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.
  • Elegy

    Is it really possible for an old man to have sex with a variety of beautiful young women and continue to lead a life of independence forever? Yes, thinks David Kepesh (Sir Ben Kingsley), a professor who has a literature radio show, in Elegy. But he is so wrong....
  • How Old Are You?

    A women can be all that she practically dreams of being. And, as How Old Are You emphasizes, nothing at all ought to prevent her from achieving her goals, least of all, her age. The protagonist’s story and frame of mind is modeled on that of the actress herself....
  • Samsaram Arogyathinnu Hanikaram

    Experimentation when there is much to lose is an art that requires tremendous daring. ‘Samsaram Arogyathinnu Hanikaram’ (Speaking is injurious to health), shot simultaneously in two languages and with a happening hero-heroine duo, has no dialogues for almost a fourth of its running length. A rare epidemic breaks out....
  • Be Kind Rewind

    The winds of radical change is both refreshing and destructive, and forcefully dashes against that which stands in its path. Be Kind Rewind is atomically about the coming of technology, and holistically about the future of individual and cultural roots seemingly doomed in the onslaught of progress. Grainy, B&W...
  • I’m Not There

    Why do you listen to Folk music, a youth is asked. “Because it’s honest. Unlike commercial Pop music, which is controlled and censored by the people who run society and make the rules”. Of the emerging Folk musicians back in those pioneering days, one name stands out. I’m Not...
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

    I don’t think the Chinese government would be highly amused. In The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, one of the generals wishes to resurrect and hand over the helm of affairs to a 2,000-year-old cruel despot, Emperor Han (Jet Li) and his ancient army because “presently, chaos and...
  • Alice in Wonderland

    “Do you think I’m going mad?” asks the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), with a solemn face, in Alice in Wonderland. “Am afraid, you’re totally bonkers”, smiles Alice (Mia Wasikowska), who, like the Hatter, is a social misfit, “But I’ll tell you a secret: all the best people are”. She’s...
  • Gran Torino

    Wrong conditioning often leads to discrimination against the beliefs, customs, practices, and social behavior of a society diametrically opposite the one in which you were raised. However, like Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) in Gran Torino, if you interact positively with that ‘alien’ society, you will gradually discover that there...
  • 47 Ronin

    A Ronin, in Japan during the feudal period, was a samurai warrior with no feudal lord. It was a disgraced status. A Ronin was disallowed from serving as a samurai under another lord. 47 Ronin is a highly fictionalized account of a legendary group or forty-seven samurai warriors who...
  • Last Vegas

    Old age can be a disease. If one sits in a corner the whole day long and does absolutely nothing. A certain amount of caution and rest, of course, is required when one is aged. But an excess of it can have the reverse effect. It pulls you down....

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