• Movie Review

    Lightyear (2022)

    Everyone has a favourite toy from their childhood, it could’ve been a simple soft stone that you picked on beach sand, but for you, it reminds the whole world that you have created in your imagination. Pixar successfully exploits this (nostalgic) feeling in its Toy Story franchise. Among the characters in Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear, the astronaut was a favourite and its dialogue “To Infinity & Beyond” is edged in our memory. The latest in the franchise is Lightyear (2022) and it is not a sequel or prequel to Toy Story but covers one of the space missions that Buzz travels. It is the movie that Andy (the boy) had…

  • 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…

  • Movie Review

    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,…

  • 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…

  • Movie Review

    The Adam Project (2022)

    There are different types of time travel movies – some are like the classic Back to the Future (1985) or the Primer (2004) that appear to be based on good science, some others are made just for fun like the Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) or the Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) and some are in between like The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009). The recent film on Netflix, The Adam Project (2022) wants to be all of the above, as a result, it was none of them and was forgettable. It gets my default rating of Raw, as it left me with no particular impression. A fighter pilot Adam…

  • Movie Review

    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) is a science fiction comedy film, an adaption of the classic book of the same title by Douglas Adams, which was originally a radio comedy on BBC. The film tries hard to stay true to the book and borrows some of its original comedy lines too. The story is about Arthur Dent, whose house in Britain is going to be destroyed by the authorities for a bypass project. There comes his friend Ford Prefect, who is writing a book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The two escape earth just before it gets blown up by the contractors of an Alien species called…

  • Movie Review

    Settlers (2021)

    Settlers (2021) feels like a thought experiment. What if you are living in a dystopian world, where you and your family are (likely to be) alone on an entire planet – with everything else outside destroyed. Director Wyatt Rockefeller has succeeded in making us think, the what-if scenario. I liked the film, but only for a Raw rating, the tiny farm, the house and the martian sunset will stay in my mind for a long time. But, as a film it has faults, is slow, has logic gaps, features only four (plus one) characters in total, and will not appeal to a wider audience. The British science fiction is about…

  • Movie Review

    Don’t Look Up (2021)

    Don’t Look Up (2021) is a satirical take on how science is received by the American elite in a post-truth world. It is about two talented astronomers warning the POTUS about a comet that is fast heading towards our planet and the impending destruction and the reaction they get for the news from the general public. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence the movie presents important points for our times to ponder, but as a film, it fails to impress as the screenplay after the first hour comes out dreary & repetitive. Available on Netflix, it gets a Raw rating. Watch the film till the very end; After the credit roll,…