Monday, June 26, 2006

The reclusive Brando is now the Prolific Brando...
Superman Returns and so does Brando and thats not all, Brando's last film that he was working on before his death is being completed - Citizen Brando, Big Bug Man should be out sometime this year and the BRANDO biopic is being developed and Anthony Hopkins is part of the cast to portray the older Brando..that will be out next year...

A treat for Brando fans and cinema by large...

Monday, June 19, 2006

Question - Why do we (viewers) have an eternal debt to pay to Marlon Brando?
Answer - James Dean, Paul Newman, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Warren Beaty, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Jon Voight, Sean Penn, Jhonny Depp, Leonardo Dicaprio, Edward Norton...the list is endless, but these are some of the iconic performers who would not have been as effective if not for BRANDO, and the magic spell that he weaved.

Acting would be lesser for it; emotions would not be as real, scary, and raw.
Infact Brando changed acting not only for those who followed but also his predecessors, (Cary Grant, Anthony Quinn, their performances post Brando are more natural, real and this is what they themselves say).

And here is looking to the next great actor and in some way he will be influenced by GOD himself…

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Brando's worst ever:
Yes the man had his share of turkeys, and they were big ones...
Island Of Dr. Moreau - A mad scienctist who clones half human half animal beings...brando is interesting to watch, as he ups the ante on eccentriticy. val Kilmer does his best brando impersonations, the movie has become a cult classic because it is BAD...very BAD. Brando won a Razzie award (the worst actor OSCAR equivalent).

Free Money - A walrus like moustache covers brando' s face. A sadistic warden is Brando who does his own thing. The movie is unwatchable, though the cast is stellar - Brando, Charlie Sheen, Mira Sorvino etc.

Countess of Honk Kong - The last movie directed by Charlie Chaplin, Brando and Sophia Loren as the lead stars. A romantic comedy on the high seas, it looked like a movie form the 1930s. A slow comedy with very few laughs. Chaplin has made better, much better.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Marlon Brando – The Original Comeback KID…

There have been various comebacks in the history of films; Travolta with Pulp Fiction is the most recent big comeback, but not the biggest ever…

Brando the biggest movie star in the world from the time of Streetcar (1951) till Bounty (62), no question about it, the man who had it all, genius like talent, charisma of a supernova and looks of Adonis....then it all went downhill according to most of the critics in the 60s.

This is not considering the fact that he was still doing good work, not great but most definitely good, not the trash that columnists / critics of that era have us believe. Good work which flopped at the box office. Most of the movies are getting second notices and now are being reevaluated - Reflections in a Golden eye (where Brando plays a closet homosexual - much before Brokeback Mountain), Burn (his personal favourite performance), Morituri (probably the only action film Brando did), The Chase etc.
But they all flopped till the comeback…

Comeback 1 – The one which the world knows by heart…

THE GODFATHER (1972) and Tango in (1973), the greatest comeback - period!! He did movies only for big paychecks after this but was still brilliant in Missouri and absolutely mesmerizing in Apocalypse NOW.

Then he disappeared for 9 years and then wham another great 1 -2 punch.

Comeback 2 – The one which the world forgets…

1989 - A Dry White Season, where Brando proves to all why he is the greatest. As a caustic lawyer in South Africa who is fighting against Apartheid but knows that it is futile, he makes the courtroom dance to his tune. Brilliant act, nominated for Best Supporting Oscar.

1990 - The Freshman, where he does a spoof of his most famous role and what a film and performance.

Brando is back again, to prove why he is the best there ever was and will be...The difference between the 2 comebacks is that the first happened after Brando had been termed a has-been by all the major studios and was basically a BIG NO NO for the big studios. A faded icon that is finished…

The second comeback happened at Brando’s terms, where he has nothing left to prove and is coming back on his own terms, as the legendary icon, still king of the jungle

For a man who hates acting which he did, he still was the best in it…

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anything which i can do by not getting up from my back side, is to my liking. hard work never killed anybody, but there is always a first time for everything. SO CHILL is my motto.