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April 16, 2014 Wednesday     
There is one specific sub-genre in ‘Thriller’ category which is popularly referred to as ‘Prison-Breaking-Movies” among film buffs and THE GREAT ESCAPE can easily be rated as one of the top contenders of ‘The Best Prison Break Movie’ till date without any doubt. Enjoying the cult status of an ‘All Time Classic’,  it is certainly an enjoyable piece of art well supported by a superb background score, fabulous cinematography, realistic art direction and many majestic performances by a highly reputed cast ensemble.
Bringing to screen the real life events of an escape-proof POW (Prisoners of War) camp built by Germans in 1942, the film revolves around the attempt of not one or two but a whole big group of prisoners to make a breakthrough for their ultimate freedom. Already having a history of making multiple prison-break attempts in the past by its key members, the group collectively plans the escape by digging more than one long tunnel and also manages to arrange forged official documents & normal clothes within the jail only by their own influence. Building the excitement with some great memorable moments, its well written script gives you a real good time even when it is about three hours long but never becomes dull incorporating any forced sub-plots unnecessarily. However its quite possible that many youngsters still find it quite calm and slow as per the new-age standards of filmmaking.
Directed by John Sturges the film has been adapted from the book by Paul Brickhill, who had a personal experience of being one of the prisoners of the famous POW camp. The screen writers rope in various elements of tension, friendship, humor and heroism into their various characters heading towards an unpredictable tragedy and the progression truly remains engaging right till the end. Featuring many known names of the western cinema, it has some excellent supporting performances too enhancing the overall impact in an admirable manner and one keeps remembering many of those little precious moments in the film post watching its great climax.
So if you do want to witness an exciting as well as gripping prison break movie based on real life events, well performed by an intelligently chosen cast, then do watch THE GREAT ESCAPE as a must and have a great time with all the veterans.
Directed By John Sturges
Written By Paul Brickhill (Book), James Clavell & W. R. Burnett (Screenplay).
Starring : Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson and more.
Tags : The Great Escape (1963), Movies To See Before You Die Thriller, Prison Breaking Movies, Must See Movies List By Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Must Watch Movies List By Bobby Sing, Worth Watching Films List, Not To Be Missed Movies List By Bobby Sing
13 April 2014 / bobbysing /
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Moving away from the angry young man of the 70s, director Govind Nihalani came up with his own interpretation of a rebellion in AAKROSH meaning cry of the wounded, released in 1980. Reportedly based on a true incident, the film is a hurtful satire on three major aspects of the society namely cast system, corrupt political rulers and the questionable judiciary system failing to provide justice to the exploited victim.
Written by the renowned Marathi writer Vijay Tendulkar, AAKROSH is the debut film of Govind Nihalani which is now widely considered as one of those pioneer films, giving a new direction to Hindi Cinema in those uncertain times. Starring Om Puri, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah & Amrish Puri in its lead roles representing the three aspects of our society mentioned above, the film still remains one of the darkest & scary interpretations of human anger suppressed by the underprivileged poor, waiting to erupt any day like an inactive volcano.
AAKROSH redefined the word ‘Silence’ like never before on the Indian screen as its main protagonist never utters a single word in the entire film until he is forced to express it all in his loud angry roar, sighting another act of exploitation & injustice coming ahead. Presenting the extremely powerful and disturbing subject in his multi layered script pointing towards the completely rotten and unfair social system prevailing in the country, Nihalani brought forward many burning issues through a well written script calling for an individual study of its key characters essentially.
The central figure of Bhiku Lahaniya (Om Puri) & his wife Nagi (Smita Patil) are the ones coming from the exploited labour class who are still living as the undisclosed slaves in an independent country. Young advocated Bhaskar (Naseeruddin Shah) fighting Bhiku’s case is the aggressive, educated youth willing to bring the much needed change, providing justice to his client, exposing all as it should be done in a democratic nation. His mentor advocate Dushane (Amrish Puri) represents those educated achievers who despite coming from a lower (tribal) class, have now earned a respectable status in the society. But even then are still repeatedly reminded of their caste background by some anonymous threatening calls. A social worker points towards the educated rebel activists of those decades who were just reported missing one fine morning without any specific reason or any police investigations. And then the card playing group of the so called elite class symbolizes the ugly nexus between the politicians, police officials and the judicial system which keeps strengthening the class discrimination all over without caring anything about their social responsibilities or the vows taken while joining their reputed jobs.
Having many potent and hard hitting scenes, AAKROSH makes you think about the biased, exploitive world we are living in, repeatedly. But it’s actually the climax which simply knocks the viewer down with the loud roar of Bhiku taking that completely unexpected, brutal decision as his own solution for the problem, unfortunately. Raising many relevant questions, still waiting for an answer even after more than three decades this is surely one of the most important milestones of our Hindi Cinema, which also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in 1980, along with six Filmfare Awards in major categories of Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Story and Best Art Direction.
As an excellent amalgamation of performances, cinematography, sound, art and visionary direction, AAKROSH needs to be seen at the earliest as a landmark Hindi film making an urge to think and a highly recommended one too for every serious student of cinema wishing to watch all the precious gems of the past.
Directed by Govind Nihalani
Music by Ajit Verman
Starring Om Puri, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Amrish Puri, Mohan Agashe & more.
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07 April 2014 / bobbysing /
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A Hollywood movie made on Hollywood and its inner film-world only, is really a treat to watch, especially for friends who are well familiar with the western working style, production studios, veteran artists and the whole enigma around their big films or stars. And if you love watching films in this particular genre like SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950), A STAR IS BORN (1954) and more, then THE PLAYER is sure going to be a thoroughly entertaining watch for you undoubtedly, with many inside Hollywood references, jokes and cameos incorporated in a well thought of, brilliant style rarely tried before.
Based on a fictional but highly compelling plot which is quite possible in the real life too, THE PLAYER revolves around a studio script screener Griffin, who listens to hundreds of scripts every year, rejects most of them and selects only a few to consider further. So as per his assigned job he has to refuse many, say a lot of lies and act hard at times too in order to keep all the aspiring writers at a distance. The job does have its own charm and excitement but it doesn’t remain the same when one of those hundreds of unknown writers starts sending Griffin threatening messages regarding his submitted script. Now Griffin tries to identify that one writer and wishes to explain him the situation calmly, but the meeting gets him into a complex trap and from hereon we get to see a well written, entertaining thriller, showcasing the different tantrums of the film people involved and the industry politics too.

Superbly directed by Robert Altman the project is considered to be one of the best movies made on Hollywood Film Industry and was also nominated in the categories of Best Director, Best Writing-Screenplay & Best Editing in the Academy Awards of 1993. Its script has a unique balance of thrill, suspense, comedy and a fine satire too which keeps the viewers engrossed right from its first sequence itself. Particularly for the friends, who love to know more about the back stage events, THE PLAYER features a lot of amusingly fresh moments to keep you hooked, like how the scripts are heard, how the present actors talk about the veterans, the way new ideas are presented mixing two previous hits and how all the celebrities meet in restaurants over a lunch or dinner talking about their various projects.

As the lead actor, Tim Robbins plays it perfectly well and so do all the guest stars in their short appearances at regular intervals. The interesting subject is inviting enough for every die hard cinema lover living in any part of the world and the film has got a lot to offer in terms of content, writing and some exclusive revelations about the back stage tactics used. Though reportedly THE PLAYER was not received well at the time of its release but at present it is widely rated as a very smart, cunning as well as a funny take on the famous Hollywood film-makers and their own film-making style. So if you are really interested in the way films are conceived there, then you got to see this at the earliest and enjoy your time with the makers, inside the big studios.
Directed by Robert Altman
Written By Michael Tolkin 
Starring : Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward.
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01 March 2014 / bobbysing /
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