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Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Movie review

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a 2011 American science fiction film. The film is directed by Rupert Wyatt. It is a reboot of the Planet of the Apes series.

Planet of the apes movie

Planet of the apes


The story starts with the scientist Will Rodman, currently residing in San Francisco. He is working on a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by performing tests on apes.

During his test a female chimpanzee gives birth to a baby chimpanzee named Caesar. Steven Jacobs orders to put down all the test chimpanzees after the escape of the female chimpanzee.

Robert Franklin, the subordinate responsible for carrying out this was not able to kill the baby chimpanzee and instead he kept it in his house. Caesar haves high intelligence, and learns unbelievably well.

Rise of the planet of the apes caesar

Rise of the planet of the apes - caesar


Will gives a sample of his cure to his father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. Initially his father improves but illness came back again.

On by attacking a neighbor who threatened Will’s father, Caesar is forced to leave Will’s house and entered a primate facility in San Bruno, where the apes are held in cages and are cruelly treated.

Rodman again creates a more powerful cure to treat his father and begins testing on chimps begin. The new Cure strengthens the intelligence of the apes, but is critical to humans. Franklin dies because of his exposure towards the virus.

Rise of the planet of the apes

Rise of the planet of the apes

Caesar escapes from his cage and releases an airborne strain of the virus that increases the intelligence of the apes.

Because of the virus Caesar was able to speak and it made all apes escape from the primate facility, Will’s research institute and San Francisco Zoo.

They all escaped through the streets by fighting with a police blockade who stopped them from crossing.

The movie is most surprising in its seriousness as it shows a forceful character study of Caesar.

Overall it is rated as 5/8 with most satisfying subject.

Cars 2 – Movie review

Cars 2 movie is full of animation fanatics to cheer about. The animation is excellent, especially in Disney’s 3D format and particularly a shot of an underwater scene at the beginning was special one.

Cars Movie Poster

Since the first movie already dealt with McQueen; Cars 2 concentrate highly on the relationship between McQueen and Mater.

Mater discovers that he is not just a rusty truck that other cars laugh at and McQueen realizes how much Mater means to him.

Caine is a new addition to the crew and provides a small output to his role. Mortimer and comedian Eddie Izzard adds more fun to the film.

Cars 2

McQueen and Mater get on on a journey to compete in the first World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car.

During the adventure, Mater becomes sidetracked, while Lightning McQueen continues his pursuit to win the race. The story goes on as such.

Overall it is rated as 3/5 with good enough action and comedy which is highly entertaining to watch. Smiley

Pirates of the Caribbean – plunders foreign markets

Americans appear to be growing tired of riding the high seas with Capt. Jack Sparrow, but “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” found box office treasure anyway.

The fourth entry in the Johnny Depp-starring “Pirates” series collection was $256.3 million on its first weekend in more than 100 foreign countries, according to an estimate from Walt Disney Studios. That’s the biggest international debut of all time for a film.

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It had made up more than for a softer-than-expected $90.1-million launch in the U.S. and Canada. The total worldwide tally was a huge $346.4 million; the film enjoyed the all-time biggest openings in Latin America, the Middle East and Russia, according to Disney.

The disparity in performance demonstrates that in the increasingly global film business, movies can still be blockbuster hits while disappointing at the domestic box office.

“On Stranger Tides” could end up collecting a total of $1 billion, easily justifying the more than $400 million Disney spent on production and advertising.

Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides

“People have got to understand the size of the stage,” said Disney distribution President Chuck Viane. “It doesn’t matter where the money comes from anymore.”

In fact, the best news at the domestic box office may have come not for “Pirates” but the modestly budgeted comedy “Bridesmaids.” It dropped only 20% on its second weekend to $21.1 million, an indication of strong word of mouth.

To bolster “On Stranger Tides” after 2007 grossed less than the 2006 second entry. U.S. and Canadian audiences didn’t seem to appreciate the effort. Though the movie enjoyed the biggest opening of the year in those countries, it came in well behind the last two “Pirates” pictures. They launched to $135.6 million and $114.7 million respectively.

Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest 2006

Despite poor reviews, most people who saw “On Stranger Tides” seemed to like it. U.S. audiences scored the picture a B+, according to market research firm Cinema Score.

Even with strong word of mouth, though, “On Stranger Tides” will struggle to avoid being the lowest-grossing “Pirates” movie domestically, a title held by the original “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” which generated $305.4 million in 2003.

It is also clear that the “Pirates” franchise itself remains vibrant overseas, particularly in countries where many people may not have even seen the original because there were fewer theaters in 2003.

Since the movie’s premiere at Disneyland on May 7, the cast has spent its time doing international publicity including premieres in London, Moscow and at the Cannes Film Festival — an effort that obviously paid off.Smiley

Source: latimes.com

Tangled Movie Reviews, Trailers

Walt Disney Pictures presents ‘Tangled’, a 2010 an animated musical film, one of the most hilarious, hair-raising tales ever told and it is the is the 50th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Till date, it is the second most expensive film ever made and the most expensive animated film, with a budget of $260 million.

Disneys-Tangled-Film

The story is highly based on the German fairy tale Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm.The film was originally titled and marketed as Rapunzel until it was changed to Tangled.

When the kingdom’s most wanted — and most charming — bandit Flynn Rider (voice of Zachary Levi) hides out in a strange tower, he has taken hostage by Rapunzel (voice of Mandy Moore), a beautiful and an energetic tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair.

Bandit Flynn Rider taken hostage by Rapunzel

The film was prepared using computer-generated imagery (CGI), although Tangled was modeled on the customary look of oil paintings on canvas. To create the sense of a painting, non-photorealistic rendering has been used.

Rapunzel

While concluding we can say that ‘Tangled’ is a story of adventure, heart, humor and hair — lots of hair. The movie is supposed to be released in India on January 21, 2011. I have given you here the trailer of Tangled. Emoticon

Boom….Boom…Boom..Roboda…Roboda!!!!!!

Enthiran Rajini
Enthiran Rajini

Today morning when i just came by the side of the theatre, i happened to see Rajnikanth sir’s poster was bathed in over hundred litres of milk and also thousands of people have been roaming around the cinema hall to catch the first day, first show of Endhiran. While talking about Rajni sir we are just forgetting about Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Though Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks stunning and acts most convincingly, Endhiran is full and full a Rajnikant show from starting to end.

Endhiran-Posture
Endhiran-Posture

As till i heard the film’s story revolves around a scientist’s struggle to control his own creation of an android robot whose processor was raised to such a higher standard, in order to give it the ability to grasp and generate human emotions, from further sociological mishaps. After setting its eyes on a pretty woman, the robot develops love for her, who also happens to be the love interest of the scientist, which creates a conflict between the two. The film got released today i.e on(01-10-2010) worldwide along with its dubbed versions. The film is named as Robot in Hindi and Robo in Telugu. True to Rajini style, the climax of the film is being the mother of all climaxes.

Hmmm to tell about the make of the film we all know that Enthiran is a science fiction film co-written and directed by Mr.Shankar. The film features Sir Rajinikanth in dual roles, one as a science professor and another role as a superintelligent android robot.

Endhiran-Robo
Endhiran-Robo

Aishwarya Rai and Danny Denzongpa play other lead roles whereas Santhanam, Karunas, Kalabhavan Mani, Devadarshini, and Cochin Haneefa plays supporting roles. After nearly a decade of hard work, the film was shot completed in two years since 2008. This big budget film is produced by Mr.Kalanidhi Maran, a business legend. This film is known to be the most expensive film in Asia till now. This film also haves the credit of grtting the largest worldwide opening for an Indian film, during its release. Music was composed by A. R. Rahman, the Oscard award winner and R. Rathnavelu handled Cinematography.

The film shooting began on February 15 2008 in Chennai. The first schedule of the film commenced on September 2008 at Peru, where a song sequence casting Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai was shot under the choreography of Raju Sundaram at the Machu Picchu, the song is Kilimanjaro song and it’s a very famous number.

Kilimanjaro song sequence
Kilimanjaro song sequence

Other scenes for the song were finished off in the United States and Brazil. The shooting for the second schedule continued in the Indian state of Goa, where the initial portions were filmed for ten days. The third schedule for the film shot in Himachal Pradesh for a song, which then followed the scenes being in and around Chennai.

During the final day of filming on 7 July 2010, the entire cast and crew members, including Mr.Kalanidhi Maran, Hansraj Saxena, took part in a celebration party which recalls and show respect for the the completion of the two-year filming process.

Fans like us have taken a day off from work to make sure to see this first show. I am a huge Rajnikanth sir’s fan. I wanted to book my tickets in advance but couldn’t. All the tickets were sold out. Anyway am not ready to leave this am just running out to try the availability of tickets at least for next week.Smiley

Poo – The Unselfish Love Story Like a Flower

Tamil movie Poo

Last week I happened to watch Poo. I liked it very much. �Poo� is a simple love story set in a rustic mileu of Sivakasi. Adapted from the Tamil short story, �Veyyilodu Poi,� by Chelvan, it revolved around Mari (Parvathy Menon) and her love for her cousin Thenkarasa (Srikanth) since her childhood days. Mari works in a crackers factory while Thenkarasa, pursues engineering in Chennai. Thenkarasa�s father, a bullock cart owner and a hard working soul nurtures aspirations for his son.

Mari often dreams of a life with Thenkarasa, but is tongue tied when she meets him. Egged by her friend, Cheeni (Inbanila), she tries to speak of her love to him, but fails. As for Thenkarasa, she is just his childhood friend until his classmate Uttara opens his eyes to Mari�s feelings for him. But his father�s aspirations force him to marry a rich man�s daughter.

Although Mari is disappointed, she marries another man and adjusts with the new life continues to love Thenkarasa in mind and wants him to be the happiest person in the world. When she comes to know that Thenkarasa’s marriage life is not a happy one, she can’t control her tears. The very last seen is too touching. Unlike other love stories, Poo scores with its unselfish love. There’s no fantasy and story is close to reality.

On her debut, Parvathy Menon has done a remarkable job as the village girl in love. In this role, she exudes a grace and coyness unseen today in the women of other love stories. Srikanth�s role is small yet significant. However the visuals are stunning and is a neat and clean movie that can be watched with the family. If you are looking for a fresh breath of air, watch Poo.

Daddy Day Care

Another nice movie for kids and adults. Daddy Day Care is a 2003 American comedy film, starring Eddie Murphy. Charlie Hinton (Eddie Murphy), a busy working father, is laid off after the health division in his company is shut down. Desperate for money, he opens up a day care center with the help of two friends (Jeff Garlin and Steve Zahn). As it became more popular, a nearby school’s daycare became less populated, because Charlie’s center, Daddy Day Care, is much cheaper. Mrs. Harridan (Anjelica Huston), the headmistress of the competition school, attempts to shut down Daddy Day Care, but fails. Charlie and one of his friends are offered a better job and they decide to take it. But not long after, Charlie soon realizes that the job isn’t what he really wants to do. He returns to Daddy Day Care, only to learn that everybody left and went to the expensive school. He successfully convinces the children and their parents to come back, and Daddy Day Care becomes a raging success.

Wild Child – A Nice Movie

Now a days I am getting more time to watch movies and listen songs. I recently happened to watch Wild child. The story is about a teenager in her school. I really liked it. Watch it if you can. Definitely you too like it.

The film proper begins after Poppy’s long-suffering father sends her packing from their flash Malibu pad to an English boarding school, Abbey Mount. Faster� than you can say ‘whatever’, Poppy makes herself unpopular with her roommates by refusing to adhere to the school’s rules. She makes a particular enemy of� haughty head-girl Harriet, who has a thing for Freddie, the handsome son of the school’s headmistress, Mrs Kingsley.Distraught without her LA trappings – therapist, iPhone, and Jimmy Choo shoes – Poppy comes across like an extra from Mean Girls. At mealtimes she utters Buddhist chants while everyone else says grace, and then refuses to eat the food on offer, claiming she’s vegetarian, pescatarian and fruititarian. With the help of her roommates – who take pity on her when they discover Poppy’s mother died in a car crash when she was 11 – our girl resolves to leave the school by getting herself expelled.

Somehow she becomes very close her 4 roommates. The principal’s cute charm boy Freddie fell in love with Poppy Moor. And Poppy leads the school sports team in victory and becomes the pet of all in school. These things made Harriet jealous and she’s waiting for a chance to take revenge. Harriet sends mails to Poppy�s room mates and Freddie from Poppy�s email and all started to hate her. I don’t want to tell the entire story and spoil your interest in watching the movie. See how she comes out from all the problems.

Our Poppy is the one with blue color ribbon.

Chak De India – Go For It, India

I know this is a lengthy post. I tried my level best to brief the story.

This is the story of a hardworking coach who once lost his world cup in hockey by chance and was treated as a cheater by media and authority.(after the last shot Kabir Khan falls down with utter sadness and the Pakistan captain gives him a hand to get up. It is illustrated by the media as a match-fixing). The speculation and prejudice exhibited towards Kabir forces him and his mother out of their ancestral home and into exile. After 7 years he comes back to coach the Indian women hockey team. And he is telling that he was preparing himself to coach these girls. The sports authority has no hope in Kabir (the coach) and his team. The main problem Kabir has to face was there was no team, just a bunch of girls who have come together with a baggage of class, region and interpersonal rivalries. The small town girls hate the urban snobs; the city-slickers think Chhattisgarh is a jungle, the seniors can’t bear the juniors stealing the limelight and petty camps create a virtual gang-war which even builds into a mutiny against the disciplinarian coach.

These are our 16 players

Komal Chautala (Chitrashi Rawat) from a village in Haryana conflicts with Preeti Sabarwal (Sagarika Ghatge) from Chandigarh whom she refers to as “memsaab”; tough girl Balbir Kaur (Tanya Abrol) from the Punjab has an extremely short temper and frequently loses it, especially during games, which causes the team to play one woman short. She also bullies Rani Dispotta (Seema Azmi) and Soimoi Kerketa (Nisha Nair), both from jungle villages in Jharkhand; and Mary Lalte (Kimi Laldawla) from Mizoram and Molly Zimik (Masochon “Chon Chon” Zimik) from Manipur (in North-East India) are both treated as “foreign” by virtually everyone they meet. Komal’s parents worry that her interest in hockey will destroy all hope of a good marriage; team captain Vidya Sharma (Vidya Malvade) is forced to choose between hockey and the wishes of her husband’s family; and Preeti’s boyfriend, the (fictional) vice captain of the India national cricket team, Abimanyu Singh (Vivan Bhatena), mocks her involvement with the team, telling her that her only important role is being his wife.

Kabir�s strictness and rough nature was intolerable for the girls. The girls wanted Kabir to go back and for that only they are ready to be a team. Kabir forced to resign and he gives a party to the girls at McDonald’s. There some boys try to abuse Mary and Molly and all girls started to fight with the boys and defeat them. It is a turning point for the team and in shame the girls beg Khan to stay as their coach. They start to practice very hard.

Chak De India

Beautiful scenes

The team’s preparation receives a temporary setback, however, when hockey officials suddenly decide not to send the women’s team to Australia for The World Championship. Rather than concede to what he deems an unjust request, Khan demands a challenge match against men’s national team. If his team wins, Khan argues, they get to go to The World Championship. The officials agree, albeit reluctantly. Although the girls play a hard game during this challenge match, they ultimately lose 2-3 to the men’s team. Their vigor and spirit proved so inspirational, however, that the men’s team, in appreciation, raise their hockey sticks as a salute to them Thus, despite their loss, the officials agree to send the women’s team to Australia. The team gets an unexpected and thrilling victory. That leads the restoration of Khan�s good name. It also destroys the prejudices which once separated the girls and proves to their families and country the merit of women’s athletics. There are so many scenes to mention in this movie. The scene in which Komal allowed Preeti to stroke was one of them. (They were like great enemies till that time). Preeti rejects Abimanyu Singh (he lost his cricket world cup) says that she is concentrating more in hockey. This movie shows how unity will bring success.

Inspiration

The screenwriter Jaideep Sahni was inspired to create a film about the Indian Women’s Hockey Team after reading a short article about the winning of the Gold by the women’s team at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Director Shamit Amin noted the lack of coverage of the women’s team by the media and that “there are a lot of odds these players are up against.” The story of Chak De was deeply inspired by the real life story of ex Chief National Coach Maharaj Krishan Kaushik and his Indian Women’s hockey team’s real feat of winning the Commonwealth and many other championships.

Awards

Chak De India has won numerous awards including eight for Best Film from: The Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild, The Australian Indian Film Festival, The Billie Awards, The International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA), The Star Screen Awards, The UNFPA-Laadli Media Awards, The V. Shantaram Awards, and The Zee Cine Awards. It also received the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie.

Social impact

India Today describes Chak De India as, “the most feisty girl power movie to have come out of Bollywood ever. Chak De India was referenced as influential when the Indian Hockey Federation was suspended in April, 2008. Chak De India has included in foreign universities� MBA books as case study