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Readers Write In #100: Vindication of Cinephilia

October 1, 2019

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(by Joydeep Bose) In her 1996 essay ‘The Decay of Cinema’, film theorist Susan Sontag mapped the birth and death of cinephilia — right from its heady days of the fervent film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma in the 1950s France (and, subsequently, among the magazines elsewhere in Europe and North America), to its “ignominious, irreversible […]

FC Recco: Tamil Translated Books, Pesamozhi Publications

September 10, 2019

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A weekly series where I recommend a film-based book, a foreign film or an Indian movie. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNulta Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

Readers Write In #91: Film critics vs public opinion

August 11, 2019

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(by Rudra Dave) Apart from being extremely successful at the box office and being loved by the audience, can you guess one more common thing between films like “Kabir Singh”, “Judwaa 2”, “Simmba”, “Bodyguard”, “Luka Chuppi”, “Golmaal franchise”, “Housefull franchise” and “Dhamaal franchise”? They all had received negative reviews from the film critics. Now, most […]

A stand on stars

May 3, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/why-film-companion-will-not-have-stars-ratings-in-movie-reviews-baradwaj-rangan/ We think it’s time we stopped trying to reduce our thoughts on films (i.e. our reviews) to a bunch of stars.   It took a star to take out the stars. The former is Shah Rukh Khan, who gently railed against the latter, today’s near-ubiquitous system […]

Critics

August 17, 2018

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Critics exist so a dialogue can exist about the art form. Not the business. https://t.co/aoDy10EOtO — Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) March 29, 2016

Readers Write In #45: Faces of fandom

August 13, 2018

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“Don’t be a fan,” she orders. I have a very close and a slightly ‘mean’ friend who robs off half my excitement when I decide to review a film. Reviewing films is part of my job and every time I am given the latest release, my friend is quick to say: “Don’t embarrass me with […]

Baradwaj Rangan, let’s talk about bias!

June 14, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/baradwaj-rangan-kaala-review-critics-mani-ratnam-twitter-conversations-southern-cinema-bias/ Because it’s impossible to have a proper conversation on Twitter, I imagine a chat with critics of my ‘Kaala’ review and argue why form is important and why ‘Mani Ratnam’ isn’t a bad word. There may be spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen ‘Kaala’. So you’re […]

Fifteen years, and counting…

February 1, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/southern-lights-baradwaj-rangan-on-fifteen-years-as-critic/ In which I look back at the time I started out as a film critic, what it’s like now, and a few things in between. On January 30, 2003, my first review was published – that makes it 15 years this week. The film was Dum, […]

Star struck

November 16, 2017

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/amp/southern-lights-star-struck Should star ratings (terrible as they are) be absolute or relative? Let’s discuss. After I finished writing the review of Villain, a little more than a week ago, I felt a twinge of conscience. It was time for me to give the star rating, the most […]

The World of Apu

November 11, 2017

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Anu Srini and Ram Chander met through this site, and… no, that is not where this story is going. They’ve started an online film magazine for lovers of cinema. In their words, “We hope to create an inclusive and diverse space for cinema across borders and languages. It’ll have articles, short stories, poems and all […]

Ahem!

November 11, 2017

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Something nice that came via twitter — especially so because of the reference to the commenters here. You guys rock!

Readers Write In #27: A conversation on art, criticism and society

November 4, 2017

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​’No a reviewer and a critic are not one and the same’ ‘Both of them do the work of guiding a consumer to choose the better product. They help us to differentiate between a good and a bad film. Don’t they?’ ‘No. You are defining a reviewer. He is probably cinema’s equivalent of a portfolio […]

Interview: Baradwaj Rangan (BehindWoods)

October 11, 2017

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Another interview, with Maathevan of Behindwoods. Copyright ©2017 BehindWoods.

Interview: Baradwaj Rangan (FullyFilmy)

October 6, 2017

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It was fun being interviewed by Abishek at Fully Filmy. Here it is:   Copyright ©2017 Fully Filmy.

Readers Write In #23: MANK’s love affair with the movies

October 2, 2017

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For as long as i can remember, I have been in love with movies. My movie tastes may have evolved over a period of time , but I can’t remember  a period in my life when i wasn’t fascinated by them.  It has been one constant in my ever changing life . I don’t exactly […]

In sequence…

July 30, 2017

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Got this via email, and thought I’d put it out here for a discussion, if people want to bite… Hi BR, some old classics play on the big screen here, and tomorrow there is Vertigo (1958) by Alfred Hitchcock. Is it better to watch movies by certain directors in a timeline sequence with respect to release date ? (so […]

Rant about 2017 National Awards

April 7, 2017

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This is in response to this request by Rohit Sathish Nair: Rangan sir, can you keep a blank space in the blog open for at least some of us solely for ranting against this year’s National Awards? Rant away!

The captain of the ship

February 11, 2017

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Sensing the director’s touch, at the recently concluded Bengaluru International Film Festival. At a film festival, the brochure is invaluable. It gives you a plot synopsis of the films being screened. It gives you a note about the filmmaker. This not only helps in deciding whether you want to give this particular film a shot, […]

Surround the world…

December 3, 2016

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A mind-scrambling encounter with virtual reality at IFFI, Goa. Plus, an independent Tamil film. If you want to know what a virtual reality (VR) experience is like, Google up YouTube videos about people reacting to a VR rollercoaster experience. These are men and women inside a room, but screaming and flailing about as though they […]

Taking a stand

December 1, 2016

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The Supreme Court’s ruling on the national anthem is yet another instance of the movies being a soft target for tokenistic measures. Why is it always the movies? Take smoking. There are many ways to bring down cigarette and liquor consumption. You can stop the sale of singles, force people to buy a pack every […]