The cathartic tale of a deaf, mute and blind girl, and her teacher who brings a ray of light into her world of BLACK.
i have always been a sucker for teacher-films and this just made it to the top the list.
the thing i love most about this is that fact that it’s different from most (if not all) the bollywood films i’ve watched. throughout the film, there were some pretty darn beautiful frames and the script was incredibly poetic (considering it’s an english translation). the OST was the cherry on top, making this film a successful (and overwhelming) crying session.
Out this week on a new Criterion Collection DVD & Blu-ray, Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” stands out as one of the director’s greatest features, and perhaps the clearest and cleanest fusion of his capacity for pathos and comedy.
In his first year in Hollywood, 1914, Chaplin acted in 16 movies and directed an additional 20 for Keystone Studios. The sheer volume is dizzying, but strangest of all, from a modern perception, is how unlike the common perception of Chaplin they are: nasty and sneering, the work of a talented but immature youth instead of the perhaps-too-human figure he later became. Narratively and stylistically, they show just how primitive Chaplin could be. To watch these short films and the ones Chaplin made up through 1923 is to see an artist consistently pushing himself, refining the same basic story—the Tramp in one scenario or other tries to impress girl, bumbles around some occupation, gets into a physical altercation and either wins his love’s hand or sets off alone—so that it perennially yielded new treasures.
The 10 shorts below illustrate just how complex Chaplin’s filmmaking became as he gained experience and exercised greater business savvy with each new studio deal. Covering a range from Chaplin’s first great works at Essanay Studios to picks from his commanding final run of shorts for First National, they show an increasing sophistication of narrative and thematic ambition, as well as that of the director’s aesthetic capacity, maximizing the impact of each still frame and even playing Chaplin’s iconic image against itself as he itched to move on to the next step of his filmmaking. Though, unlike Keaton, Chaplin’s features generally outclass his short works, the greatest revelations of the artist’s work can be found in these formative two- and three-reelers, and they can help orient one to not only appreciate the films of one of cinema’s greatest artists, but love them as well.
A man calls up the Mumbai police, and tells them he has placed five different bombs in the city — all set to go off in some time. He wants four terrorists in exchange. Does he get them? Who is behind it all? What’s his motive? Is there more than meets the eye?
a take on terrorism from a completely different/refreshing perspective, one that is often neglected in most (if not all) terrorism related films.
plus, i absolutely adore both anupam kher and naseeruddin shah.
In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the Revolution Studios in Damascus, Syria. They have never met each other because of the occupation of the area by Israel since 1967; when Mona moves to Syria, she will lose her undefined nationality and will never be allowed to return home.
this was a particularly difficult film to watch. it takes place around the time bashar al assad becomes syria’s president. that being said, it’s a beautiful film.
you get to know certain middle eastern traditions when it comes to marriage and education. it also shows how society accepts (or in this case, don’t) people who go against traditions. what i particularly loved about this is that you can see/feel the characters developing. after every situation (major or minor) you can see the look in their eyes and the tone of their voice change.
ps: shoutout to the actors and actresses for being brilliant.
A newlywed couple cancels their honeymoon and returns to the snowy Midwest to make the funeral arrangements for their best man, who died unexpectedly after their ceremony.
nothing in the world would have prepared me for this film. i’ve watched tyler labine’s films and they’re not entirely bad, but they’re mostly watched when i want to waste time between classes, same thing thing goes to justin long, they’re just for fun.
not this one though, this one is beautiful, heartbreaking and seemed more real than most of the films i’ve seen this year.
Two African American social scientists pose as bank robbers in an effort to understand the racial dynamics of small-town law enforcement. However, their experiment takes an unplanned, deadly turn.
absolutely brilliant film! the only thing i disliked about it is the unnecessary music in the background was very distracting. a must watch. if you liked the usual suspects, you’ll definitely like this.
An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.
I think what made this film very enjoyable is the fact i don’t know anything about it. i know it exists but nothing about the plot and cast. as much as i enjoyed this film, i wish i could see more. make a show out of this and keep the cast.