Author Archives: Kamran Ahmed

About Kamran Ahmed

I have a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. I work as a freelance writer and film critic in Vancouver. My writing is primarily distributed through Next Projection, an online film journal based in Toronto.

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Casavettes, 1976)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie mounts Casavettes’ unique hand in raw realism via a narrowly focused narrative on a singular character’s plight of life. Shots, with a narrow angled camera–tend to bring background to the fore, intimating the character’s narrative … Continue reading

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Experimental Cinema, Jack Chambers’ Hart of London

Jack Chambers’ masterpiece of experimental Canadian film carries within it some of the purest moments cinema has to offer. Chambers’ sprawling form of experimentation straddles the fine line between so called high and low art. Adopting an anodyne viewpoint, he … Continue reading

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Experimental Cinema, Snow & Saïto

La Région Centrale (Michael Snow, 1971, 16mm) A meditation of time itself. Challenges the viewer’s capacity for prayer as it entangles the spiritual and physical in worlds both of the reveler and the revealed through a form of fixed yet … Continue reading

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How Music Ruined a Potential Masterpiece: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and its Greatest Failing

There’s much in Nolan’s audacious new feature worth commending, chief among which is the underlying conceptual apparatus of time and rhythm and the greatly immersive experience it generates.  Cross cutting between three divergent storlines yet maintaining a parallel flow of … Continue reading

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A Vital Moment In History: Monterey Pop

DA Pennebaker made history by documenting the first major festival of its kind, the huge (at the time) Monterey Pop Festival, which I consider to be a more significant moment in the late 60s hippie revolution than even Woodstock. It … Continue reading

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Bloodsport: A Prime Example of Affective Cinema

In spite of nostalgia’s effect on my revision, and in spite of Bloodsport’s apparent contrast to what we generally deem cinematic art, the cult-classic remains fastened on the minds of many a cinephile. Such a phenomenon surely calls for retrospection, and … Continue reading

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Compassionate Filmmaking in De Sica’s Shoeshine

A heartbreaking venture which called forward the neorealist film movement wherein De Sica became a celebrated figure. Shoeshine at once defines the genre while proffering De Sica with the tools and ideas to be reworked in his later neorealist masterpieces … Continue reading

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Pakeezah (Kamal Amrohi)

Pakeezah is a beautiful, heart rending film. Passionately developed and performed, its beatific sequences are saturated with love and beauty as is the painterly mise-en-scene which adorns the set. Highlighting the film’s merits is a wonderful soundtrack which provides entertainment … Continue reading

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Mundane History (Anocha Suwichakornpong) Review

Though rather unassuming, Mundane History conveys this dreamy energy whose effects are felt for days to come. As the title commits, the narrative events are monotonous. Yet paired with a non-linear timeline, the blatant monotony becomes the driving force of … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Poem: Kiarostami’s Life, and Nothing More…

Life, and Nothing More… is breathtaking in its simplicity. What may be seen as an overt metaphor is instead realized on a deeply spiritual and philosophical level. Kiarostami gracefully allows the film’s landscape to breathe life through the film. He places … Continue reading

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