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

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

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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.

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Film4: A Website Review

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 4, 2009 by kaye

This entry is about the Film4 website, which was listed in the very long list of links on the ISM Film Blog.

Film4 is the film extension of the Channel 4 network, which I’m guessing is one of the top television networks in the United Kingdom. Channel 4 Film is similar to HBO in a sense that it shows films all day, and the company also produces films. The website features TV listings and film reviews as well as a section for trailers and clips from upcoming films. The reviews on the site are for films that are currently in cinemas, so it’s helpful for prospective film viewers who might need help choosing which film to watch on a lazy weekend.

The link for Film4 caught my attention for two reasons: one, because Film4 was listed as one of the producers during the opening credits of the multi-award nominated Slumdog Millionaire , my favourite film of the year so far. Also, an extension of the Channel 4 network, E4, produced my current favourite television show. I gotta hand it to the Brits, this one. Those Film4 people know their stuff.

[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.