Sunday, July 3, 2016

My 1st E-Book

Dear readers,

I'm pleased to announce the release of my 1st self-published short-story collection: Masoom Thrillers #1. I would like to thank my friends, family and of course you, my dear readers, for making my self-publishing dream come true. You can check out the book here:

Thank you,
Nisar Masoom.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron Review

Avengers: Age of Ultron is a difficult movie to rate. With its predecessor being the almighty 2012's The Avengers, Age of Ultron had many expectations to live up to. And thankfully, it has surpassed those set limits.

To start with, when we watched The Dark Knight Rises a few months after The Avengers, we declared that the latter is a childish flick. And that's true. But when Joss Whedon (one of my fav directors) decided to pen the first draft of the sequel's script in a bar after a few days of The Avengers' release, we fans knew that Age of Ultron would be worth looking forward to because Whedon is not only a creative director but a visionary artist.

Age of Ultron's strongest point is the face-off between Ultron and Iron Man. Ultron is a force similar to Tony Stark's intellect ('cause Stark created it, duh!). So, you can say that the egomaniacal side of Stark is reflected on to Ultron. And that creates a phenomenon (like in Marvel's Daredevil) of the good vs evil triumph. Also, James Spader was the best choice to voice the villain due to his dialogue delivery in The Blacklist.

Another positive point is that the long sequence at the onset of the blockbuster is superb. And enthralls viewers that if action in the start is awesome, then the final battle will be the epitome of awesome. Plus, the Iron Man vs Hulk fight is incomparable to any other CGI fight scene (let's see what Snyder does with Superman vs Batman).

Now, for the negatives: One, the the movie often seems slow, too slow. The Avengers had better humor so we were able to pass the lagging scenes. But here, you feel that you can doze through at least twenty minutes of the film.

Secondly, the story sometimes becomes too complex. Not that we adults can't comprehend it but maybe younger audiences should be allowed more bite than bark. And a minority of the shots seemed like they were just made to showcase the use of CGI rather actually do something. Godzilla is a prime example of CGI over story but Avengers 2 has much plot than SFX.

To end with, Avengers: Age of Ultron is a must-watch for comic-book fans. For the people who want Nolanesque brilliance, look elsewhere, but do give this movie a gambling chance.

3 out of 4.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Gone Game

Check out my third short film:

Leave your reviews in the comments section below.

Thanks in advance.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Dukhtar - A Pakistani Gem

Dukhtar (Daughter) is an epitome of parallel cinema. Unfortunately, it does not go beyond the boundaries with its message.

The storyline follows a mother (Samiya Mumtaz) and her ten-year-old daughter (Saleha Aref), who escape their home in order to restrict the girl from an arranged marriage to an elderly tribal leader.

Filled with brilliant cinematography highlighting the picturesque mountains and valleys of Northern Pakistan, Dukhtar is a gem of theatrical beauty. The cast is superb with the foremast performance by lead actress Mumtaz, with strong support from Mohib Mirza (the truck driver) and Aref who played the titular character.

The movie does have stunning direction. With more than enough artistically shot scenes. But the writing power is limited. Only some of the dialogues are worth applause, and the entire movie relies on Mumtaz to push it forward.

Another negative factor is the predictability. The is one of the most foreseeable dramas I have watched. Furthermore, the screenplay confuses the viewer into where the plot is leading them. Is it a dramatic thriller? Is it an adventure? This flick should have used a particular genre. And by trying to be multi-layered it sort of failed in this venture.

Yet, it is still one of the best non-commercial features of 2014. And I want to congratulate writer/director Afia Nathaniel in showing the world that Pakistani motion-pictures are no joke. And also for her debut being selected as an official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards.

IMDb: 7.3/10.
Rotten Tomatoes: N/A.
BO101: 3 out of 4.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Passing the Driving Test 2

My third official short film. Shot on location in Al Ain, the United Arab Emirates. It is the sequel to Passing the Driving Test

Plot: The Brother (Hassan Faheem) finally gets his license. Now, Ali wants a try at the test, much to the dismay of The Instructor.

Dear friends, this movie is for you to review, in the comments section below.

Also, be sure to like my production crew's page on FaceBook:

Thanks for watching! (in advance).

Passing the Driving Test 2:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Passing the Driving Test

My 2nd official short film. Again, this was shot in Al Ain, UAE. My dear readers it is up to you to review this movie. And please place your remarks in the comments section below this article.

Passing the Driving Test:

Thanks in advance for watching/commenting.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Nisar Masoom's The Race

Hi people,

It's been a long time since I've posted a review. University days have been keeping me busy. But I also had the chance to foster my creativity. I give you my first official short film titled The Race. And this time around it is up to you, my dear readers, to review it in your comments.

Thanks for watching in advance. And do share at your convenience.

The Race: