Monday, 29 August 2016

Bad Moms (2016) : Movie Review

3.5 stars
Directors: Jon Lucas,Scott Moore. 
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate and more.
Time: 100 mins.

Bad Santa. Bad teachers. Now bad moms. The title is little unexpected, for the moms are the really good ones overwhelmed into thinking that they are letting others down. This is a story about juvenile men and bitchy ladies and their bullying and bad behavior, and how our three musketeer moms turn outrageously immature to spell justice for these people.
The story begins withAmy Mitchell (Mila Kunis), trying to be a perfect mom who packs breakfast for her kids every morning and is late at their PTA while trying to settle with her overworked self into the sheer monotone. And then crash! She gets to know that her husband has been e-cheating on her, and she kicks him to the curb. He is a whiny baby, mind you.
Now tired of being perfect, Amy chucks the idea out the window and becomes a "bad mom". And appalled by her behavior is the catty ice princess Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) who is the president of the PTA.
She finds the other musketeers in two rattled mothers Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and they bond over booze.
Kiki is an overworked housewife with a tyrant for a husband who dictates her around while Carla is a single mother with promiscuous ways which led her baseball player kid to remain friendless.
The story is raunchy fun, with the storyline a little too predictable.
Some scenes do feel forced but others can only be described as ROFL scenes. Mila Kunis is amazing and smoothly shows what the moms actually do feel like.

Comedy layered with asincere message, it breaks all the conventional rules but shines out like the must watch it is, especially for moms. 

Monday, 22 August 2016

5 Must Watch Movies Based on Novels

Books and movies have been joined together ever since the earliest days of film, and adaptations of novels and novellas have constantly provided viewers with the classier end of the film spectrum.

·       Requiem for a Dream (1999) – Based onHubert Selby Jr's novel.
Cinematographing the un-filmable, Darren Aronofsky's depiction pulls
no punches when it comes to conveying the goods. A must see for its
strong core of performances. The character of advertorial presenter
TappyTibbons was created solely for the movie.

·       A Clockwork Orange (1972) –Based on a thin novella by Anthony Burgess in 1962.
It was surrounded by controversy upon release; Stanley Kubrick's
the vision of Burgess novel sparked a furor of debate for its hyper-styled
rape sequence and implied glamorisation of brutality.

·       Cool Hand Luke (1967) – Based on an experience faced by Donn Pearce.
Paul Newmans Luke; a cocksure war hero comes to embody the sense
of hope his fellow captives desperately need to exist. Through a course
of failed escape attempts, an array of legendary one-liners emerged in
this bitter, captivating and often amusing spot of drama.

·      The Color Purple (1985) – Based on American novelist Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Steven Spielberg’s period piece scooped eleven Oscar nominations.
Celie, caught in the strife of flagrant sexism and racism, carries the
movie as she seeks strength to overcome her situation.

·       Drive (2012) – Based on James Sallis 1st volume in the Driver series.
Nicolas Winding Refn's rough to take on the life of an unknown driver
bedecked the crummy neon-lit underworld of Los Angeles in this caper 
gone the wrong flick heads for a standing ovation.
It is always exciting to notice how the amazing novels are portrayed in

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

A best-seller is said to be capable of selling 328 copies in a day and once again this 8 th edition in Potter series proved to be that. On 31 st July 2016 the book was released and by 2 nd August, it sold 2 million copies. Though it is a storming success amongst fans but of course, a number of them are woefully disappointed.

The difference is that the book isn’t a novel unlike the previous seven books by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a script of a stage play, written by Jack Thorne based on a tale arranged in association with J.K. Rowling and Director John Tiffany.

Unlike a novel a script is a bunch of instructions meant to be for a theatrical grandeur, not the experience itself. Therefore the play came out to be a triumph of events, portrayed with types of special effects on stage. But if you are not a professional playgoer or are not acquainted with the background from before, you won’t vision the magnificence of the magic spells just by reading.

Play scripts never account for any pause or recaps; it dives into action from the very 1 st scene. Therefore the play starts right from where it ended in the 7 th book; at King’s Cross station, adult Harry, Ron, and Hermione see offs their children for Hogwarts. Harry’s youngest son Albus develops a friendship with Draco’s son Scorpius and decides to go back through the time travel plot to save Cedric Diggory. But they call for some disastrous alternate realities with far reaching consequences.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Movie Review : Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad is a 2016 Superhero film based on the DC Comics. The film is directed and written by David Ayer, casting stars like Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jay Hernandez and others.
The story is that- as the outcome of Superman’s death, Amanda Waller’s secret government agency process a squad of anti-heroes to run a dangerous mission of saving the world from ‘metahuman’ and in exchange these villains will get a chance of living a clean life.
Critics in one side praised the film for its- action, special effects, sequences, dialogues, soundtracks, humor, and acting but on the other side criticized for its editing and rough plot.
Critics generally bagged a negative review for the film. It is ‘too many rogues spoiled the plot’; an all-scoundrel fighting against crime!
The film is not the savior of summer. It is not the great DC film that gets the authorization back on track after Zack Snyder-directed Superman movies. It is a narratively haphazard event which is filled with blunt action, a bent plot with no tension or suspense plus a constant flow of music that often gives the feel of a great Basketball scene. The only thing worth savoring are Smith, Davis, and Robbie, they make the event for their admittance in a better DC film down the line.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is much praised but Jared Leto as Joker is abandoned in the fringe and wasted. Due to being funny, stylish and riotous plot, it’s different from Batman vs. Superman but the 2nd half is prosaic and predictable.

Active Consulting Review: Jason Bourne

We all remember the satisfaction and excitement we had when Bourne finally had his memory back during his last mission. Even if you forget that, the opening scene in the movie quite deliberately reminds you of the same. But what happens when directly Paul Greengrass comes up with the fifth installment to finally let us know what happens next. What you could honestly appreciate was Matt Damon and his bare chest after the Martian.
The plot of the movie seems like Greengrass with his co-writer Christopher Rouse logged into WikiLeaks and picked up the most interesting story they could find, on the first page. In the fifth addition to the bourne series, Bourne needs to help his old friend Nicky who’s out to save the freedom of information. But like all standard Bourne movies, this one also has Bourne chasing the Asset only to reveal the darker scheme when it is convenient.This time, it is Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) who’s after Bourne.
One thing truly appreciable in the movie was the action scenes by Matt Damon. You might find the action sequences to be not so well edited and standard in nature but having Damon in them makes you like them more than they should be.

Thus, the director, the actors, and the whole movie have made an appreciable attempt to meet up the fans expectations. But to be honest, the seems like a bunch of action sequences tied up together like a Matt Damon action Montage and thus, lower your expectations before entering the screens.

Crime Novels: Best 3 picks for 2016

The thrill that good crime writing provides is unmatched for its fans. Every year new talented authors or the old loved ones come up with amazing plots and stories to blow up our minds and we get few more novels to add to our collection. So here are best  3 picks which will surely look good on your shelf:

1.      The Cartel
Author: Don Winslow
The one is a tight narration of the Mexican drug wars that offers a perfect blend of brings facts and the fiction. Somewhat inspired form true events Author Don Winslow did a great job in bringing outAdán Barrera a drug lord and his fight against the DEA agent Art Keller.
2.      Dodgers
Author: Bill Beverly
An old gang member on a journey to kill one of his boss’s enemies has some time for soul searching in the way. This is what author Bill Beverly brings to you. East has a job of killing a witness against his boss and for that, he is headed to Wisconsin with a crew. But in the way, he finds himself confused about his actions and as to why he was chosen for this job.
3.      Is Fat Bob Dead Yet?
Author: Stephen Dobyns
Writing offbeat thrillers that don't follow the traditional way is a brave move. Author SephenDobyns seems to have done it well.His work may seem somewhat away from the reality yet entertaining and thrilling at the same time.

These are the 3 best crime writes that as a crime novel fan you’ll certainly like. For more information, keep visiting Active Consulting Review.