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– Balaji Thangapandian | BT

Jason Bourne remains invincible and unprecedented, with perfect back stories relating to all the events of his past. The revenge saga, does not appear to be concluding, more sequels to be followed.

Even though, Paul Greengrass (director), perfectly ended the franchise with ‘ The Bourne Ultimatum’ (2007), he had also left vital clues that Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) might be reinstated. After a heist of 9 years, Bourne emerges as a bare – knuckle fighter in the border of Greece.

Jason Bourne – Bare Knuckle Fight

Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), the former logistics support for Treadstone program, was terminated from CIA for being linked to Jason Bourne and aiding him in exposing black ops, Treadstone and Blackbriar ( Do recall your memory of  Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Identity). Since then, she has been hiding, and hunting opportunities to expose the rogue operations.

Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons – Greek Protest

In meantime, the social media giant ‘ Deep Dream’ becomes ubiquitous in the digital lives of significant population of the world. The founder of the start up, Aaron Kallor(Riz Ahmed) is obligated to the deputy director of CIA, Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) for full wide – spectrum surveillance of people’s digital footprints as his company was seed funded by the agency. Aaron is determined in protecting people’s privacy. And, what the agency demands him to do is against the privacy policies of Deep Dream. How does he cope up? [ Several references are made to Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing]

The head of cyber divisions, Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander), partially defeats Nicky Parsons’s attempt in infiltrating into the firewall of CIA’s mainframe and stealing the black ops files, including Iron Hand (A Treadstone upgrade – full spectrum surveillance). Bourne is given access to data stolen by Nicky Parsons in the midst of Greek protest crowd, which leads to unraveling the fact of paramount importance, (that was the motivation for Bourne to volunteer for Treadstone), that his father, Richard Webb, was not murdered by enemies, but by the agency. Bourne wants to find the perpetrators. He falls back in the grid again, revealing the answers, shrouded in mystery.

Alicia Vikander as Heather Lee, Cyber Divisions Head

Heather Lee, studies Bourne’s files, and learns from his behavioral observations that Bourne is always patriotic, when played right, he can be brought back into the agency. The asset (Vincent Cassel) desperately wants to avenge Bourne, as he was caught in Syria for espionage and tortured by the exposure of Blackbriar by Bourne. Heather Lee plans to bring Bourne back to agency by helping him in finding the truth.

Vincent Cassel as Asset

The last 90 minutes is a culmination of brutal combat, and high speed pursuit between the agency’s asset backed by Robert and Bourne, in preventing Bourne from exposing Iron Hand program, and understanding about Bourne’s father’s murder. Eventually, Jason Bourne triumphs and leaves impression again that he would return. The whistleblowing attempt of Aaron, appears to be subtly managed by Heather Lee, in favour of agency. Perhaps, it is saved for subsequent installments of the franchise.

Tommy Lee Jones as Robert Dewey, CIA Deputy Director

Filmmaker, Paul Greengrass was a former international journalist, and adept in seamlessly incorporating the alarming sociopolitical challenges in his films, esp, in Bourne franchise. Jason Bourne is no exception, as the pivotal plot of this installment is loosely based on Edward Snowden. Jason Bourne franchise is synonymous with hyper, fast edited, massive action sequences. Special mention to the academy award winning editor (for Bourne Ultimatum) and co-writer, Christopher Rouse for bringing actions as authentic as possible and captivating on the screen. The Greek protest and Las Vegas car chase sequences quench the thirst for Jason Bourne admirers.

Paul Greengrass, Director

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– Balaji Thangapandian | BT  | Film Theorist

Every independent filmmaker I have ever known, have invariably attempted in drawing parallels between illusion and reality. In the process, they have enormously succeeded. Auteur David Lynch and his film(s), especially, ‘Mulholland Drive’ are no exceptions.

It would be crime to interpret the plot ( if it has any).The film in its entirety is serpentine or surrealistic. From the environment, actors, properties, costumes, cinematography, editing, sound, in essence, the prerequisites needed to make this film is deliberately used in a fashion, to leave its viewers perplexed or use their intuition to comprehend. Nevertheless, it is engrossingly made.

David Lynch, makes the viewers believe that, almost throughout the film, something really is happening. Only at the end, do we realise that, what has happened so far, is a manifestation of someone’s fear, aspirations or dreams, and not the reality or at least, that’s how I interpreted.

Following is the experience I had, when I watched ‘ Mulholland Dr.’ (2001):

The moment, the film started, i realised, it was not a typical film, as someone was lying on the bed, then it jumped to people doing retro dance, perhaps, it represented 50s, and ended with silhouette of a middle aged woman, matured man and woman, cheering to spectators’ ovation. A brunette was headed to Mulholland drive in a limousine, with guards. Limo stopped, and a guard pulled the trigger on the brunette. Hotrods madly hit the limo, surprisingly, the brunette sustained minor injuries, and staggered down the hill to a city.

The brunette noticed someone leaving an apartment and sneaked in and hid. A blonde, ‘Betty’ (Naomi Watts) arrived at the same apartment, claimed to be niece of the owner (her aunt). She found the brunette in the house, then brunette identified herself as ‘ Rita’ (Laura Harring). Soon, Betty realised that Rita was a liar. Rita admitted that she lost her memory, probably because of an accident, happened the previous night.

Betty agreed to help Rita in finding her identity. They found Rita’s original name as ‘Diane Selwyn’ and a telephone number and an address associated with it. They visited the address and found a decaying corpse. Both were perplexed, and fled the murder scene. Shortly after, they grew affection for each other and indulged in lesbian acts. The film was linear until this point, then it took unconventional approach.

Betty woke up and realised that she stayed in the room, where the corpse was found by her and Rita/Diane Selwyn. Betty dreamt the whole thing. In reality, Betty was Diane Selwyn, and Rita was a famous Hollywood celebrity, Camilla Rhodes. Camilla helped Diane in realising her Hollywood aspirations, and grew affection for each other. Diane couldn’t accept Camilla with other men and women. She became furious, insane, warned Camilla. Things didn’t happen the way she wanted. Eventually, she killed herself. Wait, it was not over, the film jumped to a midnight – dark orchestra (Betty and Rita had been and frightened earlier), and zoomed in to a weird woman or corpse, which culminated the impression that, the entire film was the dream of that woman/corpse.

This is how I interpreted ‘ Mulholland Dr.’, and, the interpretation is neither valid nor wrong as the director David Lynch said the film was an abstraction and open for interpretation.

I’d appreciate if you watch this interview of David Lynch, talking of the film, and why he made it. It is worthwhile.

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Voyage Of Time | IMAX Poster

– Balaji Thangapandian (BT) | Film Theorist

The filmmaker who is known for spending indefinite time on his films, famously known as ‘Kubrickan’ (Stanley Kubrick) way of filmmaking, has reportedly completed the film about beginning of universe, time, lives, and extinction, after 40 decades of making.

Terrence Malick

The erstwhile professor of philosophy at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and critically acclaimed filmmaker, Terrence Malick, whose films are predominantly of existential and metaphysical in nature, (The Thin Red Line, 1988 | The New World, 2005 | The Tree of Life 2011, some of his major works) has explored the origins of cosmos, in his first foray into documentary, ‘ Voyage Of Time’.

Voyage Of Time | IMAX Poster

Terrence Malick has been in filmmaking spree, since ‘The Tree of Life’ in 2011, followed by ‘To The Wonder’ (2012), ‘Knight of Cups’ (2015), ‘Weightless’ (2016), and a World War II drama, Brad Pitt in Radegund (tentative, official title not confirmed), after hiatus of 6 years.

‘Voyage of Time’ is to be released in two formats. An exclusive 40 minute documentary IMAX version, ‘ Voyage of Time: The IMAX experience’,narrated by Brad Pitt, which is likely to be released on 7th of October 2016. The 90 minute feature format, to be narrated by Cate Blanchett, and released later.

Official Synopsis of Voyage of Time from IMAX:

Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience is a one-of-a-kind celebration of life and the grand history of the cosmos, transporting audiences into a vast yet up-close-and personal journey that spans the eons from the Big Bang to the dinosaur age to our present human world … and beyond.  A labor of love from one of American cinema’s most acclaimed and visually exciting filmmakers, Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life), Voyage of Time has been nearly four decades in the making and represents the filmmaker’s first foray into documentary storytelling. The film’s panorama of awe-inspiring images will take you into the heart of monumental events never witnessed — from the birth of the stars and galaxies to the explosion of diverse life-forms on planet earth, including humankind — in immersive new ways that only IMAX can deliver. This is a cosmic experience — a hymn to the glories of nature, life and scientific discovery — in which all the elements come together to form Malick’s most original film to date.

Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience, a 40-minute, giant-screen adventure narrated by Brad Pitt, which immerses audiences directly into the story of the universe and life itself, will be shown exclusively in IMAX® theatres.


More than anything else, cosmos intrigues me. Legendary filmmaker Terrence Malick’s odyssey into spacetime ‘ Voyage of Time’ is likely to induce us in asking questions of universe, that we don’t even know how to ask now!

The article is about: Voyage of Time, Terrence Malick, IMAX, Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Universe, Cosmos, Origins of universe, spacetime, Big Bang theory, space, documentary, space expedition, space exploration, Balaji Thangapandian, film theorist

I’m light and sound,

I’m voice and language,

I’m fragrance and flower,

I’m music and lyrics,

I coexist in the worlds of ‘Ram-Sita’ and ‘Millennials’.

I’m Jasmine Sangeetha, Chief Creative Head of  filmtheorist.com
As someone given an intriguing name at the very moment of birth, my interests are varied and unique either, they are not common for certain. Although, I’m biologically made up of blood and flesh, my soul solely comprised of cinema, music, reading and writing. I’m composed, yet assertive, and deeply rooted to contemporary and legacy values.

As a disciple of Illayarja sir, I’m indebted to him for imbibing the obsession for music in my soul. I would like to start my journey with arts, by paying respects to the god of music, Mastero Illayaraja with the lyrics penned by me:

உறக்கத்தின் முயற்ச்சியில் தாலாட்டாய்..
கிறக்கத்தில் அனிச்சையான போதையாய்..
காதலின்  மௌனத்தில் மொழியாய்.. கலவியின் தயக்கத்தில் க்ரியாஊக்கியாய்..
உணவை வெறுத்த பசியில் துளசி தீர்த்தமாய்..
தவறுக்கு தவித்த  பொழுதுகளில் அன்னை மடியாய்..
அகிலத்துக்கும் பொதுவான ஆயுள் வாயுவாய்..
சர்வமாய் சகலமாய் அணுவிலும் அசையும் இசையாய்..
பாதை தொலைத்த இருளில் நின்ற ஒரே ஒளி நீ..
உலகை இசையால் நிறைத்த இறை இசைஞானி!

This is how much, i’m obsessed about him!

– Jasmine Sangeetha|Film Theorist


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‘The thoughts need to originate from your mind. They can neither be inspiration nor influence. That’s the virtue of being an original filmmaker, otherwise, you are just an adapter.’ – BT, Film Theorist.


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