Monday, March 12, 2012

Top 5 TV shows you must watch before you die

Hello everyone :) ! Let me tell you, my personal list of Top 5 TV shows you must watch before you die.

Well, TV is funny. It has a thousand channels and ten thousand shows, yet when we sit in front of TV to watch something, all you get is some pathetic shows.
Why do you try out the list here? It doesn’t matter how you watch it: On your TV, laptop or even tablet. If you like TV, these are the shows that you simply can’t afford to miss in your lifetime.

1. L O S T

The beginning of television can be traced back to 1884. But it took 120 years finally to use this medium to the fullest... for LOST to begin in 2004.
What is L O S T all about?
It’s the story of survivors of a plane crash in a strange island.  That’s where it all begins.
It’s a mystery. It’s a thriller. It’s a drama.
Spanning 6 seasons, LOST told the biggest and the most intriguing story ever told in the history of television. LOST is a one big epic story with a beginning and an end.  Probably there wont be another show like LOST and so it will spoil you, because anything else you watch after this show, would be just not be “LOST” enough.

2. F.R.I.E.N.D.S

This show basically defined the 90s- A Sitcom about a couple of friends living in New York. Yup that’s pretty much it.(Ed- My best friend thinks friends should be on the top spot!) A complete LOL show that takes you on a ride filled with loads of laughter, fun, love and the best of all- friendship.  It hasn’t aged a bit even though it has been ten years now since its finale.  If you love to laugh, go watch it. It will make your life seem a way lot easier.

3. 24

Jack bauer. He is the man, he is the best action figure I have ever come across. What makes him so special? It is because he is a human. Unlike other heroes where they win all the time, every where, Jack bauer is a brave man yet he doesn’t always win and he has to make a lot of personal sacrifices to do what he is supposed to do. He is a CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) agent who has to stop viruses, bombs and assassination attempts in L.A The best part of 24 is that the story is told in real time and so no flashbacks or flashforwards. 24 episodes of a season potrays 24 hours of a day.

4. Arrested Development

Now this is not yous usual sitcom. It is crazy. It is weird. But its addictive! Its about one big crazy family where Michael bluth( the only sensible person) takes over his dads business and the countless problems he has to face. It is produced by Ron howard ( Director of A beautiful mind, Da vinci code) and it is the highest rated comedy in IMDB. Now that is something right?!

5. Sherlock

 The name is Holmes. Sherlock Holmes
This is the only show on this list which is still on air. Well Sherlock is a UK TV series telcasted in BBC which is basically the modern interpration of the most genius detective we have ever known.
Only 6 episodes till now, but each episode is for about 90 mins and hence its gives a feeling of watching a movie. Brilliantly written and technically way ahead of all other tv series.  This is the perfect homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and I will even say that it is even better than the Sherlock holmes movies directed by Guy Ritchie. With just two seasons, it has become a masterpiece.

Hope you liked my list. Well these are my personal views and I haven’t seen all the shows on TV. Im sure there are quite a few,  equally good shows  which I haven’t seen yet.  
So what is your list? Let me know!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Tower Heist - DVD review

A Crime comedy starring Ben stiller and Eddie Murphy and this movie was released without much artificial hype surrounding it. Not that I don’t like Ben stiller, but I was sceptical about watching him in a crime-comedy despite hearing some good reviews.  But after 104 minutes (exact runtime), I have to say, the movie is surprisingly good.

The plot is like a group of good hearted and hard working men is cheated by a billionaire’s Ponzi scheme, and so they set out to take revenge by stealing his hidden money. The best part about the movie is that it never tries too hard to impress. Credits go to the writers and director Brett Ratner.  Even though it’s a crime comedy, I would say it is more like a breezy feel good comedy involving a crime.
If you expect an ocean’s eleven or the Italian job, you will be disappointed. Because the heist part of the movie is pretty much ordinary and the whole movie is about how they plan the heist.  It is neither an intelligent movie nor a fast paced action/thriller. Ben stiller and Eddie Murphy have given some controlled and solid performances.  Supporting cast is also commendable. Despite falling into the crime genre, it is rated as PG-13, and I have to say excluding some few scenes, this movie can be rated as PG, which shows how subtle the humour is throughout the movie.  Yet another good thing about the movie is that they have avoided unnecessary subplots and romantic interests.
These days it is quite hard to find a movie which doesn’t try to over sell, especially if it’s a comedy.  With most of them carrying tag lines like – “Best comedy after Hangover”. But this one stands apart with an original script and some real witty one liners. The movie may not make you roll on the floor laughing nor will it give anything to have a serious conversation about, once the movie is over. However If you are looking forward to watch a light hearted well-paced comedy  on a Saturday night with a tub of popcorn in your hand, you won’t go wrong with this one.

Go for it and I would rate it 3.5/5.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ten most anticipated movies in 2012!

2011 was a disappointing year where only a handful of films managed to get into our favourite movies list. But what do we have in store for 2012? Well I can write about the history of movies and what went wrong in 2011 and stuff…
But Why bother? Lets cut to the chase!

1.       The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Adventure | Fantasy)
Director: Peter Jackson
Release date: 14 December, 2012

Whats the Buzz? : Prequel to The Lord of the Rings. This one statement is enough to make it the most anticipated movie of the year. However there is much more it.
I have written a long post about it here. Check it out

2.       The Dark Knight Rises (Action | Crime | Drama)

Director: Christopher Nolan
Release date: 20 July, 2012
Whats the Buzz? : Epic conclusion to the Batman Saga. 8 minutes teaser in IMAX already has captured all the hearts. New villain Bane is supposed to surpass the evilness of Joker.
So how will Christopher Nolan end the series?! Fingers crossed!

3.       The Avengers (Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi)

Director: Joss Whedon
Release date: 4 May, 2012
Whats the Buzz? : Okay now this is the perfect summer film! We know this movie is not gonna win any awards, but when you have Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America all in one action-fun film, you will just not get the tickets for the movie in first week.

4.       Skyfall (Action | Adventure | Thriller)

Director: Sam Mendes
Release date: 26 Oct, 2012
Whats the Buzz? : James Bond Returns. Again.
Trailer: Not Yet Released 

5.       Men in Black III (Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi)

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Release date: 25 May, 2012
Whats the Buzz? : The fun movie series is getting its third instalment.
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones returns once again to handle the aliens on earth. Now that should be perfect popcorn fun! Executive produced by none other than Steven Spielberg

6.       The Amazing Spider-Man (Action | Adventure | Thriller)

Director: Marc Webb
Release date: 3 July, 2012
Whats the Buzz? : Spiderman Reboot. Was it really necessary to have the whole spidey biting peter parker all over again? That too so soon?! Im not sure. But apparently the studios wanted a darker version of Spiderman and this is what they have made. Well trailer looks promising.

7.       Brave (Animation | Action | Adventure)

Director: Mark Andrews
Release date: 22 June, 2012
Whats the Buzz? : Disney-Pixar brings you yet another fantasy adventure film. I felt the trailer was a bit disappointing for a pixar film. But I felt the same for UP(2009) too and the movie was fantastic. Well when the masters of animation returns, they cant just go wrong. Can they?

8.       Lincoln (Biography | Drama | History)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Release date: December, 2012
Whats the Buzz? : A Spielberg movie about Abraham Lincoln. That says it all.
Trailer: Not Yet Released 

9.       Prometheus (Action | Horror | Sci-Fi)

Director: Ridley Scott
Release date: 8 June, 2012
Whats the Buzz? : Looks like a Prequel to Aliens and it is written by the writer of LOST. The plot is like In the late 21st Century, the crew of the Prometheus explore the advanced civilization of an extraterrestrial race as part of a mission to uncover the origins of humanity. If this sounds interesting , you should totally check out the trailer!

10.   Ice Age: Continental Drift (Animation | Adventure | Comedy)

Director: Steve Martino,Mike Thurmeier
Release date: 13 July, 2012
Whats the Buzz? : The fourth instalment in Popular Ice age series (the only successful animated series by 20th Century Fox). Well Ice Age is kinda cute isn it? Cant wait for the crazy Scrat running behind acorns!

So this year looks promising and if everything goes well, it’s a treat for movie fans!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

One movie to change them all...

"Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for 
Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the 
Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of 
Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie."
-          J.R.R.Tolkien

One Ring. It is all about that one ring!! J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic saga THE LORD OF THE RINGS

Even J.R.R wouldn’t have believed it, if someone had told him that his work, fifty years after its publication, will turn into the biggest and most admired cinema mankind has ever made. 

When Peter Jackson wanted to make it into a movie, everyone was sceptical about its success. But we all know what happened after the trilogy was released. It was released over 3 years, one movie on each Christmas. 

The three films put together were nominated for 30 Academy Awards, of which they won a whopping 17!  A record for any movie trilogy!!! On its own, The Return of the King tied the previous record of 11 academy awards and won in every category it was nominated in, an extremely rare feat!  The movie shares the record for winning the maximum number of academy awards, with Titanic and Ben Hur. The trilogy was a great financial success, with the films collectively being the sixth highest-grossing film series of all-time.

After 10 years, Peter Jackson now returns, to make the book- The Hobbit (prequel of The Lord of the Rings) into a movie. This time the book is going to be made into 2 films. The first part will be released on December 2012 and the next on December 2013. But there is something about The Hobbit that is going to be PHENOMENAL, even if you haven’t seen a single LOTR movie….

One movie to change them all...

The first BIG thing about The Hobbit is that, it is the first feature film to be shot  at the frame rate of 48 frames per second.
All our movies have been shot in 24 frames since the 1920s. We have lived for over 9 decades with 24 fps, because back then it was the most affordable frame rate available. Did you know that the human eye sees things at 60frames per second? That is the reason why, no matter what blu-ray you use, movie clips always have that blur in scenes, where there is some moving object on screen.

For the first time, a movie is being shot using a camera which supports 48fps,  the process requires both shooting and projecting at 48fps. These days, most of the new digital projectors are capable of projecting at 48 fps, with only the digital servers needing some firmware upgrades.
So how does a movie shot in 48frames per second look?

The movie you see will have hugely enhanced clarity and smoothness. The difference in clarity from a normal movie and The Hobbit will be the same as that of, a normal VCD and HD 1080 medium.

And what more? Once you get used to 48fps, you might even feel uncomfortable watching normal movies! The difference between 48fps and 60fps speeds is almost impossible to detect, but the increase in quality over 24 fps is collosal.

The Hobbit will be shot by a camera called The EPIC, which is a successor to RED's industry changing camera- Red One. It has 5K resolution, can shoot up to 120 frames per second and has a new HDRx™ mode for the highest dynamic range of any digital cinema camera ever made.

5k resolution?  The normal High definition video that you get to see is 1080 pixels. However this is 5000 pixels! You can see the difference in left side.

The Hobbit is probably the first feature film in the world to use The EPIC and at least 48 cameras are used for the 3-D production. The EPIC'S small size and relatively low weight, makes it perfect for 3-D – where two cameras have to be mounted on each 3D rig. In order to capture shots in 3D, here two cameras are used at the same time: One's the left eye, one's the right eye. One shoots through a mirror, the other one bounces off a mirror. So that the 2 pictures are perfectly overlaid. The shots from both the cameras are converged and are telecasted live on the computer, so you can actually see the movie in 3D, as and when it is shot.

So what does 48fps plus RED 3D mean?
It means for the first time you can watch a 3D movie without having that headache or the uneasiness that you generally get when you watch something in 3D. For the first time, you can watch 3D with the same ease of a normal movie! And it is not just that.. Watching a 48fps movie in 3D will basically make you feel that you are inside that world!!!

And there is another first to The Hobbit. 

For the first time ever, each and every scene of a movie has been handrawn in 3D, to analyse how it feels like before actually shooting it. So for the same, every scene is hand drawn twice. One picture is drawn in blue colour and the other in Red. Then both are mixed to see how that particular shot will look on a 3D screen. Yes. It took them months to just finish the drawings. There is a sample of a 3D drawing from The Hobbit on the right side.

There is a downside to using this Epic Camera: it tends to eat up  red colour. Hence if you shoot a normal human, the face might end up looking bit yellowish. To rectify this, each and every actor  has applied extra make up by adding more red tone to the skin (as u can see below), so that when they are ultimately shown on the big screen, they will look normal.

Even for the forests, they had to  make everything look ultra-bold, so that  when the picture comes on screen, it doesn’t look colour deprived.
So during the editing, they had to make sure in each and every shot, the colours are balanced, if not artificial colour was added.  Or in the other case, the colours were graded down to get the perfect visual with the barest hint of colour in the film.
The problem of using such advanced technology has another problem. Everything you shoot just has to be real. For example, even for the wigs that characters use, you just can’t use any wig, and you have to actually use human hair.

Hence for The hobbit, each and every wig on set is made using real human hair! Even the fabric of their clothes had to be changed to make it look real on screen.

But it is not just the technical advancements; this film has got much more to it. The Hobbit is going to be the biggest (literally) film ever made. It has the biggest logistical movement in cinematic history!
For shooting a scene at a different location, they have to  literally transport 700 members as crew! It is a movie which has to be shot in different locations which is spread in different countries. So to shoot the same, they have to fly along with 700 members each time not to mention the hundreds of equipment they have to transport.

On road, they always have 240 vehicles to transport the entire set from one place to another. Also they have to transport numerous animals in a coordinated move and it requires everyone to show up at the right place at the right time. Add in those little real-life necessities like food, shelter, and bathrooms. It is easy to imagine, anything could go wrong with such a huge film on making. But the man behind all this is Peter Jackson or actually Sir Peter Robert Jackson (because he was knighted by Governor-General of New Zealand in 2010)

So this December, you are going to witness the beginning of a new era  in cinema.
Enter the world of Middle earth. Mark the date.
14 December 2012- 


One movie to change them all...