Useful Facts for those who haven't seen the movie yet :
Al Capone - An American gangster & kingpin of Chicago during the Great Depression in 1930s.
Eliot Ness - A Federal agent determined to take down Al Capone at any cost.
The Untouchables - A group of fearless officers who are led by Eliot Ness to bring down Al Capone.
Note : All the above information given above are not fictitious but real characters.
PLOT :" A cinematic portrayal about how "The Untouchables" earned their name by taking on Al Capone who is aided by the corrupt bureaucracy of Chicago "
Phew !! one of the best riveting screenplay i can ever remember and i don't bother about the historical accuracy of this movie but it stands out as one of the best gangster movies ever.The Untouchables is a beautifully crafted piece of cinema that is enjoyable from the exciting beginning till the gripping end.
Director Brian De Palma is acclaimed for his technique in delivering complex takes and thrilling tension but here he also managed to give space for the actors to give stand-out performances and he also knows how to tell a good story.
Kevin Costner stars as Eliot Ness etching out the role convincingly.He does a great job at showing his early rejection ,his first triumphs and his ultimate success.The director also makes Ness's work seem more personal ,because he has a wife and children for whom to care.
Sir Sean Connery gives one of his best performances as Jimmy Malone , who somewhat reluctantly joins Ness in his crusade. As a hard-nosed cop with decades of experience ,he is essential to the Untouchables and their mission. His performance understandably earned him an Oscar.
One of the features of The Untouchables that struck me the most, and keeps striking me after seeing it is the brilliant cinematography.The film is full of well-thought out ,almost serene moments which for these reasons alone for me makes it a film that can be watched over and over again.
Special mention must be made of the score by Ennio Morricone ,surely the greatest and most prolific composer of film music. As in most of the films that he scores ,the music becomes an essential part of the work , not only do certain scenes become firmly implanted in your mind ,but also his music for each scene. He received an Oscar nomination for this film ,but did not win (he has never won, despite 5 nominations.)
The shining light in the movie would be Robert De Niro as the Al Capone himself.Totally convincing, totally ruthless, played just right ,never drifting ,never falling into cliche, De Niro is excellent.
Apart from these, the script is what really steals the show, it is very tight, just the right amount of humour and ruthlessness.
The Untouchables isn't just about style.Well, the movie is undoubtly a stylish and violent thriller ,but thats no surprise since Brian De Palma is known for his peculiar way of making films, it has masterful performances.
Sticking Robert De Niro in your movie almost assures you good reviews. Sticking Sean Connery only increases that. So when all of them join with Ennio Morricone and Brian De Palma,the result can be nothing short of explosive.
With all minor complaints aside ,the movie is very enjoyable and is definitely worth a watch. It has one of my favorite scenes of all time and probably one of the more famous scenes to ever hit the screen.But I won't spoil that for you.
The Untouchables is a visually and emotionally compelling movie that effectively draws the viewer into the clash between Elliot Ness and Al Capone.This movie is surreal masterpiece of gangster cinema considering the number of stand-out acting performances and the numerous memorable sequences in the film.
- Director : Brian De Palma
- Rating : "PG"
Neorealistic Cinema : a style of filming concerning social issues and often shot on location with untrained actors.
Well i may be going overboard with the clause "untrained actors" bot most of the cast here are newbies portraying the typical native slang.I witnessed a grand spectacle of neorealistic cinema in this film and one such experience unforgettable.
PLOT : "A tale about three friends who stand together at all times portraying their friendship in every form possible , in simple words "NADODIGAL IS A TRIBUTE TO FRIENDSHIP" "
Wow i was just dumbstruck after the movie ,from the beginning till the end of the movie there was never a dull moment engrossing the audience to the movie's pace.A through entertainer with the right mix of action ,romance ,sentiments presented in a neat & hilarious way.
Casting is the movie's strength here ,It is familiar territory for Sasikumar , who revels in a role similar to the one he played in ‘Subramaniyapuram’Lending him support are Bharani and Vijay, who get a good opportunity to showcase their talent. The other actors are aptly cast, and do more than adequate justive to the roles assigned to them.
Enter Sasikumar Kollywood's latest entrant who carries off his role with panache & top-notching performance.Emoting perfectly to all situations ,he is the show stealer here personifying friendship at its best.On keen observation we can surely see one of cinema's inspirational characters.
Ananya who played Sasikumar's girl is a revelation enlighting the screens with her presence portraying a village girl with her lively presence.She's surely a treat to watch.
Few know that Abhinaya, who plays the role of Karunakaran’s sister, was born with a hearing and speaking disability but none can notice it on screen.She was cast after many mainstream heroines turned down the role. Samuthirakani deserves a lot of praise for believing in her and making her emote to perfection.
Director Samuthirakani deserves loads for accolades for etching out such an off-beat theme earning the audience's well-deserved applause in most of the scenes ,the treatment given to the script warrants a second time viewing because of its racy and impressive nature.The essential joy of being together and helping friends in their crisis hour is scripted out appealingly.
The cinematography earns its share capturing the adrenaline-pumping scenes elegantly and presenlty the scenes in a vivid and bright manner.Adding strength to the script is its comical nature even in tough situations ,appeasing the viewers. Bharani and Ganga Karupu gelled well together lighting the screens.
Success of this film is on the script which is treated in a intelligent manner suppressing the entire sentiments package in a clean and crisp flavour.All the other roles especially within the family are very realistic and appearing as it would happen in our own life.
Sundar C Babu’s musical score goes hand in hand with the movie.Special mention must be given to number ‘Sambo Siva Sambo’ which lifts the emotions on screen to a greater level.The village numbers by him are foot-tapping and enjoyable.
The emotions are suttle and beautiful creating a perfect ambience for the audience to cherish who did exactly that and enjoyed the movie till the end.Take your friends along and you are sure to enjoy this entertainer.
Samuthirakani-Sasikumar are rocking Tamil with their neorealistic movies. Hats off for their attempts, which should be an eye-opener for many aspiring filmmakers.NADODIGAL shows that performance and powerful stories still remain the winner and the audience is not reduced to just watching any movie from the so-called super stars.
- Director : Samuthirakani
- Cast : Sasikumar , Vijay , Bharani , Ananya , Abinaya , Ganga Karupu
- Rating : "PG"
P.P.S :Blostered by the success ,this movie is gonna be remade in Telugu ,Kannada and Hindi.Dev Patel of "Slumdog Millionaire" is gonna star in the hindi version.
This was the first animation film i ever saw in my childhood and a film experience i will never forget ,"The Lion King" is one of Disney's best animated movies that can entertain anyone young or old.
PLOT :"The journey of a Lion cub who is tricked into thinking he killed his father, a guilt ridden lion cub flees into exile and abandons his identity as the future King"
The Lion King holding a rather special place in my psyche as well as my heart for it was the first animation film I ever saw and every time I watch it ,it is impossible not to like, with it's stunning animation, the well fitting voice cast, amazing music that will never be forgotten, and universal rating
This movie is done in such a manner that makes it flawless as a classic. The animation is a breakthrough of Disney , a well-animated scenery of the African wilderness that looks superbly astonishing , that it's almost looks like the Disney creators shot it there.
The film also has human relevance. You know that the characters are animals, but they're made with so much appeal and effect, that they're almost human.If you've never seen this movie before , watch it , and you'll love it. I defy anyone to dislike this movie - it really is that good.
The plot is very beautiful and it has made me want to read "Hamlet" on which the plot was based!You will find yourself totally engrossed by the narrative as it takes you on a beautiful journey through the African savanna
I love the voices that were picked for all the characters.The actors who star in "The Lion King" sure know how to do their job. They bring the characters to life in a way that seems special as well as real.
Personally I don't think the acting has been anywhere near as perfect as this has in an animated movie. Matthew Broderick as an adult Simba especially. The way he conveys the feelings of anguish and guilt out of his character really hit home.
"The Lion King" is a joy musically too, with Hans Zimmer providing a vibrant African score.The soundtrack is probably one of the biggest reasons I love this film. Hans Zimmer's score fits every scene magnificently. It is what gave that feeling of an epic more than anything else.
People say it's for kids but it can teach adults a valuable lesson about taking their kids to the right path and finding their place in the 'Circle of Life'. I always get that tingly feeling at the end of the movie.
The Lion King is a powerful film and definitely one of the greatest films of all time. It is an intensely human story about real , relevant things such as life , family , power , struggle , friendship and greed , plus an array of fabulous music, comedy and vivid colours. This is a breathtaking event in cinema which sholud not be missed.
This movie has one main message, "Finding your true self, and discovering where your meant to be". It's truly an inspiring movie that can have much of an impact for the viewers.
No matter what your past life experience, if you watch this movie with an open mind, you can find yourself in one of the characters. Surely all of us can find ourselves in Simba at least.It is realized that you must remember who you are, and learn from your past instead of running from it.
Watching it while keeping in mind what can be learned , you find out more about yourself, and the answers to the questions you may be faced with during difficult points in your life.
"The past can hurt but the way I see it , you can either run from it or learn from it."
This was more than just a cartoon it was one of those movies that just leave you speechless at the end.You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll have the time of your life watching The Lion King.
- Rating : "U"
P.S :Certain elements of the film, however, bear a resemblance to a famous 1960s Japanese animation television show, Kimba the White Lion.
A cold emotionless killer ,who pointlessly murders teenagers while his face is hidden behind a mask , sounds familiar ?????? Well here is the culprit who started that genre of movies by setting the ground rules for slasher movies to be made in the following decade.Halloween made its mark as the original slasher movie back in 1978 when it scared audiences silly becoming the successful independent film of that time.
PLOT : "A Psychotic person who is institutionalized escapes and returns to his hometown starting off his killing spree by picking off random teenagers"
What's most striking about "Halloween" is that the violence and gore is actually very minimal. The surreal, minimalist violence and gore is far more frightening ,John Carpenter instead relies on his direction, actors , camera-work, and overall atmosphere and suspense to get his chills here.
I love the film's creepy atmosphere like the whole it could happen here sort of situation makes it scary to think about.Also to imagine if you were ever in this situation what would you do.This is a movie that i enjoy watching highly ,watching the movie at night i got so creeped out that i switched it off and brought about myself to watch it only after sometime.
Another major reason for the success of Halloween is the moody musical score, particularly the main theme that is simple and haunting.
It only took 20 days to make this movie and it had a very low budget ,all the actors had to wear their own clothes because it was such a low budget.
The great attribute about Halloween is the strong female characters. In movie after movie we have pathetic female characters with a fairly smart killer. This is the exact opposite here. The female characters in Halloween are well developed and acted out especially by Jamie Lee Curtis.
The actors act like real people, not characters from a story especially the killer with the mask ,it can be scary to have a person say nothing and simply kill, but it's hard to pull off but the guy pulls it off, and the result is terrifying.I have never seen a scarier performance from anyone else ,in horror history.
Half way through the movie i was taking small glances round the room to see if there was any strange men in masks looking in the windows , and then when it was over i was blown away ,as well as being weird and scary.
Horror movies are probably the most difficult films to make because in order for something to be scary ,everything has to be perfect , and ideas never work twice. It's a hit or miss game ,bot looking at Halloween now the ideas seem primitive since they have been repeated with lesser effect over and over again through the years.
This is John Carpenter's movie through and through. He directed it, co-wrote it, co-produced it, and wrote the chilling score of it making it the crowning achievement of the horror genre.
The film is a testament to how much a limited budget can work and how much can be accomplished through creative camera work, lighting and imagination with the most memorable film music.
Halloween is an important part of horror cinema history.Witness the movie that started the craziness for masked killers, butcher knifes, frightening chasing scenes and much more.All horror fans must see Halloween, one is truly not a horror fan until they have experienced Halloween.
- Director : John Carpenter
- Rating : "A"
P.S : Halloween was produced on a budget of $325,000 and grossed $47 million at the box-office in the United States, equivalent to over $150 million as of 2008, becoming one of the most profitable independent films ever made.
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