Poulomi Das

Poulomi Das
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T-Meter Title | Year
100% My Octopus Teacher (2020) A documentary that somehow captures lightning in a bottle by being both an extraordinary record of the untapped wonders of nature as well expanding the limits of the already tapped human condition. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
98% Time (2020) By effect, Time ends up unlike anything cinema has managed to capture before -- a reckoning that is at once the loudest mourning you might have ever witnessed. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
0.5/5 No Score Yet Tuesdays and Fridays (2021) Obviously modelled on Friends with Benefits and No Strings Attached, Tuesdays & Fridays is too besotted with the idea of delivering a standard Bollywood romance to ever really say something worthy of its own. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
1/5 31% Superintelligence (2019) It is painful to sit through Superintelligence beyond a point, simply because the film's utter confusion at locating itself as either a comedy or a thriller keeps being an utter disappointment. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
92% The White Tiger (2020) The White Tiger pokes its needles deep, revealing that in an unbalanced society, it's easier to take away options from the oppressed than it is to give them rights. The class struggle in the film is then, both personal and political. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
No Score Yet Vir Das: Outside In - The Lockdown Special (2020) It is funnier when it is not trying to be profound. But it is also impossible to completely disregard these 50 minutes as a time-capsule of the restlessness that the whole world collectively experienced back in March. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
2/5 67% Penguin Bloom (2021) The characterization in Penguin Bloom feels too generic for its own good -- there's a curious distance that the film maintains while prodding at their inner lives. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
No Score Yet Virus Hunters (2020) It does a solid job of grounding its storytelling in research and statistics that doesn't alienate the audience under the garb of educating them. That also makes up for the filmmaking that often fumbles. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
67% AK Vs AK (2020) The ingenuity of it all is that Motwane is that rare filmmaker who understands that when a superstar gets on stage and dances to your tunes, it doesn't matter if you're a wide-eyed filmmaker or an eager viewer, you end up being sidetracked. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
88% Natalie Palamides: Nate - A One Man Show (2020) The special succeeds in revealing as much about a viewer as it does about Nate, unpacking our individual blindspots with a sensitivity that we perhaps might not have bestowed on someone grappling with theirs. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
75% Ludo (2020) Even when Basu's films have been riddled with imperfections, there has always been a distinct energy in the filmmaking that is difficult not to be swayed by. Ludo feels like a step down in that direction. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
64% Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare (2020) Female desire and oppression are the fulcrums around which the plot churns here as well, but it's a more reflective outing enriched by its two leads... - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
No Score Yet Dolly Kitty and Those Twinkling Stars (2020) The result is a tale of self-actualisation that does not pontificate. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
79% I Am Greta (2020) I Am Greta is at once urgent and intimate, an indictment of a world in collective denial as well as a portrait of a childhood sacrificed at the altar of its denial. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
100% 76 Days (2020) 76 Days is an astonishing documentary that chronicles the stoic heroism of exhausted patients, nurses, and doctors in the frontlines of the deadly COVID-19 crisis in Wuhan, the ground zero of its outbreak. - The Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
96% The Disciple (2020) The film immerses the viewer in the intoxicating world of Hindustani classical music with a razor-focused clarity, examining the interplay of the relationships between teacher and disciple, art and artist, and artist and audience. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
86% The Social Dilemma (2020) An essential cultural artifact of our times. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
64% Cargo (2020) The arrival of a truly unique filmmaking voice. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
67% EK MAIN AIR EKK TU (2012) The genius of Ek Main aur Ekk Tu was that it was essentially a buddy film masquerading as candy floss romance. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
No Score Yet Sadak 2 (2020) For a film pretending it is all about dark suspense, Sadak 2's inconsistent tone is laughably hollow, menacing only because it refuses to end. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
17% Class of '83 (2020) If there is something Bollywood loves more than living under a rock, it's regurgitating a dull, vapid narrative of honest cops who seek redemption from a corrupt bureaucracy by choosing to bypass the law... - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Aided by the suffocating cinematography and a documentary-style narrative approach, the film racks up misery by the minute, capturing the plight of hundreds of undocumented children. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
100% Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl (2020) One of the better Hindi biopics to have come out in recent times. The writing is consistently empathetic and alert to the insidious nature of gender discrimination without being too preachy. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
100% Raat Akeli Hai (2020) While the ensemble cast is terrific, it is Nawazuddin Siddiqui, playing an honest cop, and Radhika Apte, who really steal the show. Siddiqui rarely misses a beat, and Apte is perhaps the only actress who can match up to his formidable presence. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
80% Shakuntala Devi (2020) These are emotionally intelligent threads for a film to cover, but Shakuntala Devi's on-the-nose filmmaking dumbs them down to an extent that the plot loses its sheen. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
87% Dil Bechara (2020) Rajput and Sanghi share an easy chemistry and balance each other's energies out in ways that are immensely watchable. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
87% Untouchable (2019) Untouchable manages the feat of documenting a story about Weinstein without telling only his story. - Silverscreen India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) That Portrait of a Lady on Fire is as much concerned with uncovering the story as it is with pinpointing who it is that gets to tell that story, is revealed in tiny bursts of detail that somehow seem to contain a lifetime of information. - Silverscreen India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
100% Athlete A (2020) The film constantly riffs on the distance between what the world got to see and what really went behind the scenes to reveal the bigger picture: the tragedy that is the loss of youth. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
83% Bulbbul (2020) That Bulbbul still manages to make for a hypnotic experience is a quiet triumph, a testament to Dutt's distinct storytelling and efficient casting. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
73% Gulabo Sitabo (2020) Although Gulabo Sitabo can at times feel weakly paced, its clarity in digging through the most primal human tendencies outweigh the minor quibbles. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
No Score Yet Chintu Ka Birthday (2020) The problem isn't that Chintu Ka Birthday doesn't take sides, but that it's devoid of any perspective. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
100% Eeb Allay Ooo! (2019) Deftly blending the frustrations and contradictions of the social, political, and economic realities of society, it paints a portrait of a nation in crisis. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
82% The Report (2019) The film's closing sequence that sees Jones walk out of the Senate building after the report is finally made public is testament to Burns' steely determination to make a movie that didn't get lost in its theatrics. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
50% English Medium (Angrezi Medium) (2020) Unlike Hindi Medium, its sequel sorely lacks a purpose or originality. This is a comedy that feels hastily assembled with contrived sub-plots, crowd-pleasing one-liners, emotional manipulation, and crude caricatures. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
88% Les Misérables (2020) The masterful filmmaking evokes the extent of powerlessness that the marginalised are forced to internalise. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
20% Love Aaj Kal (2020) The torturous 141 minutes of Imtiaz Ali's Love Aaj Kal, starring a grating Sara Ali Khan and a scared Kartik Aaryan, plays out like a multiple choice question paper: Love or sex? Career or relationship? Stalking or women's safety? - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
60% Guilty (2020) For close to two hours, it remains so obsessed with wanting to make a "feminist" statement that it often forgets what it really takes to be a powerful piece of cinema. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
100% Kaamyaab (2020) Kaamyaab feels more like a love-letter to the actors who consented to performing versions of themselves, all to land a spot on the fringes of success. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
No Score Yet Baaghi 3 (2020) The Baaghi franchise, on its part, has never given anyone a semblance of a reason to expect rationale from its existence, so it's commitment to dumbfoolery comes as no surprise. But Baaghi 3 doesn't even bring in the action. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
93% Thappad (2020) Thappad's exaggerated screenplay isn't equipped to distill any new insight on the Indian mentality toward displays of male force, taking refuge instead in existing tropes. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
92% Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020) Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan compellingly charts the distance that love has traversed in the last two decades. All it asks is that Indian families keep up. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
No Score Yet BHOOT - Part One: The Haunted Ship (2020) For a film that brings nothing new to the genre, Bhoot's reveal isn't even that hard to guess, given the film's steadfast refusal to take any leap of faith. There's very little point to watching Bhoot. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
50% Shikara (2020) The timing of the film sticks out undeniably like a sore thumb, given that Shikara doesn't situate itself in any context - the lone scribble and chant of "Azaadi" sounds like any other word. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) It's a gripping, existential, horrifying study of a nightmarish world - except that it is true. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) By making us stare right at a system that enables fascism right from birth, through the deception of comedy, Waititi crafts an ingenious call to action against it that is as timely as it is enjoyable. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
10% Street Dancer 3 (2020) All of this overreaching to make a political statement in a film that can't even make a dance statement would have been admirable if the writers had even read one political science book. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
94% Panga (2020) Panga works better as an ode to the self-sufficiency of the sisterhood. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) It acquires an even greater meaning in light of the post-credit slate that reveals that the film is based loosely on stories of the director's grandfather's time in the war. A tribute to a life is one hell of an emotional anchor. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood goes in unbelievable directions that sparkle with inventiveness. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020