Film Companion

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Rating Title/Year Author
() Rahul Desai For a narrative inspired by director Anvita Dutt's affection for words, perhaps it's both ironic and fitting that Bulbbul wears the distinct visual aura of a dreamer... EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
Athlete A (2020) Rahul Desai That I, as a viewer, am in the position to feel the momentum of emotions is a testament to just how empathetic and well-rounded Athlete A is - as both a work of visual art and a work of investigative craft. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
7500 (2019) Rahul Desai 7500 ends up locating the emotional complexities of Stockholm Syndrome within German airspace... EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Rahul Desai What Da 5 Bloods does, often garishly and often gloriously, is fetishize the broadness of this moment. It's always existed. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
Artemis Fowl (2020) Suchin Mehrotra Kenneth Branagh's Artemis Fowl is a hollow, reductive film with dull drama separating average set pieces which will likely leave fans of the books enraged. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
The Last Days of American Crime (2020) Prathyush Parasuraman A mess you just don't care for, and rarely understand... EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
Gulabo Sitabo (2020) Rahul Desai It's a risky move - using an entire film as a smokescreen - but one that, in its final moments, pays poignant dividends. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
Gulabo Sitabo (2020) Anupama Chopra Shoojit Sircar's Gulabo Sitabo, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana, leaves you with a smile and an ache. And that's a rare combination. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
Gulabo Sitabo (2020) Sucharita Tyagi A very deep, multi-layered film with much to say. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
Spirited Away (2001) Ruhaan Shah It is a mix of the real and the surreal, enough to captivate the younger audiences and haunt the older ones. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
How to Train Your Dragon (2010) Ruhaan Shah It's a soaring fable of humanity, on bonding and companionship, and most importantly, acceptance. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
Inside Out (2015) Ruhaan Shah Even after having a narrative so magnified that it focuses on the mental faculties of one person, it remains universal and penetrating. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
The Gruffalo (2009) Ruhaan Shah It is intimate and focused. It is not simply the action that shows the mouse's resilience, it is a combination of James Corden's compelling voiceover and phenomenal animations. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
The Lovebirds (2020) Ruhaan Shah The film does a good job of balancing the seemingly disparate genres - the humour levels the action well. But beyond that, it's all just obtuse clutter... EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
Flushed Away (2006) Ruhaan Shah Flushed Away is sweetly silly and consistent - it is the perfect story for a few hours' respite. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
The Polar Express (2004) Ruhaan Shah Director Robert Zemeckis adds tenderness to this roller-coaster ride of a train, the thrill and adrenaline are constantly offset with unrestrained emotional punches. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
Rango (2011) Ruhaan Shah Animated spaghetti Westerns are few and far between and especially those that look like they've come straight out of Sergio Leone's filmography. The animation is meticulously detailed... EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
Kung Fu Panda (2008) Ruhaan Shah It's not the first or the last film to sermonise the idea of "never giving up," but there is a certain charm in seeing a collector of action figures, an indolent slug, turn into an animal-bashing Bruce Lee. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
The Book of Life (2014) Ruhaan Shah Visually striking and colourful, The Book of Life is an enchanting story about a romance being withered by a conniving and greedy man. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
Klaus (2019) Ruhaan Shah There is warmth in the wintry village and compassion amidst grudging communities. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (2020) Prathyush Parasuraman With Nanette she spotlighted this with urgency, and necessity. And that's where Douglas falls behind; I just wish this one felt more necessary... EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
Punjab 1984 (2014) Anupama Chopra The film has a lot of emotion, a lot of tragedy, and I guarantee that you will cry. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Okja (2017) Anupama Chopra Okja is a satire on corporate greed and how awful we are. I know people who stopped eating meat after they saw Okja. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Bangalore Days (2014) Anupama Chopra Anjali Menon's 2014 Bangalore Days is a film that spreads joy and gives you hope. It's young, it's frothy, instantly relatable and it stars a who's who of Malayalam cinema... EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Mulk (2018) Anupama Chopra The film speaks to the poison of communalism that has spread throughout the country. Mulk is persuasive and powerful. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Maqbool (2003) Anupama Chopra Beautifully written with wonderful music and certain scenes which are unforgettable. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
And Your Mother Too (2001) Anupama Chopra Y Tu Mama Tambien is the film that made me fall in love with Alfonso Cuaron. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
C/o Kancharapalem (2017) Anupama Chopra C/O Kancharapalem is a film about four love stories. But director Venkatesh Maha is also commenting on religion, gender and dignity in labour. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Ustad Hotel (2012) Anupama Chopra It's a film that appears simple but it isn't. Anjali Menon's script is layered and the performances from Dulquer Salman, Nithya Menon and Thilakan are wonderful. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Infernal Affairs (2002) Anupama Chopra Internal Affairs is a deliciously twisted thriller from Hong Kong. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) Anupama Chopra I cannot express to you how beautiful and stunning it is. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Jallikattu (2019) Anupama Chopra There are visuals here that you will not be able to get out of your head. This film is only 90 minutes and you're not going to be able to look away. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) Anupama Chopra Director David Gelb gives us a portrait of a man with a passion. It's about what it takes to find your ambition and work relentlessly at it day after day, year after year. And what is the price of that perfection? EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Sideways (2004) Anupama Chopra This is a film about human beings who can be flawed and prickly but if you go a little deeper, you will see beauty. This is a wonderfully written script, with a great performance by Paul Giamatti. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Tampopo (1985) Anupama Chopra So you're watching all this amazing food being consumed, you're getting hungrier and hungrier and you're laughing harder and harder. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Shakespeare in Love (1998) Anupama Chopra Outside the romance, it's also got great depth and insight into the nature of showbusiness. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
'96 (2018) Anupama Chopra The writing is terrific as is the acting of Trisha Krishnan and Vijay Sethupathi. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Monsoon Wedding (2001) Anupama Chopra There is the madness of a family wedding, there's a disturbing secret and there is also a snapshot of India at that moment in time. This is a film that doesn't date. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Fandry (2013) Anupama Chopra I think Nagraj Manjule is one of the finest filmmakers we have working currently. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Anupama Chopra ...an exquisite love story. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) Anupama Chopra This film is superbly funny... EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Luck by Chance (2009) Anupama Chopra Zoya is a second generation of Bollywood kid. She has seen it all and she calls it all out - the mediocrity and hypocrisy. She calls out nepotism way before nepotism became a thing. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Rangeela (1995) Anupama Chopra Aamir is in terrific form and just nails Munna. Wait for this scene in which he shows up to take Urmila out in a complete yellow outfit, from head to toe. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Don't Breathe (2016) Anupama Chopra This film is just what you need to completely take you out of what is happening outside because you literally won't be able to stop watching. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Mirch Masala (1986) Anupama Chopra Mehta really uses the colour of Gujarat well - the red of the spices and the red of the clothes the women are wearing. The cast is made up of a who's who of art cinema. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Moonstruck (1987) Anupama Chopra It's wonderfully written and has just the right touch of sweeping romance that you need. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Junoon (1978) Anupama Chopra Junoon is a sprawling epic... EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Vada Chennai (2018) Anupama Chopra Vetrimaaran's Vada Chennai is 2hrs 44 mins but every minute of it is worth your time. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Ratatouille (2007) Anupama Chopra This is a film about a rat who becomes a chef in Paris. But it's so much more than that. It's about what a great artist can be, where a great artist can come from, it's about food and how to savour it. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Se rokh (2018) Ruhaan Shah As a poem on despair and hopelessness is recited in the background, the film wrestles with some questions... EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020