Lost Bullet: Too Relentless to Feel Humdrum

Originally appeared in Film Inquiry. One seldom comes across a 90-minute film suffused with continual action, car chases, fistfights, gunshots, and every other action-genre troupe, and yet feel lethargic. The French-language Netflix original Lost Bullet pulls off this onerous task and even manages to put off our interest within the compact time frame despite fitting all the aforementioned facets. It’s probably because these facets feel forcedly appended … Continue reading Lost Bullet: Too Relentless to Feel Humdrum

Athlete A: Moving Documentation of an Immense Tragedy and a Gargantuan Triumph

Originally appeared in Cinema Sentries. The greatest achievement of any great documentary is that it can actually change lives. Indirectly, they can inspire and instigate a conversation about a particular subject matter, thereby holding the potential to alter viewer perceptions. In a direct sense, the best of the documentaries empower the humans whose story they are capturing on camera and give a voice to them. … Continue reading Athlete A: Moving Documentation of an Immense Tragedy and a Gargantuan Triumph

Thoughts on Bulbbul: Turns the Fables Around

The word chudail (female demon) has an archive of its own in Indian pop-culture. Beyond novels and films, the folklore of a female supernatural entity that predominantly haunts men has penetrated into children’s stories as well. After all, Indian films, especially Tamil and Telugu language films, have metamorphosed the genre into wholesome entertainment, capitalizing our engrossment in fear and the nervous laughter that follows. Seldom do we … Continue reading Thoughts on Bulbbul: Turns the Fables Around

Babyteeth Movie Review: Melancholia and Merriment Go Hand-in-hand

Orginally appeared in Cinema Sentries It’s been a while since I shed a tear while watching a movie. With Babyteeth, though, I shed more than a few tears, after a very long time, and the first time in a teen movie. Teen movies, as a genre, have become associated with cliches of late. There is no need to name them, throw a stone at the genre and it’s highly … Continue reading Babyteeth Movie Review: Melancholia and Merriment Go Hand-in-hand

I’m No Longer Here: Heart Over Craft

Originally appeared on Film Inquiry It takes time to latch on to the unhurried pace and breezy mood of I’m No Longer Here. It’s only after 30 minutes, we understand that the film is not in a hustle to throw characters into conflict. Instead, the screenplay allows us to grasp the beats of the culture, political landscape, and social standpoint of Monterrey, a Mexican city … Continue reading I’m No Longer Here: Heart Over Craft

7500: Largely Free of Turbulence

Originally appeared on Cinema Sentries Unlike other movies based on flight-hijacking – Air Force One, Passenger 57, Operation Thunderbolt, or say Non-stop – in which the rescue efforts comprise the majority of the narrative, here is a film that observes the tension from the viewpoint of pilot, who is usually the first one to die in such films. Moreover, like the protagonist of 7500, Tobias (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), an American co-pilot on board … Continue reading 7500: Largely Free of Turbulence