Trumbo (2015) Movie Review: The Dark Ages of Hollywood

Filmmakers have always been a easy target for politicians across the globe. Be it Hitler or the democratic government of India, every regime in the modern world has used its effectiveness for its gain, by collaborating with or by attacking them for the evils in the society. Even Hollywood which considers itself as a bastion of freedom has bowed down to censorship under Hitler’s regime and now under China and even India. Continue reading “Trumbo (2015) Movie Review: The Dark Ages of Hollywood”

SONY DADC RELEASES ‘AMERICAN SNIPER’ ON HOME VIDEO

Experience the life of the most lethal sniper in U.S. history as ‘Home Entertainment Services by Sony DADC’ releasesdirector Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper” on Blu-ray & DVD formats. The biographical war drama film “American Sniper” stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.  Bradely Cooper stars alongside Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Kevin Lacz, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell in the movie.

The film is based on the book titled ‘American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History’ by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. The autobiography was a runaway bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 13 of those at number one. Continue reading “SONY DADC RELEASES ‘AMERICAN SNIPER’ ON HOME VIDEO”

The Salt of the Earth Trailer

The Brazilian-French documentary The Salf Of The Earth follows the Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado and his quest to get the best images from the world. The Salt of The Earth was nominated for the Best Documentary at the 87th Academy Awards and is considered to be one of the best movies from 2014 given the number of prizes it has won.

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Before Richard Linklater

In 1995, two young people – a wannabe American male writer and a strong-headed French woman – met on a train from Budapest. He had just broken up with his girlfriend in Madrid and was going to Vienna to catch a plane to the USA, while she was going back to her university in Paris after meeting her ill grandmother. He convinced her to get down in Vienna and spend the night with him – a rather quixotic step which would spare her of the lament that would ensue if she didn’t give herself the time to know him. She agreed and they disembarked. That night, the two strangers became confidants, sharing their lives and secrets, and evolved to be lovers who had in between them only one night. They lay under the moonlit night, kissed and made love, even had a poem written to them by a street-side poet, but all of this Before Sunrise. For when the Sun awoke on the horizon, it signalled with its arrival his departure – a going away that held no promise of return, a separation that could no longer dissemble the bleak chance of reunion. They were in their 20s – too early to be tied down by the memories of that one night. If only wisdom and youth had walked hand in hand, they would have known that they could go away from that night but the night would never go away from them.Continue reading “Before Richard Linklater”

God Bless America (2011) Movie Review

There are times we feel alone and to an extent that no one understands us. Alone, unadorned, misunderstood and probably aloof, but then lighting strikes and you see something and realize, you are definitely not alone and there are if not millions at least a few thousands going through the same thing as you do. The stupidity, the insanity, the sheer trash that is the world around us exists as you believe it does and you realize that people agree to your point of view. God Bless America is that lighting that parts the dark skies and shines the light of reasoning which would resonate with your for a long time like that piece of  meat stuck in the upper echelons of your teeth after you have had that heavy steak dinner.Continue reading “God Bless America (2011) Movie Review”

Blue Ruin (2014): Redefining Revenge Thriller

Stories about revenge have been told since time immemorial, one of the appeals lies in the fact that most of us can not set right the wrongs done by higher authorities to us in our life time.  Be it Mahabharata, Ramayana, Batman etc revenge has played an important role in all these stories. Blue Ruin is a revenge story, but actually it has redefined this genre.Continue reading “Blue Ruin (2014): Redefining Revenge Thriller”

In Conversation with Goodloe Byron

I interviewed   Goodloe Byron earlier this week regarding his role in A Public Ransom and given below  is an excerpt from our online conversation.

What was your approach to your role as Bryant in the film?

I have been familiar with this story of Pablo’s since I was sixteen, I think, though he didn’t write the one thousand word short story until nearly a decade later. But I remember the spot where he discussed the idea of A Public Ransom very well, as it is a few blocks from my current apartment. But there were never any characters, there was just the idea of some sinister creep who kidnaps people and ransoms them out to the public via graffiti.

So years later when Pablo said that we were going to make a movie out of the thing, I already had an idea in mind—not for the character per se, but of the gravitas of such an act. Pablo was taking a different tact with the script, so that the focus would be on the person who finds the ransom rather than the kidnapper. As it was written the character of Bryant (the creep) is more of a tool to investigate the primary character.  Steven (the “protagonist”, for lack of a better word) is full of energy and talk, but at the core he is just very empty and inert. The Bryant character was written to have an energy and vivaciousness to match this, but to be someone who just had more “follow-through”.

But originally, the story he told me when we were sixteen, was about the kidnapper, a kind of Leopold-Loeb figure, except without the trace of innocence that marked those two little monsters. So I wanted to play it this later way. I wanted to strip out all of the energy, and really much of the familiarity of Bryant, and turn him from a counterpoint to Steven, make him a monster that was sitting just off to the side of the film.    Continue reading “In Conversation with Goodloe Byron”

In Conversation with Carlyle Edwards

I interviewed Carlyle Edwards earlier this week regarding his role in A Public Ransom and given below  is an excerpt from our online conversation.

What was your approach and preparations for the role?

I suppose I should have had more specific preparations for playing the role, as this was my first time in front of a camera—but then, I was rather type-cast, in a way, so that helped a lot, haha. The role was to be, though the central character, basically the actual villain of the piece—the arc of the character best described as someone who goes from “very, very disagreeable to absolutely reprehensible” during the course of the film’s run time.  Basically, once I settled in to portraying someone who was, for all intents and purposes, ME, circa the year 2007, it was just a matter of memorizing the dense runs of dialogue (often telephone monologue) and the blocking. Even the theatricality the role called for—Steven was basically less a human-being than a “perpetual performance, a put on”—was more or less my normal way of speaking and moving. It’s funny, because reviewers point out the “theater style” of the performance (often in a derogatory way) but even in addition to it being what the role specifically calls for…that’s just how I talk and move! Haha. I sometimes don’t know what to make of the critiques, it’s made me rather self-conscious, truth be told.  I suppose the short answer is, I found a way to enjoy being an out-and-out asshole (some of it is gallows humor, true, but much of it has to be full on “Steven is not someone any one will like”) and then just ran with it, decided to take it as far as I could without (though some would argue I did) hamming it up, too much.Continue reading “In Conversation with Carlyle Edwards”

Watch Clips from Rakesh Sharma’s Acclaimed Documentary: The Final Solution

Rakesh Sharma has released clips of his much praised documentary, The Final Solution in which he has been documenting the aftermath of 2002 Gujarat pogrom. In his words   “During the making of this film, I noticed shocking parallels between India 2002-2004 and Germany of the 1930s – State-supported genocidal violence against Moslems in Gujarat and its continuing impact – segregation in schools, ghettoisation in cities and villages, formal calls for economic boycott of Moslems and attacks on intelligentsia by right-wing Hindutva cadres.Unchecked and unchallenged, the rapid rise of politics of hate and intolerance could very well be the forerunner of a 21st century Endlosung – the Final Solution.”  Continue reading “Watch Clips from Rakesh Sharma’s Acclaimed Documentary: The Final Solution”