The Usual Suspects

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Genre: Thriller| Year: 1995 | Duration: 106 mins | Director: Bryan Singer | Medium: DVD (Sony Home Video) | Trailer: HERE | My rating: 4.5*/5*

Favorite Dialogue: Verbal: Keaton always said, “I don’t believe in God, but I’m afraid of him.” Well, I believe in God…and the only thing that scares me is Keyser Söze.”

A group of five unlucky small time criminals, Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), a corrupt former police officer; Michael McManus (Stephen Baldwin), a short-tempered professional thief; Fred Fenster (Benicio del Toro); Todd Hockney (Kevin Pollak), a hijacker; and Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey), a con artist with cerebral palsy, are brought to a police station for interrogation in regards to a mass murder on a ship by a semi-mythical Hungarian crime kingpin feared as ‘the devil himself’ and known by others as ‘Keyser Soze’. With the promise of $91 million and the opportunity to keep their lives, the enigmatic Keyser sends this group on a fool’s errand in San Pedro harbor to stop a competitor’s huge cocaine sale that would interfere with Keyser’s own drug operation, using Kobayashi. In the end, the director brilliantly reveals the identity of Keyser Soze.

This visually stunning thriller full of black comedy with intricate twists is my Movie of the Day.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

brotherGenre: Comedy| Year: 2000 | Duration: 106 mins | Director: Joel & Ethan Coen | Medium: DVD (EAGLE Entertainment) | Trailer: HERE | My rating: 5*/5*

Favorite Dialogue: Everett: “Deceitful, two-faced she-woman. Never trust a female Delmar, remember that one simple precept and your time with me will not have been ill spent.”

O’Brother set in 1937 rural Mississippi during great depression is a brilliant comedy inspired in parts by Homer’s Odyssey. Dapper Dan hair cream obsessed Everett (George Clooney),  easily excitable Pete (John Turturro), and dopey Delmar (Tim Nelson) escaped from a prison chain gang, still chained to each other and goes looking for 1.2 million dollars that Everett claims to have stolen and buried at a farm before he was caught. They run together in chains through fields and even attempted jumping on a running train till they reached Pete’s cousin Wash’s farm. They get surrounded by Sheriff Cooley and his men  and escape with the help of Wash’s son in his car. On their way out they pick up a hitchhiker Tommy, who claims to have sold his soul to the devil in lieu of learning guitar from him. The four of them goes to a radio station run by a blind man, Root, and sing a song “Man of constant sorrow” under the name of Soggy Bottom Boys, conning Root for extra dollars. While they are their wild goose chase, their song becomes famous around the state, which eventually helps them getting pardoned by the governor.

This strangely beautiful, thoroughly eclectic and musically comic flick is my Movie of the day.

Men in Black 3

mibGenre: Sci-fi| Year: 2012 | Duration: 103 mins | Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Medium: Theater (DT Cinemas, Saket) | Trailer: HERE | My rating: 4*/5*

Favorite Dialogue: Agent K: Don’t ask questions you don’t want the answer to”

MIB3 is the sequel to the 2002 film MIB2 starring Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K, and Will Smith as Agent J. Even though its not the best of the three MIBs, its still much better than its predecessor, MIB2, though the gap of ten years between them was equivalent to getting ‘neuralyzed’ had it not been for numerous movie channels on the telly showing repeats of the movies in last ten years. The movie revolves around the escape of a violent alien fugitive, Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement), who lost his arm in a tangle with Agent K back in 1969. When Boris arrives back on Earth after escaping from special prison on the moon, after 40 years, the Boglodite time travels to 1969 to kill-off K prior to their fateful standoff. When Agent J shows-up at MIB headquarters (with a temporal fracture and a craving for chocolate milk, as discovered by Agent O) and discovers that his partner actually died decades before they ever met, he follows Boris’ trail back to the 1969, a day in advance of the standoff in an effort to not only save K and implement a protective earth cover ArcNet, but prevent a full-on Boglodite invasion that the Men in Black had, in the prior version of reality, managed to thwart.

The Agents meet the alien Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg), an Arcadian who possesses the ArcNet and is able to see multi-dimensionally in to all possible futures, gives them the ArcNet and instructs them to place it onto the Apollo 11 lunar rocket launch occurring in less than six hours. Boris then snatches Griffin, but the agents, on monocycles (another cool feature of the movie), give chase and recover Griffin. In the end, J & K (Young agent K is played by Josh Brolin) manages to kill both the younger and older versions of Boris, and deploys ArcNet.

This comic sci-fi with funny looking aliens is my Movie of the Day

Larry Crowne

larryGenre: Romance/Comedy| Year: 2011 | Duration: 98 mins | Director: Tom Hanks | Medium: VCD (BIG Home Video) | Trailer: HERE | My rating: 2.5*/5*

Favorite Dialogue: Mercedes: (mixing a strong frozen drink) “Mmmmm…brain freeze!”

Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks), a divorced middle-aged man and navy’s veteran cook, gets fired from his floor keeper job at a store because he lacked a college level education. Upon encouragement from his neighbor, Lamar, he enrolls at a local community college to pursue better opportunities in future, studying economics and communication. Larry befriends a bunch of young, scooter-riding young people, and strikes a special friendship with a free spirited girl Talia.  The saving grace of the movie is the subtle romance between Larry and ever-radiant Julia Roberts as Mercedes Tainot, the public-speaking professor with an alcohol addiction and a disintegrating marriage.

This tepid rom-com, which is neither full of romance nor comic is my Movie of the Day.

Ball & Chain

BallGenre: Romantic Comedy| Year: 2004 | Duration: 90 mins | Director: Shiraz Jafri| Medium: VCD (BIG Home Video) | Trailer: HERE | My rating: 2.5*/5*

A romcom set among ABCDs in Texas, could have been funnier with a better storyline or direction. The story is of Ameet (Sunil Malhotra) whose marriage is ‘arranged’ by his parents to Saima (Lisa Ray) against their wishes. They try everything in the book to break-off this engagement with the help of Ameet’s best friend, Bobby (Kal Penn), only to fall in love with each other during the mayhem.

This delightful & hilarious in-parts film is my ‘Movie of the Day’.

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