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Why Vanya’s Power In ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Doesn’t Sound Right

Apr. 18 | In season one of ‘The Umbrella Academy’, the one deemed most ‘extra ordinary’ among the Hargreaves’ foster siblings turn out to be the most extraordinary. The brothers and sisters lived as a school of X-men of sorts, with...

‘Spider-man: Homecoming’ To Buddha-Nature?

Apr. 10 | Some say ‘clothes maketh the man’. There is some truth in this, but only to some extent. The idea is that how well you dress can somehow lead to how well you succeed. It is a little like the concept of ‘fake it till you make it’...

‘Elysium’ As An Imperfect ‘Heaven’

Apr. 3 | ‘Elysium’ comes from the Greek word ‘Elusion’, which means ‘(plain) of the blessed’, which is supposedly at the ends of the earth, as offered to heroes favoured by the gods after death – a place or state of perfect...

The Rising & Crashing Waves Of ‘Roma’

Mar. 27 | Featured in black and white, yet with the rich nuances of light and shade, ’Roma’ depicts the ordinariness of everyday life, as juxtaposed with the extraordinariness of both domestic and political chaos. It is a closer look at how every single...

‘The Great Wall’ As A Great Bridge?

Mar. 20 | Said to be 5,500 miles long, and having taken 1,700 years to build, the Great Wall of China is indeed great in length. It was built for defence, which of course ‘paradoxically’ involves offence, when deemed needed. This telling suggests that...

Is ‘The Punisher’ Is Also The Punished?

Mar. 14 | In a scene where ‘The Punisher’ (Season 1) was spray-painting his signature white skull symbol on his black body armour meant to intimidate his enemies, Lieberman tells him… ‘That skull? That’s a “Memento Mori”....

Meet The Darkened ‘Titans’

Mar. 6 | The ‘DC’ in DC Comics stands for ‘Detective Comics’, but they might as well stand for ‘Darker Comics’? On both big and small screens in recent years, their characters are consistently darker than Marvel’s, and...

‘Thank You For Your Service’, But…

Feb. 27 | Granted that serving in war is no walk in the park, what happens when soldiers return, trying to readjust to peaceful civilian life? Sadly, the bloodier the experiences one had gone through, the harder it is, even if home is much craved for. Appropriately,...

Did ‘Christine’ Create Reality TV?

Feb. 20 | ‘Christine’ is based on a true story, described to be about sensationalism, that is however not sensationalistic. It tells the shocking and tragic 1974 case of news reporter Christine Chubbuck, who struggled with depression while striving...

‘Outlaw King’ Vs Dharma King?

Feb. 12 | What do you do if your duty is to save your people against tyranny, while being wanted, and with little support? The titular (but somewhat fictionalised) ‘Outlaw King’ who was Robert the Bruce (1274-1329) sacked his own land’s usurped...

Lessons On ‘The Fundamentals Of Caring’

Jan. 29 | ‘The Fundamentals Of Caring’ begins with a lesson summarising them… ‘Caregiving is not just about feeding and clothing and cleaning. It is about understanding how to navigate a complicated relationship between those who give...

Here’s ‘The Fix’ For Global Warming

Jan. 23 | ‘The Fix’ is a comedy talk show hosted by a comedian with the assistance of a data expert. Two teams of comedians try to half-joke and half-seriously fix the world’s problems with humour and facts, also known as ‘wit and wisdom’....

‘The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs’ On Mortality

Jan. 16 | Buster Scruggs who is dressed in white sings his songs to the audience in a laid back manner, as he rides upon his white horse, taking his time to trot along into town. He seems supremely cool and at ease, speaking in cliched long-winded Western sentences...

We Are Humans In A ‘Bird Box’

Jan. 8 | An inexplicable presence turns people crazy when seen, leading to suicide and murder. With no one who has seen it surviving, no one lives to tell what it really is, be it some spirit being, alien or whatnot. While curiosity of the audience deepens with...

‘Pottersville’ Or ‘The Town That Cried Bigfoot’

Jan. 1 | One night in a small and lifeless town, a slightly depressed and drunk man puts on a makeshift gorilla costume and rampages through it. He then awakens to news of a Bigfoot sighting in the neighbourhood. Embarrassed yet intrigued by the attention it...
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