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  • Tumbbad

    Tumbbad

    ★★★★½

    Tumbbad (2018)

    The thing about Tumbbad is that it is an one-dimensional film. Now, in the hands of a lesser crew, that would probably be the reason that I wouldn’t be sucked into it, or to put it in a better way, I, personally, do not fancy one-dimensional films. But Tumbbad is a tour de force that left me no choice but to hurtle along with it – hurtle towards the inevitable, premonitory denouement foreboded by the very first scene…

  • Memories of Underdevelopment

    Memories of Underdevelopment

    ★★★★★

    In today’s political world, fence-sitting or indecision has been alleviated almost to the status of a crime, where indecisiveness is seen as a folly rather than what it actually is – a simple inability to decide. Take this concept, and put it in a politically volatile environment like that of Cuba in 1961 - when the Bay of Pigs invasion shook the island, a couple of years after Castro had formed his government following Batista’s exile – and what you…

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  • A Man Escaped

    A Man Escaped

    ★★★★★

    What was I missing?! But as always, better late than never, and this one is a mind blowing work. It's a kick-ass, excellent escape film no doubt, but that's just scratching the surface. In little moments of pure perfection, Bresson captures the finest of human emotions and connects with the viewer in a magical way. It is no co-incidence that Fontaine clutches his heart just as the tension gets too much even for the viewer. When Fontaine stops Jost from…

  • The Spirit of the Beehive

    The Spirit of the Beehive

    ★★★★★

    Erice’s film is an achievement that left me reeling – and not because of its mesmerizing poetic quality. Not because of its exquisite story, either. Nor because of Ana Margot’s incredible performance as the child, or the blindingly beautiful setting. No, none of these reasons could actually match up to the spell that this film put me into – solely because, with Ana, I too, was undergoing a powerful experience. I saw the world through her eyes. And that is…