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Founder’s Message
I have to say, this may be the proudest newsletter I have composed yet. I hoped one day that I would collaborate my Monte Pictures aspirations and see it grow in the world of entertainment. I am very pleased to inform you that this day has come. Julia Wieczorek has agreed to sign onto a difficult task by becoming Monte Pictures© Editor-in-Chief. As you already know, I am not a terrific editor when it comes to revising my work. Luckily, Julia has that gift of writing and revision. Maybe that’s why I am so fond of our friendship. We’ve known each other nearly eight years, time goes by so fast. We watched ourselves grow when we got into a university we hoped to get in. When I was accepted to Brooks Institute of Photography to pursue my career in filmmaking, my friends knew of my achievements. I won’t go into the whole biography of Julia Wieczorek, which I hope she will do herself in her own Editorial Introduction. Writing, in general, is very important to me and should be to you. Writing helps us to express ourselves through words. I understand that we are not all made to be a novelist, poet, lyricist, and screenwriter. Yet writing prepares us for school and employment, which in most cases requires an enormous amount of writing – as a history major, I tend to write nearly 500 to 2,000 words for a discussion post. But writing is everywhere on billboards, walls, television, etc.; we even write emails and text messages. So there is really no absolute excuses to write. To me, I struggled with my writing when I first composed my newsletter. I found writing to be a great tool to help me know more about the way I think, writing can solidify ideas and thoughts, and allow us to reflect on them better than if the ideas remained evolving in our heads. Remember: we live in this world and great country that allows us to take challenges and opportunities, so why complain about life, bills, education, work, etc., and do something about it like I did with this newsletter two years ago. Thus, I would like to conclude to you: I wish you and your family great health and I would love to leave you with one of my favorite inspirational quotes by my co-hero (my mother is my other hero), Anne Frank. “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”

- Javier Serrano, founder

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Editor’s Introduction
I’m not the best on talking about myself, but here it goes! Yes, I’m Julia, the one that loves to read, write and edit! I have been a fan of this newsletter since it’s beginnings and ever since I have known Javier I have always been inspired by his drive and talents. Many people and events have inspired my own love of writing, and I have expressed that through writing a novel myself, which I hope to finish one day soon. I also have taken numerous odd jobs editing friend's short stories and novels, as well as leading small workshops on how to write cover letters and resumes. I am currently pursuing my goal of getting my Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology at the University of San Diego. I also am partminoring in Spanish. I hope to use my degree towards a job that I can help other people with issues and conflicts, mainly in the workplace. Although I am in the social sciences field, I still love writing and it has mainly been a hobby for me. I also love movies, actually more like have an obsession for movies, so editing for this newsletter has allowed me to combine those things. Hopefully you guys, the readers, will see how much Javier puts into his passion of all things cinematography, and the work I put into editing it! I get inspiration from my favorite characters in books and movies. My friends, co-workers, employees, family and pets have all inspired me as well, and when I think back on life I think of all the funny moments and laugh, because as the Joker would say, “Why so serious?”. You can’t take life too seriously! So now I am having fun, doing what I love and helping others do the same! So I end on a quote that I think of every time I sit down to work on my novel, it’s what my dad used to say to me when I got annoyed from his million questions about my day, asking him why he asked me so many questions, to which he would reply, “Because I’m writing a book.”

- julia wieczorek, editor-in-chief

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Celebrating 54 years!
12 - 16 May 2009
Fifty-six songs have won the Eurovision Song Contest, an annual competition organized by the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union. The Contest, which has been broadcasted every year since it’s debut in 1956, is one of the longest-running television programs in the world. The Contest’s winner has been determined using numerous voting techniques throughout its history; centre to these have been the awarding of points to countries by juries. The country awarded the most points is declared the winner. The first Eurovision Song Contest was not won on points, but by votes, and only the winner was announced. There have been fifty-three Contests, with one winner each year except the tied 1969 Contest, which had four. Twenty-five different countries have won the Contest; the most recent addition to this list is Russia, which won the Contest in 2008. Switzerland also won the Contest on their debut - the first contest, in 1956. The country with the highest number of wins is Ireland, with seven. Portugal is the country with the longest history in the Contest without a win. The only person to have won more than once is Johnny Logan, who won the Contest three times for Ireland. Page 4

Vicky Leandros won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1972 for Luxembourg with the song “Après Toi”.

Celine Dion first gained international recognition after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988 for Switzerland with the song “Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi” (Don't Leave Without Me).

Winning the Eurovision Song Contest provides a unique opportunity for winning artist(s) to capitalize on their success and surrounding publicity by launching or furthering their international career. However, throughout the history of the Contest relatively few names have gone on to be huge international stars. The most notable winning Eurovision artists whose career was directly launched into the spotlight following their win were ABBA, who won the Contest for Sweden in 1974 with their song “Waterloo”. ABBA went on to be one of the most successful bands of their time. Another notable winner who achieved international fame and success was Celine Dion, who won the Contest for Switzerland in 1988 with the song “Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi” (Don’t Leave Without Me), though it has been noted that her international singing career came some years later, and is not generally directly to winning the contest. Eleven Eurovision winners featured at the Congratulations concert in 2005, in which ABBA’s “Waterloo” was voted the most popular ABBA achieved international fame after song of the Contest’s first fifty years. However, winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Greece’s Vicky Leandros’s 1968 song “L’ Amour Est 1974 for Sweden with the Song Bleu” (Love is Blue) has been produced in 26 different “Waterloo”. Languages more than any other Eurovision song. The Highest number of points scored by a winning country at the Eurovision contest Page 5 was the 292 points achieved by Finland’s Lordi at the 2006 Contest.

The rule requiring countries to sing in their own national language has been changed several times over the years. English songs have been the dominating language for the past two decades.

Participating Countries

The Eurovision Song Contest 2009
will be the 54th Eurovision Song Contest scheduled to take place between 12 and 16 May 2009 at the Olympic indoor Arena in Moscow Russia. Forty-two nations confirmed their participation in the 2009 Eurovision contest marking another year for emerging artists and the selection of the Eurovision winner.

• Albania • Bosnia and Herzegovina • Croatia •FYR Macedonia Georgia had originally announced that • Montenegro it would withdraw from the contest due • Serbia • Slovenia to the 2008 South Ossetia war in protest of the foreign policies of Russia, but decided to return to the • Belgium contest, inspired by its win at the • Bulgaria Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008. • Cyprus However, early this month, Georgia • Greece decided to withdraw once again after • Netherlands the European Broadcast Union • Turkey rejected it’s selected song claiming a breach of contest rules.

• Denmark • Estonia • Finland • Iceland • Norway • Sweden

• Armenia • Azerbaijan • Belarus • Georgia (W) • Israel • Moldova • Ukraine

• Andorra • Ireland • Latvia • Lithuania • Portugal • Romania

• Czech Republic • Hungary • Malta • Poland • Slovakia • Switzerland
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Sweden 1974

Finland 2006 Luxembourg 1973

Serbia 2007

Past Eurovision Winners
Turkey 2003

Israel 1998

Luxembourg 1972

Spain 1968 Greece 2005

Estonia 2001

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Founder’s Top Five Picks for Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow
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Spain

Soraya

#5
“La Noche es Para Mí” (The Night Is For Me)
Vuelvo a mirar tus ojos son un volcán No escaparás tu fuego dirá la verdad No importa si quieres o no porque hoy mando yo C’mon and take me, c’mon and shake me Quiero saber lo que sientes por mí C’mon and take me, c’mon and shake me Que no lo ves que estoy loca por ti Don’t send me free, just you and me La noche es para mí No puedo más, juro que mío serás Ven a bailar, ya no podrás escapar. No importa si quieres o no porque hoy mando yo C’mon and take me, c’mon and shake me Quiero saber lo que sientes por mí C’mon and take me, c’mon and shake me Que no lo ves que estoy loca por ti Don’t send me free, just you and me La noche es para mí Ah… Take me, shake me… Brilla la luz, mi mágica noche eres tu Ya no hay tabús Quiero clavarte mi cruz C’mon and take me, c’mon and shake me Quiero saber lo que sientes por mí C’mon and take me, c’mon and shake me Que no lo ves que estoy loca por ti La noche es para mí La noche es para mí Don’t send me free, just you and me La noche es para mí

Since its debut at the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest, Spain has won the Eurovision contest twice in the year 1968 and 1969. Spain’s representative Soraya Arenlas, better known in the Spanish-Speaking countries by her stage name Soraya, will sing the Spanish entry “La Noche Es Para Mi”. The singer who will be representing Spain is directly qualified to the final round due to Spain having a 'Big 4' status. The Spanish selection had taken many different incarnations, from revealing all entries on the internet to having online votes, jury votes and finally a televote. Soroya’s song however eventually tied with singer Melody "Amante de la luna" which had won the jury vote but polled the lesser amount of televotes. Therefore, both Soroya and Melody were tied with a final score of 22. However, as Soraya had achieved the highest number of televotes she was declared the winner. The song “La Noche Es Para Mí” was ironically offered to Helena Paparizou, the Eurovision winner in 2005 for Greece with the song “My Number One”, before she turned it down before it was offered to Soraya. She has since recorded four albums achieving four top ten hits between 2005 and 2007 and she will shortly be duet-ting with former Belgian representative Kate Ryan on the single “Caminaré”. “La Noche Es Para Mí” is another lively track with Spanish ethno beats and strong vocals. The song is very captivating and was performed excellently at the national final. This is one of the strongest entries this year and in my opinion one of the best Spanish songs ever, far surpassing 2008. The mixture of Spanish and English works well and the entire arrangement spells success all around. Eurovision Top Five Picks Page 9

Azerbaijan #4
Always on my mind Always in my heart

AySel and Arash

“Always”
It has been announced that AySel, who was chosen to represent Azerbaijan in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, will perform her song “Always” as a duet with songwriter Arash. The decision was made by the seven-member jury that chose the entry. Arash said about the decision: “Performing with AySel was important for me, since I wrote Always specifically for her,” said Arash. “It is my sincere desire now to make our duet into something special for Eurovision 2009.” While the work on the song continues, it is expected that the song will be presented at the end of February. Azerbaijan took part in the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time last year and Elnur & Samir managed to finish eighth in the final with their song Day after day. In 2009, the country will take part in the second semi final on 14th May.
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I’ve been waiting for you night after night Like a shadow staying close to the light Suddenly you stand beside me And I see a million burning stars You are always on my mind Always in my heart And I can hear you call my name on a mountain high Always on my mind Always in my dreams I wanna hold you close with me Always all the time I believe I'm addicted to you In your eyes I see dreams coming true Finally I have found you And now I will never let you go no You are always on my mind Always in my heart And I can hear you call my name on a mountain high Always on my mind Always in my dreams I wanna hold you close with me Always all the time Always on my mind Always in my heart And I can hear you call my name on a mountain high Always on my mind always in my dreams I wanna hold you close with me Always all the time Always on my mind Always in my heart Always on my mind Always in my dreams Always all the time

Greece

#3

“This Is Our Night”
Take a chance, and take a hold give it all, and turn it to gold time has come, so make a stand on your own, and take command Beat the odds, you will survive stronger now, you feel alive Rising up, get into place feel it in your heart, When you are, winning this race When I look into your eyes It comes, as no surprise

Sakis Rouvas
At the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul, Turkey, Sakis placed an incredible third place with his song “Shake It”. Critics alike around the world are claiming victory for Greece with this year’s song “This Is Our Night”. The song was presented as the last performance of the press conference held on February 12, 2009 where three songs were revealed by Sakis Rouvas, he was the only artist to have three potential songs in competition for the Eurovision contest. “This Is Our Night” has been hailed as a “powerful dance song”. With less than a month away, Greece may become the surprise of the night and take first place on final night in Moscow marking Greece with a second victory since Elena Paparizou, who in 2005 at the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, Ukraine, won with the winning song “My Number One”.
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This is our night, fly, to the top baby yes we can do it, just wait and see This is our night, time, for a change baby get rid of the old, take a hold, and be free CHORUS Counting down, the night of nights Getting now, to stand and fight Don't back down, just look within Do it now, I know you will When I look into your eyes it comes as no surprise

Norway

#2

Alexander Rybak

“Fairytale”
Years ago, when I was younger I kind of liked, a girl I knew She was mine and we were sweethearts That was then but then it's true (Chorus) I'm in love with a fairytale Even though it hurts Cause I don't care if I lose my mind, I'm already cursed Every day we started fighting Every night we fell in love No one else could make me sadder But no one else could lift me high above I don't know what I was doing Suddenly we fell apart Nowadays I cannot find her But when I do we'll get a brand new start (Chorus) I'm in love with a fairytale Even though it hurts Cause I don't care if I lose my mind, I'm already cursed She's a fairytale, yeah Even though it hurts cause I don't care if I lose my mind, I'm already cursed

Norway has won the Eurovision Song Contest twice, in 1985 and 1994. In a splendid final tonight in Oslo, it was Norway's turn to choose their singer for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. Eight songs were on offer and expert juries and the televote decided that Alexander Rybak's “Fairytale” would be the one song that would represent the country best! Alexander's victory came as no surprise: almost all betting agencies had seen him as the big favorite as the song is already No.1 in the official Norwegian charts! Alexander Rybak’s “Fairytale” is predicted to win this year’s Eurovision contest. “Fairytale” is the song by the Norwegian, which he also composed and wrote. Norway came 5th in last year's Belgrade Eurovision Song Contest with Maria Haukaas Storeng's “Hold On Be Strong”.

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Turkey

#1

"Düm Tek Tek"
baby you´re perfect for me you are my gift from heaven this is the greatest story of all times we met like in a movie so meant to last forever and what you doing to me feels so fine angel I wake up and live my dreams endlessly crazy for you

Hadise
Turkey has a surprise pick for this year's Eurovision song contest in Moscow. Unlike last year, when the band Mor ve Otesi performed an anti-war song, this year Turkey will send an attractive young pop star with an up-tempo hit. With her catchy song "Dum Tek Tek", surprising choreography and elegant dancing, Hadise hopes to excite millions of Eurovision viewers and boost her following in Europe. The 23-year-old Belgian native is the daughter of Turkish immigrants. She made her debut in the Belgian "Idol 2003" talent contest. The Turkish public broadcaster TRT selected Hadise last year and considers her one of the favorites of this year's contest. Hadise was exposed to a variety of cultures during her upbringing and speaks five languages. She considers her multicultural past an asset, and tries to synthesize rock, soul and ethnic music of various countries in her art. "Dum Tek Tek" combines pop, oriental rhythms and Turkish musical influences. Turkey's win at the 2003 Eurovision (Sertab Erener, "Every Way That I Can") put an end to that perception. Six years after their breakthrough, millions of Turks hope Hadise will bring the crown back to their country next month.

can you feel the rhythm in my heart and the beats goin´dum tek tek always ought a like there is no limit feels like there´s no way back can you feel the rythm in my heart the beats goin dum tek tek always ought á like there is no limit feels like there´s no way back baby I read all answers in your exotic movements you are the greatest dancer of all times you make me feel so special no one can kiss like you do as if it´s your profession feels so fine angel I wake up and live my dreams endlessly crazy for you can you feel the rhythm in my heart and beats going dum tek tek always ought á like there is no limit feels like there´s no way back can you feel the rhythm in my heart the beats going dum tek tek always ought á like there is no limit feels like there's no way back can you feel the rhythm in my heart can you feel the rhythm in my heart and beats goin dum tek tek always ought á like there is no limit feels like there´s no way back can you feel the rhythm in my heart the beats goin dum tek tek always ought á like there is no limit feels like there´s no way back always ought á like there´s no limit feels like there´s no way back always ought á like there´s no limit feels like DUM TEK TEK

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Movie Reviews

Priceless
‘modern look from Audrey Hepburn’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”’
Forget “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” and every reality show lauding the American gluttony, and savor the more refined and glamorous amenities on the coasts of southern France in the comedy “Priceless.” Audrey Tautou, who gained international stardom with her awe-inspiring performance in the 2000 film “Amelie”, plays Irene. In luxury hotels from Biarritz to Nice, Irene (Tautou) and Jean (Gad Elmalech) trade sexual favors for gifts and a place to stay with well-kept wealthy suitors. Directed by Pierre Salvadori (“Après Vous”) from a screenplay he wrote with Benoît Graffin, the movie is amusing and charming, yet the filmmakers are inspired on a modern look from Audrey Hepburn’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Irène first meets Jean in the fancy Biarritz hotel, where he works as a bartender and parttime dog walker. When her white-haired sugar daddy, Jacques (Vernon Dobtcheff), falls asleep in their suite the night of her birthday, she steals down to the bar where Jean is napping and mistakes him for a rich playboy. Jean, once awakened, is instantly besotted and pretends to be what she imagines; they get drunk together and spend a night of bliss in the hotel’s conveniently unoccupied royal suite.
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Le Divorce
‘finding love in Paris never felt so lost’
If you’re like me who loves the French language, culture, cinema, music, literature and history, than you will surely be impacted by this film “Le Divorce”. Two American sisters discover the joys of Paris – love, heartache, and many ways of wearing scarves. California-native Roxy, played by Naomi Watts, is in the late stages of her pregnancy, and is confronted by her husband that he wants a divorce. Isabel, played by Kate Hudson, arrives to Paris to help Roxy with her pregnancy, but finds out that her brother-in-law Charles-Henri, played by Melvil Poupaud, has left Roxy for a younger lover. Life continues for both Roxy and Isabel as they overcome difficult obstacles with Charles-Henri’s family the de Persand, Isabel falls in lust with Charles-Henri’s uncle, the much-older Edgar (Thierry Lhermitte), a suave TV commentator. But it is this familial battleground that quickly becomes the more engaging storyline, especially after Roxy and Isabel’s parents (Sam Waterston and Stockard Channing) fly in from California to help out in the negotiations of the family heir: painting portrait. “Le Divorce” is a culture clash material which is given considerably less importance here in the states but the film is refreshing and entertaining, yet obnoxious aspects of both American and French behavior indulges our temptation for finding love in Paris. Page 15

The Secret Life of Words
‘this film is very, very deep’
One of the reasons that some people prefer foreign films to Hollywood movies is that the latter are much deeper than the former. For instance, this film is very, very deep. So deep in fact that getting the bends is an emotional conclusion. Hanna (Sarah Polley) is a mysterious young woman working in a factory in Demark as a refugee. She does her job very well, often going unnoticed because she doesn't socialize too much with her colleagues. The union and her co-workers convince her boss to force her to take a vacation. So where does she go, when she has a month worth of vocation? She ventures out west to Northern Ireland in the late fall, where it is cold and depressing. While in the restaurant she overhears a man talking to another man on the phone discussing someone named Josef (Tim Robbins), who was badly burned in a flash fire at an offshore oil rig in the North Sea. Since Hanna was once a nurse during The War in Bosnia and Herzegovina, she volunteers to help. During her stay on an oil rig in the Atlantic Ocean, she tries to forget her past and attend to Josef a man who has been temporarily blinded. Yet a strange intimacy develops between them, a link full of secrets, truths, lies, humor and pain, from which neither of them will emerge unscathed and which will change both of their lives forever.
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2 Days in Paris

‘is there nothing that Julie Delpy can’t do?’
Julie Delpy, unlike most international actresses that are incapable of finding work, manages to star in over 30 films to date. A respectable actress in Hollywood and abroad, and a brilliant writer and director to add to her resume. So, is there nothing that Julie Delpy can’t do? The answer is no; she wrote, edited, directed, co-produced, wrote the music, cast her real-life parents as her on screen ones, and starred in this humorous comedy set in Paris, France. Delpy plays Marion, a 35-year-old French photographer who spends a couple of days in her native Paris with Jack (Adam Goldberg), her Jewish-American, interior-designer boyfriend of two years. They’re en route to their New York home after a problematic debate in Venice. What she has done here is avoid all temptation to recycle the usual lovers-in-Paris possibilities, and has created two original, quirky characters so obsessed with their differences that Paris is almost a distraction.
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State of Play

Release date: 17 April 2009

State of Mind to be Exactly
“State of Play” is an American political thriller scheduled for release this month. The film is brilliantly cast with Academy Award winners: Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren and Ben Affleck as well as rising star Rachel McAdams (“The Notebook” – her best performance to date). The plot will be similar to that of the original six-hour program, retaining several main characters, but changing certain aspects to fit the two-hour format. The film is set in Washington, D.C. and tells the story of Stephen Collins (Affleck), a fast-rising United States Congressman with ambitions to become his party’s future presidential candidate. His goal is threatened after his mistress (Maria Thayer), a former research assistant, is found dead in suspicious circumstances, while opponents to Collins’ campaign for social reform attempt to use the scandal to kill his political career. During an investigation into a series of seemingly unrelated murders, Cal McCaffrey (Crowe), an investigator journalist and Collins’ former campaign manager, finds himself tasked with solving the case, while becoming romantically involved with the Congressman’s wife, played by Robin Wright Penn.
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The Soloist

Release Date: 24 April 2009

Foxx’s Performance in ‘Soloist’ is way better than ‘Ray’
“The Soloist” is a powerful, heartfelt, emotionally moving, human drama with two incredibly talented actors who give their all in this film. It is every bit as wonderful and awe-inspiring as what it promises. Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx and Academy Award nominee Robert Downey Jr., are two great living actors respectively, but mixing the two sometimes does not work or create a chemistry of powerful performances. Luckily, these two performers do just that. This is Jamie Foxx’s best performance since his Oscar winning performance in “Ray”, and we may see a third nomination for this performance. Robert Downey Jr. is a method actor, without a doubt. He can play a superhero in “Iron Man” and can perform a vicious villain in the 1999 film “In Dreams”, but he got pieces of greatness from when he played Chaplin years ago. The film is based on the true story of musical prodigy Nathaniel Ayers, who developed schizophrenia in his second year at Juilliard and ended up homeless on the streets of downtown Los Angeles where he performs the violin and cello. The drama is based on the relationship the musician developed with Steve Lopez, a Los Angeles Times reporter. Definitely, one of the best films this year. If you’re looking for an awe-inspiring and good-feel story, well then look no further. This is another accomplishment by Director Joe Wright (“Pride & Prejudice”, “Atonement”).

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“Anne Hathaway gives a powerful performance in 'Rachel Getting Married‘” - Michael Sragow Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt) does indeed get married. However, there is an engaging plot involving her sister Kym (Anne Hathaway). But, what is the moral subject that surrounds the film’s plot: marriage. What I found to be brilliantly done by the film’s director Jonathan Demme are the revolving questions: how it unfolds, who attends, the nature of the ceremony, what it has to observe about the concept of “family”, and how our multicultural society is becoming acceptable. The story centers on Kym (Hathaway), a recovering drug addict who, after being in and out of rehab for 10 years, is now several months into the treatment that seems to be working for her. She is given a day pass to attend her sister’s wedding. Her family lives in a big country house in Connecticut, filled with memories, family, future inlaws, and the friends of the bride and groom. Maybe the characters Demme is showing us are in some ways too real. What I like about Demme’s work is that he pulls back and rewinds us by focusing on a particular face, or by showing us a character’s awkward body language. Hathaway, with those wary eyes and lips that always seems to quiver, brings much of that pain to the surface because this isn’t a character you want to hug, she’s got too many problems. Thus Demme feels so deeply for her that he makes us feel for her. The film received a great deal of recognition, including a Best Actress Oscar for Anne Hathaway, it seems this is just the beginning for a bright and promising future for Hathaway. We have to remember Jonathan Demme won Best Directing for his work in the acclaimed 1991 “The Silence of the Lambs” which starred Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, who won Oscars for their performances.
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“’Slumdog Millionaire’“the world's first globalized masterpiece.” - Joe Morgenstern What a mesmerizing and unforgettable journey we all felt after watching “Slumdog Millionaire”. This small and lowbudget film walked away at this year’s Academy Awards with 8 Oscars, including the coveted Best Picture. Additionally, winning numerous awards across the globe including Best Picture at the BAFTA Awards and the Golden Globes. Set in 2006, the film opens in Mumbai with a police torturing Jamal Malik (Dev Pate), a former street children from the Juhu slums. In the opening scene, a title card is presented: “Jamal Malik is one question away from winning 20 million rupees. How did he do it? (A) He cheated, (B) He’s Lucky, (C ) He’s a genius, (D) It is written.” Jamal is a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? He had already won 10,000,000 rupees (US$200,000) and has made it to the final question, for 20,000,000 rupees, scheduled for the next day. Following up on a tip-off from Prem Kumar, the host, the police now suspect Jamal of cheating. In several flashbacks, Jamal explains thoroughly how he is able to answer each questions. Earlier, Jamal explains to Kumar, that he knew the answers of most questions by chance, because of things that happened in his life, documenting the details of his childhood. You won’t find many fairy tales that open with a graphic torture scene, but realization always educates the audience emotionally. What I feel for this movie isn’t just admiration, it’s mad love.

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“On the whole, ‘Twilight’ works as both love story and vampire story, thanks mainly to the performances of its principals.” - Washington Post And I thought HBO’s series “True Blood” starring Oscar winner Anna Paquin was the only Vampire love story out in the market.. Guess again! “Twilight”, based on the novel (of the same name) by superb writer Stephanie Meyers and directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who made her directorial debut in 2003 “Thirteen”. A densely erotic, twisted take on teen screen romance, “Twilight” plays out in the foggy rural woodlands of the rainy state of Washington. Bella, played by Kristen Stewart, is a moody teen loner who relocates from her mom’s home in Arizona to the town of Forks, to live with her police officer divorced dad, played by Billy Burke. When Bella shows up for her first day at school, she's instantly and mutually attracted to a strangely handsome boy (Robert Pattinson) in a mad crush at first sight encounter. Edward is part of the peculiar and pale outcasts who occupy a separate nook of the school cafeteria. Infatuation soon turns to obsession, and eventually Bella figures out that Edward is a descendant of the undead. There's a deliriously mystical and forbidden tension - part creeping out and part turn-on for Bella between these lovebirds, where first love and death have never been quite so dangerously intertwined up on the screen. Despite the presence of vampires, “Twilight” is a romance, not a horror, and anyone hoping to sink their teeth into a juicy gore-fest will be disappointed. There is action, of course, ignited by the arrival of a trio of wandering neck-biters that feed on the locals and lust after Bella’s blood, leading to a showdown in a be-mirrored ballet studio. The lead performance is very strong, “Panic Room” and “Into The Wild” star Kristen Stewart, who is consistently excellent and relatable to the audience. She is the vehicle through which audiences are carried on their journey, and her keen intelligence prompts a mature Page 24 performance.