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    Kaatteri (2022), you laugh yet feel tired with this horror comedy!

    Kaatteri (2022), featuring Vaibhav, Sonam Bajwa, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Karunakaran & others is a familiar comedy film. A group of misfits venture to an unknown place haunted by ghosts that resemble living humans during the day. How they survive or who survives is the story. The first half-an-hour was enjoyable, we were made to laugh by the good performances of the cast but the second half was exhausting. As a result, it gets our mangoidiots rating of Raw. I love the acting of Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, a fabulous actress, she gets only a limited role as one of the ghosts & a small flashback. Another actor l like is Karunakaran, he has…

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    Ante Sundaraniki (2022), an enjoyable romcom that ran too long

    The film’s plot can’t be any less original than Ante Sundaraniki (2022), yet I enjoyed this romantic comedy thanks to a fine screenplay and good acting. Nani as Sundar Prasad and Nazriya Nazim as Leela Thomas have done their respective roles well. Joining their characters as their respective mothers are the two veteran actresses of South Indian cinema, Rohini and Nadhiya, and both were brilliant. Had the film been edited sharply and the three hours of running time tightened, I would’ve been happy to give it a Ripe rating on the Mangoidiots scale. Sundar Prasad is a Hindu boy from an orthodox middle-class brahmin family. His schoolmate is Leela, a…

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    The G Word with Adam Conover was largely fun to watch

    Many of us living in democracies are getting tired of our governments tackling the pressing issues of our times, like climate change, rising inequality, banking bailouts, slow pandemic response and so on. We are wondering what are the various government departments really doing? Are they just a drain on our hard-earned money paid as taxes?. Unfortunately, we the public have little understanding of the functioning of our government bodies, like the role of the regulators for food, health, medicines, banks, stock market & others. Why do they exist? Normally, we find these to be boring and we are interested to discuss elections and elected representatives, who keep us occupied by…

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    Galwakdi (2022)

    This Punjabi film, available on Amazon Prime Video is a prototypical romantic comedy. I noticed in the trailer, the story was in London and I started to watch it. Jagteshwar Singh is a librarian, a perfectionist who agonize over the small details in life. He gets drawn to a young lady, Amber, a guest in his house. The fun was the events that lead to the opposites getting attracted. Except for the drinking scenes, this is a family-friendly film. Had the climax been less cliché, Galwakdi (2022) would’ve got an higher rating than Raw from Mangoidiots. The opening sequences showing the regimented life that Jagteshwar follows, forces his parents and…

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    Man vs. Bee (TV series)

    We have seen TV series that is about love, friends, colleagues, family, community, mystery, theft, greed, and even games. But, only Rowan Atkinson CBE can produce one about a bee and him, nothing more.  Man vs. Bee (2022) was utterly unbelievable and stupid, yet wholly funny. In the two hours run, the miniseries make you forget your worries and laugh in many places. Thanks to Mr Atkinson for that and the show gets a Raw rating from Mangoidiots. Kids will adore the show, the cute dog Cupcake is sure to become their favourite. To make his daughter proud a jobless man takes up the work as a house sitter to…

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    God’s Favorite Idiot (TV Series)

    God’s Favorite Idiot, is a new comedy series on Netflix. I got attracted by the title and I like Melissa McCarthy, so I started to watch. Sadly, after two episodes I got super bored and disappointed. A friend recommended I continue and I did. The middle episodes got better, but quickly the episodes that followed went downhill again. The story is about an average Joe named Clark (Ben Falcone) getting selected by God, he starts to glow and God asks Clark to convey ‘her’ message to the world. Clark needs to do this while remaining unharmed by the evil Satan who is trying to kill him. Amily (Melissa) and three…

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    Late Night (2019)

    Starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson, Late Night (2019) is about a celebrated TV talk show host struggling to adapt to the times or retire gracefully. The plot was familiar, we had seen portions of this in Anchorman (2014), in Tina Fey‘s 30 Rock (2006-2013) and recently in the Great News (2017-2018). Yet, the fine performance by the lead actors and a sharp and witty screenplay make it enjoyable. Available on Netflix, it gets a Ripe. The host of a late-night talk show, Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is a self-absorbed, rude TV anchor who has won numerous Emmy awards. Unfortunately, over the decades, she is saddled with a complacent team…

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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…