Bucket List Reviews

Bucket List Reviews

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Can Asghar Farhadi bag another Oscar for The Salesman?

The Salesman is the new Iranian film by master filmmaker, Asghar Farhadi.  The story revolves around an Iranian couple (Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti) who after an earthquake, are forced to move into a new apartment. They both work as actors and are relatively happy with their current situation. But tragedy strikes when an intruder invades their home in the absence of the husband and he is now in search for the culprit. Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini in Forushande (The Salesman). Photo: Habib Majidi/IMDb Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini in Forushande (The Salesman). Photo: Habib ...

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La La Land: Is a love story enough to make a movie a winner?

La La Land is the critically acclaimed musical starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. The film is directed by Damien Chazelle who also directed one of my favourite films of 2014, Whiplash. Now as you can see the connection, Chazelle loves to work with the thematic element of music. And I guess it was inevitable for him to finally make a musical. La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life ...

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La Haine should definitely be on your bucket list

La Haine is a french film, written and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. The film was released in 1995 and has rapidly grown in popularity in the world of cinema. La Haine was released at a very defining moment in French Cinema where the mantel of Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Claude habrol was being replaced by the up and coming filmmakers who were not particularly influenced by the likes of Alfred Hitchcock or Orson Welles, but more by new American cinema like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Roman Coppola, and Spike Lee. Vincent Cassel in La Haine (1995).Photo: ...

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Could Nocturnal Animals be the best film of 2016?

Nocturnal Animals is a haunting romantic thriller that explores three different stories; the past, the present and the fictional. Amy Adams plays the role of an artist who is now in the process of re-evaluating her life. She then receives a present from her ex-husband Jake Gyllenhaal; a manual script from his soon to be published novel. The film then indulges in shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption. Nocturnal Animals has been directed by Tom Ford, a fashion designer turned filmmaker whose talents also include his previous film A Single Man (2009). But after seven years ...

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Is Rogue One better than last year’s Episode VII?

Rogue One is the first spin-off film from the Star Wars universe. The story takes place in between Episode III, where the Sith Lord has taken over the Empire, and Episode IV: A New Hope.  In a time of conflict, a group of rebels band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s greatest weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. Spencer Wilding in Rogue One: ...

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Gremlins: ‘Tis the season for some horror, comedy and Christmas charm

So it’s Christmas time once again – one of the most wonderful times of the year! And what better way to celebrate this holiday than by watching the Christmas classic, Gremlins. Gremlins is a small-town American story that revolves around a father that wants to surprise his son with a Christmas present and ends up buying him a small Gizmo. But the shopkeeper warns him of three simple rules: 1. Do not expose the Gizmo to direct light. 2. Do not get him wet. 3. Do not feed him after midnight. And of course, these three rules are somehow broken and now it’s up to the family to ...

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Can ‘Arrival’ live up to its hype?

From the creative mind of Denis Villeneuve that brought you Enemy (2013) and last year’s crime-thriller Sicario (2015), here comes a new sci-fi film, Arrival. When a mysterious spacecraft touches down across the globe, an elite team, led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams), are brought together to investigate. Joining the cast along Adams are Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. Amy Adams in Arrival (2016).Photo: IMDb As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and her team race against time for answers. However, to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly be the end of  humanity. Amy Adams and ...

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Sullivan’s Travels: A deliciously dark comedy and far from ordinary

The golden age of Hollywood has produced numerous memorable films, ones that even decades later, still influence filmmakers from around the world. But Sullivan’s Travels (1941) is not any ordinary film. This delicious dark comedy by Preston Sturges was highly controversial for its time that brought a special sense of humour to mainstream American filmmaking. This is the first of my ‘Bucket List Pick’; A film that you have to watch before you kick the bucket. The film stars Joel McCrea as a famous Hollywood director Sullivan who feels like he hasn’t created anything of value for the common masses. ...

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Paterson – Where ambition meets poetry

Paterson is a new deadpan comedy from the renowned Indie filmmaker, Jim Jarmusch. The film takes place in the city of Paterson, New Jersey, and coincidentally enough, the city and our main protagonist share the same name. Paterson (played by Adam Driver) is a bus driver and every day, he adheres to a simple routine: drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his ...

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Part II: Three films from the Film Festival Cologne 2016 that you must watch

The Film Festival Cologne 2016 was held in the city of Cologne, Germany, showcasing numerous foreign language films and the finest in filmmaking from across the world. This is the second part of the two-part review on the films at the Film Festival Cologne 2016.  Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World  Lo and Behold is yet another documentary by the legendary German filmmaker, Werner Herzog, who explores the birth, influence and quite possibly, extinction of the internet and the human race. It’s Only the End of the World  After 12 years of absence, a writer goes back to his home town, ...

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