articles by Prathap Nair


After Life season 3 review: Finale will move you in parts and may even leave you reaching for tissues

After Life season finale will still leave one unanswered simple question: What did Tony do to deserve so much love, and generosity even though his grief chafes at his wounded soul and makes him deride everyone around him?


Annette movie review: Adam Driver owns the fantastical Leos Carax’s directorial with his charismatic presence

Annette is aesthetically brilliant with a calculated expressionistic quality to its frames, and it is hard to take your eyes off.


Todd Haynes docu on The Velvet Underground shows a band defiant of artistic, cultural norms

In Todd Haynes’ expert hands, the documentary serves as a vital primer to the band’s historic and present-day relevance.


Cannes Film Festival 2021: Sean Baker's Red Rocket may be one of this year's charmingly understated films

Red Rocket is a delightful romp that relishes in the narcissism of straight male sexuality yet it doesn’t get carried away by the deceptive charms of its own lead.


Cannes Film Festival 2021: In A Hero, Asghar Farhadi delivers a tale about ethics and integrity with a fairly engaging script

A Hero lacks the verve of A Separation and the emotional gravitas of The Salesman but as a generic social drama, it has its heart in the right place.


Cannes Film Festival 2021: Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch is cleverly written and visually sumptuous

The French Dispatch is Wes Anderson’s homage to magazine journalism. It demands the viewer’s absolute attention, just like reading a long-form article.


Cannes Film Festival 2021: Notes on returning to live screenings and the red carpet, with lurking thoughts of saliva tests

"The applause for the opening film Annette seemed to crack the auditorium open even before the screening began, a telltale sign of an emotional audience who have missed watching anything on big screen far too long."


The Underground Railroad is a reminder of what makes Barry Jenkins' voice different from other Black filmmakers

While Spike Lee’s work is replete with chaotic energy, Ava DuVernay’s seething with righteous anger, Jordan Peele’s brimming with portrayals of racial tensions through a sinister lens, perhaps no other black filmmaker’s work is as personal as Barry Jenkins.


The Climb movie review: Michael Angelo Covino's debut feature is a funny yet insightful take on toxic friendships

The Climb may be a buddy comedy with indie sensibilities, no doubt a welcome respite to the genre that needed a shakeup.


Xavier Dolan's Matthias & Maxime deftly explores a sexual identity crisis between two male friends

Melancholic and pensive, Matthias & Maxime plays out as an ode to a quarter-life sexual identity crisis between two grown men.


Family Romance, LLC movie review: Werner Herzog explores the complex popularity of Japan's Rent-a-Family industry

Family Romance, LLC, now streaming on MUBI India, benefits from director Werner Herzog’s masterful execution.


In Germany, lockdown to contain coronavirus outbreak has meant a summer without...summer itself

Starting with the opening of biergartens in spring and bookended with the drunken bedlam of Oktoberfest, German summers are a call for the outdoors for a population battered and bruised by long-drawn winters with gray skies and short days.


Onward movie review: Pixar's new film has a strong emotional premise but relies too heavily on slapstick humour

Onward follows the lives of two elf brothers, Ian (Tom Holland) and Barley (Chris Pratt), and their quest to reunite with their long-deceased father briefly.


Berlinale 2020: Jarvier Bardem's performance in The Roads Not Taken elevates its lacklustre screenplay

The Roads Not Taken premiered at #Berlinale2020 and is scheduled for a worldwide release on 13 March.


There Is No Evil review: Iranian film that won the Golden Bear at Berlinale 2020 could be the next global blockbuster

Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof’s There Is No Evil won the top honour, the Golden Bear, at Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival.


Berlinale 2020 opening film My Salinger Year, based on Joanna Rakoff’s memoir, fails to rise above its subject matter

My Salinger Year is a tastefully done tribute to Rakoff’s years at Salinger’s literary agency but at the lack of narrative tension or real friction, it feels flat like a bottle of champagne left out too long, hence lost its fizz.


At the Berlinale Talents programme as part of the prestigious film festival, India sees sizable representation

Berlinale Talents program will run concurrently with the film festival from 22-27 February, 2020.


Diego Maradona review: Asif Kapadia's docu strives to be comprehensive, but doesn't offer earth-shattering insights

Diego Maradona is punctuated by an electrifying tempo that delivers the thrills of watching a football match


Ranthambore's star tigress Machhli finds a place in Katy Yocom's book Three Ways to Disappear

Many of the tiger scenes in the book Three Ways to Disappear are based on actual experiences of Katy Yocom spotting Machhli. While at its heart the book is about family tragedies, lost connections and a seemingly failing marriage, endangered tiger conservation in the Aravalli forests forms the epicenter of the novel’s plot


Cannes 2019: Italian director Marco Bellocchio’s The Traitor is a gratuitously lengthy biopic of Tommaso Buscetta

Italian director Marco Bellocchio’s (Fists in the pocket, Blood of My Blood) The Traitor is a modishly shot, sweeping yet gratuitously lengthy biopic of Tommaso Buscetta