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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…

After seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) I have been wanting to see the other films of the legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. Today I saw his earlier film Dr. Strangelove (1964), a satirical comedy made during the height of cold-war tensions between USSR and USA. Even if you are unable to step into the prevailing public fears of the day, this movie will be thoroughly enjoyable. A must-watch for every movie-lover and to understand the craziness that prevailed within the two super-powers during the 60s. This film can make you laugh in every frame while keeping you scared throughout. The…

I wanted a feel-good movie to end the year and Operation Christmas Drop (2020) was one of those canned cookies that Hollywood releases every year around the season, and was what I was looking. It is available on Netflix. The film takes the idea of the US Air Force along with their allies dropping off Christmas presents to far-off islands in Micronesia and spins a rom-com around. Erica (played by Kat Graham) who works for a Congresswoman keen to have the Airbase in Guam closed and the Christmas drops are seen to be an indication of the splurge that’s happening…

Ellas crean (2018) aka Creative Women is a Cuban documentary film by Lourdes de los Santos that is being screened online by ICAF in partnership with the Embassy of Cuba. When you hear Cuba, there is an unmistakable allure that comes to our mind. This film documents the women of the island who have achieved great heights in their creative field of choice. We see and hear from fork dancers, innovative choreographers, a love poem writer, a designer of jewellery from odd materials, a filmmaker, an artist who gives emotions to coffee makers!,  big and small musicians, and a singer.…