Through The Lens Of Western Cinema: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Depiction of India or Indians in films produced in the west has mostly not only been inaccurate but to an extent has been outrageous. With the advent of social media, globalisation and lot of ease made in traveling, one would expect to get to know about each other better than ever. This probably might be why such bigotries among the west and its film makers are reduced, if not completely among the new age cinemas. But shouldn’t the Indians themselves be blamed for this by doing very little to show their might by not speaking enough to the world through the medium of cinema? Let’s take a look at some of the movies that were completely harsh, some a little with its own share of imprecisions and some, kind enough to show India and its countrymen in good light.Continue reading “Through The Lens Of Western Cinema: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk: Trailer

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk PosterInternationally renowned filmmaker Ang Lee is ready with his latest film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk which is based on the book of the same name by Ben Fountain. Adapted for the screen by Jean-Christophe Castelli, the film features Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin, and Chris Tucker. The film is due for release on 11th November and touches upon an interesting topic of how the U.S treats its war heroes.Continue reading “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk: Trailer”

Life of Pi: An Anniversary Retrospective

Last year, the venerable Ang Lee set out to tick off another item on the critic’s list of ‘Books Which Can’t Be Filmed’.For the most part, many such movies prove the critics right and should have remained firmly on the page – think of the lackluster On the Road or Salman Rushdie’s Midnight Children – but Lee’s adaptation of Life of Pi is not one of them.

The film is sitting pretty with an 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and alongside its compelling narrative, Life of Pi is a fine celebration of numerous world cultures. Nowhere else has a primarily Indian cast (mixed with some European talent) performed source material written by a Canadian under the guidance of a Taiwanese director worked so well. We can’t ignore the performances of the non-human cast, either…Continue reading “Life of Pi: An Anniversary Retrospective”

Oscars 2013 -Full List of Winners

The 85th Academy Awards are being held at Hollywood now.The Opening lines by  Host Seth MacFarlane was “Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to the Oscars, and And the quest to make Tommy Lee Jones laugh begins here.”.This is the first Time Seth MacFarlane is hosting the Show. The Awards Announced so far are as follows.Continue reading “Oscars 2013 -Full List of Winners”

BAFTA 2013 – The List of Winners

The 66th BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Awards)  was held on 10th Feb 2013 at London.The BAFTA was founded in 1947 as British Film Academy by David Lean, Alexander Korda, Carol Reed, Charles Laughton, Roger Manvell.The Show this year was hosted by Stephen Fry. Argo seems to be the flavour of BAFTA this year by winning major awards. Continue reading “BAFTA 2013 – The List of Winners”

The Golden Globe Award Winners List – 2013

The 70th Golden Globe Awards  has been Announced, Les Miserables won 3 awards, followed by Argo which received 2 awards.
Do check out the list of winners .
Jodie Foster, recipient of the Cecil B. Demille Award, during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards
Jodie Foster, recipient of the Cecil B. Demille Award, during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Best Director: Ben Affleck, Argo

Best Picture, Drama: Argo

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy:  Les Miserables

Best Actress, Drama: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor, Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Best Supporting Actor, Movie: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Best Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained

Best Foreign Language Film : Amour

Animated Film: Brave

Actor, Musical or Comedy: Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award: Jodie Foster

Original Score: Mychael Danna, Life of Pi

Original Song: Skyfall (music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth), “Skyfall.”

The complete list of Golden Globe television winners:

Miniseries or Movie: Game Change

Actor, Drama: Damian Lewis, Homeland
Series, Drama: Homeland

Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Julianne Moore, Game Change

Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith, Downtown Abbey

Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys

Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Ed Harris, Game Change

Actor, Musical or Comedy: Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland

Actress, Musical or Comedy: Lena Dunham, Girls

Series, Musical or Comedy: Girls

Life Of Pi Review: What do you Believe in?

As the reels would unfold on the screen, through the silent passage of glistening light that shone from the projector, images that surpassed the real dimension and made it into a visual reality came alive. Those were the times of the Lumiere Brothers where capturing something real like “the arrival of a train” was considered extravagant and celebrated in all it’s glory.Continue reading “Life Of Pi Review: What do you Believe in?”

Golden Globe Nominations- 2013

The nominations for the 70th Golden Globe Awards were announced a short while ago. The presentation ceremony will be on 13th January, 2013. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln leads the list by bagging 7 nominations, followed by Django Unchained and Argo with 5 each and Zero Dark Thirty with 4.  And Life of Pi has got 3 nominations.Given below is the complete list of nominees. So whom will you be rooting for?Continue reading “Golden Globe Nominations- 2013”

Life Of Pi Movie Review : Life is all about choices

On a beautiful Sunday evening in Calgary, I expected the movie hall to be half-empty, knowing how perfect the weather was….and also knowing that this film would appeal only to a niche audience.  (If you only enjoy Transformers or Hangover, stop reading right here!)Continue reading “Life Of Pi Movie Review : Life is all about choices”