No life-altering philosophies. No depressing stories. No war crimes or injured puppy pictures. This is where you come at the end of a long day to smile and relax. So sit back, order a refreshing drink and share a laugh with me, your bartender for the evening.
And always remember that age-old, fluorescent green rule of life : An appletini a day keeps the doctor away.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hollywood Movies to watch out for (March 2014)

Ah yes.
The big flicks of the year are almost upon us. Can you feel it?
All you movie buffs already know that there are a mouth-watering bunch of movies lined up this year for Hollywood fans, ranging from block-buster movies, CGI laden extravaganzas, awaited sequels and potentially good mysteries, dramas and comedies too .
But before the mega summer begins (come May), let’s take a look at some movies that hold a lot of promise releasing in March 2014, shall we?


300- Rise of an Empire
Release Date: March 7, 2014
Genre:  Action
Synopsis: Remember that visual marvel that was ‘300’ based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel? Well, it’s taken a while but the Greeks are back and this time as they once more take on the mighty forces of the Persians led by their ‘God’ Xerxes.
Bartender’s view: Expect more of the same gorgeous visuals which look less like a movie and more like divine paintings. The battle moves on to the sea this time from the trailers and while I’m a tad sceptical because Zack Synder is no longer directing, I still believe this will be a 'must-watch' on the big screen with your 3D glasses on.
View the trailer here.




The Grand Budapest Hotel
Release Date: March 7, 2014
Genre:  Comedy/Drama
Synopsis: This movie follows the adventures of a famous concierge and a lobby boy at a famous hotel during the 1920s.
Bartender’s view: Wes Anderson’s movies tend to be an acquired taste, I feel. This period dramedy features a huge star cast and will likely involves many storylines interlinking throughout the narrative - affairs with older women, hidden paintings, sly humour. Expect it all.
 View the trailer here.


Need for Speed
Release Date: March 14, 2014
Genre: Action
Synopsis: A down-on-his-luck car mechanic and his crew race in muscle cars to make ends meet, earn redemption and seek revenge. (Or something like that, I assume.)
Bartender’s view: Come on. Do you really not recognise THAT name? One of the most popular computer racing games in history, any storyline is basically going to be a premise for some major racing sequences in the end. It’s likely to be a fun popcorn movie. Nothing more, nothing less.
View the trailer here.


Muppets : Most Wanted
Release Date: March 21, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: While on a world tour with the rest of the gang, Kermit gets into trouble when he runs into his ‘identical twin’ who just so happens to be the world’s number one criminal.
Bartender’s view: While the Muppets is predominantly a children’s movie, I think you will find many adults in the theaters having a good laugh as well at these familiar characters from their own childhood. The first part had a few decent laughs actually and I expect this one will surprise skeptics too by getting a thumbs up. Besides, it's got Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Ty Burell (Modern Family)... what could possibly go wrong?!
View the trailer here.


The Raid 2
Release Date: March 28, 2014
Genre: Action
Synopsis: Picking up in the moments immediately after the first movie ended, the protagonist Rama now finds that he’s only been up against the small fish and his actions that day in the building have put him and his family directly in the line of fire. With no other option, he must now go undercover and infiltrate the kingpin’s lair, fighting his way to the brutal end.
Bartender’s view: The first ‘Raid’ movie received worldwide acclaim for the amazing action sequences and if you’ve seen it, you were definitely one of those with your jaw on the floor. Guess what? Early reviews have been pretty favourable and even claim that this one ups the ante where action is concerned.
View the trailer here.


Noah
Release Date: March 28, 2014
Genre: Historical
Synopsis: Based on the story from the Bible, when the titular character starts to get troubling visions of a doomsday flood, he begins to build a huge ship to save as many living creatures as he can.
Bartender’s view: Most religion based stories will attract a certain amount of controversy from hardliners so expect some for this one too. In its favour, the movie has one of the best actors in Russell Crowe as the prophet, some tremendous graphics of the animals and devastation by the flood and a director who is known for having a good visual eye in Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan).
View the trailer here.

Others worth considering:
Divergent, based on a sci-fi novel. I don't really know the novel myself so am not commenting.
That's my list. Got any others you would consider worth watching in March? Do tell.

P.S. The best trailer I've seen this month? Undoubtedly, Godzilla. Check it out here. I'm just blown away by the dark tone, sheer size of the creature and overall visual awesomeness depicted here. Makes Pacific Rim look cartooonish in comparison, don't you think?