THE JERICHO MILE (Dir. Michael Mann, 1979, US) – Out of Time

Mann’s exceptional staging of action sequences often amount to an orgasmic visual and sensory poetry. Mann’s action is not dirty but graceful. It has a kind of scholarly attention to detail made implicit in the micro gestures of his characters that amplify a grand psychological schemata. In 1979 Michael Mann was 36 when he co-wrote and… Continue reading THE JERICHO MILE (Dir. Michael Mann, 1979, US) – Out of Time

MANJHI – THE MOUNTAIN MAN (Dir. Ketan Mehta, 2015, India)

Ketan Mehta is questionably one of the few remaining Parallel Cinema filmmakers still actively making films. One could probably include Shyam Benegal in this tryst. Many of the Parallel Cinema films declared an affinity for ‘Subaltern Voices’ (see Sangeeta Datta’s monograph on Shyam Benegal), which in turn became a recurring unofficial hallmark of institutional NFDC… Continue reading MANJHI – THE MOUNTAIN MAN (Dir. Ketan Mehta, 2015, India)

AN AMERICAN IN MADRAS Dir. Karan Bali, 2013, India

Karan Bali’s affectionate documentary An American in Madras, broadcast on Channel Four in October as part of a series of films about the Indian film industry, is an eye opener in many respects. It is a history that I had no knowledge of and makes one re-consider what we have been told and what has… Continue reading AN AMERICAN IN MADRAS Dir. Karan Bali, 2013, India

AMMA ARIYAN (Report to Mother) Dir. John Abraham, 1986, Malayalam

You know me, Mother, don’t you. You know everything about me. I will keep you informed about everything that I come across, until the end of the journey. Just see for yourself, my paths; the sights that have been waiting me on my way… Lives have been sacrificed all through this deserted path of mine.… Continue reading AMMA ARIYAN (Report to Mother) Dir. John Abraham, 1986, Malayalam