‘Nomadland’ review – Chloé Zhao’s intimate portrait of nomads is possibly the best picture of 2020

As I watched Chloé Zhao’s delightfully slow-born Nomadland, I quickly reminisced about British filmmaker Andrea Arnold’s 2016 film American Honey. A film that spoke about counterculture in the nation, it was an innately American story narrated deftly by a non-native filmmaker. This is also the case with Nomadland, a film […]

‘Another Round’ review – Gallons of alcohol fuel Thomas Vinterberg’s intoxicating drama

Thomas Vinterberg’s cinema is one-of-a-kind. If we happen to observe his short yet vivid filmography, the Dogme95-founding filmmaker’s style is distinctively auteurial, even when the stories happen to be adaptations or are based on real events. Vinterberg is known to marry dark themes onto deeply emotional templates without veering into […]

‘Soorarai Pottru’ review – Suriya’s rousing aviation drama lands straight into your heart

I have always wondered why Suriya never received the hype that he duly deserved. Not that popularity is a barometer to an actor’s histrionic merits but it is a measure of any artist’s perceived value. Suriya is (arguably) the best-looking actor working in Tamil cinema today. Irrespective of the quality […]

‘Ludo’ review – Anurag Basu sprinkles emotions in a chaotic dark comedy

I never thought a day would come when Anurag Basu, of all filmmakers, would attempt a dark comedy. One of my personal favourites in contemporary Hindi cinema, Basu always brought to us complex human stories. They contained tinges of innocence, soul-stirring music, high voltage drama, and oodles of smiles. In […]

‘Cowboys’ review – Anna Kerrigan’s genre-bending debut is all about raising a queer child

There is something alarmingly earnest about Anna Kerrigan’s debut feature outing Cowboys. How would one, a conservative parent, react when his/her child turns out to be gender-nonconforming. We are talking about a child, not a teenager facing the so-called hormonal fluctuations. The mom is in denial and the dad attempts […]

‘Summer of 85’ review – François Ozon’s queer romance leaves a distinct sense of déjà vu

Seconds into François Ozon’s Summer of 85, the cat is let out of the bag. Teenager Alexis alias Alex (Félix Lefebvre) – the protagonist and the narrator – is in trouble linking to the death of someone close, presumably his lover. New to Normandy, Alex is capsized while sailing in […]