3 items from 2012
Anurag Kashyap’s name (No Smoking, DevD) has become synonymous with new age Indian cinema, which pushes boundaries and offers an alternative to the mainstream commercial offerings from Bollywood which many have become accustomed to. Gangs of Wasseypur (Gow), fresh from its critical reception at Cannes Film Festival, is part one of a self-styled almost 6 hour epic mafia film, set in the hinterlands of northern India. The central concept of the film is revenge, coupled with the rise of warring clans. It is similar to the revenge Leonardo Dicaprio sought from Daniel Day Lewis in Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, or Amitabh Bachchan fought for in Mukul Anand’s Agneepath. In Gow this revenge is laid out very early in the film by a young Manoj Bajpai, in the name of his father’s death (also played by Manoj Bajpai) and will clearly culminate in part 2 of the film. »
- Anjum Shabbir
Demián Bichir Oscar nominee Demián Bichir at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oscar Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California, on Monday, February 6, 2012. Applauding him are Jean Dujardin, Michel Hazanavicius, Janet McTeer, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Glenn Close, and others at the 2012 Oscar Luncheon. (Photo: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S. Click on the Demián Bichir photo to enlarge it.) Bichir is a Best Actor nominee for Chris Weitz's A Better Life, in which he plays an undocumented Mexican immigrant eking out a living in Los Angeles. His competition for the 2012 Best Actor Academy Award consists of George Clooney for Alexander Payne's family drama The Descendants, Brad Pitt for Bennett Miller's baseball drama Moneyball, Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's spy drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Jean Dujardin for Michel Hazanavicius' silent comedy-drama The Artist. Dujardin was the Best Actor SAG Award winner. »
- D. Zhea
Commenting on the commentators with Simon Columb...
Angie Han writes for Slash Film about a new (Beatles-inspired?) double-film project that Joel Edgerton and Jessica Chastain have recently become involved in called The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers:
"I’m a sucker for movies about failing relationships to begin with, and I love the idea of two films telling the same tale from two different angles. The same exact events can seem radically different depending on who’s telling the story, especially if the people involved aren’t quite on the same wavelength at the moment. On the downside, if the project is badly done, audiences could wind up paying twice for what’s essentially the same film, but the press release notes that both parts are intended as stand-alone features."
3 items from 2012
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