Will Zindagi Tamasha dig deep into the intolerance in our society?

The trailer launch of Sarmad Khoosat’s film, Zindagi Tamasha was held at Olo Junction, Lahore. Despite Khoosat’s name, the event was not peppered with photographers and screaming fans. The lack of glitz and glam on the red carpet did oddly pay homage to a cinematic piece based on the tragedy of life in Pakistan. Would the event look similar if the trailer being launched was for Humayun Saeed’s Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 3? Probably not. The people who believe in substance over glamour are often faced with low key receptions. Khoosat gave his two cents on the matter, “Commercial success does matter. A ...

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Will El Camino do justice to the Breaking Bad saga?

Being a Breaking Bad  fan has been a very rewarding experience throughout.  Not only was it an absolute thrill to witness the rise and fall of Walter White Heisenberg played by Bryan Cranston, in one of the most acclaimed series in television history. But on top of it, we were then blessed with a Saul Goodman prequel. The prequel meant another chance for fans to dig deeper into the pasts of some fascinating characters in a riveting spinoff. Now, 11 years after the original adventure began, and six years after its finale, the saga of Breaking Bad continues. The story of Heisenberg, a ...

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The Rhythm Section: Are you ready to see Blake Lively kick some butt

Blake Lively is on a roll. Not only does her personal life seem like a picture of perfection but the actress has also been busy establishing a solid career by delivering a string of impressive performances in films like The Age of Adaline (2015), The Shallows (2016), and A Simple Favour (2018). It seems like it took Lively a bit of time to emerge from under the shadow of the juggernaut that was Gossip Girl, but she has done well to carve out a new persona for herself in order to ensure that most people don’t only think of Serana Van Der ...

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Spilling tea with Shah Mehmood Qureshi: India, Kashmir and the looming ‘accidental’ war

On an unusually warm Sunday afternoon for late September, the lobby of the Pakistan International Airline (PIA) owned Roosevelt Hotel in midtown Manhattan is abuzz with Pakistani diplomats and American dignitaries; including Senator Lindsey Graham and Zalmay Khalilzad, the architect of the American-Taliban peace deal. Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi are also in New York City for a packed week of diplomacy, with a particular focus on mission Kashmir, in the build up to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meetings. On the eighth floor of the Roosevelt, I sat down for an exclusive interview with ...

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Can ‘Doctor Sleep’ be a worthy sequel to ‘The Shining’?

While Stephen King has never gone out of fashion, it seems like his work is enjoying a bit of a film renaissance. However, Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining for the big screen has always remained a bit of a sensitive matter as far King was concerned since the horror writer has made it clear that he is not a big fan of the 1980 film. Based on King’s 1977 novel of the same name, the story revolves around Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer who takes a job as the caretaker of the isolated Overlook Hotel during off-season. Jack brings his wife and son ...

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A Nazi satire, Disney takes the unconventional route with ‘Jojo Rabbit’

Disney is releasing a movie in which a zany version of Adolf Hitler feasts on a unicorn’s head. That’s a sentence I never thought I’d type, yet here we are. Taika Waititi has crafted a madcap adventure that is set during World War II in the shape of his upcoming satirical black comedy Jojo Rabbit. The project, perhaps incongruously, finds itself at Disney following the company’s recent acquisition of the now-defunct 21st Century Fox. Based on the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens, the film revolves around a nationalistic young boy, Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), whose imaginary friend happens to be a silly incarnation ...

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Lady and the Tramp: Another lazy, opportunistic adaptation

Disney may be raking in billions of dollars with its live-action remakes of animated classic movies, but this string of lazy, opportunistic adaptations isn’t doing much for the company’s image. While these projects have displayed the company’s visual wizardry, the media giant has yet to produce a new iteration that was truly essential. With each unnecessary revisit, Disney seems increasingly uninspired and creatively vacant, reliant primarily on the powers of nostalgia to draw in an audience. This year has already seen the release of three such ventures — Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King — none of which have ...

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Maleeha Lodhi: Spilling tea with the architect of Pakistan’s diplomatic coup at the UN

On a bright Sunday morning, right after Pakistan managed to raise the Kashmir issue at a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting – despite India throwing everything and the kitchen sink to stop it – we sat down for a conversation with UN Ambassador Dr Maleeha Lodhi at her official residence on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. We unpacked how Pakistan managed to orchestrate the UNSC meeting after five decades, what’s next for Pakistan at the UN, and what a typical day in her life looks like during these extraordinary times. “The fact that the UNSC meeting took place showed that ...

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13 Reasons Why season three will be yet another disappointment

It’s been a year since the second season of Netflix’s chaotic and traumatising 13 Reasons Why aired and they are back with another unneeded and unwanted third season. The last season ended with secrets finally coming out, a letdown of justice and an almost school shooting. Season three’s trailer was recently released and it has left people feeling confused, somewhat surprised and also overjoyed. The people behind the show realised that they can’t possibly keep milking Hannah Baker’s (Katherine Langford) suicide every season, hence they entered the realm of murder mystery. The trailer shows the death of a major character, Bryce Walker, who was last seen ...

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Pacino, De Niro, Pesci and Scorsese – can The Irishman be anything but epic?

Few filmmakers have a left a mark on cinema quite like Martin Scorsese. Whether it’s through his early classics like Taxi Driver and Raging Bull or his later hits like The Wolf of Wall Street and Shutter Island (and pretty much everything in between), Scorsese’s enduring popularity across generations is undeniable. Despite having quite a varied filmography, the genre that Scorsese has always felt most at home with has been the gangster genre. He has shaped how most moviegoers view gangsters through films like Mean Streets, Casino, The Departed and his magnum opus Goodfellas. Gif: Giphy [caption ...

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