Hotel By The River (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review – A Delicately Told Family Drama

In his latest creative venture Hotel By The River, renowned Korean director Hong Sang-Soo presents us with a simple and endearing slice-of-life that is stylistically one among his more austere works to date. Primarily set in and around a riverside hotel, it juxtaposes an awkward family meeting between a poet Continue Reading

Touch Me Not (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review — On A Transformative Quest For Intimacy

One of the characters in Touch Me Not, a certain quadriplegic Christian Bayerlein, remarks how he used to feel “like a brain being carried around without any body”. That was until he discovered the pleasures of sexuality. Even with his disability, he believes that his body is a gift and Continue Reading

Working Woman (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review – A Topical Story of Workplace Sexual Harassment

Michal Aviad’s Working Woman tells a story that has been told quite a few times before but is still quite relevant and topical. It is the story of a working woman, as said in the title of the film, a woman who’s trying to support her aspiring husband and her Continue Reading

The Expanse – The Best Sci-Fi Show That You’re Not Watching

It is very hard to summarize three seasons of a show into one article that is small enough that people would be interested to read it. But in an attempt to make people aware of the brilliance that is The Expanse, I am going to give it a shot. In Continue Reading

The White Balloon (1995) Review ― A Uniquely Structured Neorealist Drama

Jafar Panahi’s debut feature about a little girl’s quest to buy a goldfish becomes a vivid study of the little things and emotions, often neglected and forgotten in the hustle and bustle of daily routine, that constitute everyday life. With a screenplay written by another legend of Iranian cinema, Abbas Continue Reading

Counterpart S01E04 “Both Sides Now” Review — Switching Things Up

I wrote last week as to how S01E03 showed languish in narrative development almost all through the episode, slowly but surely knitting together pieces, only to turn up the heat towards the very end with a quick succession of events that get things back on track and promise exciting days ahead. Continue Reading

Counterpart S01E03 “The Lost Art of Diplomacy” Review — Raising The Stakes

Episode 3 of Counterpart builds from where the last episode left off as our characters find themselves in a very tricky situation due to Baldwin, a ‘crosser’, being arrested by the local police. Awkward confrontations arise on all sides as the governments of the two worlds try to strike a Continue Reading

Phantom Thread (2017) Review ― A Gorgeously Stitched Tale Of Passion And Compromise

Within the first half-hour of Phantom Thread, the prominent dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is asked by his new muse Alma (Vicky Krieps) the reason why he isn’t married. To which he replies matter-of-factly “I make dresses” as if that’s all the information one could need to understand his marital Continue Reading

Counterpart S01E01 “The Crossing” Review — An Intriguing Start

Parallel universes. Multiple identities. Bizarre paradoxes that might result from a person meeting his ‘twin’ from a parallel world. These are concepts and theories from the realms of science and science-fiction, almost as old as the genre itself, all explored and recycled and nearly done to death by the film Continue Reading

The End of the F***ing World: A Tale of Love, Crime and Breaking Shackles

This was a few weeks back. I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, when I stumbled across the trailer of Netflix’s new – The End of the F***ing World. It was to be based on the comic series The End of the Fucking World by Charles S. Forsman. The premise was definitely Continue Reading