Vertigo
One of the few films to employ the least amount of dialogue in an era where silent movies had become close to extinction
  • Captivity

    Captivity

    Some films, such as Captivity, are made for a singular, shocking purpose: to capitalize on a sick audience’s thirst for sensationalism and the gross spectacle of human blood and gore. They also reveal, as in this case, the deteriorated condition of its maker’s mind. The filmmaker, decaying in the...
  • Pangti

    The Pangti Story

    The new generation of Naga enthusiasts is picking up their lessons of filmmaking in this environment and have leapt into this new venture in quite a big way....
  • The reader

    The Reader

    Circumstances and the prevailing laws of society can radically change ordinary people and compel them to commit atrocities. The Reader, produced by Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack (who both passed away prior to the film’s release), is a fictional case study. When a serious film opens with an extreme...
  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye (1973) – based on a novel of the same name by Raymond Chandler – belongs to a genre called the ‘hard-boiled detective story’, which may be regarded as a sub-category under noir and includes films like Huston’s The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Polanski’s Chinatown (1974). The genre has been accorded recognition as...
  • New Cinema

    Shyam Benegal’s New Cinema

    Imposing, ancient, heavyweight pillars, and busy preparation for a shoot in the midst of them—this is the opening sequence of Benegal’s New Cinema, a film by Iram Ghufran, who had us mesmerized with her earlier film, ‘There is something in the air’. The pillars create a sense of traditional...
  • Les Enfants du Paradis

    Les Enfants Du Paradis

    Widely regarded as the greatest film ever made, Marcel Carne’s Les Enfants Du Paradis (1945) is not as well known in India where that other contender for the ‘greatest film’ – Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane (1941) – still rules, except perhaps among Francophiles. Les Enfants Du Paradis is set among actors and performers...
  • Modern Times

    Modern Times

    A clock with the seconds-needle soundlessly completes a circle and a half around it, setting the opening tone for Chaplin’s satirical “story of industry, of individual enterprise – humanity crusading in the pursuit of happiness”: Modern Times, inhabited in the Depression years by the famished populace, jobless or underpaid...
  • Action Hero ബിജു

    ബിജു, Yes I am also like Action Hero Biju!!!

    ബിജു എന്നാണ് പേരെന്ന് കേട്ടപ്പോൾ ആദ്യമൊന്നും ഞാൻ തീരെ വിശ്വസിച്ചില്ല. കളിതമാശക്കും ഇല്ലേ ഒരതിരൊക്കെ. അതും സ്വന്തം ലൈഫിലെ ആദ്യത്തെ പ്രൊഡക്ഷന് പേരിടുമ്പോൾ. പക്ഷേ, ആ പേരില് കേരള സര്ക്കാരിന്റെ ജനന സർട്ടിഫിക്കറ്റ് വരെ എടുത്ത് വച്ചിരിക്കയാണ്, അച്ഛനും അമ്മയും എന്നറിഞ്ഞതോടെ പകച്ചുപോയി എന്റെ ബാല്യം. തുടക്കത്തിലേ തന്നെ, മോശപേരായല്ലോ എന്റെ ശിവനേ! ഇനിയിപ്പോ ആ പേരുദോഷം മാറ്റാനായി വല്ല അമ്പലത്തിലെങ്ങാനും പോയി അര്ച്ചനയോ, വെടിവഴിപാടോ മറ്റോ നടത്താമെന്ന്...
  • The Happening

    The Happening

    The majority of poor M. Night Shyamalan’s detractors probably anticipate from his films something on par with his debut feature, and therefore, always end up being a little disappointed. This is a pity, for his films aren’t all that awful. In fact, if they were to watch The Happening...
  • Certified Copy

    Certified Copy

    Abbas Kiarostami is the best known of Iranian filmmakers and it will not be out of place to assert that he put Iranian cinema on the world map. Yet, a careful viewing of his films raises questions about the validity of his methods. To put is plainly, Kiarostami’s best...
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  • ബിജു എന്നാണ് പേരെന്ന് കേട്ടപ്പോൾ ആദ്യമൊന്നും ഞാൻ തീരെ വിശ്വസിച്ചില്ല. കളിതമാശക്കും ഇല്ലേ ഒരതിരൊക്കെ. അതും സ്വന്തം ലൈഫിലെ ആദ്യത്തെ പ്രൊഡക്ഷന് പേരിടുമ്പോൾ. പക്ഷേ, ആ പേരില് കേരള സര്ക്കാരിന്റെ ജനന സർട്ടിഫിക്കറ്റ് വരെ എടുത്ത് വച്ചിരിക്കയാണ്, അച്ഛനും അമ്മയും...
  • Imposing, ancient, heavyweight pillars, and busy preparation for a shoot in the midst of them—this is the opening sequence of Benegal’s New Cinema, a film by Iram Ghufran, who...
  • Of the urge to break free   There comes a time in every girl’s imagination when what she’d want above all is to throw a few things in a...
  • Homage to the stoic toilers in the Gulf   Most every Malayali has had a whiff of the highly-perfumed Gulf-returnee or at least has heard tales of it. Pathemari...