• Movie Review

    Good on Paper (2021)

    Good on Paper (2021) is a romantic comedy starring Iliza Shlesinger. The story is a familiar one of a lady, being single, trying to find the love of her life and when she thinks everything is going well, things start to unravel. The film is available on Netflix and gets a mangoidiots rating of “Raw”. Andrea Singer is a stand-up comedian, who is looking for her big break in Hollywood. While returning by flight she meets Dennis Kelley, a hedgefund manager seated next to her and they become friends. Meanwhile, Andrea is selected to be the lead for a new TV show. What happens next with Andrea and Dennis is…

  • TV Show Review

    Disjointed (2017)

    Disjointed (2017) is a comedy web series on Netflix, that deals with the staff and the customers of a legal marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. Reading the description, I thought it was not for me – surprisingly I liked the series of twenty episodes, it grew (pun intended) on me and I binge-watched it over the last few days. The show stars Kathy Bates as the owner of the store Ruth’s Alternative Caring and an activist Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, she has a black son who is the co-owner of the store Travis (played by Aaron Moten). It is co-created by David Javerbaum and Chuck Lorre, the creator of many of…

  • Movie Review

    The Last Mercenary (2021)

    The Last Mercenary (2021) is a French action-comedy that is available on Netflix. The screenplay feels like an attempt by Bollywood to give an action film with sentiments. A long lost father, who was the top-secret agent (Richard Brumère or The Mist) in the country, gone rogue and now a mercenary, coming back from hiding to protect his only son (Archibald), who has lost his government given cover and protection. The film gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’ for some good action sequences by  Jean-Claude Van Damme, whose appearance reminds me of Pradeep Rawat of Ghajini’s fame. Archibald’s secret identity is being misused by a bad guy who plans to put…

  • Movie Review

    Carnaval (2021)

    Carnaval (2021) is a Brazilian film about four female friends, who travel to Salvador, Bahia for Carnival celebrations.  There they meet interesting characters and how it changes their life is the story. This is a typical drink-dance-kiss rom-com and was highly predictable. Yet, it gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’, thanks to the breathtaking beauty of the city and the pictures of carnival events. Nina (played by Giovana Cordeiro) is an upcoming influencer on Instagram. After a breakup, she invites her three friends for a week away to experience “Carnival” which will be paid for by a sponsor. In the beginning, Nina is obsessed with posting picture-perfect photos in order…

  • Movie Review

    Chernobyl 1986 (2021)

    Next to the horrific Hiroshima and Nagasaki atom bombs, when we think of nuclear disasters what comes to mind are the tragic incidents in Fukushima (Japan) and Chernobyl (in erstwhile USSR). Other than reading in the news about these, I knew very little about the human tragedies involved in these world-changing events. A few years ago, when I saw the film “The Seal of the Sun (2016)” it was unbelievable to see that the disciplined Japanese could’ve been so irresponsible in leading to the Fukushima meltdown and did very little to contain the damage. This led me interested in learning about the Chernobyl incident, so when I saw the listing…