• Killing Them Softly

    Killing Them Softly

    ★★★★

    cynical, pessimistic and violent. no one escapes the disgruntlement of the economic establishment that is america, not even those in the mob. the parallels and the core messages were both clunky and on the nose, but the film is enveloped by an atmosphere that a lot of these films that deal with the repercussions of the financial crisis often fail to capture and that’s definitely worthy of praise. it’s all so effortless here. and the all star cast who all deliver exceptional performances are a welcome bonus. an underrated gem imho.

  • The Green Mile

    The Green Mile

    ★★★½

    “I’m tired, boss. Tired of being on the road, lonely as a sparrow in the rain…”

  • One Eight Seven

    One Eight Seven

    ★★★

    As far as all these mid nineties school films go, there’s a clear deviation in the nucleus of 187 that completely sets it apart from it’s contemporaries.

    This is a hateful endeavour, or that’s the way I see it at least. There’s no philosophical musings on the talent of the student here, the exclamatory statements on what it means to be educated are negligible, and the whole teacher-student intervention angle is inspired straight from the ‘Falling Down’ textbook.

    The concept…

  • Man on Fire

    Man on Fire

    ★★★★

    In the lap of the angel of death you place a tiny slice of heaven, once you snatch that away, vengeance comes with a divine inclination. 

    With a liver soaked in booze and a tortured spirit that’s been annulled by a hazy past, finding solace after all of his transgressions, that too in a lawless kingdom, feels almost biblical in nature…

    …but is John Creasey a sinner that’s headed to hell, or is he a saint that’s heading for heaven?

    Tremendous performance from a peak Denzel here.

  • Anniyan

    Anniyan

    ★★★★½

    the way this film reaches the height of ridiculousness on more than one occasion is truly a sight to behold. a contender in my canon of stupidly fun films that’ll get you kicked out my crib if I put it on and you aren’t as hyped as me. that dojo fight scene is unbelievable.

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★

    a vengeful tour around some idyllic icelandic pastures and a shit ton of senseless violence. i’m an easy man to please it seems when it comes to these generic tales of revenge pertaining to these brutish norsemen but i feel like that’s also why i’m so critical upon reflection. anya taylor joy is great and she’s good here too but the entire subplot between her and skasgaard’s amleth was pretty bad. i was also slightly disappointed by the cinematography. just…

  • Gangubai Kathiawadi

    Gangubai Kathiawadi

    ★★★★

    There’s a fierceness that burns like an everlasting flame inside her eyes, within her voice and through each and every one of her mannerisms. And as the winds blow a current, bringing with them cruelty, brutality, injustice and indignation, she tends to burn even brighter. I had no idea when I clicked the play button that I’d be privy to one of the best acting performances of the year, yet here I am, astonished at the magnificence of Alia Bhatt…

  • Vikruthi

    Vikruthi

    ★★★

    A somewhat cautionary tale of how social media and digital gossip can ruin someones life with just a click of a button. I loved the fact that both protagonists were equally as easy to root for. It makes you reflect on just how easy you could be on either side of the equation and this introspection on how harmless banter could be reflected maliciously on the person being mocked is something that should be given far more importance when discussing…

  • Ambulance

    Ambulance

    ★★★★

    You probably had to down a six pack of red bull, sniff a line of cocaine and inject an entire shot of adrenaline into your body just as a prerequisite to even work on this film because holy fucking shit that was such a fun and high octane ride through the concrete snakes nest that makes up the LA highway system. Bay’s finest film.

  • Joji

    Joji

    ★★½

    A slow burn, but one that’s more like a waning candle than it is a menacing flame. The film really didn’t move past the second gear for me, even as the lives of these characters came crashing down. Some decent enough plot twists here and there and a stunning sound design which kept me on edge, but that’s all it really did, just kept me on edge with no real pay off by the ending. A decent enough portrayal of greed and morality but I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t counting down the clock even as early as the halfway mark.

  • Talaash

    Talaash

    ★★★½

    There’s so much pain behind those forlorn eyes. If you look closely you could probably etch out the layers of grief and tragedy that are unscrupulously masked by the empty focus within those retinas. 

    A sorrow that’s inescapable and a sadness that’s engulfed in torment. 

    A decent procedural but an even better exploration of loss, with an added tinge of the surreal that makes this a rather unforgettable film.

  • Guru

    Guru

    ★★½

    almost felt preachy at times, as if gurukants speeches and his anecdotes were supposed to travel far beyond the confines of his character, yet I wouldn’t be able to tell you the message this film attempts to put across for the life of me. is it a portrayal of a capitalist poison coursing through the veins of a maverick, is it a scream for India’s market autonomy and how it’s okay to break the rules if they’re seen as a…