Saturday, 5 October 2019

Vlog: So you want to react? Part 1/2

‘So you want to react? Watch this first!’ (Part 1 of 2) is the first part of a brief introduction to Hindi cinema (Bollywood) for non-Indian reaction-video makers. 

Whether you are just curious or you want to find out more background information about Indian cinema in general and Hindi films in particular, begin by watching this video.

This video (Part 1 of 2) includes sections on languages, evolution of Hindi cinema, and songs & dances:

Thursday, 18 July 2019

English film reviews: poster collage

As I have said, the internet and TV have entered into holy matrimony.

Their union will be a sealed deal as soon as we are able to get rid of money-guzzling satellite dish services.

Already, this (h)appy marriage has produced many bonny bundles of joy: Netflix India, Amazon Prime and Hotstar.  

There are several others, but with these apps I have gone about catching up with some of the finer films that we only get to hear about during award ceremonies, but never actually get to watch - at least not in India.

Some of these films are old, some new, some not English, but they are all award nominees/winners or critically acclaimed.

So here's a collage of what I have caught up with.  I'll keep adding to this montage as and when I see other quality films.

This also corresponds to my ratings/reviews under my profile on IMDb: gruvy-muvy

P.S.: The size of the poster is directly proportional to how highly I rate the film:

Poster size
Stars (out of 10)
My reaction
5 or below
What’s all the hype about this one?
This is worth seeing
Perfect 10
You’re nuts for missing this!

Winona Ryder in Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Operation Finale (2018)Marina de Tavira, Marco Graf, Yalitza Aparicio, Daniela Demesa, Diego Cortina Autrey, and Carlos Peralta in Roma (2018)The Pianist (2002)

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, and Ray Winstone in The Departed (2006)

Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver (1976)

Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Woody Harrelson, Frances McDormand, and Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl (2015)

Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle (2013)

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game (2014)

Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington in Philadelphia (1993)

Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington in American Gangster (2007)
Doug Jones and Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water (2017)

Argo (2012)

Marlon Brando in The Godfather (1972)

Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Brian d'Arcy James, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel McAdams in Spotlight (2015)

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, and Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained (2012)

Dev Patel in The Wedding Guest (2018)
Mary J. Blige, Jonathan Banks, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Rob Morgan, and Jason Mitchell in Mudbound (2017)
Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace in Gifted (2017)
Coco (2017)
Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady (2011)
Will Smith, Jared Leto, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Adam Beach, Viola Davis, Jay Hernandez, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, and Karen Fukuhara in Suicide Squad (2016)
Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster, and Chris Pine in Hell or High Water (2016)
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning in The Beguiled (2017)
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Fionn Whitehead in Dunkirk (2017)
Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Winona Ryder in Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Into the Storm (2009)
Gran Torino (2008)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Isaach De Bankolé, Martin Freeman, Michael B. Jordan, Andy Serkis, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o, Daniel Kaluuya, and Letitia Wright in Black Panther (2018)
Ralph Fiennes, Colin Farrell, and Brendan Gleeson in In Bruges (2008)
A History of Violence (2005)
Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving in V for Vendetta (2005)
Jack Nicholson in As Good as It Gets (1997)
The Reader (2008)
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road (2008)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
The Burning Plain (2008)
Gangs of New York (2002)
Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin in No Country for Old Men (2007)
Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson in The Highwaymen (2019)
Schindler's List (1993)

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant (2015)
Claire Danes, Michael Douglas, Francis Ford Coppola, Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Virginia Madsen, Mickey Rourke, Jon Voight, Mary Kay Place, Johnny Whitworth, and Teresa Wright in The Rainmaker (1997)
The Godfather Part III (1990)
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born (2018)
The Untouchables (1987)Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, and Alex R. Hibbert in Moonlight (2016)

Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, and Barry Keoghan in The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

(You will find more posters of size medium as they are all that good)

All images from Internet Movie Database website