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A remarkable film at every level! It is now over a hundred years from the time the first world war ended and 1917 (2019 film) is a fitting tribute to the brave men who fought in the war. The story is based on one told to Director Sam Mendes by his paternal grandfather Alfred Mendes. The film covers the happenings over a day in German-occupied France. Two young soldiers Blake and Schofield of the British army are ordered by their General to deliver an important message that can save the lives of 1600 men including the brother of Blake, who…

Halt and Catch Fire is a technology historic fiction that may not work for everyone. I liked it as it draws inspiration from real events, inventions and personalities in the spotlight in the 1980s and 1990s. Once you start watching it, AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire (2014-2017) is one of those TV shows like Mad Men, whose characters live in your memory forever. Like HBO’s Silicon Valley (2014-2019) this one too was about the technology and the startup world, but on a whole different plane and timeline. While Silicon Valley was a jolly take on the craziness of the “nerds”…

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018) is an interesting experiment (released as an original film) by Netflix to provide interactive entertainment – to offer multiple narratives at every turning point in a story and let the viewer(s) make a selection. The idea has been around for a long time in video games (decades ago, I had programmed interactive quizzes in Atari) and to a limited way by a few adult entertainment titles, but this is the first time it has come mainstream. I am a fan of Black Mirror TV Series and was expecting a lot from this film, but other than the…

Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran starring John Abraham could’ve been a far better film considering it is based on the events leading to the nuclear tests in 1998 that made India as a nation stand up and occupy its rightful place in the new world order. Worldwide many geopolitical experts will side with Indian establishment, that this event prevented any chances of a full-scale war between India and Pakistan – it is a tragic irony, but having hundreds of Nuclear bombs by both the countries is preventing them from bloodshed. Luckily, the film doesn’t trouble us with any of these…

I wonder why the 1960s America under President Kennedy’s Administration should be shown in Movies to be having all the secret projects to themselves – a recent one I saw was with Ascension. Let me say it first, The Shape of Water (2017) may not be a movie for everyone. It is a fantasy story that happens in the 1960s, about the unexplainable bond that develops between a young Hispanic lady and a human-like Amphibian discovered in the South American jungle. The creature is brought to a secret military research facility in Baltimore, and the young lady is a maid working…