‘Colette’ review – about the coming-of-age of a literary icon and early feminist

There is something incessantly captivating about the whole thought that before the blitzkrieg of feminism in our society, there lived a woman called Colette in the early twentieth century. One who is an amalgam of beautiful contradictions, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (played by Keira Knightley) is a woman of autonomy. She lets her husband […]

‘Free Solo’ review – a breathtaking spectacle that is vertigo-inducing and also great fun

As Free Solo unfolded slowly through its gripping and vertigo-inducing frames, I could constantly think of how it held material for a full-length dramatic feature film. If we excuse the area of its subject conquering the majestic El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, here is one story with unending possibilities […]

‘What They Had’ review – an affectionately made family drama that keeps pathos at bay

A family is about a multitude of things. The elephant in the room notwithstanding, its members seldom cease to express their grudges, biases, fits, and convictions as and when there is a chance. In debutante Elizabeth Chomko’s family drama film What They Had, the agony is caused by a tragic […]

‘Mirai’ review- a family film with time travel and ingenious animation

Filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda, over the years, has evolved into a fine force to reckon with in the anime genre (Wolf Children, Summer Wars). With enterprises like Studio Ghibli (founded by Hosoda’s mentor Hayao Miyazaki) spearheading nothing short of a revolution, Japanese animation, in general, has set a cutting-edge benchmark for […]

‘Disobedience’ review – a sombre tale that quietly unmasks the modern society

Filmmaker Sebastián Lelio is one who is adept at exposing societal orthodoxy through his layered and, often, shocking screenplays. His films are seen to cleverly juxtapose a taboo subject to surroundings that are disturbingly conventional. In his Academy Award-winning transgender drama A Fantastic Woman, Lelio examined how a traditional family […]

“Thugs of Hindostan”… A cinematic blunder of top order which is several decades too late!

Two of India’s biggest actor-stars, a wide release timed around the nation’s biggest festival and the numero uno production house in the industry to shell out unlimited bucks. Director Vijay Krishna Acharya’s Thugs of Hindostan gets almost everything on the platter. Except that the film fails to evaluate the times […]