We'll tackle any film foreign or otherwise, paying exclusive attention to Arthouse, Indie & Cult features. Selected up to the minute News will also be given prominence.


July 23, 2012

Black Friday








Director - Anurag Kashyap

Genre - Crime/History


Nothing gives us more pleasure than the discovery of a talented director. Anurag Kashyap was only made known to us recently but his impact on what little we know about India and the future of its filmmaking is huge. Kashyap we feel is and will be the game changer who will rejuvenate the sometimes stagnant (for us) path of Indian cinema. He directs in ways which not only leap out of what the rest of his countrymen are doing, his direction is even more accomplished and groundbreaking than many of his more famous peers in other countries. 'Black Friday' is about the Bombay bombings, a very dark and for many, painful day in India's history. The story takes shape when the police are shown using whatever means necessary to bring these heinous criminals to book. We learn later why the Muslims did what they did, how both sides lost their minds and took to arms, amplifying their differences to the edge of unreasonability and of no return. Through it all, Kashyap held a steady hand and gave us the most exhilarating arthouse/action/historical ride. Cinema needs more mavericks like Kashyap. The sanity of the serious moviegoers is at stake.

4.5 STARS!

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July 12, 2012

Gandu








Director - Kaushik Mukherjee aka Q

Genre - Drama


This small but explosive film from the director known as Q changes everything we've ever deduced about Indian cinema. Blunt, provocative and with a tip of the hat towards arthouse cool, it is a movie which will confound and outrage those who are weened on the soothing confines of Bollywood. Featuring the life of a self-taught rapper with a talent so obvious to the viewer but remained undiscovered by and large throughout the film, the joy of watching this boy's life is in the feeling of being privy to something illicit and without the knowledge of those around us. This is its exclusive gift to us. Take it or leave it. 'Gandu' doesn't compromise. The director even put his own wife in a highly explicit scene here so we gather he is very much like the lead too, someone who suffers a great deal for his art and doesn't take the easy way out. Much of Bollywood subscribe to taking the well-traveled path. We're glad Q is an adventurer in his filmmaking spirit.

4.5 STARS!

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July 3, 2012

Loves of a Blonde








Director - Milos Forman

Genre - Comedy/Romance/Drama


Delightfully sweet and funny movie directed by Milos Forman. The tale is about a naive factory girl named Andula and her dalliances with the opposite sex.The actress who played Andula has one of the sweetest, purest faces we've ever seen on the screen. And if you like her and how she reminds you of a first encounter with love, the film takes on an entirely different feel. You will experience nostalgia, a longing for that girl who got away and a sudden surge of everything sugary and hopeful. That was what we got out of the picture. Without even trying, it managed to bring forth so many reactions in the mind. Made with probably very little money but the end result? Priceless. Not only is this an inspiration to indie filmmakers everywhere, it is a wake up call to makers of bad cinema from 1965.

4 STARS!

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