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.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 94% Beastie Boys Story (2020) Structured under chapters that shout funny randomness (much like the sound that designed them as a band), Beastie Boys Story is a great homage to a band that never settled and constantly evolved. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2021
4/5 94% Sardar Udham (2021) Sardar Udham paints a vivid picture of oppression and imperialism. Sircar cleverly sets his tale in a way that the revenge at its centre is used as a basic plot point in the lure of giving the more palpable political context a contemporary treatment. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2021
2/5 56% Rashmi Rocket (2021) From the first frame to the last, director Khurana approaches the material in a rather basic and heavy-handed way. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2021
1/5 37% Needle in a Timestack (2021) Director John Ridley is obsessed with this juvenile idea of love; something that you would find in computer-generated web pages on the internet, and does nothing else to make his characters even remotely interesting. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
3/5 69% Fever Dream (2021) Fever Dream is a film that will keep you invested in its narrative with an unexplainable emptiness within. It's almost like looking at a puzzle from a distance and realizing that all the elements are already there. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
3/5 83% Seeding Change: The Power of Conscious Commerce (2021) It takes an inspiring look at businesses that have grown a conscience by dwelling on the ways in which they can succeed in the contemporary world without harming the already depleting consumption chain. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2021
3/5 84% No Time To Die (2021) The result is a big screen extravaganza that matches Bond's charisma with Craig's humanized approach to the character, to the best of its abilities. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2021
2/5 72% The Guilty (2021) The only high point here is Jake Gyllenhaals dedicated performance that almost salvages this unwarranted Americanization of a far superior Danish thriller. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2021
4/5 88% Titane (2021) Both a seriously unsettling & squeamish serial killer movie and a compassionate & searing look at acceptance, Titane is a one-of-a-kind representation for the gender-fluid generation. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2021
3/5 84% No Time To Die (2021) The set pieces are spectacular. They are an amalgamation of what makes Bond films exciting - the over-the-top campy action, carefully followed by the more realistic and exhilarating stuff. - The Cinemaholic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Sounds Like Love (2021) After a point, undermining conventions become tiresome and the overall flow of the film feels like it is looking for a redemptive arc that never comes. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2021
2/5 21% The Starling (2021) There are some really wise moments here and there but Melfi's choice of clearly lighting up the heavy moments with pathetic gags and uplifting country songs just feels like a misstep. - The Cinemaholic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
2.5/5 37% Cherry (2021) [Cherry] seriously suffers from tonal inconsistency; juggling a growing-up narrative with a half-baked anti-war message. Tom Holland tries his best to balance this stylish but inconsequential outing with a rather misguided but heartfelt performance. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2021
2/5 50% The Stronghold (Bac nord) (2021) [The Stronghold] tries to say something but doesn't have the tools or the right political messaging to deliver it clearly. - The Cinemaholic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
3/5 87% Dug Dug (2021) 3 years in the making and bound to have a cult-like following, Ritwik Pareek's "Dug Dug" takes a satirical look at religious faith, myth-making, and the politics behind it all. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
3/5 58% Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) Gunpowder milkshake is a frothy, delicious, candy-like female assassin movie that has a blast with the pulpy world it creates. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
1/5 44% Kate (2021) The stoic nature of its central character doesn't complement its narrative which is so inept and flaccid that in spite of Winstead's efforts, you can't help notice that it drops into the white-saviour complex. - The Cinemaholic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
1/5 37% Reminiscence (2021) Characters talk to each other with words that feel like sermons and the plot goes nowhere before finally tapping out. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2021
3/5 92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) When the conflicts are this personal, one is bound to get invested. - The Cinemaholic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
2/5 60% Vacation Friends (2021) With a total of 4 credited writers, Vacation Friends just feels like it is doing a 'classic circle sweep maneuver' with little to no focus on its ultimate aim. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2021
2/5 79% Greyhound (2020) It doesn't help that there is zero character build-up for Ernest Krause, making our care for him come from Hanks' dedicated performance and not a memorable mid-war maneuver. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2021
3.5/5 97% Pig (2021) [Pig] tells us to keep living, in spite of the losses that we face in the way. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2021
1/5 31% He's All That (2021) [This] modern-day remake and a generic gender swap on 1999 teen favorite rom-com "She' All That" is as unappealing as the numerous updates on the said social media apps. It's both unnecessary and serves no purpose whatsoever. - The Cinemaholic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
1.5/5 21% Sweet Girl (2021) The film ploys a really unoriginal plot twist into the mix that derails the film in the third act. A lot of groundwork is needed for such a twist, but director Brian Andrew Mendoza fails miserably in that context. - The Cinemaholic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Ten Months (2020) Namkoong Sun's approach to the subject matter feels fresh in spite of revisiting familiar tropes and that is a feat on its own. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2021
3/5 46% Beckett (2021) Working on the contours set by John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps, the film is able to upend some major genre conventions and come out as an entertainer that does what it promises. - The Cinemaholic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2021
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Story of Southern Islet (2020) Through incredible lightning and camera placements, debutant director Chong Keat Aun manages to conjure up an atmosphere that replicates a cursed sense of dread, while also producing tranquility in the lapses. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2021
3.5/5 59% John and the Hole (2021) Sisto, who is also a visual artist builds an incredible sense of The result is a black comedy and a dark coming-of-age film that also serves as an allegory for alienation faced by young people in the face of adult supervision. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet The Asian Angel (2021) In Yuya Ishii's "The Asian Angel" two families come together by chance. Of course, there's a divine connection here but director Ishii uses that for comedic relief in a film that brings people together, in spite of a multi-cultural milieu. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2021
4/5 100% Manta Ray (2018) Subtly filmed and mostly silent in its metaphorical look at societal displacement, Manta Ray is a film of truly artistic beauty. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2021
2.5/5 86% Vivo (2021) The jazzy mix of hip-hop with EDM peppered by Miranda's Broadway lyricism really works in parts and that's the only reason you should take this trip. - The Cinemaholic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2021
3.5/5 95% Mass (2021) Without taking sides, Kranz lets his set of characters play it out - leading up to an incredibly moving and cathartic experience for both the characters and the viewers. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2021
3/5 98% Sweat (2020) While von Horn's film is a wee bit thin and unfocused in what it really wants to convey, this is definitely a deeply unsettling and realistic portrayal of a life that is completely inhibited by being online. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
1.5/5 18% Mimi (2021) The film's inept writing and weirdly inert narrative beats fail to deliver a clear and concise message, diluting the film's potential with a problematic and conservative stance on its own progressive ideas. - The Cinemaholic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
2/5 56% The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021) While the director gives her film a rich visual style, not much can be said about the world these characters inhabit. The one-dimensional characters and their conflicts and longing are all used as stimuli for manipulation. - The Cinemaholic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Meat Me Halfway (2021) While this feels like propaganda waiting to mislead a generation of people, the documentary provides a well-balanced look at how meat consumption, its reduction, and trudging towards a vegetable-based diet is the need of the hour. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
4/5 97% Flee (2021) Rasmussen's moving documentary uses gorgeous animation to tell a tale of survival and resilience and leads up to a moment of absolute, hopeful catharsis. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
4/5 92% The Fallout (2021) While being sensitive to the issues at hand, Park's film doesn't lead these kids to become some kind of matured version of themselves instantly. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
4/5 85% Passing (2021) Since its main focus doesn't lead you into racial tension of the times, the film becomes a singular, deeper, and mysterious enigma about desires and an inability to withstand what one becomes with time. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
2.5/5 92% Touch (2020) Though not entirely fulfilling after an exceptional first act, Szczepanowska's film is irresistible for how it delves into desire and the need for something that truly belongs to you. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
3/5 97% I Carry You with Me (2021) The eventual shot at the American dream is neither glorified, not undermined in the film. This somehow washes away some of the flaws that come with the conventionality it couldn't free itself from. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2021
2/5 48% False Positive (2021) The film tries to dabble into a few too many territories, only to get crushed under the weight of the classic horror film it wants to riff. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
3/5 85% Brighton 4th (2021) Full of sweet-natured humor and genuine characters with empathy, this is a familiar tale of survival in a land that doesn't feel like home. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
2.5/5 89% No Future (2020) Guilt and grief form the crux of this film and while it leaves you with bleak aftermath, there's no second say that it deals with its themes with sensitivity. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
2/5 67% Shapeless (2021) The body issues that the film wants to delve into feel subsequently undervalued. Making this debut film a promising start but a flawed attempt at something deeper. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2021
3/5 100% All My Friends Hate Me (2021) The film taps into the idea of social anxiety that one feels when trapped in a familiar setting that isn't particularly familiar anymore. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2021
2.5/5 86% Werewolves Within (2021) The bits between Richardson and the real highlight of the film Milana Vayntrub are really sweet and charming, but not everything else works. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2021
2/5 80% Honeymood (2020) Honeymood is a film that has some fine performance and a few laughs but mostly it just happens to be one of those films that come out of a one-line idea that fails to compensate or revels in its chaos. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
2/5 57% Mark, Mary & Some Other People (2021) When it's time to really bring on her A-game, the director stumbles. She is unable to build on her premise and the third act feels like a disjointed amalgamation of half-realized ideas. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
2.5/5 80% See For Me (2021) See for Me manages to subvert the pathos of the home-invasion genre by playing into the moral complexities of its characters. In doing so, it provides an immersive experience, in spite of a lack of subtlety and familiar narrative turns. - High on Films EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021