Author: Aditya Mallya

Game Of Thrones, Season 7 Episode 2 – ‘Stormborn’ | Review – Smoke on the Water

Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers. Proceed at your own peril Sadly, Taylor Swift didn’t cameo this week as a tavern wench, so there goes my idea for a sequel to last week’s review. (The Seven Kingdoms were going to sing ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ to each other) Ah well, shake it off. Let’s move around the map of Westeros and see how the various players in the great game fared this week: The Narrow Sea Such dirty tactics on the part of Euron Greyjoy to do this mere days after Dunkirk. We scrape through the German onslaught by the skin of our teeth, and this right after? We never stood a chance. If my memory serves me correctly, Euron’s devastation of Yara’s fleet marks the first naval battle we’ve seen since the Battle of the Blackwater all the way back in Season 2. The show has grown in style and budget since then, so this was a step up – visually at least. From the ominous emergence of Euron’s ship through the fog, to the terrifying sight of Euron himself striding down a giant beam, to the battle sequence lit exclusively with firelight – Stormborn continues Game of Thrones’ tradition of staging the most beautiful and memorable battles in television history.  It may be the Battle of the Grey Joys, but it might as well be called the Battle of the Fiery Sorrows, because the consequences are immense....

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Lipstick Under My Burkha | Movie Review – Certified Fresh

Alankrita Shrivastava’s second film is finally in theaters. After having picked up a number of accolades on the festival circuit, Lipstick hit an all-too-predictable snag in January this year, when the honourable CBFC refused to certify the film. The stated reason was a marvel of eloquence and lucidity: “The story is lady oriented, their fantasy above life. There are contagious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society” Since the Film Certificate Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) eventually overruled the censor board’s ruling and passed the film with minimal cuts, we can...

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‘Dunkirk’ | Movie Review – Finest Hour (And Forty-Seven Minutes)

Young Christopher Nolan has done it at last. He started off his film career with a few brainless thrillers marked by laughably simple narrative structures. Then he awkwardly stumbled through that mess of a trilogy about the unconventional nightlife of an eccentric billionaire. In between came a trickless story about magic, and a film about dreams that was a real struggle not to sleep through. Most recently there was that atrociously unambitious one about crops dying out or something. Nine feature-length movies, all embarrassingly unsophisticated and appealing to the lowest common denominator. Leading up to his tenth, Dunkirk, his career seemed dead in the water,...

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Game Of Thrones, Season 7 Episode 1 – ‘Dragonstone’ | Review – Fate of You

Torrents aren’t the best way to watch a show So Hotstar is where I go Me and my friends eagerly waking up to see it But the site wouldn’t play video I know they’re trying real hard to telecast the show And trust me I’ll give it a chance now So take a deep breath, reload and refresh And then we start to dance And now I’m singing like Freys you know I want your blood Your blood was handmade for somebody like me Come on now follow my lead, Raise your glass and drink that mead Say, boys, let’s not...

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ | Movie Review – Serkis Animals

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a sequel is rarely better than the original. It is a truth multiversally acknowledged that second sequels are almost never so. I can only think of a handful of trilogies where each film has hit a high watermark. From recent years, Richard Linklater’s ‘Before’ movies come to mind, as does Toy Story. We can now add the modern Planet of the Apes franchise to this exclusive list. Rise introduces us to a super-intelligent ape forced by circumstances into captivity, and the subsequent uprising he leads to escape his ill-treatment. Dawn tells of the establishment of an early ape civilization, cut off from a severely...

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