Monday, 30 April, 2012

Movie Review: The Avengers

Overall, an entertaining film. Some great acting, good direction and amazing effects make this a must watch for every action film fan. Whether you've watched the rest of the series or not, you'll surely enjoy this one. Go get Hulk smashed!!

Acting: 9/10
Story-Screenplay-Direction: 9/10
Technical Aspects: 9/10
Is it worth your time and money??: Yes, totally worth it!!

Verdict: 9/10

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Saturday, 28 April, 2012

Movie Review: Dammu

Overall, go watch this flick only if you happen to be a family or NTR fan. There is big possibility that you might get disappointed too, but hey, if you don’t watch it, who else will??

Acting: 6/10 
Story-Screenplay-Direction: 2/10
Technical Aspects: 6/10
Is it worth your time and money??: No, unless you happen to be this huge NTR fan.

Verdict: 4.5/10

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Friday, 27 April, 2012

Restaurant Review: Chillys

Place: Chillys 
Location: Next to Paradise, S.D Road, Secunderabad
Cuisine: Indian
Meal: Dinner (with cousins)

Food: 8/10
Service: 9.5/10
Ambiance: 8.5/10
Meal for 6: Rs. 1763/-

Verdict: 9/10

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Restaurant Review: Rubaiyat

Place: Rubaiyat
Location: Cyber Pearl, Hitech City
Cuisine: Indian
Meal: Dinner (with my family)

Food: 8/10
Service: 7/10
Ambiance: 8.5/10
Meal for 4: Rs. 2263/- (with a couple of drinks)

Verdict: 7.5/10

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Wednesday, 25 April, 2012

Restaurant Review: Via Milano

Place: Via Milano
Location: Road No. 36, Jubilee Hills
Cuisine: Italian
Meal: Lunch (with a friend)

Food: 9/10
Service: 8.5/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Meal for 2: Rs. 1555/-

Verdict: 9/10

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Thursday, 19 April, 2012

Restaurant Review: Viva Italia

Place: Viva Italia
Location: Ground floor, White House, Next to Lifestyle Building, Begumpet
Cuisine: Italian
Meal: Dinner

Food: 9.5/10
Service: 9.5/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Meal for 2: Rs. 210/- (Pizza and Pasta)
Meal for 1: Rs. 140 (Pizza and Toast)

Verdict: 9.5/10

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Thursday, 12 April, 2012

Restaurant Review: Haveli

Place: Haveli
Location: My Home Tycoon (Lifestyle Building), Begumpet
Cuisine: Indian
Meal: Dinner (with friends)

Food: 8.5/10
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 8.5/10
Meal for 4: Rs 799/-

Verdict: 8.5/10

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Wednesday, 11 April, 2012

Restaurant Review: Ohri's Banjara

Place: Ohri’s Banjara
Location: Road No. 12, Banjara Hills
Cuisine: Deserts

Deserts: 9.5/10
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Damage: Rs. 320/-

Verdict: 9/10

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Tuesday, 10 April, 2012

Movie Review: Titanic (3D)

Now how does one rate a classic like Titanic?? I was 11 years old when the movie first released and I still remember the first time I went to watch it. I barely had any knowledge about movies back then, but the sheer grandeur and brilliance of this movie made me watch it a billion times over and over!! (Twice in the last five days in 3D!!) 

After working on action classics like The Terminator, Rambo, Aliens and True Lies, James Cameron comes up with one of the best romantic, epic movies of all times. The way he adds fiction to the true story is absolutely brilliant. The script is too long, dialogues a little cheesy, screenplay a tad slow, but the whole package together is so beautiful that you end up falling in love with the movie. Bottom line, I’m no one to talk about this man. 

Twenty-two year old Kate Winslet looks gorgeous as Rose DeWitt Bukate, and plays her role to perfection. Her performance in the climax is so bloody haunting that I have goosebumps even now thinking about it. Leonardo DiCaprio’s portrayal as Jack Dawson is one of his best works to date. The chemistry between them is probably the finest you will ever see on-screen. The rest of the cast, Billy Zane, Bill Paxton, Kathy Bates, Victor Garber, and every other actor, is excellent. It’s a shame that it didn’t win any Oscars for acting!

Cinematography by Russell Carpenter is absolutely splendid. The way he captured the romantic moments between Rose and Jack in the first half, and the disastrous sinking in the later half is terrific. It is one of the best work on cinematography I’ve seen to date. Editing by James Cameron, Conrad Buff IV and Richard A. Harris is perfect. Music by James Horner is absolutely brilliant. Be it the foot tapping Irish music for the real party under-decks, the musicians playing till the last-minute before the sink, or the ever loved “My Heart Will Go On”, master-pieces!! 

James Cameron spent over a year with 300 people to digitally remaster the 1997 version into 3D. And the effort pays off, for it was fantastic to watch this masterpiece on big screen again. The 3D effect wasn’t so great, but seriously, who cares?? It’s TITANIC!! 3D or not, go re-live this magnum opus all over again! 

Verdict: NA (now this is a classic!!)

Monday, 9 April, 2012

Movie Review: Racha

I have to admit this, what a film! If I had no brains, this definitely would have been a classic. Thank god for I am still sane and haven’t lost it yet!

Firstly, I’d like to know if the director Sampath Nandi is an educated man. If so, is he from this generation, or is he re-living in his after life?? Cos in my opinion, no sensible man would try to make such kind of dumb-ass pathetic movie. The story made no absolute sense, and the screenplay was horrendous. The best part for me was when, out of the blue, our villain arranges for traps and Ninja warriors in a jungle in AP, minutes after discovering where our hero is. I mean how did he even do that?? Wow!!

Ram Charan, where do I even start?? Ok, his dances are pretty good, but someone needs to tell this moron (spare my words), that his dances alone are not going to make him a mega power star or what ever he’s called. Trust me, if he weren’t Chiranjeevi’s son (who happens to be one of my favorite “actors”), this guy wouldn’t even get to be hero’s sidekick. Maghadeera was a hit because of Rajamouli, not this jackass.

The whole cast was absolutely wasted. Senior artists like Bramhanadam, Ali, Kota, Geeta, Mukesh Rushi, Nassar all looked like idiots. Cinematography by Sameer Reddy was alright (thank god for that), but editing by Gowtham Raju was pathetic. It’s the worst editing I’ve seen so far, for the scene changed on most occasions even without the artiste completing his or her dialogue. Dialogues bu Paruchri Brothers are a disaster. And music?? It was a relief, trust me, to have songs barging in into the script without any reason. Except for “Vaana Vaana” song, the rest were alright (Even third grade remixes are better than the one used in the movie). 

Overall, a disaster. If this film is declared a hit (which I believe it is), I can’t imagine what will happen to the Telugu industry in the future.

Verdict: 4.5/10
I give this film a 4.5, for it made me laugh my lungs out on most occasions. The sheer stupidity was a pleasure to watch!!

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PS: The god’s did show mercy on me for I dared to watch this film. They not only got me a free ticket, but a cola, refreshments and additional 100 rupees!!

Saturday, 7 April, 2012

Restaurant Review: Veggie 365

Place: Veggie 365
Location: Madhapur Main Road
Cuisine: Indian
Meal: Dinner (with a friend)

Food: 8.5/10
Service: 8.5/10
Ambiance: 8.5/10
Meal for 2: Rs. 230/-

Verdict: 8.5/10

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Friday, 6 April, 2012

Restaurant Review: Shanghai Chef

Place: Shanghai Chef
Location: Madhapur Main Road, Next to Hyderabad House
Cuisine: Chinese, Thai
Meal: Dinner

Food: 8/10
Service: 4/10
Ambiance: 7.5/10
Meal for 5: Rs. 1540/-

Verdict: 6.5/10

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Thursday, 5 April, 2012

Restaurant Review: Arena - Taj Deccan

Place: Arena
Location: Taj Deccan, Rd. No. 1, Banjara Hills
Cuisine: Multi-cuisine
Meal: Dinner (with amma)

Food: 7.5/10
Service: 6/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Meal for 2: Rs. 1240/-

Verdict: 7.5/10

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Wednesday, 4 April, 2012

Restaurant Review: Chutneys

Place: Chutneys
Location: Nagarjuna Circle
Cuisine: South-Indian
Meal: Brunch

Food: 8/10
Service: 8.5/10
Ambiance: 8.5/10
Meal for 1: Rs. 237/- (This could in fact be counted as a meal for 2 )

Verdict: 8.5/10

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Restaurant Review: Santosh Banjara

Place: Santosh Banjara
Location: Rd. No. 12, Next to Pizza Hut, Banjara Hills
Cuisine: Indian
Meal: Dinner

Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 4/10
Meal for 2: Rs. 322/-

Verdict: 7/10

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Restaurant Review: Cream & Fudge

Place: Cream & Fudge 
Location: Next to Porshe showroom, Road No. 36, Jubilee Hills
Cuisine: Desert

Desert: 8.5/10
Service: 7/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Damage: Rs 440 /-

Verdict: 8.5/10

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