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‘The Road’ (2009): The Most Depressing Post-Apocalyptic Movie, Ever

Directed by: John Hillcoat || Produced by: Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz Screenplay by: Joe Penhall || Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron, Michael Kenneth Williams, Garret Dillahunt, Guy Pearce, Molly Parker Music by: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis || Cinematography: Javier Aguirresarobe || Edited by: Jon Gregory || Country: United … Continue reading

The Problem with PG-13 and the Modern Emasculation of Mainstream Films

Before I start, I urge readers to watch the following video before reading any further. This analysis breaks down the modern phenomenon of Hollywood movies made “for all ages” and the incredible harm that studio self-censorship of language, sexuality, and yes, violence, can inflict on the artistic properties that those studios are trying to produce: Did … Continue reading

‘Border’ (1997): An Old-School War Picture with Great Characters

Directed by: J. P. Dutta || Produced by: J. P. Dutta Screenplay by: J. P. Dutta || Starring: Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Rakhee Gulzar, Jackie Shroff, Tabassum Hashmi, Pooja Bhatt, Kulhushan Kharbanda, Puneet Issar, Sapna Bedi, Music by: Anu Malik || Cinematography by: Iswar R. Bidri, Nirmal Jani || Edited by: Deepak Wirkud || Country: … Continue reading

‘Birdman’ (2014): The Oscar-Bait Strikes Back

Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu || Produced by: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, John Lesher, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole Screenplay by: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Armando Bo || Starring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Lindsay Duncan Music by: Antonio Sanchez || Cinematography … Continue reading

Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): Wes Anderson Sings Another Song

Directed by: Wes Anderson || Produced by: Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven M. Rales, Scott Rudin Screenplay by: Wes Anderson || Starring: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Tony Revolori, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Saonoirse Ronan, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman Music by: Alexandre Desplat || Cinematography … Continue reading

‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela’ (2013): Sanjay Bhansali Goes Nuts

Directed by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali || Produced by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Chetan Deolekar, Kishore Lulla, Sandeep Singh Screenplay by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Siddarth-Garima || Starring: Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Supriya Pathak Kapur, Richa Chadda, Homi Wadia, Sharad Kelkar, Gulshan Devaiah, Barkha Bisht Sengupa, Abhimanyu Singh, Raza Murad Music by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Hemu Gadhvi, Monty … Continue reading

‘American Psycho’ (2000): Christian Bale’s Yuppie Tour de Force

Directed by: Mary Harron || Produced by: Christian Solomon, Chris Hanley, Edward R. Pressman Screenplay by: Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner || Starring: Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Chloe Sevigny, Samantha Mathis, Matt Ross, Bill Sage, Cara Seymour, Justin Theroux, Guinevere Turner, Reese Witherspoon Music by: John Cale || Cinematography: Andrzej Sekula || … Continue reading

A Look Back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Final Parts and Conclusion: From Many, One

V. The Message behind the Superheroes As the leading American blockbuster force of this time period, it is fitting that the franchise represents its native country’s most fundamental and sacred slogan — no, not “God Bless America,” but “e pluribus unum.” That phrase is Latin for, “From many, one.” It is on the Seal of … Continue reading