• Movie Review

    Skylab (2021)

    Skylab (2021) is a Telugu period film and a comedy. In 1979, a young would-be reporter covers the mayhem caused by the expected crash of the first space station of the USA on their less known village in Telangana. The plot was intriguing and is new to Indian cinema, with no duets, fights or love sequences, rather dull with no twists or turns. It is a feel-good film and is available on Sony Liv and gets a Raw rating. Nithya Menen has produced and has acted as the protagonist, she has done the role well. Satyadev Kancharana comes as aspiring but bad luck ridden young doctor. Rahul Ramakrishna plays the…

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    Keeping Up with the Kandasamys (2017)

    Last year, I had watched the sequel, and today I saw the first movie in the series: Keeping Up with the Kandasamys (2017). It covers what happened before the marriage of the children of the neighbours. This is a simple movie, warm and the characters are highly relatable, I liked it, so I am giving it a Ripe rating. The Naidoos (note the spelling different from what’s used in Tamil Nadu), and Kandasamys are neighbours in the Indian neighbourhood of Chatsworth, a suburb of Durban in South Africa. Naidoos have two sons, Prishen, the elder one, is doing his final year in medical college. The Kandasamys’ who are wealthier than…

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    Settlers (2021)

    Settlers (2021) feels like a thought experiment. What if you are living in a dystopian world, where you and your family are (likely to be) alone on an entire planet – with everything else outside destroyed. Director Wyatt Rockefeller has succeeded in making us think, the what-if scenario. I liked the film, but only for a Raw rating, the tiny farm, the house and the martian sunset will stay in my mind for a long time. But, as a film it has faults, is slow, has logic gaps, features only four (plus one) characters in total, and will not appeal to a wider audience. The British science fiction is about…

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    Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum (2019)

    Directed by Vasanth S Sai, Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum (சிவரஞ்சனியும் இன்னும் சில பெண்களும்) had already won accolades when it premiered at several film festivals around the world. This is an anthology of three strong women from different time periods navigating individually their lives against odds. The characters have been derived from the works of famous Tamil writers Ashokamitran, Adhavan and Jeyamohan. It is heartening to see these unconventional films getting a wide audience through OTT platforms. SISP is available on Sony Liv and gets my Ripe rating. The first story happens in the 1980s; Saraswati is a docile wife ill-treated by her husband, suddenly getting the courage to question him…

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    What We Wanted (2020)

    What We Wanted (Was wir wollten), a German language drama from Austria covers the strained relationship of a married couple who are unable to have a baby. The lead pair of Lavinia Wilson and Elyas M’Barek make the film enjoyable, but the screenplay finds itself wanting in many places. Available on Netflix, I give the film a rating of Raw. Alice and Niklas are busy professionals with their individual jobs. They have been trying to conceive a baby for years and have exhausted the government-subsidized number of attempts (four) for fertility procedures. To take their minds off and rediscover the love in their lives they go on a vacation to…