The Futile Podcast #9 – Reading O. Henry’s Psyche and Pskyscrapper

In this episode, Ram and Sagar read O. Henry’s short-story, Psyche and Pskyscrapper. Published in July of 1912, the story is equally relevant today. You can listen to the podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts, among other hosting sites. Visit the wesbsite for a full list of platforms the podcast is available on. … Continue reading The Futile Podcast #9 – Reading O. Henry’s Psyche and Pskyscrapper

Most Wanted: A Middling Crime Drama with Identity Crisis

Orginially Published in Cinema Sentries. Daniel Roby’s Most Wanted (also known as Target Number One) begins with Daniel Léger (Antoine Olivier Pilon) a troubled young man, receiving his first paycheque as a lumberjack. It’s a cheque, remember. Moments later, we see him talking over the phone with his mother, who is clearly suspicious of him when he asks … Continue reading Most Wanted: A Middling Crime Drama with Identity Crisis

Arjun Reddy is a Landmark of Telugu Cinema, Regardless of Its Moral Incorrectness

Originally appeared in Baradwaj Rangan’s blog. If you’re a non-Telugu-speaking movie-viewer who discovered Telugu cinema during the lockdown, relying on the multitude of OTT services, it is highly likely that your cinematic comprehension of Telugu cinema is confined to OTT hits, which mostly represent the tiny good side of the Telugu cinema. For instance, the … Continue reading Arjun Reddy is a Landmark of Telugu Cinema, Regardless of Its Moral Incorrectness

10 years of Inception, a film that taught me to look beyond entertainment

10 years after release, there is little to say about Inception which hasn’t already been said. Let me elucidate what the film meant to me. Inception, to my 13-year-old self, was a revelation. It changed the way I looked at cinema forever. As a South-Indian boy who grew up feeding on popular regional cinema, bollywood, Star Movies, … Continue reading 10 years of Inception, a film that taught me to look beyond entertainment

The Futile Podcast #6: Celebrating Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa

Last week marked 95th birth anniversary of the legendary Guru Dutt. So, here is an episode appreciating the film’s themes, social criticism, cinematic aesthetics, and most importantly, the iconic soundtrack that remains the gold standard for music in Hindi cinema. Join Ram and Sagar as they discuss the film that released during their grandparents’ childhood. Continue reading The Futile Podcast #6: Celebrating Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa