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‘Jerry Before Seinfeld’, On The Empty Concept Of Teams

Nov. 10 | In the stand-up comedy routine of ‘Jerry Before Seinfeld’, he told this joke – ‘This whole concept of the team [in competitive sports] – your team, my team… Really? Is It our team? Who are these guys? Where are they from?...

From Hydra’s Myth To Munich’s Truths

Oct. 31 | ‘Munich’ retells the ‘politically’ driven Palestinian 1972 Black September killings, and its spate of Israeli vengeance attempts. Arguable accuracy aside, Avner who led the revenge squad has a thought-provoking chat with Ephraim...

To Live, ‘Don’t Breathe’!

Oct. 18 | ‘Don’t Breathe’ is a thriller on the most primordial kind of monster we know – humans! Youngsters who assumed they are in control broke and entered to steal from a blind old man. They ended up trapped in the controlled environment...

‘King Arthur’ Vs Uncle ‘Mara’?

Oct. 11 | ‘King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword’ retells the tale of how King Arthur came to be. After his father King Uther was ‘forced’ to kill himself, Arthur’s Uncle Vortigern usurped the throne. Arthur as a young boy was somewhat...

Light In ‘The Darkest Hour’

Sep. 13 | ‘The Darkest Hour’ is really a simple science fiction flick… about invisible and thus insidious aliens, who are energy vampires. As in the case of all sudden catastrophes, be it storms, monsters or zombies, they tend to bring out the...

Ryuk Returns With His ‘Death Note’ (2017)

Sep. 6 | In case you missed it about 10 years ago, ‘Death Note’ is a (thankfully) fictitious book granted by a death god (Ryuk). Its keeper can write to actualise the death of anyone in any manner, as long as the name and face are known. Ryuk is...

Is ‘American History X’ Still Repeating?

Aug. 30 | Just rewatched this powerful 1999 film on Netflix, whose message on the senselessness of racial hate remains as relevant as ever in the light of Charlottesville’s white supremacist rallies (2017). AHX tells of how the insecure, frustrated and...

(Re)visiting ‘The Godfather’ Trilogy

Aug. 18 | Thanks to Netflix, I finally got to see ‘The Godfather’ Trilogy (which is a whopping 539 minutes) from beginning to end, with the triad (pun intended) of films made in the years 1972, 1974 and 1990. What struck me as most surprising about...

The Great Little Bodhisattva Ships Of ‘Dunkirk’

Aug. 9 | I confess to like watching films that present challenging situations, even if they concern matters of life or death. Don’t get me wrong – am neither sadistic nor masochistic. What intriguing is seeing conflict resolution or problem-solving...

Of Gods, Demi-Gods & Humans In ‘Wonder Woman’

Aug. 2 | Where Wonder Woman was created by Zeus (the absent god), Themyscira is a Greek mythological Paradise Island with only Amazon women. Somewhat feminist, perhaps sexist, yet true, it also represents how there might be safety and peace without the war-mongering...

Meet ‘Okja’ The Super Omni-Animal!

Jul. 24 | ‘Okja’ begins with the mercenary Lucy Mirando announcing, ‘The world’s [human] population is 7 billion. 805 million humans struggle with hunger every day, including 30 million right here in the United States. The world is running...

When Is Your Good Or Bad Karma’s ‘Due Date’?

Jul. 13 | Near the beginning of the movie ‘Due Date’ is a minor accident before Ethan and Peter enter an airport. Ethan tries to console Peter – ‘My father always had a saying. When a day starts like this, it’s all uphill from here.’...

10 Reasons Why ‘Iron Fist’ Is No Buddhist

Jul. 5 | This is not so much a review of season 1’s ‘Iron Fist’, but a correction of its 10 mistakes made in the name of Buddhist culture. [1] Danny Rand shares a ‘Zen’ saying, so he claims – ‘If you wish to see the truth,...

‘The Monkey King 2’ Has Buddha-Nature

Jun. 28 | ‘The Monkey King 2’ is YET another creative retelling of ‘Journey To The West’. Even though such films tend to detour much from the original novel’s storyline, since it is in essence a spiritual quest, albeit with many colourful...

‘Jessica Jones’s Brawn Vs Kilgrave’s Brain?

Jun. 13 | This is not so much of a film review, but a reflection on season one of the TV series. (This might be later linked to the big screen though?) Jones is a sharp private investigator, whose efforts are boosted by her super strength. Kilgrave, however, is...