Author Archives: Sartaj Govind Singh

Personal Tribute: George Romero

Upon reflecting on the recent passing of the revered horror director George Romero, the first thing that comes to mind is the long-standing filmmaker had a social conscience. His creation of the Zombie sub-genre unleashed a Rorschach test of a … Continue reading

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Personal Tribute: Martin Landau

In all of his performances, Martin Landau effortlessly conveyed the interior life of his characters. In Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, he plays Leonard, a heavy who assists Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) in his nefarious acts against Roger Thornhill. (Carey … Continue reading

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Review: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

War for the Planet of the Apes is a bludgeoning film of empty, and meaningless metaphors wrapped up in the clothing of presumed depth. It’s the sort of picture that feigns profundity, but instead, collapses under the weight of its … Continue reading

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Review: Dunkirk (2017)

Dunkirk is an audacious and brutalising war picture that shell shocks with a furious invention and skilled cinematic craftsmanship. Told in a triptych structure: the film depicts the Dunkirk evacuation from the perspective of three Spitfire pilots who patrol the … Continue reading

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Brief Consideration: Dune (1984)

At a recent 70mm screening of David Lynch’s Dune, the film’s strange power captivated me, in the same manner, as witnessing an exotic dancer who rhythmically struts with utterly reckless abandon. The larger canvas was a fever dream of superimposed … Continue reading

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Initial Impression: Logan (2017)

Logan is a Film Noir in Western clothing. The sombre and significant final outing for Hugh Jackman’s interpretation of Wolverine is striking in its evocation of the classical American genre. Rather than existing in a heightened expressionistic world of shadowy … Continue reading

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Concise Review: Spider-Man Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man Homecoming is more a pat on the back with half measured niceties than a triumphant and cheer-inducing return. The sixteenth Marvel picture in the cinematic canon boasts an adolescent high school Peter Parker, (Tom Holland) whose desire of wanting … Continue reading

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