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Sardaarji

Sardaarji (ਸਰਦਾਰ) Director: Rohit Jugraj Country: India (Punjabi) Year: 2015 Jaggi, or “Sardaarji,” is a talented ghost hunter from rural Punjab, India. Emotionally immature, he is waiting to find his “queen witch:” the prettiest and most wonderful female ghost, who … Continue reading

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The Demilitarized Soldier of Joint Security Area [VIDEO ESSAY]

Joint Security Area (JSA) ( 공동경비구역) Director: Park Chan-wook Country: South Korea Year: 2000 Park Chan-wook’s Joint Security Area is on one level a moving drama, but on another is an all-too rare argument against the cynicism that pervades our thoughts … Continue reading

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Neerja

Neerja Director: Ram Madhvani Country: India (Hindi, English, Arabic) Year: 2016 On September 5th, 1986, Palestinian terrorists hijack Pan Am flight 73 while it waits on the tarmac at the Karachi airport. The head purser of the flight, Neerja Bhanot, … Continue reading

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Beautiful Darkness: Analysis of Ghost in the Shell 2 [VIDEO ESSAY]

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (攻殻機動隊 イノセンス) Director: Mamoru Oshii Country: Japan Year: 2004 A sequel worthy of the same praise as its original, Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is understandably a tough nut to crack. Taking a … Continue reading

The Lost Melody by Ajay Kar

The Lost Melody

The Lost Melody (Harano Sur) (হারানোসুর) Director: Ajay Kar Country: India (Bengali) Year: 1957 Rama, a female psychiatrist at a mental institution, quits her job in protest of an older doctor’s treatment of Alok, a patient who has lost his … Continue reading

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Filipino Directors Up Close: The Golden Age of Philippine Cinema 1950-2010

It is a rare thing to find books on Philippine cinema on physical bookstore shelves, thus I was overjoyed finding this Filipino Directors Up Close casually browsing in one of the huge Manila’s shopping malls. It has an inviting and playfully bright … Continue reading