Social satires are tricky business. Their primary job is to skewer deeply seated social stigmas, but rarely are they funny. Most directors know only one way to get the message across: ram the idea into your head. It takes an informed storyteller to milk it differently. The gold standard of any satire is the ability […]Read more "Parasite (2019)"
What’s the noblest thing you have ever done? For Woody, Buzz and company, it is to make the kid who plays with them the centre of the universe. The noblest thing that they can ever do as toys is to make the child happy. They live by that mantra through and through. Woody (Tom Hanks), […]Read more "Toy Story 4 (2019)"
How all of us tackle grief differs. When my dad passed away some time ago, I remember I was in a daze, everything felt surreal and I couldn’t cry. I didn’t know what was wrong with me. I felt like a spurious son and I started to question myself. But I remember lyrical moments that […]Read more "Birthday (2019)"
My wife was away for the weekend so I have purposely chosen movies that she wouldn’t like to see. 😊 First up is Dario Argento’s Opera (1987). I have seen Suspiria (1977) and it is easy to see why it has become a cult-classic. It is probably sacrilegious for me to say this, but I […]Read more "Quickies – Opera, Riki-Oh, Pink Flamingos, Made in Hong Kong"
After I saw a dude commit seppuku on himself just so he can use his spilling intestines to strangle a guy in Riki-Oh (1991), I thought I have seen every crazy thing in action movies; apparently not. I have not seen death by battering with a rare volume of an 18th-century Russian classic yet. Cue Movement 1 […]Read more "John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)"
Confession time: I am an avid Pokémon Go trainer, Level 40 with an XP of 45.5 million and counting. I have 3 maxed-out Mewtwos, at least 50 other maxed-out pocket monsters and 114 types of rare shiny mons. I say all this because I might be a little biased with my review, seeing like I […]Read more "Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)"
“Remember always, here at the Taj, guest is God.” The line is empathetically uttered by Head Chef Hemant Oberoi for the benefit of his waiters and waitresses as he stringently checks their attire and fingernails. Soon after, the Taj Hotel would be besieged by terrorists armed with automatic weapons and grenades. Throughout the entire horrifying […]Read more "Hotel Mumbai (2019)"