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Avenue 5 (2020) is a sci-fi comedy from HBO available on Disney+Hotstar in India. It is about a spacecraft that’s travelling around planets in the solar system carrying thousands of holiday-goers on an 8-week cruise. As imaginable, something bad happens and they are stuck in space for the next three to four years before they can return to earth. Adding to the mix, the ship is piloted by an incompetent crew and an eccentric & stupid billionaire. Watching the first episode, I was expecting a science fiction but what I got was some non-sensical science and dark comedy. I thought,…

Earlier I had watched Woody Allen’s Annie Hall (1977) and Midnight in Paris (2011) and I liked the films. Today I watched his earlier work Bananas (1971), a combination of dark comedy and satire. It was about a fictitious revolution in a South American country told in a romantic comedy backdrop. Fielding Melish (Woody Allen) is an average factory worker, who falls in love with a social activist Nancy (Louise Lasser). After a few months she breaks up with him saying he was not a leader and leads a boring life. To fix this, he travels to a troubled South…

What a difference a decade makes! In 2010, when the film “The Social Networking” came, Facebook was the darling of the world, it was seen as a spreader of joy, of breaking the hold of the big media and empowering the masses. The youngsters seen in the story were smart and determined to change the world. Change they did, and it didn’t turn out to be all good, the world has recently seen the harms that are influenced (weaponised as they are now called) due to the social media platforms. Last week, we saw the USA’s House Committee release a…

The Invention of Lying (2009) is a comedy film with an interesting plot that loses its charm quickly. The film is available on Netflix. The story happens in a world where no human has ever lied, no one is capable of being untruthful and as a result there are no works of fiction too, only documentaries.  In this world, suddenly, one day an average screenwriter discovers he can lie (that word doesn’t even exist in their vocabulary), what happens next is the story? Ricky Gervais as Mark Bellison and Jennifer Garner as Anna McDoogles have tried to do their roles…

Indian Matchmaking (2020): This was a ridiculous reality show about a professional matchmaker being engaged to find life partners for a handful of singles spread between India & the USA. Still, I watched the full season because it was well made with professional choreography, visuals & screenplay by Netflix. A couple of the singles, came out to be self-centered and overly demanding on their specification for a life partner, felt like they are trying to order a product. I was reminded of the classic Tamil Comedy film Manal Kayiru, unfortunately here they were for real. Even today in India, predominant…