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  • Newton

    Newton

    ★★★

    admirably purposeful in its mise-en-scène -- the bittersweet solitude of the `idealist', attuned to moments of quiet anger, the carefully calibrated `moral ambiguity', the marked delineation of the other -- but to what end? the marginalized in the film's world are marginalized by the film's form, and no amount of tokenistic retorts delivered by anjali patil's malko -- the nirashavadi/adivasi exchange is admittedly a low-key high point -- can absolve it of this failing. as competently performed as this is…

  • A Mercedes for Ashish

    A Mercedes for Ashish

    ★★★½

    `after that i began to look for the salty edges of this city.'

    fascinating video essay by ruchir joshi (the last jet-engine laugh) navigating through the public spaces of a city, preternaturally attuned to its many textures and sounds -- the noise of traffic, the dust and clank of construction work -- and underpinned by an oblique voiceover both wistful and disarmingly wry.

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  • Jab Harry Met Sejal

    Jab Harry Met Sejal

    ★★½

    if not a lot else, harry elaborately cleaning up in an airport washbasin is one detail i enjoyed. no one can look or smell good getting off a long flight, not even srk.

  • Guide

    Guide

    ★★★★½

    between waheeda's every gesture, every abrupt cut to dev anand's face, every segue into beautiful song -- the recurring 'tere mere sapne' a particularly heartbreaking highlight  -- and the fervid existential heights of the prolonged epilogue that pushes an already deeply troubled film into even stranger territory, guide is one of those classics that only slowly unravels its many complexities, one rewatch at a time.