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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Live by Night | Movie Review

The Prohibition is, perhaps, the second most explored subject after World War II. Aimed at being a “noble experiment” as a part of a larger temperance movement, the US Senate ratified the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution, effectively banning the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors during the first couple of decades of…

Bates Motel | Netflix | Series Spotlight

No points for guessing if you could discern what this series is about just off of the title. For the others who might still be wondering, the catchphrase here is ‘Bates Motel’ which incidentally is the very same “Bates Motel” from the classic Hitchcock thriller Psycho. The 1960 film is no less than the proverbial mecca for generations…

Arrival | Movie Review

In our day and age, the very idea that we may not be alone in this universe is one which not only inspires romance in the way we see ourselves as a part of the greater creation but also infuses fear of the unknown forces which may exist outside our realm. Movies like Independence Day, Men in Black…

Series Spotlight : “Black Mirror”

In an article I came across recently, Ursula K. Le Guin who is a celebrated science fiction writer proclaimed interestingly how science fiction writers and proponents can stand up to social fallacies and be the agents of change. She couldn’t have been more on point. Any other conventional form of expression, more often than not, becomes prone to…