A Precious Little Film|Blue Jay|Eu4ic Entertainments.

Oscar fever all around. The 89th Academy Awards. La La land winning big, Moonlight winning hearts and Cassey Affleck’s heart wrenching performance in Manchester By The Sea.

They all might be pretty decent films. But this is not about the oscars. This is about the black horse. This is about films which don’t get the required buzz.

Among all the mainstream films & indie films which released last year. There is a gem of a film that i’ve come across recently, titled “Blue Jay”. It’s got a limited release.

It has been screened at select festivals.

But its the content which has a unique flavour.

“Blue Jay” is inspiring in more ways than one. It has 2 characters. It’s shot in black & white. It has mostly improvised dialogues by the actors. The director is the DOP. The male lead has written the script & produced the film.There are just about a few locations, most of it is filmed in a house & above all its shot over a span of 7 days.blue-jay

There are movies which rely heavy on VFX, have a solid star cast, have the big guns backing the film & they also end up earning the bucks as well!

But they lose out on the most important yet the basic aspect- screenplay.

We’ve seen films which churn out similar stories, yet there is one which stands out. Yet there is one you connect to. Yet there is one which has a creative way of narrating it.

The way you tell you’re story is what matters at the end of the day. You may not have the big budget or the stellar cast, but what you have is a story, and its important that you tell it.

“Blue Jay” is exactly that. It may have a plot line which is similar to what you have seen or heard before. But it’s the narration & the execution is what stands out.

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Its lead pair’s soulful  performance which is brilliant. The way it poetically unfolds is what keeps this masterpiece different from the rest.

This film is not only a must watch for the audience, but also for aspiring filmmakers.

Films can be shot in limited locations, minuscule budgets & with a few actors. What’s more it can also be watched by a million subscribers on a digital platform.

So try something unique, do something different, watch something new & start your week fresh.

Watch “Blue Jay”.

& yes it’s on Netflix!

 

Film: Blue Jay

Cast: Mark Duplass & Sarah Paulson.

Director: Alex Lehmann.

 

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Watch the trailer below:

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Top 5 Bollywood Movies of 2016|Bollywood Dairies|Eu4ic Entertainments

Our handpicked Bollywood movies for the year 2016.

These movies have been selected on the basis of overall performance in all the departments of filmmaking ( including commercial success)

 

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  1. Udta Punjab

Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor & Diljit Dosanjh.

Director: Abhishek Chaubey

  • Crisp Screenplay.
  • Alia Bhatt’s mesmerising performance & Shahid’s comeback after the debacle “Shaandaar”
  • Amazing subtextual shots.
  • Shahid & Alia’s confrontation scene.
  • Fantastic music!

 

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2. Dear Zindagi

Cast: Alia Bhatt , Shah Rukh Khan 

Director: Gauri Shinde

  • A simple narrative with a big heart.
  • Great chemistry between Shah Rukh Khan & Alia Bhatt.
  • Amazing Cinematography!
  • An insight into confusion’s,problem’s & illusions of early 20-somethings.

 

 

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3.  Dangal

Cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Talwar

Director: Nitesh Tiwari

  • Aamir’s transformation.
  • Speechless”Naina” Song!
  • Child artistes who played Geeta & Babita gave power packed peformances.
  • One of the best indian sports film to be dished out.
  • Universal appeal.

 

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4. M.S Dhoni: The Untold Story

Cast : Sushant Singh Rajput, Disha Patani, & Kiara Advani

Director: Neeraj Pandey

  • A chilling pre-interval scene!
  • Sushant’s batting style resembled MS Dhoni to perfection.
  • Sushant’s career defining role.
  • Unknown facts about dhoni revealed.
  • Yuvraj singh’s look alike.

 

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5. Neerja

Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi.

Director: Ram Madhvani

  • Excellent direction by Mr. Madhvani.
  • A gripping screenplay
  • Shabana Azmi’s climax scene.
  • Jim Sarabh & Abrar Zahoor ‘s thrilling performances.

 

 

 

Kahaani 2:& the thrill continues.. |Review |Eu4ic Entertainments

Film:Kahaani 2:Durga Rani Singh

Cast:Vidya Balan, Arjun Rampal & Jugal Hansraj.

He started his career as director with the evergreen musical romantic “Jhankaar Beats”. Didn’t quite hit the right notes with his second and third film. He bounced back in 2012 with the thriller “Kahaani”, which turned out to be a major money spinner.

After 4 years he’s back with the franchise. “Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh” .

Sujoy Gosh has had quite the bumpy ride in bollywood. I guess he’s found his forte in the thriller & mystery genre.

This year he had also produced a film called “T3en” Directed by Ribhu Dasgupta, which didn’t fare well at the box office.

 

But he created a major buzz with his short film “Ahalya”, which impressed the audience & critics alike.

So Mr. Gosh is back to doing what he does best, & he doesn’t disappoint.

Kahaani 2:Durga Rani Singh has all the trappings for a thriller.

The first half will have arrested to your seats. The second half doesn’t do that , but provides for a fairly engaging viewing.

Mr. Gosh has etched all the characters beautifully. From the character of the beggar to the main protagonist, all of them are well-layered & with substance.

This film has a familiar setting like his previous films. But yet Mr.Gosh has delivered something new to the table.

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Vidya Balan who has played the role of a mother is downright outstanding. She has delivered a stellar performance. You feel the same emotions as her as the movie progresses.

Arjun Rampal who has played the role of a cop, is pretty impactful. His performance is something to watch out for. He has really raised the bar. The choices of his films and the characters he has been playing lately is worth mentioning.

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Jugal Hansraj who is there as well in the film,has made an interesting comeback. His performance has a nice range.

The film is more dark & creepier than its predecessor.

I don’t feel like revealing much about the plot of the film, but well there is a message in the film.

There are no doubts, about the certain flaws and the predictability in the film. Overall, it is a satisfying watch.

Making a thriller is not an easy task, and making the suspense last is even more tougher . Mr. Gosh has done a commendable job.

Have a thrilling weekend guys!

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An Unusual Spin To The Horror Genre | Eu4ic Entertainments

The Babadook (2014)

Directed by: Jennifer Kent

Cast:Esse Davis, Noah Wisemen, Daniel Henshall

A Book. A Monster. A House. A single Mother & her 6 year old son. The perfect recipe for a psychological horror film. You think you’ve guessed the plot? Well, guess again!

A single mother who can’t forget the past. The  disturbed son who loves magic, has troubles of his own.

The problems crawl in when the son tell his mother to read out a book called the “Mister Babadook“.

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“If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook.”

That’s exactly what happens.

The film creeps into your system.The curiosity, the excitement , the tension is mind boggling.

This film gives an unusual spin to the horror genre. The setting and the atmosphere of the film is terrifying.

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Radek Ladczuk , the cinematographer, has used lights effectively, giving the perfect mood to the film.

The music by Jed Kurzal is effective.

The screenplay and the depiction of a single mother’s life makes it an engaging watch.

The entire film is told through the mother’s perspective.

It has a great ending. You will surely take something back from it.

It’s a masterpiece!

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Have nothing to do over the weekend? Watch it. Have a lot to do over the weekend? Take out time, and Watch it.

Watch it with someone, if you’re weak hearted.

We recommend you watch it alone instead. We bet you won’t regret it!

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Watch the trailer here:

Rock On 2| Trailer |Eu4ic Entertainments

Film:Rock On 2

Director: Shujaat Saudagar

Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Prachi Desai, Shraddha Kapoor & Shashank Arora

We bet all of you have seen Rock On . It was a successful debut for Farhan Akhtar. The Director Abhishek Kapoor made a solid come back. Arjun Rampal won a national award. Purab Kohli stole hearts with his charming peformance. Prachi Desai made a swift transition from TV to Films. Shankar-Ehasaan-Loy’s catchy compositions were hummed by almost everyone.

If you haven’t seen it yet, we recommend you watch it.

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“Magik” is back again after a gap of 8 years. The sequel is helmed by Shujaat Saudagar, who is making is debut in bollywood.

The trailer is out. It looks intriguing. There is a more serious tone to the sequel. The chemistry between the characters seems is crackling. There are two new additions to the cast, Shraddha Kapoor & Shashank Arora.

 

It will be interesting to watch Shashank Arora, as he had really impressed the audience and the critics alike with his performances in “Titli” & indie film “Brahman Naman”.

Despite 8 years, the cast looks much younger.

Arjun Rampal looks dapper & Farhan Akhtar brings in the rawness.

The songs haven’t yet caught up much with the audience. But the songs are composed beautifully by the Trio, and we are sure they will slowly and steadily make an impact.

 

With a new director helming the film, we are curious to know how he is going to take the story and its characters forward.

Magik is back. But will it create the magic of its predecessor. Well, we will have to wait and watch.

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The musical drama is slated to release on November 11th 2016.

You can watch the trailer here:

Dear Zindagi Teaser| Eu4ic Entertainments

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Film: Dear Zindagi

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan & Alia Bhatt.

Gauri Shinde’s last outing “English Vinglish” won hearts when it released in 2012.

After a gap of 4 years, She is back with “Dear Zindagi”.

The Teaser which released recently has created quite a flutter online. Interestingly its called Dear Zindagi Take 1: Life is a Game.

The makers are going to release Take 2 & Take 3 soon.

This film has an interesting mix of actors. Alia Bhatt & Shah Rukh Khan play the lead roles with Kunal Kapoor , Ali Zafar & Aditya Roy Kapoor supporting them.

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The teaser has an unconventional start with a sound overalap of the waves hitting the shore, chirping of  birds and the gushing of the wind.

It starts of with a scene from the movie, which again is a path not taken often. The scene executes a certain kind of adrenaline in the stomach and there is an instant connection with the characters.

Once the scene is over, the teaser rides up the excitement  with a song from the movie, with accelerated montages of alia bhatt.

The Teaser ends on a light hearted note, which gives an essence of not brooding about life and it’s difficulties, but how to surf over them in joy no matter what the situation is.

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This breezy teaser will surely leave you wanting for more.

The film is slated to release on 25th November.

You can watch the teaser here:

A Twisted Thriller|The Invitation(2015)|Eu4ic Entertainments

The Invitation (2015) : Directed by- Karyn Kusama.

Cast: Logan Marsahll-Green, Tammy Blanchard & Michiel Huisman

When you get invited to a reunion party, its bound to be fun. You get to meet your old friends, you  talk about the good times & fond memories. You’re excited, and have that tingling feeling before you meet them. Once  you do, you update them about your current happenings and get to know theirs. Its relaxing, its stress busting, and its a break away from you’re regular monotonous life.invitation2-1024x576

Meeting you’re old friends every now and then is great thing!

There are drinks, games and lip smacking snacks to munch on. There’s a lot to catch up with. Its something which we all enjoy!

But “The Invitation” is not your regular reunion- dinner party.
Its twisted.

We all may have at some point had to meet and greet our ex at a party or at a certain occasion. It gets a little awkward, but then eventually you take it in your stride and let bygones be bygones, and wish them the very best for their new beginnings, and I’m sure they do the same as well.

But

What if you’re attending a dinner party at your former house hosted by your ex-wife and her current partner.invitation
As earlier mentioned, “The Invitation” is not your regular reunion -dinner party. Unsettling ambience, old wounds re-surfing.  Its everything which can go wrong at a dinner party.

Nothing seems to be what it looks like. There’s tension building in the air , but no one wants to talk about it. Its weird, but you put the fake mask on.

But what happens when this fake mask comes off?

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“The Invitation” directed by Karyn Kusama, is a nail biting thriller. Its haunting. It slowly comes on to you and before you know it you are clinging on to something in fear.

Its smart & it surprises you at the places you least expect it to. Hats off to the Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi for writing a suspense- filled screenplay.

Karyn Kusama has delivered an intelligent thriller, and i guess its her best film till date.

Logan Marshall-Green as “Will” is jaw -dropping. He sticks to his character and his droopy eyes do all the talking.

Tammy Blanchard as “Eden” is magical. Her smile is something to watch out for.

Rest of the cast have played their characters well. Revealing any more details regarding the script would be a spoiler.

But i suggest you accept this invitation.

Watch the trailer here:

Breathe In (2013) | Eu4ic Entertainments

Breathe In (2013)

Cast: Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan & Mackenzie Davis

Director : Drake Doremus

42487_originalThe film is about a family staying in a small town near New York.

Keith ( Guy Pearce ) is a high school music teacher. He plays the cello with an orchestra frequently giving performances. He doesn’t really want to teach, but is looking out on giving auditions and getting a permanent role as a musician by moving down to the city.

He is not really happy with his life as he feels his life got cut short by marrying to early and having a baby soon after. He doesn’t have any regrets, but he feels its time to go out and achieve what he wants as his daughter is become older and would move out anytime soon. He is somehow feeling disconnected as his wife doesn’t really approve with his plans of being a musician full time.breathe-in-post

His wife Megan (Amy Ryan) enjoys being a housewife in the comfort of the small town they are living in. She loves her family and feels its perfect as it is. She’s content with life. She doesn’t really understand Keith’s desire or passion for music. She also feels Keith passion for cello is just an hobby. She loves it in the small town they are living in, away from the chaos of the city. She is happy with the income Keith is earning as a high school music teacher, and doesn’t want to disrupt the lifestyle by shifting to the city.

Their daughter Lauren ( Mackenzie Davis) is touching 18 years old. She is a swimming champ. She is not interested in music like her father, but nevertheless has nothing against it.

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She’s the teenager who enjoys partying and is hoping her parents would give her a car soon. Being the only child she is pampered and taken care really well by her parents.

The family is about to host a guest – Sophie ( an foreign exchange student ) for a semester.

 

Sophie is a musician herself but she doesn’t really feel the need to play as she doesn’t find any inspiration as such. She is trying to figure out her life. She s a brilliant musician but doesn’t know if she should pursue it further. She is Laurens age but they are diametrically opposite. She loves being by herself. She enjoys reading books and talking about music.499769_036

How Keith suddenly starts to see a younger self of him in Sophie,Whereas she understands and completely relates to Keith. They both share a lot in common. They have a mutual attraction towards each other and eventually  How equations change when Sophie enters their lives forms the crux of the story.

 

The film stirs the right emotional beats. The intimate moments are well captured. The film completely engulfs you with it characters.

This drama has a lot of moments filled with tension which will surely make you jump up and down anxiously.

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An excellent narrative.

Mesmerising performances.

A truly engrossing family drama.

Drake Doremus hats off for pulling out such a captivating film.

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You can watch the trailer here:

 

Celebrating 25 years of Thelma and Louise | Eu4ic Entertainments

Thelma and Louise, directed by Ridley Scott is considered to be one of the greatest films on women ever made.

The film, released 25 years ago, is best known as an icon of early-’90s feminism and took the audience by surprise as it broke the stereotype(s) about road movies and women.

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A still from the movie.

The film ran on mouth publicity, and the element of crisp and swift screenplay made the film a classic. The film received humungous appreciation both from the audience and the critics for its unseen and unexpected humor and action elements involving two ordinary females of the 90’s engaged in an adventurous vacation resulting in uncalled fiasco.

As Callie Khouri, the film’s screenwriter, explained of that final scene: “They flew away, out of this world and into the mass unconscious. Women who are completely free from all the shackles that restrain them have no place in this world. The world is not big enough to support them.”

 

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The film which was simple yet awakening, spoke about various treacherous problems faced by the women of that time or rather the women as a whole in a male dominated society.

The two characters played by Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) show us the freedom which is long anticipated but isn’t destined. They take off on a road trip  and soon become outlaws, managing to attract not only the attention of the local police but also bigger law agencies in an attempt of a self defence act, which proves to be costlier than the pains and misfortunes of a sexual assault.

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The character portrayals, acting, direction and screenwriting together give us one of the most entertaintaing yet an eye opening action adventure road movie of all time.

 

 

 

Do watch it if you are looking for an unexpected vacation.

 

 

Bollywood’s Highest Rated Movie On IMDB | Eu4ic Entertainments

 

13874751_1037668769661859_1281020293_nHow often do we hear –  “Babumoshai!! Zindagi badi honi chahiye lambi nahi”? Does it a ring a bell?

“Anand” is one of the highly rated and regarded film of Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The man has made classics such as Gol Maal, Chupke Chupke, Mili, Abhimaan, Bawarchi, Khubsoorat . Yet Anand stands in a class of its own.

It is a complete film in terms of script, direction, music, cinematography and acting.

13872602_1037668766328526_1261416185_nAnand starred the “First superstar” of indian cinema Mr.Rajesh Khanna and the “Shahenshah of Bollywood” Mr. Amitabh Bachan.

It is a tale of Anand Saigal (Rajesh Khanna) who is suffering from lymphoma of the intestine, a rare type of cancer ,who is not going to survive for more than six months. Where as Dr.Bhaskar (Amitabh Bachan) is fresh from his training as an oncologist, trying to treat the poor for no charge. He often gets disheartened by the fact that he can’t cure all the ailments in the world. This movie revolves around their friendship and their ideologies.

Anand Saigal has a unique take on life. He believes in enjoying every moment and tries to spread happiness despite knowing the fact that he doesn’t have much time in his hand.

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Whereas Dr. Bhaskar keeps worrying on how he can extend his help to the poor. This makes him question the efficiency of his profession. His view towards life is to make everything perfect, but ends up getting disappointed at every step.

Anand is a simple story with brilliant writing. The flavour in gulzar’s dialogues takes the movie to its pinnacle.

This film is light hearted yet it has a strong emotional connect.

The movie is true to its elements and exhibits a strong philosophy of life and death. The  powerful  performances by its lead cast and  its soulful writing, has made “Anand” india’s most popular movie with an imdb rating of 8.9 (highest ever by any indian film).

Anand has a simple story with great execution made under a limited budget, standing as an example to all the young and upcoming filmmakers.

Hrishikesh Mukherjee has made wonderful films but “Anand” will always stay fresh in our hearts.

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You can watch the trailer here: