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Mary Kom at TIFF 2014

September 8, 2014 Movie Reviews 2 Comments

It was a distinct pleasure to host the press conference for Mary Kom which had it’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival recently. Both Omung and Priyanka were gracious with their time and the conversation was healthy and inspiring. With the world now understanding what the buzz is all about here is a link to that conversation. Enjoy

Programmers Who chooses your films? We do. 21 programmers, covering 6 continents.

September 8, 2014 Movie Reviews No Comments
Programmers  Who chooses your films? We do. 21 programmers, covering 6 continents.

TIFF.Net has posted advice for how to chose films at the fest this year. Have a look.

Toronto: Stars Power 15 Hottest Festival Titles (Hollywood Reporter)

September 2, 2014 Movie Reviews No Comments

Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Aniston and a homeless Richard Gere all have movies looking for a U.S. home

See Million Dollar Arm !!!

May 15, 2014 Movie Reviews 3 Comments

I was approached a few months ago to screen Million Dollar Arm and my only problem was that I have not been able to talk about how much I enjoyed it up until now. With the release this Friday, let me echo the the sentiments of the good buzz you are probably starting to hear, Million Dollar Arm is the feel good hit of the summer. While the box office is crowded with mega blockbusters and hyper budgets, MDA comes at a time where people need a feel good story that is both original and entertaining, which is exactly what the films is.
Based on the true story of A sports agent who stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented pitchers into the major leagues, the movie has an international feel about it embedded in the traditional Hollywood model. Jon Hamm is a pleasant surprise who carries the film with class and ease. The ‘Indian Pitching’ stars of the film played by Madhur Mittal and Suraj Sharma add to the heart warming story that develops in this ‘fish out of water scenario’.
However, the real catch of the film comes through with the performance of newbie Pitobosh who plays ‘Amit’ in the film. Though he is new to Hollywood, his character Amit (who acts as a liaison for the aspiring pitchers when coming to America) is one of the most charming characters I’ve seen in any sports film to date. Adding to the film is the AR Rahman musical touch bringing another strong element to the film and enhancing the potential for a film that will naturally be compared to Jerry Maguire and Slumdog Millionare, but I assure you that the film is not simply ‘like’ either of those. Instead, MDA is a movie that is touching, refreshing and positive in a way that the summer season needs at the box office.
Disney’s Million Dollar arm has to be my one of my favourite films of the year so far. I’ll admit that on paper I thought this film was going to be a hot mess of stereo types and clichches, but you will be pleasantly surprised.

Oh those Neighbors

Neighbors is the type of comedy that you’ve grown to expect from the talent that is featured in it. Seth Rogen has built a career out of playing the slightly awkward, somewhat endearing, average ‘Joe’ who manages to get himself into and out of a plethora of trouble.
The premise is simple and somewhat over explained in the trailers you have seen, new couple moves into a new neighbourhood and frat sets up shop next door to them. What happens next is a series of events that plays out like a bunch of scenes mashed together in hopes of finding cohesion.

What you will like : The comedy is fairly consistent and the laughs flow through the film with ease. The gags and situational comedy make way for some real laugh out loud moments and surprisingly both Zac Efron and Dave Franco have some great chemistry on set.

What you will struggle with : It’s never clear who we are really rooting for in the film. on one hand you want the College kids to simply have the ‘epic’ fun that they are attempting to have and on the other hand you just want the new couple to live in peace. The problem here is that you don’t have enough time to invest in either because the story doesn’t take enough time to develop into anything other than a ping pong game of who can out smart the other.

Finally : I admire what Seth has been able to do with his career and his interview on Howard Stern solidified to me that he is a lot smarter than the characters that he plays. I can’t figure out how no director has been able to convince him to shake his giggle which always gets in the way of differentiating his characters.

Who should see it : If you liked Pineapple Express or Superbad this fits in well with your sense of comedy.

Who should avoid it : It’s not really a date night movie more of a ‘lets get a bunch of people together and see it movie’ I will also warn new parents that you may cringe at some of the decisions the new couple make in the film – but hey it’s a movie right?

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