The Revenant (2016): A Quick Review

Leonardo Di Caprio Oscar 2016 winnerThe hype the Oscars create always make you watch a few of the movies that win awards. This year the Oscars and The Revenant were more in the news to check if Leo finally makes it to the awards or gets relegated yet again to the nomination seats. No event possibly could have garnered more debate than possibly a Salman getting married or Putin attacking Syria. For once Leo didn’t disappoint and added the most elusive and prestigious awards in the world to his kitty.Continue reading “The Revenant (2016): A Quick Review”

88th Academy Awards (Oscars 2016): The Complete List of Winners

All the winners from 88th Academy Awards, we will be updating the list as when they are announced.

Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big ShortContinue reading “88th Academy Awards (Oscars 2016): The Complete List of Winners”

Birdman (2014): A meditation on the meaning of art, success and failure,life and death, and human existence

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a 2014 Oscar-winning drama film co-written and directed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu whose previous assignments include Babel, 21 Grams, and Biutiful. The movie stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifianakis in major roles. Birdman is a departure from the contemporary style of filmmaking. Iñárritu uses a technique that gives an illusion as if the entire film were shot in a single extended take. Birdman’s strong albeit bizarre dialogue and impeccable slapstick timing on one hand hark back to the works of the American screenwriter and playwright David Mamet, particularly Glengarry Glen Ross, while on the other, it strongly reminds of the films like Barton Fink and The Player in that it deglamorizes Hollywood while exposing its hypocrisies in a rather tongue-in-cheek manner.Continue reading “Birdman (2014): A meditation on the meaning of art, success and failure,life and death, and human existence”

87th Academy Awards (Oscars 2015): The Complete List of Winners

The 87th Academy Awards were just handed over a short while ago & Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel won top honors,bagging 4 awards each. Another hot favorite,Boyhood unfortunately missed out on the major awards. Given below is the complete list of winners across all categories.Continue reading “87th Academy Awards (Oscars 2015): The Complete List of Winners”

Oscar Nominations and Predictions 2015: A MAM Exclusive

Oscar nominations are out, and as anticipated, few major disbelief snubs and delightful surprises. You love them, you hate them, you accuse them of lobbying and propaganda, but all cinephiles wait for the Oscar nominations and the award ceremony religiously. The ceremony will take place on February 22; will be presented by Neil Patrick Harris, if not the Oscar winners but NHP will be sure fun to watch.Continue reading “Oscar Nominations and Predictions 2015: A MAM Exclusive”

Birdman (2014): The Virtue of Art

Language : English | Running Time : 119 Minutes | Director : Alejandro González Iñárritu

Everytime I look at Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr. today, I wish the former stopped trying to make his “acting” about make-up, feathers and bowlegged walking and the latter, I wish there is more than just the smooth and fast talking person inhabiting the screen. These men were artists who could live the smallest of men and make them larger than life. One could be the director Ed Wood and humanise him while the other could fill in the shoes of Charlie Chaplin. These men were superior actors and 20 years later that might feel the same weight down their heart that Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) feels here and also lament about the lost time and opportunities. We might be labeling art, as superior or inferior at our convenience but Alejandro Iñárritu takes this label seriously and builds a narrative about a washed out commercial star trying to assert meaning as an actor.Continue reading “Birdman (2014): The Virtue of Art”

Golden Globes 2015: Complete List of Winners

At the 72nd Gloden Globe Awards given away earlier today Boyhood, Eddie Redmayne and Amy Adams all won major awards.

Boyhood proved the biggest winner at Hollywood’s 72nd Golden Globe Awards, winning Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director for Richard Linklater, and Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette.

Eddie Redmayne claimed the prize for Best Actor in a drama, beating fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch, while Birdman’s Michael Keaton won for Best Actor in a comedy.

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel took Best Motion Picture – Comedy, Amy Adams won Best Actress in a comedy for her role in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, and Julianne Moore received Best Actress in a drama for Still Alice.

In TV, Downton Abbey actress Joanna Froggatt took television’s best supporting actress award, while it was a good night for the TV series Fargo, which won two awards including one for actor Billy Bob Thornton.Continue reading “Golden Globes 2015: Complete List of Winners”

Best English Films Of 2014

As the year comes to an end, movie buffs every year are tempted to come out with their different best movie lists and we are no different. Every year we publish a couple of such posts written by individual authors which talk about some of the best films from India and globally, leading to several intense and passionate debates, discussions and arguments among fellow movie buffs.

But this year we decided to do something different. We asked some of our authors to individually list down English films they enjoyed watching this year.

While Boyhood and Gone Girl seem to be the universal favourites with Nightcrawler coming a close second, there are quite a few interesting recommendations by our authors that deserve to be seen by all and warrant a debate.

So which are the English films our authors enjoyed watching this year the most? Scroll down to know more.Continue reading “Best English Films Of 2014”

Birdman (2014) Movie Review: Flight of the Phoenix!

Cast: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan, Andrea Riseborough

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures

Screened at Dubai International Film Festival 2014

Everyone is a sucker for a good comeback tale. Especially Hollywood!  Hence it is no surprise to find praises heaped on Alejandro’s ‘Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance’ or this whole-hearted endorsement to the revival of Michael Keaton’s career.Continue reading “Birdman (2014) Movie Review: Flight of the Phoenix!”