Favorite films

  • Irma Vep
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • Grey Gardens
  • The Vampires or, The Arch Criminals of Paris

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  • The Place Beyond the Pines

    ★★½

  • Paappan

    ★★★

  • Elvis

    ★★★★½

  • Vaashi

    ★★★

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  • The Place Beyond the Pines

    The Place Beyond the Pines

    ★★½

    Dane DeHaan really deserves a high profile lead role; remember when he singlehandedly made The Amazing Spiderman 2 bisexual? Ah, I digress.. anyway, this has to be the most contrived nonsense I have seen since Waves (2019), and it might also be the longest film I have ever seen.

  • Paappan

    Paappan

    ★★★

    A solid murder mystery that managed to hold my attention until the very end, but it is marketed so poorly. The closest approximation of Paappan would be something like Anjaam Paathira but you'd never guess that from the title and the poster that make it look like some boring SG one-man-show film. As long as thrillers are concerned, if they throw red herrings and twists faster than I can think (I deliberately don't think while watching these kinda films) that's enough, and this was fun.

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  • Dear Friend

    Dear Friend

    ★★★★

    Tovino's happy-go-lucky Vinod personifies the transience of youth (thoda thoda has lena, thoda thoda yeh ras lena), and it is around him that this specific middle-class millennial experience is being built. When the story is over, what is revealed is a bunch of people in their early thirties reluctantly walking into the next phase of their lives, wondering how their dreams, and hopes seemingly disappeared overnight. Emboldened by education, and energized by a false sense of invincibility in the information…

  • Super Deluxe

    Super Deluxe

    ★★★

    Worst things first:
    - The final monologue. How cringey and annoying is it to hear the writer/director verbally spell out and explain the philosophy contained in the film?
    - Some of the plotlines that go crazy. (Reminded me of Andhadhun)
    - That policeman was practically a caricature. Hated the portrayal.
    - Fahadh Faasil being over-the-top (Maybe intentional)

    Favorite things:
    - Portrayal of the struggles of transgenders.
    - The story that deals with faith.
    - Production design and color-grading. Most of…