• The Middle Man

    The Middle Man

    ★★½

    Here’s something interesting – Bent Hamer’s The Middle Man is a Dutch, Norwegian and German co-production, starring actors who are all of Nordic descent as well as the technical crew and the director as well. However the story takes place in a fictional town of Karmack somewhere in the Midwestern USA, and the primary language of the movie is in English, more accurately American English.

    It’s fascinating because ostensibly speaking, this is supposed to be a satirical look at the…

  • Reflection

    Reflection

    ★★★½

    Ukrainian multi-hyphernate artist Valentyn Vasyanovych, the winner of Venice’s Orizzonti award for Atlantis (2019), once again returns to Venice Film Festival with the expertly made, Reflection (Vidblysk, 2021). The fifth directorial effort of Valentyn Vasyanovych is yet another pointed exercise in film formalism that’s full of impressively mounted one-shot tableaux, and further eschews surface-level dramatics in order to focus on one’s reflection in the face of war-induced trauma and loss. While I was astounded by Valentyn’s technical prowess, I wasn’t…

  • Inexorable

    Inexorable

    There’s a lot of animosity towards all the remakes, sequels, reboots, and prequels that are being churned out by every entertainment industry on this planet, with people asking for more original stories. One of the many reasons why that won’t happen is because those very people rarely reward original stories with their money. But more importantly, it’s because most original stories have already been told and they have a strong presence in literature and pop-culture history. Hence, we are left…

  • Tughlaq Durbar

    Tughlaq Durbar

    ★★★½

    There is a singular form of pleasure in watching a movie and getting genuinely surprised as the main premise of the story unfurls itself. For me, this is because I haven’t seen any trailers, nor any marketing material for this movie. The only piece of information I had when I pressed the play button on Netflix was that it starred Vijay Sethupathi and it is a political satire. This is the best way to enjoy Tughlaq Darbar, going in completely blind.

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  • NET

    NET

    Voyeurism had been prevalent throughout the history of humankind. The pleasure of watching another human being at their private intimate moments is practiced by many. These intimate moments often involve sex or undressing. However, it can be argued that if a breach of privacy occurs during any action, which is of a private manner, like crying alone; then also it can be said that the offender is a voyeur. With regular arrivals of various technological marvels, voyeurism has also become…

  • Terrorizers

    Terrorizers

    In 1986, Edward Yang directed a melancholic, smoky tragedy of urban monsters manifesting their capabilities to the lonely. Ho Wi Ding’s 2021 release “Terrorizers” shares its English title with the Yang masterpiece and urban frightfulness reappears, as does the perception of disillusionment amongst the characters.

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  • The Voyeurs

    The Voyeurs

    The plot revolves around Pippa and Thomas after they recently move into their dream apartment. However, instead of going about their lives, they start obsessing over the lives of their neighbors, Seb and Julia. And by “obsessing”, I mean that they start spying on them, watching them have sex, with Pippa lusting over both Seb and Julia, I guess? Also, how are all these people paying for these posh flats, doing the most basic jobs, while apparently having the burden…

  • Silent Land

    Silent Land

    The story follows Adam and Anna as they arrive at a vacation rental, only to find that it has a water problem and the swimming pool needs to be fixed. Their Italian host promises to do the needful in two days and then sends an immigrant worker to do the job. But tragedy strikes when the immigrant worker takes a tumble into that very pool, sending the couple’s vacation and relationship into a downward spiral.

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  • The Odd-Job Men

    The Odd-Job Men

    ★★★

    The Odd-Job Men follows three blue-collar workers, Moha, Valero, and Pep, tasked with the responsibility of repairing systems and equipment. Moha is the youngest to join the force while Pep is contemplating retirement. Valero, on the other hand, is caught between two compromising situations in which he has to accept a new partner and embrace the departure of the outgoing one.

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  • Dusk Stone

    Dusk Stone

    The film begins with the lapping of waves against a pristine seashore, and the protagonists, Bruno (played by Marcelo Subiotto) and Greta (played by Mara Bestelli) along with their young son, Denis (played by Jeremias Kuharo), arriving at their summer residence in a coastal town very removed from the city’s humdrum. In the first few scenes, we see Bruno and Greta as loving parents, and they seem to be having a lot of fun until Denis suddenly disappears one night.…

  • Once Upon a Time in Calcutta

    Once Upon a Time in Calcutta

    ★★★★

    Bengali writer/director Aditya Vikram Sengupta opts for a much bigger and vivid canvas for his third feature film, Once Upon a Time in Calcutta (2021). Modern life is changing so quickly that we can hardly process it. In fact, it doesn’t take much time for us to address our recent past as ‘once upon a time’. The tides of modernity are not only transforming the landscape but our self & mindsets are also swept along. Whatever and whoever is deemed irrelevant…

  • Fucking with Nobody

    Fucking with Nobody

    ★★★

    Fucking with Nobody is a movie within a movie within a movie within a movie.

    I think I got the Russian doll right.

    Even if I haven’t, I don’t think the movie has it down either.

    Fucking with Nobody, directed by and starring Hannaleena Hauru, starts off as something relatively tame. After losing out on directing a feminist horror movie to her male colleague Kristian (who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend and is currently in a relationship with the…