KARUPPU DURAI ​- Review by Mythily Ramachandran (Guest Post)

Karuppu Durai celebrates life and it’s little joys. An old man who awakes from a coma escapes his family’s intention to go ahead with ‘thalaikoothal’ (a traditional practice of involuntary euthanasia of an elderly person that was prevalent in south India). He meets a young orphan and begins a great adventure. KD won director Madhumita ‘Best Director’ award at UK Asian Film Festival, London where it premiered and received the ‘Jury award’ at Singapore South Asian Film Festival.

Read more

EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE – Review by Lesley Savage (Guest Post)

Overall, there’s not much a Breaking Bad fan won’t like here, even if it isn’t the most compelling story or brilliant film event of the year. At a minimum, it delivers the goods that the TV show did, and brings, if not a conclusion, then it at least fills in some interstitial frames for what happened to Jesse, or perhaps a certain Mr. Driscoll from Alaska.

Read more

HOUSE OWNER – Review by Mythily Ramachandran

Indian actor-director Lakshmy Ramakrishnan stands apart with her stories pivoted around women characters who are complex and fully realized. Her fourth Tamil (south Indian language) film, House Owner is about a loving woman who lives with a spouse suffering from Alzheimer’s–a premise not much explored in south Indian cinema or even Indian cinema.

Read more

Indian Filmmaker Nandita Das and MANTO – Mythily Ramachandran reports (Guest Post)

Filmmaker Nandita Das, the first Indian to be inducted into the International Women’s Forum’s Hall of Fame, is a multi-hyphenated talent who debuted as an actress in 1995, and became a director in 2008. Manto, her sophomore feature, screened earlier this year at Cannes, where Das has twice served as juror. Manto next plays at BFI’s London Film Festival.

Read more

NYFF18: Just 4 Out of 30 Main Slate Films are Female-Directed – Jennifer Merin reports

In 2017, New York Film Festival (NYFF) announced that its main slate lineup featured the most female-directed films in 10 years. This year it’s back below average with just four female-directed films in the lineup of 30. NYFF has made no mention of an equality pledge, nor commented on the inclusion rider circulating in Hollywood, and it shows.

Read more

Albertine Fox’s is not only a good resource for the topic at hand; it also provides ‘mini-lessons’ on subjects with which readers may be unfamiliar. This reflects the author’s thoughtfulness—she doesn’t assume that everyone reading is familiar with every reference, and she elaborates in such a way that even those who are familiar will glean something new from how she connects the ideas to her own.

Read more

NYWIFT’s AfriAmerican Immigrant Screening: Local Stories, Global Themes – Madeline Johnson reports (Exclusive Guest Post)

In Astoria’s historic Kaufman Studios, filmmakers from the African diaspora shared local stories that reverberated deep into universal themes and

Read more