Author: Aditya Mallya

Dangal | Movie Review – Take a Trip to Suplex Village

Disclaimer: Contains spoilers, although this isn’t the kind of movie that is spoiled by knowing what happens Maybe it’s just because I’m not very good at keeping up with the news, but I don’t remember ever hearing about Geeta Phogat, or her sister Babita Kumari. Now I know that Geeta won India’s first ever gold in women’s wrestling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Babita won a silver at the same games, although in a different event. What made the achievements of these sisters even more remarkable was that they hailed from a small village in Haryana, which isn’t exactly utopia for women....

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La La Land | Movie Review – Drop Everything and Watch the Film of the Year

I felt a jolt every time a cellphone rang. Every time a Toyota Prius drove past, every time the singer George Michael was referenced, every time YouTube came up in a conversation. I found myself constantly astonished at realizing that La La Land is set in the modern day world, because it tingles from head to toe with the soul and spirit of an age long gone.  This, my friends, is not a movie of our times – and I can think of no higher compliment in times like ours. We open on a sunny winter’s day in Los Angeles. We are in the middle...

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Arrival | Movie Review – We Need to Talk

One of my favourite Calvin and Hobbes features Calvin staring bemusedly at the ground and telling Hobbes, “Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.” I’ve been reminded of this quote time and again this year. It would seem from the news that Planet Earth has entered a death spiral. ISIS, North Korea, Brexit, Kashmir, Trump…we’ve got enough material to have Billy Joel record an exclusively 2016 version of We Didn’t Start the Fire.  Even if your worldview isn’t quite as morbid that, surely the now daily Facebook wrangles...

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Westworld, Season 1 Episode 7 – ‘Trompe L’Oeil’ | Review – But They Have the Soft Hearts of Women

Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers and speculation (For Game of Thrones too!) ‘Trompe l’oeil’ apparently means visual illusion. It is a term from the arts, and usually refers to the painting of a two-dimensional object in such a way that it appears three-dimensional. My French being rusty, I just thought the phrase kind of sounded like ‘Trump’, and that it was a fitting title for an episode the week after Orange Voldemort’s apocalyptic election as US President. Well, if the world is going to end, I suppose it might as well go out with an episode like this one. This is...

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Westworld, Season 1 Episode 6 – ‘The Adversary’ | Review – Hosts and Ghosts

Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers and speculation I seem to be saying this every week, but what the hell is happening? It looks like Maeve is now fully self-aware, and has manipulated Felix and Sylvester (Wait a second, why are they named after cartoon cats?) into adjusting her intelligence to the maximum setting, at the expense of her loyalty. Shudder. Elsewhere, the Man in Black is stunned to see a ruthless side of Teddy as the latter massacres a group of soldiers who had held the two captive. We find out that Ford has been harbouring unlisted hosts in the...

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