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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

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 | Chef: Jon Favreau cooks up a delicious storm

May 16, 2021 10:21 am

Chef was about food, and it remained about it till the very end. There was no dramatic upstaging of the delicious cuisines by any actor. There were a few memorable cameos too, one featuring Dustin Hoffman, and the other with Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr.

Hollywood Rewind | Revolutionary Road: A grim and gritty take on the institution of marriage

May 09, 2021 8:11 am

Relationships, even the most boring ones, are alive -- with future, potential, fear, desire, anger and unrealised dreams. It is these very emotions that the 2008 Sam Mendes directorial Revolutionary Road deep dives into. The result is a chaotic thing of beauty.

Hollywood Rewind | I'm Not There: A bizarre, inventive biographical movie on Bob Dylan

May 02, 2021 7:57 am

To make a movie on such a shape-shifting and culturally resonant American icon, you have to think out of the box. If filmmaker Todd Haynes had gone the traditional way, we would have been robbed of the chance to see the nuances and the sheer novelty of his work.

Hollywood Rewind | Donnie Brasco: Al Pacino and Johnny Depp's chemistry is the highlight of this mob drama

April 25, 2021 8:06 am

Said to be inspired by a true story, the premise of Donnie Brasco is predictable enough. What elevates it are the performances, especially by Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. It is a cinephile's delight to witness the two create magic on screen, since Johnny was then starting to peak, and Al, already a legend, was looking for something exciting.

Hollywood Rewind | Sicario: Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro shine in this thriller about the land of shifting morals and lawlessness

April 18, 2021 8:17 am

Emily Blunt is us -- the moral compass of Sicario, the person that grounds it and makes it real. Her responses, her body language as the brave but scared out of her wits Kate, is so tangible that you feel you can extend your arms and touch her.

Hollywood Rewind | Edge of Tomorrow: Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt deliver an off-the-charts action-thriller

April 11, 2021 8:06 am

Edge of Tomorrow is one of those films which you should ideally see on a massive screen to get the full impact. But it is seven-years-and-a-pandemic too late for it. With reports of a sequel being made with the same main cast we can keep only our fingers crossed. 

Hollywood Rewind | Spy Kids: The quintessential family entertainer of the noughties

April 04, 2021 8:26 am

The Spy Kids series was not only critically acclaimed, but raked in quite the moolah at the box office. The first Spy Kids movie alone minted an impressive 147 million dollars worldwide.

Hollywood Rewind | 1998's Godzilla: A nostalgia-ridden experience with 'negative impact'

March 28, 2021 9:07 am

What is admirable about Godzilla is the beginning, which takes time to build and that visual which I can never get out of my head -- of Godzilla rising from the sea. The outline of a big black beast slowly coming to the surface under the blue sky. Brilliant. But what next?

Hollywood Rewind | The Others: A different kind of horror experience with a classic, in-form Nicole Kidman

March 21, 2021 8:23 am

The Others is not completely 'horror-horror,' it is a psychological horror-thriller that plays sneaky games with your mind, with what you cannot see on screen. And as the famous saying goes, 'A known devil is better than an unknown one.'

Hollywood Rewind | Phone Booth: Colin Farrell shines in this underrated thriller

March 14, 2021 8:12 am

The sniper (voiced by a very convincing Kiefer Sutherland) decides to play god as he taunts, sneers and reminds Stuart of his misdeeds and failings. But the whole thing would have come undone had a person with less talent than Colin Farrell played Stuart in Phone Booth.