Bad Moms – Movie Review

Movie: Bad Moms                                         Year: 2016

Country: USA                                                Language: English

Genre: Comedy

Bad Moms Movie Review:

With the entertaining trailer and successful team behind it, I went to watch Bad Moms with great expectations and realized that it is a little stale, unrealistic and much less funny mom version of The Hangover.

The lead Mila Kunis is trying her best to be a good mother. One day she snaps and decides she’s done making her kids’ childhood magical. And this is just the beginning of one hundred and fifty-seven clichés in the film!

Bad Moms Story-line:

The movie starts great and you do feel sorry for Mila Kunis’s character and pity her for having ungrateful kids and a useless husband. The school bully is someone we have seen before and Christina Applegate slipped into her character effortlessly. The sidekicks are stereotypical too, but have acted well, however, Kathryn Hahn is more annoying than funny at some places. Most of the jokes and situations are over the top and are not always laughable. It is supposed to be a feminist movie but it was offensive at places. Dancing pregnant moms, dancing hijab wearing moms, Indian mom saying Mila Kunis ‘looks foreign’ are all supposed to be jokes that I didn’t quite get.

The film had some great dialogues that I could relate with as a mother. Mom-fantasy of having a quiet breakfast, the fear of screwing up every day, or finding someone who can fix a car-seat in 2 seconds hot are so typical. There was so much that could be done with a subject like this but I feel the film got derailed because it became increasingly unrealistic. There are too many extremes – jerk of a husband, unreasonable boss and too nice and perfect Mila Kunis, too much drinking and raunchiness. I find it hard to believe that someone who has been a mother for 12 years can’t find more ways to feel liberated. When everything in her life is falling apart – job, marriage, kids – the lead is focused on fighting an ego battle against the bully and trying to get laid.

And at the end, everything magically falls in place. Mila Kunis’s life and kids are perfect, the timid learns to boss around her dominating husband, bully becomes a friend and the slutty one even wears decent clothes AND packs a lunchbox for school! It’s way too perfect. The end credits however are awesome. The camera captures real life moms of the crew talking about their motherhood fails. Its adorable and makes you go awww!

Final Verdict on Bad Moms:

Overall, the movie is not great, but it’s fun if you don’t go with high expectations… or your brains!!

Review By: Aparna Kunal Jain

She manages a Facebook Group called The Movie Club…!

Liza, a rókatündér – Movie Review

Movie – Liza, a Rókatündér       English Title – Liza, the Fox-Fairy

Release Year –  2015                    Country of Origin – Hungary

LanguageMagyar (Hungarian) & Japanese

Genre – Comedy, Romance, Fantasy

Liza, the Fox-Fairy Movie Review:

Liza, a Rókatündér, English (Liza, the Fox-Fairy) is of the successful movies of Hungarian Cinema. The film was appreciated critically as well as loved by the public. Director, Károly Ujj Mészáros , has done a fabulous job with the script and his unique story-telling. The movie looks a piece of art that is something that’s worth mentioning. Liza, the Fox-Fairy is not a normal work of cinema rather a piece of “dark humor”. Once you are into it you will feel the intent of the director and what the film wants to convey to the audience. Although, Liza, the Fox-Fairy is an Hungarian movie, but it has so much Japanese elements in it that for once I mistook it for a Japanese one. In fact, the very theme of the film is based on a character from Japanese mythology.

Liza, a Rókatündér story:

Liza, (Monika Balsai) is a nurse who is almost 30 and yet single. She is not rich and has little savings to her name. Her life revolves around reading her favorite Japanese novel, a romantic one. And, taking care of Márta, the widow of a Japanese Ambassador to Hungary. It is Marta, who made Liza learn Japanese and now she listens to Japanese pop songs with her, especially of Tomy Tani (David Sakurai). Things get worse for Liza when she tries to find a “soul-mate”, but instead end up losing everyone who would take interest in her.

 Mónika Balsai
Mónika Balsai in Liza, a rókatündér (2015)

The police chief is suspicious of this women’s intentions, ignorant of the real fact. But, there’s one man who has faith in Liza, Sergent Zoltán zászlós (Szabolcs Bede Fazekas). He finds out that Liza is being cursed and the only way to break that curse is to love Liza selflessly. He does the same and finally, get Liza back from the curse of the ghost of Tomy Tani. The movie ends when they both get married and visits Japan with their daughter after 10 years of marriage. Liza is seen happy and Tomy Tani’s ghost too is there to accompany them….

David Sakurai
David Sakurai as Tomi Tany

My Rating & Verdict of Liza, the Fox-Fairy:

I have rated Liza A Rókatündér 7/10. This may seem a bit low, but this is all I could give to this Hungarian flick. The film is too slow for my liking and at times feels a bit predictable. But, as the acting and camera work is good and music too is nicely composed I liked this film. I would recommend this film to those who can bear the “slow cinema” and “black comedy”. So, here I checkout from here and wish you will enjoy Liza A Rókatündér.

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Hollywood So Far In 2016 – Expectations & Reality

Hollywood So Far In 2016 – Expectations & Reality

Like every year this year too there were a lot of Hollywood releases which had high expectations, but couldn’t deliver. While few movies which were initially thought to be as low key affair, unexpectedly made it big at the box office. As far as the collections are concerned till now, the top 5 highest grossing movies of 2016 are:

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Captain America Civil War 2016 Movie
  1. Captain America – Civil War
  2. Zootopia
  3. The Jungle Book
  4. Batman vs Superman – The Dawn of Justice
  5. Finding Dory
Hollywood So Far In 2016 - Expectations & Reality
Batman vs Superman Poster

Among the above mentioned films, “Batman vs Superman” received a negative review from the critics as well as the viewers. But, still it was able to earn more than 3 times of its budget. Mostly, due to the “hype” created around the movie. On the other hand “Captain America – Civil War” not only crossed $1billion mark, but also ruled the hearts of the people worldwide.

One movie that crossed the expectations given its budget is Ryan Reynolds starring “Deadpool”. The film was supposed to earn around $850 million world over and so far it has made around $780 million. With a budget of just under $60 million Deadpool has earned more than 12 times of its budget. The film holds an 8.1 rating on IMDB with almost half a million votes currently. “Zootopia” too was expected to gross $850 million internationally has surprisingly crossed $1billion. The movie got 98% on Rotten tomatoes which is a testimony of its commercial as well as cinematic success.

Hollywood So Far In 2016 - Expectations & Reality
Deadpool Poster

Now, talking about the films that disappointed us. Among the foremost are “Zoolander – 2” & “My Big Fat Wedding – 2”. Both the films have couple of things common between them. These sequels are released after more than a decade of their first part. They both were highly anticipated movies of 2016 and they didn’t live up to the expectations. Although, they made more than their budget, but still were not accepted by the audience in general. One more “sequel” that hit the screen in 2016 was “The Huntsman – Winter’s War”. Despite an experienced and powerful cast and all the marketing and media hype created around this film it can only be considered as “below par”. In general, we can say year 2016 wasn’t good for sequels. Except for few of them, all the sequels were either rejected by the audience or couldn’t make the impression that was expected from them.

Hollywood So Far In 2016 - Expectations & Reality
Zoolander 2 Poster

“Independence Day – Resurgence” couldn’t even make the half of what was predicted out of it. Likewise, “Now You See Me – 2” although did a “modest” job in theaters, but by no way surpassed its first part commercially as well as popularity wise. Similarly, “Ghostbusters” couldn’t even cross its budget till the time this article was written.

Now, here are my top 5 movies that are yet to hit the screens in 2016 and what we can predict for them in revenue worldwide.

  1. Dr Strange – $700million
  2. Moana – $700million
  3. Suicide Squad – $712 million
  4. Rogue One: A Star War’s Story – $900 million
  5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – $1 billion
Hollywood So Far In 2016 - Expectations & Reality
Fantastic Beats And Where to Find Them Movie Poster

It would be interesting to watch and see what these movies can bring to us and whether they will make their way into the Top-grossing movies of 2016 by the end of the year or not. Till then take care and enjoy watching movies…!

Kardeşim Benim – Movie Review

Movie – Kardeşim Benim        English Title – My Brother

Release Year –  2016                Country of Origin – Turkey

Language – Turkish      Genre – Comedy, Drama, Adventure

Kardeşim Benim Movie Review:

Kardeşim Benim (My Brother) is a refreshing, youthful and entertaining Turkish film. The film stars Burak Özçivit, Murat Boz and Aslı Enver in lead roles. Released in January – 2016 Kardeşim Benim is already the 2nd most successful Turkish movie this year. Mert Baykal’s direction is cool and Zafer Külünk‘s story is good enough to entertain you. Talking of the acting credentials of the cast Murat Boz and Burak Özçivit have done extremely well as “estranged” brothers.

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Burak Özçivit & Murat Boz – Kardeşim Benim

Aslı Enver as Zeynep too is impressive throughout this comedy drama film. The locations are exotic and the countryside Turkey is charming. Murat Boz himself has sung for the movie and the songs as well as background music score is appealing.

Story-line of the film:

Now, let’s talk about the story of Kardeşim Benim film. Hakan (Burak Özçivit) and Ozan (Murat Boz ) are brothers both of whom are musicians, singer to be precise. Ozan, has made a name for himself in the Turkish Pop world and is a national star. While Hakan’s records have hardly done any business. They both don’t like each other and don’t want to see each other’s face. But, destiny has something else for them.

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Burak Özçivit & Murat Boz – Kardeşim Benim

Due to the death of their father and his unique last wish Ozan and Hakan must travel to a faraway city to “sing together” like the old days they use to sing with their father. In the way they help an unfamiliar girl named Zeynep (Aslı Enver). Over the journey they become friends with each other. But, as the things were looking back to normal for the two brothers Ozan gets a shocking news. His pics are circulating in the media over the course of journey. And, he is threatened by his organizers that if he doesn’t turn up for the “concert” they will sue him.

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Zeynep, Ozan & Hakan enjoying their journey…

Ozan decides to continue the journey despite of it. The twist in the journey comes when they find out that they have a “step sister”. Now, comes the real test of character and relationship for the brothers. Hakan decides to find out the truth while Ozan flies back to Istanbul for his concert after he learns that it was Zeynep (who by that time becomes Hakan’s love interest) who sent his pics to the media. Hakan too is disturb and feels cheated.

The film ends when the step sister Ayşe, needs urgent donor to recover from marrow cancer. Both the brothers come for help and one succeeds. Now, Ozan and Hakan again have a family as well as happiness as they once had.

My Verdict & Rating:

I rated this film 8/10. Kardeşim Benim is a bit different from ordinary Turkish movies. There is youthfulness in the film and the music is really cool. One good aspect was the film was its “unpredictability” the story although not too unique, but still keeps you interested all the way. So, my recommendation is to watch this film to get a taste of Turkish Cinema. I am sure you too will love this Turkish Delight… 🙂

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