I AM WOMAN: Woman’s Voice in a Man’s World

Originally appeared in Film Inquiry Emma Jensen’s screenplay spares no time in setting the rules of I Am Woman, directed by Unjoo Moon. Free of the childhood, teenage, and first broken relationship, the film directly begins with Helen Reddy (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) walking through a subway holding her 3-year old daughter, Tracy. Dressed in rosewood, a feminal color, while most men … Continue reading I AM WOMAN: Woman’s Voice in a Man’s World

A Reading Of Three Shots From Vetri Maaran’s Dhanush-Starrer Asuran

Originally appeared in Film Companion. When you have a filmmaker as passionate about cinema as Vetri Maaran, even three seconds from a feature-length film of his can provide more room for reading than entire films that celebrate mediocrity. Asuran (streaming on Amazon Prime Video) is far from a perfect film, but quite important in terms of social criticism … Continue reading A Reading Of Three Shots From Vetri Maaran’s Dhanush-Starrer Asuran

Chemical Hearts: Teenage-romance Turns Contemplative

Originally appeared in Cinema Sentries. Three minutes into Chemical Hearts, you understand that the film is twisting the teenage-romance genre. It places teenage characters in dramatic situations, in which death and PTSD complicate things, while characters remain teenagers grappling with the difference between objective reality and subjective reality. To call Chemical Hearts pretentious would be untrue, but it could … Continue reading Chemical Hearts: Teenage-romance Turns Contemplative

Thoughts of Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya: Beauty in Normality

Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya (UMUR) is a film I’ve been eagerly looking forward to catching on the big screen post-pandemic. The pandemic’s far from over but UMUR is here, making our lives less suffocating for a while, and it is everything I expected it to be and even more. There are multiple facets I adored … Continue reading Thoughts of Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya: Beauty in Normality