Zarin Tasnim

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Revisiting ‘Close-Up’: Abbas Kiarostami's magnum opus

"Close-Up," crafted by the cinematic virtuoso Abbas Kiarostami, isn't just a film; it's a deeply human odyssey that resonates with the core of our existence. What elevates it to the echelons of the greatest films ever made as regarded by many, is its profound exploration of a journey that intertwines reality, identity, and the universal yearning for connection.

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Revisiting ‘Breakfast at Tiffany's’ timeless elegance

Director Blake Edwards brought Truman Capote's iconic novella, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to life on the silver screen in 1961. The film, starring Audrey Hepburn as the unforgettable Holly Golightly, has since become a cinematic classic, etching itself into the annals of film history as a symbol of timeless elegance and cultural impact.

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‘Annie Hall’: A timeless exploration of the heart, wrapped in wit and wisdom

Reflecting on "Annie Hall" is like revisiting an old friend—familiar yet complex, nostalgic yet blurred by the passage of time. Woody Allen's masterpiece has turned 47 today, and it has always been more than just a rom-com; it's a lens into the intricate dance of love and life, with all its quirks and imperfections.

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Humanising chaos: The unconventional beauty of Greek Weird Wave cinema

Have you ever felt like you've swerved onto the wrong lane, entering an entirely different and unknown region? This sensation of disorientation and surrealism mirrors the sentiments that birthed the Greek Weird Wave—a captivating cinematic movement that emerged in response to Greece's tumultuous economic crisis of 2010.

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Netflix’s 'Crashing Eid' unfolds like a festive fireworks

As families across the globe prepare for Eid festivities, there's a new dish on the entertainment menu that's stirring up quite the comedic storm—"Crashing Eid" on Netflix. This Saudi original series is serving up laughter while challenging societal norms with a side of wit.

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Ramy Youssef, the mayor of muslim disaster, is tired of apologising

Ramy Youssef, the Egyptian-American comedian, isn't just crafting jokes; he's crafting conversations. Not only is he a funny man, but he is also a voice for a generation navigating complex socio-political landscapes. With his latest HBO special, "More Feelings," Youssef digs deep into societal issues, adeptly blending humour with poignant commentary on his experiences as a Muslim celebrity in America, offering a glimpse into his journey as a comedian, activist, and individual.

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Banality of evil in Jonathan Glazer's brutal masterpiece ‘The Zone of Interest’

Jonathan Glazer's film "The Zone of Interest” has carved a haunting niche in cinematic history, digging deep into the abyss of Nazi Germany's atrocities with chilling resonance. Unveiling the banality of evil and the human capacity for self-justification, Glazer orchestrates a symphony of sound and imagery that leaves an indelible mark on the psyche of viewers.

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‘Shrinking’: A comedy drama that hits close to home

In the vast landscape of television series, few manage to capture the complexity of human relationships and the struggles of everyday life quite like "Shrinking". With a star-studded cast led by Jason Segel and Harrison Ford, this Apple TV+ comedy drama dives deep into the intricacies of therapy, grief, and redemption, offering viewers a refreshing take on the mid-life crisis narrative.

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February 27, 2024
February 27, 2024

'Have It All': Taylor Tomlinson delivers a masterclass in relatable comedy

Taylor Tomlinson's latest comedy special, "Have It All," is a tour de force that seamlessly blends humour with reflections on life's complexities. Premiered on Valentine's Day, this Netflix gem takes audiences on a journey through the highs and lows of Taylor's personal and professional life, all while eliciting genuine laughter and introspection.

February 22, 2024
February 22, 2024

From Pabna to New York: Suchitra Sen to be immortalised with US festival

In a momentous occasion set to mark a significant milestone in the world of Bengali cinema, the inaugural Suchitra Sen International Bengali Film Festival is set to grace the bustling streets of New York City. With anticipation brewing and excitement mounting, Bengali cinema aficionados worldwide eagerly await the grand debut of this cinematic extravaganza.

February 10, 2024
February 10, 2024

Talking up a storm, again: 20 years of ‘Before Sunset’

Richard Linklater's "Before Sunset" continues to stand the test of time as a captivating portrayal of love, conversation, and the ineffable allure of Paris since its premiere at the Berlin International Film Fest (Berlinale) 20 years ago on this day. The film remains a shining example of cinematic intimacy, relying solely on the dialogue between its two protagonists to weave a profoundly romantic narrative.

January 27, 2024
January 27, 2024

Deconstructing romance in ‘Before Sunrise's’ revolutionary take on love

In cinema, Love is often depicted as a grand, sweeping force that transforms lives and provides the pinnacle of human experience. However, Richard Linklater's “Before” trilogy, particularly the first installment, “Before Sunrise”, challenges these conventional notions of romance and love. Released over a quarter of a century ago, the film takes a unique approach in steering away from cinematic tropes and embracing a more authentic portrayal of love.

January 24, 2024
January 24, 2024

Harmony of cinematic dissent in postmodern films

The onset of postmodern cinema in the grand scheme of Hollywood filmmaking began in the 1980s, reflecting and influencing the historical fusion of media culture, technology, and consumerism. Postmodern cinema is distinguished by disjointed narratives, a dark view of the human condition, images of chaos alongside random violence, the death of the hero, an emphasis on technique over content, and dystopian views of the future. The genre departs from the modernist cultural tradition established on the Enlightenment, industrial society norms, and faith in historical progress.

January 13, 2024
January 13, 2024

Ahmed Hasan Sunny: Singer, songwriter, rebel

Ahmed Hasan Sunny, a rising star in the music industry, has seen a rapid ascent to fame. Yet he holds steadfast to his artistic principles and personal identity, unruffled by the allure of fame or commercial success. He drops by The Daily Star’s studio for a brief chat.

January 12, 2024
January 12, 2024

‘Anatomy of a Fall’: Exploration of love, loss, and legal intrigue

Justine Triet's Cannes Palme d'Or and Golden Globe-winning masterpiece, "Anatomy of a Fall", transcends the boundaries of traditional cinema, diving into the labyrinthine intricacies of human connections. A mesmerising portrayal by Sandra Hüller adds an intensely personal touch to this gripping French drama, where love's mysteries unfold against the breathtaking backdrop of the French Alps.

December 22, 2023
December 22, 2023

The unseen bonds: TV series as our home away from home

Leaving the comforting cocoon of home after school or college is a step into a world of newfound independence, adventure, and responsibility. In Bangladesh, this transition can be particularly daunting, with the shift from the warmth of family to the solitary rhythm of daily life. Amidst the hustle and bustle, the chores and the pursuit of education or career aspirations, there's a silent companion that we often overlook - our beloved TV series. They aren't just shows; they've evolved into our family members, offering solace and companionship in those hours when the walls echo with solitude.

December 21, 2023
December 21, 2023

Momentous cinematic escapades of 2023

The realm of cinema witnessed an unprecedented wave of creative brilliance – marking 2023 as a year that not only revitalised theaters but also set the stage ablaze with an unrivaled array of cinematic masterpieces. This year the silver screen transformed into a magnificent canvas, showcasing an eclectic mix of captivating narratives that enthralled audiences worldwide.

December 14, 2023
December 14, 2023

Captain Raymond Holt, signing off

As news of Andre Braugher's passing echoes through the hearts of fans, a profound sense of loss settles, a loss that extends beyond the screen, into the very fabric of our lives. For many of us, rewatching all the cold openings of Captain Holt on YouTube won't be the same. It's as if a cherished friend, a beacon of wisdom and humour, has departed, leaving a void that cannot easily be filled.

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