La Haine

Truly a masterpiece!! I loved everything about this movie……literally everything. Starting from screenplay, it was a comprehensive and elegantly written piece, with no bullshit, no twists and what I think was a fairly accurate depiction of the conditions that once existed. And then there were scenes like this one(below)….. these were like cherry on the…

The Fundamentals of Caring

If I were to ever recommend a movie with such a title to my friends, I’m pretty much sure they would hit me with something like, “Please don’t give me such sentimental movies……” or something on similar lines!! It is often said “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, same applies to movies as well. This…

Submarine

Wikipedia on Richard Ayoade (director) says, “actor, comedian, writer, director and television presenter.”…..another Woody Allen one would guess!! Well, I see him as a cousin of Wes Anderson with as diverse portfolio of talents as Woody Allen. What a perfect guy!! But let me stop here right now…… I have only seen one of his movies…

Deepwater Horizon

This is a movie that everyone should watch…..not for any of its cinematic aspects but for the message it has to offer. Though not exactly a documentary, it does raise some important questions. The famous economist Milton Friedman argued in his famous article that the sole responsibility of a corporation is to churn out profits. It…

Breathless

Known as the pioneer of the French New Wave, Jean Luc Godard isn’t a name known to many casual movie goers. This was my first Godard movie too and I loved it. Now, French New Wave is characterised by ‘breaking all the shackles’ that had earlier prevented directors from experimenting. Just to know more about…

Blue Valentine

Someone please give Michelle Williams an Oscar!! Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling come together to give us a powerful and heart wrenching romantic drama. They would go on to give another great performance the next year in Drive (which some of you might have seen). They are just……….perfect!! The movie stays away from the typical…

The Squid and the Whale

A poignant comedy!! Akin to Woody Allen’s movies, this one also explores the perplexing phenomenon of human interactions. It tackles the gloomy subject of divorce in the best possible manner. It never gets too sentimental, which is in contrast to Allen’s movies. The humour is brilliantly built into the storyline, it never appears contrived. The characters…

Sleeping Giant

This movie somehow reminded me of Stand by Me. Both of them are great coming of age movies with the major difference being that Sleeping Giant is a little more socially relevant. The movie showcases a trio of teenagers on a vacation with events unfolding throughout the movie. Like many of the coming of age movies,…

Cache (Hidden)

The simplest of thrillers!! This was my first Michael Haneke movie and it was pretty something. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Reason?? Open-ended….well, it was better than just a normal open ending. He actually introduces conflict in the last shot. I haven’t seen anyone doing that. The movie also, in totality,…

High Fidelity

Poignant!! “A comedy about fear of commitment, hating your job, falling in love and other pop favourites.” That’s what the poster says……in some ways it’s appropriate. To be completely honest, I don’t have any experience when it comes to relationships. I won’t say that it’s depiction was pragmatic but it seemed to convey everything that…

Upstream Color

Captivating!! It was beautiful….. it was mesmerising…..and it was meticulous. Looks like an exaggeration, doesn’t it. How can a movie be so good and yet be not known to many?? Movies like these are a perfect example to why you should never judge a movie based on IMDb ratings. Abstract movies (like The Fountain, The…

Zodiac

Classic David Fincher!! I really hope you know who David Fincher is. If you don’t, he is the man who gave you Fight Club, Gone Girl, Se7en, The Social Network, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button…..and the list goes on. So you now know what you can expect from this one. Knowing that this movie…