The Tree of Life
Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life makes it seem that the US is not the product of history, but almost elemental; that culture has not even mediated in the construction of Americans.
  • Rani Padmini

    Rani Padmini

    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 bag and hit the road all by herself. Now, this may not sound like the sanest thing to do, but...
  • Bridge of Spies

    Bridge of Spies

    Steven Spielberg makes it happen again. His penchant for historico-political films began with The Color Purple (1985), for which he was panned both by the American black community and the critics. He grew up, in a big way, since this early attempt, when he tried an epic scale recreation...
  • Pathemari

    Pathemari

    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 presents a glimpse of the other side: the hardships and mental struggles of those who went to make something for...
  • Ennu Ninte Moideen

    Ennu Ninte Moideen

    Perfectionism can be quite a nice trait to possess; except that it runs the danger of being a little expensive. Especially in filmmaking, an art form in which time is money and paying attention to a wide range of details is a requisite. Ennu Ninte Moideen (Yours, Moideen), reportedly,...
  • Double Barrel

    Filmmaking, in its finest form, is an art that employs visuals to tell a story. ‘Double Barrel’ is a visual extravaganza with no story at all to tell. It is simply bold and experimental, and, like the director’s ‘City of God’, is high on stylization steroids. The scenes are...
  • Madhura Naranga

    Human bonding is a natural virtue. It drives individuals of a society to altruistically sacrifice personal needs, safeties, and time for the good of the others within it. And, as ‘Madhura Narunga’ (Sweet Lemon) suggests, it is best manifested when people are on foreign sands and in dire straits....
  • Ivide (Here)

    The first thing you’ll subconsciously notice in Ivide (Here) if you’re a regular contemporary-English-films viewer is the Hollywood style of lighting and shot taking. Listen closely, and you’ll hear things too that weren’t a staple of the old Malayalam films: full songs playing in the background; the voice at...
  • Nee-Na

    Touchingly, Nee-Na flows, sweet as a romantic poem. Thus, you may not mind that there’s nothing new to the premise: a happily married couple rocked by the entry of another girl. Or to the plot: heads, the man goes with the new girl, tails, he remains with his wife;...
  • Bhaskar the Rascal

    Family dramas aren’t quite what they used to be. In addition to the usual familial emotions, romance, and comedy, Bhaskar the Rascal has a fair amount of elegant décor, suspense, danger, and power-packed fights meant primarily to enhance the image of the film’s megastar. Part of the reason for...
  • WALL•E

    Sipping an iced, green tea on a hot summer noon, director/co-writer Andrew Stanton wondered, ‘What if mankind had to leave Earth and somebody forgot to turn off the last robot?’ Over a decade later, he has given us his answer, in WALL•E It is 2815 AD. Earth is a...
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