Netflix’s latest thriller ‘You’ is surprisingly good !

Even in her disturbed existence, writer Sylvia Plath had lurid observations on murder – “Why do we electrocute men or murdering an individual then pin a purple heart on them for mass slaughter of someone arbitrarily labeled ‘enemy’ ?” It is true that taking someone’s life is a horrid, despicable business but murder is not…

Bird Box | Review

John Krasinski’s breakout sensation of 2018 A Quiet Place created an immersive experience of sensory deprivation, putting us in the middle of a world where an alien species used sound as its primary device to hunt anything that made even the slightest of noises. So, you basically had to walk on tip-toes, making sure that…

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs | Review

Westerns have always held a hallowed space in the annals of Hollywood. The wild, lawless past depicted in these films mirrored a time of immense change for America as a nation for this was a time when railroads were being built to join towns as an industrial revolution swept through its veins. While the burgeoning…

Is The Haunting of Hill House the best-written horror series yet ?

It would be an understatement on my part to say that I love horror. I am an incorrigible horror-junkie who thrives on the rush that a fleshed-out story infuses into your brain blanking out the mundane. Your senses are heightened and you go into a fugue as if reality had released its grasp off you….

Indian Horror is coming of age and Tumbbad shows how

Netflix’s Ghoul introduced us to a kind of horror that was very uncharacteristic for what we have been used to in Bollywood. There were none of the distracting tropes that acted merely as fillers until the next jump-scare. Ghoul’s unremitting personality pulled us into its dystopian gloom through its atmosphere that was layered deliciously over…

Ghoul | Review | Netflix

Atmospherics play an indispensable part in creating the eerie feeling which makes the audience uncomfortable whilst creating a sense of inevitability to the narrative. Take movies from every era, be it The Birds, The Shining or the recent 10 Cloverfield Lane, the claustrophobia, dark alleys and surrealistic musical cues create the necessary setting where the…

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…

Sacred Games | Review | Nawazuddin Siddiqui | Saif Ali Khan

Yayati was a Puranic king and an ancestor of the Pandavas. Legend has it that he was cursed with old age during his prime by Shukracharya, the priest of the Asuras, which he later exchanged with his Son Puru to regain his youth. The season Finale of Sacred Game is titled ‘Yayati’ and it is…

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…

13 Reasons Why – Season 2 | Review

Netflix’s obsession with churning out original content has seen a lot of hits and misses over the past few years since it debuted in India. Films produced by Netflix have gathered a reputation of being consistently underwhelming despite their aggressive social media marketing. Without the big-screen releases that movies from run-of-the-mill production can have to…

Of Cults and Men | Wild Wild Country

Webster’s defines the word Religion as “a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices”. Even though the statement remains largely relevant today, this very concept took root even before the cognitive revolution when mankind became self-aware, and even before the linguistic revolution when we even had words for ‘God’ or a…

“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…