Friday, May 15, 2015

Attack the Block

Walking home on Bonfire Night through "The Ends" in Brixton, new-to-the-area nurse Samantha Adams (Jodie Whittaker) is mugged by a small gang of teenage hoodlums: Pest (Alex Esmail), Dennis (Franz Drameh), Jerome (Leeon Jones), Biggz (Simon Howard) and leader Moses (John Boyega). The attack is interrupted when a meteorite falls from the sky into a nearby car, giving Samantha the chance to escape. As Moses searches the wreck of the car for valuables his face is scratched by a pale, hairless, eyeless dog-sized creature; the object which fell from the sky was its cocoon. 

Directed by Joe Cornish
Produced by Nira Park, James Wilson, 
Starring Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard
Music by Basement Jaxx, Steven Price
Cinematography Tom Townend
Edited by Jonathan Amos

Released in 2011
Run time 88 minutes


On Earth, crop blight has caused global civilization to regress into a failing agrarian society. Widowed former pilot and NASA astronaut Cooper runs a farm with his father-in-law, fifteen-year-old son, and ten-year-old daughter Murphy ("Murph"), who believes her room is haunted by a poltergeist trying to communicate with her by knocking books off the shelves. Cooper concludes that Murphy's "ghost" is an unknown intelligence using gravitational waves to send a set of binary coded coordinates in the dust. These direct them to a secret NASA installation. -Wikipedia

Directed by Christopher Nolan
Produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan, Lynda Obst
Written by Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine, John Lithgow

Music by Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Hoyte van Hoytema
Edited by Lee Smith

Released in 2014
Run time 169 minutes

Beyond Bollywood

Beyond Bollywood is a feature documentary filmed over a period of four years, that follows the journeys of four characters working on the fringes of the worlds’ biggest film industry. In Mumbai, where the stark contrast between the rich and the poor is blatantly apparent, the reality is a grueling process in a cut-throat industry, churning out more films a year than any other film industry in the world. The film intricately weaves together four narrative stories of an Australian backpacker who stumbles upon a career as ‘the white extra’; a powerful Union worker who becomes the ‘leader’ of the laborers on set; a diva make-up artist who is popular for creating the glamorous look of Bollywood actresses; and a small-town girl who holds onto her naïve hopes of one day “making it” in Bollywood, like her favorite superstar. By intertwining the stories, the universal story that lingers deep within everyone that is drawn to the entertainment industry is told: the dream to become somebody; a superstar in their own right. -Website

Actors Pooja Kasekar, Prem Singh Thakur, Ojas Rajani, Harry Key

Producer: Manas Malhotra
Co-Producers: Adam Dow & Ruchika Muchhala
Co-Directors: Adam Dow & Ruchika Muchhala
Cinematographer: Adam Dow
Editor: Monisha Baldawa
Sound: Kamood Kharade
Additional Editors: Darren Lund & Atanu Mukherjee
Music Composers: Tarun Shahani & Vinayak Manohar

Guten Tag, Ramón

The film tells the heartwarming story of a young man from a small Mexican town who travels to Germany to find work to support his family and becomes stranded without shelter or money. He struggles to survive on the streets until he meets Ruth, a lonely senior citizen with whom he develops an astonishing and touching friendship that transcends borders and prejudices. -IMDB

Written and Directed by Jorge Ramirez Suarez
Starring Kristyan Ferrer, Ingeborg Schoner, Adriana Barraza, Arcelia Ramirez, Rudiger Evers, Hector Kotsifakis

Released in 2013
Run time 120 minutes