Zarin Tasnim

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Revisiting ‘Close-Up’: Abbas Kiarostami's magnum opus

"Close-Up," crafted by the cinematic virtuoso Abbas Kiarostami, isn't just a film; it's a deeply human odyssey that resonates with the core of our existence. What elevates it to the echelons of the greatest films ever made as regarded by many, is its profound exploration of a journey that intertwines reality, identity, and the universal yearning for connection.

2w ago

Revisiting ‘Breakfast at Tiffany's’ timeless elegance

Director Blake Edwards brought Truman Capote's iconic novella, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to life on the silver screen in 1961. The film, starring Audrey Hepburn as the unforgettable Holly Golightly, has since become a cinematic classic, etching itself into the annals of film history as a symbol of timeless elegance and cultural impact.

3w ago

‘Annie Hall’: A timeless exploration of the heart, wrapped in wit and wisdom

Reflecting on "Annie Hall" is like revisiting an old friend—familiar yet complex, nostalgic yet blurred by the passage of time. Woody Allen's masterpiece has turned 47 today, and it has always been more than just a rom-com; it's a lens into the intricate dance of love and life, with all its quirks and imperfections.

4w ago

Humanising chaos: The unconventional beauty of Greek Weird Wave cinema

Have you ever felt like you've swerved onto the wrong lane, entering an entirely different and unknown region? This sensation of disorientation and surrealism mirrors the sentiments that birthed the Greek Weird Wave—a captivating cinematic movement that emerged in response to Greece's tumultuous economic crisis of 2010.

4w ago

Netflix’s 'Crashing Eid' unfolds like a festive fireworks

As families across the globe prepare for Eid festivities, there's a new dish on the entertainment menu that's stirring up quite the comedic storm—"Crashing Eid" on Netflix. This Saudi original series is serving up laughter while challenging societal norms with a side of wit.

1m ago

Ramy Youssef, the mayor of muslim disaster, is tired of apologising

Ramy Youssef, the Egyptian-American comedian, isn't just crafting jokes; he's crafting conversations. Not only is he a funny man, but he is also a voice for a generation navigating complex socio-political landscapes. With his latest HBO special, "More Feelings," Youssef digs deep into societal issues, adeptly blending humour with poignant commentary on his experiences as a Muslim celebrity in America, offering a glimpse into his journey as a comedian, activist, and individual.

1m ago

Banality of evil in Jonathan Glazer's brutal masterpiece ‘The Zone of Interest’

Jonathan Glazer's film "The Zone of Interest” has carved a haunting niche in cinematic history, digging deep into the abyss of Nazi Germany's atrocities with chilling resonance. Unveiling the banality of evil and the human capacity for self-justification, Glazer orchestrates a symphony of sound and imagery that leaves an indelible mark on the psyche of viewers.

1m ago

‘Shrinking’: A comedy drama that hits close to home

In the vast landscape of television series, few manage to capture the complexity of human relationships and the struggles of everyday life quite like "Shrinking". With a star-studded cast led by Jason Segel and Harrison Ford, this Apple TV+ comedy drama dives deep into the intricacies of therapy, grief, and redemption, offering viewers a refreshing take on the mid-life crisis narrative.

1m ago
April 30, 2024
April 30, 2024

Revisiting ‘Close-Up’: Abbas Kiarostami's magnum opus

"Close-Up," crafted by the cinematic virtuoso Abbas Kiarostami, isn't just a film; it's a deeply human odyssey that resonates with the core of our existence. What elevates it to the echelons of the greatest films ever made as regarded by many, is its profound exploration of a journey that intertwines reality, identity, and the universal yearning for connection.

April 27, 2024
April 27, 2024

Revisiting ‘Breakfast at Tiffany's’ timeless elegance

Director Blake Edwards brought Truman Capote's iconic novella, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to life on the silver screen in 1961. The film, starring Audrey Hepburn as the unforgettable Holly Golightly, has since become a cinematic classic, etching itself into the annals of film history as a symbol of timeless elegance and cultural impact.

April 20, 2024
April 20, 2024

‘Annie Hall’: A timeless exploration of the heart, wrapped in wit and wisdom

Reflecting on "Annie Hall" is like revisiting an old friend—familiar yet complex, nostalgic yet blurred by the passage of time. Woody Allen's masterpiece has turned 47 today, and it has always been more than just a rom-com; it's a lens into the intricate dance of love and life, with all its quirks and imperfections.

April 19, 2024
April 19, 2024

Humanising chaos: The unconventional beauty of Greek Weird Wave cinema

Have you ever felt like you've swerved onto the wrong lane, entering an entirely different and unknown region? This sensation of disorientation and surrealism mirrors the sentiments that birthed the Greek Weird Wave—a captivating cinematic movement that emerged in response to Greece's tumultuous economic crisis of 2010.

April 10, 2024
April 10, 2024

Netflix’s 'Crashing Eid' unfolds like a festive fireworks

As families across the globe prepare for Eid festivities, there's a new dish on the entertainment menu that's stirring up quite the comedic storm—"Crashing Eid" on Netflix. This Saudi original series is serving up laughter while challenging societal norms with a side of wit.

April 6, 2024
April 6, 2024

Ramy Youssef, the mayor of muslim disaster, is tired of apologising

Ramy Youssef, the Egyptian-American comedian, isn't just crafting jokes; he's crafting conversations. Not only is he a funny man, but he is also a voice for a generation navigating complex socio-political landscapes. With his latest HBO special, "More Feelings," Youssef digs deep into societal issues, adeptly blending humour with poignant commentary on his experiences as a Muslim celebrity in America, offering a glimpse into his journey as a comedian, activist, and individual.

March 28, 2024
March 28, 2024

Banality of evil in Jonathan Glazer's brutal masterpiece ‘The Zone of Interest’

Jonathan Glazer's film "The Zone of Interest” has carved a haunting niche in cinematic history, digging deep into the abyss of Nazi Germany's atrocities with chilling resonance. Unveiling the banality of evil and the human capacity for self-justification, Glazer orchestrates a symphony of sound and imagery that leaves an indelible mark on the psyche of viewers.

March 21, 2024
March 21, 2024

‘Shrinking’: A comedy drama that hits close to home

In the vast landscape of television series, few manage to capture the complexity of human relationships and the struggles of everyday life quite like "Shrinking". With a star-studded cast led by Jason Segel and Harrison Ford, this Apple TV+ comedy drama dives deep into the intricacies of therapy, grief, and redemption, offering viewers a refreshing take on the mid-life crisis narrative.

March 9, 2024
March 9, 2024

Oscar Isaac: The minstrel beyond the silver screen heartthrob

In the ever-evolving landscape of Hollywood, where talent shines brightly but rarely remains constant, one name has consistently emerged as a beacon of versatility: Oscar Isaac. With a magnetic presence both on and off-screen, Isaac has captivated audiences worldwide with his extraordinary range, imbuing each character he portrays with an authenticity that resonates long after the credits roll. From indie darlings to blockbuster hits, Isaac's trajectory in the film industry has been nothing short of remarkable.

March 4, 2024
March 4, 2024

‘American Fiction’: Exploring the multifaceted brilliance of an utterly brilliant satire

In the realm of cinematic storytelling, few genres wield as much power as satire. It’s a weapon of wit, capable of slicing through societal norms and revealing the absurdities hidden within. In the case of "American Fiction", Cord Jefferson's directorial debut, satire takes centre stage. However, it's just one facet of a gemstone of a film that shines brightly in its exploration of race, family dynamics, and the complexities of artistic identity.

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