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Why is “Me Before You” Upsetting Disabled People?

Why is “Me Before You” Upsetting Disabled People?

Since its opening last week, the tearjerking romantic drama “Me Before You,” has been decried by the disabled as a false and misleading depiction of their lives and desires, insisting that death is not a wish they contemplate as a solution to their predicament, as the film suggests, and calling ...

Dubai International Film Festival empowers female directors in the Middle East

Dubai International Film Festival empowers female directors in the Middle East

While the region around it has descended in political chaos and religious strife, Dubai continues to flourish and prosper, becoming an oasis of harmony and progress, where the natives constitute less than 12% of its multinational inhabitants. Its international film festival (DIFF), which was launche...

How Did New Technology Impact The Making of The New “Mad Max”?

How Did New Technology Impact The Making of The New “Mad Max”?

When Australian director, George Miller, embarked in 1979 on making the futuristic action thriller “Mad Max” with an unknown actor in the lead, Mel Gibson, and with less than a $1 million budget and with the help of his friends, he didn’t expect the phenomenal critical and commercial success t...

Is Cinema dying?

Is Cinema dying?

Since its release 3 weeks ago, Furious 7, has been breaking one record after another at the box office, scoring the second-biggest worldwide opening of all time ($397.2 million) behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and recently has become the fastest to reach the $1 billion at t...

Rihanna is too busy to have a man in her life – interview

Rihanna is too busy to have a man in her life – interview

Pop stars are not known for being punctilious particularly when it comes to press interviews, so I was not surprised when Rihanna’s assistant announced that her boss was going to be late to our rendezvous, ostensibly because she was not feeling well. Most likely though, she was finessing her m...

John Travolta: Scientology has better tools than Catholicism – TV interview

John Travolta: Scientology has better tools than Catholicism – TV interview

In spite of his glorious success in Hollywood, John Travolta has faced tough challenges and endured tragic losses since the onset of his career. In 1977, breast cancer robbed him of his then- girlfriend, actress Diana Hyland, in 2009 his autistic son died following a seizure, in 2012 he was accused ...

Sundance movies explore the terrifying impact of authority on human behaviour

Sundance movies explore the terrifying impact of authority on human behaviour

Participating movies in the Sundance film festival are usually made on shoestring budgets and often by first-time directors, but they are rich in their substance, bold in their themes and unique in their subjects. This year, movies have touched on controversial issues such as nature vs nurture (Stoc...

Clint Eastwood’s conflicted morality in American Sniper – interview

Clint Eastwood’s conflicted morality in American Sniper – interview

Chris Kyle was proclaimed the most lethal sniper in the US military history, with over 160 confirmed kills, most of them were carried out during his deployment in Iraq between 2003-2009, where he was nicknamed The Devil of Ramadi by the Iraqi insurgents, who put a bounty on his head. Ramadi is the c...

Tim Burton explores the meaning of Art in “Big Eyes”

Tim Burton explores the meaning of Art in “Big Eyes”

What is art? A question posed by director Tim Burton in his new movie “Big Eyes,” which tells the weirder-than-fiction story of, Margaret Keane, the painter of the waiflike figures with sad faces and oversized peepers that first gazed at and transfixed Americans in the fifties. After divorcing h...

Ridley Scott in Exodus: Was Moses A Terrorist?

Ridley Scott in Exodus: Was Moses A Terrorist?

An avalanche of criticism was hurled at  Sir Ridley Scott,  when he announced the casting of American, European and Australian stars to play African and Middle Eastern characters in his new biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” which follows the journey of  Moses from a loyal commander in t...

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