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This week we are bringing you the best of every genre, from musicals to crime, to drama, every possible entertainment you could imagine is available for downloads. Just sit back, relax and enjoy as we take you on a cinematic ride.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
The Sound of Music is a timeless musical classic that stands above other films of the genre because of its interesting characters and a truly inspired screenplay.
Julie Andrews (Oscar-nominated) stars as a notorious or better put unconventional young nun who is sent off by the convent to become the governess to a large family since they cannot seem to understand her. The other nuns even break out singing, ‘how do you solve a problem like Maria…’
She is instantly at odds with the children’s disciplinarian father who is played by Christopher Plummer but eventually wins the cinema over with her optimistic and energetic persona. Somewhat based on a true story, “The Sound of Music” is one of those rare musicals that work because there is a sense of fear and drama in the film’s final act. This makes the film relatable and none of the musical numbers which are just as iconic takes away from the story or the film’s direction.
A great watch for the family, and an 8/10.
THE GODFATHER 2.
Francis Coppola continues his epic saga into the lives of the infamous Corleone family, which is now headed by the new Patriarch Michael Corleone played by Al Pacino.
It reaches incredible heights for a sequel and is arguably better than the first instalment which is not a small feat at all. It is the only sequel to take home the coveted prize of Best Picture which its predecessor also won.
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The film flip-flops graciously and beautifully between Michael’s struggle over the family business and the life of young Vito Corleone played by Robert De Niro, (in a brilliant, Oscar-winning performance) in his rise to power as well. Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Lee Strassberg, and John Cazale give excellent supporting performances. Carmine Coppola’s and Nino Rota’s score is fantastic on all fronts.
The movie is expertly filmed and the cinematography is superb. A highlight in cinema history and a must-see movie for all, it is a 9/10.
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.
The Coen Brothers add another masterpiece to their resume’ with this simple chase story, brought to life by compelling and very complex characters that are brilliantly acted throughout.
The core of the film was the simple portrayal of the humanity (good and ill) of the many characters, in sharp contrast to the interesting but chilling psychopath antagonist Anton Chigurh (played by Javier Barden in literally the performance of a lifetime).
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Attention is paid to all the characters, even minor roles, and the subtle but very true portrayal of different facets of human nature – which is what carries the movie. The action sequences are superbly done – chilling and blood-soaked – and well-timed, and the tension and pace are just right throughout. There is no music or cinematic score in this film so the deafening silence intense moments are well executed and drives home the rather bleak message of the movie. If you are expecting a showdown between the “good” guy and “bad” guy, you may have to think better or lower your expectations.
Toss a coin while standing still and call it, you have to, and the movie is a 9/10.
Based on “The Bad Superintendent”; by Robert Kolker, and directed by Cory Finley, Bad Education is a master class for acting. Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney deliver well-expected performances that seems very much under-appreciated.
Hugh’s character Frank is a school superintendent who everyone loves. He is a head full of positivity but how nice is he truly? This becomes the subject of questioning when a school reporter uncovers an elaborate scheme involving Mr. Nice Guy.
The plot thickens and continues to do so since Rachel the school reporter is unrelenting and this leads to pleas.
With each plea based on the potential damages that will follow news of these embezzlements being exposed comes an elaborate scheme.
This almost two-hour drama is driven by daring performances and a strong dialogue and is an 8.8/10.
SEX AND THE CITY 1.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthian Nixon, and Kristin Davis’s characters Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York, and Miranda Hobbes respectively in the Sex and the City franchise have become almost as iconic and synonymous with New York City as the Statue of Liberty.
If there is a series to binge-watch, it is the Sex and the City series, if there is a movie franchise to binge-watch, it is the Sex and the City movies.
If all goes as plan as Cynthia Nixon as suggested a third movie could be made with Sharon Stone filling in as Samantha Jones in place of Kim.
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Now to part 1, we meet Carrie and Big moving forward with their love, and just before their marriage he gets into a conversation with Miranda who complains about her marriage and he develops cold feet. For one, Big has put Carrie through enough emotional rollercoaster but in the end, love wins.
It is good to see the girls together, and while a lot could have been better with the movie, for nostalgia and sheer fan-girl sake, we rate the movie a 7.8/10.
THE NIGHT OF.
This 8 part series which won Riz Ahmed is his Emmy for best actor is a crime drama based on racial injustice shown towards minority groups in America.
Riz’s character Nasir Khan, gives a ride to a mysterious girl with his father’s cab even after rejecting a two men rides. He takes her to a party his friends are hosting, to the beach, and back to her house.
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The next morning after a night of drugs, knife play, sex, and drugs, Nasir wakes up in the living room, walks upstairs and discover his mystery lover has been butchered overnight.
Will the justice system do due diligence when the cops find a knife on him and are the next course of action based on race or based on justice.
Over the following 7 episodes, with the limited resource at their disposal, his family fight to get him out while he learns to live with his new fate in jail. The movie is a 9.8/10.