Spinach-stuffed chicken: Easy to prepare and impressive to serve!

Chicken is always a popular and easy dish to prepare, especially given the fact that it comes in many variations, ranging from desi to non-desi. It is safe to say that for many people a week without chicken is not a satisfactory week at all. But because chicken is so easy to prepare, it gets a bit boring at times. So keeping in line with my 2019 resolution of trying out new things, I decided to prepare a non-desi variation, one that is both easy to prepare and impressive to serve: spinach stuffed chicken. Spinach is a superfood as it is loaded with ...

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Is Happy Death Day 2U as ‘deathly’ entertaining as its first part?

It may not have been a cinematic masterpiece, but 2017’s Happy Death Day was a fun black comedy that put together the idea behind the Harold Ramis classic Groundhog Day and the conceit of a slasher thriller. Combined with an impressive lead performance by the charming Jessica Rothe, the result may have been silly but it was certainly entertaining. For its sequel, Happy Death Day 2U, writer and director Christopher Landon has thrown some Back to the Future into the mix and blended sci-fi, comedy, and horror into an enjoyable concoction. A sequence of events leads us back, once again, to the accursed Monday the 18th, the day ...

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Cold Pursuit is not just Taken set in snow – it’s so much more!

In 2017, Liam Neeson gave us quite the scare when he said in an interview that he was going to retire from being an action hero even though he was being offered a tonne of money for playing such roles. This statement of his obviously meant that his January 2018 release, The Commuter, was going to be his last action film. Being a huge fan of the guy with a very particular set of skills, I watched The Commuter as soon as it released and I surely enjoyed it. But by the time the movie ended, I couldn’t help but feel sad as I ...

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Alita: Battle Angel is not a cinematic masterpiece, but it is a visual spectacle

Western adaptations of Japanese manga have largely been commercial and critical disappointments (Scarlett Johansson, anyone?). But that hasn’t deterred Hollywood from continuing to explore the genre and trying to tap into its worldwide fan base. The latest effort to do so comes in the form of Alita: Battle Angel, an adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s Gunnm series. With the filmmaking effort of writer and producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez, the movie is set in a dystopian future where the world has been left ravaged by war. The population is divided into two factions: the privileged, who live in the floating sky city ...

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Gully Boy may be your first soul-shaking cinematic experience of 2019

It’s easy to forget that beneath the cultural sludge of mainstream hip hop marked by vanity and misogyny, there is a thoughtful undercurrent that gives meaning to the genre. Gully Boy is the cinematic acknowledgement of this important undercurrent. Gully Boy is a film best enjoyed without prior knowledge of its synopsis. Although generally considered a film about hip hop and rap battles, Gully Boy is a gritty commentary on class warfare. The gauntlet is thrown in its very first scene in which our protagonist – Murad, played by Ranveer Singh – lambasts mainstream rapping artists, who only appear interested ...

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The Battle of the Batmen: Why Ben Affleck should return as the caped crusader

Hollywood is currently on a superhero high, and has been on one for quite some time now. More and more production houses are trying to get a piece of the superhero pie, and while some are getting a major chunk of it, the rest are settling for leftovers. We have already seen so many superheroes on the big screen, and yet there remain more to come in the coming years. It is thus common in this era of superheroes to be asked, “Who is your favourite?” While that is a subjective question and depends on the individual, if the question asked who ...

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Ditch the chocolate cliché this Valentine’s Day and reinforce your love with these berrylicious desserts!

Tomorrow is February 14th. Love is in the air once again, and so is the product placement. My cell phone has been buzzing constantly with Valentine’s Day offers, be it on clothes, food or even from Careem! I remember during my school days (I didn’t have a uniform during A Levels) there were certain colours we all avoided wearing on V-Day. Red, obviously, the other being black. The former because Pakistan prefers celebrating Sister’s Day on Valentine’s Day, and the latter because for many teens back in the day, black was associated with heartbreak. That changed in the following years, with every ...

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Excessive and exhausting, The Lego Movie 2 is a worn-out version of its hilarious original

The Lego Movie (2014) was one of those films based on an idea that was never expected to work. After all, what was this going to be? A feature-length Lego commercial? However, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller who brought a lot of their signature style and inventiveness to the film made sure this wasn’t the case. And The Lego Movie ended up being a massive success, meaning a sequel was always in the offing. Five years and two spin-offs later, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part has finally arrived. The sequel retains pretty much all of the original ...

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“Apna Time Agaya”: When Ranveer Singh painted the gullies of Berlin red

On February 9th, Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt premiered at Friedrichstadt-Palast as part of the Berlin Film Festival Berlinale’s Special Entry, and the city’s popular Friedrichstrasse district was buzzing with Bollywood fans. All the nearby bus, train, tram stations were filled with Hindi/Urdu speakers discussing the arrival of the stunning crew. The red carpet area of the cinema was decorated specially for the stars. Minutes before the film was scheduled to begin, Bollywood’s heartthrob Singh made his entrance along with the elegant Bhatt, both waving and smiling to frantic crowds of fans. Calm and collected ...

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The Hidden World is the perfect bow to wrap up the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy

“You are the reason to go on living. I need to try this and be on my own. We’ll always be friends but keep our distance. We’ll be together from afar, forever.” The final part of the How To Train Your Dragon trilogy is not only about the affectionate anecdote of Hiccup and Toothless but also a moving hasta la vista to the deeply expressive three-quel of homo sapiens and fire-breathers living in a utopian realm. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a warm, lively, coming of age tale that illustrates the whole story as passionately and creatively as its predecessors did. ...

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