Witnessing ‘Court’

THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD Soumyadeep Chatterjee writes about how Chaitanya Tamhane showed him that courtroom dramas usually occur without the element of drama, at least in this part of the world, through his Marathi film ‘Court’.

A Singular Loss

THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD It’s the age of the multiplex when it comes to movie-watching in India today. The popular predecessors of the multiplex, the single screen theaters, are now on their way out. Parth Pandya rues the fast-approaching end of a memorable episode in the lives of movie-goers, and recalls some fond moments associated with single screens.

Shaping the Cinematic Lens of the Reader

THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD In an interview to Yayaati Joshi, Baradwaj Rangan, National Award-winning film critic, talks about what runs in his mind as he watches a movie, what criteria he applies to assess a film’s merit, while also answering other questions about cinema and criticism in general.

Thoughts on Magalir Mattum

THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD Vani Viswanathan discusses some thoughts on what she considers a fairly feminist movie, Magalir Mattum

Falling Down: The Character might be American, but the Frustration is Global

THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD | FILM FREAK Falling Down is the tale of the unpredictable antics of a man with misplaced ideologies and a subtle commentary on the society’s descent into chaos, says Yayaati Joshi.

Twist in the Tale

THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD After a rather lackluster phase that lasted nearly a decade from the late 90s, Malayalam cinema is now back with a bang, signaling the arrival of new generation cinema. Many interesting themes have been explored and urban Kerala is now a prominent feature in these movies. Annie Philip analyses interesting trends in Malayalam cinema and describes what it has to showcase today.

American Sequels Work, Ours Don’t!

THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD | FILM FREAK The sequels of Die Hard, Rocky, Rambo, and other American movies work but ours don’t, opines Yayaati Joshi in his monthly column on movies, Film Freak.

Memories in March

THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD | FILM FREAK A mother in denial, a ‘lover’ on an existential trial: Sanjoy Nag’s directorial debut discusses alternate sexuality in a way it isn’t usually discussed, says Yayaati Joshi in his monthly column, Film Freak.

On Why an Underdog Film Went On to Create History

THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD | FILM FREAK An advantage to an underdog film can be the underdog status of the protagonist, says Yayaati Joshi, on why Rocky manages to capture our hearts.

Get Carter: The DVD is Worth It!

THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD | FILM FREAK Yayaati Joshi tells us of a British revenge story that could be considered a trend-setter for many crime stories to follow. Get Carter by Mike Hodge and starring Michael Caine, is absolutely worth your movie dollars, says Joshi.

Directors Who Started Small

THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD Zack Mandell talks about eight extremely popular contemporary film directors who made their first big splash with acclaimed short films.

Gangs of Wasseypur 2: A Review

THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD Pranay Mathur, an ardent fan of Anurag Kashyap, is glad that the director is back to what he does best, with Gangs of Wasseypur 2 – making movies the way he wants to. In this review, Pranay tells us about how despite its technical brilliance, clever script and hard-hitting dialogues, there were some aspects that could have been better.

Thoughts on David Lynch’s Films

THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD | FILM FREAK The works of David Lynch, which are hard to categorise into any one genre, are to be treated like Franz Kafka – watched, pondered over, understood, and only then will one realise his genius. Yayaati Joshi in his monthly Film Freak, pens some thoughts about Lynch and some of his movies.

The Joy of Watching a “B-movie”

THE LOUNGE | STORYBOARD | FILM FREAK Yayaati Joshi discusses the film Today’s Special and says that it is one of those commercial movies that are classified as a B-movie, only because it is made on a low budget. It’s a well-made film, he explains, but has remained that sort of a movie that goes unnoticed, because of the general lack of appreciation for such B-films.