Favorite films

  • Perfect Blue
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Cure

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  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    ★★★

  • Mammo

    ★★★★

  • Sansho the Bailiff

  • Maqbool

    ★★★★

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  • Pakeezah

    Pakeezah

    ★★★★★

    Absolutely stunning. Peak Bollywood romantic tragedy about a tawaif (courtesan) who longs to be loved and her despair and struggles with rising above the limitations set upon women. Every frame is impeccably detailed. The aristocracy of the Indian Muslim milieu set against a backdrop of lavish palaces, courtyards and fountains - as much a gilded cage for Meena Kumari’s Sahibjaan as it is a place of beauty. It’s telling that when she finally meets her love interest and the mysterious stranger…

  • Mississippi Masala

    Mississippi Masala

    ★★★

    An interracial couple with no white person in sight is so refreshing.

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  • Veer-Zaara

    Veer-Zaara

    ★★★★½

    😭😭😭

    As a Pakistani it depresses me that a movie like this (a cross border romance between an Indian boy and a Pakistani girl) wouldn’t be feasible in today’s political climate currently thriving on hate and fascism and strained relations. 

    That being said, the movie itself is great. Haunting musical numbers, beautiful, lush cinematography and above all, the unshakeable foundation on which our star-crossed leads’ Veer and Zaara’s passion for each other rests. Love that transcends boundaries and borders is the strongest form of love there is.

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    As someone who was generally unenthused by the trailers, I liked this a lot! Maybe it was because of the pristine 4K and less crappy compression offering more clarity to the images, but the brutalist architecture and minimalism really worked here for me. As an action setpiece that first reveal of the sandworm and the resultant chaos was awesome. 

    I think its biggest strength (besides being truly incredible as a visual and auditory experience) is how Denis manages to translate…