Shut In: Trailer

shut-in-posterShut In is a forthcoming English-language French psychological thriller film directed by Farren Blackburn and written by Christina Hodson. The film stars Naomi Watts, Oliver Platt, Charlie Heaton, David Cubitt and Jacob Tremblay. The film is set to be released on November 11, 2016 in the U.S while the India release is expected on 18th November.Continue reading “Shut In: Trailer”

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”

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”

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!”

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”