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The title of ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ is enough incentive to watch it!

Let’s be honest here. How many of us actually know who Andrew Cunanan is? Not many, I’d assume. Now how about this man called Versace, ring any bells?  Forgets the instrument that goes ding-a-ling when you shake it, the aforementioned name deserves banging of drums. People my age should be well aware of the fact that this iconic fashion designer got assassinated a couple of decades back. But how was he killed, why was he killed, and more pertinently, at least considering the relevance of our current discussion, who was the killer? Which brings us back to this man named Cunanan, ...

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Can Mowgli surpass The Jungle Book’s success?

Why? That is probably the first thing you’ll wonder when you think about the upcoming film Mowgli, yet another adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, which comes just two years after Disney gave its 1967 animated classic a live action remake. Why are we getting another The Jungle Book movie so soon after the previous one? It’s a phenomenon we’ve seen time and again: twin films – two similar but separate projects developed at the same time by two different studios. That is certainly what has happened in this case as well. And it’s the massive success of Jon Favreau’s 2016 take on the fantasy ...

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The Alienist might not be the greatest show ever, but it is definitely worth a watch!

My love for a crime thriller with a period setting should not be a surprise to anyone anymore. So when the adaptation of Caleb Carr’s 1994 bestseller The Alienist was announced, I was already sold. The deliciously macabre period caper is set in the 1890s and can be considered as the grim American version of the classic Sherlock Holmes, with Dr Laszlo Kreizler playing the titular character. For the uninitiated, the title refers to the 19thcentury belief that people suffering from mental illnesses were alienated from their true natures and the experts studying them were known as such. Or in ...

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13 Reasons Why S2: A season of secrets, guilt and the power of kindness

The original Netflix series 13 Reasons Why released in March 2017 and took the world by storm. The show started an international dialogue about bullying, sexual assault, substance abuse and suicide. Although there was plenty of criticism that the show was glamourising suicide, the factors leading and contributing towards the suicide committed by the female protagonist, Hannah Baker (played by Katherine Langford), seemed to have been overlooked by critics. Photo: Netflix (Note: The following blog contains spoilers) In season one, Hannah, a high school student, commits suicide, but leaves behind 13 recorded tapes to explain her actions. Hannah left ...

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Sanju: A biopic no one dare question or criticise

It is no secret that Raj Kumar Hirani shares a strong bond with Sanjay Dutt, having worked with him in Munna Bhai MBBS (2003), Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006) and PK (2014). All three films were critical and commercial successes. So when Hirani decided to helm the movie based on Dutt’s life, it made complete sense and didn’t come as a surprise. Hirani has a very successful track record as a director. All of his movies have amounted to ground-breaking cinema and record shattering box office numbers. The addition of Ranbir Kapoor to the film as Dutt was another breakthrough as we ...

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Despite Tom Hardy’s good looks, the ‘Venom’ trailer will not pull anyone to the cinema

I will put my hands all the way up for everyone to see and candidly admit that I have no idea who this Venom person is. I don’t know about him and frankly, I don’t care either. But now, since I have been asked to review the first official trailer of the aforesaid, I am desperately scrambling to catch-up on this particular comic book character. Well, for starters, Venom is a Marvel comics’ character and a symbiote. For the uninitiated, that is a sentient alien being with an amorphous, liquid-like form who requires a host, usually human, to bond with ...

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Money Heist: You just cannot stop watching it until it actually ends

Show me a person who claims he is not fond of a heist thriller, and I will show you a liar. For a genre that has extensively been covered on cinema, it somehow manages to keep attracting even the most hardened of viewers back to itself. I guess it’s our inherent love for easy money, and these heist-capers are the perfect visual manifestation of that particular fantasy. Spanish thriller La Casa de Papel is the latest player to enter this particular cinematic arena. It literally translates as the house of paper in Spanish, but for some inexplicable reason, Netflix decided to unimaginatively ...

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Motorcycle Girl will easily ride into the hearts of Pakistani women, but it may struggle at the box office

Adnan Sarwar, who debuted with Shah a few years ago, is back with another movie based on a true story. It is the story of the first female biker, Zenith Irfan, who travelled to Khunjerab on a bike all by herself. Motorcycle Girl is amongst the most awaited films of Pakistan; not just because Sohai Ali Abro plays the lead, but also because the movie is a tribute to women empowerment and tells the tale of how women can do whatever they set their minds to. Motorcycle Girl narrates the story of Zenith (Abro), who works in an agency, and because of ...

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The mother of all sharks in ‘The Meg’ will make you rethink going to the beach

Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, a science fiction horror novel penned by Steve Alten and published back in 1997, was a hit amongst avid sci-fi readers. A movie based on the novel has been in development hell since 1997, but the time has finally arrived for Meg to take over the big screen. The movie adaptation, titled The Meg, stars Jason Statham as Jonas Taylor, along with Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Rainn Wilson (The Office), and Ruby Rose (John Wick: Chapter 2). Meg is short for Megalodon, a prehistoric 75 feet long shark which is said to have ...

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With its suffocating silence, ‘A Quiet Place’ is one of the best thrillers to come along in a while

It’s the 89th day of a monster invasion that has ravaged the world. Fierce armoured beasts that hunt by sound have decimated the human population on the planet and are now picking off the remaining survivors. Anyone who makes the slightest sound is immediately snatched by a lethal monster. You have to stay silent to stay alive. That is the premise of A Quiet Place, a little horror thriller that has unexpectedly become the most talked about film of the moment. The story follows the Abbot family – father Lee (John Krasinski, who also directed and co-wrote the movie), mother Evelyn (Krasinski’s real ...

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