The legend of La Llorona and why it’s worth a watch | Review

Motherhood is a beautiful thing, and yet, painful when exposed to the persecution of life. One of my favourite horror films in recent time on this very theme is Andrés Muschietti’s Mama where two toddlers survive a car-crash and are taken care of by the spirit of a mother who had lost her children many…

Pet Sematary is great if you haven’t seen the original | Review

Mary Lambert’s 1989 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Pet Sematary is wrong on many levels even today when you watch it with your seemingly mature 21st-century sensibilities. King unabashedly carves storylines and events that even the biggest horror fan would cringe at. There are certain things that you just do not accept as a human…

DC finally finds its humour with Shazam! | Review

Since the execs at Warner brothers started dissecting the formula for Marvel Studio’s indefatigable success at the box office, discussion had been rife about how DC was just too dark and depressing for any casual movie-goer (let’s face it, most of us are) who just wanted to have a well-rounded, wholesome superhero action. This singular…

Romeo Akbar Walter | Movie Review

Espionage as a subject has attracted a lot of interest from Bollywood recently. From D-Day to Baby to Ek Tha Tiger and the recent blockbuster Raazi, makers have stumbled upon a formula of interlacing patriotism with rampaging action sequences backed by a pulsating score. As a kid, the first such ‘Spy’ movie I remember was…

‘Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota’ is not a superhero movie | Review

While the Marvel – DC rivalry gathers heat, there’s a sub-genre of superhero parody films that have made their very own space. These films do not boast of over-the-top special effects, powerful meta-humans, or world-threatening events. They consist of beaten down underdogs who develop a quixotic obsession to emulate the vigilantism of superhero characters that…

Captain Marvel used to be Shazam and our mind is blown !

So little is known about Captain Marvel in contemporary pop-culture that when her sign first flashed on Nick Fury’s retrofitted pager while he turned to ash in Avengers: Infinity War, movie-goers were left wondering what his last trump card was. It was, of course, the ardent comic-book nerds who came to the rescue and recognized…

Sonchiriya’s gritty tale of redemption will haunt you for days

Ramesh Sippy’s 1975 film Sholay was more than just a fight that pitted two ex-cons against a notorious gang of dacoits that had terrorized the village of Ramgarh. It was also a romanticized version of the proverbial battle between good and evil. Jai and Veeru were the quintessential misunderstood samaritans who had fallen into the…

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…