Make Way For Tomorrow (1937)

It was said that Leo McCarey’s Make Way For Tomorrow (1937) inspired Yasujirô Ozu’s Tokyo Story (1953), which in my book belongs in the “must see before you die” category. When Orson Welles was asked whether he has seen McCarey’s film, he famously said the film is so sad it could make a stone cry. […]

Read more "Make Way For Tomorrow (1937)"

TV Series: Ozark (S1)

We started watching this on Saturday night. On Sunday morning, the wifey said “Let’s catch an episode” and that doesn’t happen very often. We ended up watching two. On Monday night, we binged the last four episodes over dinner and finished at 1130pm. Ozark is the second series that made us make plans to accommodate […]

Read more "TV Series: Ozark (S1)"

Haider (2014)

I feel the coolest thing Vishal Bhardwaj has done in Haider is not so much the adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but his brilliant staging of the revenge story within the Kashmir’s volatile political history of 1995. The historical element brings the crazy family revenge up on a pedestal where death and doom looms all around. […]

Read more "Haider (2014)"

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Frankly, I didn’t like the first two Thor movies, the game plan was so clear from the get go. Same old “save the world” routines, brooding hero with a burden, a love connection born out of necessity and bloated battle scenes. It is the same blueprint for many superhero movies, but Thor has the God […]

Read more "Thor: Ragnarok (2017)"

Secret Superstar (2017)

This is a winsome feel-good family movie. I knew that even before I went in because this is an Aamir Khan production and his name spells class. What I didn’t count on is that it is especially empowering. There may be scenes that are contrived and it tries a little too hard, but in all […]

Read more "Secret Superstar (2017)"

Chasing the Dragon (2017)

When I learned that Wong Jing is the writer-director of Chasing the Dragon, I feared the worst. Seriously, his filmography is pretty splotchy, mostly filled with disposable contrived movies that you won’t remember much the moment you walk out of the cinema. But my fears were unfounded, Wong Jing has pulled a rabbit out of […]

Read more "Chasing the Dragon (2017)"