• Movie Review

    Journey to the West (2013)

    Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons is an interesting fantasy comedy from China. It follows the journey of a Buddhist disciple who goes from places to places to save the villagers from the horrors of demons, he competes with four other commercial demon hunters. There is a lot of blood, killings and mutilations in the film, if you can avoid taking it to heart and see the comedy on the narration you will enjoy the film. It is available on the Kanopy streaming service. The first twenty minutes where a blood-thirsty water demon attacks the residents living on river stilt houses built was pictured very well. The action sequence…

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    Bad Seeds (2018)

    Bad Seeds (2018) is a French comedy that takes a familiar story and tries to present it interestingly, but the screenplay has little originality so it fails to leave you impressed. Don’t get me wrong, the film is highly watchable but have your expectations lowered. Available on Netflix. Waël (Kheiron) and his foster mother Monique (Catherine Deneuve) live in Paris and are involved in conning old shoppers visiting a local hypermarket, they also do other petty thefts to make a living. One of their acts goes wrong and Waël gets assigned to teach a bunch of students who have been caught doing misdeeds. Because of his background of being an…

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    Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976)

    Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976) is one of the most successful (Portuguese) films in Brazil, which got nominated to Golden Globes as well. The film happens in the 1940s, and it follows Dona Flor, her first husband who dies prematurely, and her second marriage. It is available on the Kanopy streaming service and gets a MangoIdiots rating of “Ripe”. Dona Flor is from a middle-class family who is married to Vadinho, a jobless, flamboyant, alcoholic, gambler, and womanizer. Though Vadinho beats Dona for money and embarrasses her socially, she loves Vadinho as he was a great lover. Unfortunately, Vadinho drops dead during a street carnival turning Dona a…

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    Space Sweepers (2021)

    Space Sweepers (2021) is a Korean science fiction film, which gets a MangoIdiots rating of “Raw”. The plot is about how a bunch of misfits, space junk scavengers unknowingly get involved in saving the earth from complete destruction. They take on the most powerful and the greatest inventor in the universe, who is the owner of the largest corporation. The film was well-taken but fails to impress you as everything feels like you have already watched in earlier films on this genre of a dystopian world. It is available on Netflix. The lead actors playing the roles of Tae-ho, Captain Jang, Robot Bubs & Tiger Park have done their roles…

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    Carmina or Blow Up (2012)

    Carmina o revienta (2012) is a Spanish comedy film that is narrated in largely a monologue format yet feels interesting. It is about Carmina who runs a bar with an eatery that has run into tough times with frequent robberies and the insurance company rejected her claims on flimsy grounds. How she gets back at them is the story. Carmina is a self-made woman, who dominates over her alcoholic husband and maintains her daughter, a single mother and the grand-daughter. After covering the problems with the eatery due to the robberies, the film moves on to show the boldness of Carmina – the way she handles the debt collector and…