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Atomic Blonde, Review by Siraj Syed: Blonde, Lorraine Blonde

Atomic Blonde, Review by Siraj Syed: Blonde, Lorraine Blonde “Bond, James Bond” is the most famous self-introduction in spy movie history, courtesy Sean Connery playing Ian Fleming’s Cold War time British secret agent 007. Fifty-five years on, Charlize Theron has picked a graphic novel by Anthony Johnston to invent herself as Lorraine (blonde) Broughton, the present day ‘equivalent’ of not only Bond, but John Wick and Jason Bourne, with a dash of Mad Max, severel...

Dunkirk, Review by Siraj Syed: 300,000 stranded soldiers--Between certain death and uncertain rescue, a movie to cling on to

Dunkirk, Review by Siraj Syed: 300,000 stranded soldiers--Between certain death and uncertain rescue, a movie to cling on to It really happened. Give or take a few details, it really happened. Between 300,000 and 400,000 British troops were evacuated by British vessels from a beach in Dunkirk, France, in May 1940, amidst German submarine and aerial attacks. Dunkirk, the movie, is a visual roller-coaster on land, sea and air, where thrills are interwoven with chills, and dizzy heights blend wit...

The Black Prince who walked the Red Carpet at Cannes

The Black Prince who walked the Red Carpet at Cannes Very little is known about Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of Punjab with his capital at Lahore, who is said to have gifted the invaluable Koh-i-Noor diamond to Queen Victoria, while a young boy. Time and again, a lobby is raised in India to try and get it back from Britain, only to fizzle out. Dalip Singh remains an enigmatic figure, a missing chapter from India’s colonial history. All that is set to change with oncoming rel...

Transformers-The Last Knight, Review by Siraj Syed: Michael’s Bay Watch

Transformers-The Last Knight, Review by Siraj Syed: Michael’s Bay Watch A lot of words related to media get either entirely new meanings or stretch their known meanings to the limit and beyond, once you have watched Michael Bay’s Transformers. It is far too tempting to let the last Knight remain as it is, without getting punny. I saw the film last Night (Wednesday late afternoon, to be precise), and I often felt that last Night was never going to end. It eventually did, and exiti...

Cars 3, Review by Siraj Syed: Car-actor roles

Cars 3, Review by Siraj Syed: Car-actor roles Imagine this. You are a fading racing veteran and suddenly you lose a race to a rookie? What do you do? Seek professional help and training, even dig out your late mentor’s buddies and have a go at the next race. Now imagine all these characters are cars, not human beings, and you know you are watching the new Disney-Pixar enterprise dubbed Cars 3. It’s as human as human can be, but then again, it is as automobiley as automobiley can g...

Who Will Win the Palme D'or?

The bets are open! On Sunday, May 28, one film will win the Palme d'or at the 70th Cannes Film Festival. Two days before the end of the event, the predictions are buzzing around as everyone tries to guess who will win this supreme award of world cinema. 5Chopard  revealed that this year's edition was unique with diamonds and a market value of 25 000€ So far the predicted favorites are Happy End, Les Proies, L'Amant Double, and 120 Beats Per Minute.  ...

Wind River- Review

Wind River A film by Taylor Sheridan, Wind River brings attention to the dangerous lives of Native American woman, and life on a reservation. With Jeremey Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, this movie never had a dull moment. Not once did I wonder how much time it had left, or even steer away in my mind to think about something else. However, some very violent parts of the film were extemely hard to watch. The story was powerful and on multiple occasions I found myself moved to tears.  O...

MOONLIGHT -- the Guilty Conscience Oscar Winner

Summary: Highly overrated minor film that won the guilty conscience Oscar of 2017 *** This review may contain spoilers *** I finally caught up with this year's Questionable Oscar winner, "Black Moonlight" last night. in Budapest. Like everyone else I was curious to see what all the noise around this picture was all about.  It turned out to be a fairly attention holding film, amateurishly made, but well acted with a good story, and certainly not quite as bad as that piece o...

Alien: Covenant, Review by Siraj Syed: Paradise morphed

Alien: Covenant, Review by Siraj Syed: Paradise morphed Five years after Prometheus, this film is the second instalment in the Alien prequel series, and the sixth one in the Alien film series, as well as the third one to be directed by Ridley Scott. Prometheus was his second directorial effort in the series. He was 42 when he directed Alien (1979) and is in his 79th year, when Covenant is releasing. Imagine making a prequel 38 years after the original! Alien Covenant is an interesting film in...

Movie memories, by Siraj Syed—X-Men-The Last Stand (2006): Fire and ice

Movie memories, by Siraj Syed—X-Men-The Last Stand (2006): Fire and ice X-Men and X-Women in all their glory, with abilities that, together, are capable of almost anything, like battling forces of the government of the USA, and each other, in this threequel to X-Men (2000) and X-2 (2003). What would have been a trilogy, has continued into 2017. Having three to four years in between the successive franchise films works for the project, even in later editions, though there was a spate du...

Movie memories, by Siraj Syed—Brokeback Mountain (2005): Rough terrain, smooth ride

Movie memories, by Siraj Syed—Brokeback Mountain (2005): Rough terrain, smooth ride Friendship between the two protagonists of Brokeback Mountain turns to a homosexual relationship that survives their respective conventional marriages and fatherhoods. Director Ang Lee tackles this taboo theme, placed in the Wyoming of half a century ago, and treats it with old-world unravelling, at a gentle pace and accompanied by slow background score. The dialogue is highly accentuated and mumbled, wh...

Siraj Syed covers CommunicAsia 2017, Singapore: Pre-event, 04: Technicolor to bring in new era of entertainment

Siraj Syed covers CommunicAsia 2017, Singapore: Pre-event, 04: Technicolor to bring in new era of entertainment... by delivering access excellence and empowering content for audiences everywhere. *Engineering next-gen technologies and products to deliver access speeds and bandwidth for the most immersive content. *Building intelligent networks that optimise Wi-Fi efficiency and performance while reducing costs for operators. *Creating an intuitive, seamless and friction-less home network s...

The Guardians of the Galaxy-Vol. 2, Review by Siraj Syed: Turn-up the volume

The Guardians of the Galaxy-Vol. 2, Review by Siraj Syed: Turn-up the volume TGOTG goes back to 1980, when Peter’s father was courting his mother, and then comes to present day, when he s about 35. Like Vol. 1, the film is a riot of colour, sci-fi (visuals) and hi-fi (sounds), even celebrating its own prowess in painting the screen with an explosion of VFX hues, like a futurist child’s dream display of fire-works. It also taps upon latest sound techniques to run music, SFX and dia...

Movie memories, by Siraj Syed--The Bourne Supremacy (2004): Supreme racy

Movie memories, by Siraj Syed--The Bourne Supremacy (2004): Supreme racy As I write this flashback review, five Jason Bourne films have been released, of which The Bourne Supremacy was the second. The lead character and plot premises are all based on the milieu created by Robert Ludlum’s action-thriller novels about CIA agent Jason Bourne and the Agency’s use of his skills in executing murderous missions, after subjecting him to drug-induced psychogenic amnesia. This one begins t...

Last Call at Murray's Screens at the Maryland International Film Festival

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  Murray's 2 from Raychel Harvey-Jones on Vimeo. Award-Winning Film Last Call at Murray’s Screens at the Maryland International Film Festival   Washington DC March 29, 2017– The award-winning film Last Call at Murray’s will screen at the Maryland International Film Festival on Saturday, April 1st at 3:20 PM at the Academy Theater. The film has received numerous nominations from film festivals around the country and has won Best Ensemble Cast, Best Actr...

There is still time to get in on the action at Tribeca

This year's Tribeca Film Festival is another a great opportunity to see some great films, join some exciting discussions about movies, and even to rub shoulder with some of your favorite celebrities. Photos © Mustafa Önder   The Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan following the attacks on the World Trade Center. With strong roo...

Smurfs-The Lost Village, Review by Siraj Syed: Tidal waves and tiny caves

Smurfs-The Lost Village, Review by Siraj Syed: Tidal waves and tiny caves Smurfy’s Law: The Forbidden Forest is the forbidden forest, and there’s good reason for the entry ban—you might not come back alive. After watching the latest Smurf movie, you will not only get back alive, but happy and bemused. If you belong to the under 12 age-group, you might even enjoy the thrills and frills much more than your older brethren. The Lost Village (third in the Smurfs franchise) is ne...

The Zookeeper’s Wife, Review by Siraj Syed: Of animals, animal instincts and humanity above all

The Zookeeper’s Wife, Review by Siraj Syed: Of animals, animal instincts and humanity above all A wife, a husband their zoo and the Jews. Unlikely ingredients of a film seen by us critics on the eve of Hitler’s birthday. And yet, The Zookeeper’s Wife movie survives some uneven narrative and unimaginative camerawork to settle down into a compelling, if understated, holocaust tale that more than deserves a cursory viewing. It begins as The Life of Pi, moves on to join Schindle...

"The Evangelist" Is Set To Make it's Mark May 9th 2017

  THE EVANGELIST TO BE RELEASED MAY 9th 2017! YOUR SINS ARE NOT FORGIVEN...     ITN Distribution has acquired the rights to worldwide distribution for the highly anticipated horror / psychological thriller "The Evangelist" with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and eOne Entertainment releasing the film in the US & Canada.   On May 9th 2017 Enter the sadistic world of The Evangelist,...

Boss Baby review by Siraj Syed: These guys sure have bawls!

The Boss Baby review by Siraj Syed: These guys sure have bawls! Cutie cutie. Coochie coochie. Cooey cooey. Too muchy muchy! Fun, funny. Listen, honey, it’s ‘Big brother’ v/s Baby brother. Baby Corp v/s Puppy Corp. It’s a gooey gooey, gagaey gagaey mess of gawpaw, but so adorable, aw. Aw-struck. Amazing animation. Hilarious declamation. A good outing for the vacation. Calling all babies, baby brothers and sisters, parents, baby-sitters, corporate ladder-climbers, carto...

Siraj Syed reviews Before I Fall: Death gives her a second chance, and a third, and a ...

Siraj Syed reviews Before I Fall: Death gives her a second chance, and a third, and a ... It is amazing how an old ‘doha’ (lessons and ethics of life, in simple poetic couplet form) from Indian folk literature has taken the shape of an American movie in 2017. Moral: We are aware of only one life, and to make the most of it, we must perform all our good deeds before it is too late. The doha, by secular Saint KabeerDaas goes, “Kaal karey so aaj kar, Aaj karey so ab’, whi...

Siraj Syed reviews Beauty and the Beast: A veritable feast

Siraj Syed reviews Beauty and the Beast: A veritable feast Beauty and the Beast is a treat for young and old alike, with generous doses of humour and an enchanting musical score to go with it. It is not often that you see a kettle, a tea-cup and saucer, a dressing stool, a wardrobe, a piano, an antique clock, a floating, curvaceous  plumage and a candelabra (no, that’s definitely not a typo)  share screen space with the titular duo, that happen to be Beauty and Beast in this c...

The Kong Show: KONG SKULL ISLAND, Hiddleston, Larson, Jackson Deliver “Bigly”

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When the original KING KONG was released by RKO in March of 1933, some of the trade ads included a tie-in between Kong’s big bang box office receipts and the failed banks of the Great Depression roaring back to profitability. It was a nostalgia sell, a heart-tug for a pre-code Hollywood monster romp, the likes and scale of which had never been seen on the silver screen. In a quick recap, Merian C. Cooper was turned down at Paramount, th...

Siraj Syed reviews Logan: All Gore

Siraj Syed reviews Logan: All Gore Just when we had begun to think that desensitisation was near complete, and violence in American films held no more depths to plumb, there comes Logan. For its genre, it’s a triumph of sorts. For the distanced critic, his worst fears could have come true. Unless, of course, he turns it into a cathartic but guilty experience. Decapitation with a cap-it-all D is but one of the milder forms of blood and gore strewn across the two hours plus footage of L...

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