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Sam Mendes Birthday: From 1917 to American Beauty, Here’s Looking At the Director’s Best Works

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Sam Mendes is one of Hollywood’s s famed English film and stage director, producer and screenwriter. Mendes has directed stage musicals such as Cabaret (1993), Oliver! (1994), Company (1995). Although he is more popular for directing films such as a Revolutionary Road (2008), and the James Bond films Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015) and the recently released war drama, 1917. The director is particularly loved for his style of filmmaking which involves a lot of details. Mendes made his directorial debut with American Beauty (1999) and it fetched him the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Director. 1917 Movie Review: Sam Mendes’ Genius Direction & Roger Deakins’ Astounding Cinematography Create the Most Immersive War Film of This Century.

As Mendes celebrates his birthday on July 31, we look at the director’s best works. Mendes’ contribution to cinema and stage has been phenomenal and hence he was appointed a CBE for his services to drama, and he was knighted in the 2020 New Years Honours List. Among other honours, in 2005, he also received a lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild of Great Britain. As we celebrate this ace director’s birthday, here’s looking at his works you cannot miss.

1917

The 2019 film was the talk of the town for many reasons and all good. It has been considered to be one of the best war films to have released in recent past. Not only was the film great because of its content, but it was also immersive, and impressive technical achievement.

American Beauty

American dark comedy-drama film written by Alan starred Kevin Spacey, Mena Suvari, Annette Benning in key roles. The film is considered to be a penetrating and often humorous take on contemporary life in suburban America. Spacey was hailed for his amazing act in the film but above all, director Sam Mendes received immense praises for his clever direction.

Revolutionary Road

Bringing together one of the most loved Hollywood on-screen pairings, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, Mendes had a winner on his hands. The romantic drama was written by Justin Haythe and based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates. With stunning performances and a beautiful direction, this film is for the ages. If you haven’t watched it yet, you must for its delicate storytelling.

Skyfall

Mendes has done it all. He has also directed two James Bond films including Skyfall and Spectre though we have to say Skyfall is a notch better than Spectre. The twenty-third film in the James Bond series stars Daniel Craig as the 007 agent. This is one of the biggest Bond films and a key one at that because of its important climax.

If you haven’t caught these Sam Mendes films yet, there’s no better time than this quarantine to introduce yourselves to these amazing films. Do let us know in comments below which is your favourite.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Aug 01, 2020 10:20 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website latestly.com).

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Discovery Plus Announces Three New Originals, Gets Into OTT Content Creation in India

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Amid the rise of digital platforms in India, Discovery Plus, after stepping in India in March this year, has announced its foray into creating original content for its streaming service in the country with three new originals featuring the stars like Manoj Bajpayee, Rana Daggubati, Neeraj Pandey, and Randeep Hooda. The launch of the originals starting from December 9 has been planned. The line-up includes shows such as “Ladakh Warriors: The Sons Of The Soil” narrated in Hindi by Randeep Hooda, “Mission Frontline” featuring Rana Daggubati, and “Secrets Of Sinauli: Discovery Of The Century” that is presented by filmmaker Neeraj Pandey with Manoj Bajpayee as the host.”Ladakh Warriors: The Sons Of The Soil” showcases the grueling training of the warriors. It will start streaming on December 9. Talking about the show, Randeep said as quoted by Zee News, “With ‘Ladakh Warriors: The Sons of the Soil’, we celebrate the snow warriors of India and I couldn’t be happier to be associated with a project like this. To be able to lend my voice to take the story of these heroes to the masses is an honor”.”Ladakh! Land of majestic beauty & home to the Snow Warriors. It’s an honor to narrate Ladakh Warriors: The Sons of the Soil which showcases the grueling training of these warriors at the highest Regimental Centre in the world @discoveryplusIN #IndiaKeLiye”, Hooda tweeted. Ladakh! Land of majestic beauty & home to the Snow Warriors. It’s an honor to narrate Ladakh Warriors: The Sons of the Soil which showcases the grueling training of these warriors at the highest Regimental Centre in the world @discoveryplusIN #IndiaKeLiye #DiscoveryPlusOriginals pic.twitter.com/4KIQxHhmlK— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) December 3, 2020 “Mission Frontline” highlights the life of Military Forces, fighting at the border to keep the country safe. The special episode features actor and producer Rana Daggubati, who will experience the difficult life of a soldier and live with the border men at the Border Security Force, Jaisalmer. “It was an experience of a lifetime spending a day with and as a BSF Jawan in Jaisalmer. Stories of war & first-hand experiences have left a mark on me and I shall cherish them forever. Thank you
@discoveryplusIN for Mission Frontline! #IndiaKeLiye”, Rana tweeted.It was an experience of a lifetime spending a day with and as a BSF Jawan in Jaisalmer. Stories of war & first-hand experiences have left a mark on me and I shall cherish them forever. Thank you @discoveryplusIN for Mission Frontline! #IndiaKeLiye #DiscoveryPlusOriginals pic.twitter.com/tzZLqAYGgS— Rana Daggubati (@RanaDaggubati) December 3, 2020 Meanwhile, “Secrets Of Sinauli: Discovery Of The Century” uncovers the mysteries behind the excavations of Sinauli (a village in UP). The show will cover the timeline of the finds, the artifacts, and the people involved across each stage of the discovery.”Being a part of ‘Secrets Of Sinauli: Discovery Of The Century’ was enriching in many ways because I got to learn so much more about ancient India. I have been able to see ancient Indian history from a new perspective and to know that this excavation is just the tip of the iceberg, and there is lots more to be discovered in the timeline of Indian history with regards to the Sinauli excavation is certainly exciting”, Manoj Bajpayee said. I have been able to see ancient Indian history from a new perspective through ‘Secrets of Sinauli: Discovery of the Century’ coming soon on @DiscoveryPlusIn @FridayStorytel1 @neerajpofficial#IndiaKeLiye #DiscoveryPlusOriginals pic.twitter.com/Aufb1NSPNY— manoj bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj) December 3, 2020 Apart from the upcoming three Indian originals, the streaming platform has planned more than 200 shows in the first half of 2021 including the local and global titles. Stay tuned…

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