Al

Tinker of Culture. Tailor of Words. Soldier of Cinema. Spy who knows where his towel is.

Favorite films

  • Wajib
  • Before Sunset
  • Chungking Express
  • Life on Earth

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  • What Is a Woman?

  • The Gray Man

  • Mentega Terbang

    ★★★½

  • Decision to Leave

    ★★★★½

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  • What Is a Woman?

    What Is a Woman?

    Film -- the medium, not this film in particular -- is a powerful and dangerous thing.

    As a person who doesn't believe what Matt Walsh believes, I don't find this very convincing. Or rather -- I don't see it as a good faith approach to the topic.

    As a filmmaker though, I see exactly what he's doing, and it would be hilarious if it wasn't so dangerous.

  • The Gray Man

    The Gray Man

    Stephen F. Windon -- who pretty much shot all of the Fast and Furious movies -- shot this, and yet -- somehow -- this still looks like the worst Fast and Furious knockoff. Possibly be the ugliest-looking film I've seen all year.

    Inflation must be real because clearly $200 million isn't what it used to be.

    And for the love of God, Netflix* -- please -- next time get a human person to write these movies!

    *he says after watching the entire thing on Netflix and thus signalling to the algorithm that this is a good thing.

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  • Shirkers

    Shirkers

    ★½

    Spoiler alert: This is not a good film.

    I wanted to like this so much, but five minutes in, I knew that wasn't going to happen. Sandi Tan the narrator has no introspection whatsoever. The younger Sandi was shown to be selfish and self-absorbed, and at one point, older Jasmine said to present-day Sandi -- "You used to be an asshole". The thing is, there was nothing in this film that made me think that older Sandi is any less…

  • Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

    Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

    ★★★

    This movie opens with a literal TLDR, a quote by Karan Johar that says "It's about loving your parents". And if that's not on the nose enough, the patriarch, played by Amitabh Bachan, is named Yash.

    This movie is ridiculous. The cars. The mansions in London. The helicopters. It's fucking ridiculous.

    But I'll be damned if this ridiculous manipulative melodrama doesn't bring tears to my eyes every time.