The Shape of Water | Movie Review

In order to understand The Shape of Water, it’s imperative that you understand the mind that shaped it. Guillermo Del Toro was born into an orthodox Catholic household in the colorful Mexican city of Guadalajara in 1964. From a very early age, he would play around with his father’s Super 8 camera and make imaginative…

The Cloverfield Paradox | Movie Review | Netflix

Matt Reeves’s 2008 film Cloverfield had an uncanny plot resemblance to Frank Darabont’s Stephen King adaptation The Mist which had released just a year before in 2007. The US Department of Defense conducts Project Manhattan like clandestine Science experiments that go horribly wrong, ripping open the gateway to another dimension, and not a benevolent dimension…

Padman | Movie Review | Akshay Kumar | R Balki

Gloria Steinem in her acerbic witty style, wrote an article ‘If men could menstruate’, where she imagined a society in which men had menstruation cycles. She said, “So what would happen if suddenly, magically, men could menstruate and women could not? Clearly, menstruation would become an enviable, worthy, masculine event. Men would brag about how…

Emo Pray Love | by Manjiri Mazgaonkar

The End of the F***ing World is a surprisingly beautiful and binge worthy coming of age love story of two diametrically opposite clueless teaenagers. James who thinks he is a psychopath (he isn’t) tries hard to go with the flow without being noticed and Alyssa who thinks she is a moody free spirit (she isn’t)…

Phantom Thread | Movie Review | Daniel Day-Lewis | Paul Thomas Anderson

Phantom Thread is probably the last time we are witnessing the stupendous artistry of arguably one of the greatest Hollywood actors of all times, Daniel Day-Lewis. Nostalgia struck me hard as I entered the theatre to watch an exposition of expressions so neat, that it is almost palpable and you feel the emotional roller coaster…

The Man from Earth: Holocene | Review

The Silver Screen is an enchanting medium. When you filter through all the glitz and glamour on the frame, you realize that there must have been a writer behind it all who visualized it way before the cinematography was even crafted and before the first reel of film was even captured. He had to rely…

Padmaavat | Movie Review | Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor

Padmaavat is an epic poem written by the Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in the year 1540, more than 200 years after Alauddin Khilji’s invasion against the king of Chittor. Historians have no account of a Queen Padmavati bewitching Khilji and refer to her story as an allegory. Even the great wordsmith Amir Khusrau, who…

The Philosophy of Mukkabaaz

Award-winning documentary Film-maker Brin-Jonathan Butler who has spent most of his life observing Boxing and the lives of the people behind it describes Boxing as – “All boxers are liars. Con men. The better the liar, the better the fighter. That’s because if you knew what was in a fighter’s heart, if you knew what…

Oscar Nominations : Initial Reactions

Old Mr Oscar is a nonagenarian! Let us raise a toast to years of serving us with great speeches, heartfelt odes, the most retweeted selfie ever and a whole lot of genuine emotions which stir us up year after year. I guess, since all of these people are movie actors and makers, emotions flow more…

The Post | Movie Review | Tom Hanks | Meryl Streep

The Post is significant for the two largest democracies in the world. While in the US it has a role in defining transparent, scrupulous reporting as against the continuous jibe of being Fake News being levied against it by it’s premiere, in India it has to redefine it’s very ethics which have taken some battering…

Filming Minimalism | A Ghost Story

The occult is a subject seeped in esotery, reinvigorated only by a deep-rooted unease to understand life after death. Some religions use this inherent fear by promising a ‘later reward’ that would be bestowed upon you, given that you have lived your life righteously, while others project a bleaker future of eternal damnation like getting…

All the Money in the World | Movie Review

Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella A Christmas Carol was a Christmas classic that is widely read and enjoyed to this day. Even more than the story, however, it was his characters that have stood the test of time, becoming assimilated into the larger pop culture. Ebenezer Scrooge became the quintessential symbol of frugality and a potent…