Jeet Thayil

Jeet Thayil
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I could live in a world without red meat and fiction, but take away seafood and poetry and I'm gone too.
Favorites:
Blade Runner, Kagaz ke Phool, Satyricon, Sacrifice, Down By Law
Publications: Rediff.com
Location: New York City, the center of the universe.
Official Websites: rediff.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
25% Masked and Anonymous (2003) Even a stone Dylan fan -- and I've been one since my early teens; I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now -- would find it difficult to sit through this moldy exercise in evasion and bloat. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2003
97% Capturing the Friedmans (2003) Capturing the Friedmans captures a time when greed was good, mullets were cool, and hysteria was everywhere. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2003
64% Gin gwai (The Eye) (2002) Oh yeah, I was scared -- scared that I'd wake up before the credits rolled. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2003
99% Finding Nemo (2003) A clown fish without a punchline, a blue tang without a memory, a scarred prison hero fish, and a stoner dude sea turtle make for this summer's tallest fish tale. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2003
60% Down With Love (2003) A not-so-innocent romp that is part Mills & Boon and part Hustler. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2003
64% The Shape Of Things (2002) Little more than a clever undergrad thesis gone awfully wrong, it turns on the less than shocking proposition that women are as unlikable as men. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2003
73% Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (2003) Born liar or windbag? Either way, Fellini clearly likes telling women to spread their legs. Wider. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2003
84% Lilja 4-ever (2003) Repeatedly hammers home the message that this is a vile world filled with vile men and women; and that children are the main victims of their perpetual evil. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2003
44% XX/XY (2003) An empty passion play with the sort of druggy glamour you would expect from a movie about growing up privileged and stoned in NYC. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2003
37% Spun (2003) A white-knuckle ride to the edge of town, I liked it in a sick and twisted sort of way. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2003
83% Stone Reader (2003) Stone Reader is the story of a Quixotian quest by a man who is more than an ideal reader. Mark Moskowitz is the sort of reader writers live for. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2003
84% Spider (2002) Spider owes everything to its two British stars, Ralph Fiennes and Miranda Richardson, whose sexually charged ballet is its centre, as is the question: Mother or whore? - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2003
85% Chicago (2002) Chicago glorifies murder, glamorizes sex & death -- in other words it is just right for today's unsunny times. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2003
48% Final Destination 2 (2003) The most well-rounded character in this movie is Death himself. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2003
42% How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) How to lose an audience in 10 ways - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2003
95% The Pianist (2002) Roman Polanski's autobiographical gesture at redemption is better than 'Shindler's List' - it is more than merely a Holocaust movie. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2003
85% About Schmidt (2002) About middle-aged angst; about an American malaise; about an American original; about Shmidt - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2003
80% The Hours (2002) Where suicide is a heroic act rather than a permanent solution to a temporary problem - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2003
95% Catch Me If You Can (2002) The modern master of the chase sequence returns with a chase to end all chases - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2002
92% Talk to Her (2002) Call him twisted. Call him sick. But call Pedro Almodovar a master. And call 'Talk To her' a masterpiece. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2002
66% Solaris (2002) If Steven Soderbergh's 'Solaris' is a failure it is a glorious failure. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2002
75% Frida (2002) The canonization of St Frida informs and diminishes the movie. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2002
81% How to Draw a Bunny (2004) How do you make a movie about the most famous unknown artist in the world? - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2002
76% Secretary (2002) I have seen the future and her name is Maggie Gyllenhaal. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2002
54% Invincible (2002) The invincible Werner Herzog is alive and well and living in LA - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2002
76% Igby Goes Down (2002) Salinger meets the heroine chick with the heroin chic - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2002
51% In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour) (2002) Waiting for Godard can be fruitful: 'In Praise of Love' is the director's epitaph for himself. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2002
82% The Good Girl (2002) An unlikely black comedy where the humor is relentless, the satire is grim and the jokes are born out of inertia. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2002
2/5 51% Simone (2002) Simone tells us about the sweet opium of movies and how much we crave it. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2002
64% Possession (2002) Throwing it all away for the fleeting joys of love's brief moment. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2002
73% Signs (2002) Shyamalan should stop trying to please his mom. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2002
80% Sunshine State (2002) Edie Falco sparkles as a mermaid on dry land - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2002
5/5 91% Minority Report (2002) Spielberg has managed to marry science fiction with film noir and action flicks with philosophical inquiry. - Rediff.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2002