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August 26, 2013

Silver Linings Playbook

Director - David O. Russell

Genre - Comedy/Drama/Romance

Bradley Cooper stars as Pat Solatano Jr, a former teacher who was sent to a mental institution for something he did in the past. Out now, Pat is desperate to reclaim all that he had lost. His father is played by Robert Deniro who seems to be just as mentally perturbed as his son. They have an uneasy, explosive chemistry when they're together, often being just a few inches away from coming to blows with each other. Throw Jennifer Lawrence into the mix and you have one of the most unconventional yet true to life romantic movie we've ever seen. Which comes as a surprise, because we didn't think it would steer into that path, thinking initially that it would be a dark drama. Strong performances from the cast and a fantastic script makes this a winner. Excelsior!


May 26, 2013

The Cloud-Capped Star

Director - Ritwik Ghatak

Genre - Drama/Musical

Directed by Ritwik Ghatak, who was previously unknown to us, this picture is extraordinarily without blemish. From the occasionally unusual but captivating soundtrack, its cinematography which can only be described as pure class and the arrestingly magnetic performances of its cast, this film is a gift to fans of cinema everywhere. The story isn't multitiered with plots aplenty, but the simple script hides a message-driven lesson which is heavier than how it appears. Nita is a woman who fends for her family even though she risks losing herself in the process. Embodying India's long suffering daughters who often don't get any say in society, Nita was Ghatak's tool in bringing out to the open one of India's social ills.Highly memorable and we recommend immediate search and view.