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The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) Movie Review: Food is Memories

Plot: The Kadam family of restaurateurs (endearingly patriarched by Om Puri) moves to a little village in France  and set up shop right across the road (“it’s a hundred feet, we measured!”) from a single Michelin star-toting restaurant owned by the ‘rarely seen to be in sympathy with anyone’ Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). Hijinks and…

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Hotel Rwanda Movie Review: One Man Can Change The World

As a race, we are more scared by human fears than atrocities to humans. The latter, after a while, just disaffects us, or like a reporter in Hotel Rwanda says, “They’ll watch it, say, ‘Oh! That’s horrible,’ and continue with their dinners.” It is exactly this reaction that director Terry George is trying to keep us from,…

Goodbye, Mr Ebert

A movie is not about what it’s about; it’s about how it’s about it. As you’ve probably heard, the sweetest old man of American film criticism died yesterday, at the age of seventy-one, due to the jaw cancer he’s had for years, and inspired a great horde of affecting memorials (particularly good are those by…

The Songs of Sparrows: a Face and a Camera

There’s something batshit insane about Majid Majidi’s The Song of Sparrows (my first experience of Majidi). Don’t get me wrong; I love the movie. It is one of the most down-to-earth movies I’ve ever seen, but it has a sort of manic energy you don’t see in American, or Indian or British, cinema. Personally, I hadn’t seen…

I am Naari, Hear Me Roar

  “[Mrs Ramsay] had the whole of the other sex under her protection; for reasons she could not explain, for their chivalry and valour, for the fact that they negotiated treaties, ruled India, controlled finance; finally for an attitude towards herself which no woman could fail to feel or to find agreeable, something trustful, childlike,…

Ship of Theseus Movie Review

Movie: Ship of Theseus Writers: Anand Gandhi, Pankaj Kumar, Khushboo Rakha Director: Anand Gandhi Watched at Mumbai Film Festival 2012 A blind photographer’s boyfriend describes to her the photos she took of a scuffle on a road. This is the editing process, a peaceful homely moment of stillness and love in two ever-moving lives. There’s…