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Feb 092014

What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me? Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse. – Excerpt from An Open Letter from Dylan Farrow **************** Of course, I did not molest Dylan. I loved her and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and exploited by […]

Jan 242014

I will brook no arguments on who will pick up the Oscar statuette for Best Actress at the upcoming 86th Academy Awards ceremony. For I’ve already made up my mind. 😉 And the Oscar goes to….Cate Blanchett for a nonpareil performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine! Streetcar Meets Madoff Somewhere in the deep recesses of my cavernous brain was lodged the bit about Blue Jasmine being a modern take of A Streetcar Named Desire, a film I watched with great delight eight winters back. To that extent, the charm of Blue Jasmine was lessened for me because I knew the direction […]

Jun 082011

The Past Is Never Dead. It’s Not Even Past. – Midnight in Paris (2011) In a million years, the Indian mongrels can’t make a movie a millionth as pleasing as Midnight in Paris. And neither will the millions of EverReady-for-Ready rabid curs patronize this classy a movie. As the more discerning of SI readers will recollect, Midnight in Paris was the opening-night attraction at the recent 64th Cannes Film Festival. Having watched Midnight in Paris today, we can say the film deserved all the applause it got at Cannes and more. Truth be said, it took a mighty hard effort […]

Vicky Cristina Barcelona Review – Nice Kiss, Charming Story, Superb Acting & Fine Movie

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Oct 042010

Damn. Damn, we should have done this over a year ago. Seen Vicky Cristina Barcelona, we mean. Sufficiently fortified with a glass of PinGin, we popped the Netflix DVD of Vicky Cristina Barcelona into the home theater last night. Boy, the next 90-odd minutes were sheer bliss. An absolutely delightful movie. A classy affair, not crappy stuff like the one our South Indian simians are currently drooling over. Lovely Romantic Quadrangle Written and directed by Woody Allen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona brings together some of the finest actors around – Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson – and […]