Friday, September 26, 2014

Review: LAURENCE ANYWAYS (2013)


Cast:
            Melvil Poupaud, Suzanne Clément, Nathalie Baye, Monia Chokri, Susie Almgren, Yves Jacques, Sophie Faucher, Magalie Lépine-Blondeau, David Savard, Catherine Bégin, Emmanuel Schwartz, Jacques Lavallée, Perette Souplex and Patricia Tulasne

Director:
                    Xavier Dolan

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Review: SPRING BREAKERS (2013)


Cast:
            Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, James Franco, Gucci Mane, Heather Morris, Ash Lendzion, Ema Holdson, Jeff Jarrett, John McClain, Sidney Sewell, Thurman Sewell, Bethany Clegg and Kitty Buick

Director:
                    Harmony Korine

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (2013)


Cast:
            Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux, Catherine Salée, Aurélien Recoing, Anne Loiret, Benoît Pilot, Sandor Funtek, Alma Jodorowsky, Salim Kechiouche, Jérémie Laheurte, Mona Walravens, Benjamin Siksou, Aurelie Lemanceau, Fanny Maurin, Maelys Cabezon and Stéphane Mercoyrol

Director:
                    Abdellatif Kechiche

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Review: BEYOND THE HILLS (2013)


Cast:
            Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andriuta, Dana Tapalaga, Catalina Harabagiu, Gina Tandura, Vica Agache, Nora Covali and Dionisie Vitcu

Director:
                    Cristian Mungiu

Friday, September 12, 2014

Review: 12 YEARS A SLAVE (2013)


Cast:
            Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender, Sarah Paulson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Adepero Oduye, Paul Giamatti, Garret Dillahunt, Scoot McNairy, Taran Killam, Chris Chalk, Michael K. Williams, Liza J. Bennett, Kelsey Scott, Alfre Woodard, Quvenzhané Wallis, Devyn A. Tyler, Cameron Zeigler, Rob Steinberg, Jay Huguley, Christopher Berry, Bryan Batt, Bill Camp, Dwight Henry, Deneen Tyler and Ruth Negga

Director:
                    Steve McQueen

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Quick Takes: From Up on Poppy Hill - Rise of the Guardians - Talaash


From Up on Poppy Hill (2013)

Voice Cast:
                        Masami Nagasawa, Aoi Watanabe, Junichi Okada, Keiko Takeshita, Jun Fubuki, Yuriko Ishida, Takashi Naito, Shunsuke Kazama, Teruyuki Kagawa, Haruka Shiraishi, Tsubasa Kobayashi, Rumi Hiiragi, Toshimi Kanno, Aoi Teshima and Goro Miyazaki.

Director:
                    Goro Miyazaki

Friday, August 29, 2014

My First Attempt At Predicting The Academy Awards 2015 Nominations


Fall festivals season is here so soon. Didn't we just watched the Oscars like last month? The year is going by so fast. The awards discussion never dies I guess which is why it seems that way. So Venice Film Festival began with raves for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman as expected. We will soon get more reactions specially from the Telluride Film Festival which is where the Oscar buzz begins for films. Critics and awards watchers' nirvana. So before we could hear more about the supposed awards players, I thought it would be best to try my hands at predicting 2015 Oscars nominees. Predict all you want now because things change rapidly in the Oscars universe. A hugely acclaimed film has as much chance to be hit by a controversy or trolls as an underdog small film to become the next big thing.

Note: At the moment, I am not ranking the nominees based on their potential to win. They are in alphabetical order.

BEST PICTURE:-

1. Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
2. Boyhood
3. Foxcatcher
4. Fury
5. Gone Girl
6. Inherent Vice
7. Interstellar
8. Unbroken
9. Wild

Alternates:

- A Most Violent Year
- Big Eyes
- Mr. Turner
- Selma
- The Imitation Game
- The Theory of Everything

Friday, August 15, 2014

Review: BOYHOOD (2014)


Cast:
           Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Libby Villari, Marco Perella, Brad Hawkins, Jenni Tooley, Zoe Graham, Charlie Sexton, Jamie Howard, Andrew Villarreal, Elijah Smith, Nick Krause, Tom McTigue, Steven Chester Prince, Evie Thompson, Jennifer Griffin, Tamara Jolaine, Taylor Weaver and Ryan Power

Director:
                    Richard Linklater

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Review: LIFE ITSELF (2014)


Cast:
           Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel (archival footage), Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, Ramin Bahrani, Ava DuVernay, Marlene Siskel, A.O. Scott, Richard Corliss, Stephen Stanton (voice - as Roger Ebert) and others.

Director:
                    Steve James

Saturday, May 24, 2014

67th Cannes Film Festival Awards



So the 67th Cannes Film Festival just ended with the awards ceremony. I have been closely following all the developments, arrivals, screenings and receptions. More so than ever, I have really felt like at the very center of all the buzz and happenings. So throughout these days, many films received all kinds of responses in various sections. But the excitement remained throughout.

The Turkish film "Winter Sleep" by Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the prestigious Palme d'Or. The pre-festival buzz and the more mixed reviews to some outright raves confused me. Which is why I wasn't expecting it to win... but it did so congratulations to the Turkish master. The Italian film "The Wonders" was given Grand Prix which is the second prize given to a film while two films tied for the third place award, the Jury Prize. That went to Jean-Luc Godard's "Goodbye to Language" and Xavier Dolan's "Mommy". Of these four films, Mommy was the most buzzed. Of all the competition films, Dardenne's "Two Days, One Night" was mostly considered for the big prize but unfortunately, it won nothing. Julianne Moore and Timothy Spall won acting prizes for "Maps to the Stars" and "Mr. Turner" respectively while Russian film "Leviathan" won for screenplay. Finally, Bennett Miller won best director for "Foxcatcher".

The jury headed by Jane Campion made some interesting decisions and some surprising ones. Once again, I am really happy and excited for all the films that were shown in the festival and most specially for the ones that got good praises. Congratulations to all the winners and the non-winners because when at Cannes, you are bound to be remembered for the entire year... if not forever.

Below is the full list of the winners in every section:

In Competition:-

- Palme d'Or: WINTER SLEEP (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
- Grand Prix: THE WONDERS (Alice Rohrwacher)
- Jury Prize: MOMMY (Xavier Dolan) & GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE (Jean-Luc Godard)