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Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’ transports you to the 24th century, where death is no longer the ultimate truth

If you think cyberpunk is some new bohemian movement of the current digital age – something I am guilty of doing myself – then you are as far from being correct as a hippy would be from a drug-free lifestyle. Cyberpunk is actually a subgenre of science fiction, in which the setting is futuristic and often dystopian as well.  Technological advancements in such a society are at their peak, along with the disparity between the haves and the have-nots. On the other hand, morality becomes the primary victim; the one thing close to hitting rock bottom. If Blade Runner is the ...

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Even with 180 performers, ‘Hua Kuch Yoon’ was weak, amateur and did not possess enough pull

With zeal and passion, young Pakistani directors are in reviving stage plays and bringing them back in the spotlight. With great plays such as Aangan Terha, Sawa 14 August, Pawney 14 August, Siachen and Bananistan, one can witness the efforts put in by theatre enthusiasts. Dawar Mehmood’s new theatre play, Hua Kuch Yoon, written by veteran actor Sajid Hassan and produced by KopyKats Productions, recently hit the stage at Karachi Arts Council. Hua Kuch Yoon promo #1 Hua Kuch Yoon promo# 1. For tickets and details please contact‭ 021 38781654 Posted by KopyKats Productions on Monday, February 12, 2018 Hua Kuch Yoon premiered last week in ...

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Is ‘Dynasty’ trying too hard to be like ‘Gossip Girl’?

Dynasty is a soap opera that recently wrapped up its first season on Netflix, and like most soap operas, it revolves around the family drama in the lives of an egocentric billionaire, Blake Carrington (Grant Show), and his two children. His daughter, Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) is a Tiffany Trump lookalike with Ivanka Trump’s ambition, while his son Steven (James Mackay) is the clichéd gay man out to save the environment and rebel against his father’s corrupt, self-serving ways. Thrown in the mix is Cristal (Nathalie Kelley), their father’s Hispanic girlfriend and public relations executive, who quickly manages to infiltrate their lives by becoming their ...

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Venom’s teaser was empty and disappointing, but hope never dies when it’s Tom Hardy

A standalone movie featuring Venom has been in the pipeline at Sony since 2007. Many scripts were written and scrapped, ideas were thrown around, but nothing quite actually worked out. What we got instead was Venom appearing in Sam Riami’s Spider-Man 3 as a super villain portrayed by Topher Grace (That 70s Show). Venom, as portrayed in Spider-Man 3, was criticised by fans and movie critics for lacking depth and the inhumanity the character was known for. After striking a deal with Marvel Studios regarding the future of the Spider-Man franchise, Sony has decided to kick start its very own Marvel Universe ...

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Netflix’s ‘Dark’ is a deeply fascinating and eerie tale that demands your undivided attention

I can perfectly understand why Stranger Things was everyone’s favourite series, but for me personally, it was a tad too “Hollywoodish,” that is, it was a little too mainstream for my liking. Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with playing to the gallery. Duffer Brothers’ pet project was a fantastic visual treat with memorable characters and a spooky, intriguing narrative. It was at par with the best popcorn blockbusters that Hollywood has to offer, but regrettably, it’s not something that particularly floats my cinematic boat. However, Netflix’s first German original Dark – hailed as the adult version ...

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Pixar reclaims its place atop the animation throne with its powerful and emotional ‘Coco’

A string of wonderfully creative and thoroughly entertaining films in the ‘00s helped establish Pixar as an animation powerhouse that was creating some of the finest family-friendly animated movies of the decade. But the studio was unable to maintain its momentum as it developed a disappointing case of sequels. Instead of coming up with interesting new releases, the Disney subsidiary chose to build its franchises by revisiting its most popular ideas. This resulted in the making of films that admittedly weren’t bad by any measure but simply lacked the imagination and spark that had made the studio’s best work so ...

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The Sinner: A cinematic equivalent of a literary page-turner

The ‘whodunits’ have been a staple of modern mystery fiction ever since the genre became widely popular through novels during the early parts of the 19th century. Even contemporary media is replete with TV shows and films where the core ingredient is a crime that needs to be solved by figuring out the identity of the perpetrator.  But recently, there is a major shift in how this genre has been handled. Even last season was all about ‘who,’ with Emmy Award winners The Night Of and Big Little Lies, but this year is predominantly about the ‘why’ when it comes to TV shows dealing with ...

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A case of ‘whydunit’, Mindhunter enters the dangerous minds of notorious serial killers, leaving our inquisitive minds piqued

There is only one thing I enjoy watching more than serial killers and that is viewing these serial killers in a period milieu. Call me eccentric, but no other work of fiction fascinates me like the ones dealing with this particular genre. So when these homicidal maniacs were placed in the 1970s setting by a director who knows this cinematic category like a serial murderer knows his victims, for me it was Eid, Christmas and Diwali all rolled into one. Having already helped Netflix become a respected player in original programming with House Of Cards, acclaimed filmmaker David Fincher returns ...

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American Vandal is an absolutely sophisticated crime mystery constructed out of a spoof

We have all been guilty of indulging in sober conversations, where somehow grave arguments give way to dirty jokes. They might not be appropriate but we nevertheless find them funny. Now imagine a TV show, working with a genre as solemnly serious as true crime and then lacing it with a premise that satirically documents the investigation of a phallus-themed vandalism act. On the face of it, this might seem like a recipe for an extremely absurd concoction of two diametrically opposing cinematic themes, but handled correctly, you get to experience a completely fresh take on a TV show category ...

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8 reasons why Narcos season three surpasses its previous seasons

The first two seasons of Narcos, as we all know, chronicled the rise and the subsequent fall of one of the richest and deadliest drug kingpins the world has ever known, Pablo Escobar and his notorious Medellín Cartel. Season three is all about their sworn enemy and rival, the Cali Cartel. Here are eight reasons why I think that season three is better than its previous ones: (Spoilers alert!!) 1. Tactical finesse Unlike the sheer violence and fear that Escobar (Wagner Moura) thrived on as an instrument to enlarge and amplify his drug empire reign, the Cali Cartel did things incognito, like a sophisticated organisation. Their tactics were to ...

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