John Wick 3: An evolving extravaganza of action that leaves no stone unturned

It is common for studios in Hollywood to produce a movie with plans of a sequel and a possible franchise already in place. But there are many such movies which end up misfiring at the box office, leading to all such plans being scrapped for good. John Carter, The Lone Ranger and Hellboy (2019) are a few examples of films which were supposed to kick-start successful franchises, but instead they crashed and burned. When John Wick was released in 2014, no one had even thought this Keanu Reeves starrer had the potential to become a worldwide phenomenon – yet it ...

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Dead to Me is not as novel as Big Little Lies yet it’s hard to resist its charm

Tinged with flavours of crime and mystery, the female-led comedy-drama has risen triumphantly and blessed us with some very intriguing television series over the last few years. With fierce women in the driving seat, shows like Killing Eve, Big Little Lies and Good Girls have captivated viewers with their fascinating characters, interesting twists and dark wit. Joining the list is the new Netflix series, Dead to Me, another dark comedy with a mystery woven into its fabric. Created by Liz Feldman, the show arrived on the streaming giant earlier this month. The terrific Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini lead the cast, telling the ...

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Hilarious and exciting, Detective Pikachu reminds us why he is the favourite Pokémon

The video game adaptation curse has been haunting Hollywood for quite a while now. Many studios have tried to break this curse by only producing movies based on highly popular video game franchises, but none of them have been able to check all the required boxes. No one has yet delivered an entertaining movie which is sincere to the game itself and is also able to please diehard fans. This is precisely why films based on games such as Assassin’s Creed, Mario Brothers, Warcraft, Prince of Persia, Need for Speed, and Hitman, among others, have all either flopped badly ...

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Date cake: Something sweet, something mystical for a delightful Ramazan

Dates are a popular staple food in the diet of the Arabian Peninsula. They are a symbol of Arabic hospitality. They are often served as a quick ‘pick-me-up’ snack and are particularly consumed when breaking fast during the holy month of Ramazan among Muslim communities around the world. On account of their unique attributes, dates represent a unique bond between Muslim communities. I relate to them both culturally and religiously, and find them to be a mystical sweet snack. Living in America, I find nutritious dates in abundance at the grocery store. They are widely consumed as a snack, in salads, ...

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Zac Efron does justice to the sadistic monster that was Ted Bundy

In the span of four months, Netflix has released back to back features based upon the life of one of America’s most prolific serial killers: Ted Bundy. This focus has unsurprisingly caused some ‘good Samaritans’ to believe that someone in charge at Netflix also happens to be a secret Ted Bundy groupie.  The 110-minute long feature titled Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a very accurate title for Bundy’s bio, if you ask me. The movie is based upon the memoirs of Bundy’s former girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (played by Lily Collins), and as the story is told from her ...

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The Silence is nothing more than a cheap knockoff of A Quiet Place

It would seem rather obvious that attempting a cheap knockoff of a well-made, successful film merely a year after its release is not the best of strategies. Clearly Hollywood didn’t get that memo. Almost exactly a year after A Quiet Place arrived in cinemas, Netflix has unveiled The Silence, a movie which follows pretty much the same premise, albeit a lot more shoddily. Just like the John Krasinski hit, John R. Leonetti’s thriller is set in a world which is under attack by creatures that hunt by sound and tells the tale of a family with a hearing impaired teenage ...

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Raw and poignant, A Place for Us beautifully sheds light on familial love

It had been some time since I cried while reading a book. And A Place for Us changed that. Fatima Farheen Mirza’s dazzling debut novel tells the story of a South Asian Muslim family living in America. The family members find themselves torn between discovering their individual selves, while also grappling with their respective roles within the family. As a result of living in a deeply polarised American society, the characters in the novel are in a constant battle with themselves, their family and the world around them, each looking to find relevance, liberty and peace. Interestingly, one of the main talking ...

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Why was Game of Thrones’ “greatest battle” so unexpectedly underwhelming?

The Battle of Winterfell – the battle we’ve been waiting for since season one episode one, when we first came across a White Walker. The battle Game of Thrones has been teasing for eight-and-a-half seasons. The battle that meant enduring a season of watching a pouty Jon Snow do incredibly stupid things (like the wight hunt) to prove that “the dead are coming”. And the Battle of Winterfell was… underwhelming? (*Spoilers ahead*) Don’t get me wrong, it was a pretty decent battle. The beginning, where a horde of Dothraki fighters run into the darkness shouting, only to be silenced in seconds, was ...

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(Spoiler-free) A fitting end to an era, Endgame will emotionally destroy you while leaving you satisfied

As I try to hold a flood of emotions inside while reminiscing over the glorious moments from all 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), I still find it hard to comprehend that it is actually over. The end of the Infinity Saga. The end of an era. Twenty-one movies, 11 franchises, 11 years and a life-ending snap later, it has all come down to this. Avengers: Endgame finally hit theatres worldwide yesterday, and as a dedicated Marvel fanboy, I watched it on the first day and will probably watch again later this weekend. To say that there were ...

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Our Planet is more traumatic than it is engaging, and therein lies its greatest fault

Filled with majestic views, dazzling imagery and mesmerising natural spectacles, Our Planet is undoubtedly visually stunning, but it is also traumatising. The nature documentary that arrived on Netflix earlier this month aims to take a look at the impact of climate change on the various life forms which populate the Earth, but takes a few questionable turns along the way. Evidently, years of work have gone into the creation of this visual masterpiece. Over the course of eight episodes, the series takes the viewer from frozen worlds to lush jungles to stunning water bodies, showing how animals live in these ...

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