Sameer Vasta

Sameer Vasta

Epistolarian. Débrouillard.

Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Ratatouille
  • Coco

Recent activity

  • May December


  • She Said


  • No Hard Feelings


  • Quiz Lady


Recent reviews

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


    Extra half star just for that scene when Babu Frik says “HeyHeyyyy!”

  • Parasite



    I have no clue how to describe or characterize Bong Joon Ho's Parasite, but that inability to peg it down may be exactly why I adored this movie so much. Part family drama, part comedy, part thriller, part heist, part satire, and part who-knows-what-else, this film is delectably shot, perfectly-acted, and incredibly acute in its devastating takedown of social inequality. It is the movie for our time; it is the movie of our time. It is unsettling and unnerving, but…

Popular reviews

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther


    In color and in chrome
    (Originally posted on

    When people I don’t know very well (inevitably) ask about “where I’m from,” I receive the same three reactions when I tell them I was born in Tanzania:

    1. “Where in the world is that again?” (“East Africa, right next to Kenya,” is my usual response.)

    2. “Oh, you don’t look like you’re from Africa.” (If I have time, this is when I usually tell them about the movement of goods…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name


    Staring into the fireplace as the credits roll by
    (Originally posted on

    Here’s what I will remember most after watching Call Me By Your Name: the face of Elio Perlman, staring into the fireplace, as the credits roll by before he gets called to dinner.

    The scene is indelible for many reasons—one of them being that Timothée Chalamet performs it marvellously, with nuance and emotion—but is resonant mainly because it is relatable: how many of us have gone through…