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Amazon’s original TV series Forever (2018),  is such a dull & clueless show, I gave up watching halfway through the first season. It is about a middle-aged childless couple Oscar (Fred Armisen) and June (Maya Rudolph), who are leading a routine life where nothing interesting happens. In the first episode, for almost half the time, Oscar keeps cooking and serving in the dinner table every day for almost a month. You keep waiting for something else to…

I enjoy watching films by Director Radha Mohan, especially his lesser known films like Abhiyum Naanum, Uppu Karuvaadu, and Brindavanam. I find his films to have a strong screenplay and great casting. Even then, I didn’t have great hopes for his latest film, Kaatrin Mozhi (2018) starring Jyothika, for two reasons – the story of a housewife suddenly turning into a successful RJ sounded unrealistic and I was unable to picturise (now) overacting Jyothika in a…

I was intrigued by the description of the film Downsizing (2017) starring Matt Damon – it is about a time when many are getting themselves downsized with a newly invented bio-cellular technology, not in an economic or in an infrastructure sense, but in their body size being reduced from about 6 Feet to 5 inches. We have seen this concept in comedy films like “Honey, I shrank the Kids”, but this is a serious take on why…

The last few days I have binge-watching in Netflix, Season 1 of Designated Survivor starring Kiefer Sutherland. It is intriguing to see the stories that Hollywood comes up with for their TV shows, unlike what we see here in India. This one is about an accidental President of the USA who is tasked with running the country after every senior member of the Government including the President is killed in a terrorist attack on the Capitol Hill…

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…