“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Review

The anticipation of a movie which is a cultural phenomenon, one which has inspired a whole generation, one that has become synonymous with sci-fi and the vision of the future, leaves you with an unfair amount of expectations – You scour through each scene looking for classic references, hidden easter-eggs or symbolisms. Boy we were…

The “Youth” review and Oscar predictions

Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth starts with the peppy 80s hit song “You got the love”, and from there on you know that at the very least the music of the movie will be top notch. Trust us when we say that there are a lot many things going for this movie apart from the score by…

“The Walk” Review and Oscar Predictions

There is just one word that comes to mind when we think of this biopic by Robert Zemeckis and that is – Breathtaking ! Zemeckis has this knack of using mesmerising visuals integrated seemlessly within an absorbing narration that makes you gasp with wonder. With an almost legendary list of works under his mantle like…

The “DILWALE” Review

In India, a housefull show doesn’t always imply quality entertainment. We associate film-makers like Rohit Shetty with mass entertainers and coupled with the towering presence of Shah Rukh Khan, the audience went en-massé into the theatres, hoping for something entertaining. Alas, Dilwale is a dud. Even a movie labeled “mass entertainer” assures some form of…

The “Crimson Peak” Review

Guillermo del Toro is one of those directors who make movies with great care, sculpting each scene, each aspect of the imagery, creating genres of their own as a result. Unlike  Tim Burton, who manufactures his own worlds for his quirky and often dark characters, del Toro weaves the charm of past eras with an…

The “Masaan” Review

There are few movies that hit you with the gritty reality that exists around us without caring to screen-write it so as to fit our minds which are conditioned for poetic justice and happy endings.  Masaan doesn’t follow the rules. This movie captures the journey of two unrelated characters from the holy city of Varanasi…

The “Black Mass” review and Oscar Predictions

2015 has provided us with two back to back movies which indulge and almost seduce the audience with the charisma and fear of gangsters ruling the city. If it was the Krays in London (depicted by Tom Hardy in the movie Legend), here we have the Bulger of Boston. Black Mass is essentially Johnny Depp’s…

“The Good Dinosaur” Review and Oscar Predictions

Every time we think film-makers were done with Dinosaurs, someone always comes up with a story which hooks us for yet another crazy reptilian adventure. The Good Dinosaur takes on the premise of the fantasy of 90s kids – what if Dinosaurs weren’t extinct, what if human evolution overlapped with their presence on Earth (thank…

The “Inside Out” Review and Oscar Prediction

If you have watched the George Clooney starrer “Tomorrowland”, there is an amazing quote in there which resonates with the philosophy depicted in “Inside Out”. The quote says – ” There are two wolves. One bright and hopeful and one dark and cynical. Which wolf wins? Whichever one you feed. Feed the right wolf.” “Inside…

Beasts of No Nation—Review and Oscar predictions

Let me accept at the outset, the two main reasons I was interested in this movie initially were, firstly, the director, Mr Cary Fukunaga (best known for directing Jane Eyre & the first season of True Detective) and secondly the fact that this is the first fictional feature distributed by Netflix. The coming together of…

The ‘Tamasha’ Review

Like most Imtiaz films, Tamasha is a visual treatise on the duality of the human psyché. Throughout his filmography he has grappled with characters who struggle to overpower social projections by discovering their true selves through tumultuous relationships and this was no exception. But wait…there’s more to this story. A little out-of-character, he has beautifully…