Bird Box | Review

John Krasinski’s breakout sensation of 2018 A Quiet Place created an immersive experience of sensory deprivation, putting us in the middle of a world where an alien species used sound as its primary device to hunt anything that made even the slightest of noises. So, you basically had to walk on tip-toes, making sure that…

VFX is the true HERO in ‘ZERO’ | Sidharth Iyer

It’s nearly the end of the year and 2018 has clearly belonged to content-driven cinema as far as Bollywood is concerned. Be it the runaway hit of the year Andhadhun, or a family comedy in Badhaai Ho, the spy thriller Raazi and even an experimental piece of cinema like Tumbbad. 2018 also witnessed film critics…

KGF : Chapter 1 | Review

Unlike Bollywood, Hollywood encompasses the entirety of the United States. To be more specific, any feature film produced by the houses registered under Cinema of United States falls under the ambit of Hollywood. The story of Indian Cinema is far more diverse. Of approx. 2000 films every year, Bollywood makes about 1000 which is just…

Zero | Review | The best Khan movie of 2018

That title was a click bait, I concede. But everyone cannot be as honest as Aanand L. Rai, who covertly insinuated us to have ‘zero expectations’ from the movie by naming it ‘Zero‘. However, it is not as bad as the other ‘Khan movies’ this year. But if your benchmarks are ‘Race‘ and ‘Thugs of…

Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse is spectacular !

The 1962 debut of your friendly neighbourhood web-slinger almost didn’t happen because one of the original editors Martin Goodman thought that the audience would find the subject of ‘spiders’ distasteful. As luck would have it, writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko convinced Goodman to put the character into one of their failing Amazing Fantasy…

What else am I bingeing on? Stand-up specials on Netflix

A joke where the Holocaust is the punchline rarely got any approbation a decade or so ago. But with an ever changing palate and people exposed to a heterogenous array of content, we have the risqué and the innocuous coexisting. The joke in question is from a Netflix special done by Anthony Jeselnik, the king…

Dilip Kumar | The first ‘Realism Hero’ | Happy 96th Birthday

Amitabh Bachchan put it aptly when he tweeted this today— “ ….the history of Indian Cinema shall always be written as ‘before Dilip Kumar and after Dilip Kumar” When we talk about the doyens of Indian Cinema, the name Dilip Kumar is taken with utmost reverence. He is peerless and probably the first purist to…

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel continues its comedic brilliance in Season Two

Amy Sherman-Palladino’s whirlwind comedy-drama The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel premiered in March 2017 and set our hearts on fire. With its riveting late-1950s sets, eye-popping colours, and at the centre of it, our vivacious protagonist Midge Maisel who had embarked on a journey of self-discovery through stand-up comedy of all things, Palladino’s production had it all….

Mortal Engines | Review

Punk Science Fiction began as an offshoot of classic science-fiction which majorly focussed on highly futuristic worlds which were more often than not outrageous in their imagination. The word “punk” has been associated to sci-fi for such a long time that no one really knows where it caught the roots. One might say that its…

Mowgli – Legend of the Jungle | Review

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is, perhaps, one of the most adapted stories of all time. Even though his portrayal of an Indian jungle, based somewhere in Madhya Pradesh, projected a certain allure of mysticism and mystery, there is an allegory that can be drawn. Published in 1899, Kipling’s poem The White Man’s burden hailed…

Creed II | Review

I was pursuing my Masters when I watched the Rocky series for the first time, amidst a week-long frenzy of exams and all-nighters. It had inadvertently become a ritual when a bunch of us would keep aside our books and notes at 12 am, and boot up the laptop. Bill Conti’s iconic theme for Rocky…

What else am I bingeing on? | Pankaj Tripathy

Anupama Chopra, “How did you come up with the ‘Aadhar Linked with the Witch’ dialogue in Stree?” Pankaj Tripathy,” Those days, almost every service provider was SMSing me requesting my Aadhar to be linked to my account. I thought the Witch might also have her Aadhar linked!” This is one of the numerous quips spread…