Vreeland, whose previous documentaries over the past decade have focused upon Diana Vreeland (her husband’s grandmother), Peggy Guggenheim and Cecil Beaton, is right at home with fashionable greats of the past century. But in addition to the usual archival material, which includes significant amounts of TV interview material (thank goodness for Dick Cavett’s and David Frost’s taste in guests), the director has brought in two actors from the recent stage and film remountings of The Boys in the Band, Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto, to provide first-person voice-over perspectives taken from the work of the subjects themselves (Williams had a tremendously alluring, honey-coated drawl that Quinto conveys reasonably well, but Parsons misses the impudent, insinuating tone that came through in much of Capote’s teasing banter). … [Read more...] about Film Review: ‘Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation’
Loving film review
In other hands, this would likely have been a wild but more straightforward story, that of an over-privileged, under-supervised Swiss boarding-school girl who grew up on the Avenue Foch, summered in the South of France, spoke five languages, launched her erotic life at 14, lived with the Rolling Stones (did Daddy know about this?), dated Gunther Sachs, counted Salvador Dali and the Aga Khan as friends and got into all sorts of mischief. But from Morris’ perspective, Joanna becomes a cultural signifier; even if she might not have altered history, she was certainly close by when a lot of interesting things were happening. … [Read more...] about Film Review: AFI Fest Closing-Night Film ‘My Psychedelic Love Story’
Zakariya Mohammed, the director himself has scripted the movie, along with Muhsin Parari. The biggest strength of Halal Love Story is that it is a pretty well-written, well-directed film, and has some incredible performances. The narrative begins on a slow note and takes its own sweet time to set the base for the main plot, which might not go well with some of the audiences. … [Read more...] about Halal Love Story Movie Review: Simple Yet Quirky Take On Beliefs, Marriages And Much More!
Ayaal Njanalla Plot Prakashan is a young man who hails from Koyilandi, a small town in Kerala. He shifted to Gujarat 15 years back, along with his family and is running a small scale business. Even though he has no connection with Kerala, he still speaks in Koyilandi dialect. … [Read more...] about Ayaal Njanalla Movie Review: Fahadh Faasil Is Back!
If you grew up watching Nickelodeon, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for a few familiar faces — especially if Taormina’s hazy, lazing approach brings you back not to Dazed and Confused, but rather its secondhand-smoking stepchild, The Adventures of Pete & Pete. The payoff is quiet, but grand. It is referential, but not merely so: Ham on Rye is more than just a catalog of our own pop culture memories. I definitely thought of Pennywise the Clown when a balloon got loose for no apparent reason; I thought more than once of Blue Velvet, too, if only because the movie’s sense of menace is, though tamped down, more than hinted at. Ultimately, Ham on Rye’s best point of reference is itself. It is, like the people therein, one of a kind and completely unforgettable. … [Read more...] about ‘Ham on Rye’ Review: A Coming-of-Age Film, Going Into Uncharted Territory