The King Of Staten Island

How to pull the punch line even when the joke didn’t reach that stage, in The King Of Staten Island. So I found an uncanny resemblance in the co-writer and director, Judd Apatow’s The King Of Staten Island with the director John Wells’s Burnt. In the sense that both of these films pushes its character…

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October

How to not succumb to the lazy, the obligatory note of the music, and create one melodious rhythm to hum with, in October. It’s an example of pure high quality filmmaking. I don’t know where to start from but that’s the beauty of this film. It is so complete, honest and expressive in its behavior,…

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Gulabo Sitabo

How to dwell on tragedy but never address it, in Gulabo Sitabo. What an oddball? I don’t get the film’s secret agenda. I wonder a lot about the answer and it is sad. I get that it is meant to. It is structured in a way to be. But that hollowness is less scary and…

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Da 5 Bloods

How to whip, hiss, cuss, sweat and bleed in a Spike Lee Joint and then turn that to eleven, in Da 5 Bloods. The co-writer and director Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods is a moral argument, above all. Lee is mature enough to argue in that very field. And smart enough to know that simply…

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Life’s Too Short

How to jump into the wrong set of shoes and force it to adjust to your size, in Life’s Too Short. The creators Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Warwick Davis’s Life’s Too Short is a lazy, though genuine, piece of art. A lot of the content that is used as a gimmick to make you…

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Ordet

How to mix two opposite poles of the genre, family drama and preachy religious genre, in Ordet. The director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Ordet works as a shining example of the good old belief system that has always been on trial. Personally, I care more for the family drama. Now this is quite an odd take…

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Ghoomketu

How to create a finger licking dish by using Universally preferable ingredients, in Ghoomketu. The writer and director Pushpendra Nath Misra’s Ghoomketu is a blast. From head to toe, it’s a riot of bonkers ideas floating through presumably any writer. And the Misra, here comes up with a good enough excuse to boast it in…

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8 Mile

How to compose a feet-tapping score, tease the audience with it and never actually play it, in 8 Mile. What I took, personally, from the director Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile is how to stretch and test the patience of the protagonist. A story is a protagonist’s journey and the writer Scott Silver understands it perfectly.…

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Quo Vadis

How to create a victorious environment among the crowd, a crowd that is losing, in Quo Vadis. This paradox of contradiction is where the protagonist lies. That is where he is in his stage of life when we meet him. He has a proper hero’s journey arc. The inciting incident, midpoints and “all is lost”…

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