Category Archives: Films & Television

Baahubali: The Beginning (2015)

This franchise earned my attention when its sequel became the highest grossing Indian film of all time, though I understand it has since been topped by Dangal. What was especially interesting to me was that it achieved success at the box office internationally while also managing to obtain a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I knew I had to watch it but to do that I surely had to watch the first film first and so here I am.

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The Forbidden Room (2015)

As usual this got added to my watch list due to the numerous awards it won and the attention it got from critics but I immediately realized that this wouldn’t be easy to watch. I’ve never heard of director Guy Maddin but reading up on him, he seems to be as much an artist as a director. This explains the highly experimental nature of this work with its lack of any coherent plot, weird esthetics and my inability to parse any kind of sense from it.

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

I was never a particularly ardent fan of the original film, probably because I had first watched it when I was too young to really appreciate its themes. I admired its esthetics but the idea of bioengineered humans being slaves wasn’t novel enough to impress me. So going to the cinema to watch this sequel is less about Blade Runner and more about having confidence in director Denis Villeneuve due to his fantastic work on Arrival.

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In a Lonely Place (1950)

As you can easily notice on this blog, we’ve worked through so much of the most notable works of classical Hollywood that I’m beginning to run out. This one is considered one of classic film noirs but it’s not exactly at the top of the heap and I’m not sure that it’s good enough to be worth watching these days. Once again it stars Humphrey Bogart though here he isn’t yet another private investigator.

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The Sun Also Rises (2007)

This marks the third film directed by Jiang Wen that we’ve watched so far. I believe that this actually constitutes most of his output as he is much more prolific as an actor than as a director. For the two previous films I’d watched, his style struck me as being very distinctive and unique for a Chinese director but I can’t say that I really liked them. This one is the exception. There’s still plenty here that I don’t understand but the experience of watching it is absolutely delightful.

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Little Men (2016)

True to its title, this is shortish film about a small scale conflict between two families and the children who get caught up in them. I’ve never seen anything by its director Ira Sachs before. His filmography isn’t very long but he seems to have been around for a while. There are at least a couple of recognizable performers in this low budget production  but I’d bet most people would have a lot of trouble placing them.

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