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‘La Dolce Vita’ (1960): Rich White People Problems

Directed by: Federico Fellini || Produced by: Giuseppe Amato, Angelo Rizzoli Screenplay by: Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi, Pier Paolo Pasolini || Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimee, Yvonne Furneaux, Magali Noel, Alain Cuny, Nadia Gray Music by: Nino Rota || Cinematography: Otello Martelli || Editing by: Leo Catozzo || Country: Italian … Continue reading

‘Breathless’ (1960): The Jump-Cut Machine

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard || Produced by: Georges de Beauregard Screenplay by: Jean Luc Godard || Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, Henri-Jacques Huet Music by: Martial Solal || Cinematography: Raoul Coutard || Editing by: Cecile Decugis, Lila Herman || Country: France || Language: French Running Time: 87 minutes Even if you’re an introductory student … Continue reading

‘Ghajini’ (2008): Definitely Not an Unsanctioned Remake of ‘Memento’ (2000)

Directed by: A.R. Murugadoss || Produced by: Tagore Madhu, Madhu Mantena Screenplay by: A.R. Murugadoss || Starring: Aamir Khan, Asin, Jiah Khan, Pradeep Rawat, Riyaz Khan, Tinnu Anand Music by: A.R. Rahman || Cinematography: Ravi K. Chandran || Editing by: Anthony Gonsalves || Country: India || Language: Hindi Running Time: 185 minutes A.R. Murugadoss’s 2008 film, … Continue reading

‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ (1994): Three and a Half Hours of Colorful Filler

Directed by: Sooraj R. Barjatya || Produced by: Ajit Kumar Barjatya, Kamal Kumar Barjatya, Rajkumar Barjatya Screenplay by: Sooraj R. Barjatya || Starring: Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Mohnish Bahl, Renuka Shahane, Anupam Kher, Reema Lagoo, Alok Nath Music by: Raamlaxman || Cinematography: Rajan Kinagi || Editing by: Mukhtar Ahmed || Country: India || Language: Hindi Running … Continue reading

‘The Warlords’ (2007): Great Action, Even Better Romance

Directed by: Peter Chan || Produced by: Peter Chan, Andre Morgan Screenplay by: Xu Lan, Chun Tin-nam, Aubery Lam, Huang Jianxin, Jojo Hui, He Jiping, Guo Junli, James Yuen || Starring: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Xu Jinglei Music by: Chan Kwong-wing, Peter Kam, Chatchai Ponprapaphan, Leon, Ko || Cinematography: Arthur Wong || Editing by: … Continue reading

‘Mother’ (2009): Blood Is Thicker

Directed by: Bong Joon-ho || Produced by: Choi Jae-won, Seo Woo-sik Screenplay by: Bong Joon-ho, Park Eun-kyo || Starring: Kim Hye-ja, Won Bin, Jin Goo, Yoon Je-moon Music by: Lee Byung-woo || Cinematography: Hong Kyung-pyo || Editing by: Moon Sae-kyung || Country: South Korea || Language: Korean Running Time: 128 minutes If you’re looking for dark, … Continue reading

‘The Secret in Their Eyes’ (2009): Great Period Drama with an Aftertaste

Directed by: Juan Jose Campanella || Produced by: Juan Jose Campanella, Gerardo Herrero, Mariela Besuievski Screenplay by: Eduardo Sacheri, Juan Jose Campanella || Starring: Ricardo Darin, Soledad Villamil, Guillermo Francella, Pablo Rago, Javier Godino, Mariano Argento, Jose Luis Gioia Music by: Federico Jusid, Emilio Kauderer || Cinematography: Felix Monti || Editing by: Juan Jose Campanella || … Continue reading

‘City of God’ (2002): Sex, Drugs, & Ultraviolence

Directed by: Fernando Meirelles, Katia Lund || Produced by: Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Mauricio Andrade Ramos, Elisa Tolomelli, Walter Salles Screenplay by: Braulio Mantovani || Starring: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Alice Braga, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Jonathan Haagensen, Matheus Nachtergaele, Seu Jorge, Roberta Rodrigues, Graziella Moretto Music by: Ed Cortes, Antonio Pinto || Cinematography: Cesar Charlone || … Continue reading

‘Anchorman 2’ (2013): The Legend Stalls

Directed by: Adam McKay || Produced by: Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay Screenplay by: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay || Starring: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Meagan Good, James Marsden Music by: Andrew Feltenstein, John Nau || Cinematography: Oliver Wood || Editing by: Brent White, Melissa Bretherton || Country: United States … Continue reading

‘American Hustle’ (2013): David O. Russell’s Celebration of Filler

Directed by: David O. Russell || Produced by: Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison Written by: Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell || Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K., Robert De Niro Music by: Danny Elfman || Cinematography by: Linus Sandgren || Editing by: Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, … Continue reading