Hassan Sardar

Hassan Sardar

The author is an aspiring filmmaker and a diehard Liverpool fan. He also teaches Screenwriting and Cinematography, and loves tattoos and flip-flops. He tweets as @CineSardar (twitter.com/CineSardar)

Kong: Skull Island’s take on the colossal gorilla is unlike anything you’ve ever seen

I have said this before and I will say it again, there are only certain movies that are made for communal watching and Kong: Skull Island, my dear friends, is one from that particular venerated company. I have been a cine snob for the longest time; bashing movies left, right and centre, at times somewhat unfairly. But every once in a while, there comes a film that transports me way back in my life; a period in time where the not-so-cynical me enjoyed his fair share of popcorn flicks. With that said, I can perfectly imagine a 14-year-old Hassan, finding this ...

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Stranger Things Season 2: The kids are back on their bicycles, and boy are we psyched!

If you were a child in the 1980s, you would surely know how nothing could even come close to beating the sheer thrill of racing bikes with friends through the streets of your neighbourhood, unless you have experienced Stranger Things. The kids are back on their bicycles, and boy are we psyched!  Last year’s sleeper hit, along with being a damn good TV series, was a nostalgic trip down memory lane for all of us who had spent their childhood during the 1980s. Season one left us with some huge questions, so the second season, which later got confirmed, was always a possibility. ...

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Pirates of the Caribbean is back!

Ok now! If you guys still haven’t noticed, the latest fad to hit Tinsel Town is films featuring de-aged actors. We had an extremely young looking Michael Douglas striding into S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters to tender his resignation in the opening sequence of Ant-Man. One of the sequences from Captain America: Civil War featured Robert Downey Junior playing a youthful Tony Stark. Oh and if that wasn’t enough, we also had Anthony Hopkins jumping on the de-aging bandwagon with a scene from the hit TV series Westworld where he is in his younger avatar. The latest in line to go under the ...

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Denzel Washington versus Casey Affleck: And the Oscar goes to… No!

You win some, you lose some. But there are some losses that hurt more than most. Ask Denzel Washington for instance, who had a really hard time accepting his defeat at the recent Oscars. Washington’s displeasure was pretty evident on hearing Casey Affleck’s name being announced as ‘Best Actor’, but an awkward smile was just the start. From then on, it went from bad to worse.  When the Manchester by the Sea star got on stage to give his acceptance speech for his first Oscar, the two-time Academy Award winner was unable to erase the scowl from his face. Washington then concluded his show of anger by shaking his head from ...

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Rangoon is an example of how a gifted director is wasting his talent

There’s a line in the film where Saif Ali Khan tells a British officer, “We’re actors; we know how to convince people.” I am sorry to burst your bubble here Chote Nawab, but regrettably your statement falls completely flat on its face if the said performers are asked to work with a wearingly long and complicatedly patchy screenplay. Saif Ali Khan in Rangoon (2017)Photo: IMDb At 167 minutes, Vishal Bharadwaj’s Rangoon isn’t just a drag but also tediously stuffed with a hotchpotch of multiple storylines. Rangoon takes us back to 1940s Hindustan, against the backdrop of contrasting independence ideologies of dovish Mahatma Gandhi and hawkish Subhash Chandra ...

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Kong: Skull Island checks all the right boxes!

Regardless of what film purists might have to say about it, I have got a very strong opinion on how there are only certain movies that should be watched in cinema. Well, fortunately for myself and for those who subscribe to this particular filmy quirk, we should be potentially psyched to bow down before our new cinematic overlord, King Kong, who is all set to hit the screens shortly. I believe this bold new take on the mythos of an iconic beast is precisely what cinema experience is all about. Going by genre conventions, this sort of a movie is ...

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Patriots Day: Made by Hollywo… US Security Agencies

Are we aware of the fact that loads of people consider the whole Boston Marathon Bombings an elaborate hoax perpetrated by the US Government and stage-crafted by none other than our beloved Hollywood? It shouldn’t come as a major surprise given that Tinsel town has been in cahoots with Uncle Sam ever since World War One. Yes, that far back! Anyone who believes that all these war-mongering movies are purely coincidental is at best, completely naïve and at worst, complicit in all the resulting atrocities. What is the point of discussing all of this, you might ask. Well for starters how about ...

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After signing Gabriel Jesus, can Manchester City win the 2017 Premier League?

There comes a time, twice every year, when football fanatics ignore the on-field war games and are glued to the off-the-pitch reports of the ins and outs of their beloved clubs – yes, the most anticipated time of the year for us diehard fans, the transfer window time. I myself am very guiltily proud of spending (read: wasting) hours every day during these months, scanning through news and gossip columns on the transfer updates, scouring through all the stats and info of the rumored players who may be heading towards my team. Oh, the sheer thrill and excitement when the ...

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Is Shyamalan caught in a Split between his one hit wonder and the rest of his films?

Once upon a time, there was a young talented filmmaker who created a cinematic masterpiece despite merely being in his 20s. This particular piece of his can rightly claim to have one of the most shocking twist endings ever in the history of cinema. A couple of movies later, he was still churning out decent thrillers but the decline in his craft was starting to show. But now it has gotten to a point that whenever his name and filmmaking are mentioned in the same sentence, rather than gasping in unison with anticipation, the audience just simply walks away from ...

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Rings: The demonic Samara returns!

Apart from anime, if there is one thing that Japanese filmmakers are really good at, it is their treatment of the horror genre. These low-budget shockers tend to focus more on subtle dread – enough to keep you up at night in a cold sweat – as opposed to gratuitous gore and have a cult-following around the globe with hard-core disciples. But one film from this particular lot turned out to be more notorious than the rest, Ringu. For years, you had to have a black-market connection to get a copy of the video in lots of places, but then Hollywood decided to ...

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