The Salesman (2016) Review

The Salesman (2016) is a 2016 Iranian-French drama film directed by Asghar Farhadi. It was included in the In Competition section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes, Shahab Hosseini won the award for Best Actor and Asghar Farhadi won the award for Best Screenplay. In September 2016 film was selected as the Iranian submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 89th Academy Awards, which will take place in 2017, and in December 2016 it made the shortlist of nine films which will be considered for a nomination in that category.

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Writer: Asghar Farhadi
Stars: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Release: France 21 May 2016 (Cannes Film Festival) (premiere) – Bulgaria 29 September 2017

The Salesman (2016) Storyline
Forced to leave their collapsing house, Ranaa and Emad, an Iranian couple who happen to be performers rehearsing for Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” rent a new apartment from one of their fellow performers. Unaware of the fact that the previous tenant had been a woman of ill repute having many clients, they settle down. By a nasty turn of events one of the clients pays a visit to the apartment one night while Ranaa is alone at home taking a bath and the aftermath turns the peaceful life of the couple upside down.

The Salesman (2016) Review
The Salesman is Asghar Farhadi’s 7th Feature film and the 4th in which he reunites with Taraneh Alidoosti.

The film centers around a married couple who are in middle of preparation for their adaptation of Death of a Salesman for stage. The film begins with this couple having to evacuate their apartment due to excavations happening next door. They’re forced to look for a new apartment and they managed to do so through their friend played by Babak Karimi…and that’s all you need to know about the plot because I feel like giving away more would diminish what this film is trying to achieve.

I feel like The Salesman follows a similar formula to About Elly . It’s expertly written and it managed to hook me from the very first scene all the way to the last. The viewer is not presented with the central issue of the film from the get-go (unlike a Separation), but rather the film follows normal day-to-day life of the characters and that creates a sense of anticipation in the viewer. That feeling of anticipation in About Elly made it so special for me and Farhadi follows the same formula here again.

I was never a huge fan of A Separation and I’ve always considered the massively underrated About Elly as Farhadi’s best film , but If you’ve seen and enjoyed either of those films, then The Salesman is for you.

This is probably the most mature and well crafted Film from Farhadi so far. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to seeing it again.

Oh and It’s probably worth noting that the film received a standing ovation at my theater.

The Salesman (2016) Trailer

A Dog’s Purpose (2017) Review

A Dog’s Purpose is an upcoming American comedy-drama film directed by Lasse Hallström and written by Audrey Wells. It is based on the 2010 novel of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron. The film stars Britt Robertson, Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad, Peggy Lipton and Juliet Rylance. The film is scheduled to be released on January 27, 2017, by Universal Pictures.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Writers: W. Bruce Cameron (novel), Cathryn Michon (screenplay)
Stars: Britt Robertson, Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Release: Italy 19 January 2017 – UK 21 April 2017

A Dog’s Purpose (2017) Storyline
A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

A Dog’s Purpose (2017) Review
Parents need to know that A Dog’s Purpose provides a bit of a twist on the standard talking-animal movie. The story is narrated by a dog (voiced by Josh Gad), who begins his life as a golden retriever named Bailey whose best friend is a young boy named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar). Bailey remains loyally by Ethan’s side through his teenage years, even through Ethan’s first love (so expect some kissing and romance), until Bailey dies of old age … only to be reincarnated as a (female) German shepherd police dog. The dog continues to come back, living many lives as many different breeds. With each new human he — or she — lives with, the dog learns a little more about his purpose, until, years later, he returns to a familiar home and a familiar friend (Dennis Quaid). Although this movie will likely have emotional moments that might be too intense for sensitive younger kids — including the reccurring death of a pet — for the most part it looks like a heartfelt family dramedy for all dog lovers.

A Dog’s Purpose (2017) Trailer

Staying Vertical (2016) Reviews

Staying Vertical is a 2016 French drama film written and directed by Alain Guiraudie. The story follows a filmmaker who has to raise a child (whom he had with a shepherdess) by himself whilst seeking inspiration for his new film. The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Director: Alain Guiraudie
Writer: Alain Guiraudie
Stars: Damien Bonnard, India Hair, Raphaël Thiéry
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release: France 12 May 2016 (Cannes Film Festival) – USA 20 January 2017

Staying Vertical (2016) Story Line
A film maker has to raise a child by himself whilst looking for an inspiration for his new film.

Staying Vertical (2016) Reviews
Seen at the Viennale 2016: A guy loses his creativity and drifts loose through his best years. But to be honest, we do not know whether this guy was creative in the first place. We can only assume that, because it might be logical. Maybe the whole movie is just some sort of insider-joke for filmmakers. I liked the sexual freedom of this movie, but could not follow the story itself. Many actions of the main guy seemed to happen out of nothing, without the wish of doing something with aim. Without any hint, why the guy is doing what he is doing I (and my brain) was benumbed. Maybe the script writer and the director of that movie had the same problem as the guy. No aim for the movie, no direction. Such is life. Sometimes.

Staying Vertical (2016) Trailer

Ok Jaanu (2017) Reviews

OK Jaanu (2017) is a 2017 Indian romantic drama film directed by Shaad Ali, story and screenplay by Mani Ratnam. Produced by Mani Ratnam and Karan Johar under their banners Madras Talkies and Dharma Productions respectively. It is an official remake of Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film O Kadhal Kanmani starring Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menen. The film stars Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead roles, portraying a young couple in a live-in relationship in Mumbai with Naseeruddin Shah and Leela Samson play supporting roles as an older couple in the film, portraying the younger couple’s landlords. A. R. Rahman composed the film’s score and soundtrack while Gulzar is the dialogue writer of this film.

The first look was released on 29 February 2016. Principal photography commenced in March 2016.The film is scheduled for a worldwide release on 13 January 2017. The filming has been officially wrapped up on 29 May 2016, with actress Shraddha Kapoor sharing a photo from the film’s set.

Director: Shaad Ali
Writers: Mani Ratnam (story and screenplay), Gulzar (dialogue)
Stars: Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release: 13 January 2017 India

OK Jaanu (2017) Story Line
Adi and Tara move to Mumbai to pursue their dreams. A chance meeting sparks off a heady, no strings attached romance until their careers pull them apart. Will ambition prevail over matters of the heart?

OK Jaanu (2017) Reviews
Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor’s pairing has been a hit ever since the duo worked together in ‘Aashiqui 2’. Everyone loved their onscreen chemistry and have always wanted to seem them do more projects together. Another reason for them to stay in buzz was their off screen chemistry as well. On and off there have been buzz that they are dating each other but nothing was ever confirmed. No matter what, if not off screen, we are soon going to see this lovely pair once again together on screen in the upcoming romantic drama ‘OK Jaanu’ and the trailer of the film is also out!

The duo upped our excitement with some amazing fun loving posters of ‘OK Jaanu’ and now with the trailer. Speaking about it, Adi and Tara the role played by Aditya and Shraddha respectively, these two youngsters move to the most happening city Bombay in order to pursue their dreams. The story revolves around the life of a young couple who plan to stay together. Before moving to abroad to pursue their dreams, this adorable couple wish to stay together and their landlord is none other than Naseeruddin Shah. He is bit stunned seeing the attitude of this young generation couple who decide to go in for a live-in relationship.

The trailer of ‘OK Jaanu’ is super cute. There is friendship, romance, fun and all the elements that is seen in today’s couples. They are carefree yet cannot manage to stay without each other. But as days come closer to part ways, the decision between to chose between career and love becomes difficult. This trailer’s is similar to the Tamil version including the background score. Yet, you will fall in love with this trailer because of Aditya and Shraddha’s sizzling chemistry.

Trailer

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2016) Reviews

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is an upcoming 2017 American Christian comedy-drama film directed by Dallas Jenkins and starring Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson, Neil Flynn, Shawn Michaels, and D.B. Sweeney. The film is scheduled to be released on January 20, 2017 by Blumhouse Tilt and High Top Releasing.

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
Writers: Michael Dudok de Wit (story), Pascale Ferran (screenplay)
Stars : Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson, Neil Flynn, Shawn Michaels, D.B. Sweeney, Liam Matthews, Christopher Maleki, Tim Frank.
Genre : Comedy, Drama, Family
Release : USA 20 January 2017

Story Line
A washed-up former child star, forced to do community service at a local megachurch, pretends to be a Christian to land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play, only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood.

Don’t  forget to watch this movie…!!!

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The Founder (2016) Reviews

The Founder is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by John Lee Hancock and written by Robert Siegel. The film stars Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc and portrays the story of his acquisition of the McDonald’s fast food chain. Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch co-star as McDonald’s founders Richard and Maurice McDonald.

The film premiered at Arclight Hollywood on December 7, 2016 and will open wide on January 20, 2017 by The Weinstein Company.

Director: John Lee Hancock
Writer: Robert D. Siegel
Stars: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch
Genre : Biography, Drama, History
Release : Australia 24 November 2016 – Germany 20 April 2017

The Founder (2016) Reviews
The Founder is a biographical drama film starring Michael Keaton based on the life of American businessman and founder of the McDonald’s Corporation Ray Kroc. Whether you love the McDonald’s brand or hate it, this film offers a compelling view into the way it has captivated us all with its worldwide presence.

In 1954, salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) meets with brothers Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac (John Carroll Lynch) McDonald, the owners of the hamburger restaurant known as “McDonald’s”. Fascinated by the brothers’ ability to have burgers and fries cooked in a matter of seconds, Kroc suggests the idea of franchising the restaurant nationwide, hoping to use this as a way to take control of the company and earn money for himself.

Featuring yet another terrific performance from the ever-versatile Michael Keaton, his second best behind Birdman, The Founder is an interesting look into the way one man helped turn a small hamburger restaurant into a global fast food empire. It is fascinating seeing how one simple idea – fast food – has changed the culinary world forever. However, one cannot help but feel sorry for the misfortune the McDonald brothers went through as a result of franchising their name and the exploitation they received. I should also mention that the film reminded me of the 2010 film The Social Network, with its similar plot about one man exploiting a clever idea from two brothers for his own financial gain.

I rate it 8/10.
Don’t miss to watch this movie . . .!!!

The Founder (2016) Trailers

20th Century Women (2016) Reviews

20th Century Women is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed and written by Mike Mills. The film stars Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, and Billy Crudup.”

Director : Mike Mills
Writer : Mike Mills
Stars : Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig
Genre : Comedy, Drama
Release : 8 October 2016 New York Film Festival – 1 March 2017  France

The film had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival as the Centerpiece on October 8, 2016[3] and is scheduled to be released on December 25, 2016.

20th Century Women (2016) Trailer

20th Century Women (2016) Reviews

“20th Century Women” is the story of three women of different generations who help to see a teenage boy learn what it is to become a man.

The three women, (Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, and Elle Fanning)become the primary influences in the life of Bening’s son (Lucas Jade Zumann). Being is nothing short of fantastic as the mother, Dorothea, a product of the ’40s and ’50’s, who is leading a bohemian-type lifestyle, and who rents rooms to Abbie (a photographer played by Gerwig, and a mechanic ( Billy Crudup). I would look for Gerwig and Crudup to contend for Best Supporting Oscars. Zumann is refreshing as Bening’s son, Jamie.

Mike Mills(“Beginners”) has created a setting in 1979 that is easily identifiable and relatable. There are no plot twists or surprises, just interesting characters that actually talk and listen to each other.

 

Don’t miss to watch this movie…!!!

Paterson (2016) Reviews

Paterson is a 2016 drama film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. The film stars Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani as a Paterson, New Jersey couple, one of which is a bus driver and a poet.

Director : Jim Jarmusch
Writer : Jim Jarmusch
Stars : Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Helen-Jean Arthur
Genre : Comedy, Drama
Release : 16 May 2016 France/Cannes Film Festival – 9 February 2017 Russia
“Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey – they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer. He goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his secret gift for poetry. The history and energy of the City of Paterson is a felt presence in the film and its simple structure unfolds over the course of a single week. The quiet triumphs and defeats of daily life are observed, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.”
Paterson (2016) Reviews
Paterson is a celebration of the small details in life. A poetic and charming love-story about a perfectly ordinary couple, living in a perfectly ordinary town.The town in question is Paterson, New Jersey. Home of poet William Carlos Williams, comedian Lou Costello, and one of America’s largest waterfalls. The man in question, in true Jarmusch style, is also named Paterson (played with pinpoint subtly by Adam Driver). Paterson is a hard-working bus driver who quietly goes about his duties, all the while allowing the scenery and eavesdropped conversation to inspire his main passion in life; writing poetry. Meanwhile, his girlfriend and the love of his life, played without fault by Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, is a stay-at-home creative. She spends her day baking imaginative cupcakes and making new curtains from scratch. The films narrative centres around a seven day week. Each day brings a new variation on the theme, and each moment a reflection on two people who wholeheartedly accept each other for who they are.Paterson is a quiet and contemplative film that sits perfectly in Jarmusch’s repertoire. It’s a film about how people choose to live their life, regardless of the necessities to work and make money. Like poetry, the words and images flow with little dramatic tension or conflict. Jarmusch explained at Cannes that he intended Paterson to be an antidote to the modern action film, and if this is the case, I’ll definitely be coming back for another dose.
Paterson (2016) Trailer

A Monster Calls (2016) Reviews

A Monster Calls is a 2016 British-Spanish fantasy drama film directed by J. A. Bayona, and written by Patrick Ness based on his own eponymous novel. It stars Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson.

Director : J.A. Bayona
Writers : Patrick Ness Patrick Ness
Stars : Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall
 Genre : Drama, Fantasy
Release : 9 September 2016 Rusia/Festival Film – 23 February 2017 Russia
The monster does not come walking often. This time it comes to Connor, and it asks for the one thing Connor cannot bring himself to do. Tell the truth. This is a very touching story about a boy who feels very damaged, guilty and mostly angry. He struggles at school with bullies, and pity looks from everyone, and at home with his mother’s sickness. Will Connor overcome his problems? Will everything be okay? Will Connor be able to speak the truth?
A Monster Calls (2016) Trailer

A Monster Calls (2016) Reviews

As a fan of J.A. Bayona’s previous work “The Impossible”, I had fairly high expectations for this and to say that I am astonished would be an understatement. “A Monster Calls” is based on the book that Patrick Ness published in 2011. After this breathtaking adventure I assure you, You will be inclined to read the book. As this is an adventure that builds on your emotions and thrives on your imagination. Conner is a young man that is trying to cope with the fact that his mother who is diagnosed with a terminal illness isn’t long for this world. But as his mind races with fears and his imagination takes hold, he creates a creature that would give adults nightmares, But as he realizes the creature is friendly, He grows close to the “monster”.

This is one of those movies that must be seen in theaters, mainly because it’s two hours of escape from reality, where you can turn the page back, to a time where your imagination used to run wild. A time when, your biggest responsibilities were picking up your socks. In other words, a time when you were really free.

 

Don’t miss to watch this movie. . .!!!

I, Daniel Blake (2016) Reviews

Director : Ken Loach
Writer : Paul Laverty
Stars : Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy
Genre :Drama
Release : 13 May 2016 France/Film Festval – 18 March 2017 Japan
 I, Daniel Blake is a 2016 British-French drama film directed by Ken Loach and written by Loach’s frequent collaborator Paul Laverty. The film stars Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Dylan McKiernan, and Briana Shann.
“A 59 year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack, befriends a single mum and her two kids as they navigate their way through the kafkaesque impersonal benefits system. With equal amounts of humour, warmth and despair. Heartfelt and emotional until the end.”
I, Daniel Blake (2016) Reviews
This film is hard hitting and heart wrenching, tears through and came out crying.

A try to replicate how the authorities are treating the venerable in the face of devastation. It is heart wrenching. It might have been based what has happened to a few in the recent past. I think Paul Laverty took a leaf out of the records and wrote the strip and Ken Loach put it on screen in the best possible way.

Agree with other reviewer A must see film by not just the general public but the Authorities to waken them up and hit them hard.

At the end at least in our screening there were applause of appreciation to Ken to show how well he has done to make this look so real.

I, Daniel Blake (2016) Trailer

 

Don’t miss to watch this movie. . .!!!