Gaganachari | Review

‘Gaganachari’ Review | Written by Rohan Bhattacharya The world of Indian cinema has had the privilege of being graced with some excellent documentary films over the years. Works like ‘All That Breathes,’ and ‘Writing with Fire’ have received international acclaim, and are regarded by many critics of cinema as some of the finest documentary films of the decade. Despite the rise and celebration of the documentary genre in the world of...

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Written by Ellie Mae Louise Smith | Reviewed by Barry John Terblanche

Synopsis: Mae, is a 12-year-old girl, who is a very strong Christian. She goes to church twice a week, always volunteering where she can, and always helps others. Her dad, early '40s, James Smith, was once a church-loving child himself - until his mother passed away from cancer when he was just, 12. Leaving him to live with his newfound alcoholic father, who also stopped in his belief after his...

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The State of Indian Mining

Directed by Sai Sar | Reviewed by Samiksha Periwal As the title very clearly suggests, ‘The State of Indian Mining’ is a short, mobile film presented in the form of a documentary that captures the process and the people involved in the mining industries of India. In this documentary, the filmmaker has touched upon tow different mines; the first being a mica mine situated in Nellore district and the second one...

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GODARD: THE REVOLUTIONARY

On December 3, 1930, Jean-Luc Godard was born to his parents on the Swiss side of Lake Geneva in France. When he was a student at the University of Paris, Godar made his first short film, Operation Beton (Operation Concrete), in 1954. This film represents the daily ups and downs of his life, in which the documentary-like film style or cinema verite (cinema truth) can be seen. This filmmaking style...

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Come Outside | Narrative Feature – Review

Directed by Sheldon Woodson | Reviewed by Sabarno Sinha  As this piece of writing is a review of the film, I find it unnecessary to summarise the whole story which both the audience and the cast and crew of the film need not be told. Hence, I will directly jump to the aspects of the film which I deem fit to be discussed in this film. I think that Sheldon Woodson is...

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LIGHT YEARS | Screenplay Review

Written by JAROSLAW GOGOLIN | Reviewed by Anushka Dutta   The concept of “Light Years” is not something we have not encountered on the big screen earlier. But what makes it stand out is the thrill and mystery intertwined with the conceptualization of the plot. There is a sense of foreboding consistently throughout the progression of actions and the unfolding of events. A frightful agitation and terror always hang in the air, lucidly...

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Lavender | Short Script Review

Written by Elizabeth Bishop & Danielle Stritmatter |  Reviewed by Barry John Terblanche   Lavender is a heart-warming, yet sad romance drama. The story focuses on two young couples, Lucia and Kyle, who by chance meet whilst strolling in the park. Lucia aimlessly walks through the park as she gently brushes her hands and fingers through the flowers. Nearby, Kyle is taking pictures of the flowers. Seeing Lucia, her somewhat tranquil peace as she...

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The Truth Serum | Screenplay Review

Written by Martin K. Zitter | Reviewed by Sabarno Sinha   In the 70s, a number of artists across the United States and the world spoke out against the Vietnam War, the unbelievable arms race and the proxy wars fought elsewhere between the two superpowers who tried to prove that they had more muscle than the other. Many of these artists such as Bob Marley emphasised on the serene peace that would...

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Free Range | An interview with Lindsei Barros

An interview by | Debopam Deb Roy   A woman visiting a town to look at a house that is up for sale learns a lot more about the place and its people than she thought she would.   RSTMP: Free Range can be identified as the work of an experienced filmmaker as it is extremely intimidating. What, according to you, is the most important quality of a filmmaker? Lindsei: The ability of telling a...

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Akira Kurosawa: Influencer of World Cinema

An article by | Debopam Deb Roy Much before George Lucas made Star Wars or Quentin Tarantino made Pulp Fiction, modern cinema was the subject of constant experimentation in terms of form, style and camerawork. The renowned Japanese filmmaker, Akira Kurosawa, envisioned the possibility of appropriating Western ideologies of filmmaking while his contemporaries still stuck to crafting a separate style of their own based on traditional theater, minimalism and quiet introspection...

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