How soon is ‘too soon’?
Three years after becoming the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director with fascinating character-study The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow returns to the war genre with her dramatisation of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden.
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“You had my curiosity. But now you have my attention.”
Quentin Tarantino follows the success of Inglorious Basterds with another outlandish historical revision, but instead of targeting the Second World War subgenre, the acclaimed director sets his sights on western mythology for his reimagining of the legendary Django. Amplifying the spaghetti western undertones that lingered throughout Inglorious Basterds, and free from the shackles of the original narrative, Tarantino delivers a powerfully wild, provocative and imaginative revisionist western.
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Tom Hooper prepares another speech
Following the success of his Oscar-winning royal period drama The King’s Speech, British director Tom Hooper tackles an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s acclaimed Les Misérables. There have been many incarnations of the legendary 1862 French novel that date back to the birth of cinema, but Hooper is the first filmmaker to translate Alain Boublil’s and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s musical stage play to the big screen.
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In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.
It’s hard to forget the events that took place on the 26th December in 2004. An undersea megathrust earthquake rumbled beneath the Indian Ocean and the ensuing tsunami devastated Thailand, Indonesia and many other surrounding regions. As director and writer respectively, Juan Antonio Bayona and Sergio G. Sanchez take audiences back to that horrifying event to present a remarkable account of one family’s experience during the catastrophic tsunami.
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