Are millennials doomed to failure?

At a wedding dinner recently, some people spoke disparagingly about the younger generation. “They’re too lazy”, said one. “All they do is peer into their smart phones and watch video clips,” said another. “There really is no hope for them now,” said a third man. So I thought deeply on whether the younger generation is as idle and useless as these older men portrayed. I know that when I started my career, those who were 20 years senior to me would laugh at my mistakes. “You don’t know how to work hard,” my boss would say. “A little bit of effort and research, and you ...

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Will Raees live up to the standards of its record breaking trailer?

With less than ten days on the calendar, get ready to lap up a potboiler in the name of the SRK brand once again. Following a delay of almost a year, Shahrukh Khan is back from taking a break from his romantic image with Raees. Shahrukh Khan and Mahira Khan in Raees (2017).Photo: IMDb Set in 1980s Gujarat, Raees tells the story of Liquor Baron Raees Alam (Shahrukh Khan), whose business is challenged by a police officer ACP Majmudar (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). How the two go head-to-head forms the crux of the narrative. First things first, the movie is ...

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La Haine should definitely be on your bucket list

La Haine is a french film, written and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. The film was released in 1995 and has rapidly grown in popularity in the world of cinema. La Haine was released at a very defining moment in French Cinema where the mantel of Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Claude habrol was being replaced by the up and coming filmmakers who were not particularly influenced by the likes of Alfred Hitchcock or Orson Welles, but more by new American cinema like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Roman Coppola, and Spike Lee. Vincent Cassel in La Haine (1995).Photo: ...

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Confessions of a Baywatchaholic

Oh dayum! The international trailer of Baywatch just dropped and boy am I, erm … nostalgic. Okay, and admittedly a little excited too *sheepish grin*. Guys like myself of a certain age would totally relate with the feeling and also agree when I say Baywatch was arguably the perfect TV antidote for a pubescent kid in the 90s with raging hormones. All those secret sessions, watching Baywatch episodes away from the prying eyes of your parents. And you can rest assured, it wasn’t our fascination with David Hasselhoff and his red swimming trunks that we were trying to be discreet ...

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xXx: Return of Xander Cage is nothing more than a cash grab

xXx was a bad film, the sequel even more terrible. But here we are, about to receive the threequel in roughly a week’s time; Hollywood and its predictable obsession with making a franchise out of everything. Quelle surprise. xXx: Return of Xander Cage is a cash grab. It’s as simple as that. The first installment with Xander Cage as the spy was a rip roaring success at the box-office while the follow up with Ice Cube as Darius Stone, a new agent, barely broke even. So it kind of made financial sense to give it another shot with Xander Cage ...

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Could Nocturnal Animals be the best film of 2016?

Nocturnal Animals is a haunting romantic thriller that explores three different stories; the past, the present and the fictional. Amy Adams plays the role of an artist who is now in the process of re-evaluating her life. She then receives a present from her ex-husband Jake Gyllenhaal; a manual script from his soon to be published novel. The film then indulges in shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption. Nocturnal Animals has been directed by Tom Ford, a fashion designer turned filmmaker whose talents also include his previous film A Single Man (2009). But after seven years ...

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BBC’s The Real Housewives of ISIS: Offensive or not?

BBC’s Revolting: The Real Housewives of ISIS skit has earned mixed reviews across social media, from praise to explosive anger. The video is a brilliant and hilarious piece of satire. It takes aim, not only at lowbrow reality shows like Big Brother but at the United Kingdom’s growing radicalisation problem, where, over the years, a large number of young Muslims have travelled through Turkey to Syria and Iraq to join the world’s most infamous terrorist group. Inexplicably, a fair percentage of these Muslims happen to be British women, ranging from girls in their late teens to early 20s, who leave ...

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Is Rogue One better than last year’s Episode VII?

Rogue One is the first spin-off film from the Star Wars universe. The story takes place in between Episode III, where the Sith Lord has taken over the Empire, and Episode IV: A New Hope.  In a time of conflict, a group of rebels band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s greatest weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. Spencer Wilding in Rogue One: ...

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Alienacs, rejoice!

I have always found Ridley Scott to be an infuriatingly hit-and-miss filmmaker. On one hand, we have got cinematic masterpieces including Blade Runner, Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, while on the other, we have got celluloid monstrosities like G.I. Jane, Robin Hood and Exodus: Gods and Kings, where you are forced to wonder what the hell the Knighted Englishman is smoking. Ridley Scott and Jussie Smollett in Alien: Covenant (2017).Photo: IMDb Every single time a Ridley Scott movie is on the radar, you tend to anticipate its arrival with a bizarre mixture of cautious excitement, and Alien: ...

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Gremlins: ‘Tis the season for some horror, comedy and Christmas charm

So it’s Christmas time once again – one of the most wonderful times of the year! And what better way to celebrate this holiday than by watching the Christmas classic, Gremlins. Gremlins is a small-town American story that revolves around a father that wants to surprise his son with a Christmas present and ends up buying him a small Gizmo. But the shopkeeper warns him of three simple rules: 1. Do not expose the Gizmo to direct light. 2. Do not get him wet. 3. Do not feed him after midnight. And of course, these three rules are somehow broken and now it’s up to the family to ...

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