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  • Trainwreck: Woodstock '99

    Trainwreck: Woodstock '99

    It is important to begin by saying that growing up when I did, in the 2000s, and learning about pop culture and music in a country belonging to the Global South, I had never heard of the Woodstock concerts and the incidents that took place in their aftermath. I was also not aware of the popular bands from the 90s and have never indulged in them since I started listening to music. Later, when I have come to hear, read,…

  • Carter

    Carter

    Netflix’s latest offering in the array of their many action-adventure productions, ‘Carter’, directed by Byung-gil Jung, is viscerally violent in its action. Sadly for the Korean film, it is equally violent in its visual aesthetics. Even for the more lenient fans of the action genre, which I consider myself as one, the film becomes the opposite of what it intended to be. Jarring and incoherent execution of high ambition makes the film exhaustive, not engrossing. The film’s flimsy excuse of a story could not be compensated by the relentless hammering of action sequences that provide very little thrills.

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  • Once Upon a Time in Calcutta

    Once Upon a Time in Calcutta

    ★★★★

    Bengali writer/director Aditya Vikram Sengupta opts for a much bigger and vivid canvas for his third feature film, Once Upon a Time in Calcutta (2021). Modern life is changing so quickly that we can hardly process it. In fact, it doesn’t take much time for us to address our recent past as ‘once upon a time’. The tides of modernity are not only transforming the landscape but our self & mindsets are also swept along. Whatever and whoever is deemed irrelevant…

  • Azor

    Azor

    Azor, the multi-lingual French-Argentine-Swiss production, is a tacit portrayal of the high-class apathy that often goes hand in hand with the goal of wealth accumulation. In doing so, it is the majority in the lower socio-financial rung that gets steamrolled when chaotic opportunities arise. Writer and Director Andreas Fontana languidly tells a story that is reflective of such, in a quite nuanced way.

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