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The Wrestler

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Rating:
YellowGenre:
DramaStarring:
Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel WoodStory:
Randy 'The Ram' Robinson(MR) was one of the most famous wrestlers of the world. Now he is past his peak. On weekdays he does odd jobs to earn money and on weekends he plays matches, attends fan-fests and all. His daughter(ERW) hates him. The only friend that he has is a hooker Cassidy/Pam(MT) for whom he is just another customer.Everything is going fine till one fine day when he has a heart attack. The doctor tells him to retire if he wants to live. That's what he does only to realise that he is as good as dead outside the ring. Watch the movie to find out how it all finally turns out!My Comments:
This movie has everything in it for a Green rating. There's just one problem. It is made somewhat like documentaries are made and is really slow, so even though I loved the movie there are others who would simply find it boring.

The Quest

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Rating:
YellowGenre:
ActionStarring:
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roger MooreStory:
Christopher Dubois(JVD) wants to get money from somewhere so that he can help the orphan kids with whom he has spent his life lead a better life. So he makes a plan and steals from a gang. But they attack the orphanage. While escaping from there he falls onto a ship, where he is taken hostage and used as a slave. When he is about to be shot the ship is attacked by a group of Pirates. The head of the group Lord Edgar Dobbs(RM) sells Chris to the islanders who live on one of the islands and train in their own form of martial arts.There he receives training which makes him a brilliant fighter. There he also comes to know about the Ghang-gheng competition between the best fighters of the world in the Lost City. The winner takes home a Dragon made out of pure Gold. The rest is about his quest for that Dragon.My Comments:
Have you seen Enter the Dragon and Mortal Kombat? This movie is a …

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

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Rating:
YellowGenre:
Action, ThrillerStarring:
Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul FreemanStory:
Prof Indiana Jones(HF) is an adventurous archaeologist who hunts for hidden treasures. This particular adventure is about the lost ark which is of religious significance to many and is believed to possess unmatched magical powers. Hitler wants to acquire the Ark so that his army may become invincible.Watch the movie to find out whether Indiana Jones is able to save the world!Comments:
A nice time-pass meaningless flick. You a James Bond fan? Then you may like it, though there aren't any bond girls here.

Enemy of the State

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Action, ThrillerStarring:
Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon VoightStory:
A bill is going to be presented to the US Congress allowing free monitoring of the telecommunications system by the Federal security agencies. The lead congressman, Albert, who opposes the bill is murdered. That accidentally gets taped by a nature observer. He is murdered and his friend whom he told about the murder too is murdered. But while on the run he meets Robert Clayton Dean(WS) a labor lawyer. The corrupt politician, Reynolds(JV), who got the congressman murdered now ruins Robert's life using all the spyware available to the National Security Agency. Robert fights back with the help of an ex-NSA aide Brill(GH).My Comments:
An excellent movie.

Schindler's List

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
War Film, Drama, BiographyStarring:
Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes and many more...Story:
Oskar Schindler(LN) is a charismatic industrialist in the 1930's. He sees a business opportunity created by Germany's attack on Poland and taps it. He buys a factory for making steel crockery and hire Jewish Labor at cheap wages. He does all this purely with business in mind.But with time the word spreads that Schindler's factory is heaven and safe for all the workers. All this due to the efforts of his trusted accountant, Itzhak Stern, (BK) who uses the opportunity to save as many people from Germans as he can. People start thanking him for saving their lives and start approaching him for saving them and their friends.Towards the end when the German's start killing Jews all over Poland it is Oskar Schindler who makes a list of all people who have worked for him and some who have not and bribes the Germans with all the money that h…

The Great Escape

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Rating:
YellowGenre:
War Film, Drama, ActionStarring:
Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Steve McQueen and many more...Story:
The Germans have created a POW camp where they've brought together those captured enemy Air Force pilots who have been creating the most trouble in trying to escape.What they've done is to bring together some of the most skilled people together who make a plan to escape by tunnelling. The movie is about how the weaknesses of a few men affect the eventual destiny of the others.My Comments:
Nice movie based on a real life story. Worth a watch. But lacking the technical superiority of present day films, also just a bit slower than what I would have liked it to be.

BraveHeart

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Action, War Film, Biographical, DramaStarring:
Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormackStory:
William Wallace(MG) unites the Scots against the English after his wife(whom he wed secretly due to the Prima Noctia law) is killed by the English in an attempt to capture him. He fights a number of wars against the English, wins some, looses others thanks to the betrayal by various people. In the end he is captured and executed by the English. But only after uniting Scotland in its fight for freedom and only after impregnating the soon to be queen of England.My Comments:
The raw emotions make it worth a watch! Don't expect any serious (historical) learning here though.

Enemy at the Gates

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
War Film, Action, Thriller, BiographicalStarring:
Jude Law, Ed Harris, Rachel Weisz, Joseph FiennesStory:
Vassili Zaitsev(JL) is a Russian shepherd boy who has volunteered to fight for his country in the historic battle of Stalingrad. The movie is about how he is made into a hero from a common shepherd boy, as an idol for the other soldiers and Russians in general to look upto. All this is done by a political officer, Commisar Danilov(JF), of the Russian army. Both of them become very good friends.The Germans call upon their best sniper Major Konig(EH) to hunt down Vassili. The rest of the movie is about the cat and mouse game that the two snipers play in trying to hunt down each other. In parallel, runs the love story between Vassili and Tania Chernova(RW) a Moscow University graduate who has volunteered in the war.My Comments:
A well made movie about the real life story of Vassili Zaitsev. The first one that I've seen about Snipers' role i…

Little Manhattan

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Romantic ComedyStarring:
Josh Hutcherson, Charlie Ray, Bradley Whitford, Cynthia NixonStory:
Gabe(JH), an eleven year old boy, falls in love with Rosemary(CR) his classmate since KinderGarten. His parents Adam(BW) and Leslie(CN) have filed for a divorce and are waiting for the court order allowing separation.The movie is about how Gabe falls in love and how the love story shapes up towards the end. And how his love story, incidentally, brings his parents back together.My Comments:
Cute, Innocent, Pleasant, Different yet very realistic!

The Terminal

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
DramaStarring:
Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley TucciStory:
Victor Navorsky(TH), a resident of Karkozhia(an east-European country) arrives in US - the JFK airport. Just as he was on his way, there is a civil war and the government is overthrown. His country ceases to exist. As a result his passport and visa become invalid. The only option he has is to spend his time in the Terminal of the airport till the war gets over.During the stay he makes several friends at the airport because of his friendly and helpful nature. And everyone at the airport starts liking him, except the field commissioner for whom he is a liability. Victor is in the US to fulfil a promise that he made to his father - watch the movie to find out whether he is able to fulfil that promise.My Comments:
Steven Spielberg gives this story just the treatment that it deserved coming up with a beautiful movie in the end.

The Pianist

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Drama, War-Film, BiographicalStarring:
Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia FoxStory:
The setting is the late 1930s, early 1940s. Wladyslaw Szpilman plays Piano on the Polish radio and is a renowned Pianist in the country. The second world war starts and Poland is attacked by Germany. Szpilman is a Jew. The movie is about how Szpilman manages to survive the war with the help of numerous people including a senior German Army Personnel while he loses everyone he knows - his family, friends, colleagues, love - everyone. My Comments:
A well made movie about the true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman. Gives you an idea what might happen to a celebrity living an affluent life in times of war.

Phonebooth

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Suspense ThrillerStarring:
Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell, Katie HomesStory:
Steward Shepard(CF) is a small-time publicist. He lies to everyone around him to get his work done. He's sweet with everyone whom he needs and rude with those whom he doesn't. He's trying to get in bed with one of the small time singer/actress Pam(KH). He's lied to her that he's not married and of course he's lied to his wife, Kelly(RM), as well.One fine day, as usual he enters the phone booth to call Pam, he takes off his engagement ring, finishes the call. Again an unsuccessful attempt to get her to the cheap City Hotel. After he hangs up the phone, the phone in the phone booth rings.... and in the next few hours his life changes completely. To know how watch the movie.My Comments:
An excellent movie. A must watch.

21

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Rating:
YellowGenre:
DramaStarring:
Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate BosworthStory:
A MIT student has got admission to Harvard Medical School. He needs $300000 to pay the fees. He gets the opportunity when one of his professors, impressed by his intellectual abilities, offers him to join their team of counters. People who count in games of Blackjack to win fortunes in Casinos.All is going well, he lives a dual life. A MIT student on weekdays and a Counter on the weekends, earning fortunes in a matter of hours living a true Las Vegas lifestyle. That's till he gets emotional and looses $200000 in a game - after that life takes a turn. He losses all the money he's got, his girlfriend almost breaks up with him and most importantly he might even loose his MIT degree.My Comments:
A nice movie, the screenplay and dialogues are what prevent it from getting a Green.

Tropic Thunder

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Rating:
YellowGenre:
ComedyStarring:
Ben Stiller, Tom Cruise, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr.Story:
A director is making a war movie based on a book return on a true incident. He's a new director, and is unable to handle the star-studded cast, and the producer is after his life. The author of the book, an army man whom the book is about, gives him an idea. As per the idea he puts the entire team into a secluded part of the tropical jungle with hidden cameras all over the place. Things go crazy when the director is killed in a mine blast and no one is able to figure out what's going on. As the actors get into an encounter with drug-peddling militia thinking that they are actors. My Comments:
Nice Plot. But the movie is just not upto the mark, anyway it wasn't boring at all and is worth a watch if you have the time for a time-pass movie.

Meet Joe Black

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Romance, DramaStarring:
Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani, Jake WeberStory:
Death is on a vacation. It wants to see and explore Earth, people, and their lives. It chooses William Parrish(AH) a JetSet Businessman whose time to die has come for his intelligence, attitude etc. Bill gets as many days extra as Death enjoys on Earth.On the other hand is Susan(CF), Bill's daughter, who has fallen in love at first sight with a stranger(BP) after their meeting in a coffee shop. Fate has it that death chooses his body. As Death, known to everyone as Joe Black, comes to live with Bill like his shadow everyone is perplexed. No one knows from where this stranger has appeared and has become so close to Bill. As things turnout further Death falls in love with Susan. On the other hand Bill's business is about to get sold to someone else as his most trusted employee turns out to be a mole.My Comments:
Based on the play Death on a Vacation, the movie…

There's Something about Mary

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Romance/ComedyStarring:
Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben StillerStory:
Ted(BS) hires a claims investigator Pat Healy(MD) to search his high-school love Mary(CD). Mary is a beautiful girl with a pleasant personality. Guys just fall for her. The movie is about how the guys wear different masks to gain her love and try to cut the others out of her life and favour.My Comments:
If you know (or are) a girl who has this problem of all guys who know her falling for her(whatever be the reason - body, mind or soul) you'd be able to relate to this movie. If not simply enjoy the fun. This movie is sure to have you in splits the entire two hours and after that.

Memento

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Suspense Drama/ThrillerStarring:
Guy Pearce, Carrie-Ann Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Junior BooneStory:
Leonard Shelby's(GP) wife was raped and killed. In the process of trying to save his wife he got a serious head injury when one of the rapists attacked him from the rear. While one rapist was killed, the other escaped leaving Lenny to die. He doesn't die but develops Antegrade Amnesia(Short term memory loss). He is on the look out for his wife's killers. The movie is about how he tries to find his wife's killers and in the process is used by various people who try to capitalise on his disability.My Comments:
A suspense thriller very different from the usual stuff. The movie is unique in the way that instead of taking the story forward it takes the story backward. Also it has a non-linear structure. The setting continuously shifts between the past and the present. We already know what has happened. The movie is about how and why it happe…

No Smoking

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Rating:
YellowGenre:
DramaStarring:
John Abraham, Ayesha Takia, Ranvir Shorey, Paresh RawalStory:
K (JA) is a cigarette addict. Annie/Anjali(AT) (his wife cum secretary) decides to leave him if he doesn't stop smoking. His friend Abbas Tyrewala(RS) suggests him to go to 'PrayogShala' to get rid of the addiction. What he does not tell him is that he is sending him as a reference so that he can get his fingers back.PrayogShala, headed by Bangali Baba's Shishya(PR), is an elusive organisation run by Burqa clad women and lala-type men. It even has a call center of its own. They have a simple way of ridding people of their habit of smoking - to destroy their lives if they don't stop. Locking their family members in smoke-filled rooms, cutting their fingers, killing their family members.But there is more than what comes to the eye. The points listed above are basically ways of bringing the conflict between the persons Antaratma and his conscious existence in a …