Twelve years after her last film, Jane Campion returns to the scene of feature-length filmmaking with the slow-burn, neo-western The Power of the Dog — A haunting study of masculinity and repressed desire.
"What kind of man would I be if I didn't help my mother?" So says Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee) at the start of "The Power of the Dog," Jane Campion's quiet-yet-menacing neo-Western. We hear Peter say these words before we've even met him, and it will take almost…
More than two years after the world premiere of Zhang Yimou’s “One Second” was canceled mere days before its scheduled gala screening at the Berlinale on account of a “technical problem” — the insultingly transparent wording of a censorship bureau grown smug about its power — the renowned Chinese filmmaker’s most intimate movie since the days of “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” is finally here. Or at least some version of it is, as specifics about whatever snips and…
Fun masala version of Andhadhun. Completely free of the eroticism and sensuality of the original. It dosen't make you feel guilty or depressed about the twist and turns. Absolute lack of concern to noir, strangely enough, promises better popcorn entertainment. But certainly, not a better movie.
Rent-a-cat by Naoko Ogigami is about loneliness; made in her unique quirky style. It's about how simple things and pleasures in life can fill the holes in our lonely hearts.
The movie is structured in chapters where Mikako Ichikawa (loved her ❤️) goes about helping the lonely by lending them cats.
This is my 4th Ogigami movie, and my love for her work keeps growing!
Not her best work, but you'll have a smile on your face by the end of it.
Another movie added to the cozy-comfy movie list.
Megane (Glasses) is a ~100 minute vaction. You travel to this unnamed island with Satomi Kobayashi, meet some quirky people, learn how to relax & be in the moment.
The calming visuals, the constant sound of the ocean waves, the funny yet soulful conversations; you feel emotionally healed by the end of it.
Naoko Ogigami is ❤️
A slow but equally engaging coming of age story that is worth everyone's time, if its closely observed. There are tiny details one might miss out if they expect a different kind of film. The film prioritizes the style, real life locations & the memories over anything. There are times in the film we may feel alienated because of meagre knowledge of history between Taiwan & China, though the movie isn't entirely political like that of Edward Yang's films. I felt the movie was reminiscent of Japanese films than that of Taiwan; maybe because of the architecture, sets & the filming style of Hou Hsiao-hsien.
Someone who has seen Hamaguchi's Intimacies, will connect so well with this. Without it, i dont think I'd rate it this high. He really knows how to develop a character. Just love this small outburst of emotion from one:
"But even if you think you know someone well, even if you love that person deeply, you can't completely look into that person's heart. You'll just feel hurt..
But if you put in enough effort, you should be able to look…
“Why greatness? Isn't goodness enough?”
David Lowery's subversive Arthurian riff, The Green Knight is a truly stunning piece of cinema. A richly textured and layered meditation on mortality, self-worth, ambition, fear, and bravery. Crafted with a discerning eye, the movie is so visually poetic yet intelligently profound that it leaves a haunting linger. Dev Patel and Alicia Vikander give rich performances, and I am in awe of the Daniel Hart's score.
"It's hard to start a revolution. Even harder to continue it. And hardest of all to win it. But, it's only afterwards, when we have won, that the true difficulties begin."
It was truly both a heartbreaking an inspiring film.
I didn’t know much about this part of history going into it, but I thought it was well done, and I was fascinated by how honestly it portrayed the actions of both parties.
it was especially amazing how actual algerian revolutionaries were cast in the film, many of whom are still alive today.
In Kuruthi, a bunch of good Muslims fight bad Muslims to rescue and redeem a naive Hindutva terrorist who's convicted of a casual intolerant murder. In the process, a poor (caste Hindu) police officer becomes martyr and force of enlightenment to the good Muslims to choose a "righteous" path.
Because the film is a literal translation of this plot with some additional carnage and exotic primitivism that might remind you of a zombie movie. And further, it has some embarrassingly…