• TV Show Review

    Becoming You (TV Series 2020-)

    If you have an Apple device (laptop/iPhone/iPad) then check out the “Becoming You” in Apple TV+. It is about how human kids develop in the first 2000 days. The first 15-20 itself was priceless. Seeing those little kids in 4K melts away the worries of the pandemic. The opening story is about a 3-year old boy “Ruru” living in Tokyo, going out to buy sushi all by himself and returns safely. Something unthinkable in most places outside of Japan. The five-minutes long sequence was so touching. Similar was the next sequence of a boy in Nepal running around everywhere and taking breathtaking pictures with his camera. As a parent of…

  • Movie Review

    The Social Dilemma (2020)

    What a difference a decade makes! In 2010, when the film “The Social Networking” came, Facebook was the darling of the world, it was seen as a spreader of joy, of breaking the hold of the big media and empowering the masses. The youngsters seen in the story were smart and determined to change the world. Change they did, and it didn’t turn out to be all good, the world has recently seen the harms that are influenced (weaponised as they are now called) due to the social media platforms. Last week, we saw the USA’s House Committee release a 449-page report on how the Big-Tech have been abusing their…

  • Movie Review

    David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020)

    Sir David Attenborough, aged 94, is a legendary broadcaster for a long time with the BBC and a natural historian. He is known for his deep voice and his coverage of the animals around the world like no one else. His series like Life on Earth (1979), Life in the Freezer (1993), Blue Planet (2001) and others are remarkable works documenting the seldom seen lives of several species we share this planet with. His latest work: A Life on Our Planet (2020) is in his words “a witness report” of how the planet has changed in his (single) lifetime. A must watch program for every human being, it is available…

  • Economy,  Movie Review

    Capital in the twenty-first century (2020)

    The French economist Thomas Piketty wrote a book in 2013 that became popular overnight. It presented a dim view of the current state of capitalism and suggested radical fixes which were widely deliberated around the world. Though the topic intrigued me a lot, the size of over 800 pages stopped me from reading the book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century“. Now, Director Justin Pemberton from New Zealand has made a movie of it titled “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”, and that made it convenient for me to learn about it. The film is available on these online services for a fee. The film is made in collaboration with Thomas Piketty…

  • American Factory (美国工厂; 美國工廠) 2019
    Movie Review

    American Factory (2019)

    American Factory (2019) is an engaging documentary from Netflix, that is not to be missed. It highlights the biggest problem facing Americans in recent years. Do American really want the “tough” manufacturing jobs back in the USA? Are they ready to accept Chinese money and invite Chinese people into their workplace? Is there any hope for the American working class? The film by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert follows the opening of a Chinese company-Fuyao’s factory in Dayton, Ohio in the site of a closed GM facility. As the film starts, we get transported inside the factory and the community, and the storytelling is natural, and personal. We can really…