High on Films

High on Films is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Shikhar Verma
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Greener Grass (2019) Shikhar Verma Greener Grass is an absurdist comedy like no other. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3.5/5 The Parting Glass (2018) Shikhar Verma This deeply personal film ropes in an ensemble cast that delivers the truly vivid aftermath of a loss EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
0.5/5 We Will Not Die Tonight (2018) Shikhar Verma This is just uninteresting garbage sold as a festival film. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
1.5/5 The Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful (2017) Shikhar Verma 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
3.5/5 Chained for Life (2018) Shikhar Verma Referencing numerous movies and the entire subculture, Schimberg pays a peculiarly satisfying homage to the everyday people and the little stories inside their heads. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
2.5/5 Fortuna (2018) Shikhar Verma Fortuna is a demanding little film that doesn't really reveal itself tenfolds until the slow-burn becomes absolutely irrelevant. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4.5/5 Relaxer (2018) Shikhar Verma Relaxer is a sickening, strangely funny takedown of the capitalistic system that's taking over the world. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
2.5/5 Angel (2017) Shikhar Verma 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 War (2019) Shikhar Verma Siddharth Anand's 'War' is a truly pulpy entertainer that casually reinvents Bollywood action films. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
2.5/5 Hustlers (2019) Shikhar Verma 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
4/5 Hotel by the River (2018) Shikhar Verma Beautifully shot in melancholic black and white, the film posts most existential questions without focusing too much on the passage of time. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
4/5 Las herederas (2018) Shikhar Verma 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
5/5 Suspiria (1977) Shikhar Verma 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
5/5 Manbiki kazoku (2018) Shikhar Verma 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3.5/5 Thunder Road (2018) Shikhar Verma 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
4/5 Tamasha (2015) Shikhar Verma 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/5 Gully Boy (2019) Shikhar Verma 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/5 () Shikhar Verma Muted emotions aside, this is a very well-intentioned debut. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
2/5 Starfish (2016) Shikhar Verma 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 Photograph (2019) Shikhar Verma 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/5 Diane (2018) Shikhar Verma 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
2/5 I Trapped the Devil (2019) Shikhar Verma Lobo has an interesting eye for visual aesthetics but there's not really anything else that I'd recommend here. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
2.5/5 Guava Island (2019) Shikhar Verma 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/5 Ravening (2019) Shikhar Verma I really liked Bhaskar Hazarika's Aamis as a tale of quietly horrifying consequences of forbidden love and suppressed desire, but as a well-written film that tightly packs a punch - It doesn't chew well. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 Sir (2018) Shikhar Verma Sir is a film that is charming even when it talks about how hopes are lost when one doesn't really get what they want. But it's optimistic tone and humanistic core that tells people to be themselves makes for a glorious watch. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
2/5 Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (2018) Shikhar Verma Vasan Bala's film has endearing characters who all call for a big celebratory leap forward for conventional Hindi films; but the entire arc that comes along with the self-awareness lacks real oomph or glow. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
2.5/5 No Fathers in Kashmir (2019) Shikhar Verma Ashvin Kumar chooses to mostly put his film as an English language hard-hitter, fails to subdue the lack of subtlety with something that remains in one's memories. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
5/5 Pickpocket (1959) Shikhar Verma Pickpocket is a film that puts the characters directly into a frame of judgment and asks the viewer if they would really try to understand the character's side of the story. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
1/5 Maria (2019) Shikhar Verma Newest Filipino action film Maria is now on Netflix. Much like most of its counterpart; it has no reasons to exist. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/5 Her Smell (2018) Shikhar Verma The film ultimately becomes a parable of understanding the fact that togetherness can save more than one soul and every scene that comes in the last act is a testament to longing, change, and growth. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 Aga's House (Shpia e Agës) (2019) Shikhar Verma Playful, funny and quietly heartbreaking, Zeiraaj's departure from short films is a brilliant drama about how empathy not only heals but ultimately makes one grow. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 Anima (2019) Shikhar Verma Inspired by Carl Jung's theories of the unconsciousness, the Netflix produced Anima is everything - Brash, imperfect, absurd, honest, abstract and ultimately beautiful. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
2/5 Newness (2017) Shikhar Verma Sold as a modern-day investigation of relationships, Newness quickly becomes a far-cry for help. It is only saved by coincidence and an underdeveloped connection that holds the characters accounted towards one-another EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
2.5/5 Sub Zero (2005) Shikhar Verma None of the themes of faith, redemption, empathy, friendship, and economic displacement hit home. Leading to an eventual mess that relies on technical soundness. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Shikhar Verma With his sophomore film The Art of Self-Defense, Riley showcases a bone-dry comedy about the toxicity of being a modern alpha-man. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
5/5 A Man Escaped (1956) Shikhar Verma Since we never get aware of Fontaine's motivation; the only reason becomes to 'revolt against the system in place.' This makes A Man Escaped a transcendental prison drama that stands way beyond the comprehension of generic prison-escape films. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
3/5 Harpoon (2019) Shikhar Verma Happens to romanticize with its own stubborn self-awareness to become a boat movie that's just gory and occasionally entertaining. This, however, isn't really a bad thing as the film doesn't wish to be anything more than that. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
3.5/5 Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Shikhar Verma In spite of the sudden change in scenario the film works. If not as a cyclic Babadook, then as a Groundhog Day retelling of how grief drills people to death every single day. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
2/5 () Shikhar Verma The allegories used in The Son (El Hijo) aren't rooted enough. Most of them are too on the face or forced. Others are completely overshadowed by trying to fit into a conventional structure. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
3.5/5 The Beach Bum (2019) Shikhar Verma This scattershot plotted and freewheeling Korine advent becomes an ode to the spirit of the people who want to be artistically free. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
4/5 The Souvenir (2019) Shikhar Verma Hogg portrays both love and addiction within spans of wordless fumes. She knows exactly how both have no fix and how their necessity or the lack of can make and break a person. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
1/5 Girls With Balls (2018) Shikhar Verma Unimaginative, unfunny and relying too heavily on one-note sequences, this gorefest is vile, unwatchable thrash of the highest order. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
2/5 No One Will Know (2012) Shikhar Verma The constant shift from black and white to color keeps changing the narrative gears and the overall emotional impact is diluted to a degree where even a standout performance from Adriana Paz is overshadowed. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
3.5/5 () Shikhar Verma Corpus Christi is about second chances, about faith, and about acceptance. It's a revolting coming-of-age tale of a young man who believes that faith could move mountains if his past doesn't chase him everywhere. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
3/5 Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Shikhar Verma It is an impressive little film with an unimpressive way of examining things. It is maddeningly genius in parts and incredibly infuriating in others. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
3.5/5 () Shikhar Verma Adriana Matoshi is the biggest asset of Kastrati's unconventional drama. She is a woman who has drenched herself in grief for so long that she no more understands what life could be without it. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019