• Movie Review

    Two Distant Strangers (2020)

    Two Distant Strangers (2020) is an Academy (Oscar) awards nominated short film that you shouldn’t miss. It uses a time-loop format to show the rough treatment meted to African Americans by law enforcement in the USA, to produce a very engaging film that will remain with you for a long time. Available on Netflix. A young man Carter James (Joey Bada$$) wakes up in bed next to a beautiful miss Perri (Zaria) in a two-storey nice apartment in downtown New York. As he walks out, he faces danger for his life in the form of an NYPD officer Merk (Andrew Howard). This repeats over and over again from Carter’s waking…

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    Tenet (2020)

    Tenet (2020) was the most talked-about film of 2020 for two reasons: it was the first big-budget movie to get released during the pandemic and second was many viewers had a problem understanding the film, more often than the previous films by the famous Christopher Nolan. This is a science-fiction film involving saving the world from complete annihilation by a bad actor who gets help from the future. I liked the film but it is certainly not as intriguing as Mr Nolan‘s previous films like The Prestige (2006) or Inception (2010) or Interstellar (2014) or Dunkirk (2017). Tenet gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’ and is available on Amazon Prime…

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    The Man from Earth (2007)

    Let us do a thought experiment, what if a human can live forever, not defying death in total but someone who doesn’t fall sick from everyday illness, diseases and not age at all. And what will be our reaction if we get to meet such a person and learn that he has lived for 14,000 years from the Cro-Magnon Caveman times? What will be to live such a long life? You can find out for yourself by watching, The Man from Earth (2007) by Director Richard Schenkman. This was an unbelievably engaging film for a movie that is made on a shoe-string budget. It gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Ripe’.…

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    Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

    When our life hits a low point we all wish we can go back in time and redo our actions differently hoping for a better outcome – but what happens if you get such a chance and can’t change a thing? If you take this interesting premise and make a typical Hollywood comedy involving a time machine, it will result in Hot Tub Time Machine (2010).  The movie had a number of laughable moments, but the screenplay could’ve been a lot better and gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’.  It was certainly better than Adam Sandler’s Click (2006). Three friends Adam, Nick and Violator, in their middle-ages are leading a…

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    Space Sweepers (2021)

    Space Sweepers (2021) is a Korean science fiction film, which gets a MangoIdiots rating of “Raw”. The plot is about how a bunch of misfits, space junk scavengers unknowingly get involved in saving the earth from complete destruction. They take on the most powerful and the greatest inventor in the universe, who is the owner of the largest corporation. The film was well-taken but fails to impress you as everything feels like you have already watched in earlier films on this genre of a dystopian world. It is available on Netflix. The lead actors playing the roles of Tae-ho, Captain Jang, Robot Bubs & Tiger Park have done their roles…

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    Save Yourselves! (2020)

    Save Yourselves! (2020) is a science-fiction comedy film that had a familiar story yet charming due to its simplicity and fine acting by the lead couple. It is available on Kanopy. Su & Jack are a couple who are addicted to their phones. One day midway through lovemaking they stop and turn their attention to their phones. Realizing their hopelessness they decide to go for a disconnected week to the woods. Everything starts well in their friend’s lovely cabin when they start noticing something amiss. They are now left to their own means when the whole planet is under attack. Reading this description, I was expecting a film like Bokeh…

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    Palm Springs (2020)

    Palm Springs (2020) is a romantic comedy that involves a time loop, with the same day repeating for the lead couple played by Andy Samberg from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Cristin Milioti from How I met your mother? It was fun to watch. For a wedding of her best friend, Misty and her boyfriend Nyles (Andy Samberg) goes to a resort in Palm Springs. There Nyles gets stuck for unknown reasons in a time loop with the wedding day keeps happening over and over for no reasons and it affects only him. Soon he is joined by the bride’s sister Sarah (Cristin Milioti). Just like in a recent film The Map…

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    The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021)

    How to make a teenage romance between a boy and a girl living in a small town in America interesting? You bring in a twist. The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) that premiered today in Amazon Prime Video does this by introducing a time loop that keeps the same-day repeat over and over but only for the two. I liked the film but given the plot and good casting, it could’ve been a lot better. Mark (Kyle Allen) is a 17-year old who is studying science, but wishes to do art school finds himself waking up to the same day, with exactly the same set of events happening over…