Underwood’s are back : House of Card S05

 

A famous leader once said. – “World is neither white nor black, its actually a shade of Grey and to understand it, you have to read the unwritten between the lines”. That’s what this show is all about – HOUSE OF CARDS .

It is difficult to decide whether this show is influenced by politics played in power corridors of White House or real life leaders are getting inspired by this show for setting their national and international policies.

Very few TV shows have been able to achieve such popularity amongst the audience and critics as House of Card has been able to do. Since 2013, already 4 seasons of this show have been broadcasted and the great news is, it has received rating close to 9 on scale of 10 on Imdb.com every time. Isn’t that super awesome?

This TV series is an adaptation of a similar BBC mini show aired in 90’s . The show revolves around Frank Underwood (Kevin spacey) and his wife Claire Underwood (Robin Wright). Both of them with support of their few loyalist’s are on a mission to achieve the “impossible”. To conquer the epitome of power, the seat of White House, to became the President of United States of America, their greed list is long enough.

Seasons 1-2 focussed on their unorthodox strategy, manipulative & deceptive skills and out of league ways to reach the top. Season 3 & 4 reflected their art of survival while people make every attempt to de-throne them using any legally correct or incorrect possible means.

Talking about actors, everyone specially the lead actors have done a phenomenal job, creating an strong recognition which is irreplaceable for any new entrant. Dialogue’s, costumes, facial expressions, eye movements, pitch of tone are just perfectly delivered. Even the use of direct narration by Kevin with viewers between the show is well timed.

Season 5 takes the drama to another level and here are 10 reasons to cancel all your plans for 3rd June to find out what happened next !

As on 3rd June from 5 PM onwards , ZEE CAFE is bringing this show, the legendary FRANK UNDERWOOD, right to the idiot box  in a Premiere marathon.

Reason 1. : What happened after JAMES MILLER  execution ? 

Reason 2. : Is Claire still going to support Frank Presidential Campaign ?

Reason 3 : Where is the chemistry between Claire and Tom Yates heading to ? 

Reason 4 :  What storm did the  News story in Washington Herald  against Frank is going to create in senate ? 

Reason 5:  Will Frank be able to handle the Tom Hammerschmidt before he finds out another well kept secret of him. (Reporter who has sworn to dig out all the dirt from past of Frank) 

Reason 6 : Will William convey the democrat candidate for Presidency be able to survive against Frank Underwood? 

Reason 7 : Is Viktor Petrov ( Russian President ) going to influence the results of presidency Elections. 

Reason 8 : Can Frank Convince Senate for a Full fledged war against ICO ? 

Reason 9 : Does  “America Works” Bill sees Light of the Day , will Frank be able to pull out and implement the AMWORKS Bill within congress ? 

Reason 10 :  Is HOC S05 really inspired and depict the Ideology and working theory of current POTUS ( Donald Trump ) or it’s just a coincidence . 

Luckily we got a sneak view of Season5, E01 i.e Chapter 53 and Yes, it answers few questions along with opening of many more ghosts from the past episode to complicate the life of Frank .

Some spoiler alert is HERE: 

Starting Scene shows Clarie narrating story direct to the audience in first 30 sec of show, which may hint that she is going to overpower Frank and be the lead character for the rest of season. Also, there are few more explosions reported in Chapter 53, favouring Frank’s stand to go on war with ICO. And yes, the Idea of putting Homecoming of Terror in the minds of AMERICAN People is working! Its a bloody evil story!

Lookout how this season follow the theme of “WE MAKE  THE TERROR, WE BRING THE TERROR ” #HOConZCafe

Frank Underwood is coming to India with the television premiere of House Of Cards Season 5 on Saturday, 3rd June, 5 PM onwards, only on Zee Café!

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Movie carnival for kids this summer .

Summers are here and so does the  vacation of kids . Courtesy Sun God , Parents and kids have no option but to remain indoor from 9 am – 6 pm at least , till the temperature drops . So handling your Jumping Jacks  who are unable to sit idle for a moment and make your day  their vacations sounds hell of a time for you .

So to  resolve this conflict , “& pictures”  have come up with a ” KIDS carnival ” Campaign running from 9th May – 13th May daily at 12 noon. So to digest your breakfast before lunch , you can switch ON your TV , set up & Pictures and keep the remote away for next 3 hours .

Yes , Parents do try to keep kids away from TV and specially don’t want them watching those 18+ Movies and ask all unusual questions 🙂 . But the line-up of this Carnival will even make parents wish to keep their task aside and join the Kids in the Fun , adventure , thriller , World class animation and Life learning Movies .

Get aboard the &pictures ‘Kiddies Express that will present the following five movies that will transport your kids into a land of imagination:-

No more suspense , the Schedule will be :

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  • So Monday blues will be taken care by  ” KUNG FU PANDA ” – in which  THE AWESOME PANDA with his furious five will take you on the hilarous journey of becoming Dragon warrior with Turtle OOgay delivering the real world inspiration to set aside setback and keep moving .


”  Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”  is surely what                            every grandparents tell their children .

    • So if your kid is not motivated to visit a ZOO ..Madagascar will make him mad about animals and would surely be singing around ” I like to Move it , Move it ” for many weeks to come . Based on a journey of a Lion and his Friends from New York zoo to Madagascar , each character behaves like real life people and inspire child to respect them as living being . So it’s a fun package of Knowledge &  adventure and best way to introduce various animal to your kids .

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  • Based on friendship goals like determination, trust, respect, and acceptance Stuart Little 2 is one of the best family films of the summer.This visually impressive film provides wholesome entertainment for kids with Stuart enlightening us with some serious friendship goals like determination, trust, respect, and acceptance.
  • My all time favorite movie , which always tickles the right bone for many born in 80’s .  A timeless adventure film, Jumanji is about two kids who play a magical board game. While playing it, they release an adult trapped in the game. They encounter various dangers which will come to an end only when the game is completed.
  •  A crisp narrative and some truly amazing technical expertise combine to make Mr Go one of the best family films with big laughs, big emotion and even bigger thrills. Its engaging plot offers a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all ages. It is based on the classic 1980s comic ‘7th Baseball Club’, the titular character refers to a 285 kg circus gorilla who is the first to be recruited by a savvy baseball agent to join the professional Korean Baseball League What makes it a must-see film is that it makes you smile with its heartwarming, poignant and inspirational story.

    So from PANDA TO LION , RAT TO GORILLA , all of them are waiting for clock to strike 12 and set up a meeting with your kids and You too 🙂 .. So this summer TV will turn form  “Idiot BOX to  ” Ideal Box ” for all .

    Catch the ‘Kiddies Express’ from Monday, 9th May to Friday, 13th May daily at 12 noon only on &pictures!

     

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Blast from the past :Movie Review – BORDER

border_movie_1A movie which is on  play list of every TV channel on 26th January and 15th august . A movie which observed  career best performances from Sunny Deol and Sunil Sheety . Some may say it’s a Indian Version of ” 300 ” , although the plot and heroic are real .

Woh kehte hai subah ka khana jaiselmer mein karange dopahar ka khana jodhpur mein karenge or raat ka khana delhi mein karenge lekin aaj hum unka naashta karenge ” 

” Subah ka Nasta JAISELMER ma hoga , Din ka khana JODHPUR ma , aur raat ka khanna DELHI ma “

” Mohabbat aur pagalpan ka bahut purana rishta hai ”

” Ya mitti Meri MAA hai”

Lead actors : Jackie Shroff, Sudesh Berry, Sunil Shetty  , Sunny Deol  ,  Akshay Khanna.

PLOT : Very few movies in Bollywood glorifies war and humanity on same note . Yes the theme of the movie was to pay Tribute to WAR HERO’s of 1971 Indo-Pak fight with focus on epic battle happened at Longewala Post in Rajasthan where 120 Indian Soldiers denied victory  and defend their post overnight  against enemy battalion consisting of  2000 + Soldiers , Tanks and Artillery . Next day Airforce comes to their support and drive back enemy marking a historic victory .

Performance :   Marvelous  , right from dialogue delivery to facial expression to voice pitch was in perfect synchronization .Be it inner personal drama  of war bound soldier and his family , to a commander motivating his subordinate , to shedding tears for opponent border-1997-movie-scenesoldier who is although a enemy but also a father / brother and is only following orders of his superiors with no personal reason to fight anyone. Sunny deol leads the role and the movie with his ” Dhai kilo ka performance and dialogues ” , Sunil shetty gives his career best and even akshay khanna and supporting cast make you stand and clap on multiple occasion .

Music : Entire Playlist suits the story-line perfectly and goes with the flow .although few are longer playtime than 9 minutes but we actually end humming them every time it plays . ” Sandesha aate ha ” was trending No. 1 on music charts for long long time and Javed Akhtar sahib rate this one in his lifetime best lyrics Background score of ” Hindustan , Hindustan ” touches the core of emotions last song specially gives a well balanced end to the movie with a message to stop fighting and save humanity  .  Sonu Nigam, Sunali Rathod, Shankar Mahadevan have given voice to the poetic rhythm of Akhtar sahib .

Direction and Cinematography : I think every viewer of this movie must definitely have left cinema hall /multiplex with his head high in Proud ad heart filled with love for mother India . This itself demonstrate the level of effort put by JP Dutta sahib.

Overall Rating : 4.5 /5

{ I really wish to give 5/5 this one because as a movie I was glued to my couch from first scene till credit start rolling . But war movies although are adaption of  historical events still it stirs few emotions of revenge and hatred which better be kept untouched . So I reduced 0.5 score for personal reasons }

Just to share , I watched BORDER again last night and this takes the tally to 35 for this one .

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Movie Review …Contra 3 oops . Expendables 3

Running time : 126 Min

Director : Patrick Hughes

Date : 21 August 2014

Main cast : Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li and Many 50 + actors close to taking VRS

Premiere Tickets Courtesy : Sony Pix at PVR select City Walk 🙂


 

 

We as a generation grew up playing Contra which has a gun with unlimited powerup’s and ammunition , so we just guide him and he keep on killing more , more and more …

Expendables look just like it with a bit of emotion , pack up all actors on verge of retirement with bit of motivation speech and tech gadgets and who cares of story ?? .. So people looking logic , stay away but for action hungry geeks who’s Adrenalin pumps with sound of guns shots ” This is it ” .

Start with a rescue mission of Ex team member ( Wesley Snipes ) with amazing Train Sequence , followed by a encounter with Team co -founder turned arms dealer Conrad Stonebank who was supposed to be dead and as obvious stallone goes again to kill him with new bunch of kids with fancy gadgets which fails and he has to fall back to his old team to rescue and complete the mission .

Antonio Bandera aka Galgo keep the funny side up and Ronda Rousey aka Luna for a bit of glamour .

Last sequence seem perfect out of a video game where hero’s stuck in castle and villain’s pour in every side possible in every form i.e. tank , helicopter , bikes etc. etc etc with endless 30-40 min cross firing and stunts which ends with complete set going down in ashes on a bomb .. Watch out for a Bike stunt by Kellan Lutz with 360 turn in air which make you WOW .

Overall , go if you want to relive contra days or a die-hard fan of series .

Rating : 2.5 / 5