The name, Abbas Kiarostami, is synonymous to the cinematic brilliance characterizing Post-Revolution Iran. The imposition of draconian laws and stifling restrictions, paradoxically, gave a new life to the films of Iran, where content is king and all the other cinematic elements serve His Highness. Kiarostami became one of the leading men instrumental in shaping the art-form, establishing a niche for itself in the expansive and … Continue reading Blurring the Lines: Through the Olive Trees (1994)
I entered a completely empty movie theatre (much expected!) with the anticipation of experiencing an Indian style Western from director Abhishek Chaubey, and, boy, it was a hell of a ride. For my mother, the desolate and sterile expanse of Chambal’s ravines brought back the memories of her father, a railway employee, incarcerated during the Emergency, sharing his jail with Daku Man Singh, her visit … Continue reading SONCHIRIYA: The Story of Outlaws with a Conscience
Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation(1974), released at the height of the Watergate Scandal, remains one of the most underrated classics, sandwiched between two of the most iconic movies in the history of Cinema, Godfather I and Godfather II. Being one of the most brilliant pieces of paranoid cinema, The Conversation taps into the biggest fears of the American population cheated by its own President, a … Continue reading The Paranoia of The Conversation!
American Graffiti, released in 1973, was the director and co-writer George Lucas’s nostalgia fest. While we all love him for Star Wars, American Graffiti remained largely unnoticed in places outside the US. The reason behind it is the essentially American nature of the film. Produced by Francis Ford Coppola, the film not only is a great piece of cinema but also a meticulously crafted chronicle … Continue reading The Lost Time: American Graffiti (1973)
It is now traditional to address him as one of the greatest actors of India. One of the most distinguished artists of New Indian Cinema, Naseeruddin Shah never shied away from accepting his desire to become a popular actor. His childhood, as an unremarkable, forgettable kid made him find a voice through theatre, which still remains his first love. From directing plays by George Bernard … Continue reading The Legend of Naseer
Paul Thomas Anderson is one of those few directors in the recent times that could qualify as an auteur, a master. He has provided us with the most complex and idiosyncratic stories in movies that are intensely analyzed, theorized and discussed. Boogie Nights, Magnolia and There Will Be Blood being some of his most talked about works. Being an author himself, one can easily notice … Continue reading My Love Affair with the Movies of Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson is one of those few directors in the recent times that could qualify as an auteur, a master. He has provided us with the most complex and idiosyncratic stories in movies that are intensely analyzed, theorized and discussed. Boogie Nights, Magnolia and There Will Be Blood being some of his most talked about works. Being an author himself, one can easily notice … Continue reading My Love Affair With The Movies of Paul Thomas Anderson