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The Illegal (2019) made me sad and was painful to watch, not in a bad way but in a good sense. The pain and sufferings of a young lad landing in the USA with high hopes for a better life getting stuck in a rut due to his bad luck, and that hits you hard. The film gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Ripe’ mainly for brilliant acting by Suraj Sharma, but beware the film can be intense in its portrayal with little respite. Available on Amazon Prime Video. Hassan (Suraj Sharma), an aspiring film-maker, hailing from a middle-class household in…

Double Dad (2021) is a Portuguese youth comedy film from Brazil that was loveable. It is available on Netflix. Tracing the journey of a young girl living in a remote commune who comes to Rio de Janeiro in search of her biological father, the film was predictable throughout, yet I liked it. It gets a mangoidiots rating of  Ripe for being a feel-good film that was unostentatious. Vicenza is living with her single mother in a nature commune. As soon as Vicenza turns eighteen her mother goes on a spiritual trip to India, and after seeing a hidden photo of…

Sequels are sloppy works, riding on the shoulders of the first film, they turn out to be disappointing and better not made. Coming 2 America (2021) is a better work, it is not perfect, but certainly entertaining. The first film talked about Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) ailing from a wealthy African nation, travelling to America in search of true love. The sequel is about the offsprings of Prince Akeem and he taking over the kingdom from his father. The comedy film is available on Amazon Prime Video. Eddie Murphy and Shari Headley are looking good and seem to have aged…

With the dominance of Apple and Google on the mobile phone market in the last decade, I feel puzzled and sorry for the two earlier leaders in the space – BlackBerry and Nokia. Both were dominating mobile giants and not from the USA. BlackBerry was from Canada, a country I have travelled to briefly on a weekend trip to Vancouver from Seattle. Even today in tech circles I hear people talking with high regards for the technology chops of BB. As a result, I always wondered where the company stumbled and this book “BlackBerry Town” by Chuck Howitt will shed…

Lucky Grandma (2019) is a comedy film featuring Tsai Chin as the 80-year-old  grandma living in New York’s Chinatown. While on a trip to a casino, she lands on a large pile of cash, believing it to be her luck to get it, she keeps it. Unlucky for her the underworld comes calling soon. Tsai Chin acting as the grandma was a delight to watch, other than that the film proceeds on familiar route with no real surprises or turns. Hsiao-Yuan Ha who comes as the 8-feet bodyguard Big Pong to grandma impresses us with his innocent acting. The first…