• Movie Review

    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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    Top Gun (1986)

    With the release of Top Gun Maverick (2022), it was time for me to (re)watch the super hit original, Top Gun (1986).  This film catapulted Tom Cruise to stardom and paved the way for his future successes including the Mission Impossible series. The plot was a simple one. A talented Navy Pilot, Maverick behaves impulsively and often runs rogue, which affects the safety of his overall team. How the relationship with a civilian instructor, Charlotte (played by Kelly McGillis) and an unfortunate incident, mellows down Maverick and turns him into a hero was the film about. It gets a Ripe rating for its brilliant cinematography and forthright screenplay. The movie…

  • TV Show Review

    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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    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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    Slow Horses (TV Series)

    In the beginning, Slow Horses (2022-) reminded me of an episode of Black Mirror but soon it paves its own path and got me hooked to complete the entire season. It is about a division of the UK’s MI5, called Slough House, is where the hopeless in the spy agency got assigned. Their role was to report to work and not do anything, the real work got done in the HQ at Regent’s park. By the turn of events, Slough House gets involved in solving a kidnapping case that captures the country’s imagination. How they fumble their way was the story. Available on Apple TV+ it gets a Ripe in…

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    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…

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    ’83 (2021)

    The movie on Netflix, ’83 (2021) had the two stars I like, Kapil Dev and Ranveer Singh, and so it was a thorough treat for me. Directed by Kabir Khan, ’83 was all about the on-ground cricket India played during the 1983 World Cup games, there were no flashbacks of the characters, no drama around the selection process, no backstabbing or treachery, just cricket. The story remained focused on how the underdogs, India, who were expected not even to win a single match, started their tour by defeating the mighty West Indies and finally winning the coveted cup. You don’t want to miss this motivating film which gets a Mangoidiots…

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    Badhaai Do (2022)

    In recent years, Bollywood has been making movies based on unconventional themes. Badhaai Ho (2018) made a comedy on the embarrassing idea of motherhood at fifty’s, then Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui (2021) was bolder to feature a transwoman character as the heroine.  Now, Badhaai Do (2022) explores the difficulty of being homosexual in a conservative society like India. The film had its dull moments but can be absolved for its theme, hence it gets a Ripe in our mangoidiots scale. Available on Netflix. Shardul Thakur (played by Rajkummar Rao) is a police officer in Dehradun, who hides from everyone around him that he is gay. Suman Singh (played by Bhumi Pednekar)…