‘The Equalizer’…

There’s a certain charm when a solid actor plays an action hero. He brings in elements into movie, that otherwise might be considered incongruous in an action movie– tight close-ups, verbal duels with the villain, reluctance to unleash his power  etc–along with the regular bang-bang stuff. Denzel Washington does something similar to the vigilante-loner-action-hero picture ‘The Equalizer’

Denzel with his towering screen presence and acting caliber, steers the movie through to its logical conclusion. He brings in a languid, samuraiesque flow to the proceedings. He is an ex-agent, who has seen it all, with the power to powder anyone, but  waits patiently with a loaded gun and folded fists. He is so assured about himself and miserly about bullets, that he even gives his opponent a chance to walk away.

Director Antoine Fuqua adds enough padding and lets Denzel do his job. The movie  appears a bit slow at times, but every time Denzel comes back on the screen there’s never a dull moment. While there are several scenes that stand out, the first scene where he meets the villain on his doorstep, is perhaps the best of all. He redefines the word ‘cool’ in that scene :)

All in all, ‘The Equalizer’ is a must watch for all Denzel fans, who would love see him in an action avatar and do not mind his home improvement tools piercing through goons.

Movies I was reminded of: Heat, Taken, Jack Reacher, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Dirty Harry.

Couple of quotes from the movie

  • “I am offering you a chance to do the right thing. Take it.”
  • “What do you see when you look at me”

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos: Movie Distribution Is ‘Stuck on Old Models’

The streaming service executive hopes to change distribution models starting with the release of the sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos is ready to go global and he won’t let antiquated distribution models stand in the way.

“Like television distribution a few years ago, movie distribution is stuck in old models,” Sarandos said. ”A lot of models that the theater owners

Sarandos cited India, China and Japan as major markets where American content isn’t king. Netflix is not currently in China and the executive noted that broadband penetration, broadband speed and payment methodology are major factors in deciding where to expand next.

More at The Wrap.com

Interstellar

‘Interstellar’ isn’t an easy movie to watch and digest in a single go. The fact that there are several articles out there that try to explain the concepts of physics et al that make their way into the story telling is a proof of this. Here’s one on Slate and on NBCNews

Matthew McConaughey plays a father of two kids, who in the face of dust storms and only-corn farms, sets out on a space mission to find an alternative dwelling to earth, before it’s too late for his family and rest of the earthlings. As his beaten truck leaves his distraught daughter behind, he begins his space odyssey, and a world of physics descends on us. Wormholes, blackholes, gravity, time, light, dimensions, singularity, etc etc are either shown or talked about.

The movie shifts from action to dialogue as if it were a space travelogue, but the film holds together thanks to its eclectic cast and superb production values. Amidst all the noise or the lack of it  in and around ‘space’, Christopher Nolan makes sure he weaves a sentimental fare that provides a thread to hold on to, for the physics uninitiated .

While every aspect of film making is outstanding, sound effects and background score deserve special mention. Speaking of background score, Hans Zimmer once again delivers his best for Nolan. The movie is worth a watch just for their collaboration. Here’s an interesting piece in BusinessInsider.com

Movies I was reminded of : Gravity, Signs.

Related links:

1) Movie companion book, ‘The Science of Interstellar’ on Amazon.com