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‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’ (2007): Fame Kills

Directed by: Andrew Dominik || Produced by: Ridley Scott, Jules Daly, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, David Valdes Screenplay¬†by: Andrew Dominik || Starring: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker, Paul Schneider, Jeremy Renner, Sam Rockwell Music by: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis || Cinematography: Roger Deakins || Editing by: Dylan Tichenor, Michael Kahn || Country: … Continue reading

‘The Good, the Bad, the Weird’ (2008): The Western Never Dies

Directed by: Kim Ji-woon || Produced by: Kim Ji-woon, Choi Min-suk Written by: Kim Ji-woon, Kim Min-suk || Starring: Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Jung Woo-sung, Yoon Je-moon, Ryoo Seung-soo, Song Yeong-chang Music by: Dalparan, Jang Yeong-gyu || Cinematography by: Lee Mo-gae || Editing by: Nam Na-yeong || Country: South Korea || Language: Korean, Japanese, Mandarin … Continue reading

‘Jodhaa Akbar’ (2008): A Modern Romantic Epic that Collapses Under Its Own Weight

Directed by: Ashutosh Gowariker || Produced by: Ronnie Screwvala, Ashutosh Gowariker Written by: Haidar Ali, Ashutosh Gowariker || Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai, Sonu Sood, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Ila Arun, Rajesh Vivek Music by: A.R. Rahman || Cinematography by: Kran Deohans || Editing by: Ballu Saljuja || Country: India || Language: Hindi, Urdu Running Time: 214 … Continue reading

Declaring Independence: What Is Independent Filmmaking?

The term “independent film” has gone through quite an evolution since the early days of its inception in the 1980s American film scene. The shift from the 1970s American New Wave auteur dominance, including the works of film-school-educated directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Brian de Palma, and others to the modern day … Continue reading

‘Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960): An Old-School Romantic Epic that Stands the Test of Time

Directed by: K. Asif || Produced by: Shapoorj Pallonji Screenplay¬†by: Aman, Kamal Amrohi, K. Asif, Wajahat Mirza, Ehsan Rizvi || Starring: Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Durga Khote Music by: Naushad || Cinematography: R.D. Mathur || Editing by: Dharamvir || Country: India || Language: Urdu Running Time: 177 minutes I’ve noticed something interesting in my … Continue reading