VFX is the true HERO in ‘ZERO’ | Sidharth Iyer

It’s nearly the end of the year and 2018 has clearly belonged to content-driven cinema as far as Bollywood is concerned. Be it the runaway hit of the year Andhadhun, or a family comedy in Badhaai Ho, the spy thriller Raazi and even an experimental piece of cinema like Tumbbad. 2018 also witnessed film critics…

Is The Haunting of Hill House the best-written horror series yet ?

It would be an understatement on my part to say that I love horror. I am an incorrigible horror-junkie who thrives on the rush that a fleshed-out story infuses into your brain blanking out the mundane. Your senses are heightened and you go into a fugue as if reality had released its grasp off you….

First Man is more about a Father than an Astronaut

In the aftermath of World War II, nations lay in ruins as the Eastern Communist Regime stood tall facing the United States in the West. Even though we had stared annihilation in the face, the contention was far from over, at least for the two standing giants. Cold war sparked an unprecedented race for absolute…

Manto is the most important film of our time

Just twelve years before the birth of Saadat Hasan Manto, a man breathed his last. He had been a writer of the highest calibre, writing unabashed about social decadence, the misplaced concept of beauty, and breaking the archetype of sexuality. As could have been expected for the times then, as they can be now, his…

Gali Guleiyan is why I write about Film

In the dingy back-alleys of a forgotten Delhi, decrepit buildings find themselves entangled with overhanging electrical wires covered with the soot and grime of everyday life. Somewhere inside one of those tenements, lives a man who sits in front of a TV set peering intently into the goings-on. His face is contorted with a deep-seated…

Best (new) Documentaries streaming  on Netflix India right now

Besides their constant push to create original movies, Netflix is also becoming a treasure-trove for documentary enthusiasts. While Making a Murderer, The Keepers, and The Staircase achieved much critical acclaim, there are still many undiscovered documentaries that would grip you from the get-go and make you binge until you have heard the full story. After sifting…

Loving Vincent | Review

Writer Aldous Huxley once brazenly described the cost of an artist’s life in these words – “Perhaps it’s good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he’s happy ? Would he ever want to do anything ? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life ?”…

5 Reasons why Westworld is Jurassic Park

Michael Crichton is one of the most prolific writers of our generation. Some of the most outrageous, yet plausible, ideas in speculative science fiction came from the pages of his books. In the 1990s, Crichton talked about Geneticists and DNA Engineers extracting fossilized DNA into their petridishes and reconstructing animals which had gone extinct long…

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind | Review

Some of my formative childhood memories have been spent watching films like Hook (1991), Jumanji (1995) and Flubber (1997). It was back then that my mind associated Williams with that funny, loving, child-like character who stood out from anyone else I had seen on screen. For some reason, I would see him as one of…

Why Stop-Motion still exists in 2018

There used to be a simple time when we lived with limited technology and so did film-makers. In a world which had not yet been introduced to computers, Animators would tediously draw and re-draw pictures several times with slight variations to show. Then a primitive camera-slider would be rolled fast enough so that 24 frames…