Karnan (2021)

Starring Dhanush and covering an important societal issue of the powerful oppressing the residents of a marginalised (lower caste) village in the Tamil Nadu of the 1990s, Karnan (2021) was the anticipated movie of the year. I saw in social media that most of the viewers were impressed with the film by Mari Selvaraj, whose debut film Pariyerum Perumal (2018) was outstanding. The pain portrayed by the Karnan is real but for a film by Mari Selvaraj I expected more, and it was underwhelming. The film is available on Amazon…

You Me Her (2016-2020)

You Me Her is a romantic drama TV series that is available on Netflix outside of the US & Canada. It is about a childless married couple Jack & Emma living in suburban Portland inviting a third person Izzy into their marriage to form a polyamorous relationship. The description and the initial episodes were certainly sensuous but as the seasons progressed the series transformed itself into one that explored love and relationships. Jack is a student counsellor and Emma a successful architect living in a posh suburb of Portland, Oregon.…

Stowaway (2021)

Outer Space is tough and unforgivable. We have seen many science fiction films that have explored how the bonding, courage and sacrifices of team members on a long journey to the unknown salvages a mission against all odds. Stowaway (2021) is one more of the same, it had little of science and more around the moral decisions that have to made on who gets to live and who dies in extreme situations. The film is available on Netflix and gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’. A 3-member crew is on…

Mein Ende Dein Anfang (2019)

Reading the description that talked about Quantum Physics and the opening scene mentioning the same, I wrongly assumed the German film Mein Ende Dein Anfang (My End is Your Beginning) to be a science-fiction, it was not. It was a drama, covering the familiar story of love, followed by a tragic loss and then fate playing its cruel game on you.  The film was exhibited online for free at the Goethe-Institut on-demand service and gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’. Nora (Saskia Rosendahl)  and Aron (Julius Feldmeier) are madly in…

Well Done Baby (2021)

Well Done Baby (2021) is a Marathi language romantic comedy covering the dynamics between a newlywed couple that is complicated with the wife’s mother living with them. The film has no villains or any cinematic happenings.  It impresses us with its relatable script authenticity and in its portrayal of the lead couple. It is available on Amazon Prime Video and gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’. Pushkar Jog as Aditya and Amruta Khanvilkar as Meera come out as a typical young couple living in London. Vandana Gupte as the nosy…