October 25, 2013 4 Comments
In no particular order
1) Cinema Paradiso (1988)
2) Life is Beautiful (1997)
3) Facing Windows (2003)
4) L’Eclisse (1962)
5) Bicycle Thieves (1948)
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September 14, 2013 2 Comments
The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
<<This review may contain minor spoilers>>
Directed by Jane Campion (‘The Piano’ (1993)), ‘The Portrait of a Lady’ is an adaptation of Henry James classic novel of the same name. It tells a story of a young, beautiful, free-thinking and intelligent young woman, Isabel Archer (Nicole Kidman) who comes to England from United States with her aunt, Mrs Touchett, to ‘explore the world’. While on her quest Miss Archer rejects the promising marriage proposals coming from a wealthy American tradesman, Caspar Goodwood (Viggo Mortensen), and immensely rich heir, Lord Warburton (Richard E. Grant), because she is devoted to the ideals of personal freedom and ceaseless pursuit of knowledge. With the help of her faithful but ill cousin Ralph Touchett (Martin Donovan) Isabel is made rich through her uncle’s will. With mountains of wealth to fall back on Isabel is then free to pursuit her dreams of independence through travel. However, when Isabel strikes up friendship with amiable and cultured Madame Merle (Barbara Hershey) she is far from suspecting that this acquaintance would lead to her unhappy marriage with an elusive middle aged art collector, Gilbert Osmond (John Malkovich).
August 31, 2013 13 Comments
The Departed (2006)
‘When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I’m saying to you is this: when you’re facing a loaded gun, what’s the difference?’ (Frank Costello)
Martin Scorsese’s crime thriller ‘The Departed’, the winner of an Academy (Oscar) Award for Best Picture 2006, is considered to be the director’s finest take on the mob theme since his film ‘Goodfellas’ (1990) (intermittently he also directed ‘Casino’ (1995) and ‘Gangs of New York’ (2002)). With such a long list of great actors involved in the film, and with such a meticulously constructed script, it’s no wonder why this is so. ‘The Departed’ is set in south Boston during the time the police has a war with an Irish-American organised criminal syndicate. The film starts off with young Colin Sullivan befriending an untouchable lord of crime, Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). Years later, there emerge two cops: one – Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), only too ready to infiltrate the state police as the informer for Frank Costello, and another Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio), a guy who grew up in a criminal environment, who becomes a gang member working for Costello, while at the same time working as a undercover cop. When both the state police and the mob begin to suspect that there is an informer within their circle working for the other side, both Sullivan and Costigan must race against time to uncover the identity of the other informer to save their lives.
August 30, 2013 10 Comments
In no particular order
1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
2. Awakenings (1990)
3. K-PAX (2001)
4. House of Fools (2002)
5. The Snake Pit (1948)
August 24, 2013 5 Comments
’12 Years a Slave’ is a new film by the director Steve McQueen, who also brought us ‘Hunger’ (2008) and ‘Shame’ (2011). The film is based on the true story of a free black man from New York, Solomon Northup, (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who was abducted and sold into slavery in Louisiana. The film portrays Solomon’s journey to regain his freedom, escaping a cruel plantation owner, Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), while at the same time striking up friendships with such people as a Canadian carpenter and outspoken abolitionist, Mr Bass (Brad Pitt). According to many polls around the world, Steve McQueen’s ‘12 Years a Slave’ is an early frontrunner for the Oscar Award 2014, along with Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’, David O. Russell’s ‘American Hustle’ and the Coen Brothers’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’.
August 17, 2013 18 Comments
The Conjuring (2013)
‘The Conjuring’ is the new film by the director James Wan, who also directed ‘Saw’ (2004) and ‘Insidious’ (2010). The film, which was initially entitled ‘The Warren Files’, is based on the real life events of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a couple who investigated paranormal activities back in 1970s and 80s. The investigators in the film are played by Patrick Wilson (‘Hard Candy’, ‘Insidious’) and Vera Farmiga (‘Up in the Air’, ‘The Departed’). The story takes place in the 1970s and details the haunting of the Perron family’s home in Rhode Island. The family, comprising a couple and their five daughters, moves into a farm house in Harrisville and soon begin to experience strange events in their house. When the family calls in the investigators to help them, they realise that their greatest fears soon to become their reality.
July 29, 2013 5 Comments
Tom Hanks will reprise his role as Robert Langdon for the film version of Dan Brown’s latest bestseller, Inferno, due to be released in December 2015.
By Alice Vincent, Entertainment writer, online (17 July 2013)
Dan Brown’s Inferno was only released in May, but already plans for a movie version of the book are shaping up.
Tom Hanks will reprise the role of Robert Langdon, the Harvard symbologist and main character of Dan Brown’s series of bestselling books. The Inferno film will be directed by Ron Howard, the director of 2006′s The Da Vinci Code and its sequel, Angels and Demons (2009). It is expected that the film will be released in December 2015, according to film industry website Deadline.