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Disclaimer: Just a list of movies where the year in parenthesis gives the year it was selected for the Oscars. (And if you are too lazy to read, click here.) With the recent news that Newton will be India’s official entry into the Oscars, we can’t help but feel both happy and proud that good cinema is being recognized all around the country. So, to sort of celebrate this occasion we decided to show you a list of India’s Oscar entries from the last five years. 1. Barfi! (2012) India’s official entry to the Oscars in the year 2012, not many would have expected a commercial Bollywood film (with accusations of having copied from Hollywood) to have been sent. The fil...
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Tag :academyawards
  September 24, 2017, 1:51 pm
Disclaimer: This is a list of some fine movies and the list isn’t in any particular order, what more do I say. Life is strange and the world is stranger. And sometimes, that strangeness is depicted onscreen, leaving the audience appalled and unbelieving of what they witnessed. So here is a list of 5 Bollywood movies that are based on true stories, some really strange true stories. 1) Manjhi – The Mountain Man (2015) Source: Wikipedia Based on the life of Dashrath Manjhi, ‘Manjhi’ is the story of how a man carves a path right through the heart of a mountain. And he did all this with just a hammer and a chisel. It took the man 22 years to carve the road, which eventu...
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Tag :airlift
  September 6, 2017, 5:15 pm
Disclaimer: This is a spoiler-free review of the third season of Narcos. And for those of you who like their reviews very short, well I would like to say that the 3rd season grips you just like the first two and is a must-watch, despite not seeming so in the first few episodes. Now, time for the longer review. So Narcos season 3 picks up a few weeks after the fall of Pablo Escobar and follows Agent  Pena (who’s now been promoted and who is no longer accompanied by Agent Murphy) as he tries to take down the Cali Cartel (who now have become the número uno cartel). The first three episodes are slow, without much action, and are tough to get by. It simply shows you how the Cali Carte...
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Tag :narcos
  September 3, 2017, 8:38 pm
Disclaimer: This post will discuss the movie ‘Newton’ and the fanfare that it has already generated. The official trailer of the film was released yesterday, and if you haven’t watched it yet, then click here, and then read the post. (“Newton Poster” by Drishyamfilmsindia is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0) Newton is Rajkumar Rao’s latest foray into Bollywood and is a black-comedy about a righteous man trying to fight electoral malpractices in a disturbed region of India. From the get-go, Newton captures your attention and tells you that this isn’t the story of an ordinary man, neither is it an ordinary Bollywood film. The picturization seems ...
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Tag :Berlin Film Festival
  August 30, 2017, 4:15 pm
Disclaimer: This is an analysis of a four-year-old art film and not the logical paradox. For the analysis of the latter, please take help of the thousand and one web pages dedicated to it.  Ship of Theseus is a 2013 Indian film that chronicles the separate stories of a blind photographer, a monk with a life threatening ailment and a stockbroker who decides to not just focus on money for once. To collect all the thoughts that I have regarding this movie is nearly impossible. There were just so many different and overlapping themes in Ship of Theseus that you could actually fill up three different movies with it. But one theme, that is common to all the three stories and which I feel is t...
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Tag :art film
  August 29, 2017, 4:02 am
Disclaimer: This list is not a ranking. The movies that came up first in the author’s research have been placed first. It’s as simple as that.  Rocky (1976) (“Rocky Balboa” by Phim Ảnh is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0) Made on a budget of $1 million dollars. and at a time when Sylvester Stallone was broke and homeless, ‘Rocky’ went on to earn $225 million and started a franchise which till date has $1.4 billion! Well, that’s quite a win I would say. The Purge (2013) The first movie had some great actors but was made on a $3 million dollar budget. Fast-forward just a couple of years and not just that first low-budget film made $89 million at...
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Tag :hollywood
  August 25, 2017, 3:35 pm
Warning: This is the movie review of Annabelle Creation. Annabelle Creation, a horror movie! Need there be anything else I should warn you about? (“Raggedy Ann doll” by Prisencolin is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0) Annabelle Creation is the 4th instalment in James Wan’s Conjuring universe and is an attempt to salvage something from the doomed first part. The movie is based on how the devil himself took hold of the Annabelle doll and what its first haunting looked like. The movie starts off with a happy family meeting with a tragedy and from there, it moves onto show a group of orphan girls coming to live with the family in a house with literally no neighbours. And this give...
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Tag :Annabelle
  August 20, 2017, 2:22 pm
Caution: This is not about cornettos or about Edgar Wright’s latest directorial venture. This is simply about the three-flavoured cornetto trilogy and how a cornetto lover enjoyed it (just like the bottom of cornetto). And just in case you don’t know about this trilogy, you better watch it now. (“Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg & Nick Frost” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0) Shaun of the Dead (SOTD), brought to life, the magic of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. They collectively launched two further movies, Hot Fuzz (HF)  and The World’s End (TWE), which didn’t have anything much in common, but still formed a trilogy, with a gr...
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Tag :cornetto
  August 16, 2017, 6:34 pm
Disclaimer: This is a review of the 2017 movie, Trapped. There are no spoilers in this text, here are present only the 3 AM thoughts of a hungry and tired insomniac.  A low budget movie with no songs, no dance and no one-liners, and driven solely by makes for a film that’s bound to bomb at the box office. But it also makes for a gritty and gripping tale. Trapped is one such movie, a story of a man trying to survive and escape from, not an island, but his own apartment, right in the madness of Mumbai. At first, the premise of the movie seems incredulous, but within the first fifteen-minutes, it is properly shown how our protagonist ends up trapped. The only thing the first fifteen...
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Tag :Bollywood
  August 10, 2017, 10:05 pm
Statutory Warning: This is a short review of ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ which attempts to be honest and humorous, but definitely fails at the latter and mentions it at the beginning because a self-deprecating attitude makes the author feel hip. Also, the author admires the work of SRK and Imtiaz Ali and ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ is one of their few rare movies which he didn’t like. Everyone knows now how the movie is, but I am still going to put out my opinion there because I spent 200 Rupees on a movie which I wouldn’t have watched even for free if I was having a slightly busy day, so I deserve to get something good out of it. The movie was pathetic. And the bigg...
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Tag :Anushka Sharma
  August 6, 2017, 2:00 pm
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