The Boys – Season 1 : Subverting the Superhero Myth | Review

If you looked at the etymology of the word ‘hero’, you’d be hard-pressed to find even a single negative attribute that would define the word. Heroes are supposed to be these unnatural humans who were outliers, incorruptible and essentially good. Superheroes, all the more so. Even with powers with which they can clutch the world…

Laakhon Mein Ek Season 2 is even better than the first | Review

After riding a wave of success in the comedy circuit through his raw, quirky, anecdotal sets, Biswa Kalyan Rath is now set to crack the limited series landscape. His very first venture as a writer, Laakhon Mein Ek, told a compelling story about the rite of passage for every engineering aspirant as they get embroiled…

‘Made in Heaven’ is unflinchingly brutal | Review

When you hear of a limited series collaboration between Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, you stand up and listen. The director-writer duo is inadvertently emerging as a force majeur in the film-makers’ circuit and with good reason. While Akhtar has established a firm footing as a naturally gifted director through her cult classics Luck By…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Best (new) Documentaries streaming  on Netflix India right now

Besides their constant push to create original movies, Netflix is also becoming a treasure-trove for documentary enthusiasts. While Making a Murderer, The Keepers, and The Staircase achieved much critical acclaim, there are still many undiscovered documentaries that would grip you from the get-go and make you binge until you have heard the full story. After sifting…

Mulk | Review

The history of Religion is fraught with violence. A definitive set of tenets can only work when you can boast of a massive population that follows them. However, not everyone would be sympathetic to your beliefs so war became a method for powerful regimes to impose their religious doctrines on relatively secular states which held…

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…

Hereditary | Review

Despite the gory allure that comes with classic horror films, there is a living, breathing by-lane that has become the favorite haunt for horror purists. This is the place where stories are a lot more subtle than the smack-and-jab terror that we are so used to, resulting in a form of film-making where ghosts and…