89th Academy Awards (The Oscars 2017): The Complete List of Winners

Earlier today the 89th Academy Awards were given away at a glittering ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Awards in a total of 24 categories were given out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with La La Land winning 6 out of the 14 nominations it received and Moonlight winning 3 big awards as well, including for Best Picture. Hacksaw Ridge and Manchester by the Sea won two awards each. Other winners include Fences, Arrival, Zootopia, The Salesman, O.J.: Made in America, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Suicide Squad, and The Jungle Book, with one.Continue reading “89th Academy Awards (The Oscars 2017): The Complete List of Winners”

Fantastic Films of 2016 and What to Find Next Year

Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Superhero movies perhaps could be the one genre that has dominated the year 2016. Though not devoid of duds, the year saw some highly technologically advanced works that lay unparalleled to their predecessors and adding IMAX to the experience, movie going has never been this gratifying.  I feel sorry for the people who missed some of these movies at the theatres, for they are not going to watch it the way best of the cinemas offered.Continue reading “Fantastic Films of 2016 and What to Find Next Year”

The Jungle Book (2016): A Quick Review

THE JUNGLE BOOKIndian population can be divided in to 2 groups: Those who have watched Jungle Book on Doordarshan and those who haven’t- Only because they weren’t born then! This animated story originally written by Rudyard Kipling was synonymous with the 10 AM Sunday slot and most of us woke up ‘early’ with the song- Chaddi Pehen Ke- as the alarm clock.

While the song composed by Gulzar saab and Vishal Bharadwaj is retained as the promo song, the animated characters are beautifully brought to life by Jon Favreau. The simple story of a human-kid  Mowgli ( Neel Sethi) brought up by wolves (Akela and Raksha) and supported by his friends – Baloo (Bear) and Bagheera (Panther)- battling odds to defeat their arch nemesis- Shere Khan (Tiger) is a treat for the eyes and ears. Kaa (Snake) and King Louie (Orangutan) add to the fluctuation of the emotional graph with some tense moments and action to give this family movie a UA rating by the Censor board.

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