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This is a Panahi List

9 films

Centering of self that, in turn, leads to gnawing guilt of self-centeredness is unavoidable in Panahi’s post-arrest work. He hints…

  • Lage Raho Munna Bhai
  • PK
  • 3 Idiots
  • Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.
  • Sanju

Lage Raho (pre Sanju aur Dunki wale) Hirani Bhai!

6 films

In a year full of “Whatever happened to [insert director name]?, this is maybe the one that hurt the most.…

  • Decision to Leave
  • The Banshees of Inisherin
  • No Bears
  • Pacifiction
  • R.M.N.

(2022)

15 films

My year of drifting away from the aerodynamics and waterworks of Blockbuster cinema, closer to the auto-critiques, grand tragedies, and,…

  • Memoria
  • The French Dispatch
  • Bergman Island
  • Ajeeb Daastaans
  • Licorice Pizza

(2021)

15 films

Memoria inspired me to make a list to sort out films that I continue to think about from the past…

  • Memento
  • Inception
  • Dunkirk
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Prestige

Nolon Time

12 films

Whenever Nolan’s next arrives, I’m sure I’ll find a way to convince myself that I don’t remember much of his…

  • Kuttavum Shikshayum
  • Annayum Rasoolum
  • Thuramukham
  • Njan Steve Lopez
  • Kammatipaadam

Rajeev Ravi: Senses of (Dis)location

5 films

People, places, and, perhaps most pertinently, how people keep moving between all sorts of places...

In the three films that…

  • Tropical Malady
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
  • Memoria
  • Cemetery of Splendor
  • Blissfully Yours

Uncle Apichatpong Who Can Open Windows to Mysteriously Familiar Worlds

7 films

Film theory denotes windows as a critical metaphor of (neo)realist cinema. It's assumed that filmmakers who operate in this mode…

  • Master Gardener
  • Coma
  • Walk Up
  • De Humani Corporis Fabrica
  • Saint Omer

NYFF 60

24 films

I thought about the form/narrative spectrum and how my experience at this festival made me realize how much I sometimes…

  • The Favourite
  • Wildlife
  • Ash Is Purest White
  • Non-Fiction
  • High Life

NYFF 56

15 films

A question asked during the Q & A of Bi Gan's fascinating "Long Day's Journey into Night" brought about an answer…

  • Red, White and Blue
  • Lovers Rock
  • Mangrove
  • Education
  • Alex Wheatle

Steve McQueen's Small Axe - Hospitable Spaces in a Hostile Place

5 films

So much of Steve McQueen's Small Axe series revolves around the West Indian immigrant community's anti-assimilationist struggle in Britain. We…

  • Hot Fuzz
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • The World's End
  • Baby Driver
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

The Wright Stuff

7 films

Recorded an all-too-short episode gushing about most of Wright’s filmography — particularly the Cornetto Trilogy. Discussions include the usual talk…

  • Tamasha
  • Jab We Met
  • Socha Na Tha
  • Rockstar
  • Highway

Imtiaz Aaj Kal

8 films

All of Imtiaz Ali's films straddle the line between "sufiyaana" and "sufiyaapa." Some very successfully convey all the inner strife…