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Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, Review: Per capita

Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, Review: Per capita “This Gandhi Jayanti, India unites to fight,” declares a large card on the trailer of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. Mohandas Karamchand ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi (born 02 October 1869) was the father of the nation and an apostle of peace and non-violence. ‘Jayanti’(in Hindi) refers to his 150th birth anniversary, which is being celebrated with many campaigns across the country, like  voluntary service to society, cleanline...

ASH MORRIS : A BRITISH FILMMAKER TO WATCH

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2010 -  The world was introduced to the Crawleys and their personnel. “Downton Abbey” took viewers by storm. I’m bed-ridden. I’m fighting a letter that more often than not, carries a death sentence.  Years pass by, I travel extensively in-between treatement sessions, I co-produce a documentary, and I write a lot. I’m young but I feel a higher sense of urgency. I eventually conquered, the beast is down.  2017 -  R...

Prassthanam, Review: Loyalty, integrity and legacy, to see or not to see, that is the question

Prassthanam, Review: Loyalty, integrity and legacy, to see or not to see, that is the question When you have classics like the Mahabharat, Ramayan and Shakespeare’s works, why look elsewhere for inspiration? Update the setting and references but retain the blood and gore, conceit and deceit, loyalty and betrayal, vice and avarice, and above all, good and evil. You now have a story that every lover of mythology, every cinephile identifies with, and the figure could be well above a billio...

The Zoya Factor, Review: Cricket superstitions, and bowling a ‘maiden’ over

The Zoya Factor, Review: Cricket superstitions, and bowling a ‘maiden’ over It’s a romantic comedy about cricket, superstition and finding your soulmate after several heart-breaks. Strange bedfellows? Not if you know your cricket, appreciate the quirky beliefs of cricketers and can empathise with a woman who has been dumped several times, yet dreams of finding Mr. Right very soon. All three angles are developed substantially, yet something is missing. Perhaps, unlike all the...

Dream Girl, Review: Lady Boy’s multiple nightmares

Dream Girl, Review: Lady Boy’s multiple nightmares Can one accuse film-makers of misleading audiences by describing their films as anything but what they really are? Dream Girl, dubbed ‘family entertainer by its makers,’ panders to below the belt viewers and frustrated loners, under the garb of showcasing the lead actor’s mimicking talent, and providing a telephonic helpline to lonely hearts. It is a series of stand-up comic jokes, with one-liners, puns and double ente...

Badshaah Pahelwan, Review: There’s a brown wrestler in the boxing ring, tra la la la la

Badshaah Pahelwan, Review: There’s a brown wrestler in the boxing ring, tra la la la la When director of photography S. Krishna turned producer just over two years ago, vicariously, through his wife, Swapna, having directed two action genre films, he decided to make his third film in nine Indian languages. Down the line, he settled for five, with the original in his native Kannada, and dubbed versions in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. Rather ambitious of Krishna, considering the fi...

Chhichhore, Review: Posers for losers, choosers and imposers

Chhichhore, Review: Posers for losers, choosers and imposers Few ideas would be more contradictory than a parent’s attempt to revive his dying son by calling his college mates to the Intensive Care Unit of a posh hospital and collectively narrating to him, in some detail, their recollections of the hellcyon days they spent in a college hostel, as a bunch of slimy, gooey, swearing, cheating, boozing, smoking, rude, flippant, frivolous ‘losers’. All this is done in the hope th...

Saaho, Review: Posture Boys

Saaho, Review: Posture Boys Grand emptiness fills the screen as the Saaho saga unfolds. There is a semblance of a plot and a picture post-card collage of both serene and breath-taking visuals. However, most unfortunately, the most crucial element of a well-crafted film, story-telling, is at a discount. Gory and one-sided fights, a floating, free-falling and soaring mortal superhero, and flesh flaunting femme fatales cannot compensate for flimsy premises and disbelief inviting sequences. Prit...

Athens about to celebrate 25 years

The 25th Athens International Film Festival GREECE ~ The Athens International Film Festival (AIFF) is about to celebrate its 25th anniversary and is promoting the event with a stunning new poster. Designed by Vassilis Mexis, who graduated with a first class Honours degree in Graphic Design from the AKTO School of Art and Design, the poster features a literal reflection of the number 25. 

Bhonsle, Review: Cinema of no escape

A maker with a penchant for addressing social and sociological malaises tries his hand at the intra-nation village/small town to big city trans-migration issue in India, as seen through three different angles, by inhabitants of a Mumbai chawl (shanty/slum). Though Bhonsle is largely realistic cinema, Devashish Makhija, nevertheless, bends his treatment occasionally, to use tropes to move the story forward. The result is an above average film that has enough merit to be watchable on its own, bu...

International Thai FIlm Festival 2019 (14-15.Sept.2019)

International Thai Film Festival 2019 is coming! (14-15.09.2019) ITFF2019 will be hold on the 14th-15th of Septermber 2019 at the amazing Ultra Arena of SHOW DC Bangkok, Thailand. For more info, visit: https://www.thaifilmfestival.com Get Your Ticket to secure your entry and to pick your seat today at: https://www.eventpop.me/e/6424-itff2019 To be up-to-date with ITFF, please like / follow our Facebook

Yomeddine, Review: Disability or this ability?

Yomeddine, Review: Disability or this ability? Unlikely companions embark on an impossible journey, to trace their roots, hundreds of miles away, on a donkey cart, with little money and barest of supplies. Both, the journey and the destination, hold many surprises for the two, some pleasant, some very unpleasant. On the way, they offer you a tribute to the indomitable human spirit, but also make you realise that in a society of regulars and normals, the irregular and abnormal cannot find thei...

JAMES W. HAWK, CHESHIRE’S INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER, WILL BE SCREENING FILMS AT THE CHESHIRE CT (USA) LIBRARY.

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  HawkMedia Studios has had a film screened at a Rome Italy art exhibition, has had 54 films screened by 25 film festivals throughout the world and has 120+ credits on IMDb. There will be a screening of six of HawkMedia Studio's short films at the Cheshire Library on Thursday August 29, 2019 at 6 pm*. There is no admission fee and this is an adult program due to some bad language. The films include: 1 - SHADOWS ON NEW SNOW AND WIND IN THE OLD OAK TREE – shown at Rome Italy art...

Batla House, Review: Policeman with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Batla House, Review: Policeman with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Distinguishing one police thriller from another is becoming an increasingly difficult task. He is part of an incident/encounter that results in deaths of alleged criminals. The officer’s marital life is disrupted due to his erratic working hours and heavy post-traumatic stress. Having had enough, the wife threatens to leave him. The incident creates controversy and he runs afoul of the powers that be. Most of his higher-...

Jabariya Jodi, Review: Scaring, paring and pairing

Jabariya Jodi, Review: Scaring, paring and pairing Imagine a country where dowry demands are the bane. Imagine a state in that country where the demands of families of educated and gainfully employed men of marriageable age range in the region of one to ten million bucks. Now imagine a gang that kidnaps such extortionist grooms and marries them off to the hapless women, at gunpoint, after giving them the treatment. Jodi, literally, means a ‘pair’ or ‘couple’, in Urdu a...

Call for entries: Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival

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The Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival is an inclusive event celebrating diversity in independent film, spotlighting stories of women and the many different cultures around the world. The values of Southern California reflect the diversity of gender, gender identity, and the many different cultures that reside within our region. And independent film has been the driver of change in the Hollywood mainstream, at times influencing and re-shaping the norms of studio and network content...

The 3rd Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival

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Now in its third season, the Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival is now accepting submissions of feature films, short films, and documentaries in the crime and horror subgenres. From heist movies and mobsters to slashers and the undead, crime and horror has been a staple of film throughout the history of the medium. Today, independent films in these genres continue to be excellent ways for up and coming filmmakers to hone and demonstrate their mastery of the craft. With screenings in t...

Khandaani Shafakhana, Review: Familial Clinic, Unfamiliar picnic

Khandaani Shafakhana, Review: Familial Clinic, Unfamiliar picnic A title like that would suggest a medical practice that has been in the business for generations and garnered a formidable reputation of efficacy in treatment. Khandaani Shafakhana (Urdu for Familial Clinic) is not about any such practice. The subject is sex, in general, and the distressing conditions of erectile dysfunction and lack of libido in particular. Okay, so they have a misleading title. You could overlook this fact if ...

Chase--No Mercy to Crime, Review: Robbing trains for electoral gains

Chase--No Mercy to Crime, Review: Robbing trains for electoral gains A taut crime thriller in the making, Chase: No Mercy to Crime proceeds at a languorous pace that is quickened only by some rapid cuts and jerky pans. It is based on true events that spanned two Indian states, and the criminals-police chase crossed into Nepal and Thailand too. But, unless the thrills are present and confined to the first few scenes, which I missed due to awful road traffic, the film ends up being a routine cr...

Ash is Purest White, Review: Never Love a Gangster

Ash is Purest White, Review: Never Love a Gangster Ash is Purest White is a tale of unrequited love that flows seamlessly along the backdrop of the socio-political upheavals in China, during 2001-18. It is an ode to old-fashioned love, set amidst gangsters and con-artistes, making two, revolutionary, and highly controversial, observations: gangster mobs are the last vestiges of loyalty and righteousness, and men are incapable of reciprocating women’s sublime love. Qiao (Zhao Tao) lives...

Family of Thakurganj, Review: Nannu, Munnu and nothing New, New

Family of Thakurganj, Review: Nannu, Munnu and nothing New, New Referencing dozens of mafia/gangster movies made in India and the West, Family of Thakurganj glorifies crime for the major part, gets into a conscientious hiccup and sermonising after the midway mark, and ends-up offering ‘crime kills crime’ as a solution against the rot of corruption that has set in the entire fabric of the Indian police/law/politics nexus. Except for a couple of twists in the plot, there is little t...

Jabariya Jodi, First look: Swinging infection

Jabariya Jodi, First look: Swinging infection Jodi, literally, means a pair, in Urdu and Hindi. It also refers to husband and wife. Jabar or jabr is force, and jabariya, by extension, means forced or forcibly formed. So, we now understand the title of the upcoming film Jabariya Jodi to mean ‘Forced Couple’. As indicated above, the inference here is that the husband and wife were forced into matrimony. Nothing earth-shaking about it, in a country where thousands of such marriages t...

Watch our 2019 festival trailer

See our new 2019 festival trailer Experience original films from the world's most unique creative minds at Mirror Mountain Film Festival. Featuring groundbreaking independent drama, documentary, animation, experimental, music video, dance, interactive media and live performance.  Be a part of something extraordinary July 26 - 27 at Arts Court Theatre in downtown Ottawa. It’s more than just a festival... it’s a state of mind! Tickets $10 / Passes $25, available now at mi...

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