

A special mention to Rahul Rawail Grandson’s logo which is a straight lift from Disney’s The Lion King. It’s probably the first time I actually wanted Disney to sue someone.

But I was hungry to be entertained and more than anything I wanted this movie to work.

Having seen Dum Maaro Dum and Game, both movies I really enjoyed but didn’t tickle my masala craving, I walked in with my pot of strawberry flavored yoghurt into the theatre. I have always made my fondness for Salman Khan clear in even his most dreary outings. Everyone can love the man in Dabanng but loving him in God Tussi Great Ho demands a certain kind of insanity and adulation.

Asin is always a pleasant appearance on the big screen in the few movies I have seen her in and I felt the chemistry she had with Salman in London Dreams was probably the best part of that horror fest.

But I had no faith in director Anees Bazmee whatsoever as I have never enjoyed any of his movies. I don’t like his brand of humor and above all I question his mindset.

To me he seems like lecherous old man cracking inappropriate jokes that gets invited to your house party. You can humor him for a couple of minutes but after that you can or drop kick him out your house or walk away. It’s always a surprise seeing his interviews as the man seems quite sensitive and well spoken. It’s a shame none of his eloquence translates through to his cinema.

Bazmee land is a cacophony of inane puns fired blindly at the audience. Calling them double entendres would be too smart a word. It’s just words that sound like other words (Tu teacher nahi, cheater hai)

The whole scenario is doused with Anees’ usual tropes i.e. mild rape references or hurting women physically (I counted 5), husband cheating on their wives treated as a mild faux-pas (a thread that annoyed me to no end in his previous disaster Thank You, a film where the hero slaps one of the backup dancer in a song for no apparent reason) and just a general patronization of womankind even when trying to endear them. At the climactic fight sequence where we should be cheering on the hero, a throw away joke is made that just leaves a bad taste.

The mind of Anees Bazmee is a dirty horrible conservative place which I do not wish to visit but this is supposed to be a family entertainer which makes it even more worrisome. His brand of humor seems to work though as most of the auntijee’s who had snuck in bottle of hot sauce to pour over their chips were laughing harder than anyone in the audience. And this will make a ton of money which in turn will allow Anees Bazmee to make more of these movies.

Besides all that, he is just an incompetent director. The comedic beats are off, the editing is shoddy and the times Ready beats you in submission and you do start laughing you feel you need to take a long  shower like Elizabeth Shue in Leaving Las Vegas.

I want to try and explain the plot of Ready but instead I have the perfect visual presentation:

 

But if that doesn’t work for you. Here is a summary:

Prem Kapoor (Salman Khan) is a good hearted rascal/kameena/kutta/dog that lives with his joint family of uncles and aunties. All the uncles have a quirky trait so it makes it easier to keep them apart, the aunties are not so lucky. Sanjana walks into their family posing as Pooja (some really old lady waiting at an airport that we’re supposed to believe is a bride to be for Salman Khan) trying to escape her evil uncles who want to forcefully marry her off to their brother-in laws to usurp her riches.

Prem and Sanjana end up falling in love just before the interval. After the interval Prem poses as an an accountant for Sanjana’s mafia uncles and tries to go all DDLJ on ’em in Salman Style via way of a speeded up chase climax a la Priyadarshan.

Don’t you wish you had just looked at the picture instead of reading that paragraph?

The first half is just a slog to sit through. The family dynamic is annoying and the pace is just dead slow. Post interval things pick up and this is solely because the appearance of one man that should be wearing a big ‘S’ on his chest and that man is Paresh Rawal. Everything the man says or does is just freaking hilarious and every scene he has is probably the best the movie ever gets. Too bad he didn’t have a bigger role and didn’t have more scenes with Salman.

The movie just feels very heavily edited and tinkered with. Whole joke sequences and reaction shots are done behind a blue screen. There is even a voice over at the start of the movie establishing characters which substantiates the rumors that the director took a back seat. Instead Salman Khan and the producers tried to readjust as much as was salvageable of the movie. They did try really hard but the whole base is off and there is only so much polish a turd can take.

Character Dheela (Zarine Khan looking very pretty), Dhinka Chika and Meri Ada (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan FTW!!!) are awesome to look at and you do get forget how badly they are placed within the narrative.

The song sequences, the production design, the action which were rumored to be tinkered with are shot lavishly and pretty much the best part of the movie. Especially as this is the moments that Asin can shine as she doesn’t have much to do in the second part of the movie which is really surprising as her character is a real kameeni and churratth (not my words) in the first half.

Salman khan has free reign like a lion that can not and will not be tamed by anyone. He stands, dresses and jokes as he pleases and no man will come between him and his understanding of his audiences.

But our hero can sure pack a punch when needed even if he seems a bit puffier then he usually is. His obligatory shirt taking off scene is even heavily CGI’ed and played as a joke that really isn’t a joke. I won’t say more as I don’t want to spoil the few jokes that did work for me at least.

Your enjoyment of Ready is really dependent on how much you enjoy watching Salman on screen and how much you want to be entertained as you walk into the theatre.

A good comparison is last week’s Hangover part 2, a movie based on a finely calculated scientific formula of laughs per minute and dependent on the appeal and familiarity of the audience for its stars. Like a blind man with an UZI in a dance hall, some jokes are bound to find a target. More than anything this movie is a success in terms of production, marketing and above all timing.

Go in with your expectations set to low, wanting to laugh and if you can go in a group do so as even then you will only have a moderately good time. Damn you Bazmee, Damn you!!!!

 

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