Prahlad Srihari

Prahlad Srihari
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T-Meter Title | Year
98% The Father (2021) The camera becomes an extension of his mind's eye. Faces and places mix and match in an ever-shifting reality, where the only constant is the fallibility of memories. The truth exists between what he remembers and what he's forgotten. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
4/5 98% Minari (2020) It perfectly sums up the immigrant experience, the sacrifices made by the first generation to ensure the second thrives...(but) rather than go searching for big emotions, the film earns its charm by finding resonance in smaller ones. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
2/5 89% Run (2020) It's (Sarah Paulson's) American Horror Story pedigree which suggests there's more to this film than there really is. - The Quint EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
3/5 74% The Mauritanian (2021) Filming the story for the Western gaze, Macdonald is more fascinated by Slahi's pop cultural literacy than the psychological aftermath of such a relentless dehumanisation. - The Quint EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
3/5 94% Nomadland (2021) The story of the fictional Fern downgrades the stories of the real-life nomads to secondary status. (In a doc) Zhao's authorial intent might not have been as intrusive. In this docu-fiction form, there's a distance between her vision and her subject. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
3/5 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) When our own world appears to be on the edge of ruin, these monsters feel like our primal fears made incarnate...(but the movie) suffers from the same malady as so many modern blockbusters: it's immensely watchable, but instantly forgettable. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) An ungainly miscreation trapped between extravagance in approach and austerity in mood. A habitual bleakness (to the point of self-parody) pervades the movie, doubling what was already a mind-numbing 120-minute slog into a butt-numbing 242-minute ordeal. - The Quint EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
37% Cherry (2021) What's most frustrating about the movie is its disparate sections, virtually genres in themselves, obstinately refuse to work together. In co-opting far better films as thematic shorthand, it forgets to establish an identity of its own. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Kumandra is coloured with the arts, myths and cultures of various Southeast Asian countries. But it's a love letter to the region more interested in summarising them through a Hollywood lens, rather than depicting an authentic version of any one country. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
87% Shirley (2020) [Josephine Decker] displays a mastery of the medium in a story that defies easy and precise articulation. Her portrait of the creative process as an atmospheric thriller is subversively spooky in a way Shirley herself would approve. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
98% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) Taking cue from Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift in recent years, Eilish centralises her own narrative in The World's a Little Blurry. Bankrolled by streaming services, such films have allowed modern pop stars to be agents of their own myth making. - The Quint EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
80% I Care a Lot (2021) Marla and Roman are different faces of the same coin. One hides in plain sight, the other works from the shadows. It is a reflection of our reality where the criminal has turned corporate and the corporate criminal. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
11% Breaking News in Yuba County (2021) Aiming to serve a satire of American fixation on celebrity, it misses its target by some distance as it gratingly seesaws between Fargoisms and farce. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
89% At the Ready (2021) A thought-provoking inquiry into the generational changing-of-the-guard in law enforcement - and all the qualms that came with it - under Trump's reign. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
98% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) In a study of Black history erasure, Questlove captures a time that has so far lived only in the memories of festival attendees... Tapping into the zeitgeist and turning their gaze inward, these musicians gave voice to a new Black consciousness. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
100% The Sparks Brothers (2021) Wright's film is marked by the same virtues that embodied Sparks themselves: it's a shape-shifting beast with a winning sense of humour. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
90% Cusp (2021) Hill and Bethencourt chronicle the lives of these young girls so organically and tenderly that by the end they have empowered them with the kind of intimately realised profiles you wouldn't find in the most sobering of teen dramas. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
100% Flee (2020) In its abstractions, animation offers the perfect device to piece together the traumatised workings of a fractured consciousness, especially from a distance of 20 years. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
95% CODA (2021) The story beats of responsibilities vs dreams in the transition from teens to adulthood are pretty boilerplate. But Heder never overplays her hand with ill-judged sentimental excess. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Shaka King offers a powerful yet intimate look at a man trying to start a revolution and a community under siege in 1960s America. Wanting to inspire and entertain, King manages to reconcile both those ambitions. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
74% The World to Come (2020) Fastvold creates an atmosphere that feeds on the alienation that besets even strong, intelligent women, especially when trapped in "holy matrimony" without any support system or social contact outside of it. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
89% Pleasure (2021) A full-frontal provocation that demystifies pornography...what starts off as a harrowing peek into the industry turns into a damning portrayal of the cycle of abuse. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
94% El Planeta (2021) In the thoughtful depiction of daily rituals are more revealing implications about the hardships of working in a gig economy. Ulman's carefree direction allows for a sense of improvisational fluidity that renders the conversations natural and relatable. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
57% Malcolm & Marie (2020) In a film with a lot of talk about authenticity, it is hard to overlook the artificial eloquence of the dialogue, and the contrivance that is Malcolm and Marie's dispute. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
88% Strawberry Mansion (2021) Prioritising set design over storytelling in the second half, it's ultimately undone by a wild shift into so many surreal interludes that the satire loses its focus and function. It's like snacking on strawberry candies: delicious but empty calories. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
84% We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) We're All Going to the World's Fair redefines body horror for the Creepypasta generation. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
76% Eight for Silver (2021) It's nothing that will have the horror fan howling because it's a lot more bark, than bite. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
75% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) It is exactly the kind of haute trash you would expect from a Sion Sono-Nicolas Cage collaboration. To paint the movie in words is like trying to instil it with meaning and coherence to which it doesn't really aspire. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
68% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) Operating from a place of non-judgmental curiosity, Ascher plays a patient listener. But he might have benefited from the occasional grilling of these proponents with contrasting viewpoints, so it doesn't just feel like a convention for solipsists. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
100% The Pink Cloud (2021) Watching Giovana and Yago come to terms with oppressive boredom and inertia relates to our own troubles over the past year. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
81% Knocking (2021) When we question Molly's sanity, Kempff is proving her point about the gendered phenomenon that is gaslighting, and the horror of not believing women. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
69% How It Ends (2021) The film's strained attempt at hilarity out of a hopeless situation becomes so tiresome, you can't help but shrug at some of its myopic insights and sunny nihilism. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
76% In The Earth (2021) Man and nature, art and science, sci-fi and occult horror intersect in relationships, from conflict to co-existence. In their intersection are deeper, if not entirely tangible, ideas with a life-imitates-art-imitates-life urgency. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
95% In the Same Breath (2021) Nanfu Wang lets the men and women of Wuhan regain some narrative control, allowing them to relay their experiences before, during and after the 76-day lockdown to uncover the truth beyond the propaganda. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
85% Misbehaviour (2020) The film is a little too well-behaved for a subject meant to be inflammatory and characters understandably angry. Embracing British properness in a broad approach to the era ultimately does a disservice to the stories of these gutsy women. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
50% The Midnight Sky (2020) Wide shots used to reflect emotional distance as well as scale declare the kind of sci-fi movie it wants to be. But when the poetry of science fiction is engineered like a product in an assembly line, it leaves you cold. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
96% Soul (2020) It isn't the cure-all balm for the soul you wish it was at the end of a terrible year. Its tacked-on ending might ring hollow for some. For others, it might just give them the hope to power through their crises. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) The racial unease that defined early 20th century is refracted through the prism of blues history. The recording studio becomes a refuge from the racial bigotry of the world outside, and at the same time a diorama of a more insidious form of it inside. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
81% I'm Your Woman (2020) By challenging the variables taken for granted in the gangster genre, Hart rewrites the story to recognise the truth of the female experience...It is a perspective strengthened by a performance of controlled intensity from Brosnahan. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
99% Wolfwalkers (2020) [The story] is a lot like Avatar, but the [film's] analog artistry not only eclipses James Cameron's digital imagery, but makes it infinitely more re-watchable. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) To borrow a couple of Dickensian phrases, it's a whizbang adaptation with a sassigassity to it. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
97% Sound of Metal (2020) It's the kind of indie drama that will linger because it's a quiet joy - self-consciously so - anchored by one of the year's most remarkable lead performances. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
77% Uncle Frank (2020) Following many detours, there's little gas left by the time we arrive at the all-too-convenient conclusion. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
70% Tenet (2020) If Tenet were a Beatles song, it would be Revolution 9: gun shots and car crashes, breaking glass and muffled words, all come together in a mix, made all the more unintelligible by segments happening forward and backward. - The Quint EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) The film is less an elegy, more a limerick. It's one you've likely heard before. The punchline is in the title and you hear it in every confrontation, in the way JD says "syrup", and all the sugary platitudes and melodrama. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
92% The Life Ahead (2020) The Life Ahead finds a resilient humanity in distress, where compassion emerges as a glimmer of hope for those living in the margins. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
87% Swallow (2020) The truth is women continue to fight for control and ownership over their own bodies. It's a bitter pill to swallow, and Swallow doesn't sugar-coat it. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) [Borat] is the zeitgeist with a moustache and mankini, a totem of a society where politics and comedy have come to mean pretty much the same thing. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
81% Over the Moon (2020) [Parts of the film] reminded me of Lulu Wang's The Farewell, where food similarly helps a family's grief go down easier, and I can't help but wonder the kind of movie Over the Moon could have been if Fei Fei had stayed put on Earth. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
39% Rebecca (2020) As the over-designed misfire that is Rebecca proves, the leap to a bigger canvas is never easy. Often, all we get is an empty shell of a movie, covered up in candy-coating. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020