Wednesday, May 27

Reviews

Some movies have to be written about for the way they touched us by being exceptionally good or as warning to those who might have plans of spending good bucks on them.

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The Indian Detective | Netflix | Russell Peters should stick to stand up alone.

  I had reasonable hopes on this one since the trailer came out a few weeks ago but I was so disappointed with the end result that i rue the 3 odd hours that i spent watching this mini series. The series offered nothing in terms of comedy, action or for that matter any form of entertainment. Russell Peters stars as a Canadian police constable Class IV who gets suspended while performing a drug bust which goes terrible wrong due to a unreliable witness. This and the lack of reciprocation of affection from his fellow officer Christina Cole , leads him to fly back to Mumbai to meet his father Anupam Kher , who was hospitalized. From there Doug D'Mello (Russel Peters) get entangled with the business of a lawyer played by Mishqah Parthiephal and the chase is on to catch a drug ki...
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Glitch Season 2 | Netflix Original | Almost as good as the first season.

Ever since stumbling upon Glitch a year ago I had been waiting for Season 2 so eagerly and in fact this was a Netflix original that I was looking forward to, a lot more when compared to Stranger Things.  The Aussies do know how to make an engaging paranormal series. Glitch is about a small town policeman James Hayes , who is called to a local cemetery in the middle of the night where six people who had died, spread across centuries, comes back to life in perfect health and with no memory of their identities. A local doctor Elishia McKellar , who is called to the scene helps them out and as it turns out one of the 'risen' ones is the coppers wife Kate Willis who had died a few years ago. From there the story unfolds with the mysteries surrounding the 'risen' ones on how they lived th...
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Justice League: Must Watch! 4.5/5

NO SPOILERS ! I did not expect much from this movie and nor did I read any reviews before taking my seat. All I had to go on were the trailers. I was expecting another dark movie but I was determined to sit through it. But what followed was a pleasant surprise - my Christmas came early this year. Let me give my opinions of the characters first Flash: The arrogance of youth and the on-your-face humor are balanced in perfection. I have never liked flash before, Ezra Miller might have just changed my mind. Aquaman: His arrogance at being invincible was a joy to the eyes. Jason Momoa is here to stay. He has some drool worthy scenes sans his shirt. I am looking forward to his origins story as I don't have a lot of back ground on his character and do not want to ruin any surprise by...
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Broadchurch | Netflix | Yet another reason why British shows are leaps and bounds above the rest.

Broadchurch , is a British crime-drama thriller based on a small coastal town by the same name. I just got done with the first season and it has been nothing short of outstanding till now. The story begins when a young boy is found dead at the beach and investigation begins on what transpired on the night of the death. A new DI, Alec Hardy (David Tennant) heads the investigation along with DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) as the story unfolds on the lives and lies of the closely knit Broadchurch community. It's not often you get a crime-drama which shows in proper depth how a family and community deals with the death of a close one.  Olivia Colman does a wonderful job in the role of DS Ellie Miller, the detective in charge of the murder investigation of Danny Latimer, the kid who get...
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Wheelman | Netflix | The Ultra Low budget Fast and Furious.

Wheelman  is a one time watch with a sizable share of pretty decent car chases. If the Fast and Furious franchise had a baby with The Transporter series, that mini movie would have been this Frank Grillo, who is the Wheelman. The movie revolves around a bank robbery job gone wrong when the getaway driver (Frank) ends up double crossing his partners as somebody who had inside knowledge of the job double crosses him. As is always the case, the hero has a family and a teenage kid whom he needs to protect and super fast car to get him around in his fight to earn is freedom and get back at the people who put him in a bind in the first place. The movie is not about the story but about the situations the hero finds himself in and even though it spans close to 1.5 hours there are very few d...
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Mindhunter | Netflix | One of the best takes on the mind of a Serial Killer.

Netflix, has taken it upon itself to be the undisputed pioneers when it comes to certain genres and they continue the good work in churning out interesting stuff . Mindhunter is definitely not everybody's cup of tea and is of the slow burner type which grows into you as the season progresses. It's intelligent, well scripted, engaging and probably as close to the truth as there ever would be, without resorting to mind-numbing gory images that we usually associate with this genre. Mindhunter follows the journey of two FBI agents Ford & Tench in the 1970's as they delve into psychology behind 'Series killers' and how they ended up being who they are and in effect shed light into how their minds work. I was a bit slow to latch on to the Mindhunter mania ( a friend suggested that i s...
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The Mist | Netflix | One of the better Stephen King Adaptations for Mini Screen

The Mist turned out to be one of the better Stephen King Adaptations from the numerous torturous ones out there, that is only if you can survive the really boring couple of episodes in between and the obnoxious ending. The series revolves around a small town which gets engulfed in a mist that results in strange and mysterious things which often end up with people getting killed. As always is the case in such series there is a central family comprising of the parents and a kid where the father defies all odds to protect his family. Then there are set of people who start the season as 'good people' and remain so till the adverse conditions bring out the darker shades in them. The way the season ended left many open ends and pretty much shouted out that 'Season 2 is definitely on the w...
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Stranger Things 2 : Stranger, Slower, Binge-worthy, Halloween Special and Netflix still nails it despite it being the same of the old stuff.

The much awaited Season 2, started pretty slowly and did not pick up pace till the Chapter 3. Then on it was business as usual from the hit-churning Netflix Originals conveyer belt. They did manage to put in quite a boring Chapter 7 in between all the drama as well. The Duffer brothers (Matt Duffer, &  Ross Duffer) managed to bring back same 80’s style that made the first season so very interesting. The introduction of three new main characters (Max , Billy & Bob -Sean Astin) did give the story the much needed umph. As was expected the original five friends, Eleven , the two elder siblings, the boyfriend, the Mom (Winona Ryder ) & the Cop (Jim Hopper) were all heavily involved and formed the crux of the story which now moved in a direction focussing the 'Upside-down' wor...
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Slow, boring and not worth the time spend : 1922 – Stephen King Novel Adaptation (A Netflix Original)

Another weekend and another one of those Netflix originals. The second Stephen King adaptation from the Netflix stable did not live up to the 'above-average' show by its predecessor Gerald's Game. Although a big fan of Stephen King, this is one book/short story that I had not read and should have ideally kept me intrigued throughout as I didn't know the story. However, this crime/drama/horror movie ended up just being a below average crime/horror flick with an average drama quotient. The storyline surrounds "A simple yet proud rancher in the year 1922 conspires to murder his wife for financial gain, convincing his teenage son to participate. (imdb)". This is all I can tell about the movie without revealing the very little the movie has to offer. From the word go, the movie was slow,...
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A brilliant ComDra and yet, not Everyone’s Cup of Tea : The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Netflix Original

My Take: Netflix strikes gold in a non-thriller genre, after a long time ! Adam Sandler used to be an actor that I liked long ago (okay, don't shoot me :) ) and yet, his presence in this Netflix original made me skeptical about spending valuable time on it. My curiosity on what the Meyerowitz family had to offer got the better of me largely due to the presence of  Dustin Hoffman (Harold) & Ben Stiller.(Mathew) in the cast and yet, it was Adam Sandler (Danny) who stole the show in the end.  It's not often that an ordinary, every day comedy/drama would hold your interest every frame of the movie and director Noah Baumbach did just that. The story is all about the fragile dynamics of a dis-joint family where a self-obsessed/needy father, played by Hoffman, reunites with his thre...