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Posted: 13 January 2018 at 6:26pm | IP Logged
Fedora ( 1978 )



William Holden plays Barry Detweiler , who wants to make a film starring an old reclusive actress called Fedora ( Marthe Keller ) because he has a crush on her since his boyhood days when he was spotboy for her film shoot and had the good fortune to see the full glory of her nude breasts from up close while tasked with placing flowers over them as she was shooting in a pool . And she had taken a liking for him and called him to her room and asked him if he found her nude body hot , and had said that he must be a pansy if he did not like her body----meaning she would feel insulted if he did not admire her flesh ; a true narcissist our Fedora , just like a true film star...

Having briefly dated this famous movie star a long time ago and been on long drives in her car with her , Barry just can't get her out of his mind . And here he now , trying to meet her decades later on an island where she has mysteriously disappeared after leaving films and joining them again . And he closes onto the villa where Fedora lives , only to find out that it is heavily guarded by tough looking humans and even tougher dogs .

But Barry is nothing if not persistent , and he soon makes contact with her . But she tells him that she is being held captive by a countess and her men . When Barry tries to renew the contact he is beaten and left unconscious by one of Fedora's overseers . When he wakes up , he finds out that she is dead having committed suicide .

As he comes to pay his last respects to her body , Barry accuses the countess and her husband of having conspired to kill Fedora . And the countess is then forced to blurt out the jaw dropping truth . That Fedora was actually she herself and she was even more narcissistic than Barry thought . That in order to satisfy her narcissism she used to take regular treatments from her doctor that one day had the opposite effect of disfiguring her . And she had gone into hiding . But when she got news that the academy award had been awarded to her , she had prepared her daughter to receive the award impersonating her . And the impersonation was so good that the daughter soon was working in films as Fedora , impersonating her of course .

But when the daughter fell in love like all young women do , she wanted to reveal the secret to the young man she loved . That she was not older than him as he thought and that they could be together without any age gap between them . But the idea of the revelation of this secret exploded the vanity of the older real Fedora like a poisonous snake being disturbed , and she did the most cruel and vile thing that a woman could do---held her own child drugged and captive .

Seeing the film I was disgusted with these filmy people and their horrible ego and their self absorption . More so because such people actually exist in the film industry and are not fiction . The film evokes Hollywood of the forties---extravagant sets and movies and even more extravagant egos .

And yet people are willing to pamper and pander to these extravagant egos . For Barry agrees to keep the secret of the countess , as Fedora is called in her new avtar . And why ? For old times sake of course...to remember with happiness the time he had briefly dated this great star .

The film is suspenseful in the beginning and the explanation of the suspense is even more shocking than we thought . In that sense the film exceeds our expectations . Acting and photography is okay but colours are not great . Background music is okay too .

Verdict---Good .

Three and a half stars out of five .
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Posted: 13 January 2018 at 6:29pm | IP Logged
Two reviews of movies based on Frederick Forsythe's novels--

Day of the jackal

I saw this 40 year old movie on VCD at home on a lazy sunday --- instead of going to the cinema hall...err , multiplex---since no really good movie seems to be in the cinemas...err multiplexes .

The movie is based on the classic novel of the same name by Frederick Forsythe ; and mind you , the novel is one of the great thriller novels of all time . The movie is of course an abridged version of the novel .

The plot is placed ten years earlier than the movie , and the year is 1962---exactly fifty years ago .

That year Algeria was liberated from French colonial rule . To give some of the history behind the plot , the French didnt leave Algeria without a fight . In fact it was a bloody fight . When the Algerians revolted against the French , the French used brutal torture to quell the rebellion in what was known as the battle of Algiers ( search google for that ). But this aroused international sympathy for the Algerian cause and when world war hero Charles De Gaulle was elected as president of France he announced that he was going to give independence to Algeria .

But their was one impediment to this---the French who had settled in Algeria who formed a hefty 10 percent of Algeria's population and who believed in the slogan Algeria Francaise , meaning Algeria is France...
And they resolved to kill De Gaulle , the president who dared to think of giving freedom to Algeria .

After numerous attempts to kill De Gaulle ( and here the movie begins ) , they decided to hire a contract killer---a man who for a hefty sum of money would kill Charles De Gaulle...

...And since its a Frederick Forsythe novel , but naturally its an englishman who is chosen...

...And what an englishman...
All blond and blue eyed and lean and fit ---one wonders why he chose to be a contract killer and not an actor or model...oh I forgot that he IS an actor just playing the role of a contract killer for a movie

...And he is a true professional...a man on a mission...
And when he takes up a job he acts like a man possessed...

But the moolah he demands is so much that the organisation that has hired him has to robs banks and jewellery stores and other places to get the required money---thus alerting the French govt to the fact that they are planning something big...
...And what could be more big in this political atmosphere that the assassination of De Gaulle...
So the govt begins its hunt for the potential killer...

But thats hardly going to deter our man on a mission---who uses the code name JACKAL...

He uses various tricks to get multiple passports including stealing the passport of one man in broad daylight , and then kills the man who made the passports for him for daring to blackmail him---no one blackmails the jackal without incurring his wrath ( mind it !! )

And the jackal gets a telescopic gun made for him that can fit in the pipe of a car or the walking stick of a handicapped person...and finetunes it himself by spending hours in practice in the jungle...

And he is a master of changing his disguise and his appearance like a chameleon would do...

And using these disguises he crosses borders of nations with ease fooling guards and border security...

...And when the police recognise his car he just changes its colour by spraypainting it himself in the woods on his way to Paris...

Both women and gay men swoon on his chiselled features...
But the jackal has not come for fun and games and he has to kill them all to cover his tracks---leaving a pile of dead bodies behind him along the way...

One word about the killings though---the violence is only hinted at and aficionados of slambang action may pause to frown...there are no brutal fights or bloodcurdling screams in the movie...the action is all cerebral and the movie is a cerebral thriller...

But the jackal has not contended for one man---a French police officer who hides a razorsharp brain behind his affable nature ; and who is on his tracks , sometimes missing to catch the jackal by inches...

The jackal is saved in these situations because the organisation he works for has a mole among the very persons the police officer reports to---and who informs the jackal of the police's every move...

So the game of cat and mouse continues...

But the big question is---will the jackal succeed in his mission , or will the police be able to stop him ?

That can be answered only on liberation day , when De Gaulle will come to witness a parade in the capital city .

And only if the jackal manages to kill the president on the day will that day be known as the day of the jackal...

So will it be known as that ??

Watch the movie for that...
I found it a worthy watch...

rating---3 and a half stars .

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Posted: 13 January 2018 at 6:30pm | IP Logged
The dogs of war---

The tin-pot republic of Zangaro---typical specimen of the hellhole that is Africa...

Its ruled by a typically brutal dictator called Simba...oh actually it is Zimba...

But Zimba Simba who cares...they are all the same in the banana republics of Africa arent they...

He's come to power by killing all his enemies , and to make sure no one entertains any future thought of enemity to him , he kills them before they have such thoughts...

And he lives lavishly with his harem in the midst of his garrisoning troops in their barracks while his country is awash in a sea of crime and injustice...

Into this godforsaken place comes our hero---posing as a wildlife photographer...

He's instantly suspected for what he is---for who would come to this hellish place taking photographs if he is not sent by Zimba's enemies for taking measure of Zimba's power and the potential of destroying it...

...And so he is packed off to jail where amidst myriad tortures , he meets the leader of the democratic movement of Zangaro who is cooling his heels in jail for the past 4 years for preaching democracy...

But our hero's a white man---a citizen of the United States , and that country wont take the death of its countryman so lightly...

So he cant be killed and has to be sent home...

A home where the people who have sent him are waiting for his report on the situation in Zangaro...

For them he is just a mercenary , a dog of war...

...And such dogs are expendible...

But before such dogs are expended they have their uses...

And his use to his handlers is to assemble a pack of dogs like himself and start a revolution in that little corner of Africa called zangaro...

...And their plan is to prop up a suitably black president who allows them to loot the mineral resources of his country and make money...

But our dog is a dog with a mind of his own...

And above all he's a good dog...

He's not got long to live due to a fatal disease, and so has no use for the money his handlers are offering him...

And at the end of his life he wants to do something good for humanity...

But firstly , does he succeed in bringing revolution to Zangaro ??

Happily he does , and the director torches alight Frederick Forsythe's dull novel by moving away from the script and showing some real action unlike the novel which concentrated only on the planning of the coup and disappointingly stopped before some fighting broke out...

As President Zimba's palace is swept by a hailstorm of firepower and the invaders fire grenades , rockets and bullets into the garrison protecting Zimba , the question is not whether Zimba will go but in how short a time will Zimba's power collapse...

But the bigger question is---what is our hero's plan to put idealism in action in Zangaro ??

And will the people who financed him take his betrayal lying down ??

For answers to it , watch THE DOGS OF WAR...

I found it a decent watch...

rating---3 stars .

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Posted: 13 January 2018 at 6:44pm | IP Logged
Sunset Boulevard ( 1949 )



The movie is from the black and white era .

William Holden plays an out of luck movie script writer named Joe Gillis whose scripts are not accepted by most directors . While running away from men trying to take his car because he has not paid it's dues , he accidentally stumbles into the mansion of a forgotten movie star of the era of silent films named Norma Desmond ( Gloria Swanson ) . She lives in her own world where she is still supposed to be a great star with a huge fan following , though it is actually her own butler ( played by Erich von Stroheim ) who writes the fan letters . And he too was a former movie director who had discovered Norma but whom she married and later divorced , but became her butler because he could not live apart from her . Can things get quirkier than that ?

Yes , they can get quirkier . Because Norma takes a fancy to Joe and decides to make the much younger Joe her keep , and Joe accepts because he has run out of funds . Norma wants to make grand comeback to films even though she is 53 , and Joe becomes the scriptwriter of her bizarre comeback movie . But actually he is interested in another girl called Betty ( Nancy Olsen ) and soon Betty spurns her fiance for him .

But Joe has got too much entangled in the situation created by Norma to ever get out . She wants the great director Cecil B. DeMille to direct her film , and her faded but still remembered star power is on display as she enters his shoot to be warmly greeted by him and recognised by people . But he is not really interested in directing her .

The crisis occurs when Norma discovers that Joe and Betty are in love . And when Joe tries to walk out with some harsh words of truth , she fires a gun on him...his fate is like the male spider who mates with the female spider only to find that there is no release as she devours him . As the police come to arrest Norma with reporters for shooting the arrest , she has gone sufficiently mad to think that the scene is of the shooting of a film being enacted .

The film actually is in touch with the truth , for in the film industry there are several former stars who live in the memory of the former halcyon days . The Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna was one such person , who was constantly reliving his former superstardom long after it had perished . The dialogue by Norma in the movie saying 'I am big . It is the pictures that got small.' aptly sums up this attitude . Not surprisingly , the film is regarded as a classic . Acting is good , if you are willing to tolerate Gloria Swanson's overdramatic acting as Norma Desmond . Photography is good if you are willing to tolerate black and white colours and small screen format .

Verdict---Good .

Four stars out of five .
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Posted: 14 January 2018 at 6:49am | IP Logged
Originally posted by Himalaya10

The dogs of war---

The tin-pot republic of Zangaro---typical specimen of the hellhole that is Africa...

Its ruled by a typically brutal dictator called Simba...oh actually it is Zimba...

But Zimba Simba who cares...they are all the same in the banana republics of Africa arent they...

He's come to power by killing all his enemies , and to make sure no one entertains any future thought of enemity to him , he kills them before they have such thoughts...

And he lives lavishly with his harem in the midst of his garrisoning troops in their barracks while his country is awash in a sea of crime and injustice...

Into this godforsaken place comes our hero---posing as a wildlife photographer...

He's instantly suspected for what he is---for who would come to this hellish place taking photographs if he is not sent by Zimba's enemies for taking measure of Zimba's power and the potential of destroying it...

...And so he is packed off to jail where amidst myriad tortures , he meets the leader of the democratic movement of Zangaro who is cooling his heels in jail for the past 4 years for preaching democracy...

But our hero's a white man---a citizen of the United States , and that country wont take the death of its countryman so lightly...

So he cant be killed and has to be sent home...

A home where the people who have sent him are waiting for his report on the situation in Zangaro...

For them he is just a mercenary , a dog of war...

...And such dogs are expendible...

But before such dogs are expended they have their uses...

And his use to his handlers is to assemble a pack of dogs like himself and start a revolution in that little corner of Africa called zangaro...

...And their plan is to prop up a suitably black president who allows them to loot the mineral resources of his country and make money...

But our dog is a dog with a mind of his own...

And above all he's a good dog...

He's not got long to live due to a fatal disease, and so has no use for the money his handlers are offering him...

And at the end of his life he wants to do something good for humanity...

But firstly , does he succeed in bringing revolution to Zangaro ??

Happily he does , and the director torches alight Frederick Forsythe's dull novel by moving away from the script and showing some real action unlike the novel which concentrated only on the planning of the coup and disappointingly stopped before some fighting broke out...

As President Zimba's palace is swept by a hailstorm of firepower and the invaders fire grenades , rockets and bullets into the garrison protecting Zimba , the question is not whether Zimba will go but in how short a time will Zimba's power collapse...

But the bigger question is---what is our hero's plan to put idealism in action in Zangaro ??

And will the people who financed him take his betrayal lying down ??

For answers to it , watch THE DOGS OF WAR...

I found it a decent watch...

rating---3 stars .

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LOL

Whoa! The President is being bashed left and right for allegedly calling those countries something similar

Only instead of hellhole, he said s#%&hole (allegedly, he denies but agrees using strong word LOL)

BLUE - Usually yes, but from 2009 to Jan 2017  it was different, the opposite many times


Edited by ---Betty--- - 14 January 2018 at 6:50am

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movie review---All the money in the world
Oil tycoon John Paul Getty---the richest man in the world . But a mean miser with money...or maybe I am being too harsh on him , because his mean ways were obviously what earned him all the money in the first place . However , does all the money in the world matter when your precious grandson is kidnapped and the possibility arises that you will not be able to see him ever ? It does , especially if you are John Paul Getty . The old man fears that a precedent of him paying ransom money may spark off further kidnappings of other family members for money and simply refuses to pay at first .

And the refusal to pay money sets in motion a long saga of the grandson's suffering in captivity , of his mother running from pillar to post to try to do something to get her son back , of his grandfather sending his ex CIA dealmaker to try get the grandson out by making a deal with the kidnappers , of the Italian police meddling in...for the grandson has been kidnapped in Italy .

What makes you really feel for the family of the kidnapped boy is the acting by Michelle Williams as Gail Harris---the boy's mother . Her struggle to eke out the required amount from the hard old man Getty , her expression when she gets false news that her son has been killed , her relief when she finds out that he is not dead , her repeated meetings with Getty's dealmaker Fletcher Chase ( played by Mark Wahlberg ) in her quest to get her son free , her tears and her efforts---all make you really empathise with situation she finds herself in .

Michelle's great acting is however outmatched by Christopher Plummer as Getty , who plays a person as tough minded as a billionaire who has earned his billions through sheer hard work ought to be . In private he does care for his kidnapped grandson , but seems almost loathe to admit it...as if it would be a insult to a man in his power and position to bow before a bunch of mere thugs who hold the grandson . And he does not care for the heartache he gives to the boy's mother with such a hardened attitude .

As the matter spirals out of control due to the boy being sold to another gang and his escape attempt nearly succeeding but failing , and Getty's miserly attitude resulting in the kidnappers cutting off one ear of his grandson , it is left to the deal maker to show some conscience and threaten the powerful old man into parting with his money by literally grabbing his arm .

The movie which is based on real events unfolds as a thriller that relies more on the acting of it's protagonists than it's action . And it relies on the tension on the faces of the protagonists and the sweat created by the tension on their brows to hold us in it's grip . The publicity generated by the kidnapping and the photographers and news reporters falling over themselves to report the news adds to the tension .

Background music is appropriate for the situations and photography is decent , but colours are grim just like the scenes . The movie does keep us on tenterhooks for a long time as to the fate of the kidnapped boy . But amazingly , the film makes you worry more about what the mother will go through if he does not return home than what will happen to the boy himself . And watching the relief on the mother's face when she finds her boy is just priceless . Watching 'All the money in the world' is certainly your money's worth .

Verdict---Good .

Four stars out of five .
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Posted: 14 January 2018 at 8:13pm | IP Logged
Thanaa Serndha Koottam
Venue: Novo Ibn Battuta, 9:40 pm
Status: Around 70%

Storyline

Inspired/influenced by the notable Neeraj Pandey work Special 26, Thanaa Sendra Kootam (TSK) is about how a jobless youth decides to form a fake 'CBI investigation' team of good-hearted people, who steal funds from the rich and corrupt. When the real team catches wind of the deception, they leave no stone unturned to catch the conmen.

Direction and script

Vignesh Sivan has kept up a pacy and entertaining style to proceedings throughout. He has managed to infuse a lot of humour and colour to the narrative, though the script is predictable and sometimes illogical (especially towards the end). The witty one-liners keep coming and more than the raids themselves, it's the humour between the protagonists that make TSK a worthy watch. Music by Anirudh is a mixed bag, with Sodakku and the title song making a real impact, but the songs involving Surya and Keerthi are terrible. While the climax is a weak point overall, the post-credits scene is simply hilarious.

Performances

Surya is as charming and young-looking as ever, and is really having a riot here. His costumes and various looks are a particular highlight. Ramya Krishnan does a neat job as an alternately funny and poker-faced 'officer'. The rest of the team deliver laughs in spades. On the other side, Karthik is a little over the top in his portrayal of the real CBI Officer, while Suresh Menon is far more convincing. Keerthi Suresh is a disappointment with her non-expressions and general characterisation which acts as a downer and speed breaker during the film.

Overall, TSK is an entertaining diversion packed with an energetic and charming turn by Surya

Verdict: Paisa Vasool
Rating: 3.5/5
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Anne with an E.
Such a beautiful show. Simple story of a little girl from an orphanage, adopted by a family under unusual circumstances. Stunning visuals, nice screenplay, brilliant camera work along with a bunch of very gifted performers. Brings in a lot of memories of childhood...eagerly waiting for S2.

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