Biopic Man : Why Rajkummar Rao did Omertà

In As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII Shakespeare talks about the world being a stage, and all men and women merely players. This unassumingly simple idea may actually have two different perspectives – one for the audience and one for the actor. For the audience, it would resonate with the myriad of duties…

“Rotten” Ratings | Why Rotten Tomato scores are not reliable

The worldwide TV and Video revenue is a whopping $300 billion and is rising steadily year on year, thanks to the enormous investments that big production houses like Warner bros., Weinstein Company, Lionsgate, etc., put into their promotions. In the good old days, movies were driven by the star-power of the actors and directors who…

All the Money in the World | Movie Review

Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella A Christmas Carol was a Christmas classic that is widely read and enjoyed to this day. Even more than the story, however, it was his characters that have stood the test of time, becoming assimilated into the larger pop culture. Ebenezer Scrooge became the quintessential symbol of frugality and a potent…

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…

The Year in Review : 2017

As we arrive on the verge of this year’s curtain call, its time for us to revisit some of the best films that marked this year for posterity – both mainstream and indie. Like any other typical year, there were surprise breakout successes (Newton, Wonder Woman) and momentous let-downs (Jab Harry Met Sejal, Justice League)….

‘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…

Wonder | Movie Review

Lenny Abrahamson’s Room (2015) introduced us to a promising new actor in Brie Larson whose gut-wrenching portrayal of a sexually enslaved woman trapped within a tiny room earned her the much coveted Academy Award for the Best Actor Female category in 2016 beating the likes of Oscar winners Cate Blanchett (for Carol) and Jennifer Lawrence…

Justice League | Movie Review

After the meandering mess of Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice, DC was in shambles. Zack Snyder, who had given us two of the best graphic novel adaptations in the last decade, in  300  and  Watchmen,  had become the Superman who had fallen from grace. Despite the visually spectacular cinematography that is characteristic of his films,…

An ode to Bollywood’s Crown Prince | Rajkummar Rao | by Vibhor Chadha

A few years ago, I had read a book called “The Secret”. Throughout the book, the author repeatedly stressed on the power of belief; in yourself, in your dreams and in your courage to overcome what obstacles may come in your way. She called it the Law of Attraction: When you put your whole being into achieving a…

Blade Runner 2049 | The philosophy and symbolism of Denis Villeneuve

The year was 1982 and Hollywood was teeming with some of the best science-fiction films that would later become classics in film history. Spielberg’s E.T : The Extraterrestrial and Steven Lisberg’s Tron were captivating audiences in their respective thematic presentations but it was apparent that both were ensconced in the pubescent technology that existed during…

Has Gerald’s Game just created a new genre ?

Despite the fact that Hollywood has seen one of its slowest summers this year, 2017 has given us some of the biggest blockbusters with films like Wonder Woman, Logan, Dunkirk, War for the Planet of the Apes just to name a few. Be that as it may, if you had to baptize this generous year…