From Cartoon Network to DC: Titans is a dark and gritty superhero show done right

As someone who watched Teen Titans on Cartoon Network religiously, I was delighted when I first heard that DC was developing a live-action TV series based on one of my favourite cartoons. I was excited to watch Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy team up and take down bad guys while also poking fun at each other. The fact that Greg Berlanti, the man behind shows like The Flash and Arrow, was developing the live action adaption of Teen Titans was the cherry on top. I was hoping that the TV series will have a humorous approach fused with ...

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‘Not so fantastic’: The Crimes of Grindelwald wanted to be so much in such little time

I wouldn’t call myself a massive Potter-head, but I am definitely fond of the franchise that was weaved around everyone’s favourite bespectacled wizard. I have read all of the books and watched every single movie from the Harry Potter franchise, and while I will not place these eight visual instalments amongst the pantheon of cinematic greats, I will definitely label them as a great night out at the theatre, especially since I want to stay on good terms with my daughter Zoya, who is a Potter-fanatic. So when JK Rowling and Warner Bros Pictures decided to expand the wizarding ...

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The Grinch: A memorable story’s unmemorable (and uninspired) adaptation

Illumination Entertainment clearly has a thing for anti-heroes. The animation studio has practically established itself on the popularity of Gru and the minions, making billions by telling tales of the lovable super villain and his endearing helpers. And now, their love affair with sympathetic villains continues in The Grinch, yet another adaptation of Dr Seuss’s well-known Christmas classic. Based on the 1957 book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by the ever-popular children’s author, the movie retells a story that has already made its way to the screen twice before – in the form of a (beloved) 1966 animated television holiday special and a ...

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Excelsior: In honour of the real superhero, here are Stan Lee’s 10 best cameos

Last month, I was sitting in a jam-packed cinema watching Venom. The movie was in its final minutes, and Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock was walking down the street when he ran into an old, white-haired man wearing dark shades. The crowd cheered immediately, and kept spurring while the old guy spoke to Eddie.  Photo: Giphy Obviously the old man knew about Venom, as he was none other than Stan Lee, the mind behind Venom and the other countless superheroes created by Marvel Comics. The fact that almost everyone in a packed theatre at a multiplex in Hyderabad, ...

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Daredevil’s season three goes back to basics and it’s as good as it gets

The month of October was a crucial one for Netflix’s mini Marvel Universe. The executives at Netflix decided to axe not one but two Marvel TV shows within a week’s gap. Marvel’s Iron Fist was the first one to get the boot and was soon followed by Marvel’s Luke Cage. Reports have suggested that these two Defenders were shown the door because of a two-third drop in their viewership. Amidst all this chaos in Netflix’s Marvel Universe, their man without fear, aka Daredevil, rose to save the day. The third season of Marvel’s Daredevil premiered on October 19th and ...

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Not even Aamir-Amitabh could save Thugs of Hindostan from sinking in deep waters of hollowness

Thugs of Hindostan, a period drama film, is directed and produced by Vijay Krishna Acharya and Aditya Chopra respectively. The film stars an ensemble cast including Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh playing key roles. Thugs of Hindostan is highly inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean. The film is set against the backdrop when the British East India Company started colonising the country. The British Company manages to annex Ranakpur by assassinating its ruler Mirza (Ronit Roy) and his son Aslam. The trusted Lieutenant of Mirza, Khudabaksh Azaad (Bachchan), flees from the British’s impending hegemony and takes along Mirza’s young ...

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Halloween: Like they say, 11th time’s the charm… almost

I don’t really blame fans of the Halloween franchise. Back in 1978 when the original first came out, I can perfectly imagine how the movie could have scared the living daylights out of the audience. The slasher film genre was a total novelty and watching a violent psychopath stalking and slashing a bunch of innocent people, usually teenage girls, could have been a satisfyingly terrifying experience. But this is 2018 and ever since the first Halloween movie, with Michael Myers as the ‘slasher-tagonist’ came out, we the audience have had a chance to watch at least half a dozen of ...

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Bohemian Rhapsody is a disgrace to Queen’s genius and to Freddie’s legacy

As the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody commences, a young Freddie Mercury (portrayed by Rami Malek) approaches the members of Smile – a local band he admires and whom he has just seen performing at a club – and shows interest in joining the group. Too bad, he’s told; he’s five minutes too late. But their lead singer just quit so the band is effectively over unless they can find a new vocalist. Well, they’re in luck! Freddie belts a few lines from one of their songs and proves that he’d make a terrific new frontman, his overbite notwithstanding. Oh and just before ...

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When scary meets quality: The Haunting of Hill House is not your ordinary haunted house TV show

Over the years the horror genre has failed to establish itself on the small-screen, and with the exception of American Horror Story, there simply have not been any other quality horror shows. However, more recently, shows such as The Mist, The Terror and Castle Rock have changed that. And now, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House becomes the latest to join this small list. Loosely based on Shirley Jackson’s well-lauded 1959 novel of the same name, The Haunting of Hill House chronicles the life of a family, the Crains, spread over two distinct time periods which the show refers to as ‘then’ and ‘now’. The ‘then’ part, which is set in ...

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Saif Ali Khan’s Baazaar may not be extraordinary but it surely is different

Baazaar is heavily inspired by the 1987 Michael Douglas-Charlie Sheen film, Wall Street. The movie revolves around Rizwan Ahmed who recounts his experience of the Mumbai stock market. The film chronicles the world of influential and calculative power brokers, business tycoons and industrialists. Rizwan (Rohan Mehra) is an educated and ambitious boy from Allahabad who comes to Mumbai to fulfil his dream of making it big and cracking the stock market. He idolises Shakun Kothari (Saif Ali Khan), who is a conniving and virile tycoon known famously for his business acumen in the world of the stock market. Rizwan sets off ...

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