‘Alien: Covenant’ doesn’t bring anything new to the franchise

The 70’s decade is about to come to an end and everyone along with their dogs is in awe of Star Wars. With this admiration, came the love for all things extra-terrestrial but then Alien happened and suddenly people were reminded that the outer space isn’t as fascinating they first thought. Ridley Scott managed to create a sci-fi/horror classic that conjured up a frighteningly chilling picture of the alien form that might be waiting for us out there in the void and the audience lapped it up like crazy. The ‘largely hit and lately miss’ franchise has since gone through a number of variations with various directors but Alien: Covenant is, if ...

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‘A Horse Walks into a Bar’ and ‘Judas’: Two riveting masterpieces from Israel to the world

‘A Horse Walks into a Bar’ by David Grossman Dov Greenstein, the stand-up comedian at the centre of David Grossman’s quirky and ravishing new novel ‘A Horse Walks into a Bar’ confesses: “It’s a pretty pathetic form of entertainment, let’s be honest.” But whether his jokes are drab or stirring, whacky or offensive, this book, as austere as it is hilarious, never loses sight of the earnestness of its authors undulating vision and ambition even while casually masquerading as a comic novel. Spanning a single evening and set in a chic nightclub in Netanya, a small town in Israel, the novel tells the story of the stand-up ...

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Nostalgia galore: Can the new Aladdin and Jumanji do justice to the good ol’ classics?

Hollywood is a big fan of the remake phenomenon. There are some movies whose legacy we feel is better served left untouched but studio executives have other ideas. So whether we agree or not, movie reboots will always be a staple in commercial cinema. Regardless of our feelings for these remakes, how about we look at some of these films that have dared to be as good if not better than the originals. 1. Aladdin (1992) Following the rip-roaring successes of live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and The Jungle Book, it’s no surprise that Disney would further exploit this particular trend. But what is actually pleasantly surprising ...

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Bahubali 2: The Conclusion is a well-wrapped gift from South Indian cinema

Bahubali 2: The Conclusion is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated movies of 2017 considering its enthralling, engaging and visually extravagant prequel Bahubali: The Beginning. Filmmaker Srisaila Sri Rajamouli has proved his command over screenplay, direction, cinematography and storytelling with his previous films like Eega (Hindi version: Makhi), Magadheera and Bahubali: The Beginning. They are complete packages on their own, so expecting anything below average from him is totally out of the question. Bahubali 2 begins exactly where the first instalment left off. Kattappa narrates the entire tale of the Mahishmati Empire with an introduction to Sivagami, Bahubali, Bhallal Dev, Devasena and Bijjaldeva. He then explains how Bahubali won the hearts of his people ...

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Too hot to handle? Beat the heat with these refreshing and delicious summer coolers

Is it just me or did spring completely skip Pakistan this year? Anyhow, summer 2017 is here, the lawn aunties are done squabbling over their purchases and school’s almost out. This is the season when it is especially important to stay hydrated for optimal health and of course beauty. Your body will crave more fluids as you are naturally perspiring more; sometimes I feel like a camel in the summer and just guzzle away fluids, which is saying something since I don’t get thirsty easily. Of course pure water is always the best, but if you are like me, a little flavour is ...

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Nothing can come between Karachi and its love affair with food, not even Lahore

For more than decades, Karachi has been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. Whether it is a terrorist attack or a new wave of bori band lashain (bodies in sacks), Karachi has had its fair share of the spotlight when it comes to the cities of Pakistan. But is this all the great city has to offer? Definitely not. We decided to explore the city of 27.5 million to see what exactly does this city that we have all been living in for the majority of our lives have to offer. However, exploring a huge city such as Karachi is never easy ...

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Is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 better than its prequel?

The second iteration in the popular Guardians of the Galaxy franchise and one of the mainstays within the confines of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (the 15th film to be exact) is as entertaining, if not more so, than its predecessor. It is directed by James Gunn, who meticulously directed the first movie, ensuring its reign in the box office back in 2014. The ensemble cast that made the first movie amusing and entertaining is back at it with their usual mischief coupled with unorthodox humour and action. It’ll definitely bode well with the audience. The sequel picks up a few months after the ...

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Noor: Another movie that proves book adaptations never work out

Perhaps the notion that ‘no movie can come close to its book’ holds true for all movies and especially so for the recently released, ‘Noor’. The movie, adapted from Saba Imtiaz’s novel ‘Karachi, You’re Killing Me!’ narrates the life of Noor Roy Chaudhary (Sonakshi Sinha) who dreams of making it big in the field of journalism. Her big, round glasses may make her look nerdy but her acting is just average. Noor has spent most of her career covering small and insignificant events but she dreams big; she aspires to cover a story so spectacular that it would transform her status as a reporter. ...

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With no star power, Chalay Thay Saath is one bumpy ride

Pakistani directors and producers often misunderstand the movement to revive Pakistani cinema. This year has seen numerous below average movies, thus questioning the merit and authenticity of the command in filmmaking; movies like Thora Jee Le, Whistle and Raasta. Let’s see if Umer Adil’s latest venture, Chalay Thay Saath will be able to break this dry spell. The film doesn’t seem to have any star power, thus it makes one question – can a movie with no crowd-pullers make it big in the box office? Zain (Osama Tahir) and Tania (Mansha Pasha), who are on the verge of separation, plan a farewell road trip for Resham (Syra Shahroz). They ...

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These mac and cheese balls are little bites of deep-fried cheese heaven

Now if there is one dish I have never been able to get right, it’s macaroni and cheese (yes collective gasp I know). After successive failures, a friend (who I shall call ‘lion’) suggested mac and cheese balls, Chaye Khana style. Since I have never had them but had this dimagi keera (bug in my head) to conqueror this elusive dish one way or another, I decided to give them a try. After plenty of search engines, I finally decided to mash together not the usual (roll the leftover mac and cheese into balls and deep fry them) recipes, but to execute a slightly spicier version. Even though ...

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