Wogma rating: Even the keen, wait for it to come on TV/online
Quick review: A walkthrough of what a man went through to prove that he is alive. Feels like interesting journal entries that strictly stick to the “what” without getting into the “why”.
(Available on Zee5)
Wogma rating: Switch channels if it's on cable
Quick review: No, I hadn't expected anything else. Got exactly what I had signed up for and more on each count—worst kind of misogyny, cringy slapstick humour, horrifying ahemmm story-line.
Wogma rating: The keen must watch on screen; else TV/online
Quick review: Someone thought of putting questions about life, death and beyond in a light, fun movie—that in itself is incredible. And then you have lovely animation to make the experience even richer—enough to excuse the anti-climactic end.
(Available on Disney-Hotstar)
Wogma rating: Catch on TV/online for sure
Quick review: Meta has a certain charm. But the tell-don’t-show climax that is typical of thrillers is a put-off. Even so, it is an interesting watch for how the medium is used.
I finally watched Ijaazat. My thoughts on watching it as a 46-year-old.
A counterpoint to Meeta's review of Aiyaary and a comparison with the other film that released on the same day The Shape of Water.
This piece is fanboy material by design - it is for the most part about the influence of his - the Joharian school of cinema - on me, as someone who grew up in the late nineties as also on our popular mainstream culture - something that our man isn't credited for often and not nearly enough with.