DAWN ICON | The Chinese Connection


Kamran Jawaid  |  The post is the unedited copy of the feature published in DAWN’s ICON on 16th April 2017, which can be read here with jpegs of the print copy at the end.

Studio logos that appear in movie titles may feel rudimentary, but they tell a story of their own. Take, for example, The Great Wall – a monster-movie starring Matt Damon set in the past when the world had yet to discover gun-powder.

Before the first frame fades-in we see four logos: Le Vision, Legendary East, Atlas Entertainment and the China Film Group. Three out of these four film companies are Chinese – and their partnership makes The Great Wall one of the most evident, big budget Hollywood-China co-productions in the last few years.

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In Memoriam: At the Movies – By Kamran Jawaid

The following feature was published in iMAGES on Sunday, Sunday September 19, 2010 in the column Foreign Front. Below is the unedited copy and the link to the published version.

Siskel and Ebert

At the Movies: You Are Terminated

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

“Two thumbs down” – at least that is what executives from Disney-ABC Domestic Television said when they concluded that the celebrated, generation defining, film criticism show “At the Movies” was “no longer sustainable”. Once hosted by esteemed film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, whose thumbs, both up and down, became regular tags of film marketing strategists during trailers. The show that went by many different labels and ran for three-and-a-half decades in syndication finally aired its last original episode on the weekend of August 14. In a fitting twist, the show in its final episode covered, amongst other movies, “The Expendables”. For now, the balcony is closed.

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