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“…And I’m here to recruit you.”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 18, 2009 by kaye

This is a Milk post.

I would like to spend a few minutes of my Spring Break to talk about Gus Van Sant’s Academy Award-winning film, Milk. Milk is a film about the life of Harvey Milk, who is the first openly gay man to take public office. Sean Penn starred as the title character while his co-stars Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna, Josh Brolin and James Franco played real people who were significant in the last few years of Harvey Milk’s life. Although Milk only won two out of its eight Oscar nods, I do believe that this film deserved all its nominations. Milk had an outstanding screenplay which consisted of witty and effective dialogue and a plotline that was so historically and cinematically accurate that I could see the amount of hard work and research that Dustin Lance Black put into the film. The casting was spot-on and each actor playing a major role did so brilliantly. I know that a lot of people thought that Mickey Rourke deserved the Best Actor award, but from what I saw in Milk, Sean Penn deserved every bit of that golden man.

I think that Milk will definitely go down on my list of favourite films of all time. It was perfect.



[How] will SLUMDOG’s Oscar sweep affect Indian cinema?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 26, 2009 by kaye

Computer-ji, lock kiya-jaye!

And then Slumdog Millionaire wins Best Adapted Screenplay. Best Sound Mixing. Best Film Editing. Best Original Score. Best Original Song. Best Cinematography. Best Director.

Best Picture.

I’ve heard it several times, when people would express their amazement at how a “Bollywood” film was able to garner so many Academy Awards. Each time I would have to correct these people for their blissful ignorance: Slumdog Millionaire is NOT a Bollywood film. It was set in India and starred Indian actors, but the production staff in its majority is British. It was directed by Danny Boyle, a British director, and the executive producer was Christian Colson, also British. Besides, Slumdog doesn’t have the melodrama, or the musical numbers (for the most part, at least) and, of course, the conservative nature of Bollywood films: there’s a kiss scene.

So one could ask whether or not Slumdog‘s worldwide success could have an effect on the way that films are made in India. I can’t really tell, but I hope not. India is known for its unique film industry, and the traditional characteristics of Bollywood films have been present since the industry’s inception. Bollywood, in my opinion, is one of those key aspects of Indian culture, and I surely hope that a seemingly deviant film such as Slumdog Millionaire won’t change that.

Awards Ceremonies: Are they even necessary?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 26, 2009 by kaye
Good grief.

Good grief.

In the spirit of recent awards ceremonies, especially Sunday night’s Academy Awards, I would like to answer a question that was presented to me on Wednesday morning: Are awards ceremonies necessary?

Honestly, I don’t think that such glamorous awards ceremonies are necessary at all. They are simply yet another chance for people who make a living by pretending to be other people to dress up in yet another outfit they can’t afford, pose for photographers and be admired by millions of people. I think that our generation, and even the generations before us, are far too obsessed with celebrity, and that in return celebrities are obsessed with themselves. All the glitz and glamour of these red-carpet events sometimes take away from what awards ceremonies are all about, which is recognising the achievements of individuals who have created excellent film masterpieces. I am in no way against the recognition of these individuals. I simply believe that the pre-awards shows are indulgent displays of consumerist individuals who are able to carry on with their normal, materialistic lives even at a time of economic recession.

Oscar Bets 2009.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 28, 2009 by kaye

In less than a month, Hollywood will witness the 81st Acedemy Awards. There will be a new Best Picture, a new set of Best Actors and Actresses, a new Best Animated feature film. Before the Academy reveals its winners for the year 2008, I would like to share my bets to win the greatest film event of the year:

Best Picture: As much as I enjoyed The Curious Case of Benjamin Button on so many levels, I think and strongly hope that this award will go to Slumdog Millionaire. After winning 4 Golden Globes and 5 Critics Choice Awards, I have strong faith that Slumdog will carry its winning streak along to the Oscars.

Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk. After all, he did win the Screen Actors’ Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role this year.

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, Doubt. She’s in a league of her own, and it’s about time she won again.

Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight. Although I love Robert Downey Jr., Ledger’s performance as The Joker deserves to be recognised by the highest degree.

Best Supporting Actress: Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I enjoyed her performance very much. She carried herself well as her character aged in this masterpiece of a film.

Best Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire. This movie is almost perfect, and I will carry on believing so until I see the bloopers on IMdB. I don’t plan on doing that any time soon.

Best Animated Feature: Wall-E. It was different from all the Pixar films I’ve seen in the past, and I mean this in a good way. Besides, I don’t care for Bolt, or any movie that has the words “Miley Cyrus” written on its poster.

Best Director: As long as it’s Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millioniare), David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) or Gus Van Sant (Milk), I’m happy. They’re all brilliant. Boyle also directed Trainspotting, which is one of my favourite films of all time. So is Fight Club, which was directed by David Fincher (Brad Pitt was in it as well). Gus Van Sant directed Elephant (2003), and it was a film that I liked a lot, especially because the ending was freaky as hell.

[2009 Golden Globes] SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 15, 2009 by kaye

After seeing the results of the 2009 Golden Globe Awards, I immediately dismissed the TV section and focused on these three things: Kate Winslet winning both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for her performances in Revolutionary Road and in The Reader, respectively, Heath Ledger winning a posthumous Best Supporting Actor for his role as The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s film, The Dark Knight, and the award sweep by the Danny Boyle film, Slumdog Millionaire, which won for Best Picture (Drama), Best Director, Best Screenplay and, I believe it was Best Original score.

After winning four awards I became even more excited to finally watch that film. It’s not just because of Dev Patel — although his performance as Anwar Kharral as a randy Muslim boy in my favourite show, the British teen series  Skins was a plus — but the strong critical acclaim and reviews made me want to see it so bad. I made it my goal to watch Slumdog Millionaire as soon as possible. Now that I have, I’m not surprised it won so many Golden Globe Awards, in addition to winning Critics Choice awards and earning eleven nominations for this year’s BAFTAs. Watching Dev Patel’s performance as Jamal Malik was a touching experience, and I wish this film well for the upcoming BAFTAs and Oscars.