1/18/11

127 HOURS AND WHY BOYLE IS A MASTER


May contain spoilers....

Danny Boyle has this brilliant style of presenting the goriest and most depressing subjects with such life that it portrays the more colorful picture and intention behind it. Be it the tremor of drugs and alcohol in Trainspotting, or the flesh eating zombies in 28 Days Later or even for that matter poverty and child abuse in the inferior Slumdog Millionaire, Boyle pulls it off with the human touch and without depressing his audience. In his most recent work, 127 Hours he pulls off a scene of the protagonist cutting off his own arm that got trapped in a rock, drinking his own urine, etc. and yet, you won't be really taking your eyes away from the screen.

1/17/11

PIFF JOURNAL 2011- PART THREE

The third and concluding post on the PIFF 2011 is here. We wish we could have seen many more films, but, alas, it never is enough! This final compilation consists of only three films, but we really liked all of them and thought they deserved a special mention and space.

SOMEWHERE (2010, USA)

Johnny Marco, a hard-living Hollywood star leads a life of meaninglessness, booze and strippers. He gives it a shot to reviewing his life after his 11 year old daughter comes to visit him. How the reviewing of your own life helps you change for the better is the theme of Somewhere.

1/14/11

PIFF JOURNAL 2011- PART TWO

Well, here goes our second installment of the three part PIFF Journal 2011. All the films mentioned are contemporary and possess a gripping story line. With our usual 'synopsis and critique' format, we cover the following six movies;


FAITH (SHAHADA) (2010, Germany)

Set in Berlin, Shahada follows the lives of three young contemporary Muslims. Their lives are interconnected and the story revolves around addressing various issues like the impact of the orthodox Islamic ideas, the evils arising from misinterpretations of the Holy Book, intolerance towards adultery and homosexuality, hardships of immigrant communities and many more.

1/10/11

PIFF JOURNAL 2011- PART ONE

The Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) is the event we look forward to every year. In fact, PIFF 2010 was one of our motivations to start this blog. As PIFF 2011 also marks, the one year completed by Cue For Change, the event has become even more special to us. This time around, only one of us is able to cover the event and hence the number of films in the journal would naturally be lesser than our last PIFF Journal. Here are the glimpses of few movies that were seen and Q4C's opinion on them;


PUZZLE (ROMPECABEZAS) (2010, Argentina)

Maria Onetto plays Maria del Carmen, a housewife in Argentina who is at a strange juncture in her life. With a workaholic husband who hardly has time for her and two grown up sons who can very well take care of themselves, this caring woman needs to find a new purpose in her life. Her strange knack in solving "puzzles" becomes her favorite pastime and her skill in the art takes her on a journey where she finds her true self and happiness.

1/3/11

A CLOSURE ON OPEN ENDINGS

"Box-office statistics prove that no matter how inartistic a happy ending picture may be, it will always get better box office than a more artistic unhappy-ending picture"
               
    - Herman Lewis in A Practical Manual of Screen Playwriting For Theater and Television Films.

A truism that was in the 70s and 80s, has found wide disclaim in movies of today such as Inception. The observation of that earlier time goes in line with the philosophical thought that people are desperately looking for an order or certainty. Without certainty, people become anxious and uncomfortable.

1/2/11

TWI-FI AWARDS


A fantastic initiative started by MTV Creative and Digital Content Editor Nikhil Taneja to honor the really deserving Hindi movies of 2010, TWEEPLE FILM AWARDS or as it is cutely called Twi-Fi Awards seems really promising. It is high time that our perception on cinema changed drastically and truly well made films got what they deserved.