Links: A catch-up of movie reviews

September has been a pretty cruel month. The jury’s out on October. Mary Kom, directed by Omung Kumar and starring Priyanka Chopra. In one line: “To really tell Kom’s story, we’re going to need a braver and more talented film industry.” Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez; starring Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Eva Green and others. In one line: “It takes rare skill to take actors as talented as those in Sin City 2’s cast and present a film that is as forgettable as this one.” Creature 3D, directed by … Continue reading Links: A catch-up of movie reviews

Links: MFF 2013, film reviews

It’s update time again so here we go, in the order that they were published: Fire in the Blood — a well-meaning but far from memorable documentary on the evil pharmaceuticals that care for nothing but profit. A lot of people loved this documentary, which made me feel like they’d screened a different film for me. Because the documentary I watched had almost nothing that was new either in terms of research or storytelling. Keep in mind I know nothing but headlines about pharma and AIDS treatment. Still, the documentary seems to have had a good run at the theatres, … Continue reading Links: MFF 2013, film reviews

Links: When Hari Got Married, The Strife of Love in A Dream

When Hari Got Married is a sweet little documentary about a taxi driver named Hari, who lives and works in Himachal Pradesh, and is about to get married: It’s the stuff of a romantic comedy, made all the more poignant because it’s real. In Hari, a Pahadi taxi driver from Dharamsala, documentary filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam have a shuddh desi hero. He’s the little guy that you can’t help but warm up to because he’s just so utterly adorable. Pocket-sized and a motor-mouth, Hari chatters his way through When Hari Got Married. As he candidly talks about everything … Continue reading Links: When Hari Got Married, The Strife of Love in A Dream

Kim Longinotto’s Salma

A severely-edited version of this piece was carried in today’s DNA (scroll down). Those who have worked with me know that few things give me as much joy as zapping out extra words in anyone’s copy, including mine, but I think cutting an 1100-word piece to 260 words is brutal even by my standards. So here’s the  rambly version. Blood lines Salma was 12 years old when she began menstruating. Her family pulled her out of school and locked her up at home. This is standard practice in Salma’s village. Girls are hidden away the moment they ‘become women’ and … Continue reading Kim Longinotto’s Salma