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  • Padatik

    Padatik

    ★★★★★

    one of the most ambitious films of its time, to articulate both an intellectual metacinematic argument about how revolutionary imperatives can best be communicated and a psychological drama about revolution's personal dimensions, specifically what it means to be materially and spiritually disconnected from it. can't not give a shout to kk mahajan, as always: the mix of visual registers he brings to this film — the contemplative dollies and abstraction of space itself of maya darpan, the filmy zooms and…

  • K.G.F: Chapter 2

    K.G.F: Chapter 2

    better than the first one tbh... though it lacks some of that film's charm in the edit and its blistering, remarkably consistent tempo while still able to maintain an intuitive sequential logic, little to no sacrifices in coherence, it makes up for it in principle by displaying the talents of a 19 year old kid very literate in the polyrhythms of mass filmmaking (indeed in retrospect the first film's edit makes more sense as that story essentially functions as a…

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  • Om Shanti Om

    Om Shanti Om

    ★★★★★

    once upon a time in bollywood

  • Fallen Angels

    Fallen Angels

    ★★★★★

    like this better than chungking express just because it’s a lot seedier, a lot sexier, and a lot sadder. i like that these people are plugged into a much lonelier, much more sparsely populated underworld — wherever it’s busy, things seem to inevitably explode into violence and chaos. not a single moment of this takes place in daylight but everything’s so plastered in brilliance that the dark seems both intrusive/ominous and welcome/inviting at once. it just nails this incomprehensibly beautiful…