How ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ changed our perception of War

From the limited exposure that I have had of what we call as ‘japanese anime’, I could form a very clear inference that there is a starkly different method of story-telling in the Japanese culture. Anime, as some of you might have guessed, is just a shortened version of the word ‘animation’ but over the years, Anime…

Lion | Movie Review | Dev Patel

Growing up in West Bengal and being a native of the sister state of Odisha, we used to travel a lot by train. Every journey would be a kaleidoscope of myriad sights and smells and sounds. Being a small child, I stood with bated breath, waiting to jump onto the next platform and embark on…

Oscars 2017 | Predictions | Special Feature

On the eve of the biggest night for Hollywood and World Cinema this year, here we are with our own traditional line-up of the films which are slated for the golden statuette with their deserving counterparts which we feel should be the winners. Well, only time will tell who gets the spotlight and gets to create history…

La La Land | Movie Review | Oscar Predictions

If you type in the word ‘Surrealism’ in Google, the page would throw out the following definition: “..a 20th-century avant-garde movement in art and literature which sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images..” Surrealism in cinema is unlike this unidimensional perspective that is often…

How films are made : “Boyhood”(12 years in the making)

On July 11, 2014, movie goers were left awestruck by something which has never been presented to them before—watching a bildungsroman of sorts, chronicling the formative years of a character (and the actor also) in real time over the course of a 12 year span, filmed for a duration of 3 hours. There have been…

How films are made : “Birdman” 

Alejandro Inarritu is one of those rare misfits whose work sets new paradigms of film-making with every production that he comes up with. The Revenant which was a harrowing tale of the life and rebirth of a frontiersman named Hugh Glass earned wide acclaim with its sheer visceral imagery and a stark portrayal of the…