• Starlet

    Starlet

    ★★★★½

    - Mmm.
    - Mmm?
    - Mm-mmm.
    - Mmm.


    "Is it the ending or the beginning?" - Aaaahhhhhh, enough Sean Baker for the weekend, thanks to a hat-trick of train-wreck of emotional endings in his unofficial "sex worker trilogy" that I watched in reverse chronological order and the way each one of their endings tied up thematically everything happened in the story until that point to leave me pondering over a feeling of whether what I just witnessed was really the…

  • Tangerine

    Tangerine

    ★★★★½

    "You must promise to me that there's not gonna be any drama." - And thus began the drama in Tangerine right away leading all the way up to an absolutely chaotic plus cathartic (I mean I can't stress enough how many days it's been since I laughed my heart out, thanks to one such sequence) ending with a twist that I saw it coming in my mind although I was not rooting for it to happen and as soon as…

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★★

    "Do you know... Do you know why this is my favorite tree?"


    Wishing Sean Baker a cracker of a 50th birthday for lighting up my night with one of the best birthday scenes ever filmed, but where there is light there is darkness and so is his masterpiece on the same, i.e., The Florida Project! My introduction to Sean Baker as a person was a funny one in the sense that although the film was on my watchlist for so…

  • La Strada

    La Strada

    ★★★★★

    "Who else but me will stay with you?"


    On the account of Giulietta Masina's centenary, got reminded of La Strada in my watchlist, perhaps the longest I have procrastinated on a film in my recent memory because

    (1) I first heard about it when I watched Seven Samurai almost one and a half year ago and was surprised to find out another film by the name La Strada won the Oscar for the best foreign-language film in that year (got…

  • Paruthiveeran

    Paruthiveeran

    14 Years of PARUTHIVEERAN: If anyone were to point a gun at my head and make me choose only one among all the films that traumatized me for life, then I'd go with Paruthiveeran! Has some of the most brutal foreshadowing moments ever put to film both in terms of The Dialogue as well as the visuals and Muththazhagu is the most shaken up I’ve ever felt by the performance of an actor so much so that I tear up…

  • 3 Women

    3 Women

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    ROBERT ALTMAN. I first heard this name after watching There Will Be Blood when I came across that PTA dedicated the film to Altman and since I was relatively less aware of many filmmakers across the world at that time, I thought to myself that he indeed must have been a great man when a filmmaker like PTA revers him so much and last year when I watched films like Boogie Nights and Magnolia, I came across Altman's name in…

  • The Holy Mountain

    The Holy Mountain

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "The skill of the spectator determines the machine's ability to reach a climax." - What serious skill of Jodorowsky (who turns 92 today) for beginning The Holy Mountain in a fairy tale and ending it in a reality to reach a climax (without context, reminded me of a similar ending to one Iranian film released in my birth year)! At times hilariously serious, at times seriously hilarious and all the time spiritually (sur)real, The Holy Mountain can be one hell…

  • El Topo

    El Topo

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    So after watching mother! recently last week, I came across some reviews/comments here comparing the magnitude of symbolism or religious subtexts present in it to that of El Topo and given that I procrastinated long enough already on Alejandro Jodorowsky, wanted to check out whether El Topo is the mother of mother! in terms of the symbolism at play and to my surprise, it's probably for real in many ways I couldn't even imagine in the first place!

    Opening with…

  • Uppena

    Uppena

    Rewatched for two things:


    1. To smile whole-heartedly and hum "Ishq Shifaayaaaaa" / "Nee Kannu Neeli Samudram" (ahh how it gave me all Raanjhanaa feels this time around) at the top of my lungs in sync with the audience at a packed theatre on a Sunday and I haven't witnessed such a huge mass celebration at the theatre for a class song in recent times! Just can't get those poetic+catchy AF Telugu and Hindi lyrics out of my head! After…

  • Uppena

    Uppena

    2005 October - Premisthe cinema second show at Warangal Bhavani theatre... 8-year-old me had many sleepless nights due to that "Nannanannannaaa..." ringing in my head and cut to 15 years later, found myself in an almost similar situation tonight while leaving the theatre from Uppena show. I wish a day comes when all these practices die in the society so that we can stop attaching words like "realistic" or "natural" to this kind of films, but I am afraid such…

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★½

    - "I love you."
    - "You never loved me." "You just loved how much I loved you."


    Happy 52nd to the man who just dethroned the likes of Antichrist and In the Realm of the Senses with his mother! to occupy the top spot on the list of my weirdest introduction to filmmakers, Darren Aronofsky!

    mother! just joined the list of those films for me personally about which I feel them be near-masterpieces just for the experience despite not being…

  • GoodFellas

    GoodFellas

    ★★★★★

    Happy 78th to the FunnyGuy™ who you dare insult... Joe fuckin' Pesci! No matter how many times I find myself in crying mood for a reason, I ultimately end up at the "Funny how" scene and more often than not, Pesci heals me. Well, I won't go any further into my praise for Pesci because no matter how much I say or write, I'm afraid he will not say more than THIS in return!


    As far back as I can…