Thursday, January 29, 2009

Chop Shop (2008)

Chop Shop is 84 minutes of pure film-watching bliss. Here is a movie that uses a small budget, non-actors as the two main leads, and hardly any formulaic telling. Yet it works in every way that makes the indie circuit such a gold-mine for movie-connoisseurs. Movies like Chop Shop come along and you get sucked into them, live with the characters and by it's end you become glad you watch movies.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Mutant Chronicles (2008)

War and Sci-fi movies are generally studio products while Independent movies tend to be smaller personal dramas. So when you do have an independent movie that deals with a global war, alien invasion and retro science-fiction, it's an oddity - one that stands to be examined. Mutant Chronicles is such an oddity that takes a bleak past and throws it into a grim dystopian future. It's part orthodox, part crazy and part artsy. But most importantly, very independent.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The White Tiger (2008)

India, as depicted in fiction, is either the mystical land of snake charmers & magic or a poverty-ridden place with no hope for the downtrodden. The White Tiger by Arvind Adiga takes a different route - a man from the "darkness" (the rural inlands) rises to become an Entrepreneur in a major metropolitan. But don't let that premise lead you to think of this as a Rags-to-Riches story - The White Tiger is more about two Indias that co-exist in the same place. The poor India & the rich India.