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Readers Write In #463: The Devil Wears…Propaganda?

May 9, 2022


By Madan Mohan Can you take a book (for the purpose of shooting a middle budget Hollywood movie), adapt it reasonably faithfully and still change just enough of it that the whole thrust, the crux of it is altered more than significantly and the message is rendered ambiguous or even mildly positive? With potentially damaging […]

Readers Write In #459: Self reflective movies and their charm

April 19, 2022


By Kartik Iyer Richard Linklater was working on Apollo 10 ½ : A Space Age Childhood since about 2018-19. I remember the earliest story broke when Linklater’s production company, Detour, published a press release requesting Austin residents to share pictures of the city during 1969. Over the course of the next couple of years, pictures from the […]

Readers Write In #456: On ‘The Power of the Dog’

April 5, 2022


By An Jo Spoilers ahead There’s a scene in ‘The Power of the Dog’ where Rose (Kirsten Dunst) mentions as a casual comment to Peter Gordon (Kodi Smit Mc-Phee), her son, and I paraphrase, ‘Oh, don’t be afraid of Phil; he is but just a man.’ And the next frame that Jane Campion the director […]

Readers Write In #454: Thoughts on ‘The Batman’ and how it mirrors my life

March 31, 2022


By Bruce Wayne, aspiring filmmaker Usually I enjoy a movie as it is during the first watch. No questions, no extra analysis, no breaking down, nothing until someone else discusses the same with me or till I rewatch the movie when I like it or when something really interesting was not at all developed (that […]

Readers Write In #450: The importance of Bond

March 8, 2022


By Madan Mohan Am I really doing this?  Am I really writing about No Time To Die?  Yes I am.  Now, I can hear the chortles from those of you who were in the zoom call and heard what I had to say about this being Daniel Craig’s last Bond film. But this isn’t really […]

Readers Write In #444: “The Power of the Dog”: Some spoilery musings on the movie and the book

February 20, 2022


By Aparna Namboodiripad, who comments here as tonks I was profoundly moved by “The power of the dog”, on Netflix, especially having watched it without any expectations just before it got all the Oscar nominations. The direction and acting are superlative, and after a slow start, the climax is brilliant, and unexpected.  The story is […]

Readers Write In #426: Eternals: A reflection on God, powers and greater good

November 10, 2021


(by Prakash Alagarsamy) I am a fan of the MCU having read some comics. But on hearing the news that eternals is being made I was unsure. The comic book story is cliche as cliche gets. Even gaiman’s story is a done to earth superhero origin story. And seeing the all Star cast my doubts […]

Readers Write In #415: O J Simpson and the Other Fake News Factory

October 22, 2021


(by Madan Mohan) I heard a lot about The People v/s O J Simpson when it came out.  But somehow, I never got around to watching it even though the crime beat has always interested me as someone who was a Hercule Poirot fan in school.  But perhaps it was for the better that I watched it now.  Because the […]

#AskBR – The End of the Craig Era

October 5, 2021


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Cary Joji Fukunaga’s ‘No Time to Die’ is a generic, entertaining farewell to Daniel Craig but it never becomes the epic it keeps trying to be

October 1, 2021


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Readers Write In #384: Where have the ‘Jerry Maguire’s and ‘As Good As It Gets’s gone?

July 12, 2021


(by Karthik Amarnath) I wonder what’s happened to the Hollywood rom-com. They used to be a big budget star studded staple up until the early noughties. Forward to the social media era, and the genre has whittled down to candy canes catering to a Valentine’s Day sugar rush. I think of rom-coms as comfort food. […]

Readers Write In #372: ‘Mare of Easttown’ and the ‘Mad Men’ syndrome

June 16, 2021


(by Madan Mohan) Mare of Easttown, the crime series starring Kate Winslet as the eponymous Mare (short for Marianne), has won much critical acclaim, particularly for the acting and more specifically for Winslet nailing the Delco accent (Delaware county of Pennsylvania). And while I did enjoy it too, I was left with a feeling of […]

My two-part interview by Raunaq Mangottil (on nostalgia, Nayagan, theaters, reading, screenwriting & train journeys)

June 11, 2021


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Readers Write In #359: An impression of loss: Processing grief in popular culture

May 2, 2021


(by H Prasanna) But then, Mank isn’t really about the authorship of Kane or even a “biography” of Mank. That’s perhaps why he says, early on: “You can’t capture a man’s life in two hours. All you can hope to leave is an impression of one.” –Baradwaj Rangan, Mank review So, when a character dies, we get […]

Readers Write In #357: On my love for ‘The Incredibles’

May 2, 2021


(by Cholan Raje) I feel like I’m a film buff. I like thinking about films, talking about films, and above all, I frequent this blog– full of men and women at least 20 years older than me, with eloquent English that sounds like the result of them probably reading way more books than I do. […]

My interview on Chalchitra Talks (by Vaibhav Munjal)

March 13, 2021


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Readers Write In #342: Martin Scorsese degrades today’s Hollywood again, but it is not as bad he makes it sound

March 4, 2021


(by Alex John) Martin Scorsese’s essay on Fellini was moving, nostalgic, and solemn, and gives a wonderful account of the Great Italian filmmaker’s life, his films, and his passion for cinema. He almost had me buying what he wrote in it entirely, but I started to feel indifferent when he continued on with what he […]

Berlinale 2021: Ted K tells the story of the Unabomber as a demented eco-activist

March 3, 2021

0 If someone told you what ‘Taste’ was about, you may think of Zakariya Mohammed’s ‘Sudani from Nigeria’: a footballer from the African nation ends up in Asia… Spoilers ahead… While watching Tony Stone’s Ted K – as in, Ted Kaczynski, as in, the Unabomber (played by an excellent Sharlto Copley) – I kept thinking […]

My interview on Christopher Nolan @ Sollu Kaburz (by Najeeb)

February 21, 2021


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Uberto Pasolini’s ‘Nowhere Special’ is having its Indian premiere at the International Film Festival of Kerala

February 13, 2021

1 This tale of a dying father trying to get his little boy adopted is moving without being melodramatic. Spoilers ahead… At some level, John (James Norton) is the bestest dad ever. That’s what his four-year-old, Michael (Daniel Lamont), might say. John combs Michael’s hair for lice. John reads Michael a bedtime story, very patiently, […]