Puzhu is director Ratheena and Mammootty’s subtle master class in the devastating effects of bias and bigotry.
‘Jalsa’ takes a noirish look at the motivations of charity that shadow-box with hypocrisy and morality.
A sampling of what I’ve watched this year. Spoiler: most of the content is 2021 residue.
‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ is a stunningly crafted telling of moral error and terror. And it rings chillingly true for all times.
The top movies of 2021.
‘Tabbar’ thrives in a dark labyrinth of helpless familial moves, even as it moves around a top-notch cast to keep you breathless.
Rojo takes a still, unnerving look at middle-class society’s human reaction to political turmoil.
No matter how its political stance has morphed in a polarised and acidic world, ‘Munich’ is still chillingly relevant.
‘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.
‘The Serpent’ is a slick-fest, riding on some terrific performances, an uneasy score, and a time-jumping story-telling technique. Like its subject, it throws you off and then seduces you.