Il Posto
Ermano Olmi's Il Posto brings alive to us the moments in our own lives that we misplaced because the emotions they generated were too fleeting, too fragile to be retained.
  • The Train

    The art of infusing humour into a film of a serious, sensitive theme is a very delicate one; naturally, not many filmmakers succeed. In addition to being bombed with meant-to-be-funny characters and silly scenes, The Train fails to evoke emotion, primarily, because of the frivolous manner in which it...
  • Doubles

    Some years ago, I had strongly raised an important point: that it is high time that the censor board in India introduced a PG-12 (Parental Guidance for children under 12) classification. I wonder how the mothers and their little ones, at the Doubles screening, reacted to the surprise inclusion...
  • Kutteem Kolum (Short and Long)

    It isn’t entirely unusual for actors to want to play with the filmmaker’s wand and direct themselves according to their own whims—such is what Guinness Pakru, the shortest actor in the world, does in Kutteem Kolum. The least they ought to do, though, especially if they lack both the...
  • Maharaja Talkies

    The director’s baton is not a toy; before wielding it for the first time, one is required to learn, at least, the basic theories, and spend quality time gathering some amount of practical knowledge. Maharaja Talkies, with a premise of immense potential, fails miserably, chiefly because the plot and...
  • City of God

    Mainstream Indian filmmakers are generally “inspired” by the premises and plots of foreign-language films. Lijo Pellissery doesn’t flick any story; he just tries, very hard and unsuccessfully, to replicate the stylization and treatment of the original City of God. Handheld cameras are used throughout. The film opens with a...
  • Celluloid

    Originality is an art that isn’t practiced everywhere. Unfortunately, Malayalam cinema too, as ‘Celluloid’ explicitly suggests, appears to have its roots in what is now a Hollywood classic. Circa 1926, JC Daniel sells a portion of his ancestral land in order to make what would be the first Malayalam...
  • Annayum Rasoolum (Anna and Rasool)

    The neorealist school of filmmaking when it came into existence advocated for a particular reason the use of a deep focus lens: it allowed reality to pervade every micro-inch of the screen. Annayum Rasoolum follows none of the laid-down rules, but strives nevertheless to be real, and only partially...
  • A Wednesday!

    A Wednesday! is a concept film. It has nothing to do with reality, logic, and path-breaking cinema as some would like us to believe. It is vigilante film genre at its mediocre best, with a dash of jingoist sloganeering, and a loud background score to manufacture the elusive elements...
  • Maqbool – Hindi – film review

    Maqbool shows how a comprehensive film script, smart photography, and good casting can turn a low budget film into reasonably good cinema. Vishal Bhardwaj has grown leaps and bounds as a filmmaker. Maqbool is a clear proof of that. It is a good film. It should be a lesson...

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