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Blog posts October 2018

Badhaai Ho - Honest Movie Review

[This Movie Review was first posted on Anurag's The Filmy Basti]

You know you are in for a good ride when a movie opens in a middle-class household, with a bickering mother-in-law and subtle humor over daily household chores. In ‘Badhaai Ho’, debutante director Amit Ravindernath Sharma and his writers Shantanu Srivastava, Akshat Ghildial and Jyoti Kapoor create a funny and believable canvas filled with real characters that are stuck in a supposedly embarrassing, yet hilarious situation – when the middle-aged couple of the family get pregnant!

Verdict - "A Delectable Fare!"

A young boy from a middle-class family, Nakul Kaushik (played by Ayushmann Khurrana), has a perfect life. A doting family, an understanding girlfriend and a high-flying career. His life seemingly crumbles down when he discovers his middle-aged parents (played by Gajraj Rao and Neena Gupta) are expecting a child, 25 years after he was born! What ensues is hilarious ride of children feeling contempt for their parents and the society adding insult to injury. Adding to their woes is the matriarch of the family, Dadi (played by Surekha Sikri), whose taunts leave you in splits. His colleague and girlfriend, Renee (played by Sanya Malhotra) bears the brunt of this commotion and so does her elite IAS mother (played by Sheeba Chaddha).

Firstly, full points to the art director and costume designers for authentically setting up a typical middle-class household, replete with women of the neighborhood bonding over Tambola after a Satsang, crockery neatly stacked in a glass cupboard and the drawing room doubling up as the room for the granny in the house. The makers do not take time in setting up the theme and quickly get to the point, which reflects in the crisp runtime of the movie as well. Director Amit Sharma beautifully exploits his cinematographer, Sanu Varghese, to create frames that come alive on screen. The congested and tiny house becomes the vibrant epicenter of this hysterical entertainer, only because of the brilliant shots. These frames are further lifted by the witty writing by Akshat Ghildial, where humour is mostly understated. Some of the best examples of the brilliant writing are the hilarious scenes where an awkward Gajraj Rao breaks the news at home and the one where Dadi, played stupendously by Surekha Sikri, rebukes her daughter and elder daughter-in-law at a wedding. Also, it was good to see an organic progression of the story, sans major melodrama. The taboo surrounding an elderly couple conceiving a child, despite having a son of marriageable age, is normalized delicately without being over the top.

As is the case with any such content-driven movies, it is the actors who bring these character to life! Gajraj Rao and Neena Gupta are perfectly cast as the embarrassed couple, never letting their characters slip into farcical shame. Ayushmann Khurrana, who has become a flagbearer of sorts for this kind of cinema, is in top form and uses his charm and comic timing in equal measures. Supporting him well in a relatively smaller part is Sanya Malhotra and her mother, Sheeba Chaddha, who provide ample support to the narrative. Surekha Sikri as Dadi, is hilarious and one of the most endearing characters for a granny written in Hindi cinema in recent times. Also, it was fun to watch all the characters speak in chaste western UP dialect, adding another dimension to their characters.

Over the last few years, content-driven stories from the small towns or inspired by the middle-class folks have fancied filmmakers in Bollywood. Badhaai Ho takes a similar route as ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ and picks a taboo topic. With a similar plot as Steve Martin’s 1995 comedy, ‘Father of the Bride 2’, Badhaai Ho uses a topic perceived as embarrassing and injects comedy in right measures, to create a delectable fare.

My Rating – 3.5/5 | Grade - B+ (A Perefect Weekend Pick!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Anurag Rao (@The Filmy Basti!)

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Vada Chennai - Honest Movie Review

‘Jeikurom’o Illaiyo...Modhala Sanda Seiyanum!’ opines Anbu when he earns the enmity of other gangsters. Vada Chennai is the result when you bring together two National Award Winners for a film once again. It is intense, rugged and sticks true to its nature. Vada Chennai is the tale of two gangsters Guna (Samuthirakani) and Senthil (Kishore) who run their illegal business along the coastal line area of North Chennai and how the life of Anbu (Dhanush) interweaves with theirs in such a manner as not to be easily separated. 

Verdict - “Raw! Gritty! Authentic!

Now, the story isn’t completely about Anbu and his life with the gangsters. Instead, the character of Dhanush is entangled into the main plot and it is not a hero-centric film as the story and the other characters play a pivotal role. Vetrimaaran, who is known for his screenplay and also won a National Award had composed the film with much competence as the characters are neatly sketched and every scene was crucial in building the movie. I loved the way the story took time to construct itself onscreen, running on its own pace and most importantly there isn’t any mind-numbing ridiculous songs or clichéd romantic scenes to disrupt the flow. The narrative of the film was in such a way that if something happens on screen, like a murder, it was explained later on in the film without a plot hole. So, there is a steady search for answers for the audience as they weren’t foreseeable. 

The cast of the film was a perfect selection, be it Samuthirakani or Kishore or Daniel Balaji, Vetrimaran has roped in the ‘Best’ for the movie. Andrea Jeremiah unsurprisingly steals the show, yet another vital character and she's impressive as always. The impact she created when uttering the dialogue ‘Enna Patha Thevdiya Mari Iruka?’ is enormous. But, the stand out characters for me was Rajan played by the ace-director Ameer. His character had an emotional narrative which was very interesting to watch.

On an interesting note, I found a similarity and contrast in concept between Vada Chennai and Pa. Ranjith’s ‘Kaala’. First, let me tell you about the similarity, which was, both the films are primarily or basically is about the discrimination of downtrodden and the politicians’ aim of removing them from their own place. Kaala Seth (Rajni) from Kaala and Rajan (Ameer) from Vada Chennai voices for the people, stand against the government and fight for their rights. The contrast in concept which I mentioned is the way both characters fight for their land. What Kaala said that the people from slums are not what Vada Chennai is. Maybe, the timeline in which both movies are set in might answer the contrariness. 

Vetrimaaran seems to not compromise in anything for making the film utterly realistic. They even went for ‘Adults Only’ certification from the censor board without muting the unparliamentary words which was a bold attempt cause that made the film more native. Another pillar to the already astonishing film was Santhosh Narayanan (SaNa) and his pulsating background score. As I mentioned earlier, there weren't dance numbers or a hero introduction song which films of this genre generally tend to have. Instead, the songs blended well with the scenes. SaNa did know when to use the background score, thereby elevating the film on a tremendous level. 

A movie without a flaw? I would dare to say, Vada Chennai is undoubtedly the best movie of 2018. All the fans of ‘Pudhupettai’, who were asking for its sequel, Dhanush is back again but as Anbu. Congregated with a gripping narrative, intriguing characters, impressive performances and overall some masterful storytelling this movie is Cinematic Brilliance.

My Rating – 4.5/5 | Grade – A+ (Don’t Dare to Miss It!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
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Throwback Thursday: Halloween 1978 [Review]

Verdict - "Mundane!" | Rating - 2.75/5

Directed by one of the most influential filmmakers of Hollywood, John Carpenter, Halloween 1978 stars Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead role, and the story revolves around a deranged psychotic serial killer Michael Myers as he terrifies a quiet neighbourhood of Haddonfield, Illinois with his violent killing spree.

Admired as one of the Best Horror / Slasher Movies of all time, Halloween, in my opinion, is overrated and doesn't stand the test of time. For a viewer (like me) who are watching the movie for the first time in 2018, it didn't hold up for me unlike other Classic Movies like 'The Shining' or 'The Exorcist'. I agree that it's hemmed in with a simple storyline, setting and a villain who is straightforward, which brings me to the drawback of the film. It is not psychological, methodical or convoluted and deals with an intelligible concept which for the most part is mundane to watch.

But, the film's strength is its antagonist, Michael Myers, who looks like a psychomaniac that I don't want anywhere near my surroundings. His bone-chilling stare, effortless slow-walk and the quietness surrounding him was was nerve-racking to watch. John Carpenter tremendously captures the eerieness of Myers with his slow tracking shots and thrilling background score, and Jamie Lee Curtis as his counterpart does a decent enough job to keep the movie moving.

Nevertheless, Halloween 1978 didn't work for me as an overall movie, the character of Michael Myers is fascinating, the background music and the filmmaking techniques were impressive, and that's about it. Let's see if the new 2018 film works!

-An Editorial by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Apostle Review: Ruthless! Terrifying!

Starring – Dan Stevens and Kristine Froseth
Director – Gareth Evans
Genre – Period Horror
Streaming Platform – Netflix 

A period horror film, Apostle (2018), a Netflix production, revolves around Thomas Richardson, a former missionary set on rescuing his sister who has been kidnaped and held ransom by a religious cult. Following the concept of tense and creepy atmospheric films like The Invitation and The Innocents, Apostle, is an intense yet steady descent into terror.

It is pleasing to see how horror film directors are slowly learning to let slide cheap thrills and horrible jump scares in favour for slow-building storylines and unsettling dread. While he has contributed to the anthology horror film 'VHS 2' in 2013, this is director Gareth Evan’s first attempt at a full-length horror feature. Having carved a name for himself through violent martial arts epics like 'The Raid' films, Evans has retained his signature choreographic style and penchant for blood while venturing into dark horror territory. There is a distinctive mood of desperation set as the tone of the film throughout. Right from the get go, the audience will be able to feel how the environment presented to you feels wrong but magnetic at the same time. The camera-work deserves a round of applause here as scenes of chaos and intensity are shot at angles that really adds on the frenzy.

The performance by the lead cast were phenomenal. Dan Stevens plays the lead protagonist; Thomas and he gives a brooding shade to his character. He treads the fine line between subtlety and theatrics, giving the audience best of the both that suits the nature of the period the film is set in. Michael Sheen plays the charismatic cult leader, Malcolm, and it is brilliant. Sheen’s acting prowess is pronounced with his body language and smouldering screen presence and he delivers an extraordinary performance. The cast of the film were well-chosen and not a single character put a foot wrong. I believe that it is the mark of a good director to bring out the best in his actors and Apostle stands as a testament to just that.

If you’re a fan of the director’s previous works, you’d be sure to anticipate the trail of blood and organs he leaves progressively in every film. Apostle is yet another chapter in which the director has attempted to show how else a body can be taken apart and mutilated. Unnerving and brutal at its best, the film is gory and for the weak-stomach, it can be nauseating. The film touches on themes of power, religion, sin, freedom, cults and faith and it is very ambitious in its approach to explore all of them. Apostle takes it time to introduce the characters as well as the story where the first half of the story plays out like a mystery. The second half becomes an intense roller-coaster where the audience are then splattered and slaughtered with the true horror. There are sudden shifts in tone that seem very choppy and you’re not given enough time to digest what just took place before you’re hit with the next intense scene.

Apostle has a ruthless storyline and has a masterful way of narrating its story. It is very transparent and wants you to understand that there is something around the corner that will scream at you in time to come. There is mastery in its execution, but the extremities of the content as well as the jerkiness in the tone might be off-putting to some.

-A Just Stream Editorial by Siddharthen R (@cheeeekyponnama)
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Top 5 Recent Scary Movies to Watch This Halloween

With Halloween 2018 right around the corner, we here at the National JFMF headquarters thought it would be a noble idea to recommend you guys few (not great) but decent Horror Movies to watch this weekend. As we already posted the 'Top 5 Horror Movies of 2017 and 2018', discussing few high-profile scary films wasn't such a bad idea after all. So, here we go!

5. Leigh Whannell's - "Insidious: Chapter 3" | Rating - 3/5

Starring - Dermot Mulroney, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell and Lin Shaye

Typically, when a movie reaches the third instalment, a major bummer is usually expected. Things get repetitive, tame and lifeless. For this reason, my expectations were pretty low for this movie as I felt sceptical before entering the movie theatre. But, Insidious 3 was surprisingly better and superlative. Writer-Director, Leigh Whannel's impressive screenplay and his approach to craft a petrifying scary scene without any false jump scares is commendable. Insidious 3 was a startling experience and didn't take an asinine advantage of silly jump scares.

4. M. Night Shyamalan's - "The Visit" | Rating - 3/5

Starring - Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould and Kathryn Hahn.

After making a series of awful movies, people were uncertain when it came to M. Night Shyamalan, most of them thought that there is nothing left in him to contribute, and that helped this film a lot. Story-wise, this movie had nothing new to offer except for the little plot twist in the end. But, on a filmmaking standpoint, Shyamalan maintained that bizarre vibe in each place very well, they're a couple of jump-scares that were well shot and the comedic element in the entire movie was completely hysterical. Overall, The Visit is certainly better than I expected it to be, it was funny, scary and overall an enjoyable movie. A complete surprise!

3. James Wan's - "The Conjuring 2" | Rating - 3.5/5

Starring - Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson 

A tactful James Wan venture which was termed scarier than its prequel, Conjuring 2 was admittedly a level setter for future horror movies. Though the real story of the Enfield poltergeist is much more interesting than the movie, the film was successful in receiving positive reviews from critics and grossed over $320 million worldwide. The story revolves around a single mother raising four kids in North London who experiences the torture of Bill Wilkins who is controlled by the demonic spirit Valak. The actors including Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga and Madison Wolfe have performed extraordinarily and the frequent creepy scenes keep you on your toes the whole time. In simpler words, an ideal film for this Halloween.

2. David F. Sandberg's - "Lights Out" | Rating - 4/5

Starring - Teresa Palmer and Gabriel Bateman

When was the last time you heard your heart beating super fast? This film will get on your nerves and I'm not even exaggerating. The plotline seems simple and quite ordinary on the outside but the constant jump scares and the haunting background music gets to you real easy. The film received positive reviews as well and was a box office success, grossing $148 million against a budget of $4.9 million. Teresa Palmer and Maria Bello are expressive and effective in their performances while the cinematography and music are appreciable. The Diana spirit which appears only in the dark makes each scene more thrilling and gets you gulping tensely in the first 15 minutes itself. Its better than many popular horror movies and surely is worth a watch.

1. David Robert Mitchell's - "It Follows" | Rating - 4/5

Starring - Maika Monroe

Correlating to the trend that is emerging in this contemporary era. It Follows never pursued the hackneyed route with ridiculous jump scares, indolent narration, and insipid direction. The retro narrative style was reminiscent of the 80's horror movies and the director brilliantly used the technical aspects like cinematography and background music to build up the tension in every peculiar and significant scene. Altogether, It Follows enthralled me throughout the runtime and achieved a tremendous standard in the horror movie genre. It had that eerie inexplicable vibe circled around it and is most definitely worth a watch.

-A Top 5 List by Nikitha Kashyap aka WW and Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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The Haunting of Hill House Review: Gold-Standard TV Horror

Starring – Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino and Elizabeth Reaser
Director – Mike Flanagan
Genre – Horror / Thriller
Streaming Platform – Netflix 

Introduction: Why do we watch horror movies? Do we want to test the range of our emotional content? Do we want to vicariously face our fears through the safety net of a screen? For many of us, Horror films are a small shot of adrenaline that courses through our veins. We are willing to endure the terror to experience the relief we get at the end of it. In that way, this is not my first and nor will it be my last rodeo. From 'The Exorcist' to 'American Horror Stories', I’ve had my fair share of horror flicks. So, it is with much certainty and great pleasure that I say that “The Haunting of Hill House (2018)” on Netflix, is one of the best television horror series in recent times and it is not to be missed. Based on a novel of the same name, The Haunting of Hill House revolves around a broken family that comes together to confront the disturbing and horrific memories of their old place and the events that drove them from it. 

Rationalization: Directed by Mike Flanagan, this modern reimagining of the novel is a firecracker. Stirring and atmospheric, we are treated to an intense observation of the family to fully understand the effects of grief and trauma. The pace of the series is intentionally slow, but it is measured for perfection. Weaving between past and present, Flanagan allows us to fully understand the seven Crain family members and the trauma they experienced by overlapping several timelines together. We understand how certain events have affected the Crain Family individually even after many years and why it is so important to come back to the old House to confront their fears. Family, Tragedy, Grief, Mental Health are some of the themes that the series has explored in such exultant fashion.

Beneath the horrors and the ghosts that the series promise, there is an actual story of an estranged family that hasn’t spoken to one another in years and are struggling with their own personal addictions and depressions. They are on the verge of succumbing to a fate that has plagued their family in the past and they must come together as one to oppose this. The narrative of this character-driven plot blurs the line between the supernatural and the psychosomatical. The House itself is evil and when you follow the crumb trails that lead you to its neat climax, you’ll be kicking yourself for not seeing the blatant clues that the director has been throwing in your face the whole time.

However, while there are supernatural beings providing the haunting, Grief is the ‘ghost’ that the director has dressed up for this series and that is where the actual scares really are. It is important for me as the viewer to be able to relate to the frights that the film or the television series offer, and Haunting of Hill House is just that. The Hill House exists as a metaphor for the destructive capacity of mental illness and it has taught me that No Ghosts is as scary as the ones that plague your mind. The series is well-acted and complex in its narration and has utilized great wide shots to create some of the best suspense scenes ever. The constant manipulation of the dark background space as well as lights and shadows show us how important camera work is to film making.

Conclusion: The Haunting of Hill House is realistic and it’s slow-building format has approached the complexities of making an effective horror story impeccably. Nerve-Racking, Hair-Raising and Thought-Provoking, The Haunting of Hill House is Gold-Standard Television Horror.

-A Just Stream Editorial by Siddharthen R (@cheeeekyponnama)
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A Star Is Born - Honest Movie Review

Directed and starring alongside Pop Megastar Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper's directorial debut A Star Is Born is a modern-day retelling of the 1937 film of the same name and co-stars notable and elite performers like Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay alongside a promising young talent Anthony Ramos.

Verdict - "A Beautiful and a Tear-Jerking Story!"

The story of the film narrates the journey of Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), a beloved superstar singer but a reckless alcoholic and a drug addict. Maine runs across Ally (Lady Gaga), a day job worker and a discouraged singer, at a drag bar where he sees her perform and fells in love with her incredible singing talent. After exchanging a conversation with her in person, Maine recruits her into his band, and eventually, Ally receives multiple offers to record her first album and experiences success across every aspect. In the midst of her glory and fame, Jackson, on the other hand, deteriorates from raging alcoholism which affects their healthy relationship romantically and professionally.

Having already been told three times before in 1937, 54 and 76, the story of this A Star Is Born is, for the most part, predictable, but Cooper along with his co-screenwriters Eric Roth and Will Fetters does a decent enough job to keep the movie fresh and captivating. But, at times, the plot tries to wane in the background, thanks to the electrifying chemistry between the two main leads. And that brings me to the primary and the most intriguing aspect of the film, the alluring scenes between Cooper and Gaga. The movie never tries to fortake anything away from both the characters as their lengthy yet very compelling moments of love, anger and affection are what makes it feel poignant and very much sentimental.

Now, making the characters relatable is a task, but Cooper takes it up a notch by making his hard to connect dipsomaniac character engaging. His role felt authentic and pitiful, everything from his deep-toned voice, messy look to his wrinkled clothes made me feel sorry for the man, and Cooper gives his career-best performance as a disgruntled dwindling rockstar. Accompanied by his stellar acting display is Lady Gaga who gives an Oscar-worthy performance as the innocent yet supremely-talented singer, caring girlfriend and overall an inspiring individual. As a real-life singer/songwriter (who might have a similar path to stardom as Ally), Gaga impresses not only with her astounding singing talent but also with her phenomenal acting ability which surprised everybody in the audience. She gives an equally valiant performance as Cooper and will no doubt be a frontrunner for the Best Actress category.

Furthermore, Bradley Cooper, who fills five different roles in the film as the actor, director, screenwriter, guitarist and singer, does a heroic job by putting together a movie with marvellous skill and perfection. Crafting subtle changes to an already told story, Cooper made it seem all seamless by making the film follow a consistent tone throughout its runtime. Moreover, the music and the songs all through were breathtaking to watch and listen as it felt like I'm sitting in a concert with Gaga and Cooper, kudos to the sound mixing department there.

Overall, A Star Is Born tells a beautiful and a tear-jerking story of a polar opposite couple in the most convincing way possible. The chemistry and the scenes between Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were the most riveting parts of the film along with their dominating performances. I teared up a couple of times watching this movie, and that doesn't happen very often.

My Rating - 3.75/5 | Grade - B+ (Highly Entertaining!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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First Man - Honest Movie Review

Directed by the Youngest Academy Award-Winning Director Damien Chazelle, First Man stars Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy in the lead roles and chronicles the inspiring yet complex journey of the First Man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong. The storyline gets underway in the year 1961 and takes us through the eight-year journey of Neil Armstrong till the Apollo 11 mission. It delves into the personal life of Armstrong, him dealing with the loss of his young child, getting promoted from a test pilot to the Mission Commander, and his complicated relationship with his wife, friends and family.

Verdict - "A Heart-Stirring Theatre Experience!"

Damien Chazelle is without a doubt, the main star of the film. Right from the opening scene, Chazelle locks you in with his incredible ability to make you feel that you're right there sitting next to Armstrong in his hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft. The most captivating aspect that Chazelle stands by throughout the runtime is not sugar coating the film. He doesn't display the epicness of space-travel as we saw in movies like 'Apollo 13' or 'Gravity' nor does he use extravagant shots of the Moon or the Earth to make us believe that it's all happiness and joy comprised in travelling to the ether. His unique filmmaking style helps the movie to feel much raw as every scene including the spaceships felt real, brutal and visceral accompanied by some extraordinary camera work by Cinematographer Linus Sandgren who uses the shaky cam gimmick in the right away and gave the movie more of a documentary look than a space drama.

But the only drawback of the film lies within the protagonist's character which slows down the pace a bit. Neil Armstrong is a very professional, stubborn and has his separate ways of dealing with his family problems or the passing of his young daughter. That might not be relatable or engaging to the audience member as we do not see Armstrong getting disturbed emotionally with his past experiences nor having a healthy conversation with his concerned wife. However, it is what it is, and as I stated before, Chazelle doesn't try to get you sympathetically connected to his focal characters. He makes it very clear that it's not an easy journey for anyone involved and sacrifices were over it.

Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy's performances were yet another plus point for the movie. Gosling, similar to his previous outings in 'Blade Runner 2049' or 'Drive' is a silent murmuring guy, but he had a wide range of emotions to go through from anguish, aggravation and self-confidence. Foy, on the other hand, did her part exceptionally well as the stern mother of two kids and the fretful wife of Armstrong. Her character clocked up a substantial chunk of the storyline, and it never felt mundane to watch.

Overall, First Man is unlike any space movie I've ever seen before. It's harsh, emotional, gut-wrenching and the most realistic take in this genre. Everything from Chazelle's remarkable direction, breathtaking camera work, soothing background music and the performances from the lead actors worked and is most definitely a heart-stirring theatre experience.

My Rating - 4/5 | Grade - A (The Best One Around!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava - Honest Movie Review

While writing this review of director Trvikram Srinivas’s latest outing ‘Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava’ (ASVR), I chanced upon his Wikipedia page. The introduction says, “Regarded as the "wizard of words" Trivikram's craft is known for its high dose of comedy, fast-paced repartee, farcical situations, escapist themes, and comedy thriller plot lines involving action, emotion, courtship, family and marriage.” Except for the farcical situations, he lets down his audiences on every other aspect.

Set against the backdrop of two warring villages in Rayalaseema, ASVR is the story of Veera Raghava Reddy (played by Junior NTR) spearheading his clans fight against Basi Reddy (played by Jagapathi Babu). They call this ‘Aidu rupayala godava’ (5 rupees fight) and hand it over to their progeny, who find it easier to stick swords into each other than solve this dispute for once. But Veera Raghava Reddy, moved by his grandmother’s (played by Supriya Pathak) rants, decides to take on his opponents with non-violence. Now, this is a novel idea, where unlike the usual mass entertainers, the male protagonist is not shown as the macho and masculine savior. A comical version of this theme was seen in S.S Rajamouli’s 'Marayada Ramanna', where the protagonist does not fight against a bunch of goons.  Trivikram uses his trademark dialogues with rhyme and rhythm, to act as a weapon that Veera Raghava uses to win over his opponents, apart from the generous use of daggers and swords. To trigger his change and affect his conscience, a haughty, arrogant and bubbly Aravinda (played by Pooja Hegde) enters the scene. She casually drops her pearls of wisdom, which Veera Raghava picks up to pave his plan of action ahead. Again, instead of just being the arm-candy or add glamor, this role had a great potential. More recently, Anushka Sharma played a similar support and trigger to the male lead, as Mamta in ‘Sui Dhaaga’. But, again, the writing lets down the character of Aravinda. Despite being the titular role, Aravinda is reduced to just being a caricature, with no weight.

It would be a sin to look for logic in a mass entertainer and we Telugu audiences love them for the lack of it. But, Matala Mantrikudu Trivikram overburdens his audiences with heavy dialogues, filled with puns, alliteration and rhyme. There is a scene where the lead characters converse at a café and I cannot imagine any normal couple conversing in the language that they use. Like in his previous dud, 'Agnyathavaasi', Trivikram overdoes the same trademark dialogues to the extent that it becomes a painful bore! The mood of the movie is set in a very gritty and serious space like Trivikram’s blockbuster ‘Athadu’ or the more recent action drama ‘Rangasthalam’. But, ASVR is not engaging or gripping like either of them. The lack of depth in the characters, along with the over-bearing dialogues, clubbed with a run time of 2 hours and 45 minutes, seem like an extremely tiresome experience.

The only saving grace here are the performances. Almost every actor cast in the main and supporting roles, gets the Rayalaseema accent on point. While most of the supporting actors are decent in their roles, a praise-worthy performance comes from Jagapathi Babu, as the main antagonist. Playing a rugged and rustic version of his character from Rangasthalam, Jagapathi Babu uses his menacing eyes and evil face to create a gruesome villain and delivers well. Pooja Hegde, apart from looking pretty and complimenting Junior NTR well, gets some cute moments amid choppy dialogue delivery. Sunil, making a comeback as the sidekick, is utterly wasted, as he neither gets to do comedy nor drama. But, it is Junior NTR, who plays Veera Raghava with such conviction, that you try to remain invested in this otherwise insipid tale. Being able to pull off a mass character with élan is no mean feat, and he is charismatic at that. Using a calm and restrained demeanor, reminiscent of Mahesh Babu from Athadu, his hard-work and efforts are clearly visible in his performance. Unfortunately, he is let down by poor writing, screenplay and dialogues.

From ‘Nuvve Kavali’ to as recently as ‘A Aa’, Trivikram has always been known for his brilliant dialogues, with some of the finest gems in movies like ‘Nuvvu Naaku Nachavu’, ‘Manmadhudu’ and ‘Jalsa’. Watching ASVR reminded me of Srinu Vaitla’s ‘Aagadu’ – another director known for his witty one-liners, who bored his audiences to death with an overdose of bland dialogues. Not sure if it is Trivikram’s complacency or lack of vision, but ASVR looked like a tale from a tired and disinterested story-teller. Trust me, I seem as disinterested in writing this review as he seemed to be while making this movie.

My Rating – 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a Rental!)
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Top 5 Creepy Horror Movie Facts That You Need To Know

[The following article is not for the faint of heart, it might contain specifics about death, murder and exorcism. Please proceed with caution.]

Whether you believe in paranormal or not, horror movies are always and will remain a major part of childhood and adulthood for many different reasons. Be it the excitement, fear or fun, watching these films is an experience that no one ever wants to miss. However, they're many bone-chilling facts and inspirations behind the movies that we love and I've carefully selected few best ones especially for you guys. Here we go!

1. The Exorcist is Real

Based on a novel by William Peter Blatty, the real story of The Exorcist stemmed from real-life incidents of a boy named 'Roland Doe'. In early January 1949, shortly after his beloved Aunt Harriet’s death, Ronald began to experience scratching sounds and water dripping from the floors and walls of his room. In addition to that, the most outlandish thing is that his mattress would move mysteriously. Ronald's family consulted doctors, psychiatrists, and their local Lutheran ministers which resulted in a myriad of unexplained events.

Additionally, the production of the film didn't go as planned either, a baby got injured by a motorcycle, people from the crew unfortunately died, and a baffling fire accident horrified the entire crew out of nowhere and left only Regan MacNeil’s (Linda Blair) room intact. These incidents made the team believe that the set might be cursed.

2. Ripper Behind the Scream

Daniel Harold Rolling aka 'The Gainesville Ripper' who mercilessly murdered five college students in Gainesville, Florida over four days is the inspiration behind 'Scream (1996)' directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson.

The incidents initiated in August 1990 when Daniel Harold Rolling first broke into 17-year-olds Christina Powell and Sonja Larson's apartment. Surprisingly, none of The University of Florida students or security didn’t hear Rolling enter the building. First, he found Christina Powell asleep on a couch downstairs and left her alone. He then quietly went upstairs to Sonja Larson's room, taped her mouth, held her wrists behind her back and let loose a series of violent blows with a knife.

He then went downstairs to Powell, and she sadly experienced the same violent conduct as her roommate Larson, in addition to being raped. Powell was barraged face-first onto the ground, and Rolling stabbed her five times in the back.

The next day, things took a horrific turn, when Rolling murdered an 18-year-old Christa Hoyt by cutting off her head and sat her up in bed. 23-year-olds Tracy Paules and Manuel Taboada were also destined with the same fate as Police mentioned were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The series of horrific college murders by Rolling horrified the community and later became the inspiration behind the cult-classic.

3. The Real Deal of 'The Conjuring 2'

Similar to the events in The Conjuring 2, the Hodgson family in Enfield, London were haunted by a creepy old man's spirit named Bill. Bill did, in fact, die in the recliner chair due to a brain haemorrhage. A rare disturbing video is still available on YouTube where Janet speaks with a deep voice as Bill. Additionally, inexplicable knocks on the walls, things moving and the police officer reporting that she saw a chair move opposite to her was all real. Images of Janet 'levitating' were also captured and the most interesting part is that the role the Warrens played a much smaller role in the Enfield Poltergeist case as opposed to what was shown in the film. They're simply one of the many paranormal investigators who visited the family during these horrific times.

4. Annabelle: The Notorious

In real life, the Annabelle doll is gifted by a mother to her daughter and the owners had no satanic cult relations and never ever tried to cast away the notorious doll as opposed to what we saw in the film. But, they're several reports from the owners describing that the doll moved from one room to another without any help and real blood was found on the doll's head and chest. After performing a seance, the medium detailed that the evil spirit possessing the doll belongs to Annabelle Higgins, who had died at the age of seven and her body was buried under the victim's apartment. Ed and Lorraine Warren disconfirmed the statements and affirmed that the little girl died in a motorcycle accident outside the apartment building.

Warrens also recount messages like 'Help Us' would appear on a paper with a childish handwriting around the owners' home. Warrens also claim that the evil doll also took the life of a young lad who visited their possessed Occult Museum years later and got into a mysterious motorcycle accident after taunting the doll.

5. An Absolute 'Psycho'

During the production of 1960 classic horror movie Psycho, a horrendous incident took place as one of Janet Leigh's body double was murdered on the set brutally. It was later revealed that one of the handymen working on the production slaughtered her to impress directed Alfred Hitchcock.

Sources (Thanks) - All Thats Interesting, Factinate, news.com.au, Buzzfeed, TV Over Mind, Buzzfeed.

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Little Things S2 Review: Sweet-Tempered and Engaging

Starring – Dhruv Sehgal and Mithila Palkar
Genre – Comedy/Romance
Streaming Platform – Netflix 

Introduction: Have you had one of those moments when you keep talking about buying something too much and when you actually buy it, you realise that it's not something as great as you were talking about? Well, Little Things Season 1 was something which was extremely well received by the audience and evidently, the expectations for the second season were sky high. But all these hopes may have ruined an otherwise uncomplicated yet beautiful love story. 

People were maybe asking for all these improvements and modifications from it that they forgot to recognise the message and the innocent love depicted in the entire web series. The second season focuses on more sensitive issues of a relationship like ego, self-doubt and emotional dependency, unlike the first season which was more about honesty, fun and communication. 

Rationalization: Nevertheless, there are scenes where you have surprising twists and which explain more about the two main characters individually but I guess it was responsible for laying a stronger base to their relationship. Dhruv and Mithila are a really cute pair to watch on screen and their chemistry makes the situations in the plot much more relatable and comprehensible. There are a few new characters inspired from all our lives and relationships and it's easy to identify the depth and intensity of the script even when it looks like a facile and simple screenplay. The climax is the best part and the tiny anecdotes from each episode are rebound to make your heart warm. 

Conclusion: Overall, the entire season is sweet-tempered and engaging with forming another list of #RelationshipGoals, and if you watch it with no expectations and an open mind, you are definitely going to enjoy it.

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Venom - Honest Movie Review

In a nutshell, Sony Pictures is similar to that 'stubborn boyfriend who doesn't seem to have gotten over his ex-girlfriend' and keeps recurring despite multiple missteps. Soon after the 'Amazing Spider-Man' franchise debacle, MCU rescued the much-beloved teenage superhero character with 'Spider-Man: Homecoming', that left both critics and audience spellbound. Sony, on the other hand, still hungry for creating their own money minting superhero franchise, somehow managed to rush out a 'Non-MCU, Spider-Man Universe (Without Spider-Man)', and the first blunder is Venom, which is indeed 'A Turd in the Wind' (no pun intended).

Verdict - "Worse Than a Turd!"

Eddie Brock [Tom Hardy] (who alternates as the junkie cousin of Lois Lane) is a rockstar reporter in town, has a caring girlfriend (Michelle Williams), a simple life and cruises through the streets of San Francisco with a Ducati Scrambler. Soon after his disruptive interview/encounter with billionaire businessman, Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), Eddie loses his job, apartment and regrets his frozen food-eating lifestyle until he comes across his monster looking, liver eating, always hungry parasite (brother), Venom.

Loomed with predictability, Venom primarily suffers from its premature writing and storyline issues. The plot jumps from one scene to another, without any throughline, and at a certain point, I found myself deep down in a sh*t hole and stopped paying attention to what's happening on screen. It is a mess ponging with bad dialogue, glaring plot holes and unbelievably dumb scenes which cracked me up a little because of its stupidity. 

The characters do things which will make you go "Wait! Why didn't that happen?" say things which will make you go "That's so dumb!" and take decisions which will make you go "Well! I'm not surprised!" Maybe, I'll be in a situation to accept these stereotypical clichés if you wipe out the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Nolan Batman Trilogy where storytelling and character development were given utmost importance. We live in 2018, in a planet half-wiped out by a Purple God, and bad storytelling is just not tolerable anymore.

Let's talk about the characters, Golden Globe winner and a four-time Oscar-nominated actress, Michelle Williams, did next to nothing in the film as her character only required her to show up at different instances, spit out some terribly-written dialogue and then disappear for the next thirty-five minutes. Riz Ahmed, who is a crowdpleaser in 'Nightcrawler', could've felt guilty playing this bland, mundane antagonist character which we've already seen a million times before. With absolutely zero character work, his character felt like he's planted in the film only to experiment and do evil work and fight the protagonist in the climax in a Last Man Standing match. The other characters were equally worthless in the film as they do and say incoherent things which makes no sense.

However, if you put aside everything negative with the film, the only aspect I can appreciate is the weird bromance between Eddie Brock and Venom. The back-and-forth between them was the only entertaining part of the film, and Tom Hardy is capable enough to make his junkie character likeable. Honestly, I'd much rather see a film of Venom and Eddie hangin' out in the streets of San Francisco instead of the flying sh*t box that we've got.

On the whole, Venom is an atrocity when it comes to writing, and at some point during the film, I stopped concentrating and giving a sh*t. So, if you're one of them who don't care about storytelling and character moments, go watch Venom. Similar to the 'Amazing Spider-Man 2', this film is a gigantic mess, and I still smell the stink whenever I'm thinking about it.

My Rating - 1.5/5 | Grade - D+ (A Hangover!)
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Andhadhun - Honest Movie Review

[This review was first posted on Anurag's 'The Filmy Basti' Blog]

One of the least touched genres in Indian cinema has been dark comedy. With the evolving tastes of the audience, over the last few years there have been some experiments in this genre, starting with 'Delhi Belly' in 2011. Seven years later, there seems to be a worthy successor in Sriram Raghavan’s dark comedy, Andhadhun.

To sum it up without any spoilers, Andhadhun captures the intertwined lives of a struggling blind pianist, Akash (played by Ayushmann khurrana) and the wife of an aging superstar, Simi Sinha (played by Tabu). A series of unforeseen events unfold, comprising of a couple of murders, deceit and hilarious double-crossing of each other! The narrative is further enhanced by the vibrant supporting cast -  highlighted by a super-cop, Inspector Mahendra (played by Manav Vij), investigating the murders with his own ulterior motives. A bright and young restauranteur, Sofie (played by Radhika Apte), who not only hosts Akash’s gigs at her restaurant but also develops a liking for him. Then there are other quirky members of the cast who stand out in their small roles – a self-obsessed aging superstar, Pramod Sinha (played by Anil Dhawan), the super-cop’s wife who takes pride in her husband eating ’16 ande’, an over-smart kid who keeps a suspicious eye on Akash, a lottery-ticket seller Maushi and her auto-rickshaw driver brother, Murali. Giving away any other link would mean – SPOILERS!

Director Sriram Raghavan, along with his bunch of writers, creates a music filled narrative, that is not dark and gloomy – a trope used frequently in stereotypical dark comedies. I was reminded of last month’s Tamil comic thriller, Kolamavu Kokila (KoKo), which had a similar layering of comedy with the right amounts of thrills. Much like Koko, Andhadhun works for its brilliant dialogues by Sriram Raghavan, Arijit Biswas, Pooja Ladha Surti and Yogesh Chanderkar. The characters get real lines, filled with wry and subtle humor. Unquestionably, Tabu gets some of the best dialogues and scenes, as the multi-layered star-wife Simi, who is trying to find her own way to stardom. In a recent interview, Tabu spoke about her 10 best-performances till date and this one is easily the eleventh one on the list. She gets to display a variety of emotions from a manipulative wife to a heart-broken victim of her circumstances. The writers do not let her layers come off easily, making her the fire-cracking mystery throughout the movie. Every time you think you have figured her out, she does something whacky in the next scene. Oh boy, only an actor of Tabu’s caliber can pull this role off. She is brilliant!

Matching her strong performance is Ayushmann Khurrana, as a blind pianist present at the wrong place at the wrong time. He keeps his ‘blind-act’ understated and displays the vulnerabilities of a visually challenged man with aplomb. His scenes with Simi are pure fun, especially the one where Simi visits him at his home. Also, whether he is blind or not (which is evidently questioned in the trailer as well), is a device the writers cleverly use multiple times to take the story forward and add humor to it. Manav Vij as Inspector Mahendra is funny as the super cop scared of his overbearing wife, played by Ashwini Kalshekar in a small, yet hilarious role. Radhika Apte gets a less meaty role, but thankfully gets rid of her meme-worthy worried and forlorn look. She is chirpy and adds to the chaos. The casting director deserves due credits for picking up the rest of the actors who fit the bill perfectly in their respective characters. Also, Amit Trivedi’s music is praiseworthy for adding to the drama and thrills. He extensively uses chords and piano, sometimes become a bit too long, but delivers musical pieces according to the mood of the scene. After Manmarziyaan, another well composed soundtrack by him.

The movie is not completely without flaws. While it keeps you invested, the pace could have been a bit faster. The choice of using long shots and a few long-drawn sequences could have resulted in the movie seem a little taxing, especially in the first half. Thankfully, the second half sees a much faster and twists-filled narrative, that pulls you back into the game.

Like most movies of its genre, Andhadhun may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But the dry humor, engaging screenplay, superlative performances and a delightful Tabu deserve your two hours this weekend!

My Rating – 3.5/5 | Grade - B+ (A Perefect Weekend Pick!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Anurag Rao (@The Filmy Basti!)

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NOTA - Honest Movie Review

‘Well done you f*cking politicians’, Vijay Deverakonda, the Southern Sensation of Tollywood, begins his journey in Tamil Cinema Industry in an exceptional way. He gets a dream debut with packed theatres and his fans whistling and cheering during his introduction scene.

Verdict - “Competently Made Political Satire!

Earlier, we have seen movies in which the main lead accidentally land in the Chief Minister’s position. Be it Shankar’s ‘Mudhalvan’ or Koratala Siva’s ‘Bharat Ane Nenu’, those movies are about how the protagonist takes forward the unexpected power he's given, and how he reforms the State. NOTA begs to be different. In spite of getting into the shoes of a Chief Minister, Varun (Vijay Deverakonda) is reluctant and acts as only rubber stamp before certain events change him. 

NOTA is not a full-fledged political film, the movie deviates to focus on the sub-plots, which cause an issue to the intensity of the film. It parodies every single important event in the political timeline of Tamil Nadu. Director Anand Shankar fearlessly satirizes the Government with his well-written screenplay and sharp dialogues. 

Vijay Deverakonda has already become a household name in Tamil Nadu, and the audience didn’t feel alien with him. They're elated, powerfully applauded and supported him. Devarakonda shined well as the accidental Chief Minister and performed his role proficiently. Yet, the movie doesn’t completely rely on him, as the supporting cast, Nasser, Sathyaraj and M. S. Bhaskar had significant characters to perform. Even though the subplots slow down the pace of the film, it didn’t have any unwanted duets to cause any mayhem or disruption.

Finally, NOTA will sure be well received by the Tamil audience and for the Telugu fans of Vijay Deverakonda, I am sorry as you guys would not be able to connect with this film and the scenes unless you had followed the Tamil Nadu politics from 2015. The film is a fearless attempt and a successful debut to The Deverakonda.

Welcome, Vijay Deverakonda!

My Rating – 3/5 | Grade – B (Worth a Watch!)
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96 - Honest Movie Review

When was the last time you cried during a movie? I cried while watching 'Saamy Square' because my 165 rupees got wasted. Jokes apart! When did you actually cry because of the movies content and the acting performances from the lead cast? If not, '96 will make you cry.

Verdict - “An Unadulterated Love Story!

Starring Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha Krishnan in lead roles, 96 is a soulful story of two lost souls, Ram and Jaanu who studied together in school, part away without a goodbye due to unforeseen circumstances. What happens when they reunite after 22 years for their school reunion party forms the story. 

Director Prem Kumar deserves appreciation for such a beautiful story which didn’t rush and took time to settle. Certain scenes are long enough to create an impact as the director Kumar gives ample time for us to dissolve into it. 

Vijay Sethupathi is very natural with his acting skills and has given a subtle yet powerful performance. He expresses love, shyness, and sorrow through his body language, mannerism, and proves that he is the best actor in the business. Trisha Krishnan is sure to impress everyone with her eyes and expressions and has given a very strong, deep, and unforgettable performance. Forget Jessie, Jaanu will be remembered for a very long time. 

Aadithya Baaskar and Gouri G Kishan, who appear as Younger Ram and Jaanu respectively, were perfectly cast, excellent with their performances and did justice to their roles in a magnificent way. 

Cinematography and music were the other two intriguing aspects of this film. Shanmuga Sundaram’s frames were not conventional and have managed to capture the details and emotions in depth. Govind Menon had created magic with his music, which was the backbone for the movie. He has helped create a much-needed impact which the director would have wanted through his poignant music, evoking strong emotions.

Finally, I would dare to say that '96 is a movie without a flaw, right from the introduction till the very end. The film is sure to take you on a trip down memory lane, a journey of a lifetime, sure to stir your soul and make a lasting impression. Don’t miss this gem!

 My Rating – 4.5/5 | Grade – A+ (Don’t Dare to Miss It!)
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Throwback Thursday: Anniyan [Review]

Verdict - "Entertaining!" | Rating - 3.75/5

When you have an acclaimed actor in your ranks and you partner him up with a good director, you get commercial cinema’s gold standard. Anniyan (2005), follows Ramanujam A.K.A Ambi, a lawyer suffering from multiple personality disorder and his vengeance against society’s wrongdoers. Bringing forth the themes of social justice from his previous ventures such as 'Gentleman' and 'Indian, Director Shankar experiments with tales of Hindu epics; giving his story an added kick and his protagonist ample scope to showcase his versatility.

Vikram’s powerhouse performance as the hero with three different personalities keep you enthralled throughout and he portrays the different characters so convincingly. The antagonist, Prakash Raj serves up as the perfect foil for Vikram and the interrogation scene at the police station was carried out flawlessly by both veteran actors. The dialogues written for characters such as Ambi and Anniyan are sharp and succinct. The cinematography is great and the I absolutely love the play on colors in the film. The camera work is intense and it contributes immensely to the film’s awe-inspiring feel.

However, the film moves at a snail’s pace and there are certain scenes that just seem so draggy that i wished it could have been edited out. Additionally, it does irritate me that the actress (Sadha) does not recognize the resemblance between Ambi and Remo. All he did was curl his hair and color it? I didn’t think that the Remo personality was actually necessary for the film. It felt like a speed breaker and I felt the film would have been fine without that character written into it.

Aside from all these small irksome details, Anniyan does not disappoint and there’s a really good story told in a grandiose manner. “Rose means beauty. Beauty means Nandy, as sweet as Candy.”

-An Editorial by Siddharthen R (@cheeeekyponnama)
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Top 5 Horror Movies of 2017 and 2018

When it comes to Horror-Thriller movies, there is surely something fascinating that draws us to experience all the fear and thrill that they can give. From Hannibal Lector to the iconic ghost face that every kid wants to dress up as, there are all these scary films that have the ability to make this month all the more fun for you. Connecting you to our Top 5 Most Popular Ghosts of Hollywood as per tradition, behold the best horror movie playlist for this Halloween.

5. David F. Sandberg's - "Annabelle: Creation" (2017) | Starring - Stephanie Sigman and Talitha Bateman.

Being called much better than it's predecessor, Annabelle: Creation downright scared the hell out of me with its iconic eerie porcelain doll and the creepy girl Janice (Talitha Bateman). The story introduces a couple who've lost their daughter in a car accident a decade ago, open their home to provide shelter for Sister Charlotte and six girls left homeless by the closing of their orphanage. The couple holds a dark secret behind the closed doors of their daughter's room which is unleashed by one of the girls, Janice. The background music and screenplay are undoubtedly first-rate and the performances of each and every role are outstanding.  The film is the fourth installment in 'The Conjuring Universe' but not necessarily similar, because it adds so much more intensity and thrill to the plot which was not quite adequate in the previous ones. If you want to experience the spooky jitters of a well-presented horror movie or are interested in knowing Annabelle's actual origin, then this is the ideal movie to watch.

4. John Krasinski's - "A Quiet Place" (2018) | Starring - Emily Blunt and John Krasinski.

Starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski in the lead roles, A Quiet Place tells us the story of a family trapped in an apocalyptic wasteland where even a tiny amount of sound, triggers monstrous creatures which as displayed in the movie are indestructible. Story, screenplay, characters, performances, background score and sound effects were the main traits that Krasinski (who also directed the film) used to make a heartwarming and an extremely terrifying film. The dialogues are pretty much non-existent and to tell an engaging story within 90 minutes, and at the same time developing the relationship between the characters is a tough task, but, Krasinski did a masterful job. Overall, this film is a complete bloodcurdling experience which shouldn't be missed.

3. Andy Muschietti's - "IT" (2017) | Starring - Bill Skarsgård and Various.

Deriving the original story from the well known Stephen King's novel, 'It' will always be one of my favourite recommendations. The story revolves around seven kids from Derry, Maine who, form a team together in order to destroy a shape-shifting demon which emerges every 27 years to prey on the town's children. While the screenplay and the cinematography are admirable, it is Bill Skarsgård's excellent portrayal of the dancing clown-Pennywise which is the real treat to watch. Actors like Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer and Finn Wolfhard have been highly remarkable in their performances as well including the musical score which is just splendid. Being the most profitable horror film as well as setting numerous records (grossing $700 million worldwide) if 'it' isnt a must watch from this list I don't know which one is.

2. Ari Aster's - "Hereditary" (2018) | Starring - Toni Collette and Alex Wolff.

Directed by Ari Aster, Hereditary stars  Toni Collette and Alex Wolff in the lead roles along with Milly Shapiro, and Gabriel Byrne as the supporting cast. Applauded and celebrated as one of the best horror movies of recent times, the unsettling atmosphere and the disturbing imagery of the film will mess with you for a long time. It's also an exquisitely shot film with top-notch performances and was directed masterfully by Aster who made use of the setting, environment, characters, background score to assemble a disconcerting vibe and ensured that it's maintained throughout the film. Hereditary was exceptional, and there's no doubt about it. A must watch for every Horror movie fan.

1. Jordan Peele's - "Get Out" (2017) | Starring - Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams.

Directed by Jordan Peele, Get Out is most definitely one of the best, if not the best movie of 2017 and accorded an Academy Award to director Peele in the Best Original Screenplay category. Credited as a Horror-Thriller or a Psychological-Thriller, this film explores a controversial yet very significant topic about the treatment of African-Americans, and it is once again Jordan Peele's impeccable screenplay which makes the movie a must watch. Every single scene was crafted with perfection, preciseness and tremendous skill as you will appreciate the movie more when seeing it for the second time. If you're one of the many few who haven't yet watched the film, do yourself a big favour and check it out immediately. Masterful filmmaking at it's best!

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