Netflix’s Ted Bundy Tapes would make your skin crawl

While the world gushes over Zac Efron’s disturbingly likeable character portrayal of the upcoming Ted Bundy feature film, Netflix has quietly released an exclusive insight into the serial killer’s life. Directed by Joe Berlinger, who also directs the Zac Efron starrer Extremely wicked, shockingly evil and vile, the true crime docu-series titled Conversations with a…

Is ‘The Mule’ Clint Eastwood’s first ever comedy ?

If you dare categorize the world using Clint Eastwood’s career, you would end up with three distinct groups – the ones who know him as an actor, the ones who know him as a director, and the ones who know him as a performer. As you expand yourself by assimilating more than one facet of…

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…

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri | Review

In a world where the Internet resides on the palm of our hands and our consumerist brains have become landfills for digital epistles, you’d think that good-old Billboards would become obsolete. When marketeers and e-commerce juggernauts are bombarding their target audience with customized ads and interactive engagement, Billboards would seem like the crumbling, giant Easter…

Manhunt : The Unabomber | Review | Netflix miniseries

When I say the words – ‘Terrorist’, ‘Murderer’, ‘Criminal’, the usual categories that would light up in your brain would be turban-clad Arabic men wielding guns on some hapless civilians or journalists. We feel gratified by the sense that we are more civilized and well-bred than those clinically insane and morally corrupt individuals who we feel hard-pressed…

Mindhunter | Pilot Review | David Fincher

Crime dramas hold an unsaid fetish with the viewers. On one hand we want the law enforcement to get down and dirty to solve the crime but a part of us is also intrigued by the psychology of the prodigal murderer. Netflix’s exponentially increasing repertoire of originals and screen adaptations has given us some of…

Netflix’s Death Note (2017) | Adaptation done right

If you have ever had even the slightest exposure to Japanese anime, there’s absolutely no way you wouldn’t have heard about Death Note. Originally written as a manga series by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, Death Note achieved cult status among comic enthusiasts and then among anime-buffs when it was adapted to an…

How to write a character : Inside the mind of Vince Gilligan

If you asked a writer what their favourite wet-dream was, they would almost invariably tell you that they would like their characters to be remembered long after they were dead. What they probably would not tell you is that writing a character isn’t something that they do willy-nilly on a spasmodic night regurgitating their ideas…

Why Netflix’s “The Keepers” makes you rethink the TVF scandal

It was the year 2015 when a nonchalantly publicized movie called “Spotlight” was strongly justifying its name by stealing the spotlight from some of the biggest fan favourites like Birdman and Whiplash from the spectacular race to the Best Picture Oscar. Despite sweeping almost all major categories, Birdman was ultimately defeated by Spotlight in the…

13 Reasons Why | Netflix Originals | Dylan Minnette

High-school is insane ! There, I said it. Never in your life would you be exposed to a bevy of emotions and a mountain of social pressure as you would experience in those few years. Besides trying hard not to make a fool out of yourself, you would also be expected to build a “solid…

How ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ changed our perception of War

From the limited exposure that I have had of what we call as ‘japanese anime’, I could form a very clear inference that there is a starkly different method of story-telling in the Japanese culture. Anime, as some of you might have guessed, is just a shortened version of the word ‘animation’ but over the years, Anime…