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By directing 'Life Stinks',director Mel Brook was able to give viewers a basic idea about the problems of homeless people., 2 September 2015
8/10

Despite the array of negative comments which have criticized the depiction of poverty and its aftermath for USA,Life Stinks is a hilarious comedy film with some serious message for viewers as well as politicians.This film describes how a rich man's perspective about life changes when he is made to experience poverty from very close quarters for one entire month.Actor/director Mel Brooks makes good use of all his imagination to create hilarious situations which reveal how it is not easy for human beings to live in poverty.Poverty can be shocking but 'Life Stinks' does not treat poverty as an object.It makes its impact by depicting how poor people use all their resourcefulness to fight the scourge of poverty.Mel Brooks does proper justice to his film as it shows how money corrupts the people's morals.This is something which the film's leading character is able to experience when his close associates decide to dump him for gaining access to some extra money.Poverty being a difficult topic is not everybody's cup of tea.However,life stinks can be understood by all as its ingenuous comedy is something which is able to make a serious topic appear as a light matter.

Great actors Gregory Peck and Sir Laurence Olivier are two excellent reasons to watch this film about Nazis., 2 September 2015
10/10

A lot of research seems to have been carried out by the team behind the creation of 'The Boys from Brazil'. It is not only the information about important former Nazis officials hiding in South America which can be appreciated by viewers but also the mention of the term 'Cloning' which would amaze many viewers. It is true that we are all currently enjoying enormous comforts of life in year twenty fifteen. However, there was also a time some thirty seven years ago when there were not many scientists nor common people who didn't have much clues about 'cloning'. From this yardstick, director Franklin J. Schaffner has done a great job of giving a lot of authenticity to evil designs of former Nazi officials who are determined to bring the world close to disaster. Apart from amazing performances from all actors, there is ample suspense for viewers as the film builds its momentum progressively to reveal the extent to which former Nazis would go in order to promote their cause. Lastly, The boys from Brazil is a good film for viewers who take pride in reading their history lessons in a serious manner.

Blazing Saddles : Director Mel Brooks makes good fun of westerns in his film., 2 September 2015
10/10

It is not only a casual viewer but also a serious viewer interested in comedy who can enjoy 'Blazing Saddles'.Hailed as one of the most innovative comedy films to have been made in Hollywood,this Mel Brooks film has both elements of fun as well as learning in equal amount.A lot can be said about political correctness of this film as the offensive word 'nigger' has been used many times.However,it is only racists who are humiliated through the use of 'nigger' word as the film's black actors use the word in order to express their inner feelings.The depiction of black actors has changed a lot in last three decades.Blazing Saddles was one of the first films which showed them in a positive light even when it was becoming difficult for Mel Brooks to do the same thing.This film teaches the importance of unity in order to defeat the enemy.Apart from Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Blazing Saddles will continue to be remembered as one of the handful of films which ridiculed westerns to speak about racism in a small American town.

Notre Histoire : How Alain Delon engaged Bertrand Blier to direct a successful film for him., 1 September 2015
10/10

Everybody knows that having good actors is considered to be a boon for a film which is acclaimed both commercially as well as critically. However,a good idea is also required to make a successful film by making good use of talented actors.This effect was achieved by maverick French director Bertrand Blier when he was hired by Alain Sarde and Alain Delon to shoot 'Notre Histoire'.Although this film doesn't have a very strong plot,it manages to retain viewers' attention through a series of hilarious episodes which question alcohol, beer, family, loneliness, love,sadness and sex.Apart from the presence of leading players Alain Delon and Nathalie Baye,viewers familiar with French cinema would be comfortable in recognizing other talented French actors namely Gérard Darmon,Michel Galabru,Jean Reno,Jean François Stévenin, Jean Claude Dreyfuss and Jean Pierre Darroussin.As an original idea about some ordinary characters with extraordinary strength, Notre Histoire continues to influence screenwriters especially in the manner it enables numerous stories to be added in a single film.

Director Ted Kotcheff depicts the amazing fight of an innocent man against a corrupt system., 1 September 2015
8/10

American film 'First Blood' concerns the fight of an innocent man against a corrupt system.It describes how corrupt practices continue to prevail within certain American police stations who would abuse their powers in order to discriminate against people whom they choose to term as outsiders.The pace of the film is fast and no time has been wasted to convey the message that a powerful innocent person would retaliate with ferociousness once he is challenged by thugs.By making 'First Blood',Director Ted Kotcheff has been successful in showcasing the frustrations of a former Vietnam war veteran whose strength was underestimated by brutish police force in a small American town.It is true that 33 years after its making,this film continues to be praised as one of the best action films.However,there are other reasons to watch 'First Blood' as it was also instrumental in revealing Sylvester Stallone's acting abilities.Lastly,the survival of a former army veteran in harsh nature is one of the unique facets of First Blood.This is something which has not been depicted by many action films.

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Director Kim Ki Young's 'Hanyo' is as popular in current times as it was in the past., 14 August 2015
10/10

South Korean director Kim Ki Young's film 'Hanyo'/ The Housemaid is a serious family film which needs to be watched by all members of any family. As this film is absolutely pertinent due to its brutal yet frank treatment of what makes or breaks a family, it is expected that both husbands and wives would make efforts to watch it. Director Kim's film impressed viewers to such an extent that even assistance came in the form of American director Martin Scorcese's World Cinema Foundation. As a film which chose to describe marital relations and their consequences on a married couple, Hanyo is a bold film of its times. One must bear in mind that it was made at a time when revolutionary ideas were in the air. The emotions found in contemporary South Korean films are all reflections of a nation's psyche. From that point of view, it can be said that Hanyo is no exception to the rule. It has its own fair share of controversial elements including neurotic persons. All characters have mean qualities including the couple's two children who are constantly bullying each other. Lastly, no particular group or person is favored as director Kim Ki Young depicted how everybody has reasons to do anything for safeguarding the family's interests.

Armored (2009)
Director Nimrod Antal has made an ordinary heist film which fails to capture viewers' attention., 14 August 2015
6/10

There is a general feeling among the fans of 'heist films' that Armored is not a good film. This is an unfortunate reaction for a film which features some of the best actors in the business of cinema. There would hardly be a dedicated viewer who would accuse a film with Matt Dillon, Lawrence Fishburne and Jean Reno of being a 'bad film'. However, in many ways the fans' anger is justified as viewers who watch this film are likely to state that due to a weak script, Armored has failed to capture viewers' attention. It is rather sad especially its ending is not at all convincing. Armored has been directed by Antal Nimrod who chose to portray a moral tale set in an urban milieu in order to depict how greed can take hold of a human minds. One basic weakness which viewers find with Armored is that one cannot feel the tension in the film. It is true that there are some good moments in the film but overall tension is absent from the film. Most heist films are believed to have rock solid scripts with a provision for the description of foolproof plans. However, there are no such elements in Armored. This is one reason why Armored would end up being watched by viewers out of sheer curiosity of being a member of 'heist films'.

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Edward Scissorhands : American director Tim Burton has made a fairy tale for viewers of all age groups., 13 August 2015
10/10

In American film 'Edward Scissorhands', director Tim Burton has questioned the curious attitudes of a small section of American society. The focus is on the arrival of a young man with some 'special abilities' whose alluring charm has mesmerized everybody. His film describes some people from a small town who are not ready to accept the presence of somebody different in their midst. For 'Edward Scissorhands', a lot of creative imagination has been used especially in depicting how the lead character was created and where he has resided for a long time. As a popular entertainer which has received both critical as well as commercial acclaim, this Tim Burton film is a fairy tale for viewers of all age groups with a lot of potential to learn. It is also a different kind of love story which could not develop due to various differences. The message of this film, if there is any, is very clear : We must learn to live with difference around us.

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Maverick American director Terrence Malick makes a wise use of images to tell the story of two people in love., 13 August 2015
10/10

It is not a surprise at all to learn that the cinema of maverick American director Terrence Malick is very much known to all his loyal fans. For those who are not familiar with his works, one important thing which needs to be told is that his films are a unique blend of philosophical themes with inevitable concern for the protagonists. His film making style avoids words when they are not necessary. The images in his films show what words cannot describe. It is no wonder that his films are viewed as works of art. His film 'To the wonder' describes how an extraordinary love affair has gone wrong for a couple. It is a story which takes places in two different cultures as both France as well as USA have been provided ample screen to highlight their importance. Every aspect of a lover's life has been portrayed without being too ostentatious. As a good director doesn't need to be very talkative in order to convoy a poignant story, director Terrence Malick made a very efficient use of DOP Emmanuel Lubezki's beautiful images to convey the difference which began to bother this couple as well as other people too. Some fine acting performances by leading actors Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko and Javier Bardem have become a strong reason for anybody interested in good cinema to watch this film.

Director John Woo's 'Hard Target' is a mix of an existential theme with shades of violence., 13 August 2015
10/10

Any kind of killing is wrong as everybody deserves to live. Whether it is the killing of an innocent lion Cecil by Walter Palmer or some rich human beings killing other less fortunate human beings, killing in any form is not only unethical but also highly reprehensible. In 'Hard Target', the very act of 'killing' becomes the backdrop of a story about how some ruthless human killers are brought to ruin by a clever fighter who outsmarts them in every possible manner. This is a film about intelligent people. Some intelligent villains who use all their cunning in recruiting innocent victims for their sadistic pleasure. Poverty is a curse for human society. It is evident here in full force as poor homeless people are trapped by rich people to sacrifice their lives for a handsome amount of money. The screenplay of this film has been written by former Vietnam war veteran Chuck Pfarrer. He also plays an important role in this film as a homeless tramp whose killing triggers a flurry of additional killing where evil plans of some corrupt rich denizens of New Orleans are revealed. Wild Target is a pure entertainer where free flow of adrenaline is clearly visible. Watching this film, one would feel as if a viewers is compelled to watch a high speed game of chess where moves have to be made quickly with great reflection. Wild Target would go down in history book as Hong Kong director John Woo's debut film. He doesn't disappoint as he has been successful in blending an existential theme with a contemporary topic whose relevance is of immense use to all of us.


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