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‘A Prophet’ (2009): Gangster Movies are Better with French Bread

Directed by: Jacques Audiard || Produced by: Martine Cassinelli, Antonin Dedet Screenplay by: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Abdel Raouf Dafri, Nicolas Peufaillit || Starring: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb, Hichem Yacoubi, Jean-Philippe Ricci, Gilles Cohen Music by: Alexandre Desplat || Cinematography: Stephane Fontaine || Editing by: Juliette Welfling || Country: France, Italy || … Continue reading

‘Seven Years in Tibet’ (1997): The Ultimate “White Guy Attempts Cultural Diversity” Experience

Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud || Produced by: Jean-Jacques Annaud, Iain Smith, John H. Williams Screenplay by: Becky Johnston || Starring: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, B.D. Wong, Danny Denzongpa, Victor Wong, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Jamyang Jamtsho, Wangchuk Music by: John Williams || Cinematography: Robert Fraise || Editing by: Noelle Boisson || Country: France, United States, United Kingdom, Argentina … Continue reading

‘Act of Valor’ (2012): Because Right-Wingers Need Action Movies, Too

Directed by: Mike McCoy, Scott Waugh || Produced by: McCoy, Scott Waugh Written by: Kurt Johnstad || Starring: Roselyn Sanchez, Jason Cottle, Rorke Denver, Alex Veadov, Nestor Serrano, Emilio Rivera Music by: Nathan Furst || Cinematography: Shane Hurlbut || Editing by: Siobhan Prior, Michael Tronick, Scott Waugh || Country: United States || Language: English Running … Continue reading

‘The Raid’ (2011): The Birth of Indonesian New Wave

Directed by: Gareth Evans || Produced by: Ario Sagantoro Screenplay by: Gareth Evans || Starring: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Donny Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian, Pierre Gruno, Tegar Setrya, Ray Sahetapy Music by: Mike Shinoda, Joseph Trapanese || Cinematography: Matt Flannery, Dimas Imam Subhono || Editing by: Gareth Evans || Country: Indonesia || Language: Indonesian Running Time: 101 … Continue reading

‘Sunshine’ (2007): An Admirable but Inexplicable ‘Alien’ (1979)-Clone

Directed by: Danny Boyle || Produced by: Andrew Macdonald Written by: Alex Garland || Starring: Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Chris Evans, Troy Garity, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh Music by: John Murphy, Underworld || Cinematography by: Alwin H. Kuchler || Editing by: Chris Gill || Country: United Kingdom || Language: English Running … Continue reading

‘3 Idiots’ (2009): The Most Rewatchable 3-Hour Movie Ever Made

Directed by: Rajkumar Hirani || Produced by: Vidhu Vinod Chopra Screenplay by: Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani || Starring: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Omi Vaidya Music by: Shantanu Moitra || Cinematography: C.K. Muraleedharan || Editing by: Ranjeet Bahadur || Country: India || Language: Hindi, English Running Time: 171 minutes If you’re … Continue reading

‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ (1999): Finding Love (for Aishwarya Rai) in Strange Places

Directed by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali || Produced by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali Screenplay by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Kenneth Phillips || Starring: Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, Zohra Sehgal, Vikram Gokhale Music by: Ismail Darbar || Cinematography: Anil Mehta || Editing by: Bela Segal || Country: India || Language: Hindi Running Time: 187 minutes My first introduction … Continue reading

‘The Artist’ (2011): The Most Quickly Forgotten Oscar-Favorite of All Time?

Directed by: Michel Hazanavicius || Produced by: Thomas Langmann Written by: Michel Hazanavicius || Starring: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Missi Pyle Music by: Ludovic Bource || Cinematography by: Guillaume Schiffman || Editing by: Anne-Sophie Bion, Michel Hazanavicius || Country: France || Language: Silent (English intertitles) Running Time: 100 minutes The Artist, … Continue reading

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ (2008): The West’s Introduction to A. R. Rahman & Other Things

Directed by: Danny Boyle || Produced by: Christian Colson Written by: Simon Beafoy || Starring: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Tanay Chheda, Rubina Ali, Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala, Saurabh Shukla Music by: A.R. Rahman || Cinematography by: Anthony Dod Mantle || Editing by: Chris Dickens || Country: United Kingdom || … Continue reading

‘The Matrix’ (1999): New Wave Genre-Blending

Directed by: The Wachowski Brothers || Produced by: Joel Silver Written by: The Wachowski Brothers || Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano Music by: Don Davis || Cinematography: Bill Pope || Editing by: Zach Staenberg || Country: United States, Australia || Language: English Running Time: 136 minutes It has guns. … Continue reading