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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…

Moon (2009) is a Sci-Fi directed by Duncan Jones: this is his directorial debut, later he went on to make movies like Source Code (2011), a movie I liked. The story is about the experiences of Sam Bell, an onsite engineer staying alone in the moon managing the heavy equipment used to extract and ship Helium-3 to earth. The film was a good watch, and the fans of this genre (Science Fiction) will like it but not others. Near the end of his 3-year contract with the company, with just weeks to go for his scheduled return to home, Sam Bell…

I love to do window shopping, visit supermarkets, browse the countless rows of books in a bookstore, read the descriptions on DVDs or just walk in the malls. During the lockdown, I have shifted to browsing Amazon listings. I also like to watch movies and TV shows that involve shopping like Superstore (TV), Black Books (2000),  Cart (2014), In the Aisles (2018) and so on. Starring Morgan Freeman and Paz Vega, the comedy film 10 Items or Less (2006), is one such film, involving a supermarket, and I enjoyed it. Directed by Brad Silberling, it is about a veteran actor…

From his fine performance in the Forrest Gump (1994) to last year’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019), Tom Hanks impresses me in every film due to his versatility and by being faithful to the given character. His latest film, a World War II battle in the ocean Greyhound (2020) got released in Apple TV+ recently and the film was 100% about Tom Hanks. [If you have bought any Apple device say iPhone or iPad within the last year, you can activate a free one year subscription for Apple TV+ in India too]. During WWII, a convoy of 37…