• TV Show Review

    God’s Favorite Idiot (TV Series)

    God’s Favorite Idiot, is a new comedy series on Netflix. I got attracted by the title and I like Melissa McCarthy, so I started to watch. Sadly, after two episodes I got super bored and disappointed. A friend recommended I continue and I did. The middle episodes got better, but quickly the episodes that followed went downhill again. The story is about an average Joe named Clark (Ben Falcone) getting selected by God, he starts to glow and God asks Clark to convey ‘her’ message to the world. Clark needs to do this while remaining unharmed by the evil Satan who is trying to kill him. Amily (Melissa) and three…

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    Late Night (2019)

    Starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson, Late Night (2019) is about a celebrated TV talk show host struggling to adapt to the times or retire gracefully. The plot was familiar, we had seen portions of this in Anchorman (2014), in Tina Fey‘s 30 Rock (2006-2013) and recently in the Great News (2017-2018). Yet, the fine performance by the lead actors and a sharp and witty screenplay make it enjoyable. Available on Netflix, it gets a Ripe. The host of a late-night talk show, Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is a self-absorbed, rude TV anchor who has won numerous Emmy awards. Unfortunately, over the decades, she is saddled with a complacent team…

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    Trippin’ with the Kandasamys (2021)

    I am hooked on the South African family comedy franchise, The Kandasamys. The films follow the drama within the two Indian families, Kandasamys and the Naidoos. They are neighbours who live in Chatsworth, a suburb of Durban. The latest one is Trippin’ with the Kandasamys (2021), a feel-good film which is available on Netflix and gets a Ripe rating. The first of the two films, Keeping Up with the Kandasamys (2017) was about the falling in love of the children of the two families, and the next one Kandasamys: The Wedding (2019), as the name suggests, was about the wedding event of the young couple. The third one, Trippin, was…

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    Lost in Space (TV series)

    Lost in Space (2018-2021) is a science fiction, remake of a series of the same name from the 1960s. The story was about the Robinson family, who are part of a group of colonists (the 24th group) who are on their way to the Alpha Centauri star system to settle down. After a sudden alien robot attacks their spacecraft (Resolute), their escape spaceship (Jupiter) crashes and lands on an unknown planet and things fall apart quickly. The Robinson couple has two daughters and a son who are all interested in science and space exploration. The youngest, Will Robinson, encounters an alien robot and the two become friends. The robot keeps…

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    Bigbug (2022)

    Bigbug (2022) is a French science fiction that is available on Netflix. The story happens in 2045 when the residents and their friends of a house are locked inside by their androids when the world outside gets taken over by bad robots. Having a few people with past connections, in a closed place is a fantastic plot for telling interesting stories, unfortunately, Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet wastes the opportunity. The film gets mangoidiots’ rotten rating. Alice is a divorcee living with her daughter in one of the neighbourhoods with hi-tech gadgets and android to do her bidding. Her lover and his son visit them, joined by her ex-husband and his fiancee,…

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    Bridgerton (TV series)

    Bridgerton (2020-) is a historic fiction that happens during the regency era (early 19th century) of Great Britain. Recently season two of the show got released, so I was curious and watched the first season, I was impressed. The show transports us to a long bygone era with its warm romance, the unashamed display of wealth & power, and pleasing visuals, providing good entertainment to those who like period dramas. Available on Netflix it was one of the most-watched shows and gets a mangoidiots rating of Ripe. Bridgerton’s are a noble & rich family of eight siblings living in London, the two main characters in Season 1 were the eldest…

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    The Pentaverate (TV Series)

    The Pentaverate (2022-) is a dark comedy starring Mike Myers, that is available on Netflix. It covers a fictitious secret organization, headed by five men who are all nice, reminding the rumoured Illuminati. A good fellow, a TV news reporter from Canada named Ken Scarborough infiltrates the organization in an attempt to expose them to the world. Did he succeed is the story that has been told over six episodes. The show gets a Raw rating from MangoIdiots. Mike Myers has played the title role and seven other characters. Good acting by Lydia West as Reilly Clayton, the assistant to Ken. The show features swear words, blood and gory scenes…

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    Cinema Bandi (2021)

    What happens when a few villagers find a high-end digital camera and decide to make a movie? This interesting plot gets explored in Cinema Bandi (2021). Director Praveen Kandregula has cast the lead actors aptly and they bring the characters to life, yet the film fails to keep you engaged after some time. The Telugu comedy is available on Netflix and gets a Raw rating. In a remote village near the Andhra-Karnataka state border, lives a hardworking autorickshaw driver Veerababu with his family. After spotting a camera left behind in his auto, he gets smitten by the cinema bug and decides to shoot one with the help of his friend…