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The Best Rotten Tomatoes Alternatives for Bollywood

What is a good movie to watch? I am sure that most of you can rattle off at least a dozen movies off the top of your head. However, the real answer to that question is a bit more complex. It’s often very subjective and greatly influenced by personal preferences. Your judgement might not necessarily align with that of a critic. Now, don’t get me wrong. Reviews are important. They can often save you from a couple of hours of agony. But, just a review or two is often not enough to get a sense of how watchable a movie is. This is where aggregators come in. Services like Rotten Tomatoes, which collect and summarise critic as well as audience ratings, are a great resource for movie buffs.

Rotten Tomatoes features both Hollywood and Bollywood movies. However, it’s obvious that the focus is on western movies, western media, and western audiences. If you are looking for your dope of Indian cinema, Rotten Tomatoes is not the place to be. The good news is that there are quite a few desi versions of the Tomatometer. Here are my top four picks.

Know Your Films

The design of this website is a bit old school, but it does get the job done. The home page shows a selection of entertainment news, upcoming movies, current movies, and some featured movies from the past. For current movies, the box office performance, as well as the latest reviews are displayed. Opening up a movie’s page shows more info including cast, crew, sound track, and various reviews. There is, however, no average rating, or a quick way to see how a movie has been received. There are a few other useful features including the ability to create watchlists (requires registration), and watching popular Bollywood clips and trailers.

Know Your Films: Home Page
Know Your Films: Home Page

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Filmy Pakode

This website trims all the fat and puts all the focus on the films and their ratings. The home page is just a collection of recently released movies along with their ratings, and a preview of the upcoming movies. The individual movie page contains average rating, along with information about movie cast, plot, and trailers and preview clips. Filmy Pakoda is simple and useful. But, the lack of even basic features like Search limits its utility.

Film Pakode: Home Page
Film Pakode: Home Page
Film Pakode: Movie Page
Film Pakode: Movie Page

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Sahi Nahi

Sahi Nahi is the new kid in the block, and it’s very obvious what the inspiration for this service is. The design is clean and pleasant with good use of typography. The home page gives you a quick overview of the latest movies along with their ratings, as well as the current top box office performers. You also have featured celebrities, movies, and blog articles. Every movie page features the critic rating along with excerpts of their review, trailer, and cast and crew information. It’s worth noting here that Sahi Nahi follows a Rotten Tomatoes like rating system were each review is classified as either positive and negative. The overall rating is not an average of the scores assigned by each reviewer. The layout is responsive, hence, Sahi Nahi works well on a wide range of devices including phones and tablets.

Sahi Nahi: Home Page
Sahi Nahi: Home Page
Sahi Nahi: Movie Page
Sahi Nahi: Movie Page

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The Review Monk

The Review Monk has an unmistakably Indian soul that will endear it to Indian movie fans. The beautiful slider on the home page showcasing some of the most memorable moments in Indian cinema will impress you straight away. The Review Monk, however, doesn’t restrict itself to Indian cinema. Hollywood movies that have been released in India are also featured. The home pages offers a quick look at movies that are currently in the theatres, as well as top rated recent movies. The coming soon section displays the release dates of movies that will hit the theatres soon. There are even monthly reports and occasional blog posts about cinema for the film buffs looking for more. Every movie page has a TRM score, excerpts from reviews, cast and crew information, soundtrack list, trailer, and twitter buzz. There is even a spider chart breaking down the critic’s ratings for you. The Review Monk score is an average, unlike Sahi nahi or Rotten Tomatoes. For mobile users, there’s a free Android app that’s once again simple but elegant and useful. You can register to build your profile by rating and reviewing movies you have watched, and adding movies you want to watch to your watchlist. In addition to Bollywood movies, The Review Monk is currently also tracking Tamil and Telegu movies. The idea behind The Review Monk might not be original, but the execution is really good.

The Review Monk: Home Page
The Review Monk: Home Page
The Review Monk: Movie Page
The Review Monk: Movie Page

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Beware of Dark Knight Rises Leaked Torrents on the Internet

I am a big fan of the Batman franchise movies and have watched them the day they released. To be honest, I can’t wait to watch the latest in the series “Dark Knight Rises” on July 20. Dark Knight Rises is definitely going to break box office records all over the world. However, even before the movie has even released, there are several torrent websites which have been filled up with fake torrents for the Dark Knight Rises.

Dark Knight Rises Movie Poster

While you might get into trouble legally for downloading the content, there is a high chance that the torrents available on the internet are infected with viruses and spyware which might put your computer at risk.

Also Read: What Are Magnet Links? How Are They Different From Torrents?

Back in 2010, Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 1 was leaked on Torrent websites and was downloaded millions of times. That leak was potentially intentional because it left off a good part of the movie out of the torrent thus driving users back to the theatre to catch up the rest of the movie. There were also several instances of fake torrents which infected users who downloaded them. The Dark Knight Rises torrents are fake and targeted towards gullible users who will be infected with malware and spyware.

While downloading torrents in itself is not illegal, it is always advisable to check your copyright laws before you download anything to your computer. While there are several tools which help you to download torrents anonymously, you should also use services which will tell you whether a torrent is infected or not.

And last but not the least, go ahead and check out some Dark Knight Rises Posters and Billboard ads and enjoy the Dark Knight Rises in theatres this week. It is definitely going to be worth it.

Gangs of Wasseypur – First Film in India to Premiere Music on Mobile First

A fancy stage, celebrity guests, and guests from media. Well, that is a typical setting for the music premiere of a movie’s original soundtrack in India. Not any more for some of them.

Presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and produced by Anurag Kashyap, the forthcoming film – Gangs of Wasseypur, has earned the interesting distinction of being the first film in India to premier the film’s soundtrack on mobile platform before the album’s physical release. Gangs of Wasseypur has garnered unprecedented buzz from international media and has been selected for the prestigious “Directors’ Fortnight” at the 65th Festival De Cannes.

Airtel and Hungama Mobile collaborated in this interesting change to marketing and distributing entertainment with an intention to tap into the growing tribe of mobile music listeners and generate ancillary revenues from mobile downloads, ringtones, and caller-tones.

Airtel mobile subscribers got 10 days of exclusive access to music from the forthcoming movie via Hello Tunes and Airtel Radio. Hungama Mobile, a part of Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., is the largest aggregator, developer, publisher and distributor of Bollywood and South-Asian entertainment content in the world. It powers close to 75% of all mobile entertainment content in India.

The Addams Family Lives! [Google Doodle]

When visiting Google’s search page today, I was greeted with a spooky Doodle showing the cartoon version of the Addams family. (see other Google Doodles here)

Addams Family Google Doodle

With this unique Doodle, Google is celebrating the 100th birthday of Charles Addams, the creator of the original Addams Family. In 1938, Addams authored the first Addams Family as a series of cartoons in the New Yorker magazine. His weird, evil looking (but nice) family became a sensation, and later led to a TV series in 1964.

1938 Addams Family Cartoon

According to IMDB, the 1964 series lasted until 1966 and had 64 episodes. Some full length episodes can be seen at IMDB and YouTube. Here’s a description of the series from IMDB:

The Addams Family is not your typical family: they take delight in most of the things that “normal” people would be terrified of. Gomez Adams is an extremely wealthy man, and is able to indulge his wife Morticia’s every desire: be it cultivation of poisonous plants, or a candlelit dinner in a graveyard. People visiting the Addams Family just don’t seem to appreciate the 7 foot tall butler “Lurch” or the helping hand (which is just a disembodied hand named “Thing”). Written by Murray Chapman

Just below, you can see a Youtube video which shows the opening theme for the classic 1964 black and white TV serial.

Later, the Addams Family spawned several other movies and TV series in the U.S. and other countries. Many of you might be more familiar with the 1991 movie, “The Addams Family“, and it’s 1993 sequel, “Addams Family Values“, which starred Raul Julia, Angelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci. These were funny and action filled movies. If you get a chance, I recommend them as fun for the entire family.

I was a child in the 1960s, and I enjoyed seeing the Google Doodle reminding me about the old TV series. Following the Doodle’s link, I learned the story of Charles Addams, the creator. May he rest in peace, and may the Addams family legacy continue far into the future.

Microsoft India Indulges in a Bollywood Chase

Yes, Techie-Buzz is still a technology blog. We still couldn’t help having Shahrukh Khan feature twice here in the last couple of months. In October, I wrote about Shahrukh Khan’s aggressive digital marketing for his film RA.One. Now, for his upcoming release, Don 2, Microsoft India in partnership with Excel Entertainment, the producers of the film, has launched a unique contest which gives winners a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet SRK and travel to Berlin.

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To enter the Meet the Don2: Mission Berlin contest, you need to buy one of the Microsoft products Windows 7 PC, Windows Phone, Microsoft Office 2010, or Xbox 360 from a retail store in the contest period and then answer five simple questions and write a catchy slogan at www.MissionBerlin.in. The contest runs from November 25th to December 20th, 2011. If your entry is shortlisted, you will be asked to send a copy of the invoice as a proof of purchase.

The first 1000 correct and complete entries will win 4 tickets to the first day first show of Don 2 to watch it with family and friends. Top five winning families with best slogan will get a chance to meet Shahrukh Khan in person. And one of the luckiest family amongst these will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the beautiful, historic city of Berlin. Don 2 is shot in Berlin and the sightseeing arrangements include trips to shooting spots!

Well, Microsoft India just made the futile chase to Don possible!

LOVEFiLM to Bring Streaming Movies and TV shows to Xbox LIVE

LOVEFiLM, Europe’s largest subscription service for streaming movies and TV shows over the Internet and sending DVDs by post, launches on Xbox LIVE tomorrow. This would allow millions of Xbox users instant access to the movies they want to watch. LOVEFiLM is an Amazon company.

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Xbox LIVE members will be able to instantly watch thousands of movies via LOVEFiLM Instant the movie streaming service including exclusive content. LOVEFiLM Instant is already available via a huge range of devices including PCs, iPad, Internet-connected TV sets, Blu-ray players, tablets, and games consoles.

It is an exciting day for LOVEFiLM customers and an auspicious day for the TV entertainment industry as a whole. Launching LOVEFiLM Instant on Xbox 360 and Kinect means bringing the service to a million more living rooms a huge achievement.

– Simon Calver, CEO, LOVEFiLM

With Netflix launching in the UK next year (no announcement whether it would be available on the Xbox as yet), and BBC coming to Xbox LIVE next year, LOVEFiLM’s inclusion as an integrated film service provider for Xbox LIVE is well timed. LOVEFiLM is all set for its ambition to bring the service to as many homes as possible. Also, Kinect for Xbox 360 will transform the way people use LOVEFiLM Instant. With Kinect, people can effortlessly control the service using voice commands and gestures to search and enhance movie-watching experience. The LOVEFiLM app comes with a free 30 day trial and after that will require a subscription.

Sharukh Khan on Google +, and Ra.One Everywhere on the Web

Shahrukh Khan, arguably the biggest Bollywood superstar, has upped the ante for digital marketing for his upcoming film Ra.One. The movie, a superhero flick, has an official YouTube channel with videos of making, the cast and crew interviews, and the promotional events. Another partnership with Indiagames has seen the launch of Ra.One social game that would reach out to over 500 million users through DTH and a Facebook game.

The latest step in the digital arena is Shahrukh Khan being the first verified Indian celeb on Google+. Over the last 2 weeks, Google has reactively removed many fake Shah Rukh profiles. Of course, this is a move from Google to popularize its new social network: Google+. In the US, celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Britney Spears, and Paris Hilton already have verified profiles on the social network.

Shahrukh Khan might be cheesy in his interviews and mass-market in his approach to cinema, but is well respected as a keen businessman. His indulgence in cricket where he owns the Kolkata Knightriders franchise has seen the company profiting even when the team hasn’t done well on the field. His star power is infectious, and he has always garnered successful partnerships with brands.

Going digital with Ra.One is probably the first step in a continued and sustained effort. While a movie builds digital content in an organic, steps like online premiere and digital music downloads further the reach and also gain mindshare amongst digital industry.

Amazon to Stream Movies and TV Shows from Twentieth Century Fox

Amazon has entered into a digital video license agreement with Twentieth Century Fox that will allow Amazon Prime members to instantly stream a broad selection of popular movies and TV shows from the FOX library. Prime Instant Video is a benefit for paid Amazon Prime members. Prime members get unlimited, commercial-free, instant access to more than 11,000 movies and TV shows at no additional cost. Since the launch of Prime instant videos, Amazon has secured licensing deals from partners such as CBS, NBCUniversal, Sony, Warner Bros. and many more. Customers can instantly watch movies and TV shows from Amazon Instant Video (For customers who are not Prime members or who are looking to instantly purchase or rent movies and TV shows) or Prime instant video on a Mac, PC or directly on a TV with any of the 300 compatible devices.

Since the launch of Prime instant videos in February, we have more than doubled the library to 11,000 titles and will continue to add more of our customers’ favorite movies and TV shows to Prime instant videos.

– Steve Oliver, Director of Video at Amazon.com

FOX titles available to Prime members will include contemporary movies such as, “Speed,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Doctor Dolittle,” “Last of the Mohicans,” and “Office Space,” as well as classics like “The Longest Day,” “All About Eve,” “9 to 5,” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” FOX also brings to Prime members a selection of popular TV series including “24,” “The X-Files,” “NYPD Blue,” “Arrested Development,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Ally McBeal,” and newly available on digital video, “The Wonder Years.”

Angry Birds Movie Trailer

has been a phenomenal success for the folks behind Rovio Mobiles. The game is available on almost all smartphone devices including , and along with a PC edition. It will also be coming to Windows Phone 7 devices soon.

Angry Birds Movie

So what is the next step for Angry Birds? More platforms? That may happen, but before that this popular game will be featured in a movie called Angry Birds: The Movie.

Well, if it interests you, here is a trailer of Angry Birds: The Movie created by Rooster Teeth and is approved for All Audiences. The movie features real life Angry Birds who are used more than just for props. Have fun watching the video after the break.

Facebook To Offer Digital Movie Rentals

As if the competition for digital movie streaming service wasn’t fierce enough, Facebook is adding  itself  to the list of contenders to cater to your movie needs. The social giant today announced a partnership with Warner Bros that will allow the production house to offer digital movie rentals via Facebook to its 600 Million users.

The service starts with The Dark Knight which is being offered for $3 for a 48 hour rental. Or, you can get it for 30 Facebook credits, something which Facebook prefers as the medium of financial exchange on its network. More movies will be added soon along with the option to purchase them as opposed to simply renting them out. However, as always, the service is only available to users in the U.S. now. According to President of Warner Bros’ Digital Distribution :

Making our films available through Facebook is a natural extension of our digital distribution efforts.   It gives consumers a simple, convenient way to access and enjoy our films through the world’s largest social network

Whether this would give Netflix a serious competition remains up for debate, but the fact that it will give a hard time to new players like Amazon and YouTube for streaming full length movies is a definite thing. With already 600 Million users actively using the network, Facebook has no need to spend any money on marketing or give incentives to potential users like Netflix and Amazon have to do.