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Oscar Predictions 2015–Dawn, Images on Sunday


The following article is published in Dawn, Images on Sunday on the 22nd of February of 2015 here and here.

Oscar Predictions 2015

Who May Win the Oscars Tomorrow

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

Democracy, it seems, will make the Oscar guessing game a challenging exercise this year. So far, apart from a select few categories, a significant number are in disarray because of eligibility regulations in guilds, individual interpretation of placements (especially in both screenplay categories), and shocking snubs.

The series of shudders keep getting bigger, even though by this late in the award season the more respected of the ceremonies are done and over with.

Boyhood, a power-house destined for Oscar greatness, is seriously butting-heads with Birdman, which popped-up to secure wins in all the prestigious guild awards. Richard Linklater, once a shoe-in for Best Director is against Alejandro González Iñárritu. Alternately in Best Picture, Birdman is set to beat Boyhood. But then again, it’s also highly likely that Iñárritu may win Director and Picture would go to Birdman.

Other messed-up awards fall in Adapted Screenplay, Score (probably the most ingenious and competitive of all categories), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Foreign Film nominations. Read the rest of this page »

Oscar 2015 Category by Category Analysis by Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid


The following feature was published in MAG the Weekly on Friday, the 18th of February 2015 (links and pictures will be updated soon).

Oscars Predictions 2015: The Year When Things Go Topsy-Turvy

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

While people here may be more interested in cricket and the tensions one associates with the World Cup, across the Atlantic pundits are exasperated by the sudden shifts of another game: the 87th Annual Academy Awards.

In our ten-year experience of charting the Oscars race, there has never been a year with so many drastic turn of events. Individual consensus of Academy members, industry favors, award season trends, will overturn most predicted of outcomes this coming Sunday. The feeling of having this knowledge is a mixture of thrill and fear. What may happen, no one knows – but everyone cares about. Read the rest of this page »

Movie Review: Hercules by Mohammad Kamran Jawaid


This is the edited copy of the review. A version of this review was published at Dawn.com

Son of Zeus? Maybe, Maybe Not

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

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In the years’ second – and far better – reiteration of the Greek hero Hercules, the action (as clearly defined in the trailer) takes as much precedence as the fact that this hero’s fantastic tales may just be a prolonged advertisement campaign in a world where gods and monsters do not exist. Read the rest of this page »

Movie Review: Saltanat By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid


This post is the unedited copy of the review published at Dawn.com

An Empire in Shambles (On Eid Day)

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

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In one, maybe overlooked scene in Saltanat, Syed Faisal Bukhari’s real-life inspired underworld action movie, Javed (Chetan Hansraj) sits on a rock in deep emotional contemplation: he has been married to Zainab (actress Zainab Qayyum – or ZQ), a twice widowed, emotionally scarred soul who, unfortunately, is the younger sister of the movie’s chief protagonist – the underworld hero – Aslam bhai (played by Aslam Bhatti, also the producer and co-distributor). Javed’s problem, although told to be otherwise in the plot’s narrative, may be misleading; if you ask me, the character’s gloom may be because he’s seen Saltanat’s dailies – that is, if the concept of dailies existed in Saltanat’s making (dailies, by the way, are raw edits of scenes for review purposes during production).

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Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier by Kamran Jawaid


The post is the unedited copy of the review published at Dawn.com

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Accepts Its Restrictions with Grace – By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Right now it’s hard to argue against someone making a superhero movie. After all, they are the fad – like 3D (and often times, in 3D). And why shouldn’t they? The masala combination of super-heroic pathos and pop-corn action that don’t exceed PG-13 censor certification is nary a bad thing for business.

So, when things run according to these pre-planned elements in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, does one applaud, criticize or roll’s eye at some of the creative fatigue that’s wiggled into the formula. Read the rest of this page »

Movie Review: Divergent by Kamran Jawaid


The review published below is the unedited copy of the review published at Dawn.com

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Divergent – Starring Lackluster Romance in Future Dystopia

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“Divergent”, the first of the confirmed trilogy by author Veronica Roth, is adamant on playing it safe by using two of the most trending selling points in films today: future dystopia and a gutsy female lead.

However, despite being born from the same idea pool, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is no Katniss Everdeen, and “Divergent” is no “Hunger Games. Read the rest of this page »

Oscar Predictions 2014–The 86th Annual Academy Awards


This post is the unedited copy of the feature article published in Images on Sunday, on the 3rd of February 2014. The originals copy is linked and attached below.

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The Oscar’s, Come Tomorrow

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

Every year, right about this time, we ask ourselves the annual, perennial, question: So, who do you think will win at the Oscars? Read the rest of this page »

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