‘Jonathan’ moves far beyond a conventional coming-of-age tale and explores a father-son relationship against the backdrop of sexuality and coming to terms with it. Directed by Piotr J. Lewandowski, ‘Jonathan’ has the wonder eyed Jannis Niewöhner in the title role, who comes up with a superlative performance. Continue reading “Jonathan (2016) German Movie Short Review”
The question is plain simple. What purpose does a regulatory body serve if it fails to see to it that the regulations imposed on an individual or entity are never put into practice? Continue reading “The Pointlessness called Indian Film Certification!”
It’s not merely the double ending that makes ‘Nocturnal Animals’ distinct, but the essential questions that the film leaves in its wake. As Susan waits at the restaurant, sipping her second glass of champagne, the realization that Edward will not be back is almost permanent in her. Continue reading “Nocturnal Animals (2016) English Movie Short Review”
Brad Land hasn’t had an easy summer, what with his being brutally assaulted by a couple of men, and when he gets ready for college, he is hoping things would start looking up, what with his elder brother Brett already being there! However, the initiation into a reputed fraternity house, hits Brad much harder than expected, and when his room mate ends up losing his life on the campus, Brad sees that something is seriously wrong. Continue reading “Goat (2016) English Movie Short Review”
I have never actually thought a black and white film could be so starkingly beautiful, until I watched ‘Nebraska’, the 2013 gem, directed by Alexander Payne and written by Bob Nelson. This poignant journey of a father and a son across the American urban landscape is one that has been tersely written and deftly captured. Continue reading “Nebraska (2013) English Movie Short Review”
On a peripheral level, ‘Veeram’ is a highly gratifying thrill ride through the feud ridden terrains of North Malabar, where machismo rules the roost and blood seems cheaper than water. Dig deeper into it, and you have an intelligent amalgamation of two markedly diverse cultures and two startlingly similar, celebrated tales from them with hitherto unforeseen overlappings.
It is no ordinary canvas that Jayaraj has mounted his epic film ‘Veeram’ on, and as such it evolves into an ambitious demonstration of an idea that amazingly blends two classic tales together. Atypical in conception and phenomenal in implementation, ‘Veeram’ presents you with one of the most memorable cinematographic experiences that you have witnessed ever in contemporary Malayalam cinema. Continue reading “Veeram (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen”
The urban landscape that Paul Verhoeven sets his film ‘Elle’ on is one that is creepy to the core, and his protagonist Michèle Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert) is no less perplexing an individual either. Having been through a house break-in and a violent rape, Isabelle lies in a tub, gently brushing away the froth that turns red. Continue reading “Elle (2016) French Movie Short Review”
‘Aby’ is a film that does display tremendous visual craft, and the style is inarguably there. However, beneath all that panache, is a lumbering tale that runs a time-honored route with its wheels falling off along the way.
One gets to see a meadow full of blue spring blooms, as the curtains are raised in Srikant Murali’s ‘Aby’, and a boy runs across it, finally driving a dragonfly, perched on a small flower, onto a flight. As the tiny insect takes to the air, the boy looks at it wonder eyed, spreading his arms sideways and fluttering them as if they were wings. Continue reading “Aby (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen”
Little would writer Shobhaa De have thought that her gag on an obese police office would backfire on her, the way it has. It all started with Shobhaa De posting a picture on Twitter the other day that showed a fat police man talking on his mobile phone, with a tweet that read ‘Heavy police bandobast in Mumbai today’. Continue reading “Shobhaa De and the Fat Shaming Gag that Backfired!”
There has very rarely been a massive marketing movement as the one initiated by Mukesh Ambani last year, and we saw the launch and subsequent super dominance of the Jio 4G LTE network, that had the other operators scurrying for cover. Continue reading “Unbelievable, but true: Not on the Jio Network yet!”
Biopics require a lot of attention to detail, and it would totally depend on the actor who plays the character to make it work. The task turns out to be even more challenging when the biopic is based on the life of a person who is all alive and kicking. Continue reading “How apt would Ranbir Kapoor be as Sanjay Dutt?”