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  • Chandramukhi

    Chandramukhi

    A cursed spirit born from the damaged institution of marriage manifests itself in a haunted mansion where two estranged branches of family are stuck inside. Rajinikanth, as expert sleuth, fighter, and charmer, exorcises the spirit through reconciling modern & historical science (psychiatry and religious rituals). A curious concoction of haunted house tropes, staged largely in brightly lit, daytime interiors which would lend themselves more to the film's comedic aspirations if these were not equally awkwardly handled, i.e. a persistent running gag…

  • Maragadha Naanayam

    Maragadha Naanayam

    The body is first and foremost a conduit, from the briefcase transactions in the beginning to the spirit channeling in the latter part of the film. Much like the radio which Twinkle Ramanathan uses to speak to the other characters, the deceased serve as mediums of transmission, always channeling a message. Saravanan displays a certain fun in disrupting these passages of information, whether it’s juxtaposing Nikki Galrani’s appearance with Kaali Venkat’s voice or the curse sabotaging our heroes’ quest by…

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  • La Région Centrale

    La Région Centrale

    In some respects, Snow is positing an antithesis to Brakhage’s filmmaking, at least as far as Brakhage’s expressionism (the camera as representative of Brakhage’s eye) is at the opposite side of the spectrum from Snow’s impressionistic vision. From my own personal experience, La région centrale has informed my awareness of the distinction between what the filmmaker sees, what the camera captures, and what the audience perceives in the frame.

    If one supposes that part of our attraction to cinema, as…

  • Party Girl

    Party Girl

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Colors speak louder than words in Ray’s cinema and this idea rings true as ever in this one-off with MGM. His two lovers begin as ‘prostitutes’ in each other’s eyes before mutually seeking to redeem themselves through the shared redemption of one another. Tommy, a lawyer for the mob, colors his jury’s judgement with sympathy-straining speeches while Vicki, a showgirl, entrances her audiences with saturated metrocolor, burlesque dresses, and sensuous choreography. Artifice lies at the heart of both their work…