The Umbrella Academy | Review

In a world where larger than life CGI-based superheroes rule the roost, we have gotten used to a strange predictability that no matter what happens, the world would eventually be saved and things would go back to normal. Marvel only recently broke this convention by letting Thanos score a win against the Avengers in, you…

Total Dhamaal left me speechless

Remember that time when you have had a splitting headache and you wished someone could give you a free lobotomy ? Well, that’s how I felt when I walked out of the theatre after about 150 minutes of brain-titillating balderdash. The first Dhamaal came out over a decade ago with surprisingly well-timed comedy with scenes…

Screengobblr Interviews | Ananth Mahadevan & Shweta Rohira

“Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to..” – Willem Defoe This very challenge which Willem Defoe talks about has kept Mr Ananth Mahadevan driven for the last three decades and he is not slowing down any time soon. As I sat down in…

Revisiting Bombay 70 – The Naezy Story

Amidst the bustling subculture of Indian hip-hop and rap productions that finds its place in Youtube today, there is a 10-minute short film called Bombay 70 that had been showcased in the MAMI film festival in 2014 and had gone on to win the Best Short Film award in the Mumbai Dimensions category. This heartfelt…

What else am I bingeing on | The Graham Norton Show

Talk shows have been part of the popular culture for decades. Network television brought about the golden age in prime time Talk Shows from 1949 to 1973. Late night shows came a little later, after studio bosses figured that it is highly cost effective to produce a ‘casual’ talk show than a sitcom. Also, legends…

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma is a study in contrasts

Based in a politically tempestuous time in 1970s Mexico, Alfonso Cuarón’s personal sketch gambols between the journey of Cleodegaria “Cleo” Gutierrez as she serves as live-in help for a middle-class Mexican family, and the societal upheaval that swept through the country during that period. Civil conflict between the incumbent authoritarianism led by the PRI (Institutional…

Gully Boy | Review

No mincing words, no flinching courage, With heads held high comes the convoy, The commotion starts, emotions rise, Look to your right, Enter Gully Boy!! Well, the movie has got me pumped and my sleepy poet awake. Joyce Meyer put it aptly when he said, “ Words are containers for power. You choose what kind…

Is Alita: Battle Angel Rodriguez’s best film yet ?

Although I enjoyed Robert Rodriguez’s popular trilogy Spy Kids as a teenager, I always saw him as a director whose style was a bit over-the-top with a tinge of exaggerated drama which made his films feel like super-bowl commercials. Don’t get me wrong here. Rodriguez knew what he was doing and his movies had a…

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga | Review

The Supreme Court of India gave a landmark judgement regarding Section 377 on Sep 2018 lifting the 158-year-old archaic law that prohibited ‘unnatural offenses’ in terms of sexual intercourse against the order of nature of any man, woman or animal. Being highly subjective in its verbiage, Section 377 had become a weapon for anyone and…

Four More Shots Please |It stutters but makes it up with verve

So, Sex and the City and Veere Di Wedding had a love child? Before you reject my hypothesis as spurious, hear me out. Four females with broken hearts, internal turmoil and fantasy filled ‘sex’capades become each other’s strengths and a lucky suburban Bar’s premium customers. Going by the number of shots they wash down their…

Velvet Buzzsaw is a buzzkill | Netflix

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out became the breakout film of 2018 through its piercing, literal commentary of the unconscious racism that still pervades the predominantly white America. On the outset, Get Out uses all the tropes of a neoclassic horror thriller in its premise where Daniel Kaluuya, who plays Chris, goes out to meet…