Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Barefoot to Goa (2015): Praveen Morchhale's poignant film about life and familial bonds that give life its true meaning

A powerful social commentary on the great rural-urban divide in India 

A Potpourri of Vestiges Review

By Murtaza Ali

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Barefoot to Goa, Official Release 10th April, Directed by Praveen Morchhale, Indie
Barefoot to Goa (2015) By Praveen Morchhale
Our Rating: 9.0
IMDb Ratings: N/A
Genre: Adventure | Drama  | Family
CastFarrukh Jaffar, Purva Parag, Saara Nahar
Country: India
Language: Hindi
Runtime: 80 min
Color: Color

Summary: When faraway living 75 year old happy but lonely lady, who is fighting with cancer and incapable to speak, wishes to see her grandchildren but goes unheard repeatedly, her small grandchildren defies uncaring parents and secretly undertake a long journey to save her.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015): Dibankar Banerjee's dark, sprawling period piece oozing with suspense and film noir elements

A richly textured detective story with a multilayered narrative


A Potpourri of Vestiges Review

By Murtaza Ali

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Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!, Directed by Dibankar Banerjee, starring Sushant Singh Rajput
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015) By Dibankar Banerjee
Our Ratings: 8.0
IMDb Ratings: 8.4
Genre: Mystery | Thriller
CastSushant Singh Rajput, Neeraj Kabi, Swastika Mukherjee
Country: India
Language: Hindi | Mandarin | Japanese
Runtime: 148 min
ColorColor

SummaryIn a contemporary interpretation of war torn Calcutta during the 1940's, the film follows the first adventure of Byomkesh, fresh out of college, as he pits himself against an evil genius who is out to destroy the world. It's his wits against the most villainous arch criminal the world has seen, in a world of murder, international political intrigue and seduction.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Fast & Furious 7 (2015): James Wan's star-studded extravaganza for action lovers

A perfect Summer Blockbuster from Hollywood



By Murtaza Ali

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Fast & Furious 7, Furious 7, Directed by James Wan, Movie Poster, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker
Fast & Furious 7 (2015) By James Wan
Our Ratings: 7.0
IMDb Ratings: 8.7
Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
CastVin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Country: Japan | USA
Language: English
Runtime: 137 min
ColorColor

SummaryDominic Torretto and his crew thought they left the criminal mercenary life behind. They defeated an international terrorist named Owen Shaw and went their separate ways. But now, Shaw's brother, Deckard Shaw is out killing the crew one by one for revenge. Worse, a Somalian terrorist called Jakarde, and a shady government official called "Mr. Nobody" are both competing to steal a computer terrorism program called God's Eye, that can turn any technological device into a weapon. Torretto must reconvene with his team to stop Shaw and retrieve the God's Eye program while being caught in a power struggle between the terrorist and the United States government.

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Trends in Marathi Cinema


By Sunita Lancaster

Collage of Marathi Films, Film Actors and Posters
Image courtesy of mrane.com
When most people think of Indian cinema, they immediately think of the raunchy dance numbers, dramatic sound effects and twisted family dynamics that define “Bollywood,” the booming Hindi language film industry based out of Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra. Bollywood, however, isn’t the only player in the Indian film industry. In fact, the very first Indian film ever made (Raja Harishchandra, produced and directed by Dadasaheb Phalke in 1913) was part of the Marathi film industry, also based in Maharashtra. Don’t worry, that came as a surprise to me as well! Marathi cinema is thus the oldest film industry in India; yet, its prominence in Indian film has greatly declined over the years.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Don't Look Now (1973): British filmmaker Nicholas Roeg's masterpiece in allusive storytelling

Filmmaking as a form of intellectual and emotional expression as well as visual art

By Tanmay Shukla

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Don't Look Now, Movie Poster, Directed by Nicholas Roeg, starring Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland
Don't Look Now (1973) By Nicholas Roeg
Reviewer's Ratings: 9.0
IMDb Ratings: 7.4
Genre: Drama | Horror | Thriller
CastJulie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason
Country: UK | Italy
Language: English | Italian
Runtime: 110 min
ColorColor

Summary: John and Laura Baxter are in Venice when they meet a pair of elderly sisters, one of whom claims to be psychic. She insists that she sees the spirit of the Baxters' daughter, who recently drowned. Laura is intrigued, but John resists the idea. He, however, seems to have his own psychic flashes, seeing their daughter walk the streets in her red cloak, as well as Laura and the sisters on a funeral gondola.