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Articles by Celik Kayalar


Celik Kayalar, PhD is the Founder and Director of Film Acting Bay Area (FABA). Celik writes, directs and produces independent films and plays. His first digital short-film "For the Love of Dance" played at local festivals in the San Francisco Bay Area. His recent feature-length film "Moonlight Sonata" which he wrote, directed and executive-produced in 2009 has so far been accepted to 13 film festivals (US and International) and won 4 prestigious awards. Read more about Celik at FABAs Faculty page.

“Sherlock Holmes” Moriartyed, “Reason” mortified

Once Rupert Murdoch & Co. managed to dumb down the British Culture, it was not too difficult for a few good-old-boys to elevate themselves to the level of significant artists in Britain. Nowadays, Guy Ritchie, who’s more like a good-old bad-boy, seems to be enjoying his turn (return?) as a significant film-director, thanks to the popularity of his new franchise “Sherlock Holmes“. And, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is rumored to be turning in his grave, groaning “Elementary my dear Downey Jr., you’re no Holmes…”  Read more »

Wishes & Predictions

A very strong year for women, both in the leading and supporting roles.

In the Leading Role category, I saw the performances of all the 5 ladies who are nominated:

  • Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs”
  • Viola Davis in “The Help”
  • Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
  • Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”
  • Michele Williams in “My Week With Marilyn”

Who should the Oscar go to?: Glenn Close
Who will it go to?: Read more »

Victory Hugo & Les Misérables

The 3-D movie “Hugo” based on a children’s book and directed by one of my idols, Martin Scorsese, is now nominated for 11 Oscars. So, I recently went to see it, of course.

I thought it was a true masterpiece, in terms of its looks (superb lighting, cinematography, use of 3-D and other digital effects). How about its writing, acting, directing, editing? you might ask. Well, I can tell you, its a true masterpiece in terms of its looks! Read more »

Great Acting + Great Looks = ?

In the recent hit comedy “Young Adult“, the highly talented, Oscar-winning Charlize Theron plays a contemporary single woman who, after some fleeting success as a ghost-writer, decides to leave the big city and go back to her small, sleepy hometown, in order to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend. The problem is, he is now happily married and just had a baby. Yet these facts, already well known to her, doesn’t bother her in the least bit. She seems to be aware of some of her problems like her alcoholism but is totally oblivious to her stalker-like psychopathic behavior as she relentlessly pursues this happily-married “average Joe”. Read more »