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Description: A crooked cop Sameer with a nice heart is neck deep into illegal encounters in cahoots with his childhood mate Jagga. When his live-in partner Renu discovers this, she tries to change him. Will Sameer be able to create the switch from terrible to good?
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Description: In Hong Kong, someone is murdering call women each Friday night. Supercop Ko goes into action but engenders the enmity of Ken, other cop, when the murderer kills Ken's girlfriend during a stakeout. Ko also gotta protect Maddie, a lively prostitute who survives one assault and whom the murderer has promised to kill. The murderer teases Ko with smartphone calls and letters, announcing victims ahead of time, and threatening Ko's wife and daughter. This may be too much for the marriage to endure and a separation looks likely. In fatigue and desperation, Ko takes up with Maddie. Can Ko protect his family, save Maddie, catch the killer, and avoid internal police strife?
Description: Nishith (Sumanth) suffers from a special condition that keeps him awake at nights. He takes up a night job upon his doctor’s suggestion. But taking up this job brings out a side of him no one knew existed.
Description: A drug and sex addicted criminal attorney tries to regain control of his life after a situation defending his childhood mate starts to unravel him. While attempting to purchase a fast fix from a psychiatrist, he reveals the truth behind his addiction fueled inner demons.
Description: The foreign spy Thomas arrives in Sofia. In order to receive his hands on some documents, he decides to test the young boy Boyan as his cover. The action takes zone at the "Orient Express". A young foreigner-drug addict, the train attendant and the secretary conduct the mission. The train attendant and the drug addict are killed. Boyan is a major suspect. However, Thomas is a very naive man. The Bulgarian counterintelligence discovers the plot.
Description: The intelligence officer Emil Boev is tracking a group of drug addicts, who were recruited by a foreign intelligence office. Among them is Boyan, the son of Emil's dead comrade. He could support the boy. He contains Boyan in the counterintelligence action plan. The faith of the young folks is sealed - they could be eliminated as unwanted witnesses. They are given hot doses. Boev and Boyan explore the plot, but it is too late for some of the people. The deadly needle gets in the hand of the woman that Boyan loves. The foreign resident is captured. There is hardly anyone at the grave of the girl. Only Boev and Boyan come and listen the requiem.
Description: A ravishing double agent Emil leaves for a huge Western town where he joins the staff of a spy group operating vs Bulgaria. Here he meets the elderly Mladenov. With his help, Emil gets an editorial job in a Bulgarian-language magazine. Dimov heads the spy center. Kralev is his deputy. Kralev wants to become a chief and tries to eliminate those who stand in his way. Emil is among them. Lida, Mladenov's daughter has defected from Bulgaria. Disillusioned, she asks Emil to support her to return. He supports her to hide in a tiny provincial town. Kralev forces him to give away the address. Emil goes to Lida's hotel, but before he arrives here, Kralev blocks his way. Emil makes short work of him. Together with Lida, they hire a speedboat, which rushes them to a Bulgarian ship.
Description: A geologist engineer Yuliya disappears. Ablamov, an elderly engineer, organizes a rescue party to look after her in the mine galleries but they search nothing. Yuliya was last seen at a ceremony for award-wining miners. The newsreel team was filming the event. Yuliya left in the middle of ceremony. Prodanov, a headstrong and quarrelsome engineer, had followed her. Suspicion falls on him. However, the movie sequences shot at the ceremony reveal that Ablamov reacted suspiciously to Yuliya's exit. Detected as the murderer, Ablamov attempts to cross the border but is caught. Yuliya had discovered that the ore contained uranium. Ablamov had replaced the samples in order to prevent the development of the uranium ore deposit.
Description: The Bulgarian intelligence service has notification that the top agent Peron is to arrive in Bulgaria. The higher official of the counter intelligence Ivan with an alias Y 17 is to investigate. Peron has to meet his local contact, the former ship captain Rudnev. The young Mina is accommodated in Rudnev's home. Rudnev figures that she is counterintelligence and agrees to cooperate with the task force. Later after, Peron meets Mina and an eccentric engineer, fired from the job. The young boy is the deep undercover agent Y 117. Peron tests the man. He says him that Mina is an agent of the Bulgarian counterintelligence, and gives him a gun to slay her. Y 117 shoots Mina but the bullet was a blank. After that Y 117 could leave the country with Peron.
Description: Major Hariev, a State Safety officer, manages to learn that the spying center codenamed Citadel receives encoded letters. Sometime later, the Bulgarian agent in the West reports that the spy h as a subscription to the French woman's magazine. The State Safety boys search a beautician, who received the magazine and delivers it to Ivan Bolyarski, director of an necessary state department. Hariev follows Bolyarski to his meeting with the Hawk, his associate working in a military unit. The Hawk agrees to deliver the request notification for an exorbitant sum of money. Hariev runs into the Hawk and kills him in the fight. Bolyarski is arrested. Major Hariev is planted in his cell. In a moment of demoralization, the agent discloses the secrets of the Citadel to Hariev. Hariev has to go to the Citadel, passing off as the Hawk. He takes a leap in the dark and does not know if he will ever come back to his wife and his child.
Description: The Bulgarian intelligence officer Emil Boev is residing in Bern, close to Bulgarian political emigrant Goranov. The Swiss and German girls Rosemary and Flora are interested in him. Goranov is killed. Boev searches his apartment and finds several fake diamonds and the list of the spies in Bulgaria. Boev and the boss of a foreign intelligence service Benton are stuck in a bunker together. At the decisive moment, Flora appears and Boev manages to receive away with the list of the spies. Boev is on the method to Bulgaria.
Description: Todor Primov is an officer of the royal units who changes sides and goes over to the partisans. After the war, he graduates in engineering and is appointed manager of few construction projects. His vehicle crashes on the eve of March 13. After his recovery, Primov resumes his work. Yet, secret notification begins leaking from the projects and some serious accidents occur. Andrey, who befriended Todor Primov back in the partisan unit, goes to investigate the causes. He knows that Todor was colored-blind while this engineer distinguished colors. Andrey manages to receive at the truth: Parvan Primov, Todor's twin brother, has made the vehicle crash. On that night he killed his brother and took his place...
Description: Professor Dimov is a diplomat who has been recruited as a spy by a foreign intelligence service. The suspicions fall on Dr. Belcheva. Major Kalinov is entrusted with the investigation of the case. He learns that she is Dimov's mistress. Paris, France. Dimov and Belcheva go out leaving a bag with secret documents in Belcheva's hotel room. Kalinov manages to retrieve the documents. After this incident Belcheva dies in hospital from poisoning. On board the plane Kalinov exposes the professor as a spy. Bulgarian counterintelligence officers arrest him.
Description: In a huge European town the newspaper sellers are setting the recent news. "A Mysterious Theft" and "Buddha's Statue Missing" are some of the headlines. The news is also broadcast on the radio and spreads fast. A masked boy enters a lawyer's office. He picks the lock in the desk with a skeleton key and takes out an envelope with the note: "Lord Herbert's Last Will and Testament. To be opened on September 1, 1930 in the presence of my daughter Mary." The layer walks nervously in front of the burgled desk. He brings out a revolver and points it in his head. At this very moment the detective Chante Coq, a King Herbert's friend, enters the room. He undertakes to search both thief and the will. The wealthy heiress travels from France to East on the Orient Express. The international criminal carrying the envelope with inheritance papers is also in the train. After series of journeys the will is retrieved.
Description: Captain Lipovanski is badly wounded during Globe Fight II. The Germans take him prisoner. After the end of the war, he is set gratis in a foreign country. He has been deceived that he was sentenced to death as a deserter and that his pregnant wife had died in a Bulgarian concentration camp. He trains for subversive activities vs his own country. He is given the codename 'Golden Tooth'. Eager for revenge, he arrives in Bulgaria. There he learns that an agent provocateur has killed his wife, that his kid is secure and has been raised in a nursery, and that he himself is respected as a hero. Golden Tooth sets out to eliminate his accomplices. With a file containing valuable documents, the traitors prepare their escape abroad. The spies are caught at the border. Golden Tooth kills the last of the traitors and dies driving his lorry into a precipice.
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I sat still after the United States premiere of James Franco's "Child of God" at the Fresh York Movie Festival, not as much contemplating whether or not it was nice as I was considering whether or not I liked it. Mostly real to the Cormac McCarthy novel on which it was based, the movie follows the cloistered and violent existence of Lester Ballard (Scott Haze) who lives isolated in the woods of Tennessee committing crimes of the most grotesque caliber. I won't tell much more about the plot another than the fact that the sadistic actions shown on screen evoke an uneasy humor, a disturbing essence of comical brutality. To tell the least, this film is not for the queasy or the fainthearted. You will squirm.Organization:James Franco decided to organize the movie into three acts, clearly distinguished from one other by game cards. While the producer argued this was done to manifest the passage of time, I felt it had no such effect. To add to this distortion of time and space, scenes are executed as vignettes. There's a constant transition fading in and out of the action, not only prompting confusion as to how much time passes between every scene, but also distracting the audience from the plot by means of excessive filmmaking. Some scenes exist solely for the purpose of hero development while others seem to have no function at all. The relevant vignettes are strung together by a consistently distressed brain. While this structure may detract from the linear storyline, it instead leaves more up to interpretation and imagination. No number of scenes can embody the real insanity of Lester Ballard, we can only imagine what madness gotta be going on between the fades. Performances:Scott Haze's performance as Lester Ballard is probably the most memorable and noteworthy aspect of the film. Haze, who lived alone in caves and lost 45 pounds to prepare for this dynamic and challenging role, brilliantly expresses the complex lunacy of Ballard. He adjusted his voice to a barely comprehensible Tennessee accent and habitually licks his lips and bares his teeth, related to Heath Ledger's Joker. Admitting that he channeled troubles from his own past when confronting the character, Haze often appears ignorant and childlike, constantly screaming and salivating, a repulsive portrait of a boy bore from nature's womb. While sometimes funny, his interactions with his victims are unsettling yet strangely amorous. Just like in the writing of Cormac McCarthy, the audience lacks any sympathy for Ballard, for it's nearly impossible to relate to him. Franco isn't looking for your sympathy, he wants nothing more than your intrigue and attention. To witness Haze is to observe an animal, wild, vicious, and savage. The only another notable performance is that of Tim Blake Nelson testing Sheriff Fate. He conducted the role with a mediated honesty, constructing as realistic a hero as possible and standing out within the frame, even with minimal screen time.Technicalities:All things considered, the technical aspects of the movie are quite impressive. Funded out of James Franco's own pocket, the film looks and sounds nice considering its modest budget. The cinematography of the rural Tennessee landscape is eerily beautiful, shot hand-held on a handful of Canon 5Ds. The desaturated and gritty colors add an appropriate rustic feel to the film, further enhancing the forest terrain. The original music, although not particularly memorable, suits the setting well. Furthermore, the nameless narration was real to McCarthy's technique and certainly added to the tone of the film, keeping the audience careful all the same. Overall, the movie's unsensational filmmaking is entirely fitting, ensuring the horrors on screen are ever more explicit, ever more real.Conclusion:You can tame the land, but you can't tame a man. "Child of God" is a commentary about the dispossessed in an incestuous homeland. Littered with existential imagery and dialogue, the movie offers a respectful and honest rendering of the novel. While I may not accept with some storytelling elements and approaches, Franco still manages to receive the mission across and deliver a message, a testament to rejection, violence, and humanity. The movie is definitely worth a watch if you can stomach it and works as a cogent visual supplement to the novel. I look forward to seeing more James Franco adaptations in the future.
When word broke out that James Franco, wannabe wunderkind who has taken to adapting classic American literature to the large screen to, well, mixed results, would be adapting my favourite author's work, I prickled with righteous indignation. I don't care much for Franco and indeed search him to be a jack of all trades but indeed master of none: he is a subpar actor, his writing leaves a LOT to be desired, and his direction feels a tiny too over-reliant on flashy tics that add an unnecessary layer of pretension to the proceedings. And here he is, adapting the work of the master: Cormac McCarthy.At first, Franco announced he would be tackling McCarthy's masterpiece, the ultraviolent scalp- hunter saga "Blood Meridian", but after a while, he decided to slash his teeth on a smaller -- but by no means lesser -- work of ol' Cormac's. And this is how he came to deliver "Child of God" onto the masses.Despite its brevity, "Child of God" is by no means an available novel: it's lean, mean and has a soul blacker than night. The novel is just like its protagonist, Lester Ballard, a loner who skulks about the Tennessee backwoods like a dog suffering the early onset of rabies, indulging in varying degrees of vicious activities, from assault to necrophilia to, eventually, murder. Ballard is not your typical protagonist, and yet the method Cormac McCarthy approached him, he was made both revolting and at the same time strangely empathetic, as he managed to submerge the reader into Ballard's festering brain. "A kid of God much like yourself" is how McCarthy's opening lines describe Ballard, signifying that the madness and malice that ferments within the boy is a seed to be found in any of us. And despite its grim premise, "Child of God" is astoundingly, gut-bustingly funny, like the worst sort of dead-baby joke.Unfortunately, I feel that Franco has missed the levity, instead emphasizing the straight serial- assassin premise. This isn't to tell that Franco doesn't hew close to the novel; if anything, he is a tiny too faithful, even relying on having blocks of text from the novel testing out on the screen. It's an admirable slice of avant-garde, even if I feel that Franco is forgetting the first rule of filmmaking: show, don't tell. Even though McCarthy's prose is magic, Franco should've known (as the Coen Brothers and John Hillcoat knew before him) that McCarthy's words can be translated visually to bring the same harrowing, to-the-bone effect.That said, Franco does present a nice deal of passion for the material. But even beyond the test of McCarthy's words, the most crucial aspect of an adaptation of "Child of God" is the boy who will be testing Lester Ballard. And in this film, Ballard is played not by Franco, but by his buddy and frequent collaborator Scott Haze. Whether or not you approve of Haze's performance, you can't tell he doesn't go for broke in his portrayal of Ballard. Haze's Ballard is beyond laconic; he speaks in strangled, guttural inarticulations that sound almost caveman-like. I do think that there are times that he lays it on a bit too thick, and I think his drooling, leering presence lacks any of the bizarre charm that made Ballard such a fascinatingly funny hero in the book. Haze plays Ballard like a "Deliverance" refugee, and while it isn't terrible work on its own, I do feel that Haze is a bit too superficial in his take on one of McCarthy's best creations. He makes up for it in intensity, though, must give him that.It also doesn't support that Franco's movie has a cheap aesthetic to it, lacking any of the grim Gothic atmosphere of the book. It's my largest trouble with Franco as a director: he has no true idea of effective mise-en-scene, instead opting to mission the camera and allow things play, cutting an odd times that feel far too arrhythmic to be deliberate. Much like last year's interesting-but- too-shallow "As I Lay Dying", Franco gets the storyline right but says it in the most simple, A-to-B- to-C method possible. It's worth the watch for Haze's performance (and also for Tim Blake Nelson, who feels like he should've featured in any and each Cormac McCarthy movie before this), but it only serves to prove that we're lucky that we dodged a "Blood Meridian" adaptation by James Franco.
Lester Ballard (Scott Haze) is a disturbed boy living in the rural mountains of Tennessee in the 60s. His father killed himself and his mother ran away. His father's property is auctioned off and he becomes a recluse. He gets in problem with Sheriff Fate (Tim Blake Nelson) after he struggled with a drunken woman. He steals and is a general nuisance. He runs across a young couple dead in their car. He has sex with the dead woman and steals her body away.I think this is the only film where a hero is now taking a dump. I've got to tell that it's disturbing and gross. It sets the tone for the entire movie. Scott Haze is terrific in his performance. The main trouble is that the film is uninvolving. After awhile, Lester's insanity feels repetitive and lifeless. His isolation infiltrates into the movie. This film needs more time for Sheriff Fate. I also wonder why the sheriff can't place him away longer and how terrible the dead body smells. These are the tiny things that nag at me when the film stops being compelling. James Franco's directions are workable but they need to energize the plot more.
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