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Walking on the Wilder side

Walking on the Wilder side

Oct 16,2016 , 02:10 AM IST | Hans
Billy Wilder – The name rings a gong as in my early film critic days he and I.A.L.Diamond combined as scriptwriters to make some of the best Hollywood films like ‘Sunset Boulevard’, ‘Some Like It Hot’, ‘The Apartment’, ‘Irma la Douce’, ‘The Front Page’, ‘Out of Towners’ and ‘Avanti!’. 
The king of action genre

The king of action genre

Sep 25,2016 , 01:35 AM IST | Hans
‘The Guns of Navarone’ is a 1962 movie of how a selected team set out to destroy two massive radar-directed (radar being new in those distant times) superguns on the island of Navarone during World War II.
It's Tarzan time!

It's Tarzan time!

Sep 11,2016 , 01:29 AM IST | Hans
Watching the swimmers at the Rio Olympics, my mind went back to the ace swimmer and also the famous Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller. He was our school-days hero when Tarzan movies were the rage and how we tried to imitate his yodelling call to say nothing of the “Me Tarzan, You Jane” line.
Predictable and worn-out 

Predictable and worn-out 

Sep 03,2016 , 02:55 AM IST | Cinema
It’s been a while since we’ve had a Jackie Chan movie but there has been no significant change in his modus operandi. May be director Renny Harlin is to blame though his body of work is quite impressive.
For horror’s sake 

For horror’s sake 

Sep 02,2016 , 03:05 AM IST | Cinema
Do not for a moment mistake it for Godard’s ‘Breathless.’ Nor is it meant to. ‘Don’t Breathe,’ which is meant to be a request, promises suspense in large Hitchcockian doses, and it succeeds to an extent but credibility is thrown out of the window. It’s plus point, however, is that it is well-crafted. 
A stirring revolt

A stirring revolt

Aug 28,2016 , 01:35 AM IST | Hans
This time, instead of focusing on individual actors or filmmakers let’s tackle a subject. It is “revolt” and we shall deal with two stunning movies of the 1960s. The first is ‘Queimada’ or ‘Burn’ (1969) by Italian director Illo Pontecorvo and deals with an American filibuster at work in an imaginary Portuguese-held island in the Lesser Antilles.
A tragedy

A tragedy

Aug 25,2016 , 11:50 PM IST | Cinema
The things that pass for Hollywood comedy these days! One would rather be attending nine funerals than watching ‘Nine Lives.’ You must have guessed it by now.
A prominent career

A prominent career

Aug 20,2016 , 11:55 PM IST | Hans
This beautiful British actress is one of my favourites. Not sure when I first saw her, may be in Michelangelo Antonioni’s ‘Blow Up’ remembered for that dramatic climax – Sudden, stunning and picturesque. It was also my first impression of that great Italian director.
Cute and lightweight 

Cute and lightweight 

Aug 19,2016 , 12:28 AM IST | Cinema
Close on the heels of ‘The Jungle Book’, Disney Pictures have re-imagined a lesser known live action/animation musical from the vast repertoire of children’s classics. But unlike the original 1977, the new 3D version of ‘Pete’s Dragon’ dispenses with animation and song interludes.
The classic in bits and pieces

The classic in bits and pieces

Aug 19,2016 , 12:23 AM IST | Cinema
This time we’ll have to bypass the “comparisons are odious” line as William Wyler’s 1959 version was a wonder and though the chariot race was the biggest, it was not the only one.
Hollywood’s eye candy!

Hollywood’s eye candy!

Jul 30,2016 , 11:42 PM IST | Hans
Cleaning my room the other day one chanced upon a picture of Candice Bergen, as pretty as ever. It was from ‘Live for Life’ (1967) where she plays the spoiler in a marriage between Robert (Yves Montand) and Catherine (Anne Girardot). She sticks to her own name in the film. 
Showcasing the noble profession on celluloid

Showcasing the noble profession on celluloid

Apr 10,2016 , 12:51 AM IST | Hans
Walking down my lane it isn’t uncommon for folks to bid you the time of day. But today a rather loud “Good Morning,” sent memory bells ringing and into the frame came “Good Morning, Miss Dove,” a movie I saw in 1955 with my parents. So I googled it and found that it was Jennifer Jones who played the teacher Miss Dove, the epitome of gentility and wisdom, and well loved in the area.