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‘Captain Phillips’ (2013): Jason Bourne on a Ship

Directed by: Paul Greengrass || Produced by: Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti, Scott Rudin Screenplay by: Billy Ray || Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Faysal Ahmed, Michael Chernus, Max Martini Music by: Henry Jackman || Cinematography: Barry Ackroyd || Editing by: Christopher Rouse || Country: United States || Language: English, Somali Running Time: 134 minutes Director … Continue reading

‘Dhoom 3’ (2013): Super Dumb, But Super Fun

Directed by: Vijay Krishna Acharya || Produced by: Aditya Chopra Screenplay by: Vijay Krishna Chopra, Aditya Chopra || Starring: Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Uday Chopra, Jackie Shroff Music by: Pritam || Cinematography: Sudeep Chatterjee || Editing by: Ritesh Soni || Country: India || Language: Hindi Running Time: 172 minutes Much like another Aamir Khan … Continue reading

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ (2013): A God Damned Fucking Good Time

Directed by: Martin Scorsese || Produced by: Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland, Emma Tillinger Koskoff Screenplay by: Terence Winter || Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal, Jean Dujardin, Kyle Chandler, Matthew McConaughey, Rob Reiner Music by: Robbie Robertson, Howard Shore || Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto || Editing by: Thelma Schoonmaker || … Continue reading

‘Gravity’ (2013): A Thrill Ride with Bad Commentary

Directed by: Alfonso Cuaron || Produced by: Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman Screenplay by: Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas Cuaron || Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Paul Sharma Music by: Steven Price || Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki || Editing by: Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger || Country: United Kingdom, United States || Language: English Running Time: 90 minutes When … Continue reading

‘Her’ (2013): Find Me Somebody to Love

Directed by: Spike Jonze || Produced by: Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay Screenplay by: Spike Jonze || Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Matt Letscher Music by: Arcade Fire || Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema || Editing by: Eric Zumbrunnen, Jeff Buchanan || Country: United States || Language: English Running Time: … Continue reading

‘In the Mood for Love’ (2000): Steamy Cantonese Loving

Directed by: Wong Kar-wai || Produced by: Wong Kar-wai Screenplay by: Wong Kar-wai || Starring: Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, Siu Ping Lam, Rebecca Pan Music by: Michael Galasso, Shigeru Umebayashi || Cinematography: Christopher Doyle, Mark Lee Ping Bin || Editing by: William Chang || Country: Hong Kong || Language: Cantonese Running Time: 98 minutes One of … Continue reading

‘8½’ (1963): Numbering Your Films Is Self-Indulgent

Directed by: Federico Fellini || Produced by: Angelo Rizzoli Screenplay by: Federico Fellini, Ennio Fellini, Tullio Penelli, Brunello Rondi || Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee, Sandra Milo Music by: Nino Rota || Cinematography: Gianni Di Venanzo || Editing by: Leo Cattozzo || Country: Italy, France || Language: Italian Running Time: 138 minutes Much like … Continue reading

‘Wild Strawberries’ (1957): If There’s Time to Breathe, There’s Time to Heal

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman || Produced by: Allan Ekelund Screenplay by: Ingmar Bergman || Starring: Victor Sjostrom, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Bjornstrand Music by: Erik Nordgren || Cinematography: Gunnar Fischer || Editing by: Oscar Rosander || Country: Sweden || Language: Swedish Running Time: 91 minutes While not as visually iconic as The Seventh Seal (1957) … Continue reading

‘Pierrot le Fou’ (1965): Crazy Enough

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard || Produced by: Georges de Beauregard Screenplay by: Jean-Luc Godard || Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Graziella Galvani, Dirk Sanders, Jimmy Karoubi Music by: Antoine Duhamel || Cinematography: Raoul Coutard || Editing by: Francoise Collin || Country: France || Language: French Running Time: 110 minutes In 1965, Godard released another feature that … Continue reading

‘The Seventh Seal’ (1957): Chess with Death

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman || Produced by: Allan Ekelund Screenplay by: Ingmar Bergman || Starring: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Bibi Andersson, Inga Landgre, Ake Fridell Music by: Erik Nordgren || Cinematography: Gunnar Fischer || Editing by: Lennart Wallen || Country: Sweden || Language: Swedish Running Time: 96 minutes Of all the … Continue reading