The Letter to Cannes

A couple of months back, when staying at home was restricted to couch potatoes, I applied to ‘3 days at Cannes’ program. The biggest film festival in the universe – provided aliens haven’t discovered the magic called cinema – allowed commoners to experience the exhilaration for 3 days, and I couldn’t refrain myself from giving it a try. I mean, what kind of cinephile would … Continue reading The Letter to Cannes

Sonder, Empathy, and The White Baloon

A feeling or expression that I look for in every film, or should I say, in every person I come across is ‘Sonder’. It’s a fascinating word that stands for a profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers we come across on streets, hav a life as complex as one’s own, which they are constantly living despite one’s personal lack of awareness of it. … Continue reading Sonder, Empathy, and The White Baloon

The Sheer Joy of Life in ‘Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi?’

Early this week, after an exhausting day of working from home, I spoke to my friend and fellow blogger Sai Sagar. Like most of our conversations, it was primarily about films. That particular conversation, though, spun around life during this lockdown period, and one film. As you are aware, the world has come to a screeching halt and has been standing still for the last … Continue reading The Sheer Joy of Life in ‘Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi?’

A Flood of Thoughts on ‘After Life’

After Life 2 is the pillow you can cuddle on to when feeling blue, and this might very well be the perfect time to do so. In the second season of After Life, nothing has changed. Tony, still mourning the death of his wife, Lisa, finds it arduous to get his life further. A grief-stricken Tony admits, all the best bits of his life died … Continue reading A Flood of Thoughts on ‘After Life’

Loneliness, Emptiness, and Whale Valley

What’s the precise difference between emptiness and loneliness?  As we practice physical distancing, which one of the two aforementioned feelings are we experiencing? Which endures for longer periods than the other? Emptiness or loneliness? At the moment, as the humankind of the 21st-century tunnels through a preternatural chapter – whose inclusion in 22nd century’s academics is inevitable unless something in the future overshadows this – … Continue reading Loneliness, Emptiness, and Whale Valley

The Platform: Social Horror of the Highest Order

Allow me to call this an appreciation letter instead of an essay. The Platform makes Parasite and Snowpeircer look like full-fledged genre films with a subtle pinch of social commentary. Unlike the aforementioned films, the Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia directorial, written by David Desola & Pedro Rivero is not layered, every character, scene, and dialogue for that matter hit with the strength of a sledgehammer. The film … Continue reading The Platform: Social Horror of the Highest Order

Parasite & Corporate

Published as READERS WRITE-IN COLUMN on Baradwaj Rangan’s blog NOTE: I’m assuming you have seen Parasite. If not, the writing wouldn’t make any sense. A lot has been spoken about the Parasite’s social commentary. The way the film takes on capitalization in a not-so-subtle manner made the audience across the globe empathize with the story. Writer-director Bong Joon Ho in a late-2019 interview said he made the … Continue reading Parasite & Corporate