A sampling of what I’ve watched this year. Spoiler: most of the content is 2021 residue.
‘The Power of the Dog’ is a haunting piece of work, turning the very concept of an alpha macho western on its head.
Meenakshi Sundareshwar, while light-touch and amiable, misses smack urgency and fun for a safe, slow walk.
‘Haseen Dillruba’ is an uneven, ultimately unsatisfying look at fraught relationships. It falls in love with its own twist much too soon, much too deep.
From the splash of acid to acidic wit, from a hyperkinetic trial to virtual thrills, from old-fashioned murder to bloody folklore, 2020 movies slapped it all on.
The top TV shows for 2020, the year where even the fact that you could watch TV was a top reason to be on the top list.
Amazon Prime’s five-story anthology couldn’t have been timed better. Even if it’s uneven in segments, when it soars, it flies.
‘Bandish Bandits’ boasts of director Anand Tiwari’s richly hued canvas, a fine cast, and terrific music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The shortcomings don’t matter after a point.
‘Aandhi’ is a beautiful tapestry of the man-woman relationship that also doesn’t hesitate to tear it apart. Plus, Rahul Dev Burman weaves magic.
The mostly effective ‘Ishq’ takes a seemingly interminably long look at a night of harrowing harassment and then seeks redemption. No matter how that goes, it’s lose-lose for the woman.