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THROWBACK THURSDAYS #97 (17/12/15) [MOVIES THAT I MISSED IN 2015]

Ramin Bahrani's - "99 Homes"

Starring:  Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern.

Intriguing aspects: Performances and Direction.

Plot: The movie opens up with Rick Carver (Michael Shannon) evicting Dennis Nash's (Andrew Garfield) family out of their home due to few legal issues issued by the government. Few days later, Dennis ends up working under Carver and eventually becomes his work assistant. Will their kinship last long and prosper? Find out in 99 Homes.

Analysis: Initiating the narrative on a strong and an invigorating scale, 99 Homes raised my interest within the first ten minutes itself. Direction from Ramin Bahrani was impressive until the movie started to get a little too predictable and concluded in an underwhelming way.

But, the major asset of the film were undoubtedly the performances from Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon. Garfield was incredible and portrayed his character remarkably well along with Shannon, who gave an astounding and certainly one of the best performances of the year. 

Verdict: Altogether, 99 Homes was thrilling and intense for the most part, but it lost me for the last thirty minutes. Worth a watch for the outstanding performances from Garfield and Shannon.

My Rating - 3.5/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

THROWBACK THURSDAYS #96 (10/12/15) [MOVIES THAT I MISSED IN 2015]

Nima Nourizadeh's - "American Ultra"

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.

Intriguing aspects: Performances, Action, Comedic, and Romantic Sequences.

Plot: Established in a murky small town, the film revolves around a stoner shopkeeper (Jesse Eisenberg) and his girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) when their past recoil as a daunting nightmare in the form of a government organization.

Analysis: Now, the aspects that made American Ultra look unique and inimitable is its matchless premise, editing, and direction. The action sequences felt ridiculously excessive and were competently captured. As usual, Eisenberg's performance was great as the stoner boyfriend and his romantic scenes with Stewart (who also surprised with her great performance) were one of the best moments in the entire film.

Verdict: Overall, American Ultra was a fun action-romantic-comedic movie with a pop-psychedelic vibe surrounded around it. The chemistry between the Eisenberg and Stewart worked really well and the story written by Max Landis was worthy enough to check out this film.

My Rating - 3/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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THROWBACK THURSDAYS #95 (03/12/15) [MOVIES THAT I MISSED IN 2015]

M. Night Shyamalan's - "The Visit"

Starring:  Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould and Kathryn Hahn.

Intriguing aspects: Direction, Screenplay and Performances.

Plot: Rebecca (an aspiring filmmaker ) and her brother Tyler (an aspiring rapper) travel together to Pittsburg,  Pennsylvania to spend a week with their grandparents after receiving a surprise invitation from them and Rebecca decides to film their whole journey as a documentary. Soon after day one, both the kids start to realize that there is something seriously strange in the behavior of their Nana and Pop-Pop as hell breaks loose when things get out-of-control.

Analysis: After making a series of awful movies, people were uncertain when it came to M. Night Shymalan, 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, Shymalan 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.

Verdict: Overall, The Visit is certainly better than I expected it to be, it was funny, scary and overall an enjoyable movie. A complete surprise!

My Rating - 3/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

THROWBACK THURSDAYS #94 (19/11/15) [MOVIES THAT I MISSED IN 2015]

Judd Apatow's - "Trainwreck"

Starring: Amy Schumer and Bill Hader.

Intriguing aspects: Direction, Screenplay and Performances.

Plot: With the exception of commitment in several relationships, Amy (Amy Schumer) contemplates that monogamy was unviable in her life until she meets Dr. Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), who is a total contrast to her character.

Analysis: Surprising everyone with its positive response, the main asset for this film was definitely the screenplay, Amy Schumer did a notable job by penning down a thirst-quenching and a delightful story with few interesting characters that were never tedious.

The direction from Judd Apatow was overall solid, but the foremost attributes were the performances from Amy Schumer and Bill Hader which were a pleasure to watch throughout the entire film.    

Verdict: Overall, Trainwreck surprised me for the most part and is certainly one of the best movies I've seen this year. Make sure you check this one out.

My Rating - 3.5/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

THROWBACK THURSDAYS #93 (12/11/15) [MOVIES THAT I MISSED IN 2015]

Denis Villeneuve's - "Sicario"

Starring: Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin.

Intriguing aspects: Direction, Screenplay, Cinematography, and Performances.

Plot: Setup in a vague and an inexplicable vibe, FBI office Kate (Emily Blunt) gets an opportunity to join a government task group who are trying to take down a drug empire in Mexico. The story narrates the consequences that she (Emily Blunt) faced after she agreed to take the offer.

Analysis: Supported with a mediocre storyline, the film's screenplay is surely a significant attribute that made me contemplate every single second, as it had that appealing factor throughout its runtime. Denis Villeneuve's direction and Roger Deakins cinematography are top-notch and I liked the gritty approach that these guys took that made the movie look avid and intense.

Verdict: Altogether, Sicario was one of the best movies I've seen this year. It had remarkable performances, riveting screenplay, exceptional camera work from Rogers Deakins and an astounding directorial job from Villeneuve. Undoubtedly, a must watch!

My Rating - 3.75/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

THROWBACK THURSDAYS #92 (22/10/15) [MOVIES THAT I MISSED IN 2015]

 

Doug Ellin's - "Entourage"

Starring: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, and Jeremy Piven.

Intriguing aspects: Comedic aspects and Star cast.

Plot: With the gang Eric, Turtle, and Johnny back together in town, Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) receives a call from his friend Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) as he offers Vince to lead star in a major studio film. Discontented with the offer, Vince insists in directing the film as well which will leave Ari with a forlorn chance to escape and decline the proposal.

Few lesser known facts about the movie: According to Doug Ellin, the original cut of the film that was submitted to the MPAA was given the NC-17 rating. Ellin was forced to edit some of the more graphic sexual content in order to achieve the R rating.

Verdict: Supported with few witty scenes and a charismatic star cast, Entourage fails in building up a constructive storyline. The scenes in the film were randomly established and the storyline felt too anemic to carry an entire movie. However, if you love watching orthodox films and if you're open to watch the lead cast of the television series back together, then you might enjoy and accept Entourage for what it actually is. 

My Rating - 2.5/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Facts Courtesy: IMDB (Thanks)  

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THROWBACK THURSDAYS #91 (15/10/15) [MOVIES THAT I MISSED IN 2015]

 

Jake Schreier's - "Paper Towns"

Starring: Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne

Intriguing aspects: Story and Performances.

Plot: Recuperating from the breakup of her boyfriend, Margo (Cara Delivigne) decides to take some revenge on the gang including her best friends and ex-boyfriend and decides to get some help from her childhood friend and her neighbor Quentin (Nat Wolff). Q and Margo spend the night setting traps and doing impish things. 

Mesmerized with the experience, Q feels excited to come back to school the next day and meet Margo. But, surprisingly Margo never returns to school, and her parents comprehend that she is gone because of monotony and disinterest. Amazed with the situation, Q eventually start to discover few clues left by Margo before she was gone. Will he eventually find Margo?

Analysis: With the same team with the exception of the director who worked for the 2014 box-office surprise hit The Fault in our Stars returning back for this movie, Paper Towns surprised me for the most part. The unusual premise, inexplicable tone, and the thoughtful message made the movie a lot better than I expected. 

Performances: Performances from the cast were surprisingly good and I didn't feel like I'm watching a normal generic teen movie. 

Verdict: Overall, I was truly surprised and enjoyed Paper Towns for the most part for its solicitous message that made my heart tremble for few hours and got me thinking about life for a bit and I appreciate when a movie keeps me thinking when it's ended. If you love watching coming-of-age movies, I surely recommend you to watch Paper Towns. 

My Rating - 3.25/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

THROWBACK THURSDAYS #90 (08/10/15) [MOVIES THAT I MISSED IN 2015]

 

Antoine Fuqua's - "Southpaw"

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, and Rachel McAdams.

Intriguing aspects: Direction, Screenplay, and Performances.

Plot: Narrating the life story of a celebrated boxer Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal). Southpaw directed by Antoine Fuqua demonstrates the consequences and obstacles that Billy went through after the sudden death of his loving wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams).

Analysis: Following the same old-school formula of the previous boxing movies that exhibits the reprisal of a tattered boxer, screenwriter Kurt Sutter, and Antoine Fuqua made sure that the movie was consistently paced with an equal amount action, emotion, and exhilaration. I never felt like I'm watching the same movie yet again and the performances from the entire cast were amazing especially Jake Gylenhall. Watching him transform into this furious and insane character was something mind-boggling.

Verdict: Overall, although the storyline was identical to many movies in the past, Southpaw never fails to display a spectacular cinema that was touching and thrilling at the same time.

My Rating - 3.25/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

THROWBACK THURSDAYS #89 (01/10/15) [MOVIES THAT I MISSED IN 2015]

 

Wes Ball's - "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials"

Starring:  Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, and Patricia Clarkson.

Intriguing aspects: Action sequences and Performances.

Introduction: Representing as the sequel of a surprisingly hit franchise "The Maze Runner", "The Scorch Trials" recoils with the same director Wes Ball and a talented young cast featuring Dylan O'Brien. Will this sequel amaze the moviegoers like the Hunger Games did with Catching Fire or will it miss the mark? 

Plot: Progressing the storyline from the exact spot the first movie left, Scorch Trials prolongs with Thomas and his gang of friends moving into a much benign place that is free from danger explained as a safe haven. Subsequently, Thomas finds out that the facility is an inimical place to stay and notifies their friends that they need to escape instantaneously. Are Thomas's warnings appropriate? Will the gang break out from this unsafe place? Find out your answers in "Run Thomas Run: A Ludicrous Sequel".

Analysis: To my surprise, the action spots in the movie were quite exhilarating. The chasing sequences with Dylan O'Brien were remarkably filmed and they got me entertained for the most part. Also, the performances from the entire cast especially from Dylan O'Brien were impressive and well acted.

But the two-hour runtime blemished the movie to a great extent. I instantly felt that I cannot take it for so long and the screenplay had some serious pacing issues with not enough interesting characters nor a compelling story to prolong with. I felt that I've seen the same premise a thousand times before and I was never invested in the story that got me exasperated.

Verdict: Altogether, "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" failed to impress me as a complete movie, it had few breathtaking scenes, but it never displayed anything diverse or unique that we can remember. I was sleepy, annoyed and irritated by the time the movie got completed. Good luck with the sequel Twentieth Century Fox!

My Rating - 2/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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THROWBACK THURSDAYS #88 (03/09/15) [MOVIES THAT I MISSED IN 2015]

 

Leigh Whannell's - "Insidious: Chapter 3"

Starring:   Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell and Lin Shaye.

Intriguing aspects: Screenplay, direction, performances.

Introduction: Following an immense success of the previous two installments, Insidious: Chapter 3 serves as a prequel for the franchise and takes place just one year before the haunting of the Lambert Family (Insidious 1).

Plot: When Quinn (Stefanie Scott) realises that her dead mother is trying to contact her every night, she seeks for some help from Elise (Lin Shaye) and requests her find a solution. Exasperated with her earlier eerie experiences and her husband's sudden death, Elise quickly denies Quinn's proposal and warns her to stop contacting her mother as she's already aware of the fact that bizarre things happen in the process of contacting the dark side.

Analysis: Typically, when a movie reaches to the third part in a franchise, 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 skeptical before entering into the movie theatre. But, Insidious 3 was surprisingly better and superlative. Writer and director, Leigh Whannel should be appreciated for the impressive screenplay and for his approach in constructing a genuinely petrifying scary scene without any false jump scares.

Verdict: Altogether, Insidious 3 was a startling experience in a movie theatre. It didn't take an asinine advantage of jump scares and I appreciate the makers and the director for producing a genuinely scary horror movie. 

My Rating - 3/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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THROWBACK THURSDAYS #87 (27/08/15) [MOVIES THAT I MISSED IN 2015]

 

Cameron Crowe's - "Aloha"

Starring:  Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin.

Intriguing aspects: Cast and few endearing scenes.  

Plot: Aloha revolves around Brain Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper), a celebrated military spokesperson, who is on his last mission to Hawaii where he meets his ex-girlfriend, Tracy (Rachel McAdams) and meets an aspiring military officer Allison (Emma Stone) who he is associated to work with. Love triangle?

Analysis:  Leaning on an incoherent screenplay, pointless dialogues and an inane storyline, Aloha was a trainwreck of a movie. Even with a star-studded cast giving their best in every single scene, Aloha just doesn't astound you at least for a while. Sure they're few charming sequences between the leads that worked really while, but the whole movie, in general, felt poorly edited with random scenes explaining about space, military, Hawaiian culture and lots more. And moreover it didn't feel like a romantic movie as the main leads had no chemistry between them and had no compelling dialogue to exchange.
 
Verdict: On the whole, Aloha is a huge disappointment from a director who brought us Jerry Maguire in the past. It felt like a two-hour long movie with aimless scenes and a dreary storyline that I don't really recommend watching.

My Rating - 1.5/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

THROWBACK THURSDAYS #86 (20/08/15) [MOVIES THAT I MISSED IN 2015]

 

Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda's - "Minions"

Starring:  Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, and Steve Coogan.

Intriguing aspects: Comedic aspect, minions.  

Plot: Long after their presence in the society, the minions prosper and thrive to work under a terrific anti-hero. Do they succeed in their eternal search of their commandant?

Analysis:  Fresh off the tremendous success of the "Despicable Me" franchise, a spin-off "Minions" movie made perfect sense for the studios to bank on. But to make a compelling movie, the story and screenplay should blend well with the characters involved. 

Here's my major complaint about this movie, overall, minions were fun, interesting and are totally amusing. But the storyline aspect of the film was completely insipid and it partly spoiled the experience of an expressive kids movie.
 
Verdict: Altogether, this movie depends upon your taste and favoritism towards the minions. On the other hand, if you're looking for an evocative kids movie, this may not be the one for you.

My Rating - 2.5/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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THROWBACK THURSDAYS #85 (06/08/15) [MOVIES THAT I MISSED IN 2015]

 

Leo Gabriadze's - "Unfriended"

Starring: Shelley Hennig, Renée Olstead, Moses Storm.

Intriguing aspects: Mod concept and Direction.  

Plot: On the first year death anniversary of Laura Barns (who committed suicide because of cyber bullying,) Blaire along with her boyfriend Mitch joins a Skype chat with their high-school friends, as they notice a stranger in the chat room who threatens the gang to play a game that involves death.

Analysis: Shot entirely on a computer screen, the concept of Unfriended is ingenious on a technical standpoint and is certainly exciting to watch all the well-known applications that we normally use popping up on the big screen. But the movie did have few pacing issues where it felt tame and dreary. However, the third act picked up things swiftly by adding the much-needed tension and anxiety to the scene.  

Verdict: Overall, Unfriended is worth watching once for its innovative style and attempt. A casual horror movie which you can watch on cable when it's raining.

My Rating - 2.5/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

THROWBACK THURSDAYS #84 (30/07/15) [MOVIES THAT I MISSED IN 2015]

Ari Sandel's - "The DUFF"

Starring: Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne & Robbie Amell

Intriguing aspects: Story and Performances

Plot: Following a conventional storyline about a DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) in a high-school. The movie establishes the character of Bianca (Mae Whitman) and her complications in life which relates to her strengths, weaknesses, and buoyancy.

Analysis: With its subtle charm from the get-go, The DUFF is indeed a complete surprise for me. The significant message that director Ari Sandel tried to narrate was nothing new or unfamiliar, but he made sure that the movie never gets awfully tedious by losing its balance.

Verdict: Needless to say, The DUFF is undeniably a forgettable movie with a contemporary vibe. But it was momentous, amusing, well-acted and most certainly a lot better when compared to all the high-school drama movies we get every year. Worth a watch!

My Rating - 3/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

THROWBACK THURSDAYS #83 (16/07/15) [MOVIES THAT I MISSED IN 2015]

 

David Robert Mitchell's - "It Follows"

Starring: Maika Monroe

Intriguing aspects: Background score, cinematography, story, and direction.

Plot: The unnerving plot of the movie follows around a bizarre curse dispersed from one person to another through sexual intercourse and the person tainted with this tribulation remains followed and haunted by a mystic supernatural existence that typically annihilates people.

Analysis: 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.

Verdict: 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 a worth a watch.

My Rating - 3.5/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

THROWBACK THURSDAYS #82 (25/06/15) [MOVIES THAT I MISSED IN 2015]

 

Jaume Collet-Serra's - "Run All Night"

Starring:  Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Common, and Ed Harris.

Intriguing aspects: Captivating screenplay, story, direction,  and action sequences.

Analysis:  Wrapping up his unofficial movie trilogy (Unknown, Nonstop, Run All Night) with Liam Neeson, the beguiling direction from Jaume Collet-Serra was the most intriguing aspect of the movie. The suspense was perfectly built, the characters were completely developed, and the action sequences looked quite decent. 

Performances: The performances from Liam Nesson and Ed Harris were captivating in the movie. They also had the incredible charisma that resulted in few memorable and riveting scenes. Joel Kinnaman delivers his career best performance in this movie, his engrossing character helped to get the best out of him as he never felt boring to watch.   

Verdict: Altogether, Run All Night was the definition of a rainy day rental. It had the engaging factor required for an action movie where you can sit back, grab a bucket of popcorn and enjoy watching the movie if you don't have nothing else to do.

My Rating - 3/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

THROWBACK THURSDAYS #81 (30/04/15) [BEST MOVIES OF 2014]

Bong Joon-ho's - "Snowpiercer"

Starring: Chris Evans, Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton.

Intriguing aspects: Distinct story, stimulating screenplay and the dystopian vibe.

Introduction: Unparalleled from the futuristic dystopian movies we've been watching these days, Snowpiercer emerges as a game changer in the sci-fi genre and is one of the most intense, well-directed movies from last year.

Plot: After an audacious climatic-change experiment associated to global warming wind up as a failure, humanity on planet earth become extinct due to the ice-cold temperature except for few people who were lucky enough to board the Snowpiercer, a futuristic modernized train which travels around the world without any interlude.

Inside the train, people were divided according to their class, the poor were punished in the tail end of the train, as they fight their way to the front eliminating each level with rage and violence.

Analysis: Director Bong Joon-ho made sure that the fascinating and the enthralling screenplay plays a significant role in the movie by building up the tension and anxiety for each stage. Every single character was written well, as they characterize the alteration and the transformation of a human being in critical times. Also, the post-apocalyptic set-up was presented remarkably in the movie with few exceptional scenes that makes you analyze more about the situation. 

Verdict: Altogether, Snowpiercer is a mind-boggling sci-fi thriller with an incredible screenplay and few wonderful performances. It's a distinct attempt on the genre and stands out as one of the best movies of 2014.

My Rating - 4/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

THROWBACK THURSDAYS #80 (09/04/15) [BEST MOVIES OF 2014]

David Ayer's - "Fury"

It's been months and I've been a little sketchy and timid about sharing my thoughts on Fury. Not only it's one of my favourite movies of 2014, but it's also one of the most intense movie theatre experience I've ever had in a while. 

Directed by David Ayer, Fury starring Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Shia Labeouf and Jon Bernthal, takes place in the time period of World War II in Europe and it's inspired by few real-life events of the American army veterans who spent an audacious life sitting inside a war tank with a stroke of uncertainty. 
 
As I stated earlier, this movie is intense and it's also profound in its own approach. It gives us a discerning insight into the exhausting life of these people and presents an exact outline of how war can change a person's mindset and mentality. All credits go for David Ayer for writing such an enthralling script and executing it ideally.

Brad Pitt and Logan Lerman are the main standouts from the movie. Pena, Labeouf and Bernthal were all quite splendid in their respective roles.

Replicating my statements once again, Fury was intensifying and remarkably entertaining in a disturbing way. A perfect illustration of an R-rated movie, which reaches all standards and expectations of its certification. Watch it!

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

THROWBACK THURSDAYS #79 (12/03/15) [BEST MOVIES OF 2014]

Adam Wingard's - "The Guest"

In a doomed era of action-thriller films, The Guest is a great example of how these movies of a particular genre should be made to make it look stunning.

Following a customary plot about a dubious army soldier played by Dan Stevens, they're many incredible aspects of the movie which needs to be discussed. Essentially, the astounding direction by Adam Wingard is worth a mention here, his nostalgic film-making style and the delight he brought to this chronic premise needs to be respected.

Also, the cinematography was amazing to watch, with respect to the retro vibe of the movie, the awing visuals were supported well with the radiant bright lights which were captured implausibly in every frame. As well as the techno-synth background score held up the movie pretty well. 

Breakout stars, Dan Stevens, and Maika Monroe together did a remarkable job in the movie with their characters placed and written perfectly and it allowed them to execute their characters properly.

Evoked as an independent action-thriller, The Guest was a well-directed  movie in every standpoint. It was a definite improvement when compared to Wingard's previous flick "You're Next" and I'm very excited to see where his career exactly goes from here.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Throwback Thursdays #78 (05/03/15) [Best Movies of 2014]

Damien Chazelle's - "Whiplash"

There's a great exalting line the character Fletcher says in the movie that fascinated me the most, it follows as "I was there to push people beyond what's expected of them. I believe that's an absolute necessity." 

With an immense dream to become "one of the best" drummer in the country, Andrew (Miles Teller) catches the eye of Fletcher (Simmons), a rigorous, grim band instructor and he instantly invites Andrew to represent his band in the competitions as an alternate drummer. 

Throughout the movie, the main theme unwinds various aspects of inspiration which was narrated extremely well with a fierce message to keep pushing your limits as hard as you can. Chazelle's valiant effort in telling an ordinary story in a discrete way shouldm be appreciated, as he keeps the narrative intriguing and the climax was a good example about his audacious take on the movie.  

Fresh off with his academy award win for Best Supporting Actor, JK Simmons in the movie was astounding to watch. He took his mean, callous character to another level with his incredible body language and  assertiveness and carried the movie on his shoulders. 

As a result, I do find Miles Teller's performance in the movie quite underrated. The amount of effort and struggle he dedicated for this movie should be valued, as this is by far the career-best performance he had ever given.

Finally, Whiplash uses the traditional student-teacher premise but is firmly supported with an enthralling screenplay and mind-boggling performances from the cast. It was one of the best movies of 2014 and will be remembered as a classic for many years to come.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Throwback Thursdays #77 (08/01/15) [Best Movies of RYAN Gosling]

Derek Cianfrance's - "The Place Beyond the Pines"

The main theme of this movie is conceivable in many instances, it always leaves me speechless for few minutes and it's quite perplexing. I really admire when a movie does that for me and that's the only reason why Place Beyond the Pines is one of the best movies from the past few years.

The main aspect of the movie is the plot, it participates with two generations and explains a very significant relation between a father and a son. The heartfelt and fatal moments of life were displayed in an unusual way and adding Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper to the cast was another great facet of the movie because they're absolutely exceptional with their performances.

Director Derek Cianfrance's viewpoint on the movie and Sean Bobbitt's cinematography supoorted the film's originality which is something you can comprehend with. A must watch!

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Throwback Thursdays #76 (18/12/14) [Most Anticipated of the Year]

Phil Lord & Chris Miller - "22 Jump Street"

Although I missed watching this movie earlier this year, I found myself some valuable time to sit back at home and watch one my most anticipated movies of the year and quite honestly it did reach to all my expectations in every level.

The main effective component of this movie is that, it doesn't take itself too seriously. The story was narrated in an identical way just as the previous movie (21 JS) and the good part is, we never get bored watching it.

And I should appreciate the director-duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller for their valiant effort. They cognize this franchise pretty well and they did an astounding job in directing a mixed genre that is action-comedy.

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum completely stole the show, their chemistry and the back and forth jokes worked really well between each other. They don't quite get along very well and we always loved that part of the movie which was quite hilarious. Special shout out to Icecube for being awesome once again!

On the whole, 22 Jump Street is a fun watch. It's hysterical and entertaining at the same time and it doesn't feel tireless watching the same narrative again. I really do hope that Lord & Miller will direct another sequel which can be amusing too.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Throwback Thursdays #75 (11/12/14) [Middle-Earth Special]

Celebrating the release of "THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES"

Peter Jackson's - "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' is the second instalment of the elongated grand trilogy directed by Peter Jackson. The movie initiates with Gandalf, Bilbo and the thirteen other dwarves continuing their expedition of attaining their bygone concealed kingdom Erebor.

Director Peter Jackson was clear with his thoughts and knows how and where to deliver an epic action sequence when the narration gets flat. His vision and the archetypal technique demonstration are remarkable. Andrew Lesnie's cinematography comprising these long swirling shots gives you a staggering experience which is quite sporadic.

Performances from the cast were great, Martin Freeman as Bilbo impresses with his intelligent discerning character and he portrayed it with ease and much needed serenity. Gandalf (Ian McKellen) shares some good screen presence which fetches you to the other part of the movie.

However, Smaug steals the show all by itself, absolutely incredible! His conversations with Bilbo were extremely intense and Benedict Cumberbatch's voice over was terrifying. And that's the factor that made the movie look remarkable.

To sum it up, 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' is an extraordinary movie which will definitely appeal if you're a fan of the LOTR trilogy, but there's much more entertainment for an usual movie fan too. The 160 minute screen time will never ever take you out of the experience and doesn't make you feel uninteresting.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Throwback Thursdays #74 (20/11/14) [Brad Pitt Special]

Bennett Miller's - "Moneyball"

The plot do sound customary, but Moneyball is one of the most fascinating sports movies I've ever seen. Maybe because of the fact it also exhibits the political drama that goes during the season draft and all that stuff.

I'm fairly unfamiliar with this sport, but I found this movie very authentic in it's approach. I can sit back and agree that these are the things which happen behind-the-scenes and I completely appreciate the screenwriters and the director for bringing that genuine vibe to the movie. 

This was the first time Jonah Hill was nominated for an oscar and he actually deserves that accolade. He transformed himself into a loyal, nerdy employee and he completely carries his character effortlessly.

This was also one of the best performances in Brad Pitt's career, and he too got nominated for an academy award. He embraces his character which most probably has all the shades from good to bad. And he is awe-inspring when it comes to transformation in his roles.

Nonetheless, Moneyball was one of the best sports movie in Hollywood history which includes many other vital elements like drama and emotion. This was also the best Brad Pitt movie in recent history and totally worth watching. 

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Throwback Thursdays #73 (13/11/14) [Brad Pitt Special]

Quentin Tarantino's - "Inglorious Basterds"

Directed by the mastermind Tarantino, Inglorious Basterds displays a classic abiding drama with awe-inspiring screenplay united with humbling performances from the cast.

With it's typical chapter-to-chapter presentation, Inglorious Basterds gives you a lot more detail to every scene with meaningful and exhilarating drama.

It may not entertain if you bid for an entertainment factor immediately. The movie needs your attention in every frame it exhibits and is a definite watch if you're a fan of this genre.

David Fincher's - "Fight Club"

Fight Club is an intense psychological thriller starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt in the leads. The film revolves around a typical personality Tyler Durden who hangs out with Edward Norton and helps him in getting over his insomniac problems.

But there is something beyond their regular life. They establish an fight club in a underground of a restaurant which goes viral unknowingly allover the state.

Fight Club is one of the best story narrator in hollywood history. The screenplay and the direction from David Fincher were exceptional and brilliant in every single frame.

Not many movies like Fight Club show up each decade. I can say that this is one of the best and remarkable movie in Hollywood history.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Throwback Thursdays #72 (06/11/14) [Best of Christopher Nolan]

Christopher Nolan's - "Inception"

A disconcerting thriller? Inception is definitely a disparate movie which leaves you with numerous questions and conjectures in your mind. You just can't comprehend the movie in your first watch and that re-watchability factor is always present in the movie.

Noted down not only as his best movie till date, Nolan's Inception is one of the best movies of all time. The performances are completely outdone in the movie with DiCarpio, Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon Levitt doing a great job as the leads in the movie.

But what stands out the most about the movie was it's screenplay, it was mind-boggling to watch and analyze it at the same time and props to Nolan who actually admires the movie going experience for a viewer and it's important to keep that viewer engaged through every frame. And I completely respect that. Inception is a must watch!

Christopher Nolan's - "Memento"

Memento is the debut film of Christopher Nolan and one of his best screenplay work till date. The plot revolves around Guy Pearce who has a short term memory loss problem as he forgets every single thing for 15 minutes and which cannot be cured.

The screenplay of the movie was just splendid as it revolves around the past and present life at a time which and can be differentiated with b/w and colour frames.

This will definitely leave you something behind to think and not just a simple thing to analyze and understand. Every single frame was handled with such care and mindwork which can only be done by the creative genius Nolan. A typical thinkable thriller which is not to be missed.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Throwback Thursdays #71 (30/10/14) [Halloween Special]

John Carpenter's - "Halloween 1978"

A creepy looking lurker haunting a teenage gang?! Sounds familiar right? Well! But the kick starter for this recognizable premise is undoubtedly "Halloween 1978".

Directed by John Carpenter, "Halloween" is a flawless delineation of a classic and is celebrated as one of the best horror movies ever made, counting on it's authenticity, genuine scares, remarkable background score and the petrifying vibe of the movie.

To summarize, Halloween is a wholesome horror movie experience also exhibiting one of the iconic characters in the movie history who is Michael Mann. You will eerie and spine-chilling even after you watch this movie multiple times and that's when I quote a movie as a "classic".

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Throwback Thursdays #70 (23/10/14) [Tom Cruise Special]

Doug Liman's - "Edge of Tomorrow"

How astonishing is the reset ability? Pretty amazing to imagine right? Now, developing an enhanced intriguing plot around this chief feature is a tough task to do.

Evolving around a warfare, the screenplay of the movie is the most significant one because of it's back and forth aspect. Think about Tom Cruise, who has 101 deaths in the movie, it grabbed your attention right? And that's the main facet of the movie, it keeps grasping your interest the whole time.

Director, Doug Liman's intents were clear and thoughful, besides of it's phenomenal storyline and screenplay, the movie was much more serious about it's outlook. It was violent, eminent and waggish from frame to frame which unfortunately never gives you a breather to sit back and relax. It was that good!

Also, how good are Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in the movie? The two power leads of the movie were remarkable in their respective roles. Sharing the major part of the movie with an utmost screen-time and amiable chemistry, they pulled out few mind-boggling action scenes in the movie which were amazing to gaze at.

Nevertheless, keeping up with it's captivating tag line "Live! Die! Repeat!". Edge of Tomorrow is a gem which impresses in all the three departments of story, screenplay and direction. It's not only one of the best movies of the year, but also creates it's own place in one of the best sci-fi movies ever made.

My Rating - 4.5/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal

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Throwback Thursdays #69 (16/10/14) [Tom Cruise Special]

Edward Zwick's - "Last Samurai"

A well-known storyline and accustomed characters, how could you possibly make the movie more interesting and spectacular? Well, The Last Samurai is a flawless example. The majority of the movie captured numerous gigantic classic battles and there's a well developed storyline behind everything. The movie was brutal, smart and significant, but moreover it added an emotional flavour which thaw out the audience and TLS is one of a kind which will remain in our hearts for many more days to come. A must watch if you're a Tom Cruise fan. 

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) 

Cameron Crowe's - "Jerry Maguire"

In the materialistic world of late 20th-century America, "Jerry Maguire" is a breath of fresh air. A rare story produced by the materialistic studios about the dangers of losing oneself for the sake of materialism. An interesting statistic has emerged of late regarding a high number of American businessmen on their deathbeds who begin regretting the direction and purpose of their lives. "Jerry Maguire" offers an alternative, although probably few in his position would find the wisdom to change course. But since you can't take it with you, life is about what you leave behind.

-By Classical Steve  (Thanks) | Courtesy: IMDB (Thanks)

Throwback Thursdays #68 (09/10/14) [Tom Cruise Special]

Steven Speilberg's - "Minority Report"

A flawless blend of action, drama and emotion. Minority Report outshines in every degree of an outstanding cinema. Steven Speilberg's futuristic take on the movie and the usage of special effects in the movie were quite enthralling. Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell were the perfect fits in their characters and the one thing which stands out the most about the movie is that, Minority Report is a game changer, it explains how a sci-fi thriller can be done in an entertaining way with good emotion and character development. Definitely one of the best of Cruise's career.

Tony Scott's - "Top Gun"

Filled with remarkable film-making and maginificent cinematography, Top Gun is a cinematic experience. Needless to say, it has an intriguing plot, memorable drama, splendid performances from the leads. But what fascinates me the most are the spectacular aerial shots in the movie that will totally amaze you and also incorporates the fact that there is very less CGI used in the movie. Definitely worth watching for it's action sequences all alone.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Throwback Thursdays #67 (02/10/14) [Tom Cruise Special]

Michael Mann's - "Collateral"

How often do we see an action movie deliver in all its key components? Action, drama, story, screenplay, direction and performances. It's pretty rare right? Collateral is an exception. The intense vibe makes the movie an awe-inspiring movie watching experience filled with few worthy performances by Jamie Foxx and mainly by Tom Cruise which was arguably his best performance till date and persumably "Collateral" is one of the best movies in his entire career. I would probably quote this movie as an "Indisputable Action-Entertainer" cause it totally deserves all the praise and your time.

Brad Bird's - "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol"

Probably the perfect movie which deserves a follow-up mention after Collateral was "Ghost Protocol". As I said earlier in this post, genuine action-entertainer's are pretty tough to discover these days and Ghost Protocol was a perfectly paced, well acted, remarkably choreographed and directed movie. Although, the end felt a bit cartoony, MI: 4 delivers in each and every level and does the job flawlessly with ease. One of the best action movies made in the present decade people! Don't you dare to miss it!

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Throwback Thursdays #66 (25/09/14) [Stanley Kubrick Special]

Stanley Kubrick's - "Paths of Glory"

I consider Paths of Glory as one of the most memorable of Kubrick's entire output. The most remarkable aspect of this pioneer anti-war film is the complete absence of any persons depicting the "real" enemy. Therefore, the significance of the film lay not so much in its anti-war message, but in its brilliant expose of the "monsters within" the general staff, superbly acted by Adolphe Menjou and George Macready. The message here is that the enemy lurks much closer to home. In most war films, whether they glorify or condemn the carnage, there is rarely any venturing at all into the darker side of the politics. This film is a tour de force in its unabashed depiction of just how misguided is the quest for glory as an end in itself; and in the portrayal of the leaders who would shamelessly sacrifice others for their own self aggrandizement. Truly, one of my all time favourite movies.

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Throwback Thursdays #65 (18/09/14) [Stanley Kubrick Special]

Stanley Kubrick's - "A Clockwork Orange"

Happened to be one of the early movies of Stanley Kubrick, "A Clockwork Orange" is probably one of the most intenese movie he's ever worked on. Talk about a disturbing image which never leaves your mind and that's the best way of how you describe this movie. It's terrifying and shows us the true colors between brutality and diplomacy. Alike all his movies, this movie was beautifully shot, well acted and incredibly narrated and should never be missed by any chance.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Throwback Thursdays #64 (11/09/14) [Stanley Kubrick Special]

Stanley Kubrick's - "Full Metal Jacket"

Brutality, distress and extermination! Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" is a profound study and furthermore an exploration of a warfare. And it gets ferocious with it's approach, the severe and rigorous boot-camp scenes, the superior and the petrifying sides of war upsurges the standard of this movie in every level.

If you concur that the performances, screenplay, direction and cinematography are the impressive parts of the movie, I also append the magnificent production work to that list. Full Metal Jacket will leave you a perturbed impression in your mind and is one of the most authentic movies I've ever seen.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Stanley Kubrick's - "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"

One of the best films ever made, this remains timeless despite changes in technology, foreign policy and world politics; the military/political madness remains the same. Gets better all the time, with successive viewings and its luster has not dimmed since its first release.

With three show stopping performances from Sellers (amongst his best work, if not THE BEST), and an unexpectedly hilarious turn by George C. Scott (if Sellers weren't SO dead on-target, Scott would easily steal the show), STRANGELOVE is filled with cartoonish, over-the-top characters that, despite the lunacy, still ring true. Special mention must be made for Sterling Heyden's controlled, brooding paranoia as General Jack D. Ripper. He's funny, he's scary.

All-in-all, a brilliant piece of work by all involved.

-By Rufus T (@RufusT)

Throwback Thursdays #63 (04/09/14) [Stanley Kubrick Special]

Stanley Kubrick's - "The Shining"

"The Shining" is an 1980 horror thriller which was adapted from the novel also named 'The Shining' written by Stephen King. Starring Jack Nicholson in the main lead, the movie shines with it's remarkable screenplay and the way it was shot and portrayed. We hardly get to see only three characters throughout the whole movie and the performances were exceptional and were completely worth watching for. The sound and the penetrating directing job from Stanley Kubrick gives you one of the best intense genuine thriller experience which definitely deserves all your attention if you're not familiar with it.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Stanley Kubrick's - "2001: A Space Odyssey"

"2001 ... " is unique among films in content and scope. The cinematography is out-of-this-world, the special and visual effects are breathtaking, and the classical music is sublime. I rarely use the word "masterpiece" to describe a movie. But Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" is art in the highest sense, like Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa", or Vincent Van Gogh's "The Starry Night".

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Throwback Thursdays #62 (28/08/14) [Guilty Pleasure Movies]

Roland Emmerich's - "Independence Day"

The obvious go-to movie, who doesn't like Independence Day? It's fun, cheesy and over-the-top. Considered as one of the most successful Emmerich's movie, Independence Day starring Will Smith & Jeff Goldblum constructed it's own fan base and went on to become a blockbuster in the late 90's .

Emmerich's intention to use some practical effects is deeply appreciated by every film fan as well as the amusement component in the movie. Independence Day will always be on the top on my list of guilty pleasure movies. Ridiculous!

Kathryn Bigelow's - "Point Break"

"Fear causes hesitation and hesitation causes your worst fears to come true". And that comes from the early 90's classic "Point Break"and the best part about the was it circumscribes with everything you need, action, drama and the cheesy moments we all love. If you love classic action movies, go for it! A guilty pleasure indeed!

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Throwback Thursdays #61 (21/08/14) [Guilty Pleasure Movies]

"American Pie" - Part 1, Part 2, Wedding & Reunion

There's always been something called as a "Gulity Pleasure" in our lives. And "American Pie" 1,2,3 & 8 were my picks in many when it comes to movies in this category. As we all know that these are not flawless masterpieces. They're always always been average in their quality and presentation. But the redeeming factor to sit back and enjoy the movie is always been a significant component about these movies. I don't want to get much into detail, but go check out American Pie 1,2,3 & 8 if you didn't.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Throwback Thursdays #60 (14/08/14) [Best of Russell Crowe]

Ron Howard's - "Cinderella Man"

Inspired by real life events from the life story of James Braddock. Ron Howard's "Cinderella Man" is considered as one of the best movies in Crowe's career. Giving us that significant amount of inspiration, Cinderella Man explores the story of an underdog who captures his place in the spot light with hardwork and dedication.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

James Mangold's - "3:10 to Yuma"

A well-acted, visually fascinating western drama crafted by the hands of James Mangold. "3:10 To Yuma" is an intense film generated by themes surrounding the ideas of agricultural hardships, good and evil, and doing the right thing. Although the ending isn't particularly satisfying, I felt it was fairly appropriate in relation to the subject matter presented in the rest of the film. Overall, "3:10 To Yuma" is good stuff.

-By Compi24 | Courtesy: Metacritic

Throwback Thursdays #59 (31/07/14) [Martin Scorcese Special]

Martin Scorcese's - "The Aviator"

Assembled with a story of allegiance and fidelity, Scorcese's "Aviator" narrates a life story of a well-heeled, mastermind and a lunatic individual who overtakes few critical sticking points in his life with a slice of agong and perseverance. Enriched with few remarkable performances from Cate Blanchett and Dicarpio, Scorcese's excellence in filming these kinda stirring drama's should be appreciated with respect and admiration.

Martin Scorcese's - "Gangs of New York"

Following the "classic revenge" scenario, Scorcese's "Gangs of New York" takes you back to New York in the 1840's where people were slaughtered in a huge amount due to a warfare between the Manhattan gangs.

The one thing which I felt unique and distinct in this movie was the way Scorcese shot few action sequences using a very modernised technique of quick cut or edit. The direction and the way the story was told is remarkable as always and it also perks up the screen appeal with the presence of Daniel Day Lewis, Cameron Diaz and Dicarpio. If you're interested in action-drama, go for G.O.N.Y!

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Throwback Thursdays #58 (24/07/14) [Martin Scorcese Special]

Martin Scorcese's - "Goodfellas"

Probably one of the best Scorcese films of all time? I have to agree with that! Displaying the New York City's mob life in the most grittiest way possible, Scorcese's "Goodfellas" has got all the style and bravura and what astounds me more about the film was the authencity and that unfinching drama which remains as the significant aspect of the movie. Add it on your MUST WATCH list now!

Martin Scorcese's - "Casino"

Casino explains the lives of two individuals De Niro & Joe Pesci who earned their dignity in Las Vegas in two different ways. It displays the callous parts of Las Vegas in a splendid drama blended with shades of underworld mafia. Followed by few remarkable performances from Niro, Pesci and Sharon Stone who created her own character in the film with few disparities. Casino is a must watch and shouldn't be missed by any chance.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Throwback Thursdays #57 (17/07/14) [Martin Scorcese Special]

Martin Scorcese's - "Shutter Island"

Talk about a dark, gloomy and a spooky thriller, Shutter Island is the best illustration for that entriety. Scorcese is a wizard in directing these types of psychologocal thrillers and he delivers it flawlessly, making it exhilarating for every single scene. Dicarpio's performance is a significant component to the movie alongside with Ruffalo. Do not miss this movie and the climax will definitely astonish you for sure.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Martin Scorcese's - "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Directed by Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the life story of Jordan Belford played by Leonardo Dicaprio, who is trying to climb his way up the Wall Street. Dicarpio plays the role of antagonist here, he is a drug addict, he is self- centred, he cheats on his wife, he is despicable and you’ll still root for him because he is such a great character and also one of the best characters Scorsese has ever put on screen.

The Direction by Martin Scorsese is brilliant of course. There’s no need to even talk about it. The editing style he picked up for this movie is quite different though in a good way obviously. The Screenplay is very fastpaced and energetic. There’s not a single dull moment in the movie from start to finish. To be adding emotions and seriousness in a movie with such fast-paced comedy, Scoresese did an awesome job.

The Wolf of Wall Street is highly recommended for you to watch and if you are Scorsese and Lenardo Dicaprio fan, you cannot miss this movie.

-By Chinmay Chawade (@ChinmayChawade)

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Throwback Thursdays #56 (10/07/14) [Martin Scorcese Special]

Martin Scorcese's - "Taxi Driver"

Bounded with pugnacity and sex, Scorcese's masterpiece "Taxi Driver" delineates the eminence of a well made cinema. Narrating a stimulating life story of a New York cabby who is driven into a world of carnage in an attempt to save a prostitute, Taxi Driver delves into every palpable movie circumstance.

De Niro and Jodie Foster's fascinating characters keeps us engrossed throughout the movie. If you're up for an unique exhilarating ride go watch Taxi Driver. A phenomenal work of art from Scorcese.

Martin Scorcese's - "Raging Bull"

Reciting the most instigating life story of a destructive boxer, Raging Bull stands not only as an exceptional piece of a cinema but also mounts the level of excellence in Scorcese's direction. De Niro's effort in displaying the character of a valiant boxer was stupendous and is probably one of the best performances he had ever given. Raging Bull will remain as a classic in the history of Hollywood and should'nt be missed!

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Throwback Thursdays #55 (29/05/14) [Oscars Special]

Ron Howard's - "A Beautiful Mind"

Directed by Ron Howard "Beautiful Mind" is a human drama about the struggle of a true genius, inspired by events in the life of John Forbes Nash. Russel Crowe's act leaves you in tears and in sorrow and also explains about how things can turn around if you're too freaked out on one thing. A lovely piece of drama with loads of emotional values which teaches us a beautiful life under few painful circumstances.

Ridley Scott's - "Gladiator" 

Gladiator is an adventure drama directed by Ridley Scott starring Russel Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix in the leads. Gladiator is one of the best movies of all time flawlessly directed by Ridley Scott with some exceptional screenplay and outstanding performances. It revolves around a roman general Maximus as he seeks revenge and justice in the brutal rule of an unfit cruel king Commodus. Gladiator has got the best cinematic moments around. Do watch this epic adventurous thriller if you didn't.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Copyright: KMAKReviews

Throwback Thursdays #54 (22/05/14) [Oscars Special]

Jonathan Demme's - "The Silence of the Lambs"

Talk about breathtaking thrillers, here is a deeply recommended dramatic thriller. Featuring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in the leads, Silence of Lambs is a thoughtful, dark and a deep psychological thriller with spell-bounding performances and diverse cinematography. This will never let you down in any aspects and is my strong recommendation for this week.

Mel Gibson's - "Braveheart"

Braveheart is an action fantasy drama directed Mel Gibson which also stars him in the lead. The plot teases around a Scottish warrior named Sir William Wallace who leads an army against the english rebellions. Braveheart is known for its exceptional storyline filled with few overwhelmed dramatic sequences and aspects. Performance from Mel Gibson is definitely worth a watch. To sum it up, if you really want a good movie experience for 3hrs watch Braveheart. Its passionate, inspired and surely one of the best films ever made.

-By SuryaKomal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Copyright: KMAK Reviews

Throwback Thursdays #53 (15/05/14) [Oscars Special]

Martin Scorcese's - "The Departed"

Receiving over four academy awards including Best Picture and Best Director. The Departed stars the people's champ Leonardo DiCarpio, Mark Wahlberg and Jack Nicholson in the leads. Also directed by the most admired veteran in the movie industry Martin Scorcese, Departed is one of the most splendid, well-told crime-drama in the past few years.

Relating with an authentic storyline that takes place between two deeply passionate men. The Departed astounds us with it's solid narrative. William Monahan's rework on the script was remarkable which follows up with some humbling performances from Mr. Nicholson, Wahlberg & DiCarpio.

With it's reminiscing factor, The Departed will remain as one of the best crime thriller in the history of world cinema. Certainly deserves all the four academy award honours.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Robert Zemeckis - "Forrest Gump"

My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.” Would anyone forget this quote? Forrest Gump is one of the movies that you must see before you die.

The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise and Sally Field and was based on the novel with the same name written by Winston Groom. It is that kind of movie which would leave a deeper impact on you and would move you with its highly emotional contents.

The film illustrates the life of Forrest Gump, a naive, abnormal person. His life had many ups and downs. He witnesses many happenings in his life and the way he handles those would change our lives. Tom Hanks, with his natural and realistic acting makes it an unforgettable and largely enjoyable.

-By Nirmalraj aka AK (@NirmalRaj2911)

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Throwback Thursdays #52 (08/05/14) [Oscars Special]

Michael Curtiz's - "Casablanca"

Casablanca is a romantic-drama directed Michael Curtiz and stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the leads. With it's sequential narrative style, Casablanca hardly explores the outside world and continues it's storyline in an obstructed environment. For a lesser known fact, it is based on a stage play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's and you can evidently identify everything perfectly.

Circled with a World War II backdrop, director Curtiz flawlessly executes the film's emotion and also shares a great perspective based on love and frienship. Bergman's prettiness and Bogart's elegance adds an extra flavour to the movie which makes the movie complete with all the necessary shades of love, friendship and excitement. Undeniably deserves the Best Movie honour.

David Lean's - "Lawrence of Arabia"

Lawrence of Arabia is indeed an immense achievement in the cinematic universe. Known for it's perfection in filmmaking and cinematography, LOA follows the narrative of a slipshod English officer who subjugate many empires across Arabia with his impressive masterful skills.

With utmost gratitude, Director David Lean's courageous attempt needs to be mentioned here. With his majestic outlook, the movie contributes us few exceptional visuals mainly complemented with the wide shots across the Arabian deserts. Peter O'Toole's performance conflates well with the movie alongside with several other supporting actors. LOA is certainly a rare example of a well executed epic adventure which originated a new era in Hollywood and is definitely worth the Academy award for best movie back in 1962.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Throwback Thursdays #51 (01/05/14) [Oscars Special]

Francis Ford Coppola's - "The Godfather"

"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse". Remember this quote? I bet you did! And that's a perfect example of a widely held movie. Director Francis Ford Coppola offsets a tremendous narrative between the Corleone's family and the underworld crime factions in which they are involved in.

Marlon Brando's recital performance as the powerful prelate in the movie was the rousing part of the movie united with the break-through performance by Al Pacino as the future patriarch of the family. Recognised as the most fashionable movie, The Godfather won three academy awards including Best Movie and was undeniably one of the best movie ever made.

Francis Ford Coppola's - "The Godfather: Part II"

The Godfather: Part II fetches with two different storylines both unfolding the lives of two enthusiastic newbies Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Coppola's story telling aspect in the film was a definite plus in the movie and the influential commanding performance by Al Pacino was long remembered.

Continuing the tale between the two genrations, Godfather: II profited the franchise with another academy award for Best Picture and can be displayed as a rare example that the sequel was equally evenhanded with the immensity of it's prequel.

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Throwback Thursdays #50 (04/24/14) [Animation Special]

Rob Minkoff & Roger Allers - "The Lion King"

The Lion King is a 1994 Walt Disney animated film that takes place in an animal kingdom ruled by a pride of lions. With an ordinary revenge drama plot, The Lion King is an unforgettable classic remembered for its distinctive storytelling and pleasant music. 

Lee Unkrich & Andrew Stanton's - "Finding Nemo"

This Academy Award winning movie “Finding Nemo” is one of those movies which will leave a deep impact inside you. The plot revolves around an overprotective father clown fish trying to find his abducted son. It is very much emotional at times and has many humorous scenes. With spectacular visuals and awe-inspiring computer animations, Finding Nemo is definitely a must watch movie for all!

-By Nirmalraj aka AK (@NirmalRaj2911)

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Throwback Thursdays #49 (04/15/14) [Animation Special]

Hayao Miyazaki's - "Spirited Away"

Known for his contemporary filmmaking, Hayao Miyazaki narrates the plot of Spirited Away with an imposing technique by creating a supernatural world filled with few odd characters which truly amazes you with it's distinctiveness and exclusivity. The serene music and the eye-catching illusory creates a gorgeous atmosphere in the movie lined up with a sensitive storyline which is not to be missed.

Hayao Miyazaki's - "Howl's Moving Castle"

Initiating with a novel premise, Howl's Moving Castle is a dark, deep, thoughtful fantasy filled drama bossed by the mastermind Hayap Miyazaki. His contemplative thinking and the overall idea makes it much unique which will withhold till the end with it's progressive storytelling aspect of the movie. It's fun, unique and totally mesmerizing on a whole, definitely worth checking it out!

-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Throwback Thursdays #48 (04/10/14) [Animation Special]

Peter Lord & Nick Park's - "Chicken Run"

Rocky, an American Rooster, arrives to the chicken farm where all the chickens are shattered as a result of the cruel deeds done to them by Mrs. Tweedy, the operator of the farm. Rocky tries to bring a revolution in this farm and does everything he can to save these chickens from getting slaughtered.

A satire on the selfless nature of the human beings, ‘Chicken Run’ sends a great message of not to tolerate dictatorship and one must do anything necessary to stop it. The use of stop-motion animation gives an amazing feel to the movie. 

The voice performances especially by Mel Gibson and Miranda Richardson are spectacular. ‘Chicken Run’ is an amazing movie with friendship and the importance of having a family being the key subjects.

Brad Bird & Jan Pinkava's - "Ratatoullie" 

The Oscar winning movie ‘Ratatoullie’ is about a rat, who can cook. He forms an alliance with a not so great chef at a reputed restaurant and by using his cooking skills he turns both of their lives around.

This movie emphasizes the relationship between an animal and a human being in a heart-warming innovative way. This movie is quite unique than most of the animated movies revolving around the relationship between the animals and the human beings.

It takes this concept to a whole new level with its exceptional story-telling, spreading all kinds of emotions on the viewer’s face. ‘Ratatoullie’ is severely recommended to everyone.

-By Chinmay Chawade (@ChinmayChawade)

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Throwback Thursdays #47 (4/03/14) [Animation Special]

Ron Clements & John Musker's - "The Little Mermaid"

Celebrated as one of the classics in the world of animation movies. Little Mermaid is a sweet little fantasy filled love story destined delightfully with likable characters and uplifting emotions. Narrated wonderfully with euphonious music which is easy on the ear, The Little Mermaid is a pleasing watch which sets you up with a exulant mood and it definitely deserves a place in your collection.

Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise's - "The Beauty and the Beast"

Followed up with the success of The Little Mermaid, The Beauty and the Beast is also a special movie which established soaring standards in the world of animation. Comprised slightly with darker shades in it's narrative, TBATB is also a moving love story with a great stimulated plot which comprehends innocence, inferiority and courage balanced perfectly. A must watch!

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Throwback Thursdays #46 (3/27/14) [80's Special]

Richard Attenborough's - "Gandhi"

Gandhi is the biography of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Father of our Nation, whose patriotism and dedication towards his country were one of the main reasons for India to get its independence.

This genuine patriotism was effortlessly translated on screen by Sir Ben Kingsley with the support of the Director Richard Attenborough. Regardlessly, this is the best performance Ben Kingsley has given in his entire career. The simplicity which was required to play the non-violent tranquil leader was amazingly done by him. This is the role for which he'll be remembered for many years to come. 

Gandhi is a very important film because it records the life of one of the most influencial people in history whilst showing the Indian struggle for independence. Everyone must watch this epic if you have not seen it by now.

John McTiernan's - "Die Hard"

Following a very simple story line of an NYPD Officer trying to save his wife from a German terrorist, "Die Hard" is mostly dependent on its lead character, John McClane, who is by far the coolest and the most Bad-Ass officer ever put on screen. His attitude, his was of handling a particular situation is unique and filled with Badassery. Bruce Willis nails this character and effortlessly delivers some of the iconic dialogues ever. This movie would not have been the same without him.

Bruce Willis is just a part of the brilliance of the movie. The way the action was executed in this movie set new standards in filming action sequences. The story is strong to support such a complex character and all the action. Without a good story this movie would just be exhausting but thanks to the writers and the director that's not the case.

Die Hard can be regarded as one of the best action movies ever created which also paved the way for the creation of a whole new franchise. All the Die Hard movies deserves a watch.

-By Chinmay Chawade (@ChinmayChawade)

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Throwback Thursdays #45 (3/20/14) [80's Special]

Brian DePalma's - "Scarface"

Scarface is undoubtedly a trendsetter back in the 80's or I can assert it as an orginator for numerous movies. With his stylistic take on a felonious crime drama, Brian DePalma had delivered a movie which will surely be remembered for ages. Al Pacino's fearsome charisma and his outstanding dialogue delivery was splendid and is definitely worth checking it out for his impeccable style all alone. I definitely recommend this movie without wavering my mind.

Steven Speilberg's - "E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial"

Directed by Steven Speilberg, E.T. is an uncomplicated enchanted drama which reminisces the stories of your childhood. Filled with a fictious storyline which displays a lovable relationship between a young kid and an extraterrestrial. E.T. is undeniably a well presented movie back in the 80's with it's imposing practical work and remarkable camera work. Steven Speilberg's notion in presenting something authentic must be appreciated. Highly recommended!

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Throwback Thursdays #44 (3/13/14) [80's Special]

Robert Zemeckis - "Back to the Future Trilogy"

Now since this month is all about remembering classic movies, ‘Back to the Future’ just had to be mentioned.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, ‘Back to the Future Trilogy’ hilariously narrates the consequences of travelling in time and how this can alter the past, present and future of a person by just one small fallacy.

The quality of all the three movies does not remain consistent, the third movie is considered to be a weak movie where as the first one is considered to be a classic. Though the one attribute which remains constant in all the movies is the Director’s intelligent and clever yet hysterical take on time travel.

Filled with witty characters and amusing story, ‘Back to the Future Trilogy’ can easily be considered as one of the best Trilogies of all time and will be remembered for many more years.

-By Chinmay Chawade (@Chinmay Chawade)

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Throwback Thursdays #43 (3/6/14) [80's Special]

John Hughes - "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

Also directed by John Hughes, Ferris Bueller's Day Off narrates the story of a intellectual clever guy who skips his school to go on a ride with his two friends to reconnoiter a wild adventure. Filled with lots of heartfelt moments, John Hughes way of telling an unusual subject is remarkable. It's totally thoughtful and amiable and indeed a classic in the 80's.

John Hughes - "The Breakfast Club"

The Breakfast Club is a 80's classic which revolves around five teenagers who are compelled to spend a day in the school library as they share and discover few great things about their lives in a comedic-drama written and directed by John Hughes. Pretty much acclaimed for it's writng, Breakfast Club is a honest take on the genre which was conceivable in every aspect. Also lined up with some great performances, Breakfast Club is one of the most celebrated classic in the 80's and my definite recommendation.

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Throwback Thursdays #42 (2/27/14)

Wes Anderson's - "Moonrise Kingdom"

Set in 1960's Moonrise Kingdom explains you the tale of two young kids (a boy and a girl) who are jaded with their lifestyle, flee away from their home environment and come across few immense consequences which deeply strengthen their relationship in few perspectives. Narrated in a very unconventational way, Moonrise Kingdom amazes you with the way it was been shot and managed. Picturesque sceneries, striking set design together with a lovely story line makes Moonrise Kingdom a definite watch. Recommended!

David Ayer's - "End of Watch"

End of Watch starring Jake Gylenhall and Michael Pena as the major leads, is an authentic, absolutely genuine buddy-cop movie which narrates you their daily life style and the horrific situations they get into. Shot in an unorthodox way, End of Watch is dark, gloomy and extremely real in every aspect, few breathtaking scenes included with some astounding performances from Gylenhall and Pena are worth watching for. My definite recommendation, if you're up for something distinct and unusual.

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Throwback Thursdays #42 (2/20/14) – Indiana Jones Trilogy

Steven Speilberg's - "The Indiana Jones Trilogy"

A long overdue Throwback is finally here, the legendary Indiana Jones Trilogy. These movies follow the crusades of a famous Archaeologist and Adventurer, Indiana Jones played by Harrison Ford. 

Directed by Steven Spielberg, these three movies are packed with adventure, thrilling action sequences, witty humour, interesting characters and compelling stories. Considered to be one of the greatest trilogies ever made, these movies deliver on every level be it acting, writing or directing.

Indiana Jones is one of the most iconic on-screen characters ever created. George Lucas and Steven Spielberg who are responsible for the creation of this character and the movies will be remembered for eternity.

Note: We are not including 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull' in this throwback because it’s a piece of dogshit. Don’t watch it!

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Throwback Thursdays #41 (2/13/2014)

David O. Russell's - “The Fighter”

The Fighter starring Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg is a biographical drama directed by the three time academy award nominee David O. Russell. Being narrated with an emotive storyline, The Fighter leads us more into the dramatic part of the movie with much needed character development and elaborative storyline. Performances from Wahlberg and Bale will keep you intact throughout the movie and there's also some inspiration to take into. Indeed a definite watch!

Gavin O'Connor's - “Warrior”

We rather see an ordinary end to these kinda movies, but there's something beyond Warrior that will make you care about these characters and the storyline. There's something more to tell and express. Warrior deals with a realistic and dramatic plot which explores many other things which ultimately delivers a kickass action movie. A must watch and I highly recommend it.

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Throwback Thursdays #40 (2/6/2014)

Steven Speilberg's - "Munich"

Inspired by true events, Munich narrates you the assassination that took place between the Arab's and Israeli's at Munich in 1972. Recited with an intense storyline, striking emotion and remarkable direction, Munich will leave your heart trending and explains you the subsequent events that took place in a remarkable way. Definitely go check it out if you're into these cold, dark, obscure thrillers.

David Fincher's - "The Game"

Starring Michael Douglas as the main lead, The Game explores a whole new concept, which we can sum up as a psychological thriller filled with a penetrating screenplay and a mind-bending climax. Although it suffers few plot holes intermittently, The Game is a must watch if you love action thrillers and is one of the best performances given by Mr. Douglas.

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Throwback Thursdays #39 (1/30/14)

Bryan Singer's - The Usual Suspects

Directed by Bryan Singer, The Usual Suspects is an action drama starring Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Bryne and few others in the leads. Filled with an exhilarating and a stirring screenplay, Usual Suspects keeps you on the edge of your seat all along without an uninteresting moment. Singer's narrative style and the spellbinding twist in the end makes the movie a must watch and I recommend it strongly.

Rob Reiner's - Stand by Me

Rob Reiner's "Stand By Me" narrates you the story of four twelve year old boys who are pretty much complex with their life style and behaviour travel to the suburbs of their village trying to find a dead body. In their journey, they pretty much recall, debate and experience few impish little things in which they find happiness, sorrow and grief. Filled with an unique storyline and few outstanding performances, Stand by Me is a remarkable story of life in which we often see ourselves and recall our teenage years and I personally recommend you to go check it out.

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Throwback Thursdays #38 (1/23/14)

Jonathan Levine's - "50/50"

50/50 is a 2011 comedic drama film starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Seth Rogen in the leads. Dealt with an interesting storyline of life, 50/50 is a heart-warming genuine drama filled with great humour and touching emotion also filled with a remarkable performance by JGL. In case if you have missed this movie, go check it out. It's definitely worth it!

Nicolas Winding Refn's - "Drive"

Starring Ryan Gosling in the lead, Drive was directed by Winding Refn who is well known for his unique directing skill which includes absolute perfection in every aspect of the movie. Dealt with a normal plot, Drive is all about how well it's crafted and delivered. Incredible screenplay, astonishing cinematography and significant music. Drive amazes you with it's perfection in every single frame. If you love to watch slow paced action thrillers, definitely go see Drive. A masterpiece indeed!

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Throwback Thursdays #37 (1/16/14)

Shawn Levy's - "Real Steel"

Real Steel is directed by Shawn Levy and stars Hugh Jackman in the lead role. Sported in a futuristic world where Robot boxing matches are held, Real Steel amazes you with few remarkable action sequences in a visualistic way. Mainly concerted on its VFX, Real Steel is a good kickass popcorn movie which will definitely enthuse you if you're into robotic action material.

JJ Abrams - "Super 8"

Directed by JJ Abrams, Super 8 stars Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning in the lead roles. Well known for his perfection in handling sci-fi movies, Abram does a brilliant job here. His archaic take on a stimulating subject was a treat to look at, especially during the annihilating sequences. Every single frame was shot marvelously and is a definite watch if you love the genre.

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Throwback Thursdays #36 (1/8/2014)

Ryan Coogler's - "Fruitvale Station"

Based on a true story, Fruitvale Station exhibits the final day events of Oscar Grant (portrayed by Michael B. Jordan) who was shot dead accidentally by the local BART police back in 2009 after being involved in a minor conflict on New Year's Eve.

Displaying on how the movie will conclude initially, Fruitvale Station mounts with immense emotion which makes us feel about this poor individual being dead in a very young age who has a daughter to deal with. Subsequent to that, the movie makes us think about how uncertain our tiny little life could be, as we never know what happens the very next minute.

Ryan Coogler (Director) had made an impressive debut with his genuine approach as it was quite challenging to deal with a poignant real life subject. Michael B. Jordan stands out as the centre lead of the film, his portrayal was realistic as we understand the emotion through his eyes which was absolutely moving and sentimental.

Fruitvale Station was strong, emotional and hard-hitting which will definitely leave you in silence for the next few hours after the movie. One of the best in 2013 and I recommend you to watch it.

-By Surya Komal aka KM

PS: I only recommended one movie for this week cause I personally feel that Fruitvale Station deserves a special mention all alone. 

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Throwback Thursdays #35 (01/02/2014) [Trilogy]

Doug Liman & Paul Greengrass - “The Bourne Identity, Supermacy and Ultimatum”

The Bourne franchise involves four movies which entails Identity, Supermacy, Ultimatum and Legacy. Starring Matt Damon as the main lead in the first three instalments, the main plot recites around him (Bourne) finding his own identity and his inexplicable past.

Directed by Doug Liman (Identity) and Paul Greengrass (Supermacy and Ulltimatum), the franchise is well known for it's splendid action sequences and complex screenplay. Dealt with no dull moment The Bourne trilogy gives you a breathtaking cinematic experience which leaves you overwhelmed. A definite watch if you're into action movies.

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