First Night: The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Venice Film Festival

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Mira Nair’s film (which opened the festival) isn’t one you could imagine being backed by a Hollywood studio. Adapted from the 2007 novella by Mohsin Hamid, it is a rarity – a biggish budget drama with international stars in which the Americans are shown in the wake of 9/11 as violent, racist, intolerant of outsiders and quick to assign blame.

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“Where Do We Go Now?” Trailer

Tony Scott (21 June 1944 – 19 August 2012)


“The biggest edge I live on is directing. That’s the most scary, dangerous thing you can do in your life,”
(1995)
 

  With the most tragic death of a great director and producer, Tony Scott, I thought I’d pay a tribute and briefly outline his early bio and comment on some of the most memorable films he directed.

  Tony Scott was born in North Shields (a town on the north bank of the River Tyne), North East England, and grew up in Stockton-on-Tees. Scott attended London’s Royal College of Art, and then directed numerous TV advertisements before directing his first film ‘The Hunger’ (1983), which was met with critical disappointment. His first big box office success came with the release of ‘Top Gun’ (1986) three years later, starring Tom Cruise. Achieving this, he became the first of Scott brothers to enjoy blockbuster success. After ‘Top Gun’ success Scott called the shots, directing fun films like ‘Beverly Hills Cop II’ (1987), Quentin Tarantino’s ‘True Romance’ (1993) and ‘The Fan’ (1996).

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“A Better Life” Review

A Better Life (2011)

‘A Better Life’ follows the story of Carlos Galindo (Demián Bichir), a Mexican illegal immigrant in the US who works as a gardener at rich people’s mansions. Carlos is also a single father, raising his teenage son Luis (José Julián). When Carlos sees the chance to better his and his son’s life with the purchase of a new truck, he scraps every dollar and buys it. When the truck is stolen, desperate Carlos teams up with his son to try to return it.

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My 10 Favourite “Human Rights” Films

In no particular order:

1)      Blood Diamond (2006)

2)      The Kite Runner (2007)

3)      Dead Man Walking (1995)

4)      The Killing Fields (1984)

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