The Forbidden Room [2015]: Cave of Forgotten Films

Guy Maddin is the Janus of cinema, the two-faced God of thresholds, of beginning and transitions, of doorways, and most essentially of lost cinema. His one face is towards the dusk of silent cinema and other towards the dawn of digital cinema. He gazes into past and at the same time leaps into future. In his latest quest, the Knight (Guy Maddin), along with his squire (Evan Johnson), enters the forbidden territory of past to rescue the films of bygone era, films that were burnt into flames, films that were dumped into ocean, or the films that never existed. The fragments of lost films are then collected and encased in an unending spiral of nested stories. Such heavenly keeping is the work of Janus. Alas, for some, it is ugly and frightening.

The Insider [1999]: Tobacco & Truth Kill

At the running length of 157 mins, Michael Mann has engineered one of the flawless films that exponentially raise the tension with every passing second. Each frame is impeccably placed; every cut seems to be a masterstroke; every character seems to have born to play that respective part. Like, Wigand’s attorney bawling on other attorney who constantly interrupts him during questioning to Wigand in Kentucky Court.

Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice [2016]

The biggest gladiator match in the history of comic-book films feels like a stinking turd that jumps from one scene to another without even transitioning properly. At the end of the day when you look at the film it frustrates you and makes you angry. It just feels like that random drunk guy who doesn’t know where he is coming from and where he needs to move next. And finally when he gets his senses he keeps throwing up on his way home.

The Look of Silence [2015]: A Fairytale of Blood and Murderers

If I have to describe The Look of Silence in one word, I would say ‘sick’. The people you meet in this documentary, the things they say and the audacity with which they talk about their age old crimes is sickening to say the least. Here is a documentary that offers nothing violent but still manages to make you uncomfortable with its cringe worthy conversations. People get old and withered but only a handful of them become wiser and ponder upon the evil things they did when they were younger. Unfortunately in Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence, there are no such people, they murdered hundreds of thousands of people and they take pride in it because the country made heroes of them.

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