‘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…

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…

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…

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…

The Predator | Review

If you are a millennial in India, you have probably grown up watching Star Movies, which was our quintessential gateway to Hollywood back in the 90s. When you want to create an audience where none exists, you introduce them to the blitz and bang of action films. The Star Group understood that very well and…

Why The Meg is an insult to Jaws | Viewpoint

The year was 1974 and a young twenty one year old was fiercely pitching his capabilities to producers at Universal Studios about bringing Peter Benchley’s smash hit book named Jaws to the big screen. This ambitious young man was none other than the legendary Steven Spielberg. Producers Dick Zanuck and Dave Brown had gone around…

Mission: Impossible – Fallout | Review

By the time the first Mission: Impossible film came out in 1996 Ian Fleming’s iconic character James Bond had already become a legend with no less than nineteen films in the franchise with eight different actors playing the titular spy extraordinaire. Despite the characteristic appeal of Fleming’s universe with its suave protagonists and ravishing Bond-women,…

Sicario : Day of the Soldado | Movie Review

Denis Villeneuve’s filmography is a painter’s canvas but there is an interminable thread that weaves through the myriad of genre-defining films that he has made so far. Prisoners (2013) and Sicario (2015) were both crime dramas, albeit of significantly different tonalities, whereas Arrival (2016) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017) re-characterized how science-fiction movies could be…

Why Race 3 is the best film of 2018

You thought this was clickbait, didn’t you ? Well, guess what. It is not. How’s that for a twist, you Nolan-praising, Kashyap-breathing, rational human-being you ? Race 3 is the culmination of a decade long vision of ace directors (they put the ‘ace’ in ‘race’) Abbas-Mustan much like Marvel’s Avengers : Infinity War, except that…

Bhavesh Joshi Superhero | Review

We have been surprisingly unimaginative when it comes to creating Superheroes. The last original, most elaborate templates we have had, came from scriptures that were thousands of years old. Even though they were brilliant masterpieces of writing and character arcs, Ramayana and Mahabharata had become infused into a larger world religion, and their characters had…

Jumanji : Welcome to the Jungle | Movie Review

Talk about classics from the 90s and Joe Johnston’s runaway adventure Jumanji would make it to every single list. Besides the indellible comic timing of Robin Williams who played Alan Parrish in the film, the film had everything that a family could enjoy together. Imagine playing a board-game with your family, being engrossed in it…

‘Jingoism’ Zinda Hai

If you have watched Tiger Zinda Hai, or are planning to watch, I suggest you go through the following spoof by India’s premiere web content producers “The Viral Fever”. The video exaggerates and takes a lighter look at every element which forms the crux of any Bhai movie. From Bhai’s entry scene, to over the…