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Following another original thought of the master film-maker Woody Allen, this is a highly recommended film especially for all those cinema freaks, who are not only crazy about films, but also eat, drink and sleep movies like their daily medication followed with a strict routine. Because unless one is not able to feel that kind of madness about cinema, the plot of this particular film will turn out to be simply absurd, silly and over the top to say the least. However for the ones who really love to spend those three hours in the dark looking at the silver screen engrossingly, THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO would turn out to be highly creative & innovative experience for sure, talking about something which interests a mad movie buff a lot unconditionally.
Revealing its basic interesting plot, let me admit that in my early teen years, I also loved the characters on the screen so much that I seriously wished that may be someday one of my favourite actors would step out of the screen, coming straight to my seat saying “Hi, How are you?” looking right into the eyes. Perhaps many of my friends reading this might have had a similar fantasy in their childhood too which incidentally also forms the basic thought behind this entertaining cinematic gem directed by the mastermind Woody Allen.
The film features a lonely waitress Cecilia, who in search of an escape from her depressing life, keeps watching the same film repeatedly every day. Now in one of her repeated viewings, Tom, the young & charming hero of the film, simply steps out of the screen, walking straight towards her and then they both move out of the theater into the real life to spend some quality good time together after a casual introduction. But apart from this pleasant surprise, what’s even more fascinating to watch is the way how Tom’s co-stars featuring in that particular scene start behaving in the ongoing film (in the theater), once their fellow actor has gone out of the screen all of a sudden.
So actually the story starts moving at two different platforms from hereon. One, focusing on what the character TOM does after moving out of the screen along with Cecilia and second, what his co-stars are doing in the running film, having no idea of what to do next with their major star missing from the script. Next the progression becomes extremely engaging and hilarious as the actual real life actor also comes in listening to the unbelievable confirmation of his character missing from the movie from that particular theater. And further the whole scenario becomes even more complex when there is news of the character Tom stepping out of the screens in some other theaters too in the same city.

Honestly, it’s quite possible that the unreal premise of the film may not convince many friends reading this write-up full of praises. But the truth remains that Woody executes his film in such an impressive style that one is not willing to skip it even for a minute and finds himself glued to the screen like a magnet having a strong pull. The visionary director beautifully creates a fascinating link between the viewer and his passion for cinema, plus gracefully establishes the relationship between artistic fantasy and reality as a true genius. The film’s cinematography, musical score and impressive performances add to the highly original project superbly and it can easily be included in the list of Woody Allen’s most innovative and entertaining films without any doubt.
So if you do consider yourself as a die-hard cinema buff, who always loves to be in the theater like an excited kid, then do watch THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO at the earliest and have a great time living you own childhood fantasy on the screen.

Written & Directed By Woody Allen
Starring : Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello & more.
Tags : The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Movies To See Before You Die Comedy, Must See Films List By Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Worth Watching Films List By Bobby Sing, Not To Be Missed Classic Films List by Bobby Sing, Woody Allen's most innovative films, Woody Allen's most entertaining film list by Bobby Sing
05 March 2014 / bobbysing /
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Being an ardent cinema lover one gets to see a variety of movies ranging from bad to below average and mediocre to great, worth watching ones at times. But very rarely you get to see a film which can easily be described as unimaginable yet entertaining or highly weird yet interesting with something fresh, innovative and truly original in its concept to offer.
ZELIG is certainly one of those exceptional movies talking about an impossible yet compelling script which probably would appeal to everyone looking for something novel to watch for a change. However to make it clear, the film is not any project to learn from, considering its out of the box content, storyline or characters. But still it has got a lot to convey in terms of ‘guts to do something original’ and ‘the art to execute it with perfection’ in such a way that the viewer starts thinking that perhaps this is made on a true identity which did exist anywhere in the past in any particular country.
Coming from one of the most inventive and prolific film-maker Woody Allen, ZELIG is actually referred to be a ‘mockumentary’, which can be defined as a fake or fictional documentary made on something which was never there at all. So conceived in a pure docu-feature format it tell the viewer about the life of a human chameleon known as Leonard Zelig, who is a man with the ability to look, behave & act like anyone around him (for a considerate period of time) in an unbelievable manner. For instance, with a fat person he tends to become fat (physically), with a long haired tribal he starts looking like a tribal only and with an old man having a dark complexion he starts appearing exactly like him in just few hours and that is the reason they start calling him A Human Chameleon, in the media. Due to this creepy characteristic, Zelig fast becomes a famous celebrity in the 1920s and then a lady doctor starts treating him leading to a new, loving relationship between the two.
Based on a purely original concept, it’s a film which could have been made by director Woody Allen alone and only he could have played the title role too with such a strange or silly kind of humour so confidently. However its not just the concept but the perfect cinematography, intelligent soundtrack and the clever costume designing of the film which forces you to accept it as a sheer work of genius and nothing less than that without any doubt. The mockumentary has an extremely astonishing editing (graphics) inserting Zelig into the real newsreel footage of the past, making him stand with many known historical figures. And it is quite hard to believe that this was all done in the time when Computer Graphics (CGI) was still a thing of the future in the early 80s which eventually made the film win the Best Cinematography & Best Costume Design Oscars in the Academy Awards of 1984.
Hence though this might turn out to be a completely weird, strange and motiveless film for many, ZELIG still remains a true masterpiece in cinematic terms with a unique, unbelievable kind of subject matter turning it into an astounding artistic work of a creative genius, simply not to be missed.

Written & Directed By Woody Allen
Starring : Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Patrick Horgan and more.
Tags : Zelig (1983), Movies To See Before You Die Comedy, Mockumentary, Must Watch Films List by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Not To Be Missed Films List By Bobby Sing, Worth Watching Films List by Bobby Sing, First Mockumentary in mainstream cinema.
04 March 2014 / bobbysing /
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The 2nd of February is celebrated as the Groundhog Day (a weather predicting festival) in south eastern Pennsylvania and the film GROUNDHOG DAY (1993) is widely included in the most appreciated and well-executed, innovative movies made in the recent decades.
Describing the event first, as per the folk tradition, it’s a day when the coming weather is predicted looking at the behavior of a Groundhog (a rodent/a large ground squirrel) emerging out of its den (hole). If it is cloudy when the groundhog is coming out then its predicted that the spring will be coming soon. But if its sunny and the rodent returns back in the hole seeing its shadow then the winter is believed to be there for at least six more weeks. The event is celebrated as a traditional holiday in the region and early morning festivals are also organized to watch the groundhog coming out making the ‘much believed’ weather predictions. The regional festival got a worldwide attention when it was used in the film with the same title GROUNDHOG DAY released in the year 1993 and the information reached the other parts of the world too through this classic venture.
Coming to the worth watching film, which is in fact much more than just an entertaining comic movie. GROUNDHOG DAY can also be described as an insightful meditation, emphasizing on a very simple lesson of life of “making a change within our self” through its enlightening as well as entertaining narration, brilliantly executed by a talented team.
The script takes you on to an unbelievable yet enjoyable fictional journey in a completely novel manner, revolving around an arrogant and egoistic TV weather reporter, Phil Connors. The reporter has been sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day and he hates doing the assignment in the same routine style every year in a repeated mode. But waking up the next morning, he surprisingly finds himself caught in a strange time loop, wherein he has to live the Groundhog day only again and again, meeting the same set of people under the similar circumstances, quite helplessly. Getting fed of living the exact day repeatedly in a silly mode, Phil tries hard to end it all several times, but fails miserably. So with no solution in mind for coming out of this irritating mess, Phil now decides to live the same day differently, analyzing the sick attitude he had towards his own life, the people and the conditions around in all the previous attempts.
Reading about the subject, you might be thinking that this seems to be a comic film showcasing all monotonous stuff coming again and again in its proceedings leading to boredom. But director Harold Ramis never lets the film fall into that expected trap and delivers one of the finest, inventive films of the recent times along with his exceptional actor Bill Murray. Despite having all seen before scenes and characters, the screenplay never makes you feel the repetitive loop and it keeps scoring constantly with many well written, delightful sequences superbly played by Murray in one of his career best performances.
Now explaining the spiritual side of the project, as I feel, there are two ways of watching such a rare attempt. One is to easily enjoy this unusual film taking it as a light comedy and then forget it after its over like many other good comic ventures seen on a fine weekend.
But the other way is to watch it like a valuable chapter of a spiritual book, giving you a hidden message about a particular method of meditation, as realized by its lead character after a while. And that hidden message is that what would we all feel, if we are also thrown in this vicious circle of living a single day again & again, waking up to the same morning news in a continuous loop.
Frankly, would that become irritating, un-nerving and even suicidal for most of us doing the same acts again & again like fools OR Would a few of us, prove to be intelligent enough to realize that this is an indication or a chance given to us to live the same day again in a more positive, lively and correct mode as desired by the Supreme Power?
On a lighter note, this also reminds me of a famous joke in which a singer keeps getting the request to sing the same song again & again from the audience quite strangely. Overwhelmed by the response, he proudly announces on the mike that he is really glad that everyone has liked the song so much. But a voice (coming from the audience) suddenly interrupts his note of thanks & says, “We have not liked your song, but we are actually waiting for you to sing it correctly every time we request you to sing it again!”
And that’s exactly what Phill Murray realizes in the film that he will have to live the same GROUNDHOG DAY again & again in a helpless continuous loop, until he gets it all right without any negativity, hatred, ego and hidden grudge for anybody around. So watching the film from that angle it can easily be considered as a story of self-realization and self-improvement which forces you to live each day of your limited years of life differently keeping the other in mind, instead of the SELF. Probably that is the reason GROUNDHOG DAY has also been quoted as ‘one of the most spiritual films’ too indicatively pointing towards the themes of witnessing, selflessness and spiritual rebirth as taught in the world of meditation.
Winning several accolades in various film festivals, the film was added to the “United Nations National Film Registry” regarded as ‘a culturally, historically or aesthetically significant film’ in the year 2006. Moreover post the release of the film in 1993, the phrase ‘Groundhog Day’ also became a commonly used expression to represent an unpleasant situation that keeps on repeating on a continuous mode. Hence if you also wish to try this meditative experiment for your own self-development and realization, then do watch this cult classic as a must and be a part of that much desired ‘Chain of Change’ at the earliest.
Directed by Harold Ramis
Written By Danny Rubin & Harold Ramis
Starring : Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott.
Tags : Groundhog Day (1993), Movies To See Before You Die Comedy Drama, Must Watch Movies List By Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Worth Watching World Classics, Must See Spiritual Movies, Films With A Message, Groundhog Day Festival
02 February 2014 / bobbysing /
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