Wogma rating: The keen must watch on screen; else TV/online
Quick review: The most awaited movie of this year, and most years that have passed before this, does not fail to disappoint… to a certain degree. There are definitely areas where it lacks, and some parts that were truly awesome. However, overall, I left the theatre not knowing what exactly what I thought of this one, and mildly irritated. Is that good?
Wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do
Quick review: Social messages in a ghost-romantic-comedy. Yes, that’s 4 genres in one sentence. And that’s not counting the many “Public Service Announcements” within those social messages. A bit much that alas adds to not much.
Wogma rating: Catch on TV/online for sure
Quick review: Beyond the Clouds is as harsh as it is kind and in that sense it follows life. If only the Iranian director had avoided drama especially through some of the performances and the background score. These took a toll on the subtlety that could have been.
Wogma rating: Watch for sure, preferably in theatre
Quick review: Both as dramatic or as slow as real life is. It is an immersive experience that makes you think about it well after you are out of the theater.
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.
No fanfare, no bells and whistles. Just plain happy to be 10.