10 Greatest Movies of all time

  • 2017 - A GHOST STORY

    DAVID LOWERY

    ENGLISH

    Shot with mundane beauty and precise poignancy, in a stunning style, David Lowery's "A Ghost Story" is about loneliness;a meditative , imaginary piece of work, that does not care about the pace at which it moves, as it doesn't matter for the subject that it choses. Self-aware, yet not devoid of minor gimmicks, this original, scary trip and the scare wholly belongs to life and death , rather than the ghosts. Who could have thought a man with a king sized bed sheet on will make it to the best picture of the year? A Ghost Story is a winner.
    Stiff competition with "Personal Shopper" and "Loveless"
  • 2016 - MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

    KENNETH LONERGAN

    ENGLISH

    Whilst there are many films, that get the protagonist deep in grief, there is none like, this year's best, Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea", which is affectingly painful and heartbreaking, yet filled with vibrant delicate moments, positioned effortlessly all over this beautiful film. Cassey Affleck's Lee Chandler is an imploding devastation, played with impeccable temperament and heart. When the character (Lee) says, in a pivotal, intense moment, to the short, but explosively acted character, Randi played by Michelle Williams, "You don't understand. There is nothing there", it perhaps forms the deepest and the most existential moment in the recent film memory and for all that, we consider it this film, the year's best.
    Stiff competition with "The Salesman", "Toni Erdmann" & "Silence"
  • 2015 - DHEEPAN / COURT (TIE)

    JACQUES AUDIARD / CHAITANYA TAMHANE

    FRENCH / MARATHI

    Jacques Audiard's "Dheepan" is a film, that not many people can relate to with their own live and yet they would at many moments. It's a French film with most of its dialogues in Tamil; Very native, understated and surprising passionate, "Dheepan" has great charisma from the lead actors,alarming background score and superb cinematography. Although, flawed to its own good, "Dheepan"is intense, value driven,and along with "Court" is the best movie of the year. "Court" by Chaitanya Tamhane, is a great film; A film that will stand the test of time; it is a courtroom drama that often has the camera sitting outside the court. It is an observational drama, that is driven vividly by the clarity of director's vision. Heartachingly realistic, "Court" drills down the society in way that no film in India has ever done before.
    Stiff competition with "Hard to be God", "The Revenant"
  • 2014 - WINTER SLEEP

    NURI BILGE CEYLAN

    TURKISH

    A Hotel owner, who once was an actor, in Anatolia, is married to a young lady. There is also the protagonists' sister who lives with them. "Winter Sleep" is about their relationships. Its about human behaviour and mindset.Unlike any movie this year, "Winter sleep" achieves in its fine poetical depth. Utterly beautiful, deliberately paced and rewarding for its length, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Winter Sleep" is an absorbing work of Anton Chekov characters. "Winter Sleep" won the Palme D'r at Cannes, and we dont see any reason, why it shouldn't have.
    Stiff competition with "Leviathan"
  • 2013 - THE GREAT BEAUTY

    PAULO SORRENTINO

    ITALIAN

    Paulo Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty" is a phenomenal and mesmerising experience. It is ambitious and spellbinding.The film itself is an exhaustive study of character , existentialism and an elusive satire on the high-class urban life. The poetic journey is sustained with some unique, fabulous music and is stupendously shot. The unforgettable film creeps into melancholy and the solitary beauty towards the finale, as Sorrentino confidently marches on with his masterstroke movie. "The Great Beauty" is the best film of the year.
    Stiff competition with "The Hunt" and "Inside Lleywn Davis"
  • 2012 - BEYOND THE HILLS

    CRISTIAN MUNGIU

    ROMANIAN

    "Dupa Dealuri" aka "Beyond the Hills", by Cristian Mungiu, is nothing short of a entrancing experience. It is scrumptiously raw and mightily emotional. Disturbing, multilayered, philosophical and towards the end, devastating. While, Mungiu keeps delivering masterpieces along the way and awards tend to overlook his creations, his "Beyond the Hills" is the best picture of the year.
    Stiff competition with "Lincoln"
  • 2011 - A SEPARATION / ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA (TIE)

    ASGHAR FARHADI / NURI BILGE CEYLAN

    PERSIAN

    Farhadi's "A Separation" is a meditation of integrity and truth. The film deftly handles a very complex, yet universal subject, with an unblemished script. The movie succeeds in several layers, even as a thriller and not many would deny us selecting "A Separation" as the best movie of the year. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" is an achievement. N B Ceylan's meditative effortless effort, offers the audience an atmospheric, beautiful and vivid film, that will linger in the mind for a very long time. Nothing short of brilliance, this movie ties up with "A Seperation" for the best film of the year.
  • 2010 - TOY STORY 3

    LEE UNKRICH

    ENGLISH

    No other feature film , this year ,was as intricate/as heart warming/as perfect as the Pixar's yet another masterpiece "Toy Story 3". With not only stunning animation, but  also with soulful, poignant moments, "Toy Story 3" remains the best live action or animation movie of 2010.
    Stiff competition with "127 Hours" , "Animal Kingdom"
  • 2009 - A PROPHET

    JACQUES AUDIARD

    FRENCH

    Shot in an intricate style, a prison drama involving drugs, mafia, "The Prophet" does certainly deserve the runner up at Cannes. The film has visually stunning cinematography and performances.Yes, we feel its the best movie of the year.
    Stiff competition with "Inglourious Basterds" , "The White Ribbon"

The movies are listed in reverse chronological order


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