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‘Satya’ (1998): Bollywood’s Dark Underbelly

Directed by: Ram Gopal Varma || Produced by: Ram Gopal Varma, P. Som Shekar Screenplay by: Saurabh Shukla, Anurag Kashyap || Starring: J.D. Chakravarthy, Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpai, Govind Namdev, Paresh Rawal, Saurabh Shukla, Aditya Srivastava, Makarand Deshpande, Jeeva, Shefali Shah Music by: Vishal Bhardwaj, Sandeep Chowta || Cinematography: Gerard Hooper, Mazhar Kamran || Edited … Continue reading

‘Mad Max’ (1979): The Origin Story of the Road Warrior

Directed by: George Miller || Produced by: Bryon Kennedy, Bill Miller Screenplay by: George Miller, Bryon Kennedy, James McCausland || Starring: Mel Gibson, Steve Bisley, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Tim Burns, Geoff Parry, Roger Ward, Jonathan Hardy Music by: Brian May || Cinematography: David Eggby || Edited by: Cliff Hayes, Tony Paterson || Country: Australia … Continue reading

‘Memories of Murder’ (2003): The Wolf Moves Amongst the Sheep

Directed  by: Bong Joon-ho || Produced by: Cha Seung-jae Screenplay by: Bong Joon-ho, Shim Sung-bo || Starring: Song Kang-ho, Kim Sang-kyung, Kim Roi-ha, Park Hae-il, Byun Hee-bong, Jeon Mi-seon Music by: Taro Iwashiro || Cinematograhy: Kim Hyung-ku || Edited by: Kim Sun-min || Country:  South Korea || Language: Korean Running Time: 127 minutes Though not … Continue reading

‘Videodrome’ (1983): More from the Body Horror Extraordinaire

Directed by: David Cronenberg || Produced by: Claude Heroux Screenplay by: David Cronenberg || Starring: James Woods, Sonja Smits, Deborah Harry, Peter Dvorsky, Leslie Carlson, Jack Creley, Reiner Schwarz Music by: Howard Shore || Cinematography: Mark Irwin || Edited by: Ronald Sanders || Country: Canada || Language: English Running Time: 87 minutes One of the … Continue reading

‘La Ciénega’ (2001): A Humid, Drunken Stupor

Directed by: Lucrecia Martel || Produced by: Lita Stantic Screenplay by: Lucrecia Martel || Starring: Graciela Borges, Mercedes Moran, Martin Adjemian, Daniel Valenzuela, Leonara Balcarce, Silvia Bayle, Sofia Bertolotto, Juan Cruz Bordeu Cinematography: Hugo Colace || Edited by: Santiago Ricci || Country: Argentina || Language: Spanish Running Time: 103 minutes Roger Ebert described this film … Continue reading

‘Hunger’ (2008): Disgust, Starvation, and Cigarettes from Scripture

Directed by: Steve McQueen || Produced by: Laura Hastings-Smith, Robin Gutch Screenplay by: Enda Walsh, Steve McQueen || Starring: Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, Liam McMahon, Stuart Graham, Brian Milligan, Laine Megaw, Karen Hassan Music by: David Holmes || Cinematography: Sean Bobbitt || Edited by: Joe Walker || Country: United Kingdom, Ireland || Language: English Running … Continue reading

‘Independence Day’ (1996): Watershed Hollywood Spectacle

Directed by:  Roland Emmerich || Produced by: Dean Devlin Screenplay by: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich || Starring: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, Randy Quaid, Robert Loggia, James Rebhorn, Harvey Fienstein Music by: David Arnold || Cinematography: Karl Walter Lindenlaub || Edited by: David Brenner || Country: United States … Continue reading

‘Y Tu Mama También’ (2001): Nudity and Bad Voiceovers

Directed by: Alfonso Cuaron || Produced by: Alfonso Cuaron, Jorge Vergara Screenplay by: Carlos Cuaron, Alfonso Cuaron || Starring: Maribel Verdu, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Diana Bracho, Andres Almeida, Ana Lopez, Nathan Grinberg Music by: Natalie-Imbruglia, Frank Zappa, Miho Hatori || Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki || Edited by: Alex Rodriguez, Alfonso Cuaron || Country: Mexico || … Continue reading