Posts tagged ‘film’

March 25, 2016

Attacking The Devil

Attacking The Devil

My sis and I went to watch Attacking The Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime at the Picture House Cinema (Central London) on Tuesday this week and it was so worthwhile. It’s hard to describe a moving documentary on such an important subject matter with the usual ‘must-see, fantastic’ as the subject matter is so upsetting.

The documentary charts Sir Harold Evans’ rise to the top of newspaper editing which is very inspirational itself but the real gem

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March 6, 2016

Marvelous Manto: The Great Writer from Pakistan

mantoAn indie flick from Pakistan has been wowing critics and I found myself part of a 300 strong crowd at its premier in London last week.

Manto is the kind of literary figure that my mum becomes glaze eyed about and she’ll suddenly recite passages and look at me with an air of pride at how, clearly, all artists in Urdu are superior to any other.

Manto was a controversial writer whose career spans the 40s and

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February 3, 2016

The Danish Girl Isn’t My Kinda Girl

The Danish Girl

I sort of hobbled over to the Bloomsbury Curzon to catch The Danish Girl with Bunty as I had just knocked back a bottle of prosecco with another friend.

I arrived before Bunty and temporarily forgot what I was meant to be watching, asked the bar staff which screen The Danish Lady was in. I was duly informed that The Danish GIRL was upstairs and that the toilets were behind me. I was pissed and confused: But I never asked about the toilets. I clearly looked like I needed a mirror or something.

Bunty and two more girlfriends joined me, we got another bottle of prosecco, I spilled popcorn in the foyer (mortified!) and we finally sat down to watch the film.  What kind of pathetic girl does this character want to be??

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January 25, 2016

Joy

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As we all know, amazing films come out in January and this month is definitely filled with excellent films to check out. If you’ve already seen the Danish Girl and the Hateful Eight is way too violent then we recommend Jennifer Lawrence’s new flick, Joy. The film is the true story about the rise of Joy Mangano from poor singe mom to global entrepreneur. Robert DeNiro is her dad, Isabella Rossellini plays his girlfriend. What is there not to like? 

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January 7, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars The Force Awakens

My ONLY regret from last year was that on the 18th of December 2015, instead of joining the entire Western hemisphere at the cinema for the movie release of the decade, I was freezing my tits off in Delhi.

Oh, does Delhi get cold in Winter? Yes indeed. And there is no central heating or double glazing!!

My disloyal family went to the cinema without me ‘oh but we will watch it for the second time with you’ thanks guys! One of my dear cousins even spoiled it for me by revealing a key part of the story.

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October 7, 2014

Film Review: Pride

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You have to watch this film while it’s currently on general release.

It has been several years since I came out of the cinema and felt this good about a film and it is even better that the story is true.

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September 15, 2014

Million Dollar Arm

Million Dollar Arm

A few weeks ago I had realised that there were no Hollywood in Bollywood films on the horizon. Could it be? Could the Slumdog Millionaire franchise actually fail to produce another saccharine feel-good Hollywood blockbuster? Are there no more Americans that need to travel to India and “find him/herself” and return a changed human being for the greater good?

And then just like buses, three films come at once. One I’ve forgotten about already. I couldn’t face the Helen Mirren cooking one. But the baseball one seemed palatable, not least because the hunk (haven’t said that for a while) from Mad Men was in it. Enter… Million Dollar Arm.

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May 14, 2014

Half of a Yellow Sun

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As I have yet to read Americanah, this is my favourite Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel and I was very excited to see the film. I was not disappointed. Ignore other reviewers who are moaning about this film as, apart from some dull gratuitous Newton nipple shots, the film is wonderful.
I was pleased to see that the film didn’t just concentrate on the despair and woe of the Biafran war but actually showed a raw human side, a middle-class educated side that is rarely seen in films about West Africa (or indeed any African nation).

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November 28, 2013

Gravity

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Boy likes Sandra Bullock. I like action, if it happens in Space, even better.

Off we go to 3D cinema to see Gravity. It is excellent, believe the hype but not all of it. It is incredible. It is techy and whizzy and let’s face it, Sandra Bullock is divine, but I’m not sure

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August 18, 2013

The Heat

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You have got to the The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy it is amaaaaazing and so so funny.  It’s a brilliantly performed story and one of my teenage heart throbs

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January 17, 2013

Gangster Squad

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Wow what a film, you must catch Gangster Squad while it’s still out. Exquisitely shot, excellent acting from a fabulously selected cast and executed by paying homage to the gangster greats of yesteryear.

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January 10, 2013

The Hobbit

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Believe the bad reviews everyone, I regret to say that Peter Jackson’s new addition to the Tolkein films is a disaster and should be avoided at all costs!

It is roughly 1.5 hours too long, with many pointless and boring scenes (including ones clearly cut and pasted from previous films).  Is it me?  Do I simply not care about dwarves?  Why do all the thicko trolls have East London accents? 

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November 8, 2012

Argo

I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but I have to confess that if I’d known a little more about the film I watched last night, I probably would have thought nope, not for me!

A film starring and directed by Ben Affleck? And George Clooney? Urgh! About the Iranian hostage crisis in late 70s/early 80s. Double urgh, stars and stripes waving??

To my dismay (and enjoyment) it was really good. There is so much

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November 6, 2012

Celebrity Look-A-Likes 2

How amazing is this self-portrait taken by the Curiosity robot currently on Mars? And who would have thought he would look almost exactly like

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October 2, 2012

The Milestones of Growing Up

No, No and No Way! These were the answers I received after going through my phone contacts of so-called family and friends asking them if they wanted to come and watch a fashion documentary film with me.  It soon became apparent that if I really wanted to watch the film, and I did, I would have to cross one of the great tests of growing up and (gulp) GO ALONE!!!!

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October 1, 2012

The Eye Has to Travel

“We used to wish for any mother but this one.” So lamented the sons of, arguably, one of the world’s greatest fashion editors and icons: Diana Vreeland.  Their loss was fashion’s gain.

Diana Vreeland lived from 1903 to 1989 and she spent her last years with the same energy and enthusiasm as her younger years – she always wanted to be where the action was.  The Eye Has to Travel is a new documentary all about Diana and since she was inseparable from fashion and photography it is is a celebration of that too.

With a wicked and mischievous sense of humour, Diana Vreeland narrates

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September 26, 2012

Moon River

The crooner synonymous with one of the greatest movie songs of all time, Andy Williams died this week at the age of 84.  Moon River is of course featured in Breakfast at Tiffany’s surely one of the most amazing movies ever.

Originally featured in the film in 1961, Andy Williams made the song his own

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June 26, 2012

Manly Moustaches

It’s not Movember, but this film looking at the decline of the moustache in India is really interesting, funny and worth a watch…

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May 15, 2012

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

Who committed the biggest fashion crime of them all?  The movie version of Snow White premiered in London last night and OMG what were these two thinking?

Kristen Stewart decides to go for a Wild West prossie-with-frilly-pubes look and her co-star, Charlize Theron tries to go one step further:

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January 24, 2012

W.E. Means Worst Ever

Madonna’s film W.E. has been savaged by film critics all over the world.

Has anyone seen it?

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September 4, 2011

Ten Films That Changed The World?

I don’t agree with an article published in The Telegraph over the weekend listing ten movies that changed the world. Although I’m not as  dedicated to film as the writer I have hardly seen any of the films on the list and they don’t sound particularly life-changing.  So, without giving the list too much thought I came up with a list of movies that may not have change my world but were certainly milestones in my life from childhood and beyond, please add yours:

  1. Star Wars
  2. Sholay
  3. Super Girl
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August 10, 2011

First Wives Club

The Guardian reported a new craze of divorce parties taking place in the States to help women get rid of their possessions, make some cash and give to charity – turning a negative into a positive and so on.  It’s sort of the theme that runs through a movie I watched over the weekend, First Wives Club.

This movie is on constant repeat on Sky and Freeview but it’s such a gem of a movie I love it every time (such as last Sunday).  It’s a hilarious movie starring Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler

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June 30, 2011

Something For The Weekend

The London Indian Film Festival is in its second year and kicks off from today until 12 July. There will be a showcase of apparently independent Indian cinema, however, the event is beginning with a movie starring Amir Khan’s nephew – pretty conventional: family connection = starring movie role.

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May 6, 2011

Bello Vito

A prequel to Godfather has been given the green light.  The new tale/movie will focus on Vito Corleone’s rise to Don status.  I don’t know about you but I am a huge Godfather fan and I think this is unnecessary.

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April 27, 2011

Govinda 40 Years Young

Where to begin with this one…

So many questions…why is he looking up her skirt? Why is he wearing so much make up?

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March 23, 2011

Dame Liz Dies

I have just heard that Dame Elizabeth Taylor has died aged 79 after suffering from a long term illness.

It has been some time since we have seen her on our screens, but I remember as a child how my Dad used to love watching her and husband Richard Burton.

Oscar nominee 4 years in a row, this screen icon’s greatest work were in masterpieces of Hollywood cinema such as Cleopatra, National Velvet and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

The film industry will be mourning the loss of Dame Elizabeth Taylor.

Bunty

March 22, 2011

Meet An Oscar Winning Costume Designer

On Friday 25 March, The Nehru Centre is hosting a Q & A with Bhanu Athaiya –

Indian cinema’s most well-regarded costume designer,

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