I’ve had a super tied up week, I’ve shifted to the other end of the city, Diwali preps were on my head (mom is over-enthu), then there’s work ANNDDD my favourite annual festival MAMI. Unfortunately this year I couldn’t catch films everyday. But I made up for the loss, over the weekend. Watched around 10 films over Saturday and Sunday and tried catching one movie per day, on weekdays. I’ll quickly leave their names here and what I thought of them in brief.
Remember, irrespective of taste and preference movies deserve to be watched and judged only and only by the one who has watched it. As I always say movie-watching is an intimate and highly subjective affair. You know best what you’ll end up liking, but here are all the films I watched in order of my preference, from the least to most favourite.
The Hungry – Campy, OTT and a waste of some brilliant actors.
Kaccha Limbu – Based on a Marathi novel, it’s a good attempt but again extremely exxagerated performances and story-telling.
Sweet Country – Period Western film. Great plot but excruciatingly slow.
The Square – A satirical comment on how the elitist see the poor, in a bizarre humorous manner. But it fell apart pretty soon after setting up a kick-ass premise.
I Am Not a Witch – A satirical take on superstitions. It’s layered with dark humor, some might like it more than me.
Thelma – A unique concept about a girl coming to terms with her sexuality, faith and much more. Started out differently and took a different turn but very gripping none the less.
Most Beautiful Island – Ana Asensio wrote, directed and acted in this film about the struggles of an immigrant in the States. It was nerve-wrecking and nail-biting in parts, I wish she had indulged more once the suspense is revealed. Should be watched though.
It Comes at Night – Gripping. Thrilling. Scary. I’m a sucker for horrors and thrillers so I’m being a little biased.
Killing Ground – I loved the non-linear narrative. A good thriller. Cold yet satisfying.
Ask the Sexpert – This one was a special experience because this was the only docu I was able to catch and Dr. Mahindra Vatsa came in after the film for a QnA.
It’s a brilliantly made documentary over 4 years, it’s hilarious and shows both sides of the argument thoroughly.
Redoubtable – Listen! A film about Godard with Woody Allen-ish treatment, who’d wanna miss it? It’s satirical, humorous and gives so much insight into the person that Godard was. One of the most entertaining films I watched.
Loveless – Piercing. A beautiful story about a bickering couple who team up to find their missing child. Through long shots and longer pauses, I was forced to feel the pain of separation. Don’t wanna give away much, but you must watch this one.
Mother! – What the fuck did I just watch!? Aronofsky makes Black Swan look like child’s play in front of this one. Please watch, your mind will be blown.
April’s Daughters – Extremely unsettling and bizarrely entertaining, this one’s one twisted story. It’s my fourth favourite film for a reason!
Bad Lucky Goat – This one has a very simple narrative and a sweet plot line. Maybe because I’d say stories like these, I loved it so much. There’s beauty in simplicity and Bad Lucky Goat is a beautiful film.
The Florida Project – Sean Baker’s film-making journey all the way till this film is heart-warming. Read up if you can. Florida Project has the most endearing characters that break stereotypes and urge you to look deeper into the part of the society that we judge way too easily. It’s a heart-warming story of a badass mother-daughter duo.
Last Flag Flying – Yes! I’m a huge Linklater fan. No, I’m not partial towards this film because of him. Last Flag Flying has some brilliant performances, a simple yet gripping story line and mind-blowing scenes and dialogue. From politics, to race to alcohol to virginity, you name it and it’s been discussed in the most entertaining manner in the film. What a delight!
So these are my most and least favourite movies. If you read up on them you’ll know that some of the ones I didn’t like much are critically acclaimed or have high ratings, so don’t really go by my judgement. I have biases towards human everyday stories so I end up enjoying them more. But I hope you do try and catch atleast a few from these. How I’d love to hear from you!
P.S: I finished Mindhunter today and I won’t be exaggerating if I told you it’s my most favourite show, in a long long time.