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Dario Argento’s The Cat O’ Nine Tails – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

After the runaway international success of director Dario Argento’s freshman effort, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, he quickly followed that animal-themed film with The Cat O’ Nine Tails. The film is essentially a whodunit featuring a blind man with extra-sensitive hearing due to his blindness who uses his only family, a little girl, as his eyes. They overhear a mysterious snippet of conversation on the street and later meet a hard-bitten detective at the scene of a murder. Connecting the conversation with the murder, the trio become embroiled in a series of killings. But the closer they get to the killer’s identity the more danger they are in as the killer soon begins to target them as well.

Argento’s sophomore effort was also a success and, together with his third film, 4 Flies on Grey Velvet, are credited with not only creating the giallo film,
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Cannes: 10 Indian Filmmakers That Should Be on the Festival’s Radar

Cannes: 10 Indian Filmmakers That Should Be on the Festival’s Radar
When the Cannes Film Festival unveiled its 2017 Official Selection, the lack of a single title by an Indian director marked the second year running that the biggest film industry in the world has been unrepresented in the main lineup (the last Indian movie in the Official Selection was Neeraj Ghaywan’s “Masaan” in 2015’s Un Certain Regard section).

Indian cinema has never been a complete non-entity at Cannes; ever since Chetan Anand won top honors with “Neecha Nagar” at the inaugural festival in 1946, Indian filmmakers have enjoyed some degree of exposure at Cannes, in or out of competition. In the last decade alone, screenings have included features and shorts from close to 30 Indian filmmakers, including Vikramaditya Motwani, who wowed audiences with “Udaan”; Ritesh Batra with his Grand Golden Rail-winning “The Lunchbox”; and Anurag Kashyap, whose “Ugly,” “Gangs of Wasseypur” and “Raman Raghav 2.0” all opened to applause at various Directors’ Fortnights.
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Film Review: ‘Gurgaon’

Film Review: ‘Gurgaon’
A brooding crime thriller in which a kidnapping exposes the avarice, sibling jealousy, and murderous past that plague a property mogul’s clan, “Gurgaon” is another entry into the school of designer genre films from India that first drew festival attention through Anurag Kashyap’s prolific output. First-time director Shanker Raman, obviously a fan of Kashyap, shares the latter’s fascination with psychotic human behavior, but leaves tension on a low simmer while barely scratching the surface of characters’ vile motives. What’s more interesting is his insight into how extreme gender inequality is in Indian society. The film’s moody noir sheen may help it travel beyond the domestic market, where it stands small chance against mainstream entertainment.

Raman was an experienced Dp and wrote the feature screenplays for Indian films “Autumn” and “Frozen,” both non-mainstream family dramas with political nuance. For his directorial debut, he aspires to grander themes,
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“Anurag Kashyap has lost the plot”- Shaina Nc slams the filmmaker

“Anurag Kashyap has lost the plot”- Shaina Nc slams the filmmaker
It looks like Anurag Kashyap’s tweet asking for the Prime Minister’s apology for visiting Pakistan in December 2015 has rankled many. The latest to hit out at the Ugly director is the Bjp’s official spokesperson Shaina Nc who minces no words while condemning Kashyap’s political ignorance. “Mr Kashyap may or may not be a goodRead More

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“Akira Fails To Tap Sonakshi’s heroic Stature” – Subhash K Jha reviews Akira

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Starring Sonakshi Sinha, Anurag Kashyap, Konkona Sen Sharma

Directed by A R Murugadoss

Rating: ** ½

The biggest takeaway from this brutal depiction of police atrocity is the cop Rane. As played by Anurag Akshyap the character acquires sharp spiky edges that pierce the plot and penetrate into a region far deeper than where director Murugadoss rests his case.

Don’t get him wrong. Murugadoss means well. Akira takes up the cause of women’s empowermentBut only on a superficial elevel. When Akira is still a chil(which is to say, she is played by little Mishiekka Arora) she takes revenge on a acid thrower by… well, learning karat(prompted by her inspiring mute dad) and throwing acid back on the guy who did it.

So there!

As simple as that! If only life was as uncomplicated! As though to make up for the paucity of
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Cannes 2016: Anurag Kashyap's Raman Raghav 2.0 Gets A Dark Domestic Trailer

The first domestic trailer for Anurag Kashyap's Raman Raghav 2.0 has appeared online ahead of its June 24th Indian cinema release. The film is Kashyap's third to appear in the Cannes Director's Fortnight and the first since 2013's Ugly. Raman Raghav 2.0 appears to be a modern story based on a serial killer who terrorized 1960s Bombay. The new film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Gangs of Wasseypur, The Lunchbox) and Vicky Kaushal (Masaan) as a serial killer and the cop chasing him. From first appearances it appeaers to be a 180 degree spin from Kashyap's last film Bombay Velvet, which was a fascinating experiment with bigger budget spectacle. This new film, which looks like it was done on a much more compressed scale, appears to tread...

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Cannes 2016: First Teaser Posters For Raman Raghav 2.0 By Anurag Kashyap

Four years ago Anurag Kashyap took the Cannes Film Festival by storm with his Director's Fortnight entry, Gangs of Wasseypur. That five and a half hour epic went on to cement Kashyap's position as the preeminent Indian filmmaking talent of our generation after heaps of praise from luminaries such as Martin Scorsese and Paul Shrader oured in. In 2013 he returns to the Fortnight with his unrelentingly bleak child kidnapping thriller Ugly, and the world once again took notice. After a couple of years off and one commerical film, Bombay Velvet, that didn't perform up to the expectations of the box office hawks, he is back in Cannes in 2016 with Raman Raghav 2.0. To read more about the film and check out the first...

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Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight Unveils 2016 Lineup

Paris — Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight sidebar announced the selection for its 48th annual edition today, unveiling an impressive, if slightly smaller-than-usual lineup — 18 features in all — that suggests the renewed vigor and continuing ascendance of the parallel section under the auspices of artistic director Edouard Waintrop.

Compensating for a total absence of Italian films in official competition, the lineup will spotlight a trio of films from a multi-generational and multi-faceted range of Italo auteurs: Marco Bellocchio’s “Sweet Dreams,” Paolo Virzi’s “Like Crazy” and Claudio Giovannesi’s “Fiore.”

Sweet Dreams” will open the section, which runs from May 12 to 22, marking another coup for Waintrop after a strong 2015 edition: Bellocchio was widely expected to present his latest in Cannes’ official selection and might not have considered the Fortnight sidebar as an option before its major revamping three years ago.

“‘Sweet Dreams’ is film in which Marco Bellocchio shows how well he can trigger emotions.
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Phantom acquires remake rights for Ludo

(L-r) Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap, Madhu Mantena & Vikas Bahl

Ludo, arguably India’s first legitimate gore horror fable film, had its Indian premiere at Mami 2015, as the opening film for the new After Dark section.

At the Mami Film Mart (Mfm), the film team announced that Phantom Films has bought the rights to remake Ludo in Hindi. Director Q is going to direct the new film.

“It’s more of a rewrite than a remake actually. The idea of Ludo is fluid, and, like most horror ideas, is perfect for a franchise. The new Ludo will be a completely different film, based on the same premise. This time, the horror will unfold in curiously unusual ways,” said Q.

Vikramaditya Motwane added, “We’re delighted to announce a hindi version of Ludo. Q is one of the most exciting directors in the country and we couldn’t be happier about our partnership.
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“It is a very powerful statement on violence against and the safety of women” – Subhash K Jha reviews Jazbaa

In a film that works both on a physical and emotional level, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan returns as a working mother, working to balance career with domestic responsibilities. When hotshot lawyer Anuradha Varma’s only daughter is kidnapped during school sports day. Anuradha is stricken with guilt for not spending more time with her child. It’s a prevalent dilemma for working women, and Sanjay Gupta who has so far focused attention on sexy item bombs and sexier guns opens up a debate on the travails of the working woman with flair and gusto, never allowing the thrills to override the somber underbelly of the plot.

Gupta brings flamboyance flourish and a restless energy to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s agile yet feminine role of a mother desperately seeking her daughter. In some ways I was reminded of Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly where a daughter is kidnapped. Kashyap’s film was much darker and ominous.
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Oscar panel in Hyderabad for selection

Oscar panel in Hyderabad for selection
The Indian jury to select India's official entry to the Oscars 2016, helmed by chairperson Amol Palekar, is all set to meet away from Bollywood and Mumbai in Hyderabad to decide on which of our films from 2015 goes to the Oscars . This is the second year in a row when Hyderabad has been chosen as the venue for the proceedings. According to sources Hyderabad is likely to remain the hub of Oscar activity on the coming years. "The jury to select the Indian entry to the Oscars is put under tremendous pressure in Mumbai to select a Bollywood film. This year too there is heavy lobbying in Mumbai for films like Vishal Bhardwaj's Haidar, Anurag Kashyap's Ugly, Raj Kumar Hirani's Pk and Omung Kumar's Mary Kom as Indian's Oscar entry. To avoid being 'Bollywoodized' the Oscar committee has moved from Mumbai to Hyderabad, far away from the madding crowd of lobbyists.
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Toronto International Film Festival’s South Asian Connections

Piers Handling, CEO and Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, announced the first round of titles premiering in the Galas and Special Presentations programmes of the 40th Toronto International Film Festival. There are some wonderful film-watching opportunities for fans of South Asian film, as a slate of films either produced in, set in, or with a connection to South Asia are included in the announcement. The following is taken from the Tiff press release, with some additional notes.


Beeba BoysDeepa Mehta, Canada – World Premiere

An adrenaline-charged violent Indo-Canadian gang war mixes guns, bhangra beats, bespoke suits, cocaine, and betrayal. Gang boss Jeet Johar and his loyal, young crew are audaciously taking over the Vancouver drug and arms scene from an old-style crime syndicate. Hearts are broken and family bonds shattered when the Beeba Boys (known as
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An Open Letter To Ronit Roy

When a director of Subhash Kapoor's repute says, ''Watch out for Ronit Roy,'' there has to be something in it. To be honest, I have been 'watching out' for you since I saw you on Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa a few years ago. I guess it was Season 2 in 2007.

You see, I am not much of a television person. The last time I was hooked onto television was in the early nineties when the skies opened up to India and Santa Barbara and Bold and Beautiful entered our homes. Santa Barbara was my favourite. I watched it religiously, sometimes twice a day, until, three years later I realized that I was being taken for a ride from the Lockeridge home to the Capwell home.

The only thing that changed in the serial were the characters who played C C Capwell,
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Review: Bombay Velvet Takes A Gorgeous Look At Jazz Age Hoodlums

If there's anything that Bombay Velvet director Anurag Kashyap has taught us over his last couple of films, it's that he knows how to stage a rousing action sequence. Not only did he create the greatest gangster film of the new century in the epic Gangs of Wasseypur, he also delivered action on a much smaller more concentrated scale in his last film, Ugly. Bombay Velvet also delivers that same well choreographed and shot action that gets the viewer's blood pumping, unfortunately it waits until the last fifteen minutes of a two and a half hour movie to do it.There's so much to be said about Bombay Velvet that I feel a single review would have to march off in a million directions to cover...

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Cannes: Elle Driver adds Fourth Direction, new Téchiné, Puiu

Exclusive: Punjab-set drama Fourth Direction to premiere in Un Certain Regard.

Elle Driver has picked up Indian director Gurvinder Singh’s tense Punjab-set drama Fourth Direction (Chauthi Koot) ahead of its premiere in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard.

Set in the Indian state of the Punjab at the height of the separatist Sikh uprising in the early 1980s, the film captures the atmosphere of fear and paranoia of the period and the impact of the violence on ordinary people.

Singh intertwines two loosely connect incidents, an attempt by two Hindu friends to get to the city of Amritsar, home to one of the holiest shrines in the Sikh religion, and a farmer who is told to put-down his barking dog.

It is a second feature for Singh after his debut picture Alms for a Blind Horse, which premiered in Venice in 2011.

Elle Driver has strong links with India’s independent film scene, having previously
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Prakash Jha signs Rahul Bhat for Gangaajal 2

Prakash Jha signs Rahul Bhat for Gangaajal 2
The TV heart throb-turned-Bollywood star Rahul Bhat, who made a comeback on the silver screen with Anurag Kashyap's Ugly, is one happy man today. And he has all the reasons in the world to be so. And the reason being that, he has been signed by none other than Prakash Jha for his film Gangaajal 2. Speaking exclusively to Bollywood Hungama, Prakash Jha said, "Yes, we have signed Rahul in our film. He plays one of the lead roles in the film." In Gangaajal 2, while the film's lead Priyanka Chopra will be seen playing play police officer, Prakash Jha will be seen in a positive role and the role of the baddie will now be portrayed by Manav Kaul.
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A Wolf at the Door | Review

Suffer the Children: Coimbra’s Dark Debut is an Affair to Remember

Kidnapping and abduction often make for unsettling cinematic subjects, especially when involving small children. The directorial debut of Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Coimbra is no exception to that tradition, but his tale is laced with tragic elements that make his film a bit more memorable. In fact, the kidnapping that seems at first central to the film’s narrative takes a backseat to the warped triangle of entanglement that unfolds in reverse order. The film recalls a famous Greek tragedy from Euripides, of which Coimbra has claimed to be the influence for A Wolf at the Door. To dig further into discussion of that particular text may give too much away, as the emotional impact of the film seems more surprising when approached cold.

Sylvia (Fabiula Nascimento) goes to pick up her daughter from school only to find her daughter to be missing.
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Trailer Alert! Bombay Velvet From Anurag Kashyap First Look Here

The first trailer for Anurag Kashyap's upcoming Bombay Velvet is finally here.The film, Kashyap's follow up to his critically acclaimed dark thriller Ugly, is a period gangster piece set in '60s Bombay. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor, who appears to be groomed to look like his legendary grandfather Raj Kapoor; Anushka Sharma, who recently proved her acting mettle in the gritty Deliverance style thriller NH10; and one of Bollywood's biggest directors Karan Johar in his first substantial role in a feature.The lead pair are reason enough to get me into the cinema on opening night. Kapoor has had a bit of a rough stretch over the last couple of years, but his one-two punch on 2011-2012 of Rockstar and Barfi! put him high on the...

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Trailer For Indian Noir Sunrise Plunges You Into Hypnotic Darkness

One of TwitchFilm's favorite discoveries at the Busan International Film Festival last October, Partho Sen-Gupta's Indian noir Sunrise is going to Tribeca next month and has just released a new trailer. We're happy to be the first media outlet to offer a peak at this terrific addition to India's new wave of electric crime thrillers. Partho's film, which falls somewhere in between Nicholas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives and Anurag Kashyap's Ugly, offers a hypnotic and distressing look at the underworld of child trafficking and prostitution in Mumbai, through one detective's inability to move on from the loss of his own daughter. Thought-provoking, stylish and accessible, Sunrise packs twice the punch of most Indian films in about half the running time. Check out our Biff...

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