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“Midnight’s Children”… India yesterday

February 2, 2013

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When the young Saleem Sinai, him of the protuberant proboscis reminiscent of the Deccan peninsula, hears in his head for the first time the voices of the other “midnight’s children,” he bounds down the stairs to tell his parents, only to receive a sound thrashing from his father. Stung, he races back up, all alone […]

“Broken City”… The big sleep-inducer

January 19, 2013

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After a character who threatened to become a major player ends up by a New York City sidewalk pumped full of lead, we see television-news coverage of the crime, plastered with the legend: “Live from Chinatown.” The director Allen Hughes may be winking at us with this reference to one of Hollywood’s last great noirs […]

“The Impossible”… Hell in high water

January 5, 2013

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On the flight to Thailand, for a family vacation, Maria (Naomi Watts) and her husband Henry (Ewan McGregor) wonder if they remembered to switch on the burglar alarm before leaving. This is about the extent of their worries, and they laugh it away. It’s Christmas. They check into an expensive resort with an eye-catching view […]

“Jack Reacher”… The man with no game

December 29, 2012

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Since the announcement of Christopher McQuarrie’s Jack Reacher – adapted from one of a series of novels by Lee Child featuring the eponymous protagonist – the sturdy fan base of the author has been up in arms, and it isn’t difficult to see why. According to the official web site of Child and Reacher, these are the […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “For the love of money”

December 21, 2012

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Why does most of our discussion about cinema centre primarily on box-office collections, especially if a big star is involved? As I write this, Bollywood-oriented web sites are screaming that Talaash has finally entered the 100-crore club, though this figure includes revenues from overseas. (The domestic total is a little under Rs. 85 cr.) At […]

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”… The return of the ring

December 15, 2012

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That thing they say about men with big feet, it clearly doesn’t apply to hobbits – at least, it doesn’t matter. With all those long quests, endless days cloaked in physical and spiritual enfeeblement, you’d think one of them would opt for a night’s distraction, a well-earned roll in the hay. But no. The morning […]

“Hotel Transylvania”… Monsters sink

December 8, 2012

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The best animated features are those that offer eye candy for children – the primary audience – but are nonetheless tart enough for adults to savour without sugar shock setting in. The recent Wreck-It Ralph, located in the world of arcade games, was one such, a swirl of colour and texture that made us feel […]

“Life of Pi”… Crouching tiger, hidden drama

November 24, 2012

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The point of interest in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi isn’t what it does with the book by Yann Martel (which I haven’t read), but what it confirms about today’s movies – that no image is too fantastical to be committed convincingly to screen. The computer is to cinema what the imagination is to books. The eerie […]

“Stolen”… Forgotten in 60 seconds

November 10, 2012

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Has there been a more hard-working performer in Hollywood than Nicolas Cage, whose films no one sees? The actor – and he is an actor, even if he reminds us of the fact all too rarely, in trenchant works like Leaving Las Vegas and Adaptation – appeared in four films in 2011 alone: Season of […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “The comfort of clichés”

November 9, 2012

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There’s a special kind of heaven to be found in old things given the smallest of twists and made to seem new again. If you’ve been following the Oscar prognosticators, you know that Ben Affleck’s Argo is a front-runner for Best Picture – at least in these pre-Lincoln, pre-Life of Pi days. This delights me not because Argo is some […]