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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Homecoming will make you marvel at Beyonce’s talent and leave you exhausted by her resilience

Beyoncé made Coachella history last year when she became the first female African American artist to headline the popular music festival. Now the singer has marked the anniversary of her performance by looking back at her triumphant show in Homecoming, a concert film that captures the spectacle onstage as well as sheds light on how it shaped offstage. Released on Netflix last week – right when Coachella was rolling in for its annual visit – the film basically shows just how Beyoncé transformed Coachella into Beychella. The piece features her nearly two-hour long set, seamlessly splicing together her performances from the first ...

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As long as we keep producing films like Junoon-e-Ishq, Pakistani cinema will never get anywhere

It may seem hard to believe, but the trailer is actually one of the most important parts of a film. After all, it is through the trailer that the audience gauges the film and makes up its mind about whether or not to spend money watching it in the theatre. Thus, the power of a good trailer cannot be denied. Meanwhile, Junoon-e-Ishq is yet another Pakistani film that kept the audience away just through its trailer. Pakistani audiences had serious doubts over the quality of content, the performances as well as every single aspect of the filmmaking, and the ...

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The beginning of the end: 6 jaw-dropping moments from the latest Game of Thrones

As if on cue, Karachi has been battered by billowing winds, and for Game of Thrones fans that means only one thing, “Winter is Here!” The first episode of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones premiered on April 14th and it rightly reminds us of why we never seem to get enough of this fantasy saga. As soon as the opening credits began to roll, I found myself humming the theme song like most fans do. There were some big expectations from the first episode of the much hyped final season and fans expected the premiere to ...

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Sloppy and grim, Dumbo takes a rather clumsy flight

Director Tim Burton and screenwriter Ehren Kruger’s new version of Dumbo is the latest to get a live-action remake. It is inspired by the 1941 Disney animated classic and based on the original fable written by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl in 1939. Burton is the one who started this trend of remakes with Alice in the Wonderland. The film stars Colin Farrell, Deni DeVito, Michael Keaton and Eva Green in pivotal voice-over roles. The 1941’s Dumbo was a soft, simple and adorable fantasy centred on the tale of friendship and maternal love, the tender bond between Dumbo and his mother. The ...

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