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In Bagdad Cafe (1987) Director Percy Adlon shows that you can give an engaging film with just 2 main characters, and only one setting – of a run-down motel off the highway.  It is a familiar and simplest of stories, yet being told pleasantly, it impresses you. When a West German lady tourist Mrs Jasmin, after a fight with her husband, checks-in herself in a shabby gas station and restaurant (Bagdad Cafe) she makes best of the situation for herself and the place.  The owner of the place, Mrs Brenda is struggling to keep the place from falling, with no…

For the last two weeks, I have binge watching two seasons of Kim’s Convenience (TV Series). It is a Canadian Television sitcom that was based on a successful stage play by the same name, written by Ins Choi and was a welcome relief from the usual American comedy. The show is about a Korean Canadian Family (Parents, a son and a daughter) running a corner store in Moss Park area of Toronto, Canada. The show is enjoyable with clean comedy, little of the cliche immigrant jokes and has kids friendly visuals. Each episode of 25-30 minutes, is about what happens in…

Madraza (aka Godmother) is a crime film from Argentina that I liked watching. It is a story about a woman who loses her husband to a street mugger, deciding to pull herself up, she ends up as a hired assassin herself. In parallel, is a romantic relationship that keeps developing between her and the police inspector who is assigned to investigate the case. Just with the first scene, the Director establishes Matilde’s character, the love she has for her husband, and her caring nature shown by the affection she shows for her god-daughter. From there, the movie proceeds briskly, not…

Living in “India”, which compared to many other parts of the world, has provided economic stability and growth over the last two decades, it is extremely difficult for me to visualize what a hyperinflation situation will be on everyday life, like what happened in Zimbabwe and what’s happening in Venezuela right now. In this article by The Economist titled What Venezuelan savers can teach everyone else – Lessons in preserving the value of savings from hyperinflation, we get a glimpse of how the people of Venezuela are handling hyperinflation. They invest in Property, Cars, Shares and easily tradable commodity (like in barter trade). Valuable lessons…

Wind River (2017) is a crime thriller that transports you to the wintry mountains of Wyoming and keeps you frozen there in anticipation. I thought Alaska and the regions near arctic circle are the only inhabited places which are brutally cold, seeing the visuals of Wyoming I can’t even imagine how worse those places will be. Director Taylor Sheridan has done a brilliant job with the location selection and the castings – especially the “burly” Tribal Police Chief Ben Shoyo (played by Graham Greene). The film starts with a young girl running barefoot on the sub-zero snow in the wilderness of…