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Friday, August 14, 2020

Hollywood Rewind

Hollywood Rewind is a weekly special that looks back at some of the best films the Hollywood industry has made over the years. Its attempt is to show how these movies are still relevant to us and perhaps, as a by-product, introduce to the readers a whole series of new films to (re)discover.


Hollywood Rewind | The Lord of the Rings I: A classic example of 'how to make good movies based on books'

July 25, 2020 4:05 pm

At a time when everything seems so uncertain, it is reassuring to fall back on the basic, decent tenets of humanity which The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring espouses.

Hollywood Rewind | Zero Dark Thirty: A complicated, controversial thriller that put Jessica Chastain on the map

July 18, 2020 8:06 am

If you don't take it as a factual account of what actually transpired, Zero Dark Thirty is a well-made drama that follows the trajectory of an in-form Jessica Chastain, who is more than credible as Maya the CIA analyst.

Hollywood Rewind | The Godfather: The ultimate mafia film

July 11, 2020 3:24 pm

The camera angles, the narrative (based on Mario Puzo's bestselling novel of the same name), the performances, the editing, the score -- at no point were these varied departments of filmmaking inharmonious. Like a lovely orchestra group, each unit of cinema supported the other, thereby finally giving us this masterclass of a film.

Hollywood Rewind | Say Anything: John Cusack and his boombox save the day

July 04, 2020 8:54 am

The writing is average at best. However, it does have its moments. What helps the narrative's case are the dialogues, some of which are still being used by heartsick men to this date.

Hollywood Rewind | Warm Bodies: A zombie comedy with heart

June 28, 2020 8:59 am

Starring the talented duo of Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, this film is in parts cheesy, hilarious and sentimental.

Hollywood Rewind | Bright Star: The luminous love story of poet John Keats

June 21, 2020 8:16 am

The title of the film is taken from John Keats' poem of the same name which he had apparently written as a declaration of his love for Fanny Brawne. The poem, of course, is lovely, but what is perhaps even lovelier is how director Jane Campion managed to bring such a story to life on screen.

Hollywood Rewind | Malcolm X: Denzel Washington is magnetic in the titular role

June 14, 2020 8:49 am

My only complaint with the movie is its length. While I understand that a biopic made on such an epic scale would take time to reach its conclusion, Malcolm X could have done without the extra 30 minutes.

Hollywood Rewind | Stardust: Claire Danes film casts a strong spell

June 07, 2020 8:20 am

Translating a beloved piece of literature to the big screen has almost always resulted in disaster. However, Stardust is different. It not only faithfully adapts the text, but also manages to stand on its own two feet.

Hollywood Rewind | Red Eye: Beware of delayed flights and attractive strangers!

May 30, 2020 4:04 pm

Red Eye leans towards the rom-com tropes in the first few minutes of the film, and it really throws you off the scent for some time until we see our leads seated next to each other in a plane.

Hollywood Rewind | Notting Hill: It's all about Julia

May 23, 2020 11:28 am

We know how Notting Hill's journey is going to end even before it begins — on a romantic, happy note. Because that is embedded in the very nature of rom-coms — to provide foolish hope to lovers around the globe.