‘Elle’ review: Fire and Ice, Burning


As the protagonist on the qui vive, Isabelle Huppert is the movie’s stunning lighthouse, plunging you into her character’s darkest and deepest desire, while using her binoculars; or when she realizes who the rapist is, and walks a razor-edge line between fantasy and a terrifying roleplay. Huppert is why Elle is the crepuscular triumph it is. You want to give her a cinematic salute for this brave-heart-stopping performance. She trapezes with such strength, whipping out a searing act, exploiting and being exploited at the same time. She’s fiery, all fire as she burns with desire, and then all ice as she plots her revenge.

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‘Mindhunter’ review: Into the Darkness, Empathetically


Every passing interview, Holden and Tench change too – their strengthening bond suddenly frayed, as Holden discovers an almost devious delight in manipulating his interviewees with empathy and sympathy, both at first forced, but as they go deeper, the line between analyzing them to joining them in verbal jousts that speak their language, shattering the sanitized questionnaire into shreds; straining the team’s tenuous ties to the point of breakdown. And in a brilliant turn, as Holden gets manipulative and pushes the boundaries of ‘accepted procedure’ he gets better and abrasive, even.

‘A Death in the Gunj’ review: Family Dyna(mite)-Mix


The director beautifully builds the characters and their personalities through evenings of drinks, dinner, morning tea, parties, and picnics, getting their hairdo, spectacle frames, clothes and the 70s rebel look as if she’s made you travel back in time. As each scene unfolds, the layers of interaction between each of them and how they impact others does too.

‘Mom’ review: A Dish Best Served Simmering


Long after it exits the cinema halls, Mom will be remembered for two things, primarily – apple pips and Sridevi’s stunning performance. While I’ll refrain from speaking about the former, I have no qualms in piping up about the latter. For, in director Ravi Udyawar’s debut project, it is Sridevi who effortlessly dominates the screen … Continue reading ‘Mom’ review: A Dish Best Served Simmering

‘Deepwater Horizon’ review: Pipeline of Evil


As I trudged wearily into the shop floor at around 2200 hours wearing my yellow-colored hard hat, the familiar refluxive and reflexive gut feel kicked in every night, the white fluorescent lamps ensconced inside wired mesh cages doing little to dispel the darkness that invariably descended inside of me. The drainage gutters on either side … Continue reading ‘Deepwater Horizon’ review: Pipeline of Evil

‘Oppam’ review: An Apartment, Complex


The camera follows Jayaraman (Mohanlal), panning his walk in slow motion, as he passes the dead body, and then, in the crowd, you see the killer’s visage, a child in his arms, a lady next to him. You do a double take, but Jayaraman passes him by, even though he’s had a deadly scuffle with … Continue reading ‘Oppam’ review: An Apartment, Complex

‘Teesri Manzil’ review: The Fall and the Rise


{This review was first published in the inaugural issue of Pancham Times, a publication conceptualized and crystallized into nostalgic reality by the panchammagic group based out of Pune, India. To know more about this group, visit http://panchammagic.org/. You can also follow them on Facebook @panchammagic and on Twitter at @panchammagic.} The fall is as horrifying as an … Continue reading ‘Teesri Manzil’ review: The Fall and the Rise

‘Raees’ review: More –OH than Aah


When Sunny Leone began her moves to the rebooted – yes, we don’t call it plagiarism anymore – version of Kalyanji-Anandji’s throbbing chartbuster, Laila O Laila from Qurbani, the chair in the cinema hall next to me began rocking. Fearing the worst, I looked out of the corner of my eye, and through the limited, … Continue reading ‘Raees’ review: More –OH than Aah

‘Kahaani 2’ review: Of Trailer and Trail Her Chills


There’s this unsaid thing between me and movie trailers. I usually don’t watch them, and vice-versa. Unless, of course, they’re being screened in cinema halls, which then makes them a beguiling part of the experiential package. Trailers, especially nowadays, have this nasty habit of raising your expectations, and making you connect the story dots in … Continue reading ‘Kahaani 2’ review: Of Trailer and Trail Her Chills

‘Pink’ review: Not Just Another Colour


I don’t know about you, but I don’t count myself as one of those who’d pay to get punched in the solar plexus. But a full house of a cinema hall and I did just that yesterday, and thanked the perpetrators for this bruising wallop to our somnolent senses. The said perps are director Aniruddha … Continue reading ‘Pink’ review: Not Just Another Colour