The Limehouse Golem

The Limehouse Golem

Capsule Review

Cast: Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke and Henry Goodman
Director: Juan Carlos Medina
Rating: 6/10

The British film centers on a murder, where the suspect is the person’s wife: Elizabeth Cree but meanwhile, Scotland Yard Inspector John Kildare is on the trails of a ‘Limehouse Golem’, which has a reputation of swiftly remaining uncaught and during it, it soon emerges that Elizabeth’s husband is one of the suspects in the Limehouse Golem murders. In the midst of a sea of eyesores, an underlining suspense running through the script to find out the identity of the Limehouse Golem, as well as discover what really happens of Elizabeth in the end, very much recycles the movie around from a piece of trash to something worthwhile; also noteworthy is the elaborately-detailed backdrop, which gets the tone of the film right – it’s not gay Victorian London anymore, because the atmosphere has suddenly gone from happy to (pressingly) gloomy and dark.

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It

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Cast: Bill Skarsgard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer and Chosen Jacobs
Director: Andy Muschietti
Rating: 8/10

It is a horror film about a terrifying clown, who lives off children and surfaces in an otherwise normal small town, every twenty-seven years (for it). Pennywise the Dancing Clown has special abilities which help him in his pursuits, here – he can morph into a child’s biggest fear. It is the late eighties and there’s a group of young societal misfits called ‘The Losers Club’ – a fat new kid, who likes to read and research a lot, a foul-taking best friend of the brother of a Pennywise victim (George), a homeschooled orphan, and a sickly boy, are amongst the children on the run from Pennywise’s terrors. All this unravels after Pennywise drags George to a sewer, on a very rainy day – George is never seen in town after that incident. I liked that the movie wraps up with the children promising to hunt down Pennywise for good in the end (if he was to return) and there are no ramblings, which fall off the main plot of the film – the scary relationship that Pennywise shares with young children; given that the scary clown appears a little over every two decades or so, it was very interesting to have a new story bring to surface, what that scary experience of being hunted by a clown feels like for some (new) children. It is a must-watch for lovers of classic horror because it’s a new kind of scary experience – a clown (these days) instead of just entertaining in a silly avatar, also hunts terrifyingly mercilessly.

Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards

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A documentary puts the spotlight on legendary footwear designer: Manolo Blahnik.

Capsule Review

Cast: Manolo Blahnik, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Karlie Kloss, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Rupert Everett and Issac Mizrahi

Director: Michael Roberts

Rating: 7/10

A documentary exploring the life and times of the legendary accessories designer Manolo Blahnik, dotted with quotes from the people who knew him best? It sounds like a novel idea (on paper). And that is just what I liked about this movie – that it focuses on being an informative documentary on the Spanish fashion designer, and nothing else. The storytelling centers on getting the opportunity to learn more about who exactly is, Manolo. Some interesting tidbits about Manolo included in the fold: his first shop was in London (during the ’60s), Manolo’s very personally involved with the renowned creativity displayed in his brand’s handcrafted shoes, which are manufactured in his factories in Italy, and a remarkable story – Manolo’s journey to the top, impressively began with the crafting of shoes from chocolate wrappers in Canary Islands, for lizards. The film manages to caricature Manolo as a humane person, someone who’s quite uncommon, and it really helps to connect with him for that, which makes learning about the fashion designer, all the more interesting and worthwhile.

Dalida

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Cast: Sveva Alviti, Alessandro Borghi and Niels Schneider
Director: Lisa Azuelos
Rating: 3/5

Dalida can only be two things: portraiture and a tragedy. The French biographical film is about a talented musician, Dalida (Sveva Alviti), with a troubled romantic life – three of her romantic liaisons had committed suicide. Dalida always thought it was important how people view her – she started her career after getting discovered by a Parisian radio programmer, who she had such a romantic equation with that he eventually left his wife for her. Dalida indulges in many romances but perhaps the one that meant the most to her was this one which began in Paris. Dalida eventually commits suicide in 1987 – the film is an insightful and pretty comprehensive take on the life of this Italian music artist, who was born in Egypt. Although, the film focuses on Dalida’s romances more than her musical journey, it still utilizes the film frames in a thoroughly entertaining manner.

A Gentleman

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Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandez Suniel Shetty, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Rajit Kapur
Directors: Raj & D.K.
Rating: 4/5

Fox Star StudiosA Gentleman, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez is a roller coaster ride of fun and modernity. The film released this Friday, and it is an Indian ode to a largely contemporary American-style of filmmaking: slickness and an excitable, fast-paced plotline. The plotline involves two young boys, Gaurav and Rishi, who look the same but have very different personalities. Both played by Siddharth Malhotra, Gaurav’s the good Miami boy, with a high-flying career, while Rishi’s a risqué character, working for Colonel Vijay Saxena (Suniel Shetty in a feature moment), with sleek action moves – Rishi’s an assassin. Jacqueline Fernandez’s character, Kavya, reigns in the romantic arc in the movie in a thoroughly enjoyable manner – Kavya has a slight romantic interest in Gaurav, her best friend but doesn’t do anything over it. Meanwhile, Supriya Pilgaonkar and Rajit Kapur, if only briefly, makes appearances as Kavya’s parents but it was great to have them in those avatars.

The film has ‘masala’ written all over it, which is why it’s entertaining: there’s heart-pumping action, comedy elements, great dancing, romance and glamorized avatars. Sidharth proves he’s more than just a good looking young hero, in the movie, because essaying two roles meant demonstrating plenty of character-depths. Sidharth switches from the good boy image to a dangerous one in typical Bollywood-fashion – Rishi wants to quit his work as an assassin and become a man with a wife and a dog, and soon, you discover all of that can even be a possibility, since Rishi and Gaurav are alike in more ways than you imagined. The bottom line is that a good script, good looking actors, great outfits and catchy music might spell formulaic but it works and sometimes it’s brilliant to have a film like this that only runs on lighthearted entertainment-value and nothing else.

Tried and True: Wardrobe Staples

Tried and True: Wardrobe Staples

 

The Challenges Of An Aspiring Actor

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Becoming a professional actor, like becoming a professional blogger is not an easy task. For both, it takes years and years of training to be good at what you do. But how does an actor start off? One good way is to participate in local auditions for an entertainment project – these get advertised in newspapers and websites regularly. But opportunities exist more in a metropolitan, with an established entertainment industry, than elsewhere. Before taking the leap in the great big world, an aspiring actor can also participate in plays (these could be those you have done in school, as well) and demonstrate their acting skills, or acting talents. Agents are often invited to plays, and a good play, even if it didn’t pay you a lot, could act as a means to acquire an agent, for starters.

An actor often has to get an agent. Growing your contacts through social media is a good way but a reference is almost a must to get an agent, so if you don’t have a friend, or colleague who knows of an agent, joining a local community of actors is a good way to grow your social circle – they can help you find an agent, to whom you can submit headshots, audition tapes and film reels demonstrating your potential as an actor (or actress).

When an aspiring actor has a meeting with an agent, it’s important for him or her to have a pleasant appearance, and be rightfully confident regarding it. Before an agent, actors should talk about what they like, what their experiences are, and be confidently obvious that an agent is not wasting his or her precious time with you.

There is obviously a great challenge involved in becoming an actor.

When you have hired an agent, getting your foot through the door in the entertainment industry becomes a lot easier. An agent will get a portion of your earnings from your work in the entertainment industry, and also do the job of recommending you to a director, and locate which movie would be suitable for you, and which not really.

Another very good way to grab auditions and casting calls is Backstage. Backstage is a digital casting avenue and it has introduced Robert De Niro, Chris Evans and Sandra Bullock to Hollywood. The website lists thousands of United States-based projects regularly, so it’s a brilliant place for aspiring actors to hunt for auditions in good projects. A good entertainment project can act as a springboard to many more good, or even great, projects for an actor, if they, much like Hollywood bloggers, have it in them to make it big in Hollywood.

I like to think that an actor should have an open mind about auditions: it’s a part of the game with their job. Big budget productions, such as Beauty and the Beast, more often than not, have a line of actresses in mind for a part (even if they all have agents) so it’s important to work on always demonstrating a brilliant work portfolio and impress, to secure the role of a lifetime.