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July 3, 2021
7: 20 PM

Spellbound [1945]: Portrait of a Poignant Dream

Spellbound dignifies the art of making movies about dreams – the literal ones. Hitchcock, a master of the craft takes a wafer-thin brush and strokes an inquisitive picture of human mind on how it reconciles guilt through memories or the lack of them. Filmed in black and white, the characters’ emotions get naturally accentuated…

May 4, 2020
7: 13 AM

Forgotten [2017]: Takes a Piece of You

Forgotten catches you off guard at times and when it does, you’d feel you are watching a different thing altogether. In a strangely twisted story, your emotions as the viewer are allowed to be exaggerated but never apart from a grim realization of how devastatingly humanity can die in the wake of inevitable circumstances…

July 18, 2016
12: 42 AM

Tracks: Poetry through Perseverance

Tracks can monopolize your thoughts after a single viewing. Faraway in the depths of the Australian Outback, an expansive, uncouth terrain filled with dunes and red dust and fuming waterholes and sacred spaces and secluded settlements and solitary ruins and remains of dead animals crackling in the sandy winds like dried leaves, stands a woman…

August 22, 2015
1: 24 PM

Modern Romance (1981)

Albert Brooks is someone who could talk through an entire scene. Without a pause, he could tire you out with his repeated wallow on self-pity, cynicism and paranoia until you want to move over to the next scene only to realize you crave another edition of the same scene. You inherit the neuroticism from…

Bound (1996)

  As far as crime thrillers go, Bound is a bit too erotic. As far as erotic thrillers go, Bound is a bit too mainstream.  As far as pure cinema goes, Bound is a bit too chic. And as far as entertaining cinema goes, Bound is a bit too top-notch. The movie begins with scenes…