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25 Greatest Malayalam Movies of All Time

Ever since Malayalam cinema underwent a renaissance in the past decade- with the influx of new-age filmmakers creating some groundbreaking work, it has been unarguably the foremost film industry in India when measured by the quality of films produced. If the 2000s were the worst years for Malayalam movies, then the best era was definitely the 70s and 80s, which witnessed the rise of the New Wave and Middle cinema respectively.

Mr. Holmes (2015): A Mysterious Search for Human Identity

Mr. Holmes (2015) is a poetic character study of the other side of the Robot detective from Baker Street. Bill Condon’s film presents a picture of Sherlock Holmes that hasn’t graced the screen till date. Its a film that grows on you when its fictionalized emotions come to play. Mr. Holmes is one of the best films I’ve seen this year.

5 Underrated Benedict Cumberbatch Movies

Before he was a talking dragon protecting gold, before he was the swift-talking-inhuman-robot living on 221B, Baker Street, before he was a terrorist with an ideology bringing darkness on to the Enterprise, or before he was turning up pages, firing people and calculating possibilities of making a machine to stop the war, Benedict Cumberbatch was a British actor who was waiting to be recognized in movies that meant something. 

Far From Men (2014): A Gritty Little Chapter in the French-Algerian War

Far From Men is adapted from the short story The Guest by Nobel Prize-winning author Albert Camus, which was written as an allegory of French-Algerian tensions. Writer-director David Oelhoffen paints the beautiful but deserted landscape canvas with the colors of palpating human drama that will certainly move you. The film echoes the psyche of two men from different strata who are thrown into a “lose-lose” situation and they have to make a hard choice of choosing the best of the…

How Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction Condemns American Nihilism

Tarantino truly condemns American nihilism in its entirety when the ravishing taxi-driver asks Butch about the meaning of his name. He casually responds by saying, “I’m an American, honey. Our names don’t mean shit.” This exchange was the essence of Tarantino’s take on American nihilism. His association of the vibrant American culture with the absence of meaning in a name implies that beneath all the fuss, America is nothing but meaningless.

Here’s why ‘The Piano Teacher’ is One of the most Disturbing Films ever made

Michael Haneke is either a cynical God exposing our complicity to casual violence in films that we hardly acknowledge or a provocative & sadistic filmmaker who has lost faith in humans. Whatever may be the case, his films are difficult to watch on two fronts; they are inherently disturbing, even cruel at times; and he ensures that our voyeuristic participation in the on-screen violent events gets registered in our consciousness. That’s a dreadful feeling which gradually seeps into our subconsciousness.

The 10 Best Fahadh Faasil Performances

Fahadh Faasil is a name that has steadily but surely gained traction in Hindi-speaking film audiences. Despite being an undisputed star in the South film industry, Faasil has come across as a sincere performer and a dedicated character actor. The realism in modern Malayali cinema is matched by equally relatable and understated people brought to life on screen. The actor has starred in and produced some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films in the industry in the…

The 20 Best Films of 2021 (so far)

The best films of the 2021 list would never be complete without talking about the fact that cinemas are back in action (at least in some parts of the world). Also, while most of the film festivals from across the world choose to go online, Cannes, and possibly some other major ones are going to follow pursuit with their in-person, socially-distanced screenings outdoors.

The Birds: What Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 Classic Really Means?

The Birds is an allegory of nature turning violent, when you treat it as a joke. Melanie Daniels’ compulsion to do practical jokes is a bit far-fetched. The meaningless and petty joke that involved Birds is one of the many ways in which humans humiliate the creature. Caging them and moving them unnecessarily treating them as mere prop in a gag.

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Sister Tempest

Sister Tempest


Consider a pastiche of Star Trek, Rocky Horror, and a subtle dose of Luis Buñuel- and yet you will have to think of a certain genre or framework to fit Sister Tempest. Badon’s creation is a starkly original and sumptuous visual treat of a film. Sister Tempest means to overwhelm the senses and does so, successfully.

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Sister Tempest (2020): A Sumptuous, Overwhelming Feast For The Senses

Unlike many mystery flicks, Enola Holmes makes you privy to the inner workings of the protagonist’s brain without patronizing you. The fourth wall breaks will reel you in, making you feel like you’re in on something truly special.

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Does art need a representation to exist? Can you take the face away that produced something, give it another one, and will the work still garner the same response? Yesterday (2019) falls into what one could call as soft-speculative fiction. The tale is reminiscent of the oeuvre of spec-fic master Robert Heinlein.

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Kohei Oguri’s Muddy River (Doro no kawa, 1981) is a wonderfully evocative portrait of childhood which in parts reminded me of Victor Erice’s The Spirit of Beehive (1973) and Rene Clement’s Forbidden Games (1952). Erice, Clement, or for that matter, Truffaut – in 400 Blows – has proved that films about childhood doesn’t need to be sentimental. Similarly, Oguri is a master craftsman when it comes to imbuing profound emotions within simple visuals, while also subtly exploring the mysteries and…

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There was a moment in Twin Peaks Season 2 when Madeline was being killed and the Twin Peaks town comes to a sudden standstill, even though nobody knew that Madeline was under attack and that she will die soon. But there was a universal melancholia that Lynch attached to the event of her death, there was no logical meaning to it but I found myself crying for a character's death I wasn't really fond of. All I really understood is…

What does a Masterpiece Look Like ? It looks like the first 20 minutes of "There Will Be Blood."

One of the most excellent moments in Sir, for me, was when we see Ratna (Tillotama Shome) serving food to all the guests at a party. The camera follows her, as she moves from one guest to another. Some take what she is offering, some of them don't, while some didn't acknowledge, however, none of them, really, looks at her. This POV shot, though not unique, is extremely effective in explaining the life of a maid. The invisible force that…

There is some kind of idiosyncrasy in the way few characters behave in this film. That's really intriguing if you ask me.