Black (2005) #Review

Being a cinephile myself, I’ve often resonated with the protagonists of films more than the people in real world. If the stories are narrated efficiently, they sure have the ability to evoke the deepest of your emotions. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black (2005), starring Rani Mukherji and Amitabh Bachchan is one of such impactful films in the history of Indian Cinema.

The film is about a girl who lost her eyesight and hearing at around two years of age, trying to cope with her life with the help of her Teacher. Inspired by the life of Hellen Keller, Bhansali pretty much metaphorized the whole film and deciphered layers and layers of human insecurities it.
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English Vinglish (2012) #Review

Films are known to portray a part of us, perhaps an alter-ego that we relate to the most. But at times, there are films that reflect the whole of us or a part of society through an individual’s tale, leaving a lot for us to learn in return. One of such impactful film for me is Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish.
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Ijaazat (1987) #Review

Films teach you a lot about yourself. They mirror you and parts of your life through someone else’s prospect. But, there are very few films that leave an enduring impact. Gulzar’s 1987 film, Ijaazat, a Hindi film starring Naseeruddin Shah, Rekha, and Anuradha Patel is by far the most sensitive film I’ve ever watched. The film is based on a Bengali story, Jatugriha by Subodh Ghosh. It belongs to the art-house genre, also considered an Alternate Cinema Space in India.
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KUBO And The Two Strings (2016)

“If you must blink, do it now!” – Kubo

A tale full of dreams, ambition, and adventures is what this film is.  Laika‘s fourth animated feature film- Kubo and the Two Strings starring Art Parkinson as Kubo, Charlize Theron as Monkey, and Matthew McConaughey as Beetle is one of the best 3D animated feature films I’ve seen until this day. Continue reading “KUBO And The Two Strings (2016)”

Stanley Kubrick: The Film-Makers’ Film Maker

“In movies you don’t try and photograph the reality, you try and photograph the photograph of the reality.”
-Stanley Kubrick

An impeccable film-maker, or as a true film connoisseur would address him – ‘A Film-maker’s film maker’. Stanley Kubrick was one of the elite directors who was way ahead of his time. Continue reading “Stanley Kubrick: The Film-Makers’ Film Maker”

Ghibli- A Journey, An Experience!

As kids, we all have had our favourite cartoon characters that we admired and got the inspiration from to become and create something. Most of us still watch and follow the old school shows or also try some newer stuff.

But apart from the western animated shows, the most impactful stuff has been coming from Japan!!

Now most of us certainly watch the Action-based Anime and the ones with superpowers.

But apart from those the ones that intrigue me are the Anime Films. Yes, the Studio Ghibli ones!

Trust me! I owe my life to these creators for bringing us the finest stories and the ‘Bestest’ of the characters. Disney created one Lion King and then the quality bar dropped down. Though It would be a sin to compare that masterpiece with any other film, what I really mean is the Japanese filmmakers have maintained the Evergreen-ness.

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Every Studio Ghibli film has brought us something new. A unique combination of their own culture and a wide imaginative world makes it even more amazing and takes you on a ride to another dimension.

The Hayao Miyazaki films are a different genre altogether. I mean Miyazaki’s work (in my opinion) stands apart in every aspect. I could actually divide his films from the other Ghibli films! Not that others suck but I have a personal attachment to his films and the characters he has created and I am sure we all are on the same page regarding this!

With Characters like Totoro, Porco Rosso, Haku, Howl, Ashitaka, Kiki and Chihiro he has offered his fans something new every time. The background score by his film companion and music director Joe Hisaishi is an icing on top. The movies and its characters would have been nothing if that background score didn’t exist! I am very sure most of you fans would agree with what I said.

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The best part about these films is their target audience is literally universal. Even an older teenager like me or an adult can enjoy watching these films without any hesitation. They have maintained the same standards as before!!

Yes, I am done blabbering here but before I end this, here is the list of films that are MY personal favourites (not in any particular order)  which also include films by other Directors:-

  1. My Neighbour Totoro
  2. Princess Mononoke
  3. Kiki’s Delivery Service
  4. Spirited Away
  5. Howl’s Moving Castle
  6. The Whisper of Heart
  7. Cat Returns
  8. Secret World of Arrietty
  9. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  10. Grave of the Fireflies
  11. From Up on Poppy Hill
  12. The Wind Rises
  13. Porco Rosso

    All of you! If you’re an Anime fan I certainly recommend this to you. In case you aren’t, the list above is extremely good, to begin with!!studio_ghibli_characters_by_ficklestix-d846q1x
    YES YES! Run towards your computer, Download and WATCH THEM ASAP!!!!