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King of the Belgians (2016) is a comedy film, with an easy story. The King of the Belgians, Nicolas III, is doing an official visit to Istanbul when the news of his country broken up into two comes. He is unable to return by Air to Brussels due to a solar storm, so with his entourage and a filmmaker he goes on a road-trip via Romania and the Balkans to his country.  Yes, you got it right! While on the road trip, he gets to interact with ‘normal’ people, get to experience their simple lifestyle, and, empathize with them. The…

Just last month I was all praises of the European Union for its pioneering work in framing laws that protect the interest of online users with #GDPR, and, for announcing a bug-bounty to find security holes in the Open Source software it uses including VLC Player, 7-Zip, Filezilla, KeePass, Notepad++ and others. But this week’s guidance from UK government for owners of .EU domains is not encouraging. It appears that .EU domains can only be bought by EU residents and UK residents who already have a .EU domain may be sued or get kicked out post #Brexit. Registrars including GoDaddy…

There are films whose description is the only good thing about the whole film. An example of this will be the Italian comedy Five Star Christmas (2018). The description went like this – “When the Italian Premier finds a dead body in his hotel suite, on a trip to Hungary, he gets embroiled in comedic situations.”. It felt like a perfect way to spend the holiday hangover, instead the movie was a bummer! The characters were poorly defined, throughout the film we are not sure whether any of them are being serious or trying hard to be comic and failing.…

If you want to watch a TV series that is different from the regular Hollywood produce, has clean comedy, some history, good dose of drama, and a bit of action, then check out the French TV Show “Au service de la France” (A very secret service) that’s showing in Netflix. It is a comedy hybrid of Pink Panther, Mad Men and Yes, Minister, all in one package. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the two seasons (12 episodes each, with a run time of 22 minutes for each episode) and even learned a few about post World War II France that I…

Kaptn Oskar (2013) is a German Romance film, about a young pair who are unable to commit or break away. Oskar is a young guy, who is trying to move away from his former girlfriend who is crazy and has set fire once to his apartment. When he meets Masha, he sets ground rules – no kissing and no intimacy. Oskar and Masha enjoy each other company, they roam around Berlin, go camping in the countryside, but they are unable to get the relationship to next level. With a plot like this, I expected some drama and glamour. Unfortunately, the film…