Written and directed by Kirby Dick, ‘The Hunting Ground’ is a powerful indictment on sexual assault on college campuses across the United States. Without doubt one of the most devastating exposes on campus rapes, ‘The Hunting Ground’ puts the spot light on one of the most under-discussed crimes in the country.
As much as I dislike films that are almost entirely shot in the dark, I should admit that the creepiness that some of them bring into their fold is admirable. Fede Alvarez’s ‘Dont Breathe’ has almost all of its action happening around the murky corners of a dimly lit old house in the dead of the night. Despite all this, I end up scared at least a couple of times, which is a good thing when it comes to films in this genre.
Timothy Conigrave’s 1995 memoir is brilliantly adapted for the big screen by Neil Armfield, through a screenplay, adeptly penned by Tommy Murphy. Ryan Corr and Craig Scott play the leads in the moving drama that runs for just a little further than two hours.
Tobias Nolle in his film ‘Aloys’ treads on unfamiliar territory and lets his protagonist Aloys Adorn (Georg Friedrich), a loner private investigator, test his own limits in human interaction. Dabbling with magical realism, ‘Aloys’ is a densely dark film that lurks around the unexplored corners of the human psyche.
Here is another gem that I unearthed quite late, and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s directorial debut is a charmer whichever way you look at it. This eventful journey of a mother and daughter through an excruciating maze land of tenth standard mathematics scores hands down.
One of the most definitive moments in Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s ‘Pink’ arrives when Minal Arora (Taapsee Pannu) hastily throws the pullover hood over her head, when she over hears a couple of boys whispering to each other and wondering slightly aloud, if she weren’t the ‘Surajkund girl’.
The grocery items at the super market Shopwell, begin each day with immense anticipation, hoping that some human shopper would come by and snatch them away on to the Great Beyond. Leading the tale is Frank, the sausage and his girl friend Brenda, the bun, who look forward to leading a merry life away from the grocery racks at Shopwell.
It’s not just the superlative performance from its lead actor Brendan Gleeson that sets the Irish film ‘Calvary’ apart, but the plenty of deliberations that it leaves in its wake on god and religion and a tiny village and its inhabitants that grapple with faith, or rather what is left of it.
‘Gokseong’ aka ‘The Wailing’, a Korean film directed by Na Hong-jin, works infinitely further on the horror genre to create a cinematic piece that is shrouded in mystery. This is a film that is open to various interpretations, and is certainly not your relaxed weekend watch.
Through their film ‘Le Saisons’, Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud proffer any number of instances that allow the viewers to be enthralled by the sheer grandeur of nature, and the sights that it beholds. Running for ninety seven minutes, ‘Le Saisons’ is a nature documentary that is unlike anything else that I have seen.
Walt Disney’s critical and commercial runaway hit in 2016, ‘Zootopia’ has in the lead role, Judy Hopps, a white bunny who is a new recruit at the Zootopia police department. Teaming up with the red fox, Nick Wilde, Judy sets out on a mission to find the missing Mr. Emmitt Otterton.