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For a long time this film was in my watchlist – Searching (2018). It is about Korean single-parent, David Kim (played by John Cho) living in San Jose, California on a desperate search of her daughter Margot Kim (played by Michelle La) gone missing. This is an interesting thriller that has quite a few unexpected twists including the climax. The film starts with the Windows XP Wallpaper :-) Most of the film revolves around what’s on Kim’s and Margot’s computers. A very different narration style to what we have seen normally. Director Aneesh Chaganty has succeeded in keeping the screen…

The Circle (2017) has stayed in my watch list for quite some time due to its poor ratings. Now that it appeared on Netflix I watched it today. With a rural girl from a working family, an ailing father, and, a childhood (boy) friend. Helped by her friend, this girl Mae Holland gets to work at the world’s richest company – The Circle. The shape of the campus (The Circle) is meant to indicate the (then) richest company in real – the Apple Computers and its new spaceship campus. Quickly we see parts of Mark Zuckerberg,  Larry & Page, Steve…

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…

The greatness of folktale or mythology is in the variety of its retelling, varying across the culture, language or region. Klaus (2019), an animation film from Spain is a reimagination of the famous legend of Santa Claus, about how it all started? The tradition of kids writing letters to the big fat grandpa in the red suit, who then delivers gifts to children around the world. Klaus (who becomes Santa Claus later) is a retired carpenter living alone, outside an unruly village Smeerensburg in a remote island. To that chaotic village, comes a postman Jesper, who hails from a wealthy family.…

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) is not a kid’s movie, yet it transported me to my childhood and brought back the pleasant memories and that was enough for me to thoroughly enjoy this film and highly recommend it. The story happens during simpler times when TV entertainment for kids meant responsibly made shows that were presented by friendly hosts who presented a world filled with hope for an amazing future waiting for the audience. The film is based on an interview with Mr Rogers by Tom Junod for the Esquire in November 1998. Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys…