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Saturday, April 12, 2014

All Time Best 100 Movies: Author's Pick 2014

Best of Cinema: Author's All Time Favorite 100 Films

Cinema is a way of life: for some it is a mere means of indulgence, while for others it is a profound medium to satiate the intellect. Cinema’s omnipresence gives it the enormous potential to entertain and educate, simultaneously. In fact, cinema is the most effective means of communication ever devised as the message reaches everywhere and to everyone. Cinema that is primarily light-hearted and humorous can help punctuate the monotony associated with mundane lifestyles, while cinema that is thought-provoking and insightful can have cathartic effects on the viewers. Cinema can also become a medium to portray the deepest of the human emotions and thoughts that are otherwise inexpressible. The commercialization of cinema has taken it a long way in becoming a ubiquitous medium of entertainment.  While the technical advancements have transformed cinema into an exact science the attributes of art that make it insightful have inexplicably taken a back seat.  And cinema is increasingly becoming an instrument to generate revenue. This unfortunate transformation has made people forget the true purpose and meaning of cinema.

Here is a compilation of my favorite films (in no particular order) that I have chosen from the films watched over the past few years. And while I have watched hundreds of them I believe that I have just reached the tip of the iceberg, for I have been introduced to the real good ones only recently (not to mention the new ones that get added every year). So, if you find one or more of your favorite films missing from the list then it's highly likely that I may not have watched them yet.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mysteries of Lisbon (2010): Chilean filmmaker Raúl Ruiz’ Dickensian drama about lust, honor, jealousy, and compassion

A masterpiece of storytelling genius in the vein of Arabian Nights

By Murtaza Ali

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Mysteries of Lisbon, Directed by Raúl Ruiz
Mysteries of Lisbon (2010) By Raúl Ruiz
Our Rating: 9.5
GenreDrama | Mystery
CastAdriano Luz, Maria João Bastos, Ricardo Pereira
Country: Portugal | France
Language: Portuguese | French English
Runtime: 272 min

SummaryFollows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Multiplexes Vs Old Cinemas: How the movie viewing experience has evolved over the years?

A Potpourri of Vestiges Feature 

We live in an advanced age where things either evolve or go through obsolescence. Cinema definitely belongs to the former category. The movie viewing experience has indeed come a long way since its formative years. From the age of silent films back in the 1920s to today's modern age of 4D, the concept of cinema has underdone a 360 degrees shift. The idea of movie viewing has undergone a sort of transmutation. Ambiance and comfort have become an integral part of it. Come to think of it, those cinema halls of old were no match for modern day multiplexes. But ever wondered how? Well, the creative minds at Cineworld recently came up with a rather interesting Infographic that charts the changes in cinema over the decades, right from its early inception to the modern day.



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