Umar

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

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  • Devdas
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Fallen Angels
  • La Notte

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  • Khakee

    ★★★★

  • Flora and Son

    ★★½

  • Blue Spring

    ★★★½

  • Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani

    ★★★★

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  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★★

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

    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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  • Zindagi Gulzar Hai

    Zindagi Gulzar Hai

    ★★★

    What starts as something bold and powerful ultimately evolves into something shallow. Kashaf is a goat, fuck Zaroon. Entertaining for sure but the second half of the show doesn’t utilize the groundwork of the first half enough. Not saying it’s the most regressive show but the way it tricks the viewer into thinking it’s more progressive than it really is rubbed me the wrong way. Kashaf is a brilliant protagonist and her marrying Zaroon undermines her character arc.

  • Jaane Jaan

    Jaane Jaan

    ★★

    Jaane Jaan: Suspect X 

    “A cockroach had gotten inside the house. I was trying to kill it.”

    Sujoy Ghosh’s Jaane Jaan is a mediocre and dull thriller. The first 30 minutes are actually quite intense but the emotional catharsis of the plot pretty much ends there. The rest is devoid of any clever twists and Ghosh has no grip on the story either. The plot is not too different from Drishyam but the execution is way off. No emotion nor…

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  • Bawaal

    Bawaal

    Bawaal: Commotion 

    “We all too are like Hitler, aren’t we?”

    Nitesh Tiwari’s Bawaal is honestly vile. The plot mechanics even for Bollywood standards are farfetched. Varun’s character is awful and I am tired of him playing the ignorant simpleton who must learn how to be a decent human being. A complete asshole but his behaviour is never treated as such. This is a guy who treats his wife poorly because she has epilepsy and that will harm his image. He is…

  • Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani

    Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani

    ★★★★

    Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani: Hindi Film Style 

    “Your blood runs in my veins, but there is no trace of you in my heart.”

    Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani is lovely. Really nice to see Karan embrace himself as a filmmaker and also reflect on his legacy. He has been criticized for making “rich people” films and being the mafia of nepotism. The film starts with a lavish setting and a song featuring a bunch of nepo…