Favorite films

  • West Side Story
  • Licorice Pizza
  • Memoria
  • France

Recent activity

All
  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

    ★★★½

  • Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

    ★★★★½

  • The Stories of West Side Story the Steven Spielberg Film

Recent reviews

More
  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

    "As you are writing something, you are fighting off the idea of a theme right infront of your face just because you want to try to tell something factually, and what ends up emerging emerges, and you can't fight it; hopefully you like it, and you are enjoying what's happening, and you keep half an eye on it. But really, you keep the other eye on "what are the facts? what are the facts? what are the facts of the story?" Why is that? I dunno.. I find films that overindulge in telling a theme annoying and boring."
    - Paul Thomas Anderson, SmartLess podcast episode 86

  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

    Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

    ★★★½

    For the first two-thirds, it's edited such that you'll be completely lost if you blink for even a second, which is kind of a nice rhythm when you get used to it. It's also surprisingly funny, and unsurprisingly very pretty. But, the visual beauty draws attention to itself in a way that undermines the story. The final third feels a bit too detached from the rest of it in terms of style and visual rhythm, but the ending, that deliberately takes the appeal away from the act of vengeance, was a nice touch.

Popular reviews

More
  • Churuli

    Churuli

    ★★★★

    Contemplative cinema tend not to have psychologically well-defined characters because they are often concieved to be mere stand-ins for the viewer. When you think about LJP's recent works, specifically starting from Ee Ma Yau, you see that his primary concern is in the construction of an immersive experience. Ee Ma Yau's hellish downpour, and Jallikattu's fiery night-time frenzy are palpable. But, there's a key difference that makes the former film way more popular: That film establishes a father-son relationship that…

  • Super Deluxe

    Super Deluxe

    ★★★

    Worst things first:
    - The final monologue. How cringey and annoying is it to hear the writer/director verbally spell out and explain the philosophy contained in the film?
    - Some of the plotlines that go crazy. (Reminded me of Andhadhun)
    - That policeman was practically a caricature. Hated the portrayal.
    - Fahadh Faasil being over-the-top (Maybe intentional)

    Favorite things:
    - Portrayal of the struggles of transgenders.
    - The story that deals with faith.
    - Production design and color-grading. Most of…