A Taxi Driver (2017)

The best book I read last year was Hang Kang’s The Vegetarian, winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2017. I immediately followed that up with another one of her novels, Human Acts, which tells the story of the infamous 1980 Gwangju Uprising in a devastating and haunting manner. Since then I have seen a few […]

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Coco (2017)

Back in 2014, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) was used as subject matter in The Book of Life, but I couldn’t get pass the half hour mark. It was too kid-friendly and too contrived for my taste. I never like stories which I can map out the narrative trajectory way ahead of […]

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Make Way For Tomorrow (1937)

It was said that Leo McCarey’s Make Way For Tomorrow (1937) inspired Yasujirô Ozu’s Tokyo Story (1953), which in my book belongs in the “must see before you die” category. When Orson Welles was asked whether he has seen McCarey’s film, he famously said the film is so sad it could make a stone cry. […]

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TV Series: Ozark (S1)

We started watching this on Saturday night. On Sunday morning, the wifey said “Let’s catch an episode” and that doesn’t happen very often. We ended up watching two. On Monday night, we binged the last four episodes over dinner and finished at 1130pm. Ozark is the second series that made us make plans to accommodate […]

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Haider (2014)

I feel the coolest thing Vishal Bhardwaj has done in Haider is not so much the adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but his brilliant staging of the revenge story within the Kashmir’s volatile political history of 1995. The historical element brings the crazy family revenge up on a pedestal where death and doom looms all around. […]

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Frankly, I didn’t like the first two Thor movies, the game plan was so clear from the get go. Same old “save the world” routines, brooding hero with a burden, a love connection born out of necessity and bloated battle scenes. It is the same blueprint for many superhero movies, but Thor has the God […]

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Secret Superstar (2017)

This is a winsome feel-good family movie. I knew that even before I went in because this is an Aamir Khan production and his name spells class. What I didn’t count on is that it is especially empowering. There may be scenes that are contrived and it tries a little too hard, but in all […]

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