Shikhar Verma

Shikhar Verma
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Co-founded the independent platform High On Films so that Independent film from across the world could get the love they deserve. Has a keen eye for everything art related and is constantly involved in spreading it around. Films are first love. A dream, a reality, and an illusion - all wrapped in one.
Publications: High on Films

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 88% Amélie (2001) Jean-Pierre Jeunet has constructed an oddly fascinating, magic realistic world full of color. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
2/5 73% Lost Girls (2020) Unfocused on what it wants to be, the film's half-hearted approach to an essential story leaves you disappointed. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2020
5/5 94% It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Not only does [It's a Wonderful Life] truly exhume the holiday spirit, but it also reminds you that you should be good to everyone. Even when the world turns you down again and again. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Maska (2020) Maska is sweet but there's definitely a better coming of age tale that is waiting for you in the Netflix queue. Choose that over this one for sure. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2020
4/5 100% Singin' in the Rain (1952) As much a satire on the ever-changing format of filmmaking as it is a joyful, glorious ode to life itself. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
4/5 91% Swallow (2020) If you aren't shocked and moved by that ending I'm not sure what will. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
3.5/5 96% The Green Fog (2018) The Green Fog is in all shapes and sizes a recollection of Maddin's love for cinema itself. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
3.5/5 94% Honey Boy (2019) Honey Boy is a deeply-personal, therapeutic and heartfelt film that doesn't overplay with its dreamlike capability - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
2/5 54% Guns Akimbo (2020) [Guns Akimbo] - which kicks off as a satire on online bullying never seems to get it paddles back into coherence. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
3.5/5 71% The King (2019) While David Michôd's The King could be easily dismissed as a substandard Shakespearean adaption; there's no way one can dismiss the rich coming of age story at its center. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3.5/5 100% The Woman Who Ran (2020) If there was a thing as a truly feminist Hong sang-soo film - this would be it. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2020
3.5/5 92% Monos (2019) [Monos] is, by all means, a dark, intense and unforgiving coming of age film that might just be one of the most daring films of 2019. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Playful, funny and relevant to the world we live in today, Jojo Rabbit condemns violence with a gaze that dances with adolescent imagination taking hold over itself. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
2.5/5 69% All the Bright Places (2020) While [All the Bright Places] remains sensitive towards its heavy themes of mental-illness and suicide, it also ends up being a little problematic in it's road to closure. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
3/5 96% Atlantics (2019) Blending social realism with lyrical notes of horror, Diop runs through gender roles and how standing against the tide is the biggest quest of them all. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2020
4.5/5 91% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) The Grand Budapest Hotel is a fast-paced beautiful spectacle that never ceases to amuse you. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
3/5 33% Entourage (2015) Entourage the movie is for the fans of the show. I don't really think someone new to these characters will enjoy them just as much. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
3.5/5 66% Filth (2014) The vomitous, lingering ill effects of Filth will stay with you for a long long time. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/5 73% The Falling (2015) Poetic, bewitched, disturbing and unforgettable. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
3/5 100% This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2020) [Lemohang Jermiah Mosese's] displacement from his home at a very early age plays an important role in shaping this narrative as a haunting parable of identity loss. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
3/5 80% VHYes (2020) [VHYes] in all its throwback glory frustrates and amazes in equal measures as a genre mind-bender - connecting unrelated events into a mixed-bag of goodies. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
2/5 66% The Wave (2020) [Gille Klabin] manages to rope in a breathtaking audio-visual representation of drug paranoia and dreamscape, but when it comes to complimenting it with a script that doesn't just try to be smarter than it actually is, he falters. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
3.5/5 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Apart from a few hiccups here and there, this is a wonderful, fuzzy film that will warm your heart. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
1.5/5 76% Judy & Punch (2020) The film never understands when it wants to be funny and when it needs to bring in the guns blazing on its feminist core. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
4/5 94% Babyteeth (2020) There are a few too many things that break in Shanon Murphy's Babyteeth. One of them is certainly your heart. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 93% It Must Be Heaven (2019) "It Must Be Heaven" is comic tripe where the jokes are deeply drenched in middle-eastern conflicts and political bureaucracies. It is as much fun decoding them as it is to see them unfold in the realm of the deadpan expressionist at the center. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
2.5/5 82% Family Romance, LLC (2019) While most of Family Romance, LLC works in the realm of the German director's fascinating filmography, none of it every stays with you. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3.5/5 80% Greener Grass (2019) Greener Grass is an absurdist comedy like no other. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3.5/5 100% The Parting Glass (2018) This deeply personal film ropes in an ensemble cast that delivers the truly vivid aftermath of a loss - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
0.5/5 No Score Yet We Will Not Die Tonight (2018) This is just uninteresting garbage sold as a festival film. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
1.5/5 83% The Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful (2017) While the acting is all fine across the board, the characters that seem unpredictable and dark end up being constantly mocked by their own very nature. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3.5/5 100% Chained for Life (2019) Referencing numerous movies and the entire subculture, Schimberg pays a peculiarly satisfying homage to the everyday people and the little stories inside their heads. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
2.5/5 67% Fortuna (2018) Fortuna is a demanding little film that doesn't really reveal itself tenfolds until the slow-burn becomes absolutely irrelevant. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4.5/5 72% Relaxer (2019) Relaxer is a sickening, strangely funny takedown of the capitalistic system that's taking over the world. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
2.5/5 50% Angel (Un ange) (2018) While the film can be a mirror for athletes who lose themselves in vigor to stand out, it's doesn't do much to show how Fae's inability to escape her situation is ever on a knife's edge. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 73% War (2019) Siddharth Anand's 'War' is a truly pulpy entertainer that casually reinvents Bollywood action films. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2.5/5 87% Hustlers (2019) In spite of paying extra attention to a decade-old soundtrack punctuated with some solid performances, Hustlers never manages to rise above its truly feminist core to become an instant class act. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
4/5 95% Hotel by the River (2019) Beautifully shot in melancholic black and white, the film posts most existential questions without focusing too much on the passage of time. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
4/5 97% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) Marcelo Martinessi's The Heiresses is a quietly powerful fable of hidden desires, long-lost escapades and a really deceptive look into how gender roles are devised in traditional films about older people. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
5/5 93% Suspiria (1977) Suspiria has had a huge impact on every death dream that pits bloody madness over surreal macabre imagery. While we can no more call it a singular vision, it's essential to note that it wasn't supposed to be one in the first place. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Filled with a compassionate, profound and intelligent narrative that never leaves you for a second, Shoplifters is the best film of the year and a perfect swan song to Kirin Kiki who literally gets buried in a Kore-eda household. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3.5/5 96% Thunder Road (2018) Jim Cummings, who wrote, directed and acted in the film deserves a pat on his back as he manages to channel out a very assured, matured and understated character sketch of a broken man on the verge of mental breakdown. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
4/5 67% Tamasha (2015) Tamasha is a celebration. Even in its somber & tortured tone, Imtiaz Ali manages to respect his own craft abiding by a story that might just be every man's struggle. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/5 95% Gully Boy (2019) Akhtar - Who previously explored only rich lives, manages to give them characteristic situations that avoid turning them into caricatures. However, she never seems to get that exploring these lives don't call for exploiting them. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Day After I'm Gone (2019) Muted emotions aside, this is a very well-intentioned debut. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
2/5 90% Starfish (2019) A.T White's Starfish is a film that has brilliant production values for a low-budget sci-fi film. But it's far too self-contained in its representation to really make its own place among a sea of seen-before advents. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 80% Photograph (2019) Photograph is about two emotionally distant people trying to find common ground. Its real charm lies in moments of silences and melancholy that flow like poetry. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/5 93% Diane (2019) Similar to Alfonso Cuaron's Roma, Kent Jones' film takes a look at the life of a caregiver with an intimate yet depressing eye. Sadly, it is not as clear and as visionary as Cuaron's film. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
2/5 75% I Trapped The Devil (2019) Lobo has an interesting eye for visual aesthetics but there's not really anything else that I'd recommend here. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
2.5/5 78% Guava Island (2019) It is easy to say that even though it's a casually charming collective of ferociously stiched notes, the overall experience that you get out of this half-baked allegory is also half-amusing. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019