Friday, April 21, 2006

Select New Movies

Few New Movies ...
• V for Vendetta
• Take the Lead
• Inside Man
Not so new - Movies released last year ...
• A History of Violence
• 40 Year old Virgin

# V for Vendetta
Simply mind-blowing!!!
One of the best movies I’ve ever seen …
A landmark movie in cinema history … dealing with conrtemporary issues …
Directed by Wachowski brothers [ Andy & Larry] …
After the Matrix trilogy they did it again this time!!!
Cast includes:
Hugo Weaving – [as] V
Natlie Portman – [as] Evey
Highly recommended – DON’T MISS

# Take the Lead
Good movie … based on the true story of a dance teacher in New York.
Antonio Banderas shines as Pierre [the dance teacher] …
Director: Liz Friedlander

# Inside Man:
Good Movie – though not all that great …
Director: Spike Lee
Cast: Denzel Washington, Clive Owens, Jodie Foster …
The highlight of the movie was Clive Owens who performed really well!
But I’ll remember this movie most for the song sequence from Dil Se ..
“Chal Chhaya Chaiyya …”

Few Not soooo new movies … From last year’s stable …

# A History of Violence
Great Movie!!! A very absorbing thriller …
Director: David Cronenberg … [also directed “the Fly”]
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, Maria Bello ...

# 40 Year Old Virgin
A comedy, Nothing great …
Director: Judd Apatow
Cast: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener …

Select Old Movies

• The Day of The Jackal
• Talented Mr Ripley
• Cider House Rules
• Days of being wild
• Following
• M

The Day of The Jackal
Brilliant Movie … plot to kill Charles De Gaulle – the President of France …
Main protagonist Edward Fox did excellent job …
Director: Fed Zinnemann

Talented Mr Ripley … & … Cider House Rules
I’ll tag these two together as they are both “Independent Movies” produced by Miramax.
Nothing extraordinary …

Days of being Wild
Directed by Kar Wai Wong – a slow and interesting movie …

Following
A very interesting crime – thriller … in Black-&-White …
Directed by Christopher Nolan … who also directed Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins ...
I didn’t recognize any of the casts ...

M
Totally loved it!!!
A very old [1931] German movie … in “Black & White” …
But a brilliant movie!!!
If anyone enjoyed “Citizen Kane”; then this is a highly recommended movie ...
A Classic!!!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Independent Films ... Sundance & Miramax

Out of nowhere comes this post on Independent Films [Indie films]

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
It is the largest *Independent* film festival in the U.S. .... held in January every year in Park City, Utah. It was initially started as the Utah/US Film Festival in 1978; an effort to attract more filmmakers to Utah.
However the event became popular only after Robert Redford started the “Sundance Institute in 1981”. In 1991 the event was officially names “The Sundance Film Festival” after Redford’s film; “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.
The *Institute* [a non-profit organization] was set up to actively encourage aspiring filmmakers, and the *Film –Festival* become a forum to display the newly unearthed talent.

Some films: Sex, Lies And Videotape, The Blair Witch Project, El Mariachi, Memento, The Full Monty, Shine, In The Bedroom, American Splendor, Whale Rider, Napolean Dynamite ...

Many famous independent filmmakers had their big-break at Sundance:
Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, James Wan and Jim Jarmusch ...


MIRAMAX:
The Miramax Studios, was formed in 1979 by brothers and co-chairmen Harvey and Bob Weinstein [the name was derived from the combination of their parents' names: Miriam and Max] to produce and distributed independent and foreign. But now its entered even mainstream films.

Miramax made a name for itself in the late '80s and '90s by making "art" films and the small independent and foreign language movies that other studios refused to make, including "Working Girls"; Steven Soderbergh's "Sex lies and videotape" and Quentin Tarantino's heist picture "Reservoir Dogs". After Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994) - its biggest hit of the 90's - Miramax Studios gathered together some hip, young actors including Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon.
*All of Tarantino's movies have been released by Miramax.

Some more films: Bullets Over Broadway, Sirens, Good Will Hunting , Life is Beautiful ,The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Cider House Rules, The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love ...

In 1993 Miramax was purchased for $70 million by the Walt Disney Company. Harvey and Bob Weinstein ran Miramax until they left the company on September 30th, 2005.


Acceptence Speech of George Clooney ...
[Best Supporting Actor: Syriana] at the Academy Awards, 2006 ...

And finally, I would say that, you know, we are a little bit out of touch in Hollywood every once in a while. I think it's probably a good thing. We're the ones who talk about AIDS when it was just being whispered, and we talked about civil rights when it wasn't really popular. And we, you know, we bring up subjects. This Academy, this group of people gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theaters. I'm proud to be a part of this Academy. Proud to be part of this community, and proud to be out of touch. And I thank you so much for this.