High on Films

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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/5 The Atlantic City Story (2020) Shikhar Verma The Atlantic City Story is a film that understands the underrated feeling of being lost. It understands the reason why so many people in the world don't share or confide their sadness with the people they know. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
2.5/5 The Ringmaster (2019) Shikhar Verma The Ringmaster - which in itself takes up newer meanings as it goes on, made me sit back and take notice. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
2.5/5 Cargo (2019) Shikhar Verma A sci-fi film in terms of its premise, but a truly existential, inventive, and to a stretch original oddity about life, death, and everything in between, Kadav's debut feature film is what you truly call 'out of the box.' EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
2.5/5 Bulbbul (2020) Shikhar Verma An anti-fairytale at its very core, this feminist fable is arguably the most gorgeous looking thing to have come out of Hindi cinema all year. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
3/5 1BR (2019) Shikhar Verma David Marmor manages to make a thriller that uses two most commonly found things in typical horror films - the fear of the unknown and a sort of twisted home-invasion scenario to uplift his material out of the ordinary. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
2.5/5 Rom Boys: 40 Years of Rad (2020) Shikhar Verma It's a documentary that celebrates the memories of a bygone era that needs to be preserved for the rich impact it left on the people it inhabited. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
3.5/5 Wolfwalkers (2020) Shikhar Verma Cleverly weaving a folktale around urgent and contemporary themes, the film becomes a wise coming-of-age tale about a girl breaking off the restriction imposed upon her to truly embrace her wild mysticism. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
2.5/5 IRL (2019) Shikhar Verma The constant confusion and doubt keep IRL in the realm of a clickbaity romance that manages to hook the viewers in, in spite of a premise that we have seen before. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
4/5 Nine Days (2020) Shikhar Verma Oda imbibes [Nine Days] with so much heart that his incredibly original idea comes out as moving, in spite of leaning towards a slight pretense every now and then. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
3/5 Spark: A Burning Man Story (2013) Shikhar Verma The most enchanting moments of the documentary have to be when the camera is let loose and it randomly captures the vibrant, eccentricities of humans who become someone else when they arrive at the holy place. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
3.5/5 Gaza Mon Amour (2020) Shikhar Verma Gaza Mon Amour is an offbeat comedy and a truly unconventional romance that is humanized by the fact that no tragedy and repression can stop people from loving each other. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
2/5 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) Shikhar Verma If you enjoyed the first film it's not necessary that you will enjoy this too. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
3/5 Enemies of the State (2020) Shikhar Verma The film really works wonders when it shows how the lack of transparency shown by a government can truly result in something that can only be conspired into nastier truths EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
4/5 The Disciple (2020) Shikhar Verma Tamhane's film is actually a multi-layered, multi-faceted character study that uses its strong sense of place to tell an essential tale about having to live with one's own mediocrity. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
3/5 Beasts Clawing at Straws (2020) Shikhar Verma The editing is clever and the merging of the characters with a timeline that just might surprise a lot of audiences is perfectly procured. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
2/5 79 Parts (2016) Shikhar Verma Quirky characters and some clever plotting for an ultimate crescendo makes the film sound good on paper. However, the lazy writing and direction as the film proceeds don't do justice to the genre and its conventions. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
4/5 Gravity (2013) Shikhar Verma [Gravity] is not just a spectacle that shows us the beauty and horrors of space but also a survival tale and a tale about grief. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2020
3/5 Labyrinth of Cinema (2019) Shikhar Verma Labyrinth of Cinema is a film that believes in the power of cinema as a medium to change people and their perspective towards war. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
1/5 The Mentor (2020) Shikhar Verma [The Mentor] becomes an anti-movie that is so hell-bent on breaking the rules, structure, and narrative of filmmaking that it literally spells out every move it is making so as to also come off as a critique of it's anti-critic. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
2.5/5 Wildland (2019) Shikhar Verma Wildland is an assured debut feature. Jeanette Nordahl knows exactly how she wishes to coax her characters. Choosing to show the proceedings through Ida's point of view gives her film a kind of susceptibility that is hard to come by. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
3/5 Dinner in America (2020) Shikhar Verma Dinner in America is essentially a coming-of-age tale that is trying to showcase the fakeness of American families and their oversight to hide their shortcomings by aggressive, over-the-top behavior. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2020
2.5/5 Random Acts of Violence (2019) Shikhar Verma With Random Acts of Violence, [Jay Baruchel] wishes to reinvent the slasher genre by criticizing it's very core that also needs to be human. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2020
3.5/5 Lapsis (2020) Shikhar Verma [Lapsis] also serves as a scathing satire on corporate greed & the didactic allure of capitalism. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
3.5/5 For Sama (2019) Shikhar Verma This deeply personal and intimate portrayal of lives being torn to shreds by a war on humanity is filled with horrific images that can disturb even the most stone-hearted people. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
3.5/5 Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Shikhar Verma Motioning through Autumn's life as she soaks in the horrors of having to withstand unplanned pregnancy, Hittman's drama seeks refuge in a slight investigating of the advent of a totalitarian and overtly sexist society. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
3.5/5 The Overnight (2015) Shikhar Verma Just when you expect it to go easy on the eye, it goes a peak higher. Most importantly it never goes in the direction you will want it to go. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
3/5 Aviva (2020) Shikhar Verma [Aviva] formulates a strange mix of meta-cinema, performance art, and relationship drama by deconstructing narrative conventions. Using sexuality and dance to express desires, longing, jealousy and love. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2020
3.5/5 All Is Good (2018) Shikhar Verma Eva Trobisch's daring first feature is a psychologically complex portrait of a woman's unreleased trauma and the guilt that hangs like a tight rope around her neck. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
2.5/5 Turbo Kid (2015) Shikhar Verma Turbo Kid is a completely stupid, over the top, action-comedy with a heart. It's enjoyable if you are one of those who don't need their stories to make a whole lot of sense. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
3.5/5 Ema (2019) Shikhar Verma Fueled by a pulsating score by Nicolas Jaar and eye-popping visuals by Sergio Armstrong, Ema is a scathing character study of a woman dancing to the unmatched rhythm of her own chaos. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
2/5 The Rental (2020) Shikhar Verma I like my horror films that don't resort to theatrics, but the lack of it here doesn't help either. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
2.5/5 The Beach House (2019) Shikhar Verma The Beach House is a low-budget horror film that uses it's budget constraints and cliches in its favor for most of the runtime. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
4/5 Shirley (2020) Shikhar Verma Filled with a macabre and dreamlike narrative vision, Decker's Shirley pays homage to the great writer's vision whilst becoming a feminist fable of subjugated desires and the creative freedom that darkness brings to the forefront. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2020
3.5/5 The Bare Necessity (2019) Shikhar Verma With odd characterizations, weird culty conflicts, and carefully constructed imagery, this is Wes Anderson in reverse. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
3.5/5 The Farewell (2019) Shikhar Verma The Farewell becomes a gentle, universal plea that showcases all the perks and drawbacks of having a family. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
2/5 Game of Death (2017) Shikhar Verma Thinly plotted and almost always too edgy to really feel significant,Sebastien Landry & Laurence Morais-Lagace'sGame Of Death works only if it's played out loud in a dorm room full of drunk people. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
0.5/5 365 Days (2020) Shikhar Verma The problem lies in the fact that the makers of 365 Days counter every morally incorrect step with a self-aware one. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
3/5 Hush (2016) Shikhar Verma Hush is probably the best home invasion film since Adam Wingard's You're Next. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2020
2.5/5 Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai (2020) Shikhar Verma In Choked, the theme and metaphors feel stamped-on rather than organically infused. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
3.5/5 Luce (2019) Shikhar Verma Luce is one of the biggest surprises of 2019. It's a socio-psychological thriller that intensifies like a ticking bomb. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
3.5/5 Take Me Somewhere Nice (2019) Shikhar Verma The camera angles, the colors, and the way Sendijarević lenses the entire Bosnian society give this quirky, small-scaled indie an interesting edge. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2020
4.5/5 Oslo, August 31st (2011) Shikhar Verma [Oslo, August 31st] is a dark, yet profound and sympathetic observation of a man who simply can't succumb to the imperfection that his life has come to. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
3.5/5 Bad Education (2019) Shikhar Verma Bad Education foreshadows the traditional 'true-crime' genre and becomes a truly exhilarating drama sprinkled with moments of pure black comedic grace EDIT
Posted May 22, 2020
3.5/5 To Let (2019) Shikhar Verma Chezhian Ra's To Let is one of the only Indian films of 2019 that I found to be a genuinely moving experience. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
3.5/5 Parasite (2019) Shikhar Verma Settling in for a narrative about a family trying to keep it together by overpowering the capitalistic battle, Bong Joon-ho has constructed a low-key tragic comedy that insists on being more than just that. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
3.5/5 Les misérables (2019) Shikhar Verma Fueled by Pink Noise's fascinating score, [Les Misérables] is an energetic portrayal of the marginalized who are forced to live a life that is controlled by an unearthly entity above them. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2020
2/5 Clementine (2019) Shikhar Verma Clementine ultimately falls flat as a thinly written piece about modern relationships turning sour. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
3/5 Nasir (2019) Shikhar Verma Nasir is a political film showcased through a life of miserable positivity. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
3/5 The Occupant (2020) Shikhar Verma The main reason why The Occupant works is Javier Gutierrez's dedicated performance as the psychopathic, dejected advertiser who would go to any heights to get what he wants. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2020
3.5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Shikhar Verma James Gray's Ad Astra is an inwards journey about the necessity to feel things. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2020