• 12th Man

    12th Man

    ★★

    Look, give me a picturesque resort near the hills of Munnar in the foggy winter, as the location for a murder and investigative thriller, and I am hooked. In colloquial terms, I am a sucker for this sort of thing.

    However even after being an unofficial remake of Perfect Strangers, how is 12th Man so long? Running at 168 mins, the pacing is interminable, and while long runtime is a problem, you could forgive the film if the characters or…

  • Jersey

    Jersey

    ★★½

    The original movie was memorable because of Nani's performance, the chemistry between Nani and Sathyaraj. If you are remaking this, you couldn't ask for better replacements than Shahid Kapoor and Pankaj Kapoor. Shahid acts his absolute heart out, while Pankaj Kapoor delivers a lovely performance.

    The difference here being Mrunal Thakur, whose character of Vidya, while sharing most of the same emotional beats as Sraddha Srinath's character in the original, cannot bring the same depth and honesty to her character…

  • Kaithi

    Kaithi

    ★★★½

    You remove all musical moments of Tamil commercial movie, you have my curiosity. You put the entire story in the span of one night, basically creating a chase movie. And your subplot is Kanagaraj's homage to John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13. You have my attention.

    Gritty, compelling, electrifying at times, it also is bolstered by Karthi's presence. His brutish physicality is complemented by his emotional poignancy and that shows. This is also a very directorially remarkable movie. Even as…

  • K.G.F: Chapter 2

    K.G.F: Chapter 2

    ★★½

    Prasanth Neel unwittingly created the first Indian live action shonen anime in KGF. Don't let anyone tell you different.

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★½

    ɴᴀᴍᴇ - ᴛʜᴇ ɴᴏʀᴛʜᴍᴀɴ
    ᴅɪʀᴇᴄᴛᴏʀ - ʀᴏʙᴇʀᴛ ᴇɢɢᴇʀs
    ʀᴜɴᴛɪᴍᴇ - 137 ᴍɪɴs

    The true example of an auteur's work unencumbered by the largesse of the studio coffers, to the tune of 90 million dollars provided to an indiosyncratic voice like Robert Eggers, The Northman is an uncompromised vision of a Scandinavian folklore which has familiar beats for anyone associated with the stories that came after - more notably William Shakespeare's Hamlet. As it stands the story is relatively straightforward, the…

  • Mahishasuramardini

    Mahishasuramardini

    ★★★

    I understand what Ghosh is trying to say. In experimenting with form and narrative, by giving the movie a theatrical structure (the movie ends with curtains being drawn, the single location is structured as if characters are entering and exiting the stage), Ghosh is trying to channelize his anger about the Nirbhaya case, while simultaneously adding in different events in the narrative as it exists. He tries to show the inherent hypocrisy of the patriarchy in both worshipping and revering…

  • Jhund

    Jhund

    I would like to talk about the hero entry in a commercial film. In the context of a movie like Jhund, there are at least two moments where we are shown the titular "Jhund" of the slum kids entering into the frame or the narrative. Hero entry isn't a new thing in a vaccuum, in context to what we are witnessing here, the characters who are being given such an exhilarating spotlight, it becomes a funny and exceedingly cathartic affair.…

  • The Evil Dead

    The Evil Dead

    You need to respect the movie's absolute DIY, ramshackle, amateurish nature, which just hits the ground running. The gore, splatter and ejection of bodily fluids are one of those core features without which The Evil Dead franchise would be unrecognizable. And while the Cabin In The Woods trope is a tired one, its always fascinating to look back at the one that started it all, and even with all of the low budget quirks in this movie, the one thing…

  • Evil Dead

    Evil Dead

    I think the reduction of the farcical humour and upping of the violence and gore doesn't work, because the characters deal with a serious life-threatening situation but the decisions they make are borderline dumb, cliches to the point of most horror movies. It becomes predictable to such a degree that even drunk you can predict what is going to happen. I could have forgiven it if there was a semblance of the tongue in cheek humour involved. Alas, even the…

  • The Hero

    The Hero

    ★★★★

    ɴᴀᴍᴇ - ɴᴀʏᴀᴋ (ᴛʜᴇ ʜᴇʀᴏ)
    ᴅɪʀᴇᴄᴛᴏʀ - sᴀᴛʏᴀᴊɪᴛ ʀᴀʏ
    ʀᴜɴᴛɪᴍᴇ - 106 ᴍɪɴs
    ᴘʟᴀᴛғᴏʀᴍ - ᴍᴜʙɪ

    The complaint with recent movies lies with the fact that it is hard to relate to the lead character. Not so much with Ray's Nayak. From the first frame to the last we are following Uttam Kumar's Arindam, the titular Nayak, the hero of his story as well as the narrative in the film. And lest we are left to wonder whether meta reading…

  • Saani Kaayidham

    Saani Kaayidham

    ★★★½

    It would be easy to call “Saani Kaayidham” exploitative, and Matheswaran sometimes luxuriating on the brutality and violence would be ample proof, but his choosing to focus on Keerthy Suresh’s haunted visage, the camera holding steady while she breaks down and transforms into a vengeful force of nature, the anger almost taking over her, as seen by her hitting her hands or mimicking the actions of cutting the limbs of one of the perpetrators. The second key scene is inside…

  • Thar

    Thar

    The truth here is simple - if Shreya Dev Dube wasn't the cinematographer, Thar wouldn't look as bleak or dark, and the atmospheric broodiness wouldn't be visualized with as flair as she does. Like in Cat Sticks (2019), Dube elevates the material given to her with her panoramic shots as well as the deep focus on faces, be they the minimal (Harshvardhan Kapoor), or the subtle (Anil Kapoor), or the violently tortured. The use of shadows in the moments of…