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Akash Deshpande

The Wife

Film Review: The Wife

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The best thing about ‘The Wife’ is that it cast Glenn Close in the titular role. While playing the companion of a successful and often revered author, she embodies the stoic persona like very few actors can.
Japan Nagaland

Film Review: Japan in Nagaland

India
‘Japan in Nagaland’, a 52-minute documentary, is primarily about the COSFEST (costume festival) that is held in Nagaland. Just like the events of Comic-Con, a lot of people come to this festival dressing up as one of their favorite characters, either from comics or films.
Stan and ollie

Film Review: Stan and Ollie

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For a biographical film spanning just one and a half hour, ‘Stan and Ollie’ is remarkable in its scope. It is based on Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, arguably the most beloved comic duo in the history of comedy.
Lazarro

Film Review: Happy as Lazzaro

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The scenic beauty from the earlier frames gives an illusion that the film belongs to an older era. It feels like it belongs to a part of history, where exploitation was natural taking the course of time in mind.

Film review: Paddleton

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For a film dealing with a character with terminal cancer, 'Paddleton' hardly dwells on the cliché pathos often attached to it.
Meal

‘Meal’- Short film Review

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A fear, that invites you slowly to immerse in it rather than sharing all the cues; you feel its palpable presence. ‘Meal’, written and directed by Abhiroop Basu does the same, with very minimal yet precise efforts.
aug15

New Netflix release : 15 August (Review)

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Even with the simplistic approach, it hardly seemed like a critique of the characters that we see, being a part of. But the tone is just a choice to take a bigger point forward- what is freedom, and how it affects the mundane lives of ‘regular’ people.
Mooz Films

Film Review: Capernaum

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Despite all the good intentions, what the film lacks is a clear focus. Towards the second half, it becomes a mush of ideas; although having enough tension for investing us in the characters and their motives. What makes one glued to the screen is cinematography and real-to-life earnest performances.
Mard ko Dard

Film Review: Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota

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The film unabashedly celebrates all the clichés associated with those films yet makes fun of them at every chance it gets. It doesn’t treat the audience as unintelligent beings, yet gives them the blast of entertainment that they crave for.
Photograph

Film Review: Photograph

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Nothing from Batra’s new film seems that tender and sweet when we first listen to its plot. Yet, he manages to take this plot to a meditative journey of both of these characters, very unlikely to have fallen in love.
Black Tide

Black Tide

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Vincent Cassel was so effective in this role that this might be one of the best performances of his career. From the minute details like scratching his ear to almost running to beat the shit out of his own son, he embodied the role of this alcoholic, repulsive cop.
Gullyboy2

Bombay 70 se Gully Boy

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For a director with such a vision, the film felt unsatisfying for some reasons. Mainly for its writing which doesn’t have the rage enough to fulfill the lyrics.
Can you ever forgive me

Can you ever forgive me?

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It does seem obvious or predictable of the plot where she tries to redeem herself by confronting to her wrongdoings. Perhaps that was too simple. It hardly had anything surprising that subverts itself in the next moment. But the simple structure is what helped the performances to shine even more.
Eight Grade

Eighth Grade

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Eighth Grade. A film that I disregarded as just another teen drama. I hated the tendency of teenagers, getting sufficed by the technology and not treating others with the love that they seek. Alas, I realised how difficult it can get at times, despite having been bad to others.
Roma

Film Review: Roma

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This film is definitely about the world inhabited by the female characters around others. But it’s more than just one thing. It is Cuaron's most personal film.
Manto

Speak, for your lips are free

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Unlike some other day, I had this incredible amount of pride of being myself. I was walking a bit faster just because of that. I wasn’t completely unaware of what I was doing, like usual. I was more conscious of my own persona, in a good way.
the wild pear tree

IFFI Goa roundup

India
Entering its 49th year, IFFI, the International Film Festival of India, 2018 edition, took place in the pristine lands of Goa from the 20th to 28th November. But, there was hardly anything satisfying about this festival in almost every way imaginable.
suspiria

Must watch films from the film fest

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I was able to catch 27 films from the festival. Here are those which caught my attention and lingered in me for quite a while afterwards. These are just the quick afterthoughts and not the complete reviews.

I need a break

India
Although I do consider being happy in the situation one is, the peace of mind just doesn’t work like that. Being comfortable in one’s own skin is getting more and more difficult, not just for me, but for many I have come across.