They say that life imitates art and vice versa, last night I ended up thinking of the same in a strange manner. I took a nostalgic trip back in time, to a period when I was in my final year of college and discovering the joys of alcohol. It was the first time in my life that I had a lot of freedom. With my family having shifted to another city, I chose to avoid the college hostel, preferring instead to living with 5 other friends in a compact independent house. I was specifically reminded of a month where all of us ended up experimenting with alcohol consumption, just for fun of course, going on to learn and unlearn a few things in the process. If you are wondering, why am I ranting about an old story, don’t worry as that is not what this post is all about. But its hard not to watch Thomas Vinterberg’s latest film Another Round (Danish title-Druk) and not reflect upon one’s own tryst with booze.
Marvel may have started this superhero race at the screens near you a decade back, and if their latest offering, Doctor Strange is anything to go by, it is certain that they have no signs of stopping matters anytime soon. For the folks at Marvel Studios surely know how to deliver a solid origin story, and they have done it splendidly well this time too.
The first time I heard about Nicholas Winding Refn was when positive reports emerged about Drive from the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. He had been making films since 1996 and I was late by fifteen years. So impressed was I with Drive that I decided to double back and catch up on everything he has made over all these years. So far I have managed to watch three of his films which comprise the Pusher Trilogy.
The first of the lot, Pusher, is also his debut as a director. Made in Danish, Refn’s native language, it has also seen an acclaimed English-language remake and a Hindi-language remake starring Mahima Chaudhury. The film spans one week in the life of a lowly drug peddler commonly called “pushers” for the stuff that they have to push to prospective clients. The film stars Kim Bodnia as the pusher and Mads Mikkelsen in a minor role as his partner in crime. This was before Mikkelsen became a huge star and his character is abruptly taken off with sole focus on Bodnia.Continue reading “The Pusher Trilogy: Days of Lines and Doses”
The hunt never ends. It can be explained in multiple ways but amounts to the same thing, the hunt never ends. It changes, it progresses, it regresses, but it never ends. So to speak, it’s like saying once a smoker, always a smoker. Once you are seen in a particular light, it becomes very hard to shake off that perception. A bad reputation catches on faster than a good one and is also very difficult to change.Continue reading “The Hunt (Jagten) Movie Review: The hunt never ends”
And finally we bring to you the last of the articles on the recently concluded 14th Mumbai Film Festival by looking at some of the films screened on the 4th, 5th and 6th Day of the festival.
Director – Kamal K.M
A young woman named Charu (Geetanjali Thapa) stays in a rented apartment with her friends in Mumbai. One day an unnamed labourer who is doing the painting job at her home becomes unconscious . She rushes him to the hospital , however he dies sometime later . And her search for discovering the deceased man’s identity leads her through the dark underbelly of Mumbai.Continue reading “14th Mumbai Film Festival Diary- Day 4, 5 & 6 Stories”