Reviews

‘One Night in Miami’ and the Debate Between Idealism and Realism

Last December, multiple award-winning actress Regina King made her directorial debut with One Night in Miami, a speculative historical film based on Kemp Powers’ 2013 play of the same name. One Night focuses on the real-life encounter that Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown all had on February 25, 1964, fictionalizing the… Continue reading ‘One Night in Miami’ and the Debate Between Idealism and Realism

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‘MLK/FBI’ Review: No Justice in the Status Quo

The system was made to push dissent down. That much is clear while looking into the history of any socially progressive movement across the world in the last century or so. The tendency seems to be that anyone who is not compliant with the trends of the time will be silenced by the ruling class… Continue reading ‘MLK/FBI’ Review: No Justice in the Status Quo

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‘Happiest Season’: On Coming Out with Fresh Narratives for a Queer Audience

Holiday romantic comedies in mainstream media have always been made for a heterosexual audience. Naturally, last year’s release of Clea DuVall’s Happiest Season, starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis as a lesbian couple, generated both praise and backlash for its portrayal and placement of the LGBT in this genre. LGBT representation in mainstream media has… Continue reading ‘Happiest Season’: On Coming Out with Fresh Narratives for a Queer Audience

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The Life and Death of ‘The White Tiger’

What does it take to taste freedom? For most of his life, Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav) has known nothing but to live in the shackles of the slums of India, with seemingly all facets of his life shackling him down to the pits of poverty and the unceasing cycle of slavery. When young Balram experiences… Continue reading The Life and Death of ‘The White Tiger’

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‘Soul’ is a near-death (and near-life) experience

Pixar goes meta by successfully merging philosophy and jazz to create a vibrant and soul-warming animated feature film called Soul, its most ambitious work to date. Released last Christmas on Disney+, Soul gave the perfect holiday gift of existential bliss (and crisis) to its viewers. The film follows a jazz pianist named Joe Gardner (voiced… Continue reading ‘Soul’ is a near-death (and near-life) experience

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‘Nimic’: Mimicry at Its Most Discomforting

Yorgos Lanthimos has this eerily satisfying way of creating a dystopian atmosphere around the concepts of human behavior. If you have been following his work, you know how he can effortlessly bend his audience and turn them into hollow but enlightened souls just as the credits roll. If you have an affinity for dark comedies… Continue reading ‘Nimic’: Mimicry at Its Most Discomforting

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’: An Empty, Tone-Deaf Spectacle

There’s something to be said about the state of cinema last year. With the industry scrambling to adjust to the pandemic, gone were the corporate blockbusters inhabiting the big screens and the usual blockbuster noise making rounds on your social media feed. For a year as long as 2020, the months without these behemoth blockbusters… Continue reading ‘Wonder Woman 1984’: An Empty, Tone-Deaf Spectacle

Festivals, Reviews

‘Fan Girl’: An Effort in Breaking Porcelain Images

There’s a familiar line from Patrick Stump’s 2011 song “Porcelain” that goes, “No, I simply can’t resist my imagination, no amount of patience validates my preoccupation, let me say this, you look better famous”. It’s sung with a sneer guised in disappointment. The kinetic sound feels starry as the narrator pleas for the subject to… Continue reading ‘Fan Girl’: An Effort in Breaking Porcelain Images