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  • Rocco and His Brothers
  • The Lion in Winter
  • When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
  • Khushi

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  • Two English Girls

    ★★★★★

  • The Whale

  • Knock at the Cabin

  • Michael

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  • The Only Son

    The Only Son

    ★★★★★

    "It's the best memory I can take home with me."


    A NEW ALL-TIME FAVOURITE FILM ALERT: I am the only son/child of my mother and given my immense passion for Mathematics having found Trigonometry as a new love during my 7th class (Sri Chaitanya, of course) itself, I used to solve problems from the intermediate textbooks by hanging around with my maths teacher Subbarao Sir who used to sit with me just like a Friend. That sir was very young…

  • The Beekeeper

    The Beekeeper

    ★★★★½

    I watched The Beekeeper for the first time in last year May after introducing myself to the Cinema of Angelopoulos with Eternity and a Day and Landscape in the Mist. I vividly remember The Beekeeper leaving me very cold and disappointed because I totally went into it with the hype of Mastroianni being in an Angelopoulos film along with the experiences of such apex masterpieces I had with the first two films of Angelopoulos I watched and I thought I'd…

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  • Two English Girls

    Two English Girls

    ★★★★★

    Five minutes into Two English Girls, we get Claude going to visit The Browns in Wales and he stops on his way with the cycle after spotting Anne and her mother Mrs Brown involved in a conversation with their neighbour Mr Flint and this Flint's boat is stolen but he is refusing to sign a complaint by saying that the thief's need was probably greater than him and so let it be. Later, the same Mr Flint gets asked to…

  • The Whale

    The Whale

    In our Indian or Telugu commercial cinema lingo, let's say you go to watch a film of your favourite star and it leaves you conflicted despite your hero giving it all and when people ask you how it was, the first inclination, in general, is to say "maaodu aithe one man show ra kummessaadu asalu kaani cinema gurinchi naaku theleedu" (My hero gave his best but I'm not sure exactly about the overall film) and the same is the case…

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  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★★★

    Was waiting for the India theatrical release of The Banshees of Inisherin all this while but suddenly realized today that its distributor Searchlight Pictures is being notorious these days for not releasing their films in India and so I gave up on this long wait that became even harder due to all the hype around it of a dark tragicomedy said to be coming from the Director of my favourite Hollywood comedy of all-time In Bruges that too starring the…

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★★★★

    YOUR YOUNGEST AND STRONGEST WILL FALL BY THE SWORD

    "Many years ago, I had a friend." "A dear friend." "It was a great friendship."


    Spanning several decades, From the lives of poor children in 1918 Manhattan Jewish ghettos To the grown-up adults leading a rich life in the 1930s Prohibition era To the now old people leading a life both rich and poor in terms of memories and regrets accompanied by the violence of 1968 New York, Sergio Leone's Once…