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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 […]

Readers Write In #476: Under the surface, how Crazy is Encanto?

August 14, 2022

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By Karthik Amarnath Encanto, the recent feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios, could have easily been set in India. There’s a great big joint family living in a great big house, the kind we have seen in so many Tamil movies, dating all the way back to a melodrama monolith like Vietnam Veedu. The great big […]

Interview: Dhanush, with The Russo Brothers (The Gray Man)

July 22, 2022

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In Anthony and Joe Russo’s The Gray Man, now on Netflix, the characters matter less than the series of not-bad action set pieces

July 19, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… In trying to make films for global audiences, some kind of uniqueness is lost. I guess action movies are now content to be “watchable”. In concept, Anthony and Joe Russo’s The Gray Man is a welcome change from their Avengers films. In an age of incessant computer-generated visual effects and combats, The Gray […]

Interview: Kichcha Sudeep (Vikrant Rona)

July 4, 2022

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Readers Write In #466: The Thrill of Top Gun and Tom “Maverick” Cruise

June 10, 2022

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By Aman Basha A slightly spoilery and wholly praise filled ream of prose on the summer Hollywood movie of the year The double tragic whammy of 2020 and 2021 were supposed to alter the world in ways unrecognizable to anything we had seen before. Interviews involving studio heads, trade analysts and other people in the […]

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

May 9, 2022

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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(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 […]