I.T: Trailer

I.T. PosterI.T. is a forthcoming thriller film directed by John Moore and written by Dan Kay and William Wisher. It stars Pierce Brosnan, Stefanie Scott, Anna Friel, James Frecheville and Michael Nyqvist, and is produced by David T. Friendly and Beau St. Clair. The film will release on 23rd September this year.Continue reading “I.T: Trailer”

Spectre (2015) Movie Review: Stirred. A tad too much

In one of her only scenes of consequence in Sam Medes’ Spectre, Monica Bellucci takes a slow walk towards a pool in her home straight from her husband’s funeral. The oomph sizzle and arresting presence she conjures up in this one scene is the only strong redeeming part of an otherwise lacklustre and dead-slow Bond film. For the first time, Bond does nothing more than throw money, action and car chases all over the place.Continue reading “Spectre (2015) Movie Review: Stirred. A tad too much”

Lanka Dahanam (1971) B/W Malayalam Movie Review: The Singing Malayalee James Bond

James Bond remains one of the most iconic characters ever witnessed in the history of cinema. It is the second most successful franchise ever made in movie history. It is estimated that half the population of the World has watched at least one James Bond Film or other. Continue reading “Lanka Dahanam (1971) B/W Malayalam Movie Review: The Singing Malayalee James Bond”

Let the "Skyfall", the song by Adele

The Sky Fell, it crumbled, listening to her.

Few things in life happen once in a lifetime, for example a film like “Vertigo”, or may be a book like “Fountainhead”, or a song like “Skyfall”. I, let me clear it out, am not at all a James Bond fan, neither of the books, nor the movies. They just seem to be too fantastic to me, way too much for me to really have fun. Continue reading “Let the "Skyfall", the song by Adele”

Mumbai Film Festival 2012: Documentary Films Preview

Poster for the Bond documentary

This is a part of a series of posts on the films in Mumbai Film Festival. There are more than 200 films on offer, so we thought we should lend you a helping hand in making your choice. A post on the top 20 feature films in the festival can be read here.

The Real Reel is a section dedicated to documentaries. Now, documentaries have usually been associated with being yawn fests. But some docu films in the festival’s line-up seem very promising.

 

Footbal Rebels(Les rebelles du foot) by Gilles Perez, Gilles Rof (France / 2012 / Col. / 92′)

This film is more a story of heroic principles and self-sacrifices than a documentary on the most popular game in the world. It features the real stories of Chelsea star Didier Drogba of Cote d’Ivoire(Ivory Coast), who played peacemaker in his country’s civil war; the Chilean Carlos Caszely, who took a daring  public stand against General Pinochet’s brutal regime; Algeria’s Rachid Mekhloufi, who defected from France to join a symbolic Algerian propaganda team in protest against French colonial rule and Bosnia’s Predrag Paši?, who braved bombs and bullets in war-torn Sarajevo to run a football school for children from multi-faith backgrounds. Unlike, the sport heroes from our country these sporting stars have had the conscience and the will to take a stand on issues plaguing their countries. And you have the enigmatic Mancheter United legend Eric Cantona guiding us through the film. This one just can’t be missed!


Intersexion by Grant Lahood (New Zealand / 2012 / Col. / 68′)

It goes with the tag line “When a baby is born, the first question we ask, ‘Is it a boy or a girl?’, What if it’s neither?” In this groundbreaking documentary, intersex individuals reveal the secrets of their unconventional lives – and how they have navigated their way through this strictly male/female world, when they fit somewhere in between. Such matters always make for an interesting watch.


The House I live in by Eugene Jarecki (USA / 2012 / Col. / 110′)

It is the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at this year’s Sundance festival. The film tries to explore why the War on Drugs hasn’t eradicated the social evil of drugs in the American society. 45 million people have been arrested for drugs in the last 40 years but drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever.


Liv and Ingmar by Dheeraj Akolkar (Norway / 2012 / Col. / 83′)

This film told entirely from Liv Ullmann‘s point of view, is an affectionate yet truthful account of the 42 years and 12 film long relationship between the legendary actress and master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. It is constructed as a collage of images and sound from the timeless Ullmann-Bergman films, behind the scenes footage, still photographs, passage from Liv’s book ‘Changing’ and Ingmar’s love letters to Liv. Here’s an interview with the Indian director of the film Dheeraj Akolkar.

Celluloid Man by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur (India / 2012 / Col. / 164′)

It is a tribute to an extraordinary man, P.K.Nair, who built our film archive can by can in a country where film preservation is completely disregarded. It screened at the Telluride Film Festival and will also be screened in the New York Film Festival. Curiously, the film has been shot on 16mm stock by eleven cinematographers!

Everything or Nothing: The Untold story of 007 by Stevan Riley (UK / 2012 / Col.)

The Fire in Babylon director comes up with his next. It seems more like a publicity film with Skyfall releasing at the end of this year, but who wouldn’t want to watch a documentary on the James Bond phenomenon? Sean Connery though hasn’t been interviewed due to a fall out with the producers. But this one would be fun for sure!

Skyfall-Trailer

This is a moment for all James Bond fans to rejoice as he’s back with Skyfall.Daniel Craig reprises his act as the world’s coolest spy and this time the film is directed by Sam Mendes in a marked departure of sorts as he’s usually more known for making dramatic films like American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Revolutionary Road etc. Skyfall also stars Javier Bardem ( as the antagonist Raoul Silva ), Judi Dench ( who returns as M ), Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris etc.  The film is expected to release in November 2012. And for now do check out the power packed teaser of the film-

And here’s the new trailer of the film as well-

12 films to look for in 2012

It’s always a tradition for a movie maniac as he/she looks forward to the year with some anticipation even though one gets heartbreak, anger, amusement and excitement while watching films. Not giving any general consensus or making a statement on behalf of everyone, but there are some movies that have my date and time fixed and so would like that to be shared amongst my fellow cinemalcholics. The list only includes Hollywood releases and has excluded World Cinema, Hindi & Regional films for a better outlook. Hope these movies live up to their hype and we have a satisfying time at the movies.Continue reading “12 films to look for in 2012”