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…

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…

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…

A Private War | Review

It takes a special kind of conviction to become a War Correspondent. As per the data gathered by the Committee to Protect Journalists, no less than 74 journalists lost their lives in 2012 alone, while on the field reporting back to their respective media agencies. Imagine watching the abject devastation on a town somewhere in…

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs | Review

Westerns have always held a hallowed space in the annals of Hollywood. The wild, lawless past depicted in these films mirrored a time of immense change for America as a nation for this was a time when railroads were being built to join towns as an industrial revolution swept through its veins. While the burgeoning…

Pihu is the most difficult film you have ever watched

There are times when film-makers break out of the mundane Bollywood convention with scripts so bold and quixotic that it seems like a miracle that something like that even saw the light of release. After years of stagnation and an inexplicable apathy towards experimental cinema, Bollywood is finally breaking out of its comfort zone and…

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….