The slump in Hindi film music continues. Between dispensable original soundtracks and a deluge of remixes that sound depressingly alike, the drought in imagination is truly regrettable.2019 was a bleak if not entirely black year for music lovers. There were some genuinely euphoric notes, but only too few and far between. Sukanya Verma lists 10 of her favourite songs of the year, in no particular order. Apna Time Aayega, Gully Boy Music: Dub Sharma, Divine Every single creation on this eclectic, extensive album is high on spunk, rhythm, expression and a variety of musical styles propelling Mumbai's underground hip-hop scene into mainstream consciousness. But it's not just the novelty of it all. The songs touch a chord. They speak to our everyman hopes and disenchantment, politics and passion. I love them all dearly and for different reasons. If I have to pick just one? Apna Time Aayega, hands down. Its combination of relentless optimism and 'Tu nanga hi toh aaya hai kya ghanta lekar … [Read more...] about 10 BEST Hindi Songs of 2019
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The crew of the national award winning movie 'Sudani from Nigeria' has decided to bocyott the National awards function in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. The Soubin Shahir starrer movie bagged the National award for the Best Malayalam film in 66th National Film Awards. Director Zakariya Mohammed took to Facebook, protesting against CAA and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Read: Farhan Akhtar Hits Out at Troll Over Citizenship Act "Protesting against CAA and National Register of Citizens, I, as the director of Sudani from Nigeria, along with scriptwriter Muhsin Parari and the producers of the film, will not attend the National Award ceremony," he posted. Sudani from Nigeria is a 2018 Malayalam comedy-drama sports film, written and directed by Mohammed, with dialogues co-written by Muhsin Parari. It stars Soubin Shahir and Samuel Abiola Robinson. The story follows a Nigerian football player who joins a club in Malappuram, Kerala for the sevens football match. … [Read more...] about CAA: National Award Winning Movie Crew to Boycott National Award Function
French actress Jeanne Moreau had famously said, 'Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.' If you fail to connect with a character performed by an actor, even a great content can go in waste. The year 2019 has been a mixed bag with some A-listers and some rising talents holding your attention on the screen. As we are all set to bid adieu to this year, Filmibeat quickly glances behind and brings you four powerful performances by male actors which intrigued the audience in cinema halls. Vicky Kaushal One could feel the adrenaline rush every time Vicky Kaushal asked 'How's The Josh' to his battalion of soldiers in Aditya Dhar's directorial debut 'Uri: The Surgical Strike'. The actor pulled off a terrific performance as a man in uniform. Ranveer Singh Ranveer Singh's touching performance as a street-rapper in Zoya Akhtar's 'Gully Boy' made everyone say, 'bhai, tere jaisa koi hardich nahi hai'. … [Read more...] about Best Actor Of 2019: Vicky, Ayushmann, Ranveer, Shahid Or Hrithik- Who Left You Spellbound?
Filmmaker George A. Romero has long been heralded as the ‘Godfather of the Dead’ thanks to his terrifying zombie films. The late director is seen as defining the zombie film genre due to his Living Dead film series. Night of the Living Dead was the director's debut big screen outing which was released in 1968. The film starred Duane Jones as a character named Ben who desperately tried to survive a zombie invasion while taking refuge in a house. He continued the zombie horror franchise ten years later with the release of Dawn of the Dead in 1978. The sequel saw much of the action taking place in a shopping mall while a group of people tried to survive a zombie attack. A third film, Day of the Dead was released in 1985 - while further sequels, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead were released in 2005, 2007 and 2009 respectively. Away from the zombie horror films, George also directed a black comedy horror adaption of Stephen King’s short story … [Read more...] about ‘Godfather of the Dead’ George A. Romero’s top zombie movies
This year’s two big breakup movies – The Souvenir and Marriage Story – are also stories of privilege. Reaction to both polarised accordingly; for many people, it’s simply hard to care if someone is sobbing in a pied-à-terre near Harrods. For me, the specificity of both stories – and the sad lack of dovetailing with my own finances – did not prove a problem. And you don’t get more specific than The Souvenir: Joanna Hogg’s immaculate resurrection of her life as a film school student in the early 1980s, living in Knightsbridge and having an affair with a man here called Anthony: older, works for the Foreign Office (probably), louche, learned, persuasive, confident – and a heroin addict. Julie (AKA young Joanna) is played by Hogg’s goddaughter, Honor Swinton Byrne; and her mother by Honor’s mum, Tilda Swinton. The set is an inch-perfect recreation of Hogg’s old flat, down to her gilt bed. Tom Burke wears the silk … [Read more...] about The 50 best films of 2019 in the UK: No 5 – The Souvenir
Since a defining John Hughes-led era in the 80s, spearheaded by The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, and a resurgence in the 90s, with Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You, teen movies have become a slightly rarer breed. Many of the most notable recent teen flicks have had some genre or franchise trappings to lend them a boost – for example, Spider-Man: Homecoming – but that hasn’t always been a surefire recipe for success. The planned Divergent series, for instance, was essentially curtailed after taking a precipitous dive in box office grosses (the third entry in the series made less than half what each of its predecessors did). And even critical acclaim hasn’t helped: The Edge of Seventeen, which was near universally well received, didn’t make that much of a splash at the box office. It grossed less than $15m in the US, a far cry from the $70.1m earned by Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in 1986. And that’s where Netflix comes in. Lately, the … [Read more...] about Teenage stream: how Netflix resurrected the high school movie