Umar Ali

Umar Ali


Art is the closest we can come to understanding how a stranger really feels

Favorite films

  • The Piano Teacher
  • Naked
  • Come and See
  • Blue Jay

Recent activity

  • Spirited Away


  • The Lorax


  • Zola


  • In the Cut


Pinned reviews

  • Soul



    Pete Docter’s Soul is another feather in Pixar’s illustrious cap. Firstly, the animation is stunning. The details make this a visual spectacle. The film is a profound human story that is sentimental, thought provoking and powerful. Initially, I felt using 22 as a plot device wasn’t the best choice. Eventually, 22 is used to illustrate the point of how we need to appreciate life. She also taps into his subconscious to deal with parental pressures. The execution here is top notch.…

  • Another Round

    Another Round


    Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round is a bonafide masterpiece! Soul, Nomadland and now this, my existential dread is off the charts right now. The film uses its bizarre premise to present a soul crushing character study. The premise is not used just as a gimmick for some laughs, the complications and realities cut deep. Martin’s marital issues are slowly unravelled until they crescendo into a brutal confrontation scene. He is not able to handle his wife’s infidelity especially considering that he has…

Recent reviews


Popular reviews

  • mother!



                            mother!: Aronofsky Classic

    Darren Aronofsky’s psychological horror mother! is one of the most shocking, intense and grim films I have ever seen. I have heard bad things about this film and have stayed away from it. Only watched it today to finish off his filmography. What a disturbing film. Jennifer Lawrence is incredible. Miles ahead of anything else I have seen her in. The first act is brilliant could…

  • The Assistant

    The Assistant


    Kitty Green’s The Assistant is powerful storytelling. Perfectly captures the experience of a female assistant that has to fight against workplace harassment. The little details are what make this film what it is. Wonderfully shot and deeply moving. Julia Garner is terrific in the lead role.