La Jetée (The Jetty) (1962) Movie Review- “Nothing sorts out Memories from Ordinary Moments”

Beginning no 1: There was this woman I’d been flirting with and after lunch our group had to split up, me going somewhere and she somewhere else. Right after we said our good byes, I turned to my friend and said to him, “That smile, dude, that smile. That’s the dream.” Okay, I didn’t tell…

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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…

Breaking Bad

Probably useless reading this if you are not familiar with the show. So, I decided I wanted to chronicle the reasons Breaking Bad went from one of my favourite TV shows to something I consider well-made crap, partly because it’s a case study in how you lose momentum and partly because I don’t think I’ve…