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

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

Mirador: Captures the Ethos of Camaraderie

Full review published in Cinema Sentries. In Spanish, Mirador means “lookout.” The word has multiple connotations. Alertness, observation, prediction, or a person assigned to keep an eye on his surroundings. The last of the aforementioned undertones befit the documentary’s subject matter, that encircles three friends and the solidarity among them. The irony, though, is all of them are visually-impaired, meaning they can’t keep an eye on each … Continue reading Mirador: Captures the Ethos of Camaraderie

Tommaso: A Humanistic Drama That’s Devoid of the Drama

Published in Cinema Sentries. In 2007’s Mr. Bean’s Holiday, Willem Dafoe played Carson Clay, a filmmaker whose film ‘Playback Time’ premieres at Cannes. Tommaso, which also premiered at Cannes last year, reminded of the aforementioned film-within-film, only less absorbing and exponentially more pretentious. The film brings back Dafoe into an Abel Ferrara contemplation for the fifth time, with their last collaboration being Pasaloni (2014), a film that chronicles the life … Continue reading Tommaso: A Humanistic Drama That’s Devoid of the Drama

In Search of Kundun: Review | For The Love Of Scorsese And His Pictures

Published in Cinema Sentries. When Martin Scorsese is the focal point of conversations between cinephiles, it is highly likely that the master’s gangster-films – which made him the filmmaking brand he is – permeate the circumference of the discussion. Agreed, Scorsese’s vision added a layer to the aforementioned genre, and his films have become the calibration standards to evaluate contemporary films falling under the gangster’s … Continue reading In Search of Kundun: Review | For The Love Of Scorsese And His Pictures

The Wolf House: Review

Published in Cinema Sentries. The Wolf House is 73 minutes of “Wow! How did they pull off?”. The startling stop-motion animation, which bestows ‘awe!’ after ‘awe!’ every minute is only one of the pillars that hold this astonishing form of story-telling. Masquerading as a propaganda film to cleanse the ill-reputation of Colonia Dignidad, an isolated community formed by German fugitive Paul Schäfer, there’s more to the … Continue reading The Wolf House: Review