Paranormal Activity

A lot has already been said about the movie. So much so, that my knowledge of its existence came from none other than Times of India – the Mumbai Times section – no less. A movie shot with a hand-held camera, made within a budget of $15000, raking in millions at the box-office after its…

Vivre Sa Vie

My introduction to Godard is fairly recent. I have only in the last three weeks begun to watch his films, and have been both intrigued and a little puzzled by his stylistic approach to film-making. Not withstanding my confusion over his films in general, I found watching Vivre Sa Vie an absolute delight. Even in…

Once upon a time in America

With once upon a time begin most stories from the past. Even this one looks through a keyhole in a man’s past: a past of many complexities – friendship, crime, choices, love and guilt. And even though he is not a man easy to like, his complexities evoke a heartfelt sympathy.   The movie begins…

The edge of Heaven (Faith Akin)

From the director of Head-on, this is another perceptive interplay of lives, emotions, generations and geographies. Threading together lives of six people, Faith Akin has created a beautiful, if a slightly morbid drama of relationships and penance. His characters are drawn together by diverse relations – filial, carnal, romantic and human, each a little strained….

My Blueberry Nights

No, no, no Mr. Kar Wai. In flirting with Hollywood, please do not forget what you are loved for. We love the mood you create. We love your lights, your fleeting characters who do not speak, the ethereal music. Just because you are in America, please do not give so many words and tasks to…

Festen

Thomas Vintenberg’s Festen has been on my watch list ever since I watched Breaking the Waves and Ubermensch introduced me to the concept of Dogme95. Finally, I found the movie on Quickflix (the DVD rental portal of Australia, which has a reasonably good collection, significantly better than seventymm and bigflix of India when it comes…

Head-On (Gegen Die Wand)

Every country bears a lot of weight on everyone who is born to it – all the history, the beliefs, fears, errors, successes and a lot more. When you chose to leave it, you also in a way try to offload all these weights and go out empty-handed to adopt something new with more openness….

Spanish Cinema

Just getting into it – what better way to begin then to sink into the exceptionally beautiful and poetic Spirit of the beehive. To question the evils of the world through the silent eyes of a very pretty child. And then watch the very beautiful Penelope Cruz play again the Sophia from Vanilla Sky in…

Annie Hall

Once I had little patience with Woody Allen – he always seemed to play a self-obsessed neurotic character who just couldn’t stop talking. I suspect that I may have grown out of my short attention spans now – and that is perhaps the reason I am able to appreciate his movies far more. That could…

Secrets & Lies

In the last few days, have spent a lot of time watching movies – on my TV screen, on the laptop, and even smaller versions – on the minuscule video screens in the flights. Some of them have been quite rewarding – most specifically Mike Leigh’s Secrets & Lies. It was almost a delight to…