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…

Black Mirror Season 5 : Episodes Ranked Worst to Best

Charlie Brooker’s seminal speculative science fiction series Black Mirror brought the exciting romance of the genre back to our TV screen. What sets his writing apart is the impending possibility of the ideas portrayed that are more than likely to happen in our very lifetimes, unlike typical sci-fi dramas where the setting is often a hundred years…

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…

Mortal Engines | Review

Punk Science Fiction began as an offshoot of classic science-fiction which majorly focussed on highly futuristic worlds which were more often than not outrageous in their imagination. The word “punk” has been associated to sci-fi for such a long time that no one really knows where it caught the roots. One might say that its…

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…

The Cloverfield Paradox | Movie Review | Netflix

Matt Reeves’s 2008 film Cloverfield had an uncanny plot resemblance to Frank Darabont’s Stephen King adaptation The Mist which had released just a year before in 2007. The US Department of Defense conducts Project Manhattan like clandestine Science experiments that go horribly wrong, ripping open the gateway to another dimension, and not a benevolent dimension…

Stranger Things 2 | The Upsides and the Downs

If you’re a millennial, you have already witnessed the ‘Smartphone’ revolution which completely transformed the way we consumed media. When YouTube started its operations in February 2005 as a simple video-sharing social media community, it would have been hard to fathom that 5 billion videos would be consumed on it every day by an average…

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…