The aesthetics of Pedro Costa, whose ‘Vitalina Varela’ will be screened at the Sundance Film Festival

January 23, 2020

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/the-aesthetics-of-portuguese-auteur-pedro-costa-whose-vitalina-verala-will-be-screened-at-sundance-film-festival-2020-7945111.html “I finally watched a Pedro Costa on the big screen” is a real thing for some film lovers. This happened to me last year at the Dharamsala International Film Festival, where I saw the Portuguese auteur’s latest film, Vitalina Varela. (It was also screened at the JIO […]

Readers Write In #135: Reconnect

January 22, 2020

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(by Iniya, the 14-year-old daughter of Aravindan R, a regular reader of this blog) PROLOGUE – FORTNIGHT  Me That’s it. My life’s over. What will everyone say? Nah! Who cares what they say. Like I’m going to tell them. They’ll probably laugh at me. None of it matters now, without her. She was the only joy in […]

Readers Write In #134: Why we need more shows like ‘Sex Education’ in India

January 22, 2020

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(by Sai Sagar) In a recent discussion with a friend, the netflix series Sex Education came up. He remarked that I might as well be acquainted with the education part, given that the first half of the title will always elude me. The joke here is on both of us. Firstly one doesn’t “GET” Sex […]

Readers Write In #133: Parasite and The White Tiger: Doing what it takes

January 22, 2020

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(by Adhithya K R) The White Tiger was one of the darkest books that I’ve read. The book started with a former driver explaining that he had murdered his employer. It hadn’t been very difficult because his master had trusted him. For a while, after reading it, I was puzzled by how people trusted others […]

Sam Mendes’s ‘1917’, Hitchcock, long takes and why a technical achievement isn’t the same as a truly immersive movie

January 22, 2020

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/sam-mendes-1917-and-why-a-technical-achievement-is-not-the-same-as-a-truly-immersive-movie The more you try to convince me that something is really happening on screen – through, say, the single take – the more I am convinced that it is “unreal”. Because the craft is too obvious. Spoilers ahead… I mean no disrespect to Sam Mendes when […]

‘Sarileru Neekevvaru’, ‘Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo’ and the Manmohan Desai brand of madcap masala

January 22, 2020

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/sarileru-neekevvaru-ala-vaikunthapurramuloo-and-the-manmohan-desai-brand-of-madcap-masala/ If there’s any place the masala film is truly alive and kicking, it must be Telugu cinema. What stands out is the effort that’s gone into writing the outrageous, “illogical” and OTT moments. Spoilers ahead… Sarileru Neekevvaru is a Mahesh Babu vehicle, but of course we […]

Posted in: Cinema: Telugu

Tuning In: Sid Sriram on the creation of ‘Vaanam Kottattum’ songs

January 21, 2020

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Readers Write In #132: Why I believe Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is better than Heath Ledger’s

January 19, 2020

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(by Alex John) This has been one of the closest contests in the history of cinema on who played the same character better than the other. I mean, there have been countless remakes of different films in world cinema, and several takes on the dreaded comic villain Joker himself, but Heath Ledger raised the bar […]

During Pongal 1994, the Kamal Haasan-starrer ‘Mahanadhi’ tackled a number of philosophical questions

January 16, 2020

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/mahanadhi-revisiting-philosophy-kamal-haasan-sukanya-poornam-vishwanathan/ In a revenge drama, you would expect a morally disillusioned Krishna to embark on a killing spree to avenge his fate. But that’s precisely where Krishna’s transformation from an incipient sociopath to a rational humanist begins, writes reader Jeeva Pitchaimani. When released in 1994, Mahanadhi was […]

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

Almodóvar’s Oscar-nominated ‘Pain and Glory’ looks a lot like autobiography, but then, so does ‘Bad Education’

January 16, 2020

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/pedro-almodovars-oscar-nominated-pain-and-glory-looks-a-lot-like-autobiography-but-then-so-does-bad-education-7907881.html/ In the face of the Parasite juggernaut, no one, realistically, gives Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory a chance at winning the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. But I’m glad it’s up there in the list, and I’m glad Antonio Banderas has also been nominated for his […]

Readers Write In #131: A fun premise and great songs hold up a predictable romance in ‘Yesterday’

January 15, 2020

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(by Aparna Namboodiripad (who writes here as tonks) When I was thirteen years old, a friend handed me a cassette that belonged to her older sister. It was the Sergeant Pepper album by the Beatles. That was my first introduction to the band. When I went home and listened to the album, song after mesmerising […]

Readers Write In #130: Looking back on the festival of Pongal through the movies released

January 15, 2020

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(by Raghav Ravichandran) Looking back on the festival of Pongal through the movies released The festival of Pongal is huge, it is a very special festival that brings in lot of joy, happiness and abundance of food and sweets along with it. My most recent memories of the festival include having relatives coming over to […]

“Pattas”… Dhanush double-roles his way through an action drama that’s the dictionary definition of “formula”

January 15, 2020

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If you can add so many small touches and elevate generic moments, is it all that much of a stretch to elevate the whole narrative, the entire screenplay? Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/pattas-movie-review-rs-durai-senthilkumar-dhanush-sneha-mehreen-pirzada-baradwaj-rangan/ RSDurai Senthilkumar has good instincts. Pattas is one of those masala (as opposed to […]

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

#AskBR – Darbar

January 15, 2020

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Posted in: #AskBR, Cinema: Tamil

Rajini Rant – Darbar And The Trap Of Being The Superstar

January 14, 2020

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/readers-write-rajinikanth-darbar-ar-murugadoss-legacy-petta Don’t capitalise on the Superstar and run him into the ground like a racehorse. Let him act, just a bit more, writes reader Adhithya K R My friend in college once told me that if you’re a class topper, your score is never going to fall […]

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

Tuning In: Sid Sriram on singing for Ilaiyaraaja in PSYCHO

January 14, 2020

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“Chhapaak”… Deepika Padukone stars in an issue-heavy movie that Meghna Gulzar treats with impressive lightness

January 13, 2020

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This isn’t the angry film I thought it would be. It is, surprisingly, filled with laughter and hope, and a solid companion piece to ‘Uyare’. Spoilers ahead… What is it about acid attacks that makes them possibly the worst possible crime on a woman? Listen to this phrase from the gorgeous and heartfelt Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy number […]

Posted in: Cinema: Hindi

A molested woman seeks revenge in Rosshan Andrews’ powerful ‘Prathi Poovankozhi’, aka ‘Manjuvinte Prathikaram’

January 13, 2020

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/opinion-prathi-poovankozhi-manju-warrier-rosshan-andrews-baradwaj-rangan What happens to the villain is a writing masterstroke not just in terms of how we regard the man by the end but also in how it makes the heroine’s journey more “realistic”. Spoilers ahead… In Prathi Poovankozhi, directed by Rosshan Andrews, Manju Warrier plays a […]

Posted in: Cinema: Malayalam

Readers Write In #129: My 2019 in Books – Top 10

January 10, 2020

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(by G Waugh) 1. Rishi Moolam by Jayakanthan Jayakanthan’s take on the Oedipus Complex just blew me away. I don’t know why I have this obsession with small books. This is easily the greatest novella ever written in Tamil. 2. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth The second place is taken by the longest book […]

Posted in: Books, Readers Write In

Readers Write In #128: Ricky Gervais’ monologue was the ultimate charade of authenticity

January 10, 2020

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(by Madan Mohan) Going to lead this with what may seem like a non-sequitur. In 1979, heavy metal band Judas Priest released a live album (that is, pulled from a concert) called Unleashed In The East. It’s one of the most coveted releases of the band with the live versions in some cases surpassing those […]