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Readers Write In #543: Children of Men

January 22, 2023

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By Karthik Amarnath Disney, Del Toro and the making of a puppet There’s two kinds of parenting stories. One kind is where your five year old looks at you with those puss-in-boots eyes, and tells you that she’s going to be a secret Santa this year. You’ve been such good parents, she says, that she’s […]

Readers Write In #533: The Boy Who Cried Film

December 26, 2022

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By Karthik Amarnath The Greatest Show on Earth, Cecile B. Demille’s lavish 1952 film about a grand traveling circus opens with these lines: We bring you the circus. The pied piper, whose magic tunes lead children of all ages, from 6 to 60, into a tinsel and spun-candy world of reckless beauty and mounting laughter, […]

Readers Write In #532: Ending of ‘Better Call Saul’ Explained

December 21, 2022

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By Cholan Raje Jimmy is driven by a need for validation. Because of his life as a conman, the only people who ever loved and respected him were his parents and Marco. The relative scorn he received from everyone else always caused him to, in the back of his mind, have a low image of […]

In ‘Avatar 2: The Way of Water’, James Cameron continues to push movie technology while remaining content with the most generic writing

December 16, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… It’s a great theme-park ride. As a movie, though, it leaves you wanting for at least some drama to hold on to. We are back on Pandora. We move through blue mists. We soar past the flying mountains we know from the earlier film. We enter the forest with winged creatures as sunlight […]

My Top 10 list of films for the Sight & Sound poll, 2022

December 11, 2022

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Accompanying note: It is really tough to nail down ten films definitively, and one’s personality certainly plays a part in picking them. For instance, I still wanted to choose Vertigo or Citizen Kane but somehow these other (and newer) films kept raising their hands for inclusion. I have tried my best. I look foward to […]

Readers Write In #529: Thoughts on GASLIGHT, RANGOON RADHA 

December 8, 2022

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By Vijaysree Venkataraman Gaslighting is the word of the year in 2022. According to the Merriam-Wester dictionary,the verb refers to the psychological manipulation of a person. Typically, the manipulation happens over a period of time and causes the victim to question the validity of their own perception of reality or memories.It often leads to “confusion, […]

Anjali Menon’s intermittently effective ‘Wonder Women’, on SonyLIV, is best enjoyed as an experiment in narrative technique

November 18, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The screenplay tries to pack in too much in too little time, but just being around these talented ladies is going to be enough for many. The “one line” of Anjali Menon’s Wonder Women would be something like this: Six pregnant women attend a prenatal class, and experience both frictions and friendships. But […]

Readers Write In #522: Classics on YouTube #6 – Fallen Angel (1945)

November 7, 2022

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By ​Vijay Ramanathan Note: YouTube’s vast repository includes a multitude of wonderful movies in many languages – some hidden gems, and some that are hard to find elsewhere. In this series of articles, I will share some of my favorite classic movies freely available on YouTube, along with a brief analysis. The videos are not […]

Interview: Anjali Menon (Wonder Women)

November 3, 2022

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Readers Write In #519: Classics on YouTube #5 – Made for Each Other (1939)

October 23, 2022

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By ​Vijay Ramanathan Note: YouTube’s vast repository includes a multitude of wonderful movies in many languages – some hidden gems, and some that are hard to find elsewhere. In this series of articles, I will share some of my favorite classic movies freely available on YouTube, along with a brief analysis. The videos are not […]

Readers Write In #511: Classics on YouTube #4 – The Card (1952)

October 15, 2022

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By ​Vijay Ramanathan Note: YouTube’s vast repository includes a multitude of wonderful movies in many languages – some hidden gems, and some that are hard to find elsewhere. In this series of articles, I will share some of my favorite classic movies freely available on YouTube, along with a brief analysis. The videos are not […]

Readers Write In #501: Classics on YouTube #3 – To Be or Not To Be (1942)

October 9, 2022

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By ​Vijay Ramanathan Note: YouTube’s vast repository includes a multitude of wonderful movies in many languages – some hidden gems, and some that are hard to find elsewhere. In this series of articles, I will share some of my favorite classic movies freely available on YouTube, along with a brief analysis. The videos are not […]

Readers Write In #494: The ​Real Master

September 24, 2022

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Shiva Prasad What is the movie about? The age-old question! And, the conventional wisdom says, you need to reply back in 2 lines or less.  But, what is conventional wisdom anyway? Is it backed with truth, or is it just herding with faith? Is it immutable, or it just exposes the lack of curiosity in […]

Readers Write In #491: Classics on YouTube #2 – All My Sons (1948)

September 18, 2022

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By ​Vijay Ramanathan Note: YouTube’s vast repository includes a multitude of wonderful movies in many languages – some hidden gems, and some that are hard to find elsewhere. In this series of articles, I will share some of my favorite classic movies freely available on YouTube, along with a brief analysis. The videos are not […]

Readers Write In #489: Celebrating Chaos in ‘Everything, Everywhere, All at Once’

September 16, 2022

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By ​Karthik Amarnath I can’t remember the last time I had as much fun watching a movie as I did with the Daniels’ Everything Everywhere All at once. I was reminded of a great Robert Altman quote that says, “Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes.” The Daniels’ have taken this literally, living as many lifetimes as […]

Readers Write In #483: Classics on YouTube #1 – The Rains Came (1939)

September 5, 2022

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By Vijay Ramanathan Note: YouTube’s vast repository includes a multitude of wonderful movies in many languages – some hidden gems, and some that are hard to find elsewhere. In this series of articles, I will share some of my favorite classic movies freely available on YouTube, along with a brief analysis. The videos are not […]

Interviews: The showrunner and the actors of ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’

September 2, 2022

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Readers Write In #480: My affair with Black and White films

September 1, 2022

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By G Waugh Thank you Vijay Ramanathan for giving me a topic to write. There was a time I used to watch films only for what is often called the ‘story’. Those were early days. If a film did not have a long-winded story or a story of some ‘importance’, just like many others I […]

Readers Write In #479: Classic Hollywood Recommendations: Bad Day at Black Rock

August 28, 2022

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By Vijay Ramanathan Consider the following setup for a movie: A stranger arrives in a lawless town in the middle of nowhere in search of a man whom no one in town wants to talk about. If you’ve watched a bit of World Cinema, or some old Hollywood movies, you might think that the stranger […]

Readers Write In #477: Classic Hollywood Recommendations: Sweet Smell of Success

August 22, 2022

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By Vijay Ramanathan How do you take wordy source material and adapt it into a movie that has the briskness of a thriller? Sweet Smell of Success is a stellar example of how to achieve this. Director Alexander Mackendrick, who co-wrote the screenplay with Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman based on a novelette written by […]