Rewind Review: The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Occupying the number one spot of IMDB’s top rated movies, is Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption with 9.2 stars. And while the appeal of this movie is not lost on me, I do feel too high a praise is being given to this particular piece of cinematic work. There I said it. Calling The Shawshank Redemption overrated is suicide,…

Rewind Review: A Little Princess (1995)

Watching a movie through the eyes of your ten-year old self, might just garner slightly different feelings than when you are seeing that movie once more, ten or twenty or forty years down the road. Simply put, movies you loved as a kid doesn’t mean you’ll love them still as an adult. Well, it also…

Review: Spotlight (2015)

With the onslaught of journalism dramas, there are only quite a few that made their marks in the movie world. Among others, there’s The Insider (1999), Ace in the Hole (1951), Frost/Nixon (2008), and All the President’s Men (1976), which was hailed as THE journo drama by which all journo dramas were measured against. Then…

Review: The Danish Girl (2015)

Transgender has been hailed as 2015’s word of the year. Which is not surprising because the transgender community has truly been in our consciousness a great deal last year. Olympic gold medal winning decathlete Bruce Jenner came out as a transwoman on April 2015. The U.S. military service policy on the exclusion of transgender people…

Review: The Revenant (2015)

The Revenant is truly something else, perhaps I can go as far and say that it is unlike anything I have ever seen before in terms of the craft. It is a masterclass in film making with Alejandro G. Iñarritu’s direction and Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography, the film is the most visceral and brutal and awe-inspiring…

Review: The Big Short (2015)

So here you have a movie that talks about collateralized debt obligations, credit default swaps, the housing market and mortgage-backed securities. If you feel a headache coming on, I hear you. The onslaught of financial jargon can be quite a handful to take in at one go. But with The Big Short, Adam Mckay makes…

The 12 Genres of Christmas

It’s that time of the year again where we find ourselves amidst jingle bells and good cheer and Christmas movies! Now if you find that most Christmas films are too saccharine for your Scrooge-like taste, fear not for we have compiled a list that covers all, from sweet rom-coms to dark sci-fis! 1. Comedy Elf…

Review: The Walk (2015)

Last week, I just went to the cinema without a plan on what movie to watch. So I really have no idea about this movie until I saw the poster while buying tickets. So what is The Walk about? The Walk (2015) is a biographical drama film based on the story of the French high-wire…

Review: The Martian (2015)

I never would have guessed that I’d have a rollicking good time watching a movie about a man left for dead on Mars. Space Opera Lite is what I would call Ridley Scott’s The Martian (2015). And I mean that in the best way possible. NASA astronaut Mark Watney is left stranded on Mars after he…

Review: Sicario (2015)

At the very beginning of Sicario (2015), Denis Villeneuve opens his 3rd English-language film (following Prisoners and Enemy) with what could best be described as a tactical operation in response to a kidnapping charge. A large group of federal and local law enforcement officers, led by Kate Mercer (Emily Blunt) swarms toward a house that, we later discover,…