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April 21, 2014 Monday     
As a true account of one of the most upsetting scams or conspiracies of last century’s political history, ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN is a film strictly made to portray what, when and how it happened without having any additional sub-plot, commercial gimmicks or entertaining relief moments following the set norm. Strictly focusing on ‘HOW’ instead of ‘WHY’, it brilliantly draws a clear, revealing picture of the various stages through which that famous scam got reported and thus remains one of the few films daringly made with a specific and highly dedicated vision showcasing a upsetting truth of the past. 
 
In June 1972 (in USA), a suspicious breakthrough at the Democratic Party's National Committee was caught right in time and a group of men were arrested who later turned out to be CIA agents. At trial the case was strangely represented by reputed lawyers and it was found that the agents were actually working for the government with some unofficial instructions. Two reporters of Washington Post namely Woodward and Cark Bernstein started investigating the case following some big leads and came to the conclusion that this was not anything small since their findings were actually leading towards none other than the President of the United States of America, Richard Nixon and The White House. The editor of the paper instructed them to dig it deeper with more decisive proofs and the film is all about their journey towards the actual hidden truth behind that major scam.
Now even if you are already familiar, don’t care or not willing to know anything about the famous ‘Watergate Conspiracy of 1972”, still you got to see this interesting, well-paced and brilliantly directed film, especially if you love watching fast  investigative thrillers bringing in new twists and turns every 10 minutes. Besides it is not really any political film (as it might sound) because the director keeps his entire concentration solely on the two reporters eager to reach the depth of their case, despite knowing the fact that it shamelessly involves the White house.
Actually based on the memoirs (book) of the real life journalists Woodward and Bernstein, ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN has an OSCAR winning script written by William Goldman and can easily be rated as an honest as well as an engaging adaptation of the book deserving appreciation. Starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as the two energetic Washington Post reporters, it unfortunately couldn’t get them a reward but Jason Robards playing their Executive Editor did get the Best Supporting Actor along with the Best Sound and the Best Art Direction OSCAR won by the film in the year 1977. Plus it was also nominated in the categories of Best Editing, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Director and Best Picture too putting up a tough fight for sure. 
With an excellent direction by Alan J. Pakula converting an unconventional plot into a fine thriller, the film never goes into a dramatic mode (thanks to its realistic sounds) and remains highly authentic right till its thoughtful climax which leaves you thinking that probably there is no end to this sick concept of corruption and that is the reason why the film is widely included in many ‘Must Watch Movies Lists’ compiled all over.
Made way back in 1976, its quite possible that the present generation (well versed with instant internet connectivity and mobile phones), might find the film a kind of outdated project in comparison. But looking back in time, that was exactly the way investigations used to be conducted in absence of any digital records and various search engines, asking for much more time and dedication. So if you do wish to visit one of the darkest phase of American history resulting in a major change then essentially watch this important film as a must and then also try to catch Oliver Stone's NIXON (1995) & Ron Howard’s FROST NIXON (2008) too in order to get a complete picture of the issue in details.

Directed By Alan J. Pakula
Written By Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward (Book), William Goldman (Screenplay)
Starring : Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden and more.
For friends who wish to read more on films made on the same subject please click the link given below : 
Frost Nixon (2008) (Movies To See Before You Die - Biographical / Historical)
Tags : All The President's Men (1976), Movies To See Before You Die Biographical Historical, Must Watch movies list by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Not To Be Missed Films List by Bobby Sing, Must Watch Classics List
 
 
03 April 2014 / bobbysing /
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Produced by Oprah Winfrey and directed by Denzel Washington, this is a biographical drama taking you back to the period of 1930s when racism and inequalities were widely prevalent in the west, between the whites and the blacks. Based on a true story, it revolves around the key character of a debate coach/teacher Melvin B. Tolson played by Denzel Washington and his prepared team of four young (black) students, competing with the champions of many reputed universities and winning them all.
Though heading towards a predictable climax, the film is actually worth watching more for its superb execution, highly believable performances and more importantly the theme of racial discrimination which still exists in the world today in a subtle, undisclosed form without any doubt. The fact was recently proved by the news of many regrettable events in different parts of the globe and the film once again asks that most significant question that haven’t we learned any lesson from our last 100 years of existence at all?
Moving at a great pace with few shocking sequences depiction insulting exploitation, fake arrests, riots and even lynching, THE GREAT DEBATERS remains a real film throughout and keeps you engaged with its powerful subject, fine cinematography, intelligent costume designing and exciting background score. The team of four (including a girl) perform in a highly inspiring manner and the viewer does feel uplifted by their brave spirits in the end as they finally win the most desired contest with the whites.
The 20 conclusive minutes of the film are extremely well written with the surprising Indian references of Mahatma Gandhi, his Satyagrah and Jallianwala Bagh massacre too in support of the argument put against racism, strongly proving the famous saying of St. Augustine that “An unjust law is no law at all."
A truly inspirational movie made on real life events (with certain deliberate changes made), THE GREAT DEBATERS is an inspiring experience giving a precious message to this present generation, that we essentially need to learn from the mistakes made in the past urgently in order to have a better and secured future ahead for our kids too. So do go for it, especially for the flawless performances delivered by the entire cast and its socially relevant theme depicted skillfully.
Directed By Denzel Washington
Starring : Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise, Nate Parker and more.
Tags : The Great Debaters (2007), Movies To See Before You Die Biographical, Must See Movies List By Bobby Sing, Worth Watching Cinematic Gems List, Films made on Racial Discrimination, Denzel Washington directed movies, Produced by Oprah Winfrey, Gandhi's reference in English films.
 
 
01 April 2014 / bobbysing /
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Rang Rasiya

Hindi Cinema has never been keen on making enlightening biographies, especially of any talented creative artists born in our part of the world in the last century. In the beginning we made movies on all mythological characters and then the focus shifted on to the life of key historical figures, freedom fighters, rebels and occasionally a sportsman or a business tycoon too as seen in the recent times. But very rarely we have made a film (not documentaries) on any creative artist of our country who had an exceptionally god gifted talent in any particular artistic stream and celebrated his entire life with the blessed art right till the last days.
Thankfully, RANG RASIYA is one of those rare and important biographical dramas based on the life of 19th century painter RAJA RAVI VARMA, who was the pioneer artist, painting the divine Indian GODS and GODESSES on his canvas with an exceptional grace and beauty. Directed by Ketan Mehta the period drama stars Randeep Hooda and Nandana Sen in the lead but unfortunately has still not been released in the theaters even after 4 years of its completion.
Now where a few blame the internal disputes of the makers as the cause of this long delay in its release, others mention its extremely bold scenes as the key reason for getting stuck, in order to avoid any communal unrest among the people. Anyway, whatever the reason might be, the sad irony remains that despite having a courageous film made on one of the most famous Indian painters (who earned a world acclaim too), the project has still not reached its target audience and the very purpose of making it has failed completely.
Luckily, I got to see the film in a Film festival last year and was simply enthralled by the life experiences of the celebrated painter RAJA RAVI VARMA and the hardships he had to face leading him to the court of law on the charges of spreading vulgarity. Based on the biographical novel by Ranjit Desai the film passionately talks about his obsessive art and the struggle to practice his free artistic expressions depicting the mythological characters creatively. And though his exquisite paintings were getting famous all over the world in that particular era, the artist was arrested in his own country on the charge of obscenity and offending religious & cultural sentiments of the public by painting in an indecent manner.
Frankly, RANG RASIYA was an eye opener for me too as I was also not aware of such astonishing facts about one of the greatest Indian painters of my own country. And that is exactly why bio-pics need to be made like an effective means of spreading awareness in the present generation to be precise. Yes, technically it can easily be called a simple film made with a sincere motive accompanied by a decent cinematography, soundtrack and impressive performances by the entire cast. However it’s not the technical qualities for which the film is being included here in the list of must watch movies. But it’s the informative value of its shocking as well as enlightening content which needs to be told; otherwise it will remain hidden for the obvious reasons like something slipped under the carpet.
A film which would straight away remind you of a sharp contradictory truth of the recent times related with another legendary artist M. F. Hussain, I really wish this gets released at the earliest to be seen by one and all. And may the present world learn that important lesson of ‘artistic freedom’ through this brave, thoughtful and honest depiction by Ketan Mehta.
Directed By Ketan Mehta
Written By Sanjeev Dutta & Ketan Mehta
Starring : Randeep Hooda, Nandana Sen & more.
Tags : Rang Rasiya (2008), Movies To See Before You Die Biographical, Must Watch Films List by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Ketan Mehtas unreleased film, Indian biopic on Raja Ravi Varma, Not To Be Missed Films on Indian Creative Artists, Worth Watching Biographical films made on Indian Artists.
 
 
10 March 2014 / bobbysing /
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