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Jul
12

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14
Jul
12

Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises

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Christopher Nolan gives his fantastic trilogy an exhilarating end

It’s fitting, really, that a comic superhero this revered has movies made on him by a filmmaker whose vision penetrates deep into what seems impossible to think up. Christopher Nolan has taken a tired franchise (fuck you, Joel Schumacher) and recharged it for eternity. The Batman has been elevated to a place so high that it will make us laugh if anybody as much as talks about attempting to revive him in cinema after Chris Nolan’s trilogy.

The reluctant crusader with inner demons to fight must battle Bane, a monster of a man with a goal to terrorize and blow Gotham to smithereens.  Tom Hardy plays the bald beast in a mask Hannibal Lecter might like to try, and imposes with physical presence and an absurdly gruff voice. Here’s where you can forget about the Joker and understand that different villains can do things differently as long as they’re menacing enough.

The Dark Knight Rises has Bruce Wayne struggling to make his comeback as the Batman, a role Christian Bale is very familiar with. While we already know what he’s like as the billionaire with little to look forward to and the vigilante who hammers the hell out of bad guys while making sure he doesn’t kill them, it is Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway who have your attention. Caine, as the caring, witty and lovably shrewd Alfred, keeps the chuckles coming, dry as they are. Hathaway, not once called ‘Catwoman’ to her face, is slender and agile and looks irresistible in her suit.

What’s really going to stay with me is Joseph’s Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake – there’s no way you can’t love the last thing you learn about him.

Christopher Nolan succeeds once again in telling a superhero story the way it needs to be told. The Dark Knight Rises is a motivational and inspiring tale of a man as human as us you all, and teaches us that heroes are men of action; the ones who see something wrong and fix it with their hands. The Dark Knight Rises is a gratifying watch that will thrill the hell out of you, and this reviewer’s claps and whistles weren’t for the Batman as they were for Christopher Nolan as he ended his fantastic trilogy with an exhilarating ride. Now if only we could get one of those machines.

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13
Jul
12

Movie Review: Cocktail (2012)

An exaggerated ass shake may have convinced you to go for the film, but Cocktail is a movie that doesn’t even start being fun. Deepika Padukone sashaying her way into nightclubs without being stopped can fool anyone into thinking they’re in for a party, and there end the good times. Veronica (Padukone, ‘Veeru-paaji’ to Saif Ali Khan) welcomes into her home and life the very desi Meera (newcomer Diana Penty), and Gautam (Khan) joins them soon enough. Having sex with Veronica, and not on very friendly terms with Meera, Gautam is played by Saif Ali Khan the way you’ve always seen him do it. Khan yet again plays the happy-go-lucky goofy yuppie who can charm the pants off most women.

Khan’s Gautam shows us that even the corniest of lines can work on the most stunning of women, while director Homi Adajania is out to show that he doesn’t know how to take the story where he wants. Cocktail moves at a tired pace, with Gautam’s mother (Dimple Kapadia) visiting her son to see the girl he has fallen for. Kapadia is the conservative mother, admonishing everyone in sight because there’s no other way such beings can be affectionate. A cross-dressed Saif Ali Khan presents fuckbuddy Deepika as a friend and the seedhi-saadi Diana Penty as his choice. The movie, which anyway wasn’t made to take cinema forward, tumbles terribly after that. The threesome go on a vacation with Dimple Kapadia, where Diana Penty and Saif Ali Khan fall for each other, and the promiscuous Deepika decides she wants to impress the old lady.

Cocktail, keeping in mind that it has no depth, should have at the very least been a breezy watch, but the writers (Imtiaz Ali and Sajid Ali) and Homi Adajania don’t know how to package melodrama. The movie rushes through the motions of every film that is made to appeal to youngsters and stretches like a bad dream during the dramatic moments. Add Pritam Chakraborty’s music to this mix and you have the soundtrack to a nightmare.

Cocktail is a concoction you should avoid unless you want to experience a three-hour hangover.

RATING: 1/5

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13
Jul
12

Beer Review: Budweiser Magnum

By Prayag Arora-Desai

Headsup, motherfuckers, Budweiser is taking over the world. Not content with selling just their standard grade, piss poor lager in India, they’ve now come out with this Budweiser Magnum to infiltrate the Indian strong beers market. Which means even Ramu kaka will now be ‘Grabbing some Buds’ instead of his usual Haywards 5000 or whatever beer it is that the Ramu kakas of our city drink. I wasn’t expecting much from this one, to be honest. I don’t like most Indian strong beers and I despise the Budweiser label with elitist passion. But for once, I’ll yield to the ‘largest beer company in the world’. Budweiser’s Magnum has taken me by surprise, and maybe companies like Haywards could really learn something about producing drinkable booze that contains more than 5% ABV. I don’t know whether it was my pour or the beer itself, but I hardly got any head on this. It pours an appetizingly golden straw, smells like barley and hops and tastes like hops and rice. Also, it is strong. I’d drink this again (I’m thinking with a plate of hot chicken curry) and so should you.

Rating: 3/5

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10
Jul
12

Music Review: Serj Tankian – Harakiri

Artists who think people should give their music a chance because it supports a cause should listen to System Of A Down. A band like that or Rage Against The Machine or artists like Michael Jackson are the best examples that teach us that great music that can help a cause, that clutching a cause does not make music great or even good, and that the cause should never become greater than the music. Serj Tankian drives his points straight home with superbly crafted songs that are as accessible as Linkin Park tunes, but don’t run away, because Harakiri is high on the intelligence scale. Very easy on the ears, and a lot of fun, the album makes you sit up and think. If you don’t know what Serj Tankian is singing about, it will make you find out. The music is energetic, and at times, poignant. Harakiri has none of the lunacy that System Of A Down‘s debut was possessed by, but the eccentricities that set Serj Tankian apart from every other artist are here. Harakiri is a thoughtful and serious work of art from an amazing vocalist who is awake to the world around him and also knows how to sing about what he sees and thinks about it.

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10
Jul
12

Beer Review: Budweiser (Aluminum Bottle)

By Prayag Arora-Desai

I can’t figure out what the hell this is, whether it’s just your regular Budweiser (in a fancy aluminum bottle), or some newly brewed variation thereof. And it cost Aditya 325 bucks, which makes me angry because I think they’re charging more for the packaging than the booze.  There’s nothing new about whatever this is. It tastes the same as Budweiser, with the slightest hint of an added bite which is possibly due to the metallic container. Smells like wet grain, and tastes like wet grain. No lacing was left behind on the glass and it pours and looks the same as your average Buds. This beer offers no depth of flavor or smell. If you’re a hardcore Budweiser-head, you might like this. Others, do yourself a favour and spent your money on something more worthwhile. Like the new Budweiser Magnum; review coming up soon!

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08
Jul
12

Beer Review: Kaiserdom Pilsener

By Prayag Arora-Desai

Even with my limited experience in German beer, I wouldn’t call the Kaiserdom Pilsener a supreme lager; definitely not by German standards. On its own, however, it’s an interesting enough drink. Consume it ice cold, and you’ll taste a sharp, characterless bitterness which gives way to a well rounded, sweet, malty flavor with a light hoppy tang at the end. The golden body is paler than you’d expect from a lager and tops itself with a creamy head that would sit very well atop a much darker beer, subsiding quickly and leaving behind a patchy lacing on the glass. This pilsener doesn’t offer much to the nose; smells like grain with a fine balance of malty sweetness and notes of hops. Mildly gassy, it finishes on a bittersweet, malty note. I’d like to buy a couple more of these cans to knock back on a warm summer day along with a plateful of cold-cuts. Don’t expect the same stuff from Kaiserdom Pilsener as say, Erdinger Weissbier, but at 176 Rs. for 500 ml, it’s worth a try if you’re looking to discover something new in the way of an affordable brew. You might not be terribly impressed with this, but you wouldn’t feel ripped off either.

Rating: 3/5

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