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Movie Critic Review: Bullitt (1968)

 A Bullitt To Chase

I was watching some car chase scenes from Quinten Tarantino's movie 'Death Proof' when I noticed the caption written below the clip by the person who uploaded it. He wrote: Trailer of 'Deathproof'  by Quentin Tarantino, starring Kurt Russel and some awesome cars. Russel and the cars! It did not matter to him to even mention Zoe Bell, a stuntwoman by profession who was in the movie . This is one after-effect of the traumatic exposure to 'reality in the movie'.
We seem to accept when someone describes cars in a movie as stars. It is not anymore an exageration to glorify or even humanise objects. On another note, I stopped reading an article the other day and went to look through the glass window to what was happening outside, which was... nothing! I was reading about another less excessively constructed car chase than Tarantino's. In his 1968 movie 'Bullitt' director Robert Yates gave cinema one of the most influential…

Movie Critic Review: Bruce Almighty (2003)

"You wanna see the miracle?
Be The Miracle "
 God speaking to Bruce Nolan

As Humorous As The Camel Fitting Through The Eye Of A Needle


Most modern people interviewed on how they think God looks like, resorted to the traditional image described in the scriptures
and religeous texts. But those non-physical attributes such as omnipotence or omnesience will not fit in any prospect to envision God's appearance. Actually there are scarce hints at a physical imagining of Him. However some daring authors like  William P. Young in his Novel the Schack* described God (the father in christian belief) as a black woman and Jesus as a middle eastern laborer!
"Bruce Almighty" is a movie that effortlessly provides you with a physical representation
of God. Intriguing?  Yes but not offensive!
First you need to remember that "Bruce Almighty" is, after all, a comedy by the world's
best physical comedy icon, Jim Carrey!
Second is that stretching the mind to achi…

Movie Critic Review: "Babel" (2006)

Movie Critic Review:"Babel" (2006)

The Massacre of Calculated Coincidences*


“I think there are many political aspects to this film beyond what you'd call America's self-entitlement.
I think it's about bigger issues of misunderstanding, paranoia, protectionism. So I think it speaks beyond America on these issues, I think it speaks about the world. And that's what drew me to the film. That's what drew me to what Alejandro was after and made me want to be a part of it.” Brad Pitt talking about ‘Babel’

Brad Pitt on 'Babel'

The movie ‘Babel’ 2006 is a call for a deep and sincere 'detante' between different
world cultures as a way to hush the global “babble” and usher in an era of true human understanding!
Did I say global babble and not Babel?.
Well, strangely enough, the two words refer more or less equally to the meaning
questioned by this movie although they are not linguistically related.
Please do not get confused by this 'predeterm…

Movie Critic Article: Encounters of the Samurai

Encounters Of The Samurai


"The term 'giant' is used too often to describe artists. But in the case of Akira Kurosawa, we have one of the rare instances where the term fits." -Martin Scorsese

The word 'Samurai' does not just refer you to the beginnings of action movies. Or to the emergence of certain styles that promoted the ascension of action as
the dominant spirit of modern cinema. But, more than that, it highlights some decisive intersections on the
road to enhanced cinematic expression.
These intersections involved the filmmakers Akira Kurasawa (Japan), John Sturges (USA), Sergio Leone (Italy) and John Frankenheimer (USA).
Kurasawa , employing a seemingly uncomplicated little tale about good versus evil, was able to introduce cinematic story-telling in which the story is multi-layered by descriptive characterizations and detailed, painstakingly executed scenes. The simple tale of Kurasawa's movie 'Seven Samurai' 1954 had a ground-shifting…

Movie Critic Review: The Hours (2002)

"You know, that feeling? And I remember thinking to myself: So, this is the beginning of happiness. This is where it starts. And of course there will always be more. It never occurred to me it wasn't the beginning. It was happiness. It was the moment. Right then."  Clarissa Vaughn  Meryl Streep

Movie Critic Review: The Hours

Based on the novel 'The Hours' by Michael Cunningham winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1999, The movie by the same name, merits the attention of movie-lovers not only because it replaces action,
the defining attribute of the post-modern motion picture, by intense visual representations
of consciousness and its afflictions, but also by achieving this through evocations of cinematic equivalents to powerful literary techniques such as free-flowing ideation (fantasy) and internal monologue.  The novel on which David Hare, the screen writer, has based his ingenious scenario is the
source of a complex multi-layering…