In director Satyajit Ray’s adda-styled story-telling, there’s a ruminating warmth, even if it doesn’t quite reach where it could have. But the chill of the present permeates this 1989 feature.
For Pancham’s birthday on June 27.
‘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.
‘Gulabo Sitabo’ is an ambling, light-touch look at men and their covetous ways. And while director Shoojit Sircar has plenty of them in the movie, his women are no push-overs either.
Director Cory Finley spins a tight tale about a true-life embezzlement scandal that throws light on an education system that encourages top rankings for schools at a price no one knows they’re paying. Or do they? Oh yeah, and Hugh Jackman shines in a layered act.
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.
The discomfiting yet must-watch ‘Paatal Lok’ takes ‘Chinatown’, Indian societal rot, and other fetid ingredients, and hammers them all to pulp. Best not to hold your popcorn tub in its midst.
In ‘The Two Popes’, resplendent with fine leading performances, director Fernando Meirelles shows what it takes for conflicting minds to meet. A good pizza doesn’t hurt, either.
Director Bong Joon-ho sets a chilling, darkly comic dystopian thriller that humankind brings upon itself in the year 2031. He was 12 years off.
‘The Outsider’ is a take on Stephen King’s novel by the same name. And while there’s plenty of chills and horror in quiet doses, it is what that hovers over it in its strangely tenderly terrorizing take that’s become so apt in these strange times: grief and the fear of loss.