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    Trippin’ with the Kandasamys (2021)

    I am hooked on the South African family comedy franchise, The Kandasamys. The films follow the drama within the two Indian families, Kandasamys and the Naidoos. They are neighbours who live in Chatsworth, a suburb of Durban. The latest one is Trippin’ with the Kandasamys (2021), a feel-good film which is available on Netflix and gets a Ripe rating. The first of the two films, Keeping Up with the Kandasamys (2017) was about the falling in love of the children of the two families, and the next one Kandasamys: The Wedding (2019), as the name suggests, was about the wedding event of the young couple. The third one, Trippin, was…

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    Vikram (2022)

    In recent years, the big hero movies in Kollywood have disappointed me. Other than a few exceptions, sequels turn out to be lazy works of the makers. So, I had low expectations for Kamal Hasaan‘s Vikram (2022), a thin sequel to Vikram (1986) and in the same universe as Kaithi (2019). Using a textbook story of a good cop(s) vs drug mafia, but delivering it through high energy and brisk screenplay, Director Lokesh Kanagaraj has surprised me with an entertainer. Mangoidiots rates the film a raw, yet you may want to watch it. The first half of the film was dominated by two brilliant actors, Fahadh Faasil and Vijay Sethupathi…

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    Top Gun (1986)

    With the release of Top Gun Maverick (2022), it was time for me to (re)watch the super hit original, Top Gun (1986).  This film catapulted Tom Cruise to stardom and paved the way for his future successes including the Mission Impossible series. The plot was a simple one. A talented Navy Pilot, Maverick behaves impulsively and often runs rogue, which affects the safety of his overall team. How the relationship with a civilian instructor, Charlotte (played by Kelly McGillis) and an unfortunate incident, mellows down Maverick and turns him into a hero was the film about. It gets a Ripe rating for its brilliant cinematography and forthright screenplay. The movie…

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    Bigbug (2022)

    Bigbug (2022) is a French science fiction that is available on Netflix. The story happens in 2045 when the residents and their friends of a house are locked inside by their androids when the world outside gets taken over by bad robots. Having a few people with past connections, in a closed place is a fantastic plot for telling interesting stories, unfortunately, Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet wastes the opportunity. The film gets mangoidiots’ rotten rating. Alice is a divorcee living with her daughter in one of the neighbourhoods with hi-tech gadgets and android to do her bidding. Her lover and his son visit them, joined by her ex-husband and his fiancee,…

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    Pothanur Thabal Nilayam (2022)

    Pothanur Thabal Nilayam (போத்தனூர் தபால் நிலையம்)📮, directed by Praveen and available on #aha, is a period film that was about solving a theft in a rural post office. I was impressed with the post office set that was used for most of the story. An intriguing plot that benefited from good casting, and fine recreation of the time period, but was let down by a painfully slow screenplay. It gets a “Raw” rating from mangoidiots. Pothanur is a small town near Coimbatore. Venkatraman is a family man, and as the postmaster for a village post office, he is known for his simplicity and honesty. One day in the 1990s, about…