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Why don’t these girls work? - Livemint
Over the past couple of years, however, the career ambitions of heroines have shrunk as Bollywood has moved to setting its stories in small towns and villages in films like Toilet Ek Prem Katha, Bareilly Ki Barfi, the aforementioned Manmarziyaan, and the entire filmography of Aanand L. Rai—Raanjhanaa and the Tanu Weds Manu films. Interestingly, these are the films that have offered the most memorable female lead roles in the past decade.

Largely, the story told about the women in these films is of her right to personal freedom. This is expressed with a certain set of characteristics—an interest in sex, a talent for flirtation, a tendency to speak their minds when the men falter, and a taste for intoxicants. These are meaningful markers of selfhood, but these women seldom have career aspirations—the defining attribute of personal freedom and selfhood that I was brought up with. They also have no hobbies or political convictions in the way that Aishwarya Rai enjoys poetry in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016), Deepika Padukone has a thing for poetry and swordsmanship in Bajirao Mastani (2015), Jaya Bhaduri is serious about singing in Parichay (1972), or Meenakshi Seshadri takes up a rape survivor’s fight in Damini (1993). The Rumis%
yesterday by scritic
The Forgotten Mother of Cinema
Short interview with director Pamela Green about her film "Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché." Despite having made over a thousand films, with numerous technical innovations, Guy-Blaché is almost unknown.
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yesterday by johnmfrench
The Best Movies of 2018
MANOHLA DARGIS:1. ‘Roma’ (Alfonso Cuarón) 2. ‘Burning’ (Lee Chang-dong)3. ‘Shoplifters’ (Hirokazu Kore-eda)4. ‘Zama’ (Lucrecia Martel)5. ‘Happy as Lazzaro’ (Alice Rohrwacher)6. ‘BlacKkKlansman’ (Spike Lee)7. ‘First Reformed’ (Paul Schrader)8. ‘The Death of Stalin’ (Armando Iannucci)9. ‘Monrovia, Indiana’ (Frederick Wiseman)10. ‘Colophon (for the Arboretum Cycle)’ (Nathaniel Dorsky)A.O. SCOTT:1. ‘Monrovia, Indiana’ (Frederick Wiseman); ‘Bisbee ’17’ (Robert Greene); ‘Hale County This Morning, This Evening’ (RaMell Ross); ‘Minding the Gap’ (Bing Liu)At a time when we tend to see ourselves and our fellow citizens as sociological stereotypes and ideological clichés, these highly personal films suggest that a different way of telling the American story — the crazy multiplicity of American stories — may still be possible.2. ‘Happy as Lazzaro’ (Alice Rohrwacher)3. ‘First Reformed’ (Paul Schrader)4. ‘Private Life’ (Tamara Jenkins)5. ‘Roma’ (Alfonso Cuarón)6. ‘Let the Sunshine In’ (Claire Denis)7. ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ (Marielle Heller)8. ‘BlacKkKlansman’ (Spike Lee)9. ‘Capernaum’ (Nadine Labaki)10. ‘The Favourite’ (Yorgos Lanthimos)
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yesterday by thomas.kochi
At last! Marvel finally drops first trailer for Avengers: End Game | Ars Technica
Our surviving heroes are brooding and regrouping, with hints of a budding plan.
There is much rejoicing on the Internet today as Marvel Studios finally dropped the long-awaited first trailer for the movie formerly known as Avengers 4. Now we know it will be called Avengers: End Game, and, as expected, that's exactly what the trailer tells us it's going to be: a fitting conclusion to the shocking events of Avengers: Infinity War.
(Spoilers below for Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp)
Infinity War was technically an ensemble Avengers film, but Thanos (an intergalactic supervillain from Titan) is the central character. He is on a quest to collect all six Infinity Stones: the Power Stone, the Space Stone, the Time Stone, the Reality Stone, the Soul Stone, and the Mind Stone. Once collected and placed in the Infinity Gauntlet, they will give Thanos the power to wipe out half of all living beings in the universe. Why would anyone want to do such a thing? Thanos is the ultimate Malthusian, believing that the universe is overpopulated and will eventually run out of resources—precisely what happened to his own home town.
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2 days ago by rgl7194
The end is coming early — Avengers 4: Endgame is coming out April 26, 2019 and here's the first trailer!
Well, it's been a long few months since the heart-wrenching ending of Avengers: Infinity War, and just as soon as we got over the trauma, we now have news about the sequel — and final entry in the storied franchise.
Avengers 4 will be called Endgame, and will be released on April 26, 2019. You can watch the awesome first trailer below.
The trailer gives us a few fleeting glimpses into characters that we got to know better in Avengers, and a couple that were completely absent — notably Scott Lang, AKA Ant-Man, and Hawkeye. Given that we know Avengers 4 is the last in this particular sequence, and the final Marvel film for many of the actors involved in the series for a decade now, we're likely to get a pretty incredible and climactic showdown with Thanos.
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2 days ago by rgl7194
Watch the First Trailer for Avengers: Endgame | Video | Consequence of Sound
Commence nerdgasms
The week of Marvel Cinematic Universe trailers continues. Following the release of a new Captain Marvel preview on Monday, the Avengers 4 trailer was expected on Wednesday. The release was delayed in recognition of George H.W. Bush’s funeral, but with the national day of mourning over, Marvel has finally unveiled our first look at what we now know is Avengers: Endgame.
*Spoiler* As shocked audiences surely recall, Avengers: Infinity War ended with half the universe being wiped out with a snap of Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) Infinity Gauntlet-clad fingers. In the trailer, we see that Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) is drearily drifting into space without food and water, while the rest of the survivors are planning to restore order in the universe, specifically Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and, yes, even Ant-Man (Paul Rudd).
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2 days ago by rgl7194

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