• Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

    Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

    ★★★★★

    a nationwide catharsis

  • Dune

    Dune

    It's perfectly good and David Ehrlich is a fucking idiot. With a book so belligerently anti cinematic though, there are some (expected) limitations. But what an admirable, admirable effort !

  • A Hidden Life

    A Hidden Life

    ★★★★

    moments of humanity shimmer amidst non stop brutality. will pair this up with scorsese's silence one day, and like the latter, this had me floored too

  • Friends: The Reunion

    Friends: The Reunion

    i hate to be the person who says "just watch seinfeld", but just watch seinfeld / iasip/ community / peep show / blackadder please

  • Karnan

    Karnan

    one of the most important movies of our time. excellent visuals, excellent use of motifs, even tho it's bogged down by its masala elements at times (in form only though, not content)

  • The Disciple

    The Disciple

    ★★★★

    *classical music stops*

  • Heat

    Heat

    they didn't even kiss

  • The Seventh Continent

    The Seventh Continent

    ★★★★

    haneke's take on industrial society and its' future

    the dispassionate oppression of day to day, gelid, neutrality.

  • Dead Ringers

    Dead Ringers

    ★★★★½

    "Ellie Ellie Ellie Ellie Ellie Ellie Ellie Ellie Ellie"

    identities melt down a spiral of symbiotic psychosis. jeremy irons' performance is out of this world and really takes the incredibly twisted central dynamic to another fucking level. probably my favourite discomfort movie.

  • Wake in Fright

    Wake in Fright

    ★★★★

    There was a time when this used to be among my favorites. While that is no longer true I still love it immensely and fuck me if this ain't another gem from the slew of filthy, down-and-dirty films that came in the 70s. A booze-dust-sweat-slaked odyssey of moral degradation in an anarchic environment - a film which literally sweats on you through the screen - so raw and scathing in its depiction of hypermasculinity that it sometimes makes Scorsese look…

  • Charulata

    Charulata

    repressed passions amidst mundanity. pretty much one of the oldest themes in art. the problem here is that madhabi mukherjee is so goddamn good and the male actors are mostly like confused puppies in comparison that the moments looking for emotion in nuance ring a bit hollow. ray in cruise control, formally, though, as usual, and that ending is brilliant - but overall a slightly underwhelming movie given that a lot of people consider this his best. still has its moments tho - i mean a ray film cannot possibly not have moments lol

  • The Stranger

    The Stranger

    ray's take on civilization is every bit as interesting as his other movies though he does give himself the occasional pat on the back but let's be honest here, if you were satyajit ray, wouldn't you?