alexGenre: Action | Year: 2004 | Duration: 175 mins | Director: Oliver Stone | Medium: DVD (EAGLE Entertainment) | Trailer: HERE | My rating: 2.5*/5*

Favorite Dialogue: Alexander: “Conquer your fear, and I promise you, you will conquer death.”

The screenplay of this epic movie based on the life and times of ‘Alexander The Great’ king of Macedon, who conquered Asia Minor, Egypt, Persia, and part of Ancient India, is based on the book by the same name written by historian Robert Fox. The story of Alexander (Colin Farrell) is narrated by Ptolemy (Anthony Hopkins) throughout the movie while he’s getting his autobiography scribed 40 years after 323 BC from Egypt. The story moves from his childhood and his closeness to his mother Olympias (Angelina Jolie) and teachings of Aristotle to his youth and his love for his childhood friend Hephaestion (Jared Leto), who was charecterised more like a cock tease homosexual than his heroics throughout, to his conquests across Asia Minor defeating Darius, and later marrying a tribal girl, Roxana. Towards the end he gets poisoned by his own generals fed up by his eccentricities and lust for war.

However the movie failed to capture the greatness of Alexander, and nearly succeeded in making a mockery of it all. Unfortunately, this awfully directed cinematic disaster is my Movie of the day.

The Avengers

avengGenre: Sci-fi | Year: 2012 | Duration: 143 mins | Director: Joss Whedon | Medium: Theater (DT Cinemas, Saket) | Trailer: HERE | My rating: 4.5*/5*

Favorite Dialogue: “Steve Rogers (Capt. America): Stark, we need a plan of attack!

                               Tony Stark (Iron Man): I have a plan: attack!”

Nick Fury, director of SHIELD assembles a team of super heroes (Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow) to counter from subjugating Earth, and protecting Tesseract.  They all assemble on a freighter, which takes shape of a spaceship with stealth capabilities and make it their base of operations to launch counter strike against Loki and his army of Chitauris, an alien force from space. Loki brings his army for invasion of earth through a portal into space using Tesseract. The super heroes fight tooth and nail and defeat the highly mechanized (very much reminded me of the machines from Matrix) Chitauri fleet, with Iron Man nailing the Mother ship parked in space using a nuclear missile and setting its course through the open portal. In the end, Thor arrests Loki and surrenders him and the Tesseract to Asgard. Among all assembled super heroes, I wondered at the usefulness of Black Widow in the team other than glam factor. Guess they should have borrowed Cat Woman from DC who would have been better choice, adding both power and glam together.

This science fiction out of Marvel’s with impressive feat of cinematic engineering is my Movie of the Day

The Marine

marGenre: Action| Year: 2006 | Duration: 92 mins | Director: John Bonito | Medium: VCD (EROS Home Video) | Trailer: HERE | My rating: 3*/5*

Favorite Dialogue: Rome: Would somebody *please* shoot this guy?

WWE wrestler John Cena plays John Triton, an U.S. Marine who returns home honorably discharged after violating his commander’s order in a rescue mission in Iraq, only to have his wife, Kate (Kelly Carlson) kidnapped by a ruthless criminal, Rome (Robert Patrick). The rest of the movie is all about the chase through country roads and swamps on burning cars and running across, spewing and dodging bullets, hijacking monster truck and police boat, gasoline fires, ending up in a semper fi  style death to Rome and rescue of Kate under water.

This action packed mindless fun thriller 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.

The Accidental Husband

accidental-husbandGenre: Romance/Comedy| Year: 2008 | Duration: 90 mins | Director: Griffin Dunne | Medium: VCD (EROS Video) | Trailer: HERE | My rating: 2.5*/5*

Favorite Dialogue: Patrick: [with a mouth full of sample wedding cake] This cake is fantastic!

FDNY fireman Patrick Sullivan (Jeffery Dean Morgan) is a happy-go-lucky, soccer playing man about to marry a girl from Astoria, when his life goes topsy-turvy through an advise taken by his fiancee, Sophia, from this famed radio host and love expert, Dr. Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman), ending with a break-up. Patrick wanted revenge and takes help from his Indian neighbor, who’s a whiz hacker, to falsely put his name as Emma’s husband in public record. Emma gets to know about this sudden change in her life when she goes for registering her marriage with her long time fiance, Richard (Colin Firth), and is asked to get Patrick’s signature on the annulment forms. These forms led Emma and Patrick to fall in love with each other, and eventually get married for real. The movie ends with Tamil music playing in the background.

Dunne’s ‘accidental & forgettable’ flick is my Movie of the Day

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