• TV Show Review

    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…

  • Movie Review

    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…

  • Movie Review

    Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022)

    If Raazi (2018) showcased the acting prowess of the charming Alia Bhatt, then her role as a madam and social worker of the brothel area in Bombay in the early 20th century in Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022) takes her to the next level. The film directed by the legendary Sanjay Leela Bhansali was hard-hitting in many places, yet unbearably slow and longer than it should’ve been. The film available on Netflix gets a Ripe acknowledging the hard work of every department involved in the filmmaking – for example, the costume designer has done a phenomenal job in sourcing the various varieties of white sarees. A young girl with the dream of…

  • Movie Review

    The Holiday Calendar (2018)

    When I feel tired and wish to relax with a movie, I usually opt for the genre of comedy, but when even that won’t work, I watch a Christmas movie. With the holiday-themed Hollywood movies, including the classic It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) there are no surprises, they follow a standard template, so you can be at ease without the need to focus on the story or expect any twists. Today was one of those bad days, and I found The Holiday Calendar (2018) on Netflix. A cheerful movie, with a simple plot that was passable, gets a Raw from Mangoidiots. Abby Sutton (Kat Graham) is the second daughter of…

  • Movie Review

    Men in Black: International (2019)

    Men in Black: International (2019) is the latest in the popular comedy science fiction series Men in Black. For a film that didn’t have the original stars Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, it was engaging but fails to impress due to a weak plot. The lead pair Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth have given a satisfying performance, I hope they continue the series with them in the future but with more imaginative stories. Available on Netflix, this gets a Raw. Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) of the UK branch of MIB is assigned to escort and entertain an alien royal Vungus the Ugly, in this task, H is joined by…