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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Top Summer Theatre Shows in London : Angelina Lawson - Guest Author

Top Summer Theatre Shows in London

The London theatre scene is famous all over the world, and rightly so. Few cities can match its breadth and depth. The options range from big, vibrant and lavish to simple and serious. Some of the shows are brand new and some are old favourites. Others are making a comeback after years of being on the shelf.

It’s summertime! The days are long and the nights light up with excitement. This year’s productions have been running for a while, all of the kinks have been worked out, and both professional reviewers and London theatre fans have picked their favourites. There’s no better time to go out to a show, especially in the west end, on the Strand.

 At the
Adelphi Theatre, Sweeny Todd is back with a vengeance. This production, starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, has been described by the Financial Times as “…relishing its excesses yet still savouring its delicacy. It’s a dark, glinting treat.” and by the Daily Telegraph as “dark, nightmarish and thrilling.”

If you’re looking for something new and different, a bit edgy but family-friendly, then pick up tickets for Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre. This hilarious story of a smart girl in an dumb world was written by Roald Dahl and directed by Matthew Warchus. It is populated by talented professionals, young and old, and the Telegraph calls it “the best new British musical since Billy Elliot.”

Incidentally, you can still see a top quality production of Billy Elliot, if you’re so inclined. It’s at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Singing in the Rain, new and also at the Palace, and the Lion King, still at the Lyceum, are also reputed to be top quality, light entertainment.

Finally, if your ideal night out in London does not involve signing actors, you probably already know that War Horse, at the New London Theatre, is unmissable. Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece Long Day’s Journey into Night is well acted at the Apollo, on Shaftesbury Ave. If you need a laugh, then the Wyndham's Theatre’s production of Abigail's Party will not disappoint.

Don’t miss the exciting plays, new and continuing, that London has to offer this season.
Nothing can compare to a night out at the theatre!

Author Bio:  Angelina Lawson is a Content Writer with an interest in topics relating Theatre, Films, art, culture etc. You can follow her @boxofficeltd on Twitter.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Shanghai Movie Review (BD)

Bollywood Movie Review: Shanghai

Four revolutionary films. What's the next, DB?

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Movie Information: IMDB, WikiCast: Emraan Hashmi, Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Pitobash Tripathy
Direction: Dibakar Banerjee
Genre: Thriller

Movie Overview:

Dibakar Banerjee, Abhay Deol and Emraan Hashmi. There cannot be any better reason to watch this movie and well, it’s worth the expectations. Shanghai, the desi adaption of  Z by Vassilis Vassilikos is a fine thriller.

First things first, you can feel the Dibakar Banerjee style in each and every frame of this around two hour movie. In first ten minutes itself, the culprits are revealed and there is no whodunit feeling in first half, but thanks to brilliantly panned screenplay (courtesy Urmi Juvekar and DB), the tension builds on in a continuum till the climax and climax pays it off.

The power of Shanghai lies in its characters and subplots. Director leaves much upon the imagination of viewers but, still it is amazing to witness such a powerful cinema with a short and complex story.
Abhay, Emraan and Kalki play their milestone characters and they play with such an ease that it is impossible to picture any actors in their shoes. Prosenjit Chatterjee, though plays a cameo, makes his presence felt throughout the movie, which is incredible.

Shanghai could have been a loud political thriller with grungy background score and over the top acting, but DB chooses the path less travelled. Like his last three films he chooses his own subtle and proportionately dramatic storytelling that makes it a standalone from clich├ęd and crass political thrillers. In order to keep the intensity of such a mature subject, Dibakar has deliberately avoided soulful songs like Khudaya and Dua, and placed situational tracks like Bharat Mata Ki and Imported Kamariya, which is a courageous effort.

The negatives? First half takes a bit more of time to create the situations and subplots making the movie a bit drag occasionally. Apart from this, I can’t find out any other loopholes in this movie.

Watch it or not? If you are a fan of “the real powerful cinema”, do go for it.


Quick Review:

Emraan, Abhay and Kalki excels; Prosenjit, Farooq Sheikh (after a long time) and Pitobash shines. Every single actor in the movie is brilliant.

Script Analysis:
Story is very simple and there is simply no scope for elements like suspense and thrills; but really outstanding screenplay builds a solid and hard hitting cinema. Dialogues never sound too heroic or melodramatic, its just what is needed here.

Editing And Cinematography:
Editing is loose in first half, but the damage control is done in second half. Cinematography by Nikos Andritsakis (LSD fame) is unconventional. Bharat Nagar itself is a character in movie and all credit goes to DOP.

Music And Background Score:
Music by Vishal Shekhar is good, there wasn't much scope for them here. Background score is minimal but edgy.

Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Love Sex aur Dhokha and Shanghai. What's next?

Final Verdict:
Kasam Yeh Khai Hai, Shehar Shanghai Hai! Bharat Mata Ki Jay!

Box Office collection report:
Rowdy Rathore won't allow Shanghai to earn much profits, but like his all films, this film too, will be a Semi - Hit and I don't think makers would be expecting much from Shanghai on commercial basis.

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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