Thursday, December 17, 2009

DIFF 6 – Day 7 Roundup


16th December 2009 (Day #7)

Many movies screened at the Dubai International Film Festival have a Q&A session after the movie. Of the three movies I managed to watch on the final day of the festival, the last two had colourful Q&A session that added to the wonderful experiences these movies presented. This is possibly the best facet of the festival, apart from featuring movies that we would not otherwise have the opportunity to watch or discover.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

DIFF 6 – Day 6 Roundup


15th December 2009 (Day #6)

What a day of extremes! I watched four movies, none of which were on the moderate middle-ground. They were alternatively quite bad and quite good. Keep reading for the low-down.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

DIFF 6 – Day 5 Roundup


14th December 2009 (Day #5)

This day of DIFF was quite tiring. Each movie was emotionally draining, watching them back-to-back multiplying the effects. Fortunately, the festival atmosphere does the work of an energy drink; this makes the going easy.

Monday, December 14, 2009

DIFF 6 – Day 4 Roundup


13th December 2009 (Day #4)

So was it a close competition? Not in the least. Read on to know which one triumphed and also about one particular movie that made me fall asleep!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

DIFF 6 – Day 3 Roundup


12th December 2009 (Day #3)

I did not end up watching four movies on the third day of DIFF ‘09. But the quality of the three that I did watch more than made up for it. This year is indeed turning out to be a welcome surprise. Seems like where Hollywood lacked in 2009, the Independent film circuit has made up for.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

DIFF 6 – Day 2 Roundup


11th December 2009

Three movies, three genres, three qualities. From Korea to Japan to Sweden. From a personal story to a mythical epic to a post-apocalyptic animated. As my oft repeated troika goes, the day included the good, the bad and the weird (not in that order though!).

Friday, December 11, 2009

DIFF 6 – Day 1 Roundup


10th December 2009
As the sixth edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) starts, the buzzing noise of gossip and conundrum surrounding it settles for a more meaningful reverberation – the active and vivacious discussion of movies. But, this is just the beginning. DIFF is about seven unremitting days of back-to-back movies. With it, here starts my annual day-by-day account of movies that are good, bad and the ones that are simple weird.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Third Man (1949)



*** SPOILER ALERT: This review discusses spoilers ***


The Third Man begins with a voice-over telling us about the city that the movie is set in: a Vienna that's been devastated by a world war and sliced up by the victors. Joseph Cotten's Holly Martins, a penny-starved author of pulp westerns, arrives in this Vienna at the behest of his friend, Harry Lime who has offered him to work together. Within minutes of his arrival, Martins is redirected to Harry Lime's funeral. He discovers that Lime has just died, run over by his own driver in front of his own apartment. While trying to uncover details of the accidental death, Martins at first learns that two men carried him from the road to the pavement, but digging further, he learns about a third man who helped carry the dead Harry Lime! And so begins the suspense behind one of the most celebrated film-noirs ever: Accident or Murder? Who is the murderer? How is the beautiful Anna, Lime's bereaved actress-girlfriend, involved? And who, in all of Vienna, is The Third Man?!