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Archive 81 (2022)
I don't see the appeal, but sure.
It looked like EVERYBODY had great things to say about this show and how it's currently in the "Don't miss out!!" category. Figured I'd give it a shot because.... FOMO. 😐 It's based on a horror podcast (the first time I've heard of a show based on a podcast) of the same name.
The show claims to be in the horror genre (subjective!) but IMO it's more suspense/mystery/supernatural. It's extremely well shot, well written, got great acting but for some reason, I didn't like the story much. Clearly, I'm in the minority because whatever reviews I've read, people have loved it, binged all 8 eps.
If you're into stuff Supernatural/mystery/ritual kinda content that slowly unravels the plot, you'll love this. Look it up especially if you're looking for something different from the regular, because it is! I didn't like it and could have used those 8 hours to watch something else. I also have a ton of questions, so if you loved this show, would love some answers 😐
Kaze ga tsuyoku fuiteiru (2018)
If this isn't one of the most "real-life" and underrated anime, I don't know what is. There are 10 characters and there's something or the other in all of them that you can relate to. College students can def. Relate. 23 eps, ~ 20 mins each. If you run, you HAVE to watch this. Good writing, good animation and music, great character development. Would recommend.
Could've been shorter but that's okay.
3 episodes, well shot. Gives you a very different perspective on Times Square vs what you might know about it now. The story about the serial killer wasn't mind-blowing, but it's surely worth watching. Well shot, good storytelling.
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui (2021)
This is your typical Ayushmaan Khurraana movie, fun in the first half and there's a message in the second. You keep thinking if this formula is gonna get old, but it didn't, at least not yet.
This was a bold story, maybe even ahead of its time. Loved the acting, it was funny, loved the message the movie's trying to send out.
I thought that this had a little bit more theatrics that I'd have liked, it felt more like your typical Bollywood towards the end, but ah well. I'll give it a pass in my books.
Don't Look Up (2021)
I actually thought that this was a well done satire. Most media that's out trashing the movie is actually proving the point that the movie's trying to make. You can tell whom/what they're satirizing and depending on what bucket you put yourself into, you'll either not mind the movie OR trash it.
Pushpa: The Rise - Part 1 (2021)
TF was up with the writing for the female lead?
This to Tollywood, I assume, is what a Vada Chennai is to Kollywood and a KGF to Sandalwood, closer to the former.
Epic camerawork, epic sound design, you know Allu Arjun is gonna give it his all when it comes to acting/dance, and so did the supporting cast. The story-you'd have come across several times before.
I don't know what to make of a few parts of the story with Srivalli's character. The dialogue exchange in the Omni, at Pushpa's house had me like "👀 I don't know if the subtitles are bad or if that's what they're actually saying. If the translation is correct, those are some eyebrow raising dialogues 👀" Also a tad too long for my liking, but that's just me.
If you like your masala movies/mass entertainers, you should check it out, Allu Arjun content is generally 🔥 Otherwise you may not like it.
Mare of Easttown (2021)
Really liked it.
This was a good show. Felt like a mystery/suspense show for grownups. Realistic and nothing over-the-top. 7 eps, ~50 mins each. Misdirection is expected in this genre and I was able to predict the main twist and BOOM, turns out the main twist was yet to come and I was only partially right. Smh. Also an awards contender!
Live action movies of anime get have a bad rap. Not having watched any of Samurai X before, I actually liked this live action. Loved the cinematography and the fight choreography in this movie, how they pulled off these fast moves in a live action, I don't know. Fans of the anime can tell me if this movie is deserving of the praise or not, but i'll def watch the other movies and the anime just based on this.
The Power of the Dog (2021)
Not for everyone, but GOOD!!
Not for everyone, but if slow dramas are your thing, you'll LOVE this. Epic acting, very well shot. Everything happens under the radar and you won't be able to tell what this is about until the last moment. Serious awards contender for Best acting, film, direction and cinematography.
It was....something. I'm late and everybody must have already watched it, so I'll keep it short.
Visually stunning! That Celestial scene was 🔥 Good acting and action choreography - whatever limited action the movie had. For my liking - too much going on for a single movie. Lose ends. Couldn't get behind the characters much. This might have been a good two-part movie, maybe an 8 ep tv show? It was a decent movie, not sure if everyone enjoyed it as much as they'd enjoy a regular MCU movie.
Expectations for Marvel movies have become SO HIGH because they build up on 10 yrs' worth of storytelling. To drop a movie about a bunch of superheroes story when people have been used to the build up, dunno how to feel about it. Decent nevertheless.
One of the most 'well-made' movies of 2021
This is one of the most 'well-made' movies of 2021, IMO. The Kannada film industry gets a bad rap but content like this goes a long way in showing why you need to 'put some respeck on it'.
The director (who's also written and acted in this movie) is apparently a Martin Scorsese fan and boy has he made a film Scorsese might enjoy from a filmmaking standpoint.
While this is a regular gangster story that doesn't have anything mind-blowing story-wise, the writing, sound design, editing, the several layers, acting & cinematography are amazing. They elevate this gangster-take on Brahma-Vishnu-Shiv to a totally different level.
That 'tiger-dance' sequence in the rain - *slow claps*
While this isn't a movie for everyone, if you enjoy stuff like The Godfather or Scorsese-que content, this might be worth a shot. Also, I lowkey like how easy to understand and follow Kannada is. Hoping to watch more Sandalwood movies.
Folk med ångest (2021)
Lighthearted + intruiguing.
"Cozy Mystery" (a subgenre name that I didn't know existed) is a wholesome story of a bank robbery gone wrong after which, the robber is locked in an apartment along with its potential buyers in an open house.
6 eps, about 25-30 mins each - quick watch! Great storytelling/writing, great acting, well shot and put together.
This turns from comedy to mystery to feel good real quick. Different & refreshing in this genre.
Would recommend if you're looking for something fun, lighthearted but intriguing at the same time, check this out.
The Maker (2011)
This is a really WELL DONE short-film and totally worth your 5 mins; that applies to me, at least. This left me wanting more. I don't know what to make of it, dunno what the message is, I want answers! And I want them now!!
It's amazing how much work went into making a 5 min video and content like this makes you feel that filmmaking is NOT easy.
Nothing but respect!
Slow-burn, but might be worth your time.
The show had me like - "Wooow!" and not for the reasons I'd expect from a show like this.
Without revealing much, the story is, of course, about true crime from 1989 and incompetence that made people look for answers for so long. You'd think people in power could pull things off, but this doc throws light on how that may not always be the case.
The storytelling/narration and the cinematography were good . I think overall show could have been SO MUCH better it were a 1.5 hr vid or a 2-ep series, because it felt kinda slow for 4 eps but I didn't mind it.
I think you might enjoy it more if you watch it in German. It's a slow-burn, but might be worth your time.
The Lost Daughter (2021)
SO DEEP that you'll find oil and it'll leave you looking for more (answers)
I ran into the trailer last month and was expecting a thriller. Only, it turned out to be a very psychological movie.
It's a slow-burn (~2 hrs) and you'll either find it to be a snoozefest OR you'll find it to be SO DEEP that you'll find oil and it'll leave you looking for more (answers).
That's all I want to say about the plot. Olivia Colman was brilliant, and so was the supporting cast. I have my own interpretation of this movie and but i'd love to know your thoughts, ladies (especially mothers) - would love to know what you make of it.
If you like a film that can be interpreted in several ways, that makes you wanna look for answers, this one is for you. Folks that look for entertainment, stay away.
Not for everyone, but 8/10 for me.
This was my first Jimmy Carr special and it is full of various types of (very cleverly written) one-liners that you'll either absolutely enjoy or totally hate.
If dark and 'offensive' comedy is your thing, you should check this out. If you like standup but this style isn't your thing, stay away from this unless you want to get your BP high.
Minnal Murali (2021)
Celebrate this for what it is & for what Indian cinema could be because of it.
For a change, it was refreshing to watch a superhero movie that isn't about saving (certain parts of 👀) the world, that doesn't have sophisticated technology. As a superhero movie in Mollywood/Indian Cinema, it could have easily followed the regular Hollywood tropes, but it didn't & I thought that it stayed grounded, relevant to the industry and the audience.
Great cinematography, great sound design, people aren't happy with the VFX - I didn't mind it at all, a story that could have been all over the place - but isn't, humor, great acting, this film has it all. In an era where we have high budget films (without superheroes) in which modified cars are sent to space (press F for Family), MM proves that you don't need anything flashy/over-the-top to make a film work. Bruh's out running in his 'Hawaii Chappal' despite being a superhero as he's figuring his powers out. There's enough time spent on the antagonist and his backstory. Good character development overall.
In the process of explaining everything, did the movie become a tad too slow and long in the first half? Maybe, or maybe not. All that said this was a good 'origin' story. I would really like to see a sequel or two for this, but now that everything's been explained, a similar pacing in a future movie might become an issue.
But I choose not to worry about that RN, this movie is one that needs to be celebrated not only for what it is, but what Indian cinema could be in several years' time. Imagine a day when superheroes from different film industries in India crossover into each other's movies and eventually team up! Hell, 3-4 movies down the line, maybe Minnal Murali is so popular that MCU figures out a way to make him cannon, or at least for a cameo?
Excited to see what comes from this.
Atrangi Re (2021)
Maaayy not be worth your time.
It was a regular run-of-the-mill Bollywood love story while pretending to be about something else. Now, you CAN have a movie be about several things at the same time, but gotta have tight content for it, and I don't think this one did.
Dhanush got to do a Bollywood movie (the guy deserves all the exposure he can get) and Sara got to do a movie - these were probably the only two good things (not for the audience) that came out of the movie. Dhanush pretty much carried it on his shoulders. Sara's acting was pretty decent, her accent was very inconsistent.
You might like AR Rahman's music (Y)
It's lighthearted (when it shouldn't be, given the topic under consideration) but run it in the background while you work. If you have better stuff to watch, you won't miss much if you skip it.
This is....a very different show, surely different for an Indian show. And just like anything that's different from the norm, this show has also gotten people divided.
Gist of the story: The lead couple have fallen out of love but are best friends; they're gonna get a divorce but will live in the same house for the sake of their child. - This plot, in a "Curb Your Enthusiasm" kinda show.
You can already tell this isn't for everyone in the general Indian audience. You're either going to hate it because you don't get it, or because you get and it's the kinda social commentary that doesn't align with your views, or you'll find it refreshing because you've not come across shows like these on Indian Tv.
I fall into the 3rd category but that said, the show worked for me in parts, and was an overkill in other parts sometimes. I loved the chemistry between and the story about the lead, but it felt like that didn't get enough time. The show's far from perfect, but it's something new and the vitriol undeserved.
Also, it's got 8 eps, with ~28 mins each. So, it's a quick watch. Fits the tone of the content. Anything more would have been jarring.
Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
Fam, WHAT. A. MOVIE! It's not perfect, you can nitpick if you'd like....but, great acting by everyone, great sound, great graphics, great action sequences. It's got everything!
It has all sorts of emotions (one of the scenes had me all 😭😭😭) it has hilarious moments (A few too many and even misplaced IMO - but it's Marvel), callbacks, Easter eggs...you get the idea. That's all I want to say at this point. Don't miss this one, it adds the kind of awesomeness to the Spidey franchise the way Infinity Wars/ Endgame did for Avengers.
What I really wanna know more - HOW does Kevin Feige plan all this? Who's decides the smallest of things at Marvel? Who at Disney decided to buy Marvel out? I just wanna learn decision making from folks at Marvel, man! *slow claps*
Catching Killers (2021)
Worth your time, especially if you have less of it.
4 episode show about 3 separate stories.
Ep 1 (Green River Killer) and Ep 2 (Manhunter: Aileen Wuornos) are standalone, about 50 mins each. Well shot, well narrated but it feels like the whole thing was rushed and that they could have easily told more.
But then, then come up with Ep 3 and 4, about the "Happy Face Killer" this seemed like the perfect duration for a story like this. Well shot, well narrated, well paced.
There's nothing mindblowing about this show, but surely worth your time incase you're into true crime but have limited amount of time to spend.
I've felt that Netflix has recently stretched out and dragged on one story over 4-8 episodes just to make a series out of it. Looks like they've tried a different format with this show, 4 eps with 3 stories, they're closer to a format of my personal liking.
It was pleasantly surprising.
The show was BRILLIANTLY shot, extra marks for the good cinematography and sound, well written and edited. Raveena, Parambrata steal the show playing the cops, it was interesting to see Ashutosh Rana still doing it, good for him!
They do enough to build the story up, which is seemingly all over the place, but they do a good job of bringing everything together.
The misdirection was a little too deliberate - if you know, you know; can't reveal. While they do a good job of tying up all lose ends, there are a few that you might not feel content about. The show is nothing mindblowing, but I thought the 8 episodes were worth the time.
Would totally recommend!
Brilliant but unnecessarily long.
The show has been VERY WELL written, has some good music and GREAT acting. The character development - some of the best I've seen in recent times. There are twists upon twists upon twists, just when you think the story is done, boom!
The themes explored in the show revolve around how biological traits don't have to dictate what we become, betrayal, salvation, inner conflict, guilt, justice, so on and so forth.
I would have preferred if the episodes were shorter and the show split into 2-3 seasons but ah well. That's just how TVN's shows are. I'd highly recommend if you like slow-burns with some mindblowing writing and editing. The show will be worth your time and commitment.
Le sommet des dieux (2021)
What a movie! For me, this is one of the best I've watched this year.
This French animation is based on a Japanese manga of the same name, set in Nepal. Content like this makes you feel "Huh! Small World!" BTW, parts of the story are inspired from true events from 1924.
I went into the movie without knowing anything about it, so I'll spare the plot but the story - gripping, visuals-stunning, sound design-phenomenal, editing-incredible!
The "bUt aNImATiOn iS fOr kiDs" gang should watch this. While kids would surely enjoy this movie, but the way this poetic story of obsession/determination is told while balancing excitement, suspense and sadness - grownups would appreciate this because it's different from anything that you'd usually watch, regardless of if you watch animation or not.
Would highly recommend that you watch this, especially given the short runtime of only around 90 mins.
Arsène Wenger: Invincible (2021)
Really liked it, but something was missing.
This is one of those docs that you keep the rivalries aside for and watch it for Arsène and the work he's done at Arsenal.
If you watch football, you should watch this - but it doesn't really have anything you already may not know. It's well made and offers some perspective from other legends on Arsenal's glory days under Wenger and the downfall after moving out of Highbury.
I did feel like there was something missing though. I thought Balon's doc on The Invincibles had SO MUCH more content. This doc was supposed to be that and then some more because this is about Arsene and The Invincibles are only a part of this journey. The doc really kicks off about halfway in, after his declaration to go undefeated but until then, I thought they missed the opportunity to say so much more about him and his journey prior to ARS. They do touch upon it but I thought there would be more. Compare this against Fergie doc with content prior to the treble, the storytelling was so much better.
But, regardless, by the end of the doc, you leave with more respect for the man and some life lessons for folks to takeaway. Respect and credit where it's due!