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an existential Offenbach piece adventuring in space and time


I don't rate films.

Favorite films

  • The Scent of Green Papaya
  • Autumn Sonata
  • Paterson
  • In the Mood for Love

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  • Angel's Egg

  • Josie and the Pussycats

  • Nights in the Boulevard

  • Twins in Paradise

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  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
  • Umrao Jaan

    Umrao Jaan

    The absence of the frame narrative (the banter between Umrao Jan and Mirza Ruswa) in the novel left a palpable hole in film's retelling. It didn't help that the film also portrayed a reductive version of many characters, Umrao Jan especially. I couldn't recognize the pining, shy, sad, tragic character as the playful and mischievous Umrao Jan of the original text, even though there were glimpses of this side of her in some of the dance sequences. It could perhaps…

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  • MEAL

    MEAL

    CW: violence against women

    Painfully overracted, trying too hard to be profound and chickening out when it comes to committing. I'm absolutely sick of of these Indian films which have turned domestic violence into a trope. The oppressed wife, the abusive husband, the crippled grandparent, the meek child. Over and over again till they become a somewhat distant theatricality instead of a lived reality in a country that doesn't recognise marital rape.

    I feel like every director has one such…

  • Ema

    Ema

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

    Ema is visually stunning and Mariana Di Girolamo has a magnetic presence—these are about the two things holding the film together. There are so many questions that leave a bitter aftertaste, I wish the film added up better, more neatly perhaps. I’m still trying to work through these thoughts and I don’t know I feel about this right now but it did set off an internal dialogue in my head, something I’ve been trying to make sense of for a…