31st January, 2020: A Truly EPIC Day For Indian Cinephiles

Some days are monumental when it comes to the films releasing on that date. December 20, 2019 was one such when The Rise of Skywalker and Cats locked horns at the global box-office. While the latter emerged the winner on both the critical and commercial fronts, it did give the indie original, TROS, a run for its money. And recently, January 17th, 2020 saw the Indian releases of Just Mercy, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and 1917. All three critically acclaimed and the A Beautiful Day and 1917 with Oscar nominations under their belt.

Similarly, the coming Friday 31st January 2020 is going to be one such glorious day for Indian cinephile, should they chose to savour it. Indian cinephiles are late to the party; nevertheless, it’s sure to be a blasting one!

So, what exactly is coming?

First, Taika Waititi’s anti-hate Satire, Jojo Rabbit, which has 6 Oscar Nominations, namely- Best Picture (Carthew Neal, Taika Waititi, and Chelsea Winstanley), Best Supporting Actress(Scarlett Johansson), Best Adapted Screenplay(Taika Waititi), Best Production Design(Ra Vincent and Nora Sopková), Best Costume Design(Mayes C. Rubeo), and Best Film Editing(Tom Eagles). The film, which released in the US back in October, finally waves hello to us, Indians. The film also won Grolsch People’s Choice Award at TIFF last year. Keeping the awards and acclaim aside, it has Taika Waititi playing Hitler himself, and Hitler is funny here!

The second significant film slated for Indian release is the Spanish Drama, Pain & Glory, which TIME called the best film of the year. Plus, it sits with two Oscar Nominations, namely- Best International Feature Film, and Best Actor(Antonio Banderas). I missed the film at MAMI 19, but will make it up this weekend. The film has Banderas playing a filmmaker reflecting the choices he made over his past.

The third is a tiny film called Parasite, guess its from North Korea from the director who made the Polar Express live-action remake starring Captain America. Not many major award nominations and mediocre reviews. But I say, support indie cinema by watching this film in a theatre.

And the fourth film is Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen that comes with a fresh cast of up and coming actors like Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, and Hugh Grant among others in a light-hearted buddy travel film.

The Fifth and the most awaited release, which is already being considered to be the front runner in next year’s award race is the cop-drama Bad Boys For Lives. This is the film I’ve been waiting for since its announcement.

This could have been a tweet, but I elongated because I care!

Crux of the story- Indians, have a great time at the movies.

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