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  • Rosetta(1999)

    Rosetta cover

    Dir.:Jean Luc and Pierre Dardenne It’s not for nothing that “Dardenneseque” has entered the lexicon of the modern cinephile.The Dardenne brothers from Belgium, who have been making riveting social dramas for a long time now, burst onto the international stage… Read More ›

  • Funny Games(1997)

    They are not playing Funny Games!

    Dir.: Micheal Haneke Funny Games is the most horrifying film I have seen.There is nothing funny about it.When it was made it angered a lot of people.Some thought it was a cheap gimmick , others took it as a personal… Read More ›

  • Mandela: Long walk to freedom (2013)

    Winnie Mandelas solitary confinement and its impact  is powerfully depicted.

    Dir.:Justin Chadwick I met Ben Kingsley once at a film festival in Vlissingen, Holland where he was being honoured with a lifetime achievement award.I asked him which aspect of Gandhi’s life would he like to see made into a separate… Read More ›

  • The Railway Man(2013)

    The victim and the perpetrator start to merge.

    Dir.:Jonathan Teplitzky Eric Lomax( Colin Firth) loves trains.He knows the timetables of trains in England verbatim.If you have missed your train he can guide you faster than Google and in any case in 1980 there was no Google.One day he… Read More ›

  • 300: Rise of an Empire

    300-rise-of-an-empire xerxes

    Dir.:Noam Murro Now this was a real guilty pleasure.The poster does not lie, the film is a tsunami of blood.But thats not why I walked into it.I have come to regard CGI heavy sandals and swords sagas with suspicion.The real… Read More ›

  • Chingay Parade, Singapore 2014

    And a cheerful goodbye from the wonderful Chingay team!!

    Chingay Parade is surely one of the best experiences I have had in Singapore.It is a street parade with spectacular costumes, dancers, music, pyrotechnics and cultural performances.You can literally feel the whole country come together at this parade which is… Read More ›

  • Her (2013)

    Dir.:Spike Jonze A grown man falls in love with the Operating System of his phone.Imagine falling in love with the latest version of Android, which just happens to be co-branded with Cadbury, and is called Kit Kat. Now imagine loving… Read More ›

  • The Wolf of Wall Street (2014)

    Martin Scorsese directing his leads.

    Dir.:Martin Scorsese With this film Martin Scorsese proves himself to be a rockstar, and that too at a ripe young age of 71.When you are able to deliver a 3 hour-long film and make it feel breezy for a mass… Read More ›

  • American Hustle (2013)

    Its really all about these characters!

    Dir.:David O. Russell They are saying that this is the best Martin Scorsese film that he never directed.This is unfair to both David O. Russell and Mr Scorsese.Granted that as I snorted on the trailer I was thinking about Scorsese’s… Read More ›

  • Venus in Fur(2013)

    Enlightenment about oneself is tough to come by!

    Dir.:Roman Polanski Closing film – Cannes Film Festival Compared to Venus in Fur, Polaski’s own life is far more dramatic.In fact if he faithfully filmed his own autobiography the audience may balk at the madness of his existence.His long pending… Read More ›

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