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Caption: Movie Review

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…

2.0: That Magnificent Rage and its Flying Machine

  *****************SPOILERS AHEAD***************** “I am Chitti” and then comes that slick fractional pause of the hand in the air before pounding down on its fist on distilled authority, calling out, “Reloaded. Version 2.0”. This uncanny sense of style from Rajni sets thrilling vibes for a spectacular showdown to follow. Rajnikanth…

Larry Crowne: Schooling and Scootering

I picked Larry Crowne for its poster. It maybe a tribute to the endearing classic Roman Holiday but Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts riding gleefully on a scooter can never take a pass. Somehow, the sound of vintage scooters in movies enchants me. Old age scooters revving with low key grunts and hiccuping to a…

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…