• Movie Review

    The Midnight Sky (2020)

    The Midnight Sky (2020) is a science fiction film that has everything behind it – star cast with George Clooney as the Director & the Protoganist, a global catastrophe, and space exploration to a habitable celestial body. I liked the film, but still, it earned only a ‘Raw’ from me as the film failed to connect with you emotionally. The film is available on Netflix. Augustine Lofthouse (George Clooney) is a scientist of repute in a polar science centre, following an unknown planetwide geographical disaster everyone is being evacuated, while a sick Augustine stays behind. Did he survive in his mission of making humanity become a multi-planetary species? The George…

  • Movie Review

    Superintelligence (2020)

    Superintelligence (2020) is a romantic comedy that is wrapped around a sci-fi premise. I liked the film due to Melissa McCarthy who like from her acting in Mike & Molly (2010) TV show, and then in The Boss (2016) and Spy (2015). At the same time, it may not work for everyone as there was nothing new and the movie was a ‘genie’ type fantasy film than a sci-fi. Carol Peters (Melissa McCarthy) was a hard-working corporate executive, who is now jobless and looking for a job that can combine work with her interest in helping the needy. In one of the job interviews, she is noticed by a computer…

  • TV Show Review

    Avenue 5 (TV Series)

    Avenue 5 (2020) is a sci-fi comedy from HBO available on Disney+Hotstar in India. It is about a spacecraft that’s travelling around planets in the solar system carrying thousands of holiday-goers on an 8-week cruise. As imaginable, something bad happens and they are stuck in space for the next three to four years before they can return to earth. Adding to the mix, the ship is piloted by an incompetent crew and an eccentric & stupid billionaire. Watching the first episode, I was expecting a science fiction but what I got was some non-sensical science and dark comedy. I thought, just like I was disappointed with the pilot episode of…

  • Book Review

    The Cyberiad by Stanisław Lem

      What a book this was! I was blown away by the breadth and depth of imagination of the author. Written in 1965 by the Polish writer Stanislaw Lem, “The Cyberiad” is a collection of stories that happen in a distant future, when space travel between galaxies is a simple affair. The book chronicles the adventures of two master-engineers, called constructors, named Trurl & Klapaucius, who could build anything that they set their mind to. The constructors create civilizations, thinking machines, dreaming machines, philosophical machines, machines that can create machines, move around planets, create dragons, then dragon-hunting machines, mind-altering machines to save kingdoms and machines to help them to escape…

  • Frequencies (2013)
    Movie Review

    Frequencies (2013)

    Frequencies (2013) is a British science-fiction film with an interesting plot. In a world where everyone emits a specific frequency, reminding us of a social score, which determines every aspect of their life – love, education, career, wait-time for a train and everything else. For nearly an hour the film proceeds slow, with repetitions of important scenes, making it tiring, but the last ten minutes go bustling. The low-frequency “Zak” is attracted to a privileged high-frequency “Marie”, but every time they come near for more than a minute, bad things happen in their surroundings. But Zak doesn’t give up, he works hard to find a way to be with Marie,…