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Man Of Steel – movie Review

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Man of steel

The story starts with the birth of superman and how he is sent to earth by his parents away from his endangered Planet .As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. Finally presents himself to the world when it’s time to save it.

A very well scripted film, like I knew after the Dark Knight we would never watch a super hero film the same way as we did in the past. The story boldly gave much screen time for the history of the super hero’s childhood, and how is adoptive parents nurtured him did their best to conceal his abilities and made it clear that the world was not ready for him .which made quite an impact to the story. A very brief but a good performance by Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent. Henry Cavill As superman gave good performance and took over the character with ease. The Production design was very creative of the Planet Krpyton but the over destructive action sequences towards the end was a bit too much. Inconsistent placement of flash back act as speed breakers in the film, but for 143 min film it was not dragging. I give the film 7/10.

P:S the costume looks unfinished without is jatti (his briefs) on top his pants.

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Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Movie Review

 

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Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru – Movie Review

Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru

The story is simple; Kumar (Siddharth) is a software engineer who falls head over heels for his colleague Sanjana (Hansika). Kumar, who is desperate for Sanjana’s love engages the services of Mokia (Santhanam), a love guru.

With a simple but a developed screen play Director Sundar C takes us smoothly into the movie without much effort. Santhanam takes command and leads the movie filled with fun and laughter. For a change his comedy track had less vulgarity and foul language which made it easier for the audience .Not much of a performance oriented role for Siddarth as all he had to do was stand and deliver dialogues to Santhanam and romance with Hansika which is easier for him. Hansika had more lines to deliver than her past films, but still her talky portion was out of sync (maybe it’s the trend for actresses nowadays). Kushboo had done the costumes for the film and she made Hansika look glamorous throughout the film, but Siddarth’s costume was very bad in the songs and Santhanam costume made him look like a pimp rather than a love guru. Cinematography and editing are normal and nothing much in those departments. Songs fail to register than the locations in which they were shot on. As a film “Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru” takes you to a fun-filled joy ride , there is never a dull moment and keeps you engaged at all times. I give the film 5/10 .

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Posted by on June 17, 2013 in Movie Review

 

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Back Projections replaces Blue screens – Old school technique in a very modern way

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Exteriors were shot in volcanic rock terrain in Iceland, but the filmmakers built all their sets on stages in Baton Rouge, La. One of the main sets is Harper’s residence, a glass structure 2,000′ above ground on a tower. It offers expansive views of the sky, which is colored by constantly moving clouds, the sun’s movement and atmospheric conditions. Miranda recalls that he and Kosinski began discussing the sky tower long before their official prep started. “We wanted to stay away from blue screen and do as much in-camera as possible,” says the cinematographer. “Neither of us likes the limitations blue screen composites put on a set. Harper’s place is supposed to look futuristic and polished, and we didn’t want to make all the surfaces dull to avoid blue [light] pollution. We didn’t want to end up in a situation where most of the set was made of CGI.” Miranda suggested going “old school” in a very modern way. Using the concept of front screen projection, he proposed surrounding the set with projection screen and utilizing high-end video projectors to create the sky all around the set. Production Resources Group, a company that specializes in concert tours and other specialized events, brought in 21 Barco FLMHD20 20,000-lumen 1080 HD projectors, along with 11 custom Mbox Extreme v3 media servers, to create a 270-degree projection around the entire set. It was 494′ wide by 42′ tall; more than 60 layers of video were combined to create a final blended image resolution of 18,288 x 1080 pixels. “We sent a crew out to Hawaii to shoot sky and cloud plates with three Red Epics, and those were stitched together to create 15K motion plates for the projectors,” explains Miranda. “We had lots of different looks, including blue skies, fog and sunsets. All of the footage played back at about triple normal speed, so the clouds had a little extra dynamic energy to them. We loaded all the footage into the media servers, and then we could just press ‘Play.’ “With all the sequences loaded on the server, we had the ability to fully control the sky. If we wanted to change the sun direction, we simply called up a different clip, or borrowed one part of the scene from the other side of the projection. We could flip and flop cloud formations around [to achieve] the most dynamic looks, and we could get it all in-camera in real time. “This meant our production designer, Darren Gilford, didn’t have to compromise in his design for the set — we could have all the glass and shiny surfaces we wanted!”

Source : American cinematographer May 2013 Issue

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Technology

 

After Earth – the Movie is Real , Viewing it is a Choice

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After Earth

After escaping asteroid storm damages Cypher (Will smith) and Kitai’s (Jaden smith) craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon with a deadly predator “Ursa” chasing him.

M. Night Shyamalan returns to Hollywood by co-writing and directing this sci-fi film. Will smith with very little screen time gives most of the screen space & heroics to his son Jaden Smith .We follows the father and son into the now hostile earth which was very shown but with a fully evolved ecosystem , with new species of animals including ferocious lions , baboons and giant eagles. The earth’s unstable climate which makes the journey very challenging for our young hero.  And a Monster “Ursa “chasing him by smelling his fear. All well thought of ,but the script is very dull; the dialogues had to pulled out of the actors tongues and very really bad acting by Will smith. The first half breezes thorough but the second half could have been better. The worst technical team was the Art direction; for a futuristic theme the production design was hopeless, the aircraft looks as though being done with bandages and cheap plastic. The crash site is just filled with debris of white cloth. Not very impressive CGI but the matte painting and the ecosystem were done to their best. Cinematographer Peter Suschitzky has done a great job. Jaden smith as much to offer, hope to see him in a better movie .The climatic sequence was well done and is one of a few good sequences in the film. I give the film 5/10

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Posted by on June 10, 2013 in Movie Review

 

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Hangover 3 – movie review

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Hangover 3

Phil (Bradley Cooper), Doug (Justin Bartha) and Stu (Ed Helms), join together to drive their best friend Alan (Zach Galifianakis) to Arizona for his medical treatment but in the midst of all this, they get kidnapped, forced to become burglars and end up in Las Vegas for the grand finale on the the third and final film of the Hangover Series.

Hangover is a film which doesn’t need a sequel, sure the first one was great, and the second was not so bad, but making a third one was a brave move but doesn’t live up to the mark. The whole film just revolves around Chow (Ken Jeong) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and others just stand as by standers. From the starting scene which imitates the opening scene Shawshank Redemption the films takes you to the climax in Las Vegas, sounds great but on film it drags you laying just a few laughs hear and there. A lazy script and imitations of the gags from the previous films makes the effort look dull and forced. Don’t expect the same as the last two films, the Wolf pack doesn’t howl this time. I give it a 3/10

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Posted by on June 5, 2013 in Movie Review

 

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Kutti Puli – Movie review

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Kutti puli

Deivanai (Saranya Ponvannan) is a widow who lost her husband in a village rivalry. As a single mother, she raises her son Kutti Puli (Sasikumar) and wants to shield him away from violence. Unfortunately he turns up growing a rugged guy who will risk his life for whoever comes to him for help. While his mother wants him to get married, he shy’s away from marriage knowing that he will end up like his father and in turn make his wife suffer like his mother.

Though the script seems to match the Hero Sasikumar , it fails to impress the audience .The debut Director fails with a thin screenplay and fails to engage the audience in the second half. The background score is filled with old films songs bringing dishonor to the original music directors. None of the Preachy punch dialogues stands up. The comedy scenes and Sasikumar’s Makeover act in the second half irritates you and makes you very uncomfortable to continue .Laksmi menon doesn’t have much screen time and very much under-utilized in this film. Saranya the only person, donning the mother’s role in the film does justice to her character. Muragadoss who plays sidekick to the Hero does a decent job. The only positive act is done by the Cinematographer Mahesh Mutthusamy who makes film the viewable to its character. Strictly a ‘C’ center film , I give it 3/10

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Posted by on June 3, 2013 in Movie Review

 

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