Is The Haunting of Hill House the best-written horror series yet ?

It would be an understatement on my part to say that I love horror. I am an incorrigible horror-junkie who thrives on the rush that a fleshed-out story infuses into your brain blanking out the mundane. Your senses are heightened and you go into a fugue as if reality had released its grasp off you….

The Best 70 days of Bollywood

A highly impelling dialogue from Chak De india! goes like this, “Sattar minute hain tumhaare paas, shayad tumhaare zindagi ke sabse khaas sattar minute!”. This soul stirring sentence can be fittingly applied to a resurgent Bollywood in the last 70 days or so. Week after week in the last two and a half months we…

Badhaai Ho | Ayushmann Khurrana is the champion of progressive cinema

Bollywood is going through a paradigm shift when it comes to how they view profit-making content productions. Earlier, a movie set in the hinterlands, with a middle-class family being the focal point would at best be a sleeper success. Not now! We now have movies using the attributes of a city to add relatability to…

A Star is Born | Review

A Star is Born is a legacy. This story of a hard-drinking musician falling in love with a young singer even as the relationship turns tumultuous, ergo the eventual downfall of one, is the perfect recipe for a blockbuster. The story has been made into a movie four times now and each version focusses on…

First Man is more about a Father than an Astronaut

In the aftermath of World War II, nations lay in ruins as the Eastern Communist Regime stood tall facing the United States in the West. Even though we had stared annihilation in the face, the contention was far from over, at least for the two standing giants. Cold war sparked an unprecedented race for absolute…

Village Rockstars, India’s best chance at the Oscars this decade.

The hamlet of Kalardiya has recently been introduced to the word ‘Oscars’. As they try to understand what it means to be watched by a world audience, the realisation slowly dawns on them that they have found a place on the world map thanks to the plaudits showered on Village Rockstars, shot in the very…

Indian Horror is coming of age and Tumbbad shows how

Netflix’s Ghoul introduced us to a kind of horror that was very uncharacteristic for what we have been used to in Bollywood. There were none of the distracting tropes that acted merely as fillers until the next jump-scare. Ghoul’s unremitting personality pulled us into its dystopian gloom through its atmosphere that was layered deliciously over…

Everything that went wrong with Venom

The journey of the Spiderman franchise has somewhat been like the Baudelaire twins from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. The rights to the original Spiderman character were passed around from one owner to another during a severe cash-crunch in the 90s that had pushed Marvel to the brink of bankruptcy. In a time…

Andhadhun | Review

Olivier Treiner’s L’accordeur (French for The Piano Tuner) is a short film depicting a struggling pianist who elicits empathy from his audience by pretending to be a blind artist. That’s until he walks into a murder scene during one of his client visits. The short story is particularly impressive for it’s usage of the ‘Inciting…