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And the Oscar Goes To….

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

It was such a surprising night (or early morning, for those of us here in India) for movie lovers. To say that things took a surprising turn, especially towards the end of the night, would be quite the understatement, wouldn’t it? And while we couldn’t be happier for all the wins that Parasite received, and well deserved too, we just have to commemorate all the nominees in the Best Film category, because they truly are, each and every one of them, gems.

 

1. Parasite

The underdog that won it all. A Korean movie directed by the legendary Bong Joon Ho (Okja, Snowpiercer) that ended up winning a total of 4 Academy Awards out of its six nominations. It must also be noted that it is the first non-English film to win best film in the over 90 years history of the Academy Awards. It took home Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film.

Synopsis: A poor family, the Kims, con their way into becoming the servants of a rich family, the Parks. But their easy life gets complicated when their deception is threatened with exposure.

Directed By: Bong Joon Ho

Starring: Song Kang Ho, Lee Sun Kyun, Cho Yeo Jeong, Choi Woo Shik, Park So Dam, Lee Jung Eun, Chang Hyae Jin

Image Source - WallpaperAccess

Image Source – WallpaperAccess

 

2. Jojo Rabbit

Synopsis: A young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

Directed By: Taika Waititi

Starring: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson

Image Source - IMP Awards

Image Source – IMP Awards

 

3. 1917

Synopsis: April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.

Directed By: Sam Mendes

Starring: Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays

Image Source - Forbes

Image Source – Forbes

 

4. Joker

Synopsis: In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.

Directed By: Todd Philips

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

Image Source - IMDb

Image Source – IMDb

 

5. The Irishman

Synopsis: A mob hitman recalls his friend Jimmy Hoffa.

Directed By: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci

Image Source - Amazon

Image Source – Amazon

 

6. Ford v Ferrari

Synopsis: American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for Ford in order to defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

Directed By: James Mangold

Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal

Image Source - Collider

Image Source – Collider

 

7. Marriage Story

Synopsis: Noah Baumbach’s incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.

Directed By: Noah Baumbach

Starring: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Greer

Image Source - IMDd

Image Source – IMDd

 

8. Little Women

Synopsis: Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.

Directed By: Greta Gerwig

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh

Image Source - IMDb

Image Source – IMDb

 

9. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Synopsis: A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

Image Source - IMDb

Image Source – IMDb

 

Most of these are still in theatres in metro cities. Go out and catch as many of these as you still can!

Super 2020!

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

With the decade drawing to a close, it’s that time of the year when movie fanatics start eagerly anticipating all that awaits them in the coming year. And for superhero movie buffs (read Marvel and DC fanboys and fangirls), 2020 is looking to be a grand year indeed! Here’s a quick peek at all the storyline arcs you can expect to continue on next year.

 

1. Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn)

While Suicide Squad as a whole may not have been the greatest movie, it was absolutely impossible to walk away from it without being blown away by Margot Robbie’s fantastic portrayal of Harley Quinn. Having her stand out as more than just Joker’s girl took some great acting, and she impressed audiences so much that she’s getting her own standalone film!

Expected Release Date: 7 February 2020

Image Source - Comic Book

Image Source – Comic Book

 

2. The New Mutants

You thought Logan was the end? Absolutely not. Welcome to the world of powerful young teens being locked up for awful reasons, and trying to break free. And what’s the best part? Maisie Williams (Arya Stark from Game of Thrones) is part of the cast. Two fandoms couldn’t come together faster.

Expected Release Date: 3 April 2020

Image Source - Den of Geek

Image Source – Den of Geek

 

3. Black Widow

There was not one person who watched that wasn’t heartbroken towards the end of the Infinity Saga of the MCU. Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of the cynical and stoic, but deceptively soft-hearted Natasha through the earlier phases grew quietly into everyone’s heart, to the point that no one wanted to let her go. The good news? We start Phase 4 with a stand alone movie that promises fans ‘closure’.

Expected Release Date: 1 May 2020

Image Source - Forbes

Image Source – Forbes

 

4. Wonder Woman 1984

2020 is definitely turning into a year for female superheroes. And back to reprise her role as fearless Amazonian is Gal Gadot. Fans are eagerly waiting for the trailer that is expected to drop this month.

Expected Release Date: 5 June 2020

Image Source - Comic Book

Image Source – Comic Book

 

5. Venom 2

For fans of the comic books, to say that the Tom Hardy version of Venom took them a bit by surprise would probably be a bit of an understatement. Traditionally known as a villainous character that brought out the dark side of the human with which it reached symbiosis, this character arc with a bit of unexpected comedy thrown in certainly created an ambiguous atmosphere amongst fans, with many still not sure how they feel about it. It’s a good thing there’s a sequel coming up to help us finally make up our minds.

Expected Release Date: 2 October 2020

Image Source - Morning Picker

Image Source – Morning Picker

 

6. The Eternals

Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, Gemma Chan, and Kit Harington. Yup. That’s the starcast lineup for this MCU movie. Like, why is this a year away????

Expected Release Date: 6 November 2020

Image Source - Reddit

Image Source – Reddit

 

We’re holding our breath, are you?

Top Indian Content Online (Part 2)

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

We’re back with another set of 3 must watch series/movies from Indian creators for Indian viewers available on different online streaming platforms. If your favorite isn’t on the list yet, let us know. And if you missed Part 1, click here.

 

Sacred Games

While it certainly isn’t the first short series to come out of India for online streaming, it has certainly made even the naysayers sit up and take notice. From a taunt storyline, to excellent an excellent star cast, it has come to note for additional reasons such as the role portrayals by secondary characters, and Mumbai herself has truly shone. The cult following the show has garnered is no joke either.

Available on Netflix

Image source - Images Dawn

Image source – Images Dawn

 

Inside Edge

With powerpacked performances by Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chadha, Angad Bedi and Sanjay Suri, this original series about cricket and all that goes on behind the scenes in premier league type settings is a sure fire must watch.

Available on Amazon Prime

Image source - Wikipedia

Image source – Wikipedia

 

Sometimes

Seven strangers anxiously waiting for their HIV test results decide to bribe the clinic receptionist to get them early, learning one is positive. You can expect some great acting, considering that Prakash Raj is one of the seven.

Available on Netflix

Image source - Netflix

Image source – Netflix

 

Happy couch surfing!