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ALEX FARBA


 

Alex Farba Deleon is a filmfestivals.com ambassador

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Milos Foreman dead at 86

photo by Petr Novák Czech filmmaker Milos Forman, whose American movies "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus" won a deluge of Academy Awards, including best director Oscars, died Saturday. He was 86. Forman died about 2 a.m. Saturday, April 24,  at Danbury Hospital, near his home in Warren, Conn., according to a statement released by the former director's agent, Dennis Aspland. Aspland said Forman's wife, Martina, notified him of...

Sullivan travels, review by Alex Deleon

John L. Sullivan, a successful but naive director of lightweight motion pictures,  decides he wants to make a film about the trials and tribulations of the downtrodden poor. Much to the dismay of his producers, he sets off in ragged tramp's clothing with a single dime in his pocket to experience poverty first-hand and winds up in a chain gang!  - but finds a way out... Veronica's golden Waves were alone worth the price of admission.. Light Screwball Comedy with a h...

Alex's best ten of 2017

                  Andrzej Wajda.               Boguslaw Linda 1. Powidoki, (Afterimages) Polish master Andrzej Wajda's final fllm made when he was ninety is another attack on the Communist system his country suffered under during four long decades. A crippled painter who refuses to follow the party approved style of Social Realism is suppressed by the system but wildly adored by his...

The Turkey of the year...goes to The Square

There were also some highly overrated films in 2017. The Turkey of the year in my estimation was the Swedish attempt at satire  entitled "The Square"  Described thusly:  "Comedy · A prestigious Stockholm museum's chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit". This film has won numerous festival accolades including...

Red Sparrow review Misguided Missile in a Pseudo Cold War.

Misguided Missile in a Pseudo Cold War. Red Sparrow (Vörös Veréb) was Viewed on commercial release in Budapest in English with Hungarian Subtitle Jennifer Lawrence wears bangs in Cold War Sex Thumper as ex-Ballet diva boffing away for the NKVD... but the cluttered script and lumbering direction sabotage Jennifer's    valiant efforts to keep this shipwreck afloat   First let me say that two thin...

Final Oscars update, March 05

Francis McDormand for best actress, Gary Oldman for best actor, and Shape of Water for best film. So glad that Gary Oldman got it. By Alex Deleon "Me too, glad about Oldman. Disgusted with the two others. Shapeless Water was a shoe in with all them dumb nominations, but Mme. McDormand was like a piece of hardwood in a piss poor picture. If you haven't seen Three Ebbings outside of Billboard, Misery I strongly advise you to skip it. I am up at the crack of One ...

The Shapelessness of Water, Oscar but...

Sally Hawkins, speechless before Doug Jones' extraordinary amphibian charm by Alex Deleon Forced myself to go out into the icy Budapest cold tonight whenk I found that the hottest Oscar contender "The Shape of Water" was playing at the Művész Art Cinema, only one tram stop away.  Immediate reaction.  The Shape of Water"is a Self indulgent Shapeless piece of confused unanchored crap tied to the fishiest script of the year. Even outdoes Three Billboa...

Marathi Biopic at Jaipur RIFF

by Alex Deleon Marathi Biopic by director Ananth Narayan Mahadevan      The real doctor left, and actress Chatterjee at right This is a Marathi language biopic spotlighting the life and career of Rukhmabai Raut India's first practicing lady doctor, social rebel and medical pioneer who paved the way for a fight against gender discrimination. The movie was a revelation at the Jaipur minifilm festival (Four days only). It was a lat...

Alex Deleon busy in Rajahstan with Jury Duty at RIFF 2018

Rajasthan film festival is the biggest film festival in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. It gives a new level of platform to filmmakers, artists and technicians of Rajasthani cinema to motivate them, so that they work harder and take Rajasthan Cinema to a new level altogether. From the last four years this festival has brought an amazing change in the Rajasthani cinema and has been appreciated by all the people nationally. After a roaring success in 2016, the fifth ed...

PADMAVAT : Political Hysteria rages in India over release of new historical film by top Bollywood director

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by A. Sikandar Deleon, Jaipur                                                   Padukone                        Bhansali "Padmavat", an historical costume drama directed by Bollywood's leading film director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali (54) and starring the currently most...

The fourth installment of the Rajasthani Int'l Film Festival, RIFF

Sommendra Harsh at initial festival press conference The fourth installment of the Rajasthani Int'l Film Festival, RIFF, will take place in the colorful pink city Jaipur, capital ofoo the historically rich Indian province of Rajasthan. Jaipur is famed for its many old palaces in a walled off old town in which all buildings are uniformly  painted in a color somewhere between pink and pale orange. One is reminded of the beautiful city of Marrakech in Morocco, also referred to affe...

The Post by Spielberg in Bombay

  Spielberg, streep and hanks at promotional event Viewed at INOC Nariman Point cinemas, Bombay, Monday afternoon 15 January 2018.. Awesome and awe inspiring. Amazing  that Spielberg has been able to take an old newspaper story, now nearly fifty years old --and largely forgotten, and pumped it up into a thriller that feels like it happened last week. My major complaint is the title  POST. .It should have been called The Pentagon Papers!  -- not an innocuous one...

Kerala IFF 2017 Reviews

  by Alex Deleon <filmfestivals.com> The 22nd International Film Festival of Kerala, IFFK, held in the southmost Indian city of India, Trivandarum, from December 8th to 15th with its highly eclectic and discerning programming was   a treasure c...

The Year Ahead in Bollywood Titans to Face Off in January, Shah Rukh will become a dwarf and Akshay will be on the rag

by Alex Deleon   Local newspapers are loaded with reports on upcoming events in Bollywood as the year 2018 wheels into it...

Kerala 22 Review, HEART OF A DOG

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  22nd KERALA IFF reviews, Trivandarum Dec. 2017  by Alex Deleon, <filmfestivals.com>     Nayinte Hrudayam" (Heart of a Dog) 120',  -- a Malayalam language film not to be confused with the 2015 American film of the same name by Laurie Anderson -- cunningly directed by Sreekrishnan, is based on a surrealistic 1926 Russian novel by Mikhail Bulgakov that fits the category "impossible to film". ...

new Year's news from Bombay: Big star Bollywood film to be shot in Israel

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Alex C. Deleon, Bombay Bollywood A-list star Ranbir Kapoor, co-star Alia Bhatt and director Ayan Mukerji spent new years eve partying in Tel Aviv where they are getting ready to shoot the first Bollywood film ever to be made on location in Israel. Set in modern day India "Brahmasta" the first part of a planned trilogy revolves around wisdom and powers drawn from ancient Indian culture and will be shot in the old city of Jaffa, in Jerusalem, and parts of neighboring J...

New Year's in Bombay Day three, my button works

  by Alex Deleon 13:43 (Il y a 23 heures)             Resting at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club next to the fabulous Taj Mahal Hotel -- the...

India: The Padmavati controversy updates.

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Removing an offensive dotted Eye, by Alex Deleon, Pune, Maharashtra                       The big film news at the year end here in India is the ongoing controversy over the release of the new historical drama "Padmavati" by top senior director Sanjay Leela  Bhansali  starring top star Deepika Padukone in the title title role as a real queen of yore. The big joke (seriously) is that the film will get gover...

Yearend News from Bombay

The year 2018 in Bollywood has seen a dearth of box-office blockbuster and the industry has been counting on Salma Khan's latest, "Tiger Zinda Hai" (The tiger is still alive) a giant actioner co-starring his former girl friend Katrina Kaif.  This is the follow up to his megahit "Tiger Hai" of 2012 also costarring zoftic curvy Katrina who,  although only half Indian is the  leading sex symbol of the Bollywood.   The story this tim...

The Adventures of a Roving Film Festivaleer

ADVENTURES ON THE FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT by Alex Deleon (Herman Pevner) (filmfestivals.com) The very first film festival I ever attended was the San Francisco Festival of 1975. I had by then begun to publish articles about Japanese films in San Francisco and was invited by former festival director Albert Johnson, whom I knew from hanging out at the fabled Mediterraneum Caffe in Berkeley, and Albert used his influence to arrange a pass for me. To this day I must say it was one of...

Review from Kerala: THE BLACK JEW -- Karutha Joothan -- INDIA

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KERALA 2017 REPORTS   THE BLACK JEW -- Karutha Joothan -- INDIA       by Alex Chaim Deleon-Sinha             <filmfestivals.com>   Karutha Joothan (The Black Jew)  is a 2017 Malayalam film written, directed and produced by the National Award winning actor Salim Kumar in which Salim Kumar himself essays the lead character. A major new Indian from the Deep Dravidian South. Director, Scenario and leading role, Salim Kuma...

Alex and the smoking gun from Kerala Fest

ALEX Calling from Kerala Namaskor. Best film festival ever. Tops. Adipowli !!!! Awesome. The Best. Top Prize  film  Wajib, from Palestine, was Awesome But overall best film and Audience prize favorite was  "A mon age je me cache encore pour fumer " ... / At my age I still have to hide to smoke ... The film is a smoking gun in the face of Islamic oppression of women and is as only to be expected, banned in all Arab countries ~~ wallapalooza smackeroo  -...

Alex at the 22nd Kerala Film Festival

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My Top Seven from the festival were: 1. A mon âge je me cache toujours pour fumer -- ALGERIA 2.  Newton --HINDI 3. Two  Persons, Malayalam 4. Heart of a Dog --Malayalam 5.  Black Jew, Malayalam 6. The Butcher, The Whore, and the One-eyed Man,     Another Hungarian chef d'oeuvre from János Szász 7. WAJIB, Palestine Details on these films to follow later Alex, Trivandarum Nayinye Hrudayam,  (The Heart of Dog) Is a can...

New Film Noir from Hungary is a Groundbreaker and a Head Turner

by Alex Deleon      <filmfestivals.com> BUDAPEST NOIR is a murder mystery set in the German influenced Budapest of 1936 with Antisemitism on the rise. Superbly directed, acted, and beautifully lensed by master cinematographer Elemér Ragály.  This is by far the Best Hungarian film of the year in what has been a very good year for Magyar cinema generally. In terms of genre the very first film of its kind from this country and an eye opener...
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