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  • Maya Darpan

    Maya Darpan

    it's hard not to think of this film by comparing it to duvidha — released a year apart, both committed to austere and forbidding experimentalism yet unseen in indian art film, ruminating on the way cinema can enter, engage, and redefine social, historical, and cultural realities and the objective flow of time, including feminist subtext so implicit that it may even feel merely incidental. 

    what makes this film so much more ambitious and challenging than the previous film though, even…

  • Wife of a Spy

    Wife of a Spy

    kiyoshi kurosawa's mani ratnam movie, in some ways. it's muted, anticlimactic, but effective melodrama, and maybe i was hoping for a bit more pronounced conflict of politics atomized in the interpersonal/romantic/domestic — but then it reveals a more melodramatic instinct to sketch satoko's motivation as perhaps one of pure and obsessive, self-destructive devotion, and that sealed the deal. there's also the earnest need to call out the institutionalized inhumanity of the nation, the wonderfully plastic imagining of history, and even…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    crazy thing abt this is how it begins as a very straightforward spy movie / bond riff, with a pointed cause/effect between events — go here to do this so they can get this so they can go there, etc. then as it goes on and the inversion concept plays a greater role the distinctions between cause and effect become noticeably blurred and eventually completely annihilated. point a to point b, then b to a, then c to d (and…

  • Om Shanti Om

    Om Shanti Om

    ★★★★★

    once upon a time in bollywood