Month: January 2012

Demons Never Die Dvd Release

Demons Never Die is a British Horror flick that came out last October and is now set to make it’s debut on DVD. Written and directed by British Asian newcomer Arjun Rose and executively produced by Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (Luther, The Wire), Demons Never Die follows the lives of eight very different individuals, who come together to form an unlikely friendship.

Set to a contemporary soundtrack featuring tracks by Jessie J, Wretch 32, Rizzle Kicks and with a haunting title track entitled ‘Ouch That Hurts’ by Dionne Bromfield featuring Mz Bratt

 

The title track by is Dionne Bromfield and  even features a special appearance by Hit-Girl herself Chloe Grace Moretz!

Here is the trailer:

Demons Never Die is set for release on 20th February 2012.

@asimburney

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Amy Jackson UPodcast for Ekk tha Deewana

Today we have a Podcast interview with the lovely Amy Jackson, award winning (runner-up miss Britain and miss Liverpool 2010) British model now making her Bollywood debut in Ekk Tha Deewana with Prateik, releasing the 17th of February.

We speak about how welcoming Bollywood has been to her especially being a non indian and by some of the other actresses and the differences between working in the South Indian and Hindi Film industry. Amy was very gracious with her time, lovely to speak with and has the cutest pronunciation of the word “Chennai”

 

We will be posting a chat we did with her co-star and close personal friend Prateik very soon, so keep your eyes out or subscribe in iTunes (click here) so you don’t miss any of our exclusive podcast interviews! ( and while you are there, leave us a review please!)

Here’s the trailer:

 

 

I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to catch her in theaters on 17th of February!

Leave us a comment below if you liked the show!

 

@asimburney

 

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The “Community” Board Game!

Our favorite TV comedy is still on hiatus although there has been confirmation that the show is definitely coming back! In the meantime you can revisit the iconic episodes in this cut out board game. You can get a bigger version from the US Direct website, I would suggest cutting out annie’s figurine and doing some ungodly things to it.

Enjoy! It’s making our Brain cry!

 

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Best of Bollywood 2011

This week we bring together the biggest and snarkiest voices on the Bollywood Blogosphere to review the year past. We are joined by FilmiGirl, Rum from RotiKapadaAurRum and the infamous CurryBear!

 

We start of with our thoughts about the year that was and which trends stood out. Does Akshay Kumar need to re-invent himself for a comeback? Was this the year of Salman Khan? And can we count out ShahRukh Khan?

 

We then go in to our top 5 movies of the year, how we made our lists and why we chose a top 5 instead of a top 10 (coz we’re rebels of the underground!) And there are quite a few surprising choices!

 

We finish up with some of our biggest disappointments and films we hated and what we’re looking forward to in 2012.

 

This is a no holds barred episode so only suitable for mature audiences J

 

You can find CurryBear, FilmiGirl and Rum’s blogs in the links below!

 

www.filmigirl.blogspot.com

http://rotikapadarum.blogspot.com/

www.currybear.com

 

Let us know what you thought of our episode or some of your favorite movies that we might have missed in the comment section.

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Competition! Win 2 copies of A.R. RAHMAN’S MUSICAL, EKK DEEWANA THA

As most of you know we’re mildly obsessed with the music of AR Rahman, the promo’s for his fortchcoming compositions of Gautam Menon’s Ekk Deewana Tha has been doing the rounds and you have a chance to win 2 copies of the soundtrack if you take part in our competition!

 

Below are the rules and the Press Release, merry listening to all!

 

Hailing from the new age genre of Hindi cinema that presents a fresh and youth-targeted perspective, ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’ retells the classic, intense love story with fresh impetus for a new generation of cinemagoers, releasing through Twentieth Century Fox on 17th February 2012.
‘Ekk Deewana Tha’ weaves an emotive and powerful tale of how the path to true love never runs smoothly and that following your dreams comes at a price as it explores the highs and lows of being in love and the pleasures and pains associated with it.

The soundtrack to ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’ is simply outstanding with a memorable composition by multi-Oscar winner AR Rahman (‘Slumdog Millionaire’). Lyrics have been penned by India’s most popular and sought-after lyricist, Javed Akhtar.

The music has received rave reviews from critics and fans alike, with the track “Hosana”, already populating the radio airwaves. In speaking about the music, A.R. Rahman said: “This is my favourite romantic album in recent times, while I have been doing music for many fresh actors, I hadn’t composed a fully romantic album in quite a while”. His fans have been eagerly awaiting the music launch after listening to the background score in the film’s First Look trailer.

Speaking about the film, Rahman added, “This movie is nothing but romance and humor, with a very soothing kind of narration. People will love it. Music is the expression of love and with this movie, I am trying to bring that romance back.”

Making her Bollywood debut in the female lead after a successful run in Tamil Cinema is British actress and model Amy Jackson, who is also former Miss Liverpool, Miss Teen World, Miss Teen Great Britain, and Miss England runner up. The English starlet, who is making waves with her film career in India, stars opposite Bollywood heartthrob and youth icon Prateik Babbar (‘Dhobi Ghat’, ‘Dum Maaro Dum’, ‘Aarakshan’).
To celebrate the release of ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’ in cinemas, we are giving away 2 CDs for the film’s music soundtrack.

 

For your chance to win,

A. Like us on Facebook by clicking here:

B. Simply answer the following question and send your replies to upodcasting@gmail.com, together with your mailing adress:
Q.    Who is the music composer for ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’? (seriously, if you don’t know the answer… :-))

All Participants must be in the UK to apply!

‘Ekk Deewana Tha’ is released through Twentieth Century Fox on 17th February 2012.

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Ep 44 Rampart, MI 4, Sherlock Holmes 2, The Goon, Black Mirror

Back in our mix, we recorded this episode before Xmas but the holiday cheer got the best of us and we’re only posting it now. This episode, we are joined by Cassam Looch from MovieVortex, who is the man in the know on the UK movie scene, also joining us for a second time is the always hilarious and insightful Adam Lowes from HeyUGuys.

Our main review is Rampart, the Woody Harrelson Oscar bait movie about a crooked cop in LA. Cassam follows that up with Mission Impossible 4 Ghost Protocol and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.

Adam gives his 2 cents on A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas and The Goon starring Sean William Scott. We eviscerate New Year’s Eve and praise the first episode of Charlie Brooker’s dark 3 part mini serie Black Mirror.

As usual hilarity ensues when we digress and talk about the merits of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career and how nanny banging can hurt ones career prospects!

 

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

@asimburney

 

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Review (without seeing the movie): Players

First a short intro, More and more movie studios are flooding the audience with aggressive marketing campaigns, weeks of trailers, first look poster reveals, meet and greets with the stars and a barrage of tweets and viral videos on various social media sites.

As an audience we have reached a point of saturation, and sometimes we even feel we have seen the movie before its release.

We have become heavily polarized with which stars we like or dislike because no one wants to act any more, they all want to be brands. Movies aren’t entertainment anymore, they have all become events.

 

So we at Upodcast, being the enfant terrible of cinema blogs, we have created a new feature, the review based on the movie trailer!

We haven’t seen the movie yet but we will be featuring some guest bloggers that will review the movie based on the trailers. Of course all of this is done in a tongue in cheek way but somewhere down the line it’s also the audience answer to the exhaustion we all feel!

Our first review is from our good friend DishoomPK, do check out his blog and twitter feed, which is always fun and interesting!

Dishoompk always goes for Gold!

Review (without seeing the movie): Players

Abbas-Mustan latest movie “Players” is a “remake” of The Italian Job. But In actuality, it is a remake of the 2003 remake of the Italian Job. That fact is a general indicator of the derivative nature of the movie, where everything seems like something we might have seen in some generic Steven Seagal Hollywood action movie. The characters are developed with the same aesthetics of a western action flick, where they are mere tools to move from one explosion to the next, with little or no character development. Most of the character exploration dealt with a superficial motivation of the characters. These motivation are two flimsy to make the audience root for the protagonists of Players.

To give some credit to Abbas-Mustan, the scope of the movie really impresses. If one wants to see a B-grade Hollywood action movie, one would be getting a bit more than that. Some masala was graciously spread out here and there, to make it just palatable for your average Bollywood viewer. However, very much like Abbas-Mustan’s last venture “Race”, the storytelling is quite fragmented and there’s no flow to the proceedings. The emotional quotient is lacking, as well. However, some of the stunts performed in to movie are really great, and it was magnificent to see some of those sequences pan out on the big screen, with some South Asian faces attached to them. Also the Russian and the New Zealand backgrounds is seem so majestic, on the big screen!

In the acting department, most of the ensemble cast doesn’t give us a surprising performance. Abhishek Bachchan goes through all the motions with a stern face, in which he is trying very hard to embody some “Angry Young Man” who is motivated to do something and is proactive, and intelligent. But he ends up looking like a grumpy overachiever. He is just “too cool” to get the character the essential emotional kick to make us want to root for him. We don’t see his insecurities, we don’t see his shortcomings: We just see a cool dude, trying to do rob some gold.

Bipasha Basu was unfortunately underused, and her character was only there to distract people so that the “men” can swoop in and finish the job. I think Bipasha has grown so much as an actress, and she needs meatier roles, which give more justice to her talent and her experience. One of the surprises of the movie was Sonam Kapoor’s bad-ass character, which the audience would find to be very refreshing. Her attitude just hits the right notes, even though it might seem that it is trying a bit too hard to fit in the boys club. Neil Mukesh’s character as a nerdy hacker was too one-dimensional and full of stereotypes that one associates with these kinds of character. On the other hand, Bobby Deol’s hair might just get the crowd going, on its’ own.

The music of the movie was really good, as one would expect from the said directors. The picturisations were really fun. Bipasha looks stunning in THAT song, and her chemistry with Bobby is sizzling! Sonam needs to gain some weight, to get a grip on the “curvy” nature of dance moves she was trying to do.

All in all, it might be a paisa vasool if you think Anees Bazmee is a paisa vasool director. This is certainly better than Anees Bazmee paisa vasool film!

Follow DishoomPK on his blog or twitter!

 

Let us know what you think of this new feauture or of Players before or after seeing the movie!

Players releases nationwide January 6th 2012!

 

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