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  1. Ah. Didn't know that. Now that I think of it, TGM does have an Oblivion-y vibe to it. The movie has its faults though. It's a bit ham-fisted and the dialog is super-cringe in some places, but the overall experience is sublime. It's also very different to the first one. This one is too... Tom Cruise all the time. And the music is forgettable compared to the first one. He has such acute precision now and has absolutely absorbed what works. He might be the biggest star of all time. Deservedly. I mean, imagine sitting on one of your greatest creations, this movie, and not being able to release it due to the pandemic. Man.
  2. When Tom Cruise said that Top Gun: Maverick was a love letter to aviation, he wasn't kidding. Any scenes involving aircrafts, the visuals, the audio, and the scale and intensity are truly exhilarating. This is top class moviemaking. The first half is a super build-up, with interspersed action teasers, building up to this event that needs two miracles, which, true Maverick style, then ends up needing a few more. The movie has style, nostalgia, setting, and those heart-pumping and jaw-dropping moments in harmony, each aspect pushing the other one and highlighting it more. Cruise has aced the sequel summer blockbuster. The amount of care put into getting this to completion is evident. The in-flight and dogfight screen time is truly majestic. There is a love angle, there is past friction, a few characters returning, and a few new admirals getting pissed off. Above all, what I loved about the movie is that it made me believe that those were real naval fighter pilots out there, that the plane acrobatics were real, that it was a dangerous mission, that maverick was a superhero of a pilot who's spent his life flying and hasn't really grown up at all, and that he wields the plane like a goddamn extension of his body, like a samurai does with his sword. There are enough callbacks to the first one that you'd be remiss if you didn't really remember the movie, so if you haven't watched Top Gun: Maverick yet, I'd advise you to watch the first one and have it fresh in your mind when you go watch it in IMAX. Other theatres would be a compromise. There aren't many movies made these days that make you want to spend on the ticket, take time out, drive to the cinema, park, check-in, find a seat, and watch it with others who were driven just the same. Even though strangers, there is a subtext of a connection with everyone there. You know they are fans, and they've come to be entertained. And it's majestic. It's a thoroughly worthy evening out. Go for it. Catch it in IMAX. The few hundred extra rupees are more than worth it and will not make a difference in your life. Experiences like these just might. 9/10
  3. He really was. Crazy good defending. Also showed how much of a cheat code DRS really is. I’m yet to be convinced if DRS improves races and racing. Props to red bull too, on how they switched it up. A good Barcelona race. I thought I’d move right after the first couple of laps but the race kept me hooked. Too bad for Leclerc. He was on point.
  4. Kodai is fun but the closest airport is Madurai and it’s about a 3 hour climb from there in narrow and twisty mountain roads. The little one might not like that. For stay, Tamara Kodai is good. If you like camping or roughing it for a day or so try The Pear County. Great atmosphere, lovely people, and they serve genuine delish live barbecue, but their tents aren’t in top condition. Also the shrooms begin to come out in July
  5. Watched Super Pumped on Voot. The story of Travis and Uber. The first two episodes are intense, funny, inspiring, and got me hooked. The rest are kinda meh. The cast is really good, and some moments and sequences are worth getting into. Not really recommended but do catch the first two episodes if you're so inclined. Gives a nice little glimpse into the way today's kings from Silicon Valley think, and their frame of mind. They're shaping this world as they see fit. And they truly believe they're there to make it better, as they see better. It's a frame of mind, and in some weird way, is inspiring. Side rant: Voot app on Apple TV is the worst sh*t I've experienced. If you think LIV app is bad, Voot takes it to a level unimaginable. Not sure how Apple approved it too. The skip back and forward do not work. The subtitles aren't available to select. The info menu, that you get when you slide down on the touchpad is intermittent, which means it'll show up if it wants to. It will never remember your list or videos you've watched. You can never just open the app and continue. Did I mention that skip back and forward DO NOT WORK? Because they don't. Skip. Holy hell. It did offer multi-channel audio though so there's that
  6. Thanks. Like your recommendations. Where do you pick these from? Is there a feed? MUBI?
  7. Time scrubs everything. They've both been great, but are they now? Cameron is kind of separated from the scene as the dude makes one movie a decade. Still, his last great was Titanic, over 25 years ago. It also had an amazing team, including two of the very best actors in the world. Ridley Scott hasn't really been good for a while. The House of Gucci was an absolute stinker. The only exception in the last 20 years has been The Martian. He's also 85. They've each done great things. How much they have left to offer, remains to be seen.
  8. Check out Mokobara. Some Delsey designs are nice too.
  9. I watched three matches to near completion this week. That does not normally happen. Tennis matches are long, and life has demands. But when compelled for something, you make time. That’s what Carlos Alcaraz compelled me to do this week. Make time to watch him play against the greatests of all time. In one week. Back to back. And then, win a Masters level tournament that those goats have made their own, like it wasn’t crazy. Like he has always done that. Like it was no biggie. We are watching evolution, front and center. Maybe a couple of players will give him trouble, like Medvedev, and I’d love to see them play each other in the US open, but we are seeing the true successor to the big 3. The others, like Zverev, Tsitsipas etc. have no chance. They’re players with a few very good attributes, and mediocre others. Snowflakes in front of this hard battle warrior. I expected Zverev to fold like a pack of cards today. Alcaraz’s ferocity, the belief, and the hunger are hammers of submission. Serious TDKR Bane and KFP Tai Lung vibes. He plays well, is enjoyable to watch on court, audacious, battles like a warrior, and has the most fun trick drop shot of all time. And, most importantly, he makes you want to watch and root for him. He’s already got his own chant. Carlos Alcaraz has snatched the torch. Bravo.
  10. Chandler is just exciting to watch, and Oliveira is scary good. Don’t think any lightweight is going over him anytime soon. Another good day for the division.
  11. Haha, nahi bhai. This is mostly for work. What you understand is a bit down the line. Agents are helpless too. Put this on tbhp as well and will do as suggested, just walk-in Would've hit you up anyway, tell me where to pick the Joker from
  12. So the situation with Schengen Visa appointments is... inconvenient. No appointments available and the online systems are a bit messy. Anyone know anyone who knows anyone who can help? Need to travel at the end of this month.
  13. Saw that video a couple of days ago and wished to watch the movie right then. After a long while a film has caused this kind of anticipation. Cinemas were created for movies like this. This feels like it is going to be peak Cruise
  14. Dune The good is that the movie is moving visual art. It is breath-taking, gorgeous. Bad is that that’s the only good part. The fatal flaw for me was that the world and the way of life of the people just did not work. There’s tech advancement in some areas and others they are quite primitive, mostly in the order and way of life: emperors, house of X, etc. There was such a big disconnect that I had look up when the book was written, because this universe is completely oblivious to computers and silicon for most things, but not for weapons, and ships, and travel etc. If I had to wager a guess, I’d have pitted the book to be written in the early 1900’s, not 1965. In that way, the movie lost me within the first 10 minutes. I just wasn’t interested in anything except the visual creativity, and hoping for some good action and set pieces. Unfortunately, the action was sh*t too. Since the story or the characters did not interest me at all, the gaps of Denis Villeneuve as a filmmaker were front, and goddamn centre. Dune is slow, somber, and mind-numbing-ly boring. I WAS TEXTING during most of it. LOL. A worse thing I could not say about a movie. PS: Mad Max Fury Road and BR2049 walk that line of desolation in an alternate universe extremely proficiently. So it wasn’t the setting, or the vibe. Dune’s world felt idiotic, and incomplete conceptually. Also, this Nolan hangover of unclear dialog and vocals has got to die. 4/10
  15. So was he in Batman Begins. It was pulled off beautifully. You could see that he was enough of a ninja to be Batman, and yet inexperienced enough to get his a*s handed to him on occasion when faced with a non-normal foe. Then he learned from his mistakes. If you need more than two years “work-ex” to know not to get close to a bomb that’s going to explode in your face, you’re not an amateur. You’re fkn stupid.
  16. Bruh she looked terrorised even when things were fine, you could totally see a crazy Bill Burr's father type guy going off on her. They absolutely nailed the casting. Thanks. Added sample to library. The few times I've tried audiobooks I haven't really liked them and stopped. Let's see if this one keeps me hooked. Will check it out, thanks.
  17. The Shining: an excellent horror movie that is equal parts beautiful, crazy, funny, riveting, and dread-inducing. A gorgeously shot movie with zero fat, I wouldn’t remove a single frame. We were fully engrossed in what was unfolding, and it held our complete attention throughout. I couldn’t give a higher compliment to any thing. There’s nothing much to add, except that it’s properly Kubrick-an, a signature that holds good value with people who like movies. The sequence of Nicholson’s character watching his family play in the snow is why you’d realise that most of the (great) actors are a bit cuckoo. No sane human could offer that expression, in that way, for that long, and make you feel things down to your tiniest bone. 9/10 Related: how does it compare to the book?
  18. Guys. Watch King Richard. Everyone, including the kinds have performed exceptionally. It is a charming, inspiring story of craziness of one mind: Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams. A poor-ish, black family trying to break into a predominantly white & elitist sport, sticking to The Plan, and making it happen. It’s funny, poignant, inspiring, and engrossing. Some mild pandering does make the cut, but it’s mostly in the corners. If anything, it’s been softened a bit. I’m aware that the reality was a bit harder & harsher. A very enjoyable movie. Highlights family values, upbringing, hard work, vision, and most of all, to not to let the world bring your crazy down. 8.5/10
  19. Did. There are like a million mails from Playstation plus. Can't login to Sony account on the website; "server error", the app shows only that "you have no active subscriptions". The entire Sony UI & UX has become so goddamn sucky. So android-y. There's no flow, no coherence, and the navigation is just irritating.
  20. Guys how do I check when I last purchased PS+? Transaction history only shows the games, not the subscription, which is showing as "not active". I'm quite sure it should be active.
  21. I think they're still trying to find their formula, but they're definitely still aping Marvel. I mean, their opening animation is derived as f**k, and, doesn't this (and the previous one) movie exist because of GoTG? Yeah, thanks. So many little nuggets missed. Makes me want to watch it again. Just didn't hear about it much anywhere, here, or otherwise.
  22. I have been left to wonder, after watching The Suicide Squad last night, of the reasons why this film hasn't received much love. Perhaps the hangover of the previous horrid attempt? Perhaps. This movie is a gem. A crazy, over the top, fearlessly creative, and barely contained, fun thing. The characters, the setting, the story, action, and the ridiculousness of it all works to give us a one of the best comic book movies. This might just be my current live-action favourite, and I certainly enjoyed it far more than No Way Home. It feels like the pages of outrageousness, of a nerdy, obscure, liberating comic-book are unfolding in perfect tandem. Sometimes, when left to their own vices, artists can create majestic things, where the only agendas are enjoyment & fun. I feel like these agendas have not been priorities for media: books, movies, and games, for some time now. This one was so refreshing. Each following moment tops the ridiculous bar set by the previous, and the R rating is put to glorious use. Some of the frames are just epic. The shark guy tearing that soldier in two is imprinted in my mind. Glo.rious. Leave the thinking to the makers for this one, get a little un-sober, call a few friends, and just enjoy this brilliant movie. 9/10
  23. Haha, you really think so? Didn't feel like that to me. They were both feel-good moments, with the subtext of cricket, or sport, surpassing hate and uniting all. Also these articles are a rupee-a dozen. Maybe the movie didn't generate hype enough to get audiences to the theatre in the opening weekend, but not a single person i know has said that the movie wasn't worth their time. It didn't get an opportunity to ride the word-of-mouth wave. Again, i was genuinely interested in watching it but avoided going to the theatre due to prevalent COVID scare, and have been eagerly awaiting OTT release since. Anyway. Doesn't matter.
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