Film, Review

Review: Schindler’s List. (1993)

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Schindler’s List (1993)

Cast

Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler
Ben Kingsley as Itzhak Stern

Director

Steven Spielberg

Based On The Novel by

Thomas Keneally

Drama, History
Rated R
184 minutes

Score: 10/10

Oskar Schindler would have been an easier man to understand if he’d been a conventional hero, fighting for his beliefs. The fact that he was flawed – a drinker, a gambler, a womanizer, driven by greed and a lust for high living – makes his life an enigma.

Here is a man who saw his chance at the beginning of World War II and moved to Nazi-occupied Poland to open a factory and employ Jews at starvation wages. His goal was to become a millionaire. By the end of the war, he had risked his life and spent his fortune to save those Jews and had defrauded the Nazis for months with a munitions factory that never produced a single usable shell.

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सिर्फ मैं

ज़पिघले नीलम सा बहता हुआ यह समां,
नीली नीली सी खामोशियाँ,
न कहीं है ज़मीन,
न कहीं आसमां,
सरसराती हुयी टहनियां, पत्तियां,
कह रही हैं की बस एक तुम हो यहाँ,
सिर्फ मैं हूँ मेरी सांसें हैं और मेरी धडकनें,
ऐसी गहराइयाँ,
ऐसी तनहाइयाँ,
और मैं, सिर्फ मैं,
अपने होने पे मुझको यकीन आ गया|

~जावेद अख़्तर

 

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Film, Review

Review: Scarface. (1983)

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Scarface (1983)

Cast

Al Pacino as Tony Montana
Steven Bauer as Manny Ray
Michelle Pfeiffer as Elvira
Robert Loggia as Frank Lopez

Director

Brian DePalma

Producer

Martin Bregman

Writer

Oliver Stone

Editor

Jerry Greenberg
David Ray

Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rated R
170 minutes

Score: 10/10

The interesting thing is the way Tony Montana stays in the memory, taking on the dimensions of a real, tortured person. Most thrillers use interchangeable characters, and most gangster movies are more interested in action than personality, but “Scarface” is one of those special movies, like “The Godfather,” that is willing to take a flawed, evil man and allow him to be human. Maybe it’s no coincidence that Montana is played by Al Pacino, the same actor who played Michael Corleone. Continue reading

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Film, Quote, Spotlight

……asked for forgiveness.

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Film, Review

Review: Fences. (2016)

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Fences (2016)

Cast

Denzel Washington as Troy
Viola Davis as Rose
Stephen McKinley Henderson as Jim Bono
Jovan Adepo as Cory
Russell Hornsby as Lyons
Mykelti Williamson as Gabriel
Saniyya Sidney as Raynell

Director

Denzel Washington

Writer

August Wilson

Cinematographer

Charlotte Bruus Christensen

Editor

Hughes Winborne

Composer

Marcelo Zarvos

Drama
Rated PG-13: Thematic elements, language and some suggestive references.
138 minutes

Score: 9.5/10

Every payday, garbage collector Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) holds court in the backyard of the Pittsburgh home he shares with his wife, Rose (Viola Davis) and their son, Cory (Jovan Adepo). By Troy’s side are his two best friends, Bono (Stephen Henderson), the co-worker he’s known for decades, and a bottle of gin, which Troy has also known for decades. Both are very good listeners, and there’s nothing Troy enjoys more than a captive audience. When his tales spin too wildly into fiction—at one point, Troy reminisces about wrestling with Death itself—Rose steps outside to playfully call him on his nonsense. Troy cuddles with her, tossing the raunchiest dialogue he has to offer in her direction. As the evening progresses, Troy is sometimes joined by his eldest son, Lyons (Russell Hornsby), who borrows money, or his disabled war veteran brother, Gabe (Mykelti Williamson), who has just moved from Troy’s home in a defiant display of his independence. Life is a series of routines culminating in death. Every payday brings Troy Maxson closer to his wrestling partner. Continue reading

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