• Movie Review

    Alice (2019)

    Many artists around the world, in many languages, have written heart-wrenching stories about women getting into (not those who are trafficked) the oldest profession due to utter despair in order to earn a living and save their loved ones.  Alice (2019), an award-winning French film is a modern-day, realistic version of this. The film was not about being sensual, but about the hardships and struggles faced by Alice, the Protoganist who was a loving and caring wife being cheated by her husband both financially and in their marriage. It is available on Kanopy. Married to a hard-working manager in a firm who is also a writer, Alice with a young…

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    Notorious (1946)

    If I tell you a film that was made 75 years ago, that too, a spy drama will be a fantastic watch even today, you will find it hard to believe. But, it certainly was how I felt when I watched Alfred Hitchcock‘s Notorious (1946) – the movie kept me thoroughly engaged – every frame remains relevant and hasn’t got outdated – a timeless classic of the genre. Immediately after World War II, in 1946, a wealthy American is convicted as a Nazi spy and his daughter feels abandoned. Noticing that she unlike her father is a patriot, an American intelligence agency recruits her to infiltrate a German secret mission…

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    Mundina Nildana (2019)

    Mundina Nildana (2019) is a Kannada romantic film. It is about the flashback of a famous photographer “Partha”, who recalls his past relationships – involving rejection and being rejected. A predictable and familiar storyline offering little out of ordinary, yet manages to keep you watching. A Mangoidiots rating of “Raw”. It is available on Netflix. Partha Srivastav (Praveen Tej) is a renowned photographer who is being interviewed by a reporter about his life, Partha starts with the story of his first love with a bold lady Meera (Radhika Chetan), the reasons for the breakup, and how he fell in love with a young lady Ahana (Ananya Kashyap) before that relationship…

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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…

  • Movie Review

    Standby (2014)

    If you want to write the screenplay for a romantic comedy in a few minutes, it will result like Standby (2014). Starring Jessica Paré of Mad Men fame and Brian Gleeson the film is typical with no twists or turns, yet was watchable due to decent acting and the location of Dublin, Ireland, a lesser-seen city. The film is available on Kanopy. Alan is a part-time musician, works at the tourist information center of Dublin Airport, and single. One day he meets Alice, who is his first love while he was a student in the USA, the two are meeting after a gap of eight years. Alice is in transit,…