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Sunday, January 28, 2018

With the Golden Globes embarking the award season couple of weeks back, The Academy too announced its list of nominations for the 90th Academy Awards popularly known as The Oscars last week. Like any other time, it was full of surprises and snubs and not getting into them lets head to the point straight the nominations particularly to the Best Picture.

And the nominees for the Best Picture are: 

Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Get Out
Lady Bird 
Phantom Thread 
The Post 
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The full list of nominations can br found here: 90th Oscars Nominations

Last year Moonlight won the best picture in the most dramatic manner and left most of the La La Land fans heartbroken(Oh, it deserved to be there).So this time I thought of watching all the nominated movie before the Oscars are handed out in March, review them(as if anyone cares) and put my bet on the one that takes me down with it.

So let's begin our en route to the Oscars with the random review(sounds cool???) of the very first movie from the list  " Call Me By Your Name".

Movie: Call Me by Your Name 

Genre: Drama, Romance

Running Time:2h 12mins

Director: Luca Guadagninoke

Writers: James Ivory (screenplay by), André Aciman (based on the novel)

Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg

Based on André Aciman's 2007 novel of the same name it is the third and final instalment in Guadagnino's thematic Desire trilogy, following I Am Love (2009) and A Bigger Splash (2015).Set somewhere in Northern Italy in 1983, the movie explores the romantic relationship between Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a 17-year-old living in Italy, and his father's American assistant, Oliver (Armie Hammer).

Elio Perlman, like any other 17- year-old , spends his days  playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia played by Esther Garrel(I am still drooling over her) until he meets Oliver, a young handsome grad student and how he goes from not liking him at first instance to physically and emotionally attracted and attached to him.As the story unfolds over the 6 weeks of Oliver's stay with the Perlman's  both Elio and Oliver come very close to each other.The movie ends with Oliver calling Elio informing him that he is getting married soon.Over the conversation, Elio asks Oliver of the time they were together? Did it mean anything to him? to which Oliver replies he remembers everything and will cherish them over his life.

Like Elio, the movie explores the life of every teenager beset by raging hormones, every adolescent not yet formed, who alternates between longing and terror, flight or fight or fuck, in whom male and female sides still struggle for domination or truce. The struggle is only slightly compounded by same-sex taboo, and the suspense, such as it is, is not whether but when.The movie beautifully touches the topic of homosexuality with some picturesque setting and great background score.

Poetically Artistic Call Me by Your Name is a  movie you don't want to end. The movie takes you places and you believe that you're in that place in time with all your feelings hooked to all senses and fall into pure love.


Sources: wikipedia,imdb,metacritic.com,filmcomment.com,oscars.com

Sunday, September 24, 2017

A book can’t be judged by its cover similarly a movie too can’t be judged by its trailer. Over the years there had been many movies whose trailer were great but the movies turned out to be completely opposite of what it promised when the trailer came out. The trailer of NEWTON came out roughly a month ago, and it managed to create a quiet buzz too. But for most of the movie without any mainstream leading actor or actress, the viewership stays limited to the trailer itself and one would expect Newton to suffer the same faith as the likes of  Masaan, Udaan or more recently A death in the Gunj or Gurgaon.Newton released without the hype created by its trailer but it was the only afternoon it started trending all over the social media and news channels for all the right reason, Raj Kumar Rao the lead of the movie confirmed that NEWTON has been selected as India's official entry to the Foreign film section of  The OSCARS.

Newton is the story of Nutan Kumar aka Newton (Rao), a government clerk who tries to run a free and fair election in a conflict area in central India.  Newton along with his team is packed off to the jungles of Chhattisgarh to conduct polls for the 76 eligible voters in that area. Because he’s idealistic to a fault, he immediately locks horns with Aatma Singh(Pankaj Tripathi), a cynical military officer assigned to protect the booth against the insurgents who’re likely to disrupt the voting process and whose sole motive is the safety of his team and the people he is responsible for.The whole story takes place within a time frame of a  single day and explores the different aspects of the democracy we live in. From the plight of the Adivasi villagers whose villages had been burn down and are in constant fear of both the Indian military and the Naxals to the India soldiers and their problem with the shortage of ammunition, other amenities. The movie doesn’t provide any answers or solutions on how to tackle or come out of the situations like this but what it does, more importantly,  is that it asks a question to its audience at every aspect and in the end, leaves everyone with some serious thought to take back home. 

What makes a movie work? A good story is a must but more importantly the cast who can justify the script with their work. Both Rajkumar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi are splendid in their roles with no room for a single error. Raghuvir Yadav as Newton election member does what he does best and gives a lively touch to the movie.Anjali Patil as the Adivasi school teacher fits perfect and give the movie a humane touch. For those who have watched a movie called Sulemani keeda must admit it was a gem of a movie and the duo of Amit V Masurkar and Mayank Tewari exceeds all the expectation with Newton.

Newton is one of the few movies one should not miss this year and is arguably one of the best movies India have sent for Oscar in recent years.Only time will decide whether Newton makes the cut when the nomination for Oscars are announced early next year but until then Happy watching.

For some lost soul here is the trailer:


Courtesy: NDTV, The Indian Express

Sunday, April 16, 2017


Room No.:21
Electronics and Telecom Engg. (5th Sem)
Rajendra Prasad College of Engineering

Aarav: Hey Sumit, What are you up to? something worth sharing?
Sumit(scrolling his Phone): No man..nothing as such just changing my facebook DP.
Aarav: Van Persie, Di Caprio, so what’s next? Why don’t you put up a DP of yourself?
Sumit: Please Aarav, We are not going over it again. By the way, isn’t this Control Systems Class where the heck is Professor Sharma?
Mrinal:  Hey Guys...Professor Sharma is out today, so is Professor Pathak, there will be no Digital processing too.
Aarav: Yayyy!!! I will go back to the hostel and take a power nap. Anyways where are the other guys, how come they knew it beforehand?
Mrinal: Everyone was here until now when Informed them.
Sumit: So All back to the hostel?
Mrinal: No man The First year are in, so all of them have flocked down to Room No. 09. Even I am going there, You guys joining?
Aarav: Yes we are, C’mon Sumit lets Roast some Chickens.
Sumit: You guys carry on, I need to go to the library, moreover I don’t have any interest in all this stuff anymore.
Aarav: Are you again high on that Robin Sharma stuff?
Sumit: No man, I need to reissue a book or the Hitler Librarian will start up with his gyaan.
Mrinal: C’mon Sumit won't take long and you can go to the library after that.
Sumit: Ok ok… Chalo
Aarav: That’s my bouy!!! It's Roast Time…

Room No.: 09
Electronics and Telecom Engg. (1st Sem)
Rajendra Prasad College of Engineering

Aarav: Hey Ravi, How’s the roast going on?
Ravi: Dumb as Fuck, the guy you see in the corner, he cried with the highest flow of water. Rohan just asked him whether he had a Girlfriend or not.
Aarav: Kids these guys, I wonder what he would have done if he underwent what we had too. You must know it better right Sumit? Sumit? Are you listening to me?
Sumit: Yes I am, By the way, what’s up with the guy at the corner?
Aarav: Are you serious? Ravi told about it just now. Are you Day Dreaming or something? Wait I think I do know what are up to here...
Sumit: Oh!!! You definitely do Mr.Sherlock.
Aarav: Definitely Yes, Mrs Hudson.
Sumit: Shut up! I am leaving for the library.
Aarav: Hold on a second Mr Romeo don’t you want to know her name. Hey Rishi come over here (Aarav calling out to a junior)
Rishi: Yes, Bhaiya
Aarav: Who's that girl? Sumit Bhaiya ka Dil aah gaya hain uspe…
Sumit: What the fuck are you doing you moron? I´m out of it…
Rishi: Her name is Sayantani Ghosh.
Aarav: And?
Rishi: That’s all I know.
Aarav: What a useless shit. I want you to get all the details about her and puke it out to me in the hostel.
Rishi(scarily): Yes Bhaiya.

Meanwhile, Sumit(standing still, gazing the girl standing far right with a corner of his eyes) Sayantani seems to be the most beautiful name one can come up with for the most beautiful girl he has ever seen.

P.S.: If you have made it till here you are either my best friend or skipped everything on top and landed directly here or less likely you are at gun point made to read it. 
This is the 1st in the Series that I would be writing over coming days. Please drop by next week to read the 2nd part in the series.