(All you need is love. Which means spoilers are superfluous. This also means that this review is superfluous regardless of the spoilers in it. So why care about the spoilers?) Riffing off multiple genres and sub-genres, cinematic touchstones and styles, actor personas and audience perceptions, cinematic fantasies and cinematic realities, Paul-Thomas Anderson’s (PTA) delightfully conflicting Punch-Drunk […]Read more "All You Need is Love: Punch-Drunk Love"
(The spoilers interact with my previously used spoilers, and its important to contexualise the spoilers through those. If you have read those previous articles, then fine, SPOILER ALERT!!! If not, it is better to forget that they exist :P.) The spectre of the past doesn’t just loom over the present, it inhabits the spaces between […]Read more "In Search of Lost Time : Phoenix"
( Disclaimer: I did not watch the film in 3D, but will still attest to its immersiveness in the 2nd half. Is it better in 3D? Probably. I can only make do with what I have.) (Since the film is elliptical, the spoilers are also elliptical, so you won’t know when it hits you. :P) […]Read more "Warped Subjectivity: Long Day’s Journey Into Night"
( My aunt was a core member of the film. Interpret my ‘bias’ however you want to.) I think it’s almost universally acknowledged that Addham’s theme is morality. Heck, even its tagline is “Morality is a moving goalpost”. But morality is steeped in murkiness, encompassing issues ranging from the grand to the minuscule. The ambiguity associated with […]Read more "Multiple Reflections : Addham(Mirror)"
(We live in a postmodernist world, but even if we live in a structuralist world, we still evaluate objects and texts in relation to another object/text. What I am trying to say is, you would have encountered Hamlet somewhere or the other, so stop cribbing about spoilers!) The affixation of timelessness to a work of […]Read more "Postmodernist Existentialism: Hamlet (2000)"
(You know what happened during the Cuban revolution, right? So my review is devoid of spoilers! Unless you counter by saying that history is laden with spoilers, which isn’t exactly a counter, since you are basically saying that your history teacher is a spoilsport. I stand with the history teachers. Not really, for they do […]Read more "Propaganda as Poetry : I am Cuba"
( I wrote this article for Film Companion. I have included an excerpt here. ) (Let me get this straight. You are still asking for spoilers? What sort of spoiler could I give for a film like this? There aren’t any spoilers anyway. No, seriously. I promise you, just please read.) Until about 25 minutes […]Read more "Decisions, Indecisions : Duvidha"
(I posted one article without spoilers and now the spoiler brigade is at it again. Come on guys, in a utopian world, they wouldn’t give a damn about spoilers. No, seriously. Well, at least in my utopian world. But it’s still utopian! I promise. (grins sardonically) Spoilers aren’t bad, sometimes they help! Who do they […]Read more "Seeds of Unity: Antigone"
(I posted this on Baradwaj Rangan’s website, so this is a link to the rest of the article. There aren’t any spoilers actually, at least not of any consequence. Hah! I have finally thwarted you!) It’s strange how a film devoid of blood-splattered gore and pornographic cheap thrills evoked so much moral condemnation upon release, […]Read more "Cinephilic Meltdown: Peeping Tom"
( If you read the review, you will know that I meant Westerners than humanity in general, but where’s the poeticism, you pedant?) ( The nature of spoilers in this film is too ambiguous that its impossible to affix terms like spoilers to this review. You wouldn’t want to be reductive, would you?) “How can […]Read more "Humanity’s Swamp: Satantango"