AN URGENT call to lead an extraordinary life permeates American discussions of success and happiness. A new documentary on Netflix, “I Am Not Your Guru” by Joe Berlinger, looks at Tony Robbins, the biggest motivational magnate of all, and his “Date with Destiny” seminar.
HE DEFLECTS bullets off his palm, catches grenades blindfolded, whips up a dust-storm with a whirl of his leg and hurls a bottle to kill the villain from a mile away. Meet Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, better known as Rajinikanth, or simply Rajini, a bigger-than-life Indian film star, revered by legions of fans across the country.
NON-FICTION, in the right hands, can prove to be more powerful and perplexing than novels. This is the case with Svetlana Alexievich, an author and investigative journalist who won last year’s Nobel prize in literature for her “polyphonic writings”.
CRITICS and viewers bemoan the state of modern cinema. It only takes a glimpse of movie listings to see why: it is an era dominated by nostalgia-driven reboots and blockbuster sure-fires, with nothing to seek your teeth into. If there is hope yet, it rests on the shoulders of A24, an independent film company based in New York.