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  • Parinda



    VVC is an interesting and flawed figure in Hindi cinema, an exceptionally talented FTII graduate who started his career with sly, inventive small films (the most beloved being the film-set murder mystery Khamoshi) and ended his career with towering, bloated spectacles, each less loved than the last, and Parinda the pivot point in his career. Similarly Hindi movies themselves were at a cusp point in the late 80s, the decade being a great one for small independent film but a…

  • Astitva


    points for good intentions, sincere performances and a script that does go places rarely seen in indian cinema and yet, it all feels so limp and ineffectual. the opposing points of view are portrayed so starkly allowing for little waffling in terms of audience sympathy. anything nuanced that's telegraphed by the images feels hackneyed once it's repeated through voiceover or monologue (tons of those here). have been thinking a lot about mouna raagam and kabhie kabhie of late and makes…

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  • Bastards



    Plays like a relentless unending nightmare and reminiscent of Carax's Pola X to me in that regard. Denis's trademark sensuality gets twisted in this one into something menacing and ugly. She already had some of that in White Material but here every gesture (a passionate kiss, a man fixing a child's bicycle, a brother holding his sister's hand) feels ominous and seems to portend something terrible. Atmospherically, its stunning.. the ghoulish Tindersticks score accompanying these dark shadowy images shot in…

  • Blackhat



    A film of infinite small but significant gestures. The way he places his palm on her over the bedsheet after the first time they have sex, the way he looks at her neck and her arm in the car, every single time they place their hands on each other really... rarely do close-ups work as well for me as they do here..
    a film populated by orphans that can barely exist in this world.
    and the women.. viola davis especially.. whose every decision, every moral choice (made so quietly almost always without words).. carries such weight.
    terrifying film and that ending still haunts...