Savages Review – Delicious Savagery

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Jul 062012

Don’t fuck with Walmart…Embrace the change
– Corrupt DEA official Dennis’ advice to Ben and Cho on how to respond to the Mexican drug cartel in Oliver Stone’s new film Savages

Beneath our thin cloaks of civility, clothes and chatter, truth be said, most of us are savages (yes, you too).

But every once in a while, for some people the veneer drops, the mask unravels and the curtain rises to show Man’s inherent savage state of violence, blood and gore. What Hobbes likely meant by the state of nature.

If, like me, you have a lusty appetite for seeing people in their true bloody colors, then Oliver Stone’s new movie Savages is the right pick for you this weekend.

Savages is a delicious 125-minute blood fest catalyzed by love and fueled by the drug trade between Mexico and the United States.

And midwifed by a corrupt government official.

Drugs, love, money, corruption and violence, oh, what a volatile combination!

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Savages – On Both Sides

At first glance, the Mexican drug cartels with their daily orgy of violence including mass beheadings seem the more savage, bestial kind.

But as we soon realize, the two Americans Cho and Ben, peddlers of high quality marijuana that attracted the Mexican cartel’s attention, are no different.

Cho (the Baddist, paranoid, ex-military guy) and Ben (the Buddhist, Bono-type) live in a harmonious ménage à trois with their girlfriend O in a nice ocean side home in the Southern California town of Laguna Beach.

Their high-quality weed is in great demand (15-million satisfied users is nothing to sneer at), Cho keeps having his wargasms, Ben is doing a Bono in Africa and Asia and nourishing dreams of a renewable energy business, and O goes through intense orgasms, her legs tightly wrapped tightly around either Cho or Ben.

Just when the trio’s idyllic existence in a large beach-side house starts to evoke audience-envy, trouble comes, not knocking but rudely crashing into their lives. Continue reading »

Jul 062012

The Indian critics have spoken their minds on Bol Bachchan (Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan).

And their verdict – Bol Bachchan is garbage.

Just in case you schmucks were not aware, Bol Bachchan is a remake of the 1970s hit Gol Maal (Amol Palekar, Utpal Dutt, Bindiya Goswami).

The late Hrishikesh Mukherjee directed the 1979 version.

Hear, read excerpts from a bunch of harsh Indian reviews on Bol Bachchan:


It’s all very silly and droll. Not all of its humour is on the inoffensive side what with the numerous innuendoes, crude gestures and frequent suggestions of homophobia….Bol Bachchan is dispensable cinema, forgotten almost immediately after it’s over.


Unlike “Gol Maal”, which was intelligent comedy, free from slapstick and crass humour, “Bol Bachchan” caters to the lowest common denominator. The bar here is extremely low.


The acting is generally so unabashedly hammy that you might be forgiven for wondering whether you have wandered into a pigsty.

Be warned. Bol Bachchan is a comedy so absurd that it could reduce you to tears of despair….


The problem with Bol Bachchan is that Shetty and his writers don’t go beyond the humour that drove the original film. The rest of the drama – the one revolving around the main plot – is convoluted, resorting to one-liners best suited to Sab TV serials.

Bol Bachchan, sadly, is the director’s weakest film in recent times, with uninspired writing and an obnoxiously lengthy runtime.

Bol Bachchan, overall, falls short of being a laugh riot in spite of having the ammunition for it. In its current form, it’s best enjoyed inebriated.

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