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I am So Excited for the Good (and Bad and Weird) Things to Come

My day job has little to nothing to do with filmmaking, the arts, or blogging, and I like it that way. Aside from several filmmaking electives I took during my bachelors, which resulted in a film minor, my enthusiasm for cinema in particular and the fine arts in general is a personal, largely self-cultivated one. … Continue reading

Sergio Leone’s ‘Dollars Trilogy’ (1964-1966): The Original Spaghetti Westerns

Directed by: Sergio Leone || Produced by: Arrigo Colombo, Giorgio Papi [1] , Alberto Grimaldi2-3 Screenplay by: Duccio Tessari, Luciano Vincenzoni2-3, Sergio Donati2, Age & Scarpelli1, Sergio Leone1-3 || Starring: Clint Eastwood1-3, Gian Maria Volonte1-2, Lee Van Cleef2-3, Marianne Koch1, Eli Wallach3 Music by: Ennio Morricone || Cinematography: Massimo Dallamano1-2, Tonino Delli Colli3 || Edited … Continue reading

‘Secret Superstar’ (2017): Let the Story Speak for Itself

Directed by: Advait Chandan || Produced by: Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao Screenplay by: Advait Chandan, Rifat Khandakar || Starring: Zaira Wasim, Meher Vij, Raj Arjun, Aamir Khan Music by: Amit Trivedi || Cinematography: Anil Mehta || Edited by: Hemanti Sarkar || Country: India || Language: Hindi Running Time: 150 minutes Thugs of Hindostan (2018) aside, … Continue reading

‘Mary Kom’ (2014): Amateur in the Worst Sense of the Word

Directed by: Omung Kumar || Produced by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Ajit Andhare, Sandip Ssingh Screenplay by: Saiwyn Quadras || Starring: Priyanka Chopra, Darshan Kumaar, Sunil Thapa Music by: Shashi Suman, Shivam, Rohit Kulkarni || Cinematography: Keiko Nakahara || Edited by: Rajesh G. Pandey, Sanja Leela Bhansali || Country: India || Language: Hindi Running Time: 122 … Continue reading

Guy Ritchie’s ‘Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels’ (1998) & ‘Snatch’ (2000)

Directed by: Guy Ritchie || Produced by: Matthew Vaughn Screenplay by: Guy Ritchie || Starring: Jason Flemyng, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones, Alan Ford [1–2] , Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Sting, Stephen Graham, Steven Mackintosh [1],  Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina, Rade Serbedzija, Benicio del Toro, Lennie James, Robbie Gee, Ade [2]  Music by: David A. Huges1, … Continue reading

‘Buffalo Boys’ (2018): Indonesian Action Cinema Diversifies

Directed by: Mike Wiluan || Produced by: Junxiang Huang, Kimberly James, Rayya Makarim, Fong Chen Tan, Mike Wiluan Screenplay by: Rayya Makarim, Raymond Lee || Starring: Ario Bayu, Yoshi Sudarso, Pevita Pearce, Tio Pakusadewo, Reinout Bussemaker, Daniel Adnan, Alex Abbad, Conan Stevens, Alexander Winters Music by: Yudhi Arfani, Zeke Khaseli || Cinematography: John Radel || … Continue reading