Review: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back by Farheen Jawaid

The post is the unedited copy of the review published in Mag the Weekly on the 12th of November 2016. Copy of the published version is at the end of the post.

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Jack (Or Tom): Run Man Run, Just Not Alone This Time

By Farheen Jawaid

Stars - Mag 3.5Jack Reacher (2012), the prequel to Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, was one of those movies that was okay in most parts, rose to something better by the time the end credits rolled, and when it came on TV elevated to a solid four-star entertainer.

Why you ask? Jack Reacher has an old done-right Hollywood action-thriller feel to it. It is a creeping feeling that warms up with time. Its story was generic, but the actors and the execution made it intricate, maybe even sophisticated. Like an onion with its layers – even if there is nothing new at the core, it’s a delight to see something with depth (the film, not the onion).

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Review: Trolls by Farheen Jawaid

This post is the unedited copy of the review published in Mag the Weekly on Friday, 18th of November 2016. Published copy will be updated at the end of the post.

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Trolls: Singing, Dancing, Much Romancin’…Oh, erm…

By Farheen Jawaid

Stars - Mag 2The creepy looking dolls that made a splash on the pop-culture from the 60s till 90s got a movie of their own – and that just shows how marketing and sales can make one do most anything they want, besides making it a big hit, which is something only a select few from the industry can do. Bless commercialism.

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Review: Mechanic: Resurrection by Farheen Jawaid

The post is an unedited copy of the review published in Mag the Weekly, on the 8th of October 2016 and can be found here.

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The Return of the Mechanic: He Fixes Villains – Not Your Car!

By Farheen Jawaid

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While not much is expected from action movies as a whole, few things are mandatory besides the action, and that is a kind of attachment with the leading hero or heroine. It can be done with a background story, revealed through dialogues, or the way they live, or a reveal that describes them as master of one’s art, pushed against their will into a situation, or normal people who become heroes when faced with life threatening situations, amidst a string of other generic ideas that makes an action hero, an action hero.

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Oscar Predictions 2016 – Images on Sunday, Dawn Newspaper

This post is the unedited copy of our Predictions of the 88th Oscars for Dawn/Images on Sunday, published 28th February 2016. Link to Dawn is here and below.

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Who May Win the 88th Oscars Tomorrow

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

Before the righteous, controversial and ill-timed #OscarsSoWhite hashtag rears its head at the 88th Academy Awards tomorrow and wrecks the mood of Oscar ceremony, Images takes its annual look at who may win – and more importantly, just why they may win – in which category.

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Oscar Predictions 2015–Dawn, Images on Sunday

The following article is published in Dawn, Images on Sunday on the 22nd of February of 2015 here and here.

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Who May Win the Oscars Tomorrow

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

Democracy, it seems, will make the Oscar guessing game a challenging exercise this year. So far, apart from a select few categories, a significant number are in disarray because of eligibility regulations in guilds, individual interpretation of placements (especially in both screenplay categories), and shocking snubs.

The series of shudders keep getting bigger, even though by this late in the award season the more respected of the ceremonies are done and over with.

Boyhood, a power-house destined for Oscar greatness, is seriously butting-heads with Birdman, which popped-up to secure wins in all the prestigious guild awards. Richard Linklater, once a shoe-in for Best Director is against Alejandro González Iñárritu. Alternately in Best Picture, Birdman is set to beat Boyhood. But then again, it’s also highly likely that Iñárritu may win Director and Picture would go to Birdman.

Other messed-up awards fall in Adapted Screenplay, Score (probably the most ingenious and competitive of all categories), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Foreign Film nominations. Continue reading “Oscar Predictions 2015–Dawn, Images on Sunday”

Oscar 2015 Category by Category Analysis by Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

The following feature was published in MAG the Weekly on Friday, the 18th of February 2015 (links and pictures will be updated soon).

Oscars Predictions 2015: The Year When Things Go Topsy-Turvy

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

While people here may be more interested in cricket and the tensions one associates with the World Cup, across the Atlantic pundits are exasperated by the sudden shifts of another game: the 87th Annual Academy Awards.

In our ten-year experience of charting the Oscars race, there has never been a year with so many drastic turn of events. Individual consensus of Academy members, industry favors, award season trends, will overturn most predicted of outcomes this coming Sunday. The feeling of having this knowledge is a mixture of thrill and fear. What may happen, no one knows – but everyone cares about. Continue reading “Oscar 2015 Category by Category Analysis by Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid”

Oscar Predictions 2014–The 86th Annual Academy Awards

This post is the unedited copy of the feature article published in Images on Sunday, on the 3rd of February 2014. The originals copy is linked and attached below.

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The Oscar’s, Come Tomorrow

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

Every year, right about this time, we ask ourselves the annual, perennial, question: So, who do you think will win at the Oscars? Continue reading “Oscar Predictions 2014–The 86th Annual Academy Awards”

Movie Review: Josh (Against the Grain) by Farheen Jawaid for Images On Sunday

This post is the unedited copy of the review published in Images on Sunday, 9th of August 2013.

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Trouble in Khuda Ki Basti

By Farheen Jawaid

A real life story told in film, Josh is about a young woman’s struggle to end oppression in a place called “Khuda Ki Basti”.

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Animadversion: The Wolverine by Farheen Jawaid

This review was published on the 4th of August 2013 in Images on Sunday (Dawn Newspaper). The post is an unedited copy.

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His Claws Are Out — Again!

By Farheen Jawaid

In The Wolverine (an innovatively titled sequel, if there was one), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) has nightmares – and that’s the least of his worries. He also has to become an unwilling pawn in a family struggle, and contend with some limp storytelling in the process. Despite all this stacking up against him, The Wolverine is an entertaining action film that does not disappoint often.

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Animadversion: Turbo by Farheen Jawaid

This review was published on the 4th of August 2013 in Images on Sunday (Dawn Newspaper). The post is an unedited copy.

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Zooming Snails at the Indy 500

By Farheen Jawaid

DreamWorks Animation’s “Turbo” has an absurd, and yet highly optimistic, premise about a small snail and his big dream of racing in the Indy 500. Talk about the unachievable, right?! Continue reading “Animadversion: Turbo by Farheen Jawaid”