Shivansh Kanojia

Cinema from the East

Do you know why old movies were better? We've forgotten how to light things.

Favorite films

  • Clan of the White Lotus
  • Millennium Mambo
  • Kiki's Delivery Service
  • Kung Fu Hustle

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  • Funny People

    ★★★★

  • In the Cut

    ★★★★★

  • Court

    ★★★½

  • Last Film Show

    ★★★½

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  • Funny People

    Funny People

    ★★★★

    Becoming marginally famous has really made you an asshole.

    Just put this on and chill, man 🍹
    Nice soundtrack, Adam Sandler is goood.
    (Just ignore how uncomfortably skinny Seth Rogen looks.)

  • In the Cut

    In the Cut

    ★★★★★

    Heterosexual desire from women's perspective and the suspended violence irrevocably associated with it are rarely done better in film. The phenomenology ie the way you simply experience the movie puts In The Cut in great company — films that offer the closest, incisive look into life. Jane Campion's gaze is warm, sympathetic and detached, genius at the same time.

    IMO Meg Ryan's, whose most well known work is situated in the New York of dream and fairytale or at the…

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  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★½

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

    Love some of his other works, but Hitchcock gets this wrong.

    Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca is, at its heart of hearts, neither a romance nor a thriller. It is a psychological piece based on women's subjugation by society by making them submit to roles, through subtle emotional manipulation in the name of love, because of which they become willing to forgive their husbands' most vile crimes and trespasses. You see, in the book Max de Winter murders Rebecca. There is…

  • The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence

    ★★★★★

    Society can be so disgusting when it dissuades you, insidiously, from what you love most. It's so so cruel.
    So can love not survive it?

    Perhaps it can. But just as memory or "abstractly, serenely.........a complete vision of all that he had missed", as Scorsese puts it. Cinema at its most heartbreakingly poetic.

    Just say I'm old fashioned. That should be enough. Says Newland Archer to his son as old memories of his age of innocence come rushing in —…