Andrei Rublev (1966)

Most of you might not know who Andrei Rublev was. Many of you won’t even know about this masterpiece by Soviet and Russian Filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky (Ivan’s Childhood, Solyaris, Mirrors, etc.).

I’m currently watching his films, which I must admit are some of the finest pieces of filmmaking I’ve ever seen. Until now, I’d heard that Tarkovsky is one of the best filmmakers of all time. I can now confirm that Tarkovsky is one of the best filmmakers of all time.

Andrei Rublev in particular deals with the early 15th Century Russia. It is a hostorical biopic based on the life of a religious icon painter. And believe me, this film is inspiring as hell. I don’t easily rate films 10/10 on IMDb. But with this one, I had to. It was so beautifully shot, well written and composed with such excellence. I regret not having watched this at last year’s film festival (Long story short: festival management and delegates were annoying and ruined my experience of watching films). But seriously, you should go and get a copy of this film and watch it. Watch it as many times as you can and absorb the essence of Tarkovsky’s brilliant filmmaking. It is one of the finest films I’ve ever seen, and has inspired me to write.

I’m still watching Tarkovsky’s filmography. I don’t know when I’ll be done as I’m busy with other freelancing stuff, and my book (can never forget my book). Until then…

May your Darkness guide you to your Light!

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Am I the only one who thought Avengers: Age of Ultron was okay?

Yes, we have all heard of the hype that Avengers: Age of Ultron has been propagating. Everyone is excited to see their favourite superheroes fight this mad AI powered robot dude who wants to end all of mankind. Being a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I too was dying to watch this summer blockbuster since the first teaser/trailer was released.
I wasn’t impressed.
Well, the action scenes were amazing (and I’m someone who prefers art films to Hollywood). The characters were deep and the dilemmas were real. But, somewhere, there was something missing. Unlike it’s predecessor, this one did not have to introduce the characters or form a new team or anything. The stage was already set. And with it, so were the expectations.
Without spoilers, I honestly felt that the character of Ultron was not done enough justice. The Vision was such an amazing character, one of the best in the comics. He too, I felt, wasn’t done enough justice in the film. As with that, the story of the Maxmimoff twins was really interesting, but wasn’t given enough screen time.
I guess, with such an ensemble cast, it would be difficult to treat all the characters equally. However, knowing how well they had done that in the previous instalment, I was expecting better. There was simply too much to cram into this one, all the while wrapping up Phase 2 and setting the stage for Phase 3.
All in all, I would give it 3.5/5 *
It was a roller-coaster ride of a movie. The Hulk vs. Hulkbuster battle was perhaps one of the best parts of the movie. Do watch it though, it’s a really good movie. But don’t keep your hopes high. Or do, everyone loved it more than I did. So who knows…