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  • Based on Washington Post journalists' investigation into the famous Watergate scandal, All The President's Men is a must-watch classic....
  • Zero Dark Thirty is a riveting and provocative story of manhunt for America's most wanted terrorist!...
  • Sound Of Music is arguably the best-loved musical of all time. Now that it is well past its fortieth anniversary, it is interesting to trace a bit of its history and see what impact it had on its star- Julie Andrews, who portrayed the central charact...
  • The Graduate walks a thin line- it is a crazy mix of comedy and romance and offers a wry commentary on the warped lives of American upper middle class society. In a way, it is also a portrayal of a domineering adult society trying to control vulnerab...
  • The 1982- classic An Officer And A Gentleman captures so many facets of human emotions and relationships. Many critics have labeled it as a romantic saga but to me, the film is more a journey of self-discovery....
  • An Affair To Remember- (Director McCarey’s reworking of his 1937 film Love Affair), is a typically 50s romantic tale of two unlikely people falling in love; getting pulled apart by fate and then coming together to live happily forever. On the deck...
  • 1973 film-Papillon brings to screen that hellish prison-life through Henri Charrier's amazing true story. Charrier, nicknamed 'Papillion' thanks to a butterfly tattoo on his chest, was wrongly sentenced for life for a murder, which he never commit...
  • Director Martin Scorcese made a remake of Cape Fear in 1991 featuring Robert De Niro as Cody but despite all its modern glamour and gore, it paled in comparison to the original classic....
  • Remember the opening mob-scene in Frenzy where a floating corpse of a woman steals the thunder away from the street speaker? Or the scene in Torn Curtain, where a famous ballerina throws a tantrum on the boat? Or the crazy chemistry between the lead ...
  • Sometimes, being ignorant about a particular topic helps you to appreciate and analyze it better. Just like it happened when I stumbled upon No Country For Old Men purely by chance. The only thing I knew when I started watching this film was that it ...
  • The Caine Mutiny deals less with actual war and more with the psyche of the people involved in it. Based on a Pulitzer-prize winning novel by the same name, this film is apparently about an unprecedented (and of course imaginary!) mutiny of a US nava...
  • The Guns Of Navarone – a 1961-film based on Alistair MacLean’s equally super-charged novel. Such is the realism of this story that one often tends to forget that the entire pulsating plot of this exciting film was purely a work of fiction....
  • Failsafe is a movie from that era, which highlighted the dangers of this senseless approach of relying more on the might of machines, rather than minds of men....
  • 1957-masterpiece The Bridge On The River Kwai is a Second World War-epic where the war just serves as a colorful backdrop, rather than taking the centre-stage. Such was the cinematic impact of this film that it won seven Oscars the following year- in...
  • Director Stanley Kramer’s 1967-film Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner explored socio-cultural divide through a touching and heartwarming tale....
  • To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the finest films made on the issue of racism and one of the most realistic. Watching this two hour- plus 1962- movie, is like reading an engrossing novel and it is no surprise since it is indeed based on Harper Lee’s...
  • A Fistful of dollars 1964- movie not only breathed a new life into the dying genre of Westerns but it also went on to create a new sub-genre called Spaghetti Westerns. It also turned Clint Eastwood’s fledgling career on its head and made this Holly...
  • Rebecca starts as a story of a young orphan girl (Joan Fontaine) working as a companion for a rich old lady. While vacationing in Monte Carlo, the simple girl gets swept off her feet by an unexpected marriage proposal from a wealthy and handsome wido...
  • Stanley Kubrick’s 1964- masterpiece Dr.Straagelove shares quite a few similarities with Charlie Chaplin’s 1939- classic Great Dictator. Both films were not only fine comedies but under that comic garb they highlighted the burning sociopolitical i...
  • All About Eve is a film that takes us deep into the outwardly glittering and glamorous but inwardly dark and dangerous world of showbiz through an engrossing story about an aging stage-diva challenged by a young contender willing to go to any lengths...
  • The Untouchables is a typical Good V/s Evil, law V/s gangster tale but what makes it special is its classy presentation as a period drama. Visually it’s a rich film portraying the US prohibition era of the 1930s through authentic sets and costumes....
  • Watching a thought-provoking film like All Quiet On The Western Front is a cathartic experience- for it questions the validity and necessity of some of the basic core concepts like nationalism and patriotism. This 75-year old film graphically portray...
  • Enter The Dragon. The title couldn’t have been more prophetic for it was this movie’s success that really proved to be the entry point in Hollywood for many Hong Kong-based Chinese actors and moviemakers. Sadly the film’s main lead- Bruce Lee c...
  • Often regarded as the best film-maker ever, Alfred Hitchcock had a strange fascination for making movies in confined spaces. If he did that successfully in films like Rope and Rear Window, then Dial M For Murder was also no exception. Taking a succes...
  • Is it really possible to make an all-time classic with a struggling movie-house; a lead couple of two grumpy stars on a loan from other studios; a supposedly flop-theme and a short shooting- span of 4 weeks? Yes, it is. That’s what happened with ...
  • 1948- film Rope is a perfect example of director Alfred Hitchcock’s inventive, innovative movie-making. Drawing inspiration from a sensational, real-life murder-story in the 1920s (Leopold-Loeb murder case), this film explored the darker recesses o...
  • ‘Way out west’ is considered to be one of the best films of the Boys- (the fond sobriquet for the L-H team!). Like most other L-H movies, the plotline is thin but the situational gags are plenty and they form the backbone of the comedy. Stan and ...
  • Come September has provided enough ‘inspiration’ for Bollywood. To add to the historic details, it was the first movie to be shown in the trans-continental flights....
  • Fear can hold you prisoner, hope can set you free. The tag-line on the poster of Shawshank Redemption conveys the essence of the film just perfectly. Bereft of any commercially viable clichéd formulae, if this film has gone on to become one of the b...
  • You might not have heard the names of Italian actors- Carlo Pedersoli and Mario Girotti but almost certainly you are familiar with their adopted names- Bud Spencer and Terence Hill! When it comes to ‘Buddy Movies’, one just can’t miss Bud and T...
  • Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Or should we just call them- Stan and Ollie - the thin and fat funny men in the derby hats? Considering the fact that their best cinematic years were in the 1920s and 30s, it is strange that Laurel and Hardy- appeal has ...
  • You can still see him standing- in shops and drawing rooms, exuding his innocent charm as a figurine, as a portrait, as a wall-clock. That short, stubby moustache; that sheepish, timid grin; that silly, tight suit; those loose, baggy pants; that smal...
  • Behind-the-scenes drama preceded the on-screen drama when Warner Brothers decided to go for the movie- adaptation of Alan Jay Lerners musical My Fair Lady which in turn was adapted from George Bernard Shaws play Pygmalion....
  • A delightful musical about the transformation of a carefree young girl who tries to be a nun but instead turns into a nanny...
  • The best thing about watching the special edition Pink Panther DVD- series is that one gets to witness the total gradual evolution of Hollywoods one of the most famous comic characters ever....
  • Singin' In The Rain fully deserves its place as perhaps the most popular Hollywood musical ever....
  • Apocalypse Now is Francis Ford Coppola's controversial take on Vietnam war....
  • Rear Window shows director Alfred Hitchcocks complete mastery over intricacies of cinematic medium....
  • A bitter-sweet tale of an adventurous escapade of a young princess and a press- reporter looking for the story of his life....
  • Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman came together in this all-time wonderful classic with the World War backdrop....
  • The Godfather Trilogy represents the medium of cinema at its best. Stylish yet raw and gritty these films show Mafia- worlds inner belly....
  • Watching The Gold Rush one is amazed at the way this almost eighty- year old silent film keeps ones attention riveted throughout with a brilliant concoction of slapstick comedy impressive special effects and sweet sentimentality....

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