Martin Scorsese’s “Silence”: Trailer

silence-posterSilence is an upcoming American historical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Jay Cocks and Scorsese, based upon the 1966 novel of the same name by Shūsaku Endō. Shot entirely in Taipei, Taiwan, the film features Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, and Ciarán Hinds. After a World premiere at the Vatican on November 29th Silence is expected to release in U.S on December 23rd and expand to the rest of the World in January 2017. Continue reading “Martin Scorsese’s “Silence”: Trailer”

“Film has to be preserved in its original form that is film itself”: In Conversation with Filmmaker and Archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur

On occasion of the ongoing Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop at NFAI, Pune (26th Feb – 6th March), celebrated film maker & one of the architects of the workshop, Mr. Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, spoke to MAM. Mr. Dungarpur is best known for his National Award winning documentary “Celluloid Man” and is also the founder of the Film Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization involved in preserving India’s cinematic heritage.  Continue reading ““Film has to be preserved in its original form that is film itself”: In Conversation with Filmmaker and Archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur”

Television: No Longer a Idiot Box

Television 2.0

It’s a golden age for television and as I say that the mind wanders to think of Game Of Thrones and True Detective. But to be really fair to the numerous people who thrive and strive on small screen there is equally exciting and overtly creative shows coming from all directions. Television is more cut-throat than ever, where shows as exciting as Firefly (Joss Whedon), Alphas, Almost Human (Producer J. J Abrams)gets cancelled based on the obnoxious Nielsen Media Research. That being said Netflix has come as ray of hope for all the people doped on TV (and doom for the networks) with their original series which are so top-notch in terms of everything that it’s baffling. Shows like Orange is the new Black, House of Cards . What we have on television is equally or more superior than anything that goes on movies in terms of plots and stories. The obvious terrific ones I have mentioned above and then there are stuff like The Newsroom, Boardwalk Empire, Ray Donovan, Sons of Anarchy, Mad Men, Silicon Valley, Person Of Interest, Louie, Justified, Veep, Deadwood. All of them unique in the true sense not just in genres but also in terms of tone and feel, yet I feel that I have barely scratched the surface here. I have not mentioned some more obvious ones which I will, when I do my top 5 television shows post.Continue reading “Television: No Longer a Idiot Box”

American Hustle (2013) Movie Review: Screwball Fun, Scorsese Style

Language : English | Running Time : 138 Minutes | Director : David O. Russell

Two con artists, lovers – Irving Rosenfeld(Christian Bale) and Sydney Prosser(Amy Adams), when finally coming to terms about what they feel and what has been imposed on them have a moment together in a room and Sydney Prosser says “We’ve got to get one over all these guys”. For a caper movie, there’s nothing better than having a con being pulled with exquisite brilliance after such a proclamation. If pulled in a style that’s closely associated with Martin Scorsese, it only ends up becoming an exciting experience. The third film in what I call the reincarnation of David O.RussellAmerican Hustle has a cast which is a pot-pourri of actors from his two brilliant previous films – The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook and a story loosely based on the ABSCAM sting from the late 70s.Continue reading “American Hustle (2013) Movie Review: Screwball Fun, Scorsese Style”

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Movie Review: The Scorsese-DiCaprio Combo Get it Right,Once Again !

The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 PosterThere isn’t much that can be said about Martin Scorsese that hasn’t already been said and when the team that gave Gangs of New York, Aviator and The Departed team up again, you know you are in for a ride.

The movie is brilliantly acted, superbly written and as one would expect from a picture by Martin Scorsese, it is a master class of the directorial craft. The Wolf of Wall Street (TWOWS) is a roaring thrill ride that is both hilarious and meticulously constructed.Continue reading “The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Movie Review: The Scorsese-DiCaprio Combo Get it Right,Once Again !”

Mumbai Film Festival 2013 Guide Part Four: The Classics

Classics are classics, they define and redefine film language. They are the starting point for many themes and emotions. They are classics because they tell unforgettable stories through visual medium. MFF has always presented classics under various sections. Some are restored films and some are retrospective films.I decided not to crib about MFF for the next ten years for having showed the restored and extended version of ‘OUATIA’ , one of my all time favorites. And that too on a big screen just like what Sergio Leone envisioned. If you are in to classics then some big names in film-making await you this year as well.

All About Eve

 

You name any criteria, awards, ratings, screenplay, acting. Everything is positive about All About Eve.

92nd in IMDB’s all time Top 250.

16th on AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Movies List

Oscar for Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture, Best Costume, Best Sound. Best Supporting Actors. A feat only surpassed by Titanic. It’s also the only Film in Oscar history to get four female acting nominations. Winner of Best Actress in Cannes Film Festival and nominated for  what was then Palme d’OrSpecial Jury Prize at Cannes, which was then second only to Jury Prize.
8.4 Rating on IMDB
100% on Rotten Tomatoes
And if this is not enough. The film has the most iconic villain of all time according American Film Institute. EVE HARRINGTON is at 23rd position in AFI’s list of  100 years … 100 Heroes and Villains.

This is a restored version, you wont even find it on #youknowhere. Probably your only chance to see this classic on Big screen.

 

Tokyo Story

A Still from Tokyo Story
A Still from Tokyo Story


British Film Institute’s ‘poll of greatest films (2012) lists ‘Tokyo Story’ as the third best film ever. Yosujiro Ozu is known for his static camera, camera that never moves. It sits like a dead observer. The pacing is slow. ‘neglected elderly parents’ is the theme which we have seen so many time, but all those films essentially started with ‘Tokyo Story’. Ironically enough Tokyo Story itself is inspired by an American film ‘ Make My Way For Tomorrow’ (1937). The best thing about Tokyo story are the emotions. But I found it a little melodramatic at some places.

Z

Poster of the legendary movie Z by Costa Gavra...
Poster of the legendary movie Z by Costa Gavras, about the political assassination of Gregoris Lambrakis. “He is alive!” can be seen in the poster caption under the large Z, written in French, referring to the popular Greek protest slogan “Ζει” meaning “he (Lambrakis) lives”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you think ‘Shanghai’ was a great film, just wait till you watch Z on the big screen. Costa Gavras’s masterpiece won the 1970 Best Foreign film and Best Editing Oscar. It also won the Best Actor award at 1969 Cannes film festival. A pacy and taut political thriller,it has some very interesting characters. If you haven’t seen it already then you should not be missing it

And Costa Gavras is the master of political thrillers, with human emotions affecting lives of common man.

Also check a  World War crime drama, Amen and a hostage thriller, State of Siege

The King of Comedy

It is time to watch a restored film from a man, who is behind the restoration of many great films, one of the most celebrated filmmaker of our times , the one and only Mr Martin Scorsese. If you are a fan-boy of Scorsese, you cant miss this. This is the restored version and probably your only chance to watch it on the big screen, and they way Mr Martin Scorsese wanted you to see Robert De Niro as a comic . Dare not miss it.

The Spirit of the Beehive

From IMDB

“A sensitive seven-year-old girl living a small village in 1940 rural Spain is traumatized after viewing James Whale’s “Frankenstein” and drifts into her own fantasy world.”

And it has a rating of 7.9 out 8000 odd votes.

This must be something indeed.

And other notable classics include Spanish romantic Drama, with a teaspoon of mystery, Lovers of he Arctic Circle and 1983 Oscar winning Best Foreign Film Volver a empezar

Martin Scorsese with Leonardo DiCaprio: Is DiCaprio the successor to Robert De Niro for the master filmmaker?

Martin Scorsese once famously remarked that it was Robert De Niro who recommended him to work with Leonardo DiCaprio.

“I just did this thing called This Boy’s Life with this kid named Leo DiCaprio. He’s really good. You should work with him some day.” – De NiroContinue reading “Martin Scorsese with Leonardo DiCaprio: Is DiCaprio the successor to Robert De Niro for the master filmmaker?”

Martin Scorsese’s After Hours(1985): A New York Nocturnal Story

Martin Scorsese is one of the very few directors who excel in any genre they dabble in. The first Martin Film I was introduced to was King of Comedy, which again is a genre most of us do not associate with Martin. After Hours is another Scorsese film which is not discussed by many as it should be, and this is one of the underrated gems by the auteur of American Cinema.Continue reading “Martin Scorsese’s After Hours(1985): A New York Nocturnal Story”

Martin Scorsese’s Kundun (1997) Movie Review

Reincarnation is a very strong belief that’s predominant in Asia, primarily in the sub-continent where  Hinduism and Buddhism are followed pretty extensively. Both the religions place a lot of faith in reincarnation and the school of Tibetan Buddhism places its belief on a much larger scale than one could possibly imagine. The Dalai Lama is the head of the Tibetan Buddhism sect and thereby the ruler of the state of Tibet.

As the film opens we learn that the 13th Dalai Lama is dead and the search for a new Dalai Lama is on. The 14th Dala Lama is found when a rebirth is confirmed. We see reverence for the new Dalai Lama from the minute the rebirth is confirmed. The discomforting thing hereContinue reading “Martin Scorsese’s Kundun (1997) Movie Review”