Awe-struck

Norman Jewinson stands out as a filmmaker by making movies in genres ranging from a War Comedy (The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!), a Mystery Crime-Drama with racial undertones (In The Heat of the Night), an all season Musical (Fiddler on the Roof), an explosive Courtroom Drama (….and Justice for All) and a…

Drawing Parallels

Benedict Cumberbatch once played Stephen Hawking in the BBC television film, Hawking (2004). Ten years later, Eddie Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014), the same year Benedict Cumberbatch was also nominated for The Imitation Game 😎

The Householder, The Star…

Finally done with, reading my first book on Bollywood, and that too on a star like Shashi Kapoor. The book is not a biographical account on the actor’s life but one that focuses on his aspirations as a theatre actor and a movie star, his accomplishments as the first International star opening avenues for the…

“6 Best Movies where CLINT EASTWOOD Directed himself!”

Clint Eastwood has been a great influence on moviegoers all around the world. Much like his transformation from Spaghetti Westerns to Urban cool characters, his foray into Direction had been spontaneous. The whole argument of him being a better Actor or better Director does not seem to end anytime soon. So we took it upon…

“HAWK-EYE”

Howard Hawks achieved a rare feat by directing movies in almost all the genres. He directed the best Gangster movie (Scarface – 1932), The best Screwball Comedy (His Girl Friday – 1940), The best Western (Red River – 1948), The best Film-noire (The Big Sleep – 1946), The best Musical (Gentlemen Prefer Blonds – 1953)…

Vinod Khanna’s TOP 10 PERFORMANCES FROM THE 1970s

Vinod Khanna made his movie debut as a villain in Man Ka Meet (1968), followed by more such negative roles in Sachcha Jhutha (1970), Aan Milo Sajna (1970) and supporting roles in Purab Aur Paschim (1970). It was Gulzaar’s Mere Apne (1971) that made him an overnight star. If the term ‘Superstar’ was coined for…

“Friend of Brando….”

Karl Malden…….probably one of the most endearing actors screen has ever produced. Known for his great screen presence in a number of movies and T.V series, his best came from his association with Director Elia Kazan. Two of his finest roles were in A Street Named Desire (1951) and On the Waterfront (1954), where he was…

The man with a “History of Violence”

It’s David Cronenberg’s 74th birthday! This Canadian filmmaker made his presence felt in the 80’s snd the 90’s with some great sci-fi/horror/fantasy movies that could give even John Carpenter or David Lynch a run for their money. Among them The Dead Zone (1983),  The Fly (1986) a remake of the 1958 classic and Dead Ringers…

LION…roars….and how!

Plot : True story about 5 year old ‘Saroo’, lost in India only to find himself 25 years later in Australia. Based on ‘A Long Way Home’ by Saroo Brierley. Star Cast : Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham Review : Every once in a while comes a movie about survival that unknowingly ends up spreading the…

ROCKY……40 years of inspiration!

Way back in 1976, a champion boxer chose a young Philadelphian lad to stand before him in the boxing ring. What was initially set up as an exhibition match to bring the champion back on the map turned out to be a ‘lifetime opportunity’ for the underdog. The champion boxer was Apollo Creed and the…

TOP 7 COURTROOM DRAMAS

Taking cue from the movie PINK, an article in the Sunday magazine came up with its favourite courtroom dramas of Bollywood. I did not feel that any of the movies did justice to the genre. For me a courtroom drama has to have characters whose lives revolve around a trial or they themselves are part…