Vikram has written 2 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    To quote a friend, Baumbach makes movies that are "suspiciously pleasurable for me.” It’s for the same reasons as Vadim (“faultless punchlines,” pared-down scenes, fragmentary editing, etc.), but I’d be remiss if I didn’t admit we both essentially come from the same overeducated liberal arts milieu. I don’t share his family-of-the-arts pedigree, and the class privilege differs in key ways, but the references and the hyper-specific strain of anxiety and the petty dysfunction are more or less comparable. It’s basically guaranteed…

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Second viewing. Despite its raucous reception at TIFF, I wasn’t sure this was the slam-drunk crowdpleaser many assumed it would be once it made its way to theaters. (Even correcting for reach and access, that honor goes to Parasite, which film-agnostic normies have enthusiastically praised in my presence.) For one thing, the ways that Johnson engages with “the political climate” are bound to set many-a teeth on edge, especially when he employs the forced political phrases designed to appeal to…