Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tron: Legacy (2010)


Director: Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, others.
Release Date: December 23, 2010 (UAE)

Right from the distinct 3D Disney logo at the start, Tron: Legacy is a visually striking film. As depicted in posters and trailers, it has a dazzling, pulsating vibe that relies heavily on CGI – which is apt considering how much of the story takes place inside a digital world. Director Joseph Kosinski marks his feature film debut by making full use of his past experiences, having made equally striking television commercials. Tron: Legacy, therefore, works best for its action, and somewhat less for its story or drama.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Winter's Bone (2010)

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Directed by: Debra Granik
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt, others.
Release date: September 17, 2010 (UK)

Winter’s Bone is a reasonably well-made drama that falls short of being exceptional. It is a safe movie that follows a tried and tested path, never pushing the plot or characters to the potential they promise. It tries to be a realistic, bleak and emotional story from Midwest US, but instead plays out like a fairly dark bedtime story, happy ending included.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

DIFF 7 – Day 7 Roundup

18th December 2010 (Day #7)

The last day of the 7th Dubai International Film Festival included a disappointingly bad movie from a director who had impressed at DIFF earlier. It also included a generic drama that tried to be stylish. But thankfully the first and last movies of the last day made up for the middle two, and provided for a nice closing mixed bag.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

DIFF 7 – Day 6 Roundup

17th December 2010 (Day #6)

A comedy movie about suicide, an ultra-serious drama about a degenerate society and a highly-stylized combination of the western & samurai genres. The penultimate day of the 7th Dubai International Film Festival was a very good day - it held no bad movies for me!

Friday, December 17, 2010

DIFF 7 – Day 5 Roundup

16th December 2010 (Day #5)

Violence, intrigue, survival and despair were the order of the day. While there was not much new in the way the first two movies dealt with their respective subjects, the final two movies of the day brought me delight in the way they presented theirs. Here's a lowdown on the four movies I watched on day# 5 of the Dubai Film Festival.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

DIFF 7 – Day 4 Roundup

15th December 2010 (Day #4)

It is only at the Dubai International Film Festival where you get to watch a Cannes’ Palm d’Or winner, Berlin’s Golden and Silver Bear winners on the same day. And what an experience this day was. More on the four movies of the day below.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

DIFF 7 – Day 3 Roundup

14th December 2010 (Day #3)

Thick into the film festival by day 3, today was for movies from Asia and Africa. Three of the four movies I watched were testing and one was downright bizarre. Read more about each of these four movies below.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

DIFF 7 – Day 2 Roundup

13th December 2010 (Day #2)

Day 2 of the festival featured two movies, one each from either side of the Atlantic. The first, although quite acclaimed, did not impress me much. The second movie helped bring balance to the day.

Monday, December 13, 2010

DIFF 7 – Day 1 Roundup

12th December 2010 (Day #1)

The seventh edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) started today, with a Red Carpet gala screening of The King’s Speech. Concurrently starts my daily coverage of the festival. In addition to the 10 Films You Must See At Dubai Film Festival ’10, look out for my annual day-by-day update of DIFF to tell you about movies to watch, those to steer clear of and some to simply take your chance with.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tangled (2010)

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Directed by: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
Voices of: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, others.
Release date: December 02, 2010 (UAE)

Tangled has the honor of being Disney’s 50th Animated feature, as the audience is reminded with a logo at the start of the movie. Deservedly so, for it lives up to the classic animated Disney fairy-tales that the mouse-house built a reputation on in the previous century. Based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale of Rapunzel, Tangled is set in the same timeless story-land that fairytales belong to. Sensibly though, the characters are updated for its modern audience, winning hearts and giving young girls a new Disney princess to idolize.