First Night: The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Venice Film Festival

Article written by Geoffrey Macnab (see here). 

“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” (Tony Scott, 1995). 

With the most tragic death of a great director/producer, Tony Scott, I thought I would pay a tribute and briefly outline his early biography, as well as comment on some of his most memorable films.

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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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