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I'm an absolute sucker for a gentleman thief story. A slick and fast heist dripping with style, plenty of double crosses, and a grand reveal at the end; all taking place within a temple to the finer things of life? Sign me up, I'm in.
**This review contains spoilers so please don’t read if you’re yet to watch!** The latest addition to my long list of “Films and TV Shows binged during the pandemic” is the Amazon Prime original “The Boys”. Now, I’ve wanted to watch this since I first got a glimpse at the promotional trailer more than a year ago. However, due to the disaster that was 2019 and various other pressing issues like post-thesis recovery and general “getting my life together”, I missed out on the initial hype and only got round to watching both seasons in the last week.
In her younger years, Didion was a powerhouse who wrote for large publications such as Vogue whilst steadily building up a repertoire of her own non-fiction and fiction works, as well as collections of observant essays on the rapidly changing political and social cultures around her. She was renowned as a trailblazer for her progressive and reflective attitudes, as evidenced by her writing on the case of the Central Park Five. She examined the racial bias which contributed to the furore of the case and bluntly acknowledged the failures of parties involved, using her voice to address the injustices of her time.
Bazaar is a thriller drama film showcasing an Allahabad stock broker Rizwan Ahmed (Rohan Mehra) who aspires to be in the big leagues of the Indian stock broking setting. With this in mind he comes to the financial capital of India, Mumbai with a barely filled wallet & a pocket full of dreams. He looks up to Shakun Kothari (Saif Ali Khan) a lauded businessman who has a reputation of making money whichever way he sees possible. Rizwan idolises Shakun and hopes to work with him some day. But that seems a tall order when he finds the reality of the city of dreams when he starts looking for work. With a lot of effort and determination he finally has his opportunity to shine. The quick learner he is, Rizwan quickly learns the tricks of the trade and is on the ladder of success. With his professional life buzzing it doesn't take time for his personal one also to do so when he gets close to Priya Rai (Radhika Apte) his co-worker at the trading firm he works for. When Rizwan finds himself in close quarters to his idol Shakun, he grabs the opportunity to get acquainted with him and achieve his dream of working with him. All is great once they start working together, until the story turns awry when Shakun's aggressive business activities comes to the attention of the authorities.
Dearest Reader, In today’s review, I shall be delving into the latest release from Netflix - the adaptation of Julia Quinn’s erotic romance, Brigerton. Imagine Jane Austen elegance, but we see the going’s on in the bed chambers. Sometimes a bit too much...
“Mr. Norris Changes Trains” is one of the more interesting reads I have read this year. I always like novels in which one man is influenced by another to do something that is entirely out of character for them. The subject becomes almost obsessed with the other person’s being and ultimately isolates themselves in their own psyche to become something they are not. Like the traditions of “Edward II” by Christopher Marlowe in which Gaveston influences the King, or in “The Picture of Dorian Gray” in which Henry teaches Dorian about youth and beauty, in “Brideshead Revisited” where Charles Ryder is warned about the influence Sebastian Flyte will have upon him or, in the more volatile friendship of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty in Kerouac’s “On the Road” - one man influencing another to be ‘out of character’ has fascinated readers for generations - Isherwood’s novel of influence follows this tradition with an air of haunting oddity that, from the very beginning just feels oh so dark. This text contains that feeling of tension and impeding doom that I have never gotten from a Christopher Isherwood novel before - the great narcissism makes the book’s effect seem all the more likely because of its title character’s intentions to persuade. The question is whether it is persuasion or simply unrequited obsession - and that question may leave your being like an out-of-body experience by the end of the text.
Magic Camp is a Disney Plus exclusive that came out in 2020. It's sort of a coming of age story that comes from a magic camp. The whole vibe of the movie screams School of Rock however there are are certain elements of the movie that differentiate these movies from one another. This movie for instance is targeting children whereas School of Rock targeted a general audience.
Quitting is never an option. Live like there is no tomorrow. Based on the true story of Zach Sobiech, Clouds is a 2020 film dedicated to his life. Learning the inevitable that he only has a few months to live, Zach refuses to go down without a fight. Following his dreams and dedicated love for music, Zach gains a new direction.
“Les Enfants Terribles” by Jean Cocteau is a book that reminds me of the time I read “Ringolevio” and in that, I mean that it is where life is basically made into this metaphysical type of game. Sometimes this game can be amazing, filled with vigour and actually quite entertaining and other times, it can be dangerous as hell - and for the mind of children it can get a bit much. One thing I noticed in this book though is that no matter how dangerous or profane a situation may be for children or teenagers of their age, the writing style is almost fluently decadent and observational. It is always presented as beautifully tragic, as if we are supposed to believe that these children will be completely unharmed and thus we, are also participating in the strange imagination of this game. I don’t want to give too much away about the game itself but if you are going to believe that this is purely fictitious and in the children’s imaginations - then please reconsider. The game ends up being a degenerate and dangerous, a manipulative and ghastly thing, morphing from childhood to the teen years and all the way into pre-adulthood. It seems like there would be only one option to end the game itself and that would be if both children involved were to die. I will leave it up to you to find out whether that actually happens.
Ludo is an anthology film created by Anurag Basu and distributed by Netflix. It showcases a series of characters playing out different storylines. First is Akash Chauhan (Aditya Roy Kapur) who finds out there is a sextape uploaded online of him and his ex-girlfriend Shruti Choksi (Sanya Malhotra) who is to be married in a few days. He wishes to find out the culprit who uploaded it and to remove it from the internet. Then comes Alok “Alu” Kumar Gupta (Rajkumar Rao), he has been in love with Pinky (Fatima Sana Shaikh) since they were children. Even after she is married to someone else Alu still can’t forget her and jumps to be a part of her life once again, when she comes hoping for his help. Next comes Bittu (Abhishekh Bachchan) originally a right-hand to a gangster, after falling in love lets go of that life style, but his past comes back biting and he is jailed for 6 years. Now after serving his sentence Bittu finds himself alone and without his wife & child, as she has moved on and married someone else. Finally come Rahul Awasthi (Rohit Suresh Saraf) & Sheeja Thomas (Pearle Maaney), both miserable in their personal lives meet out of luck and find themselves with a small fortune. But it won’t be an easy task keeping hold of it with the owner looking for it. Ultimately all these stories may seem unrelated but they have a common link of Rahul Satyendra “Sattu” Tripathi (Pankaj Triphati) a notorious local gangster who is directly or indirectly connected to all the characters.
Here is my Hot take on the Netflix show The Queen’s Gambit: You can skip the first episode and a half and you don’t miss anything.
The Kitchen is a very cool concept. It sort of reminds me of a similar idea with the movie Widows (2018). I loved Widows so I thought I'd get into this one just the same. It doesn't hurt that I'm a sucker for underdog stories. This had the potential to be a pretty good one.