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‘REC’ (2007, 2009): Tao of the Found-Footage Technique

Directed by: Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plaza || Produced by: Julio Fernandez, Carlos Fernandez Screenplay by: Paco Plaza, Luis A. Berdejo, Jaume Balaguero || Starring: Manuela Velasco, Pablo Rosso, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, David Vert, Vicente Gil, Martha Carbonell, Carlos Vicente, Jonathan Mellor, Oscar Sanchez Zafra, Ariel Casas, Alejandro Casaseca, Claudia Silva  Music by: N/A || … Continue reading

‘Let the Right One In’ (2008): The Horrors of Childhood

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson || Produced by: Carl Molinder, John Nordling Screenplay by: John Ajvide Lindqvist || Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Ika Nord, Peter Carlberg Music by: Johan Soderqvist || Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema || Edited by: Tomas Alfredson, Daniel Jonsäter || Country: Sweden || Language: Swedish Running Time: 114 minutes In … Continue reading

‘Magadheera’ (2009): The Pan-Indian Rajamouli Blockbuster-Prototype

Directed by: S. S. Rajamouli || Produced by: Allu Aravind, B. V. S. N. Prasad Screenplay by: S. S. Rajamouli || Starring: Ram Charan, Srihari, Kajal Aggarwal, Dev Gill, Kanneganti Brahmanandam Music by: M. M. Keeravani || Cinematography: K. K. Senthil Kumar || Edited by: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao || Country: India || Language: Telugu Running … Continue reading

‘Meghe Dhaka Tara’ (1960): No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Directed by: Ritwik Ghatak || Produced by: Chitrakalpa, Ritwik Ghatak Screenplay by: Ritwik Ghatak || Starring: Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Niranjan Ray, Gita Ghatak, Bijon Bhattacharya, Gita Dey, Dwiju Bhawal, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Ranen Ray Choudhury Music by: Jyotirindra Moitra, Anil Chandra Sengupta || Cinematography: Dinen Gupta || Edited by: Ramesh Joshi || Country: India || … Continue reading

‘Pyaasa’ (1957): The Plight of the Starving Artist

Directed by: Guru Dutt || Produced by: Guru Dutt Screenplay by: Abrar Alvi, Guru Dutt || Starring: Guru Dutt, Mala Sinha, Waheeda Rehman, Said Rehman Khan, Johnny Walker Music by: Sachin Dev Burman || Cinematography: Venkatarama Pandit Krishnamurthy || Edited by: Y. G. Chawhan || Country: India || Language: Hindi Running Time: 143 minutes The … Continue reading

‘Police Story’ (1985): Stuntwork as Spectacle

Directed by: Jackie Chan || Produced by: Leonard Ho Screenplay by: Jackie Chan, Edward Tang || Starring: Jackie Chan, Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung, Chor Yuen, Charlie Cho Music by: Michael Lai, Tang Siu Lam || Cinematography: Cheung Yiu Cho || Edited by: Peter Cheung || Country: Hong Kong || Language: Cantonese, English Running Time: 100 … Continue reading

‘Saloum’ (2021): Spaghetti-Western Filmmaking North of the Gambia

Directed by: Jean Luc Herbulot || Produced by: Pamela Diop Screenplay by: Jean Luc Herbulot, Pamela Diop || Starring: Yann Gael, Roger Sallah, Mentor Ba, Evelyne Ily Juhen Music by: Reksider || Cinematography: Gregory Corandi || Edited by: Nicolas Desmaison, Alasdair McCulloch, Sebastien Prangere || Country: Senegal, France || Language: French, Wolof Running Time: 84 … Continue reading

‘Tragic Jungle’ (2020): The Universality of the Femme Fatale

Directed by: Yulene Olaizola || Produced by: Pablo Zimbron Alva, Juan Herandez, Yulene Olaizola Screenplay by: Ruben Imaz, Yulene Olaizola || Starring: Indira Rubie Andrewin, Gilberto Barraza, Mariano Tun Xool, Eligio Melenez, Gabino Rodriguez Music by: Alejandro Otaola || Cinematography: Sofia Oggioni || Edited by: Pablo Chea, Israel Cardenas, Ruben Imaz, Yulene Olaizola || Country: … Continue reading

‘Speak No Evil’ (2022): Make No Sense

Directed by: Christian Tafdrup || Produced by: Jacob Jarek Screenplay by: Christian Tafdrup, Mads Tafdrup || Starring: Morten Burian, Sidsel Siem Koch, Fedja van Huêt, Karina Smulders, Liva Forsberg, Marius Damslev Music by: Sune “Køter” Kølster || Cinematography: Erik Molberg Hansen || Edited by: Nicolaj Monberg || Country: Denmark, Netherlands || Language: English, Danish, Dutch … Continue reading