Month: January 2013

Commando The War Within/ A One Man Army Trailer Breakdown

Vidyut Jamwal is an awesome dude, we had a great time chatting with him when Force was released last year and even then it was clear that this was going to be his break out role and not John Abraham’s flex fest (and I think the trailer has a shot that winks to him doing just that). The dude has been training in ancient Indian Martial Arts since he was a child and we bonded quite a bit when we spoke to him  (Personally it’s one of my favorite interviews so do check it out by clicking here) geeking out about work outs and nunchuks.

It has been a long wait since then till Commando -The War Within and after seeing the first trailer it seems Vipul Shah has hedged his bets by making this a low budget, low risk proposal where Vidyut’s action takes central stage and the supporting cast and even the heroine don’t really stand out. I guess Vipul is a bigger risk taker when he wants Ajay Devgan and Salman Khan to play Wembley rockstars?

The 2nd schmuck move by the producers is to give the title two side titles as they can’t seem to choose which one will suck more. Is it a War Within or is he A One Man Army? One makes it sounds like a viral infection and he other is just a contradiction and stupid.

I hate you Vipul Shah!

The main thing that really sets Commando apart from any other actioner is this:

He is LITERALLY going Commando on these stunts!

Apart from that those crazy jumping jack push ups he’s doing that I honestly have never seen anyone do! It almost remind me of Akshay Kumar’s training sequence in his debut Saugandh amped and jacked up to a 1000.

It does seem to be a trend that heroes are fighting bigger and bigger armies of goons and unlike the HimmatWala trailer with Ajay Devgan (who also has some martial arts chops as you may have forgotten Jigar and it’s Drunken Master rip off training sequences) Vidyut  actually knows these things.

 

The minor niggle I have is that the trailer containts all of the same stunts that he performs during his showreel stage shows as well as some he already did in Force, and the heroine Pooja Chopra a forer Miss India (really??) just seems completely bland to me.

 

This is going to be the Jamwal show all the way!

COMMANDO- THE WAR WITHIN is slated for a  March 2013 release.

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The Heat Trailer

Trying to repeat the success of the last time she played an FBI agent in Miss Congeniality, America’s Sweetheart Sandra Bullock is teaming up with Mellissa McCarthy for what might be the studio driven odd couple cop comedy since Kevin Smith’s Cop Out.

But having just had a quick look at the trailer, there might still be some potential especially as Paul Feig is directing after the massively successful Bridesmaids which really put McCarthy on the map (That sit com she does about overweight people seems to be liked by some audiences but I’m too lazy to and ambivalent towards it to even try google searching it’s name) but the appearance of Thomas F. Wilson is what got me excited! Most people might know him best as Biff Tannen, who played Marty McFly’s nemeses in the Back To The Future series and who also weirdly had as a gym teacher in Freaks and Geeks, the vastly underrated show that Feig worked on with Judd Apatow.

I got to say I’ve liked Bullock since Speed even though I havent seen any of her recent work, can anyone not like her? And Melissa is on a roll and has a slew of movies coming out, add to that Feig and the supporting cast, this might rise about the sum of it’s parts.

Here’s the trailer, let us know what you think in the comment section below!

 

Uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) couldn’t be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies.

Directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), written by Kate Dippold, (Parks and Recreation) produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Jenno Topping

 

 

THE HEAT is released into cinemas April 5th 2013

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The Last Stand: Arnie’s Awesome Illustrated Poster

Arnie is coming back on screen this Friday on our screens and he is teaming up with Kim Jee Woom, the amazing Korean director of The Good, The Bad and The Weird, I Saw The Devil and A BitterSweet Life (unofficially remade in India as Awaarapan). Although not to many Asian directors have been able to transport their abilities succesfully to the Hollywood (Park Chan Wook from Old Boy’s release Stoker is JUST around the corner too), and reviews that have been filtering through our US collegeues arent a full out endorsement (Check out our friend Danny Bowes‘ review “ARNOLD, AND THE STATE OF OWNAGE” over at his blog). I’m sure just the nostalgia factor of seeing Arnold back on screen and some old school action will be pretty cool!

And come on people LUIZ GUZMAN is in it too!

Here is a pretty bad ass New poster and some new clips.

Action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his much-anticipated return to the big screen in Korean action-suspense director Kim Jee-Woon’s hard-hitting US directorial debut, THE LAST STAND.

 

After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy.

 

With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow. Cortez’ path: straight through Sommerton Junction, where the whole of the U.S. law enforcement, including Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) will have their final opportunity to intercept him before the violent fugitive slips across the border forever.

 

At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately rallies his team and takes the matter into his own hands, setting the stage for a classic showdown.

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in THE LAST STAND. Directed by Kim Jee-woon and written by Andrew Knauer and Jeffrey Nachmanoff, THE LAST STAND also stars Forest Whitaker, Eduardo Noriega, Rodrigo Santoro, Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzmán, Peter Stormare, Zach Gilford and Genesis Rodriguez. The film is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (the TRANSFORMERS series, RED, GI JOE, SALT).

 

THE LAST STAND is released in the UK on Thursday January 24, 2013

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I Give it A Year New Clips and Poster

Only last night we were having a discussion about Damages the court room drama which just finished it’s final season in the US and after the promise of the first season, it couldnt really live up to it’s potential. As with any claim I make, I usually get challenged and proven wrong but the one take away was that everyone loves Rose Byrne and can watch her do anything.

Especially since she has been tapping into her comedic skills since Get Him To the Greek (she stole that movie) and the much more straight role in the hilarious Bridesmaids.

Although I Give it A Year has all the trappings of a paint by numbers Rom Com, the cast and the people involved sure are making me excited to watch it!

Here are some new clips and press summary from the movie:

I Give It A Year is the hilarious new comedy from Working Title Films, the producers of Love Actually and Bridget Jones’s Diary, and the writer of Borat.

Starting where other romantic comedies finish, I GIVE IT A YEAR lifts the veil on the realities of the first year of marriage, and stars Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids), Rafe Spall (One Day), Anna Faris (The Dictator) and Simon Baker (The Mentalist).

Since they met at a party, ambitious high-flyer Nat (Byrne) and struggling novelist Josh (Spall) have been deliriously happy despite their differences. Josh is a thinker, Nat’s a doer..but the spark between them is undeniable.

Their wedding is a dream come true, but family, friends and even the minister who marries them aren’t convinced that they can last. Josh’s ex-girlfriend, Chloe (Faris), and Nat’s handsome American client Guy (Baker), could offer attractive alternatives.

With their first anniversary approaching, neither wants to be the first to give up, but will they make it?

I Give it a Year is released in cinemas on 8th February 2013.

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Samsara / Baraka Blu Ray Review

We all stare in wonder

Celebrating its re-release today, Samsara and Baraka, two “movies” that will stun the viewer. As a fan of Koyaanisqatsi, the Godfrey Reggio release from 1983, getting to take a peak at the newly refurbed versions of Samsara and Baraka was a visual treat indeed.

Filmed over a four-year period in 25 countries and covering 5 continents, we are transported to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, industrial complexes, disaster zones and natural wonders. Dialogue-less and with no description, this is truly a movie that lets the viewer decide and subverts the notion of the traditional documentary. This encourages us to make our own mind up and soak up the stunning photography and images. Moreover, the distinct lack of language or words means that these films are truly international in scope.

Director-cinematographer Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, both co-editors, used 70mm film-stock (as per Laurence of Arabia for example) to convey the story of man’s unique outpost in space.

A must see for anyone curious to watch something entirely different, that can leave you feeling bewildered, exhilarated and simply in awe. Release today, January 14th on DVD and even better Blu-ray.

Best of Bollywood 2012 Upodcast

The Upodcast episode you have been waiting for! We break down 2012 in Bollywood together with special guests FilmiGirl, GetFilmy and Charla Manohar.

We speak about the good, the bad and the ever so sad.

Agneepath, Vicky Donor, Pan Singh Tomar, Student Of The Year, Gangs Of Wasseypur, English Vinglish…Who will win it this year? Or will there be a surprise entry? Players or Jism 2 maybe?

Before we get into our top 5 movies of the year, we analyze what the worst part was of Agneepath: Sanjay Dutt’s toenails or the romantic track with Priyanka Chopra’s utterly forgettable role as Kaali? Was she able to redeem herself in Barfi! And we debate if lifting too many scenes from others can spoil a movie in its entirety?

We talk about the 6 female directors that made a mark in Hindi Film’s this year.

What did 2012 mean for the heroes, heroines, debutantes, climbers and…

And you can’t finish a year review with an update of “The Khan Ranking”, taking a moment to discuss how shit Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine truly is and concluding with what we are looking forward to in 2013?

 

Special appearances by UK media personality Ashanti Omkar, Beth from BethLovesBollywood, Amaluu from Bollystalgia, Katherine from Totally Filmi,  Sujoy from Tripple Eggs Podcast, Danny Bowes from Moviesbybowes, Stacey and Prathna from Bollyspice , so big thanks to all of them for stopping by and making this awesome episode even more special!

 

Being a bumper episode it pretty much has the length of an entire Manmohan Desai masala film but that’s why it contains songs, laughter, and even some dishoom dishoom between us film nerds.

 

Download/Stream or Listen to the episode below

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