‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’: on stars that refuse to fade

It is in his restriction, his unwavering refusal to break his strong front, that the performance is so resoundingly moving. And it is something to behold. If for any reason you decide to watch Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, it should be for Jamie Bell’s performance.… Read More ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’: on stars that refuse to fade

‘Call Me By Your Name’: on the unforgiving pain of first love

Set against the backdrop of a charming town ‘somewhere in northern Italy,’ Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s newest film Call Me By Your Name tells the story of a romance that buds over a period of six weeks in the summer of 1983 between Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious, 17-year-old musical prodigy and bookworm; and Oliver… Read More ‘Call Me By Your Name’: on the unforgiving pain of first love

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” captures the heart of adolescence 

Coming-of-age Dramas are, in my opinion, of the most difficult genres to tackle for movie-makers. These films are a culmination of a number of very fragile elements that, if executed improperly, will surely compromise the quality and authenticity of the final product. And seldom have directors succeeded in making a film that speaks to its… Read More “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” captures the heart of adolescence 

Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett captivate in 50s drama “Carol”

Early in the Summer, I came across a movie that would sit atop my To Watch list for months to come until its release. My anticipation for Carol — propelled even further by its sweep of Golden Globe nominations last week — was through the roof — and for good reason. Who wouldn’t want to see a film… Read More Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett captivate in 50s drama “Carol”