All is Lost (2014)

The story of survival is a straight arrow. The genre is Man versus the Force of Nature – it’s about a lone man whose boat got into a collision with a container on the open sea. From that moment on the plot also goes on a straight trajectory; a piling on of trouble and more […]

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Shoplifters (2018)

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Third Murder (2017) left me cold and entertaining the notion that Kore-eda has lost his mojo. O ye of little faith, please forgive me… Shoplifters, fresh from being minted with the highest honour, the Palme d’Or, at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is Kore-eda back to being his emotionally devastating best. This […]

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Hereditary (2018)

The best advice I can give you is to go in blind, don’t even watch the trailer, heck… don’t even read this review.  Even if you have heard and read all the vivid adjectives bandied around it, this should be experienced with zilch expectations. Truth be told that I saw this with a party of […]

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Raazi (2018)

I have been watching so many spy movies in the mold of Bond-Hunt-Bourne that I have started to believe spies are superhumans. Raazi’s timely entry reminds us that spies are real fresh and blood people. The film grips you with its central character’s authenticity, all the way to the last frame. On her dying father’s […]

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Blue is the Warmest Colour (2014)

Today, Facebook reminded me of a review that I wrote published way back in 2014. Thought I will share it; both the heavily edited article and the review. Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Colour explodes on our screens (1st May) after winning the Palme d’Or at the recent Cannes Film Festival. In an unprecedented […]

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)

I put the Blu-ray in thinking I would stop after 45min, but I ended up finishing the documentary a few minutes ago. Jiro Ono is 85 years old. As a young boy, he ran away from home to become an apprentice in a restaurant and has been making sushi for more than 70 years. He […]

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The Lunchbox (2014)

Quiet is louder, meek is strength, small is big, less is more. These phrases seldom ever transcend their archetypal audiophile underpinning. But I find them so apt in describing The Lunchbox. The film revolves around a wrong delivery by the Dabbawalas (lunchbox service) of Mumbai, which leads to a profound relationship between Saajan (Irrfan Khan), […]

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