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)

Will the force be with Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

Unless you’ve been hiding in a galaxy far, far away, you have probably heard that Disney has just dropped the trailer for the eighth episode of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Looking at the footage from this recent promo, fans chomping at the bit for Episode VIII can immediately tell that this film picks up pretty much right after The Force Awakens. Photo: IMDb At the end of the previous installment, the Resistance had many reasons to celebrate. The Starkiller base was destroyed while The First Order’s planet had imploded. But it appears that the festivities didn’t go ...

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a case of too many A-list cooks spoiling a cinematic broth

Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn is notoriously known for opting out of sequels of popular movie franchises that he himself is responsible for creating. The Kick-Ass franchise was the first instance when Vaughn skipped out on directing a sequel to a hugely successful first part. The rebooted X-Men series was next in line to experience Vaughn’s rejection. Now, regardless of how badly these decisions went down with the followers of the aforementioned franchises, Vaughn’s judgment proved to be spot on in both cases. While X-Men: Days of Future Past was almost respectable, Kick-Ass 2 was bashed left, right and centre by both the audience and critics alike. Given his impeccable track record, ...

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FIFA World Cup 2018: No Lionel Messi and no Cristiano Ronaldo?

Brazil is the go-to team for an overwhelming majority of my countrymen when it comes to the FIFA World Cup. But Argentina is arguably the second most widely supported international team, as far as Pakistani football fans are concerned. So with a very heavy heart, I am sad to announce that La Albiceleste, after a goalless drawn match against Peru, are at risk of missing the World Cup for the first time since 1970. Come to think of it, that was even before than most of us were born. Moreover, their failed qualification would be the first time in our lifetime ...

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Will Annihilation be to Natalie Portman what Alien and Terminator were for Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton?

While movies should solely be judged on artistic merit, contemporary cinema is not lucky enough to have been afforded this particular luxury. Amongst various other influences, one factor that can really seal the fate of a modern movie is whether it can pass the Bechdel Test. For the uninitiated, the Bechdel Test asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man in the movie. While the aforementioned test might sound arbitrary to some, its primary purpose is to call attention to gender inequality in fiction. For the record, numerous of recent ...

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Mother! is an extremely confusing riddle wrapped in a mystery, hidden inside an enigma

Every once in a while, there comes a piece of visual art that is bashed and praised in equal measure. A movie which has the remarkable potential to infuriate and stimulate at the same time. Facing an intense backlash from the audience, Paramount Studios had to release a statement defending its latest release. There is no denying the fact that Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! is an extremely confusing riddle wrapped in a mystery, hidden inside an enigma. Aronofsky’s current girlfriend, Jennifer Lawrence, plays the titular character. In the movie, she is the better half of Javier Bardem, who plays a famous ...

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The Shape of Water: A quirky and twisted spin on Beauty and the Beast that screams spectacular

When it comes to bizarre, peculiar or quirky, there is one man you can truly trust – Guillermo del Toro. He is one of the great idiosyncratic talents of contemporary cinema, and he is one man with a penchant for twisted. The way he mixes fairytale imagery with the grotesque to create spellbinding cinema is something that only he can conjure. The Shape of Water is the latest in a line of surreal fables created by this master auteur (Crimson Peak, Pacific Rim). Set against the backdrop of the Cold War era, the plot of the movie revolves around the lonely Eliza (Sally Hawkins), a deaf and mute ...

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Will Alicia Vikander make a better Lara Croft than Angelina Jolie?

There was a point in my life when I desperately wanted to be an archaeologist. While I was young and impressionable, the primary reason for one of my earliest choices of profession was the influence of the bullwhip cracking, pop culture icon, Indiana Jones. I doubt that most millennials are aware of the impact this fedora-wearing protagonist had on our generation. If they need a reference, they need not look further than the gun-toting archaeologist-adventurer, Lara Croft. Hailing from the same occupational territory, Croft is to the millennial what Jones was to our generation. The first trailer of the Tomb Raider reboot, featuring a ...

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‘Gerald’s Game’ has the potential to be a genre classic, but can it do justice to the king of horror’s work?

It looks like Stephen King is on a cinematic roll these days. The American author of horror just had two of his adaptations, The Dark Tower and It, hit the big screen. On the TV front, Mr Mercedes and The Mist are keeping the audience engaged. Therefore, with everyone jumping on the King bandwagon, it was time for the online streaming giant, Netflix, to get in on the act with Gerald’s Game. The third King film in two months dropped an official trailer for all those who have not had their fill of the king of horror. The first time I came across the title Gerald’s Game was during my early teens. I ...

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Lucknow Central: Jailhouse rock or jailhouse schlock?

I really have to hand it to Farhan Akhtar. I am sure that the son of the renowned lyricist and screenwriter, Javed Akhtar, must have faced a huge dilemma when casting for Lucknow Central. As an actor, if you sign up for a lot of average B-Town masala flicks, you will watch your promising career fade into oblivion. Choose your projects and characters wisely and patiently, and you might just be able to carve a niche out for yourself. Farhan Akhtar opted for the latter and the rest, as they say, is history. Since his first acting debut film in Bollywood, Akhtar has ...

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After defeating Voldemort, Daniel Radcliffe battles nature in ‘Jungle’

Ask any aspiring actor around to spell out a sure shot way of becoming famous overnight and they would invariably answer that landing a memorable character is the key to unlock this particular treasure chest. Starring in a major role, however, is also a potential double-edged sword, where actors and actresses when trying to move on have found themselves trapped in the success of these very characters. Mark Hamill was, at one point in time, the ultimate example of an actor who was solely known for one single character. So much so, that you might not even notice who this ...

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