The White Balloon (1995) Review ― A Uniquely Structured Neorealist Drama

Jafar Panahi’s debut feature about a little girl’s quest to buy a goldfish becomes a vivid study of the little things and emotions, often neglected and forgotten in the hustle and bustle of daily routine, that constitute everyday life. With a screenplay written by another legend of Iranian cinema, Abbas Kiarostami, The White Balloon won…

Annihilation (2018) Review – A Wild, Trippy Sci-Fi Ride into the Shimmer

  Coming straight to Netflix for the international audience, the first thought after watching Alex Garland’s Annihilation is the regret of not watching it in the theatre. This is, of course, after you have been consumed by the exhilarating soundtrack and are shaken by the terrifying plot. After Ex Machina, director Garland focuses on the…

The New Wave of Political Satire — An Interview with Julian Radlmaier

For admirers of Buñuel and Godard, Julian Radlmaier’s brand of cinema should feel right at home while also offering a fresh take on well-trodden subjects. This new experimental filmmaker, based in Berlin, has impressed festival audiences and critics alike with his debut feature Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog (which we have written about here), which won the…

Archiving the Subconscious — An Interview with Jay Rosenblatt

The name Jay Rosenblatt hardly needs any introduction for those who take a keen interest in the world of short and experimental filmmaking. This San Francisco-based found footage filmmaker has been capturing the imagination of his viewers through his hypnotic and thought-provoking collection of films that have won numerous awards at prestigious film festivals across…

Daniel Day-Lewis : Madness to his Method ― A Farewell Tribute

Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is an actor who was born on 29th April 1957 to poet Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon in Kensington, London. Daniel Day-Lewis (referred as DDL at times henceforth) is one of the best actors to have ever graced films, period. In my very limited experience with films, I haven’t…