Umar

Art is the closest we can come to understanding how a stranger really feels

Favorite films

  • Devdas
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Fallen Angels
  • Two Lovers

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  • Plan A Plan B

    ★½

  • Blonde

    ★★★

  • Vikram Vedha

    ★★★½

  • Coin Operated

    ★★★½

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  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★★

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    Vertigo: The Dangers of Obsession 

    “The gentleman seems to know what he wants”

    Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo is his magnum opus and a perfect psychological thriller. It has the grip and suspense of his other classics like Psycho and Rear Window, but it’s the psychological play underneath the surface that makes this his masterwork. 

    It begins with the unforgettable opening title sequence. Drenched in vivid colours and hypnotic images it is complimented perfectly with that iconic theme “Prelude and Rooftop”. It instantly…

  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★★★

    Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round is a bonafide masterpiece! Soul, Nomadland and now this, my existential dread is off the charts right now. The film uses its bizarre premise to present a soul crushing character study. The premise is not used just as a gimmick for some laughs, the complications and realities cut deep. Martin’s marital issues are slowly unravelled until they crescendo into a brutal confrontation scene. He is not able to handle his wife’s infidelity especially considering that he has…

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  • Plan A Plan B

    Plan A Plan B

    ★½

    Plan A Plan B: Neither Plan is Working 

    “Matchmaking is her job, not mine.”

    Shashanka Ghosh’s Plan A Plan B is insufferable. I haven’t been watching too many films lately so thought would get back into my groove with something light and cute. This isn’t light its nonexistent. Everything from its style, structure, tropes and dialogues are influenced by Hollywood. Instead of adapting all that into an Indian setting and giving us the musical bangers we want it just copy pastes…

  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ★★★

    Blonde: Daddy, Daddy and Daddy 

    “It’s just a dream.”

    Andrew Dominik’s Blonde is a brutal watch. This is not a biopic not even in the Hollywood sense. This is based off a book that mixes fact and fiction to tell a particular story. The idea here is to show how childhood trauma can effect one later in life. It’s experimental and even feels like a psychological horror in plenty moments. There are some images here that really stick in your…

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  • Brahmāstra Part One: Shiva

    Brahmāstra Part One: Shiva

    ★★★★★

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    Brahmāstra: Power of Love 

    “Everything is connected Shiva.”

    Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmāstra is one of my all time favourite Bollywood films. A beautiful passion project that preaches goodness and love. The biggest technical achievement in the history of Bollywood by miles. My jaw dropped so many times especially in the second half. The storytelling is extremely clear and emotionally powerful. It’s full of twists and huge reveals that I don’t want to spoil. Please watch it in IMAX 3D for the…

  • Friends: The Reunion

    Friends: The Reunion

    Needed this warm hug during the pandemic ❤️