At least 1 person has been killed and 13 others injured in Canada's Toronto after a gunman opened fire on Sunday night before killing himself. One of the injured is said to be in critical condition.
According to reports, the suspect went on a shooting rampage with a handgun near Danforth and Paper avenues in Toronto's Greektown district around 10 PM on Sunday night. Due to the shooting, 14 people were injured, from which one woman died from her wounds. The suspect reportedly opened fire on the police...
Outrage continues even 2 days after a man in Rajasthan's Alwar was lynched on Friday night over suspicions of being a cow smuggler, as reports on Sunday claimed that police took 3 hours, and a tea break, before taking the victim to a health centre, while the cows were rushed to the 'gau shala'.
It took the police nearly 3 hours from the time they reached the spot of the lynching in the Lalawandi village in Alwar to reach the Ramgarh Community Health Centre (CHC) approximately 4 km hour. The victim,...
Faced with a fast-depleting number of fighter squadrons and long delays in new inductions, the Indian Air Force is reaching out internationally to acquire parts of old jets that have been retired by other countries to boost the IAF's existing combat fleet.
So far, the hunt for airframes and spare parts has been successful for the British-origin Jaguar strike fighters with the transfer of 'assets' from the UK, France and Oman. The spare parts would now be used to increase the operational flexibility...
The first Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting chaired by Congress President Rahul Gandhi since he became president 8 months ago marked the sounding of the bugle for the Grand Old Party for the 2019 General Elections, with Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate.
The meeting of the extended CWC on Sunday was attended by 239 party leaders to brainstorm, discuss and bring clarity for the “mission 2019” strategy and the political situation. At the meeting, the CWC authorised president...
The star-studded wedding of Poorna, the daughter of politician Praful Patel with industrialist Namit Soni was followed up by an equally starry wedding reception ceremony on Saturday night, which was attended by famous celebrities from both Bollywood and sports fields.
While the wedding sangeet was marked with performances by Salman Khan on Swag Se Swagat, Jacqueline Fernandez on Ek Do Teen, Nushrat Bharucha on Dil Chori and Sakshi Dhoni on Mere Khwabon Main Jo Aaye, the wedding reception saw the...
Aam Aadmi Party MLA Chaudhary Fateh Singh from Gokulpur has been accused of acquiring a fake degree in Delhi, police said on Saturday. The AAP MLA has been alleged of forgery of his 12th class and graduate degree.
Two Golakpur residents filed a petition in Delhi's Patiala House Court and demanded to register a case on the MLA under falsification charges.
Looking into the issue, the court ordered police to file a case against the MLA, followed by investigations that will be monitored by the court.
'Pawn Sacrifice' Review: A Layered Character Study
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September 20 , 2015 , 07:21 IST
Film: "Pawn Sacrifice"; Cast: Toby Maguire, Live Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lily Rabe, Robin Weigert; Director: Edward Zwick
Based on the true story of American chess legend, Robert James Fischer who was known as "Bobby Fischer", the film "Pawn Sacrifice" triumphs both as a character study and as a window into history. It also succeeds at metaphorically presenting chess as psychological warfare being waged behind the scenes.
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It is a layered story in the backdrop of the Cold War between the Americans and Russians. The film has undercurrents of Capitalism versus Communism.
The narration leads us from Bobby Fischer's days as a child, living with his mother and sister in Brooklyn to his worldwide chess rock star status. While the story traces his journey as a chess player, it basically focuses on him facing off with Russian Grandmaster, Boris Spassky at the World Chess Championship in Reykjavik in Iceland and at the same time facing his own paranoia.
Helping him steer his course towards victory is the patriotic American Paul Marshall (Michael Stuhlbarg), a manager-cum-lawyer of sorts and Father Lombardy (Peter Sarsgaard) a former chess player, who coached Bobby when he was younger. Together, these two loyal supporters ensure that the unpredictable Bobby stays grounded and focused on the game.
In one of his strongest and most impressive performances, Maguire goes all out on Fischer's quirks and insecurities. Although Fischer is unquestionably a genius, he's not an easy person to like, and Maguire brilliantly gets that point across. He hooks you with a fascinatingly gripping performance as the chess master.
As Spassky, Schreiber delivers a layered performance that masterfully transcends the cliche of the stoic, determined Russian. Stuhlbarg and Sarsgaard are both captivating and keep the audience involved. And Lily Rabe, Robin Weigert lend the intimate, emotional note to the otherwise cold narration.
But what keeps you glued to the screen is Director Zwicks detailing of the scenes and the taut screenplay. He stimulates excitement by focusing compulsively on shots of the players clicking their game clocks back and forth, the pieces shifting on the board and scenes of Fischer mentally going through his games.
Also the black-and-white along with sepia tones and grainy frames evoke an earlier era.
Overall, the film is sufficiently stimulating and craftily mounted, not as a chess film, biopic or a documentary, but as a pure Hollywood celebrity film which delves into human interest and conflict.