GEETHANJALI (Mani Ratnam, 1989)

India’s Mani Ratnam’s only Telugu film is Geethanjali, a romance that delights despite a downbeat premise and a few shortcomings. This film is so celebrated you may know the premise without having seen it: two young persons who are both afflicted with terminal illness fall in love. Geethanjali knows that she is dying; Prakash knows […]

HEAT (Michael Mann, 1995)

Chicago-born Michael Mann is an efficient, superficial director of mostly crime/investigative dramas at the artistic level of series television. His films in this genre are inferior even to Martin Scorsese’s vastly overrated ones because Scorsese’s tend to be more personal. Mann almost always works with simplistic and clichéd, often lurid plots and is far less […]