Matthew McConaughey’s Potential Oscar Performance in Interstellar

Bhaskar Chanda Film ReviewThis last month’s movie roundup has been outstanding, and Interstellar might be the one to top them all. With a star-studded cast behind Christopher Nolan, this movie is nothing short of spectacular. One of the most intellectually stimulating movies I’ve seen in a long time.

The cast is made up of Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, and Matt Damon; all who brought their A-game with remarkable acting. Matthew McConaughey is expected to win the Oscar with his performance as Cooper, an x-NASA pilot turned farmer. Cooper is living with his son, daughter, and father-in-law. His daughter thinks that a ghost is trying to communicate with her, and Cooper eventually conducts experiments that figures out that aliens from the future are using a wormhole to communicate with his daughter. This sends Cooper and a team of NASA pilots through an interstellar adventure through a wormhole to find a potentially habitable planet for humanity’s sake.

Christopher Nolan might potentially win an Oscar as well. This movie kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time, which is especially impressive since the movie was almost three hours long. Matthew McConaughey is on a role of recent. He was almost the only actor to have won a “best actor” Oscar (for Dallas Buyers Club) and Emmy (for True Detective). He lost his Emmy to the fantastic Bryan Cranston for his role as Walter White in Breaking Bad, debatably one of the better performances of the decade. Anything with Matthew McConaughey these days is a must see, and Interstellar is no different.

This is just the Sci-Fi/Action Adventure film that you want to see when going to a movie along with an added intellectualism that you don’t see with many movies of the sort. This movie did not only keep me entertained on a basic level, but also kept my mind intellectually stimulated at the same time. 4.8/5 stars.

The Drop

Bhaskar Chanda film reviews the dropThe Drop is a crime drama starting Tom Hardy and late James Gandolfini. Tom Hardy plays a lonely barkeeper, Bob Saginowski, that keeps to himself. James Gandolfini plays the bar owner, Marv, who is Bob’s cousin and powerful figure in the neighborhood.

The premise of the movie is based off of old time Brooklyn, where bars would act as holding areas for all the dirty money in the city. These would called “money drops” and the bars were called “drop spots.” Bob and Marv find themselves in the middle of a robbery that gets federal agents involved. One thing leads to another and the federal agents begin to dig deeper into the local underworld of the Brooklyn bar scene.

It is difficult to watch a gangster related film with James Gandolfini without imagining him as Tony Soprano. James Gandolfini is a great actor, and this was unfortunately his last movie. The role that he was put in was almost like a softer version of Tony Soprano, but he still played the part well and brought chills down my spine.

Tom Hardy played a good awkward introvert. He did not say much, and a lot of his lines seems a bit forced and out of the ordinary. Tom Hardy definitely had the leading role. Because of this, the movie followed the pace of his character: slow and awkward. There were too few pivotal moments and the slow buildups did not seem worth the muster.

Overall, I would suggest that people do not go see this movie. The story seemed a little introverted, as it almost acted like a character development film of a mundane protagonist. I will not give away the entire movie, but if you are deciding weather to see this in theaters or wait until a free version comes out online, I would chose the latter. This movie is not worth paying for. 2/5 Stars

Special Edition: TV Show Review of “The League”

Bhaskar Chanda Movie ReviewsThe National Football League has finally made its long awaited return and our Sunday schedules are officially booked up. With the return of the NFL regular season inevitably comes Fantasy Football. It is hard to deny Fantasy Football’s powerful presence in American culture right now. Once you have experienced a Fantasy League with close friends, it is easy to see why its popularity has grown to such heights.

The popular TV show The League just began its sixth season, and has garnered a strong following throughout the country. Why? Creators Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus have tapped into America’s newfound obsession, and turned it into an exaggerated depiction of life hijacked by Fantasy Football. The League explores the lives of a group of friends who obsessively compete over fantasy football, all while mercilessly ridiculing each other.

I was drawn to this show by frequent recommendations and finally decided to give it a chance. Looking for strong plot lines and phenomenal acting performances? The League is probably not for you, and you may want to consider Orange is the New Black. Like many, I assumed prior knowledge of NFL players and fantasy football was a necessity, but the show quickly navigates that expectation by rooting the stories in the daily lives of friends to which anyone can relate. Of course, knowing the game and it’s players, who make frequent cameos, will only heighten your experience.

If you want a show that will make you laugh and remind you it is okay to goof around now and then despite living as a responsible adult, then The League just might be for you. Your expectations may dictate whether you find it enjoyable and funny, or just completely tasteless and stupid. Lacking political correctness nor concern for hurting feelings, The League has one goal – to make you laugh. The League draws you in with its charismatic cast and strong onscreen chemistry. Call it crass, mindless, bro humor, but there is no doubt these characters will make you laugh. It may not be your particular tastes, but something is to be said for a comedy that is in its 6th season. 4/5 Stars