Are We There Yet?

Karwaan disappoints. The whole movie screams of lost opportunities – incompletely developed characters; a largely empty plot; characters that never develop any real chemistry; philosophical ideas that never take off; light humor but forgettable; no memorable quotes. Yet the premise was ripe for so much more. The movie tagline reads ‘3 lost souls, 2 dead…

To be or not to be … a Pathologist

While NEET Counselling was going on (now over?) I got a few calls from friends/acquaintances asking if Pathology is a good option for post-graduation. It’s not the first time I’ve been asked this but it always makes me smile. Because the reason behind the query is this — Nobody remembers what Pathology was like! I…

Those Voices In Your Head

Watched – INSIDE OUT (2015) The best thing about this movie (there are several…but I am singling out my favourite) is that it may be used as a creative tool for parents to help their small kids to identify and categorize their (unruly….or not) emotions. Parents can now ‘explain’ to them why they feel sad,…

‘E.T. Go Home’

Watched – THE MARTIAN (2015) It’s like Cast Away, but on another planet where survival problems include water, food, oxygen and extreme climatic conditions. So, Yes, it’s much worse than being stranded on some island in the ocean. Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is assumed dead when he disappears in a storm and is left…

Good Grief, the Gang’s Back!

Watched – THE PEANUTS MOVIE (2015) The animation is unbelievably cute and there’s not a single dull moment. Every scene is brimming with action. Special mention should be made of the clever way in which Snoopy’s encounter with The Red Baron has been fused with the main narrative involving Charlie Brown.The final confrontation between Snoopy…

The Pathology in Football

Watched – CONCUSSION (2015) Where big money & business is involved, the truth is a very inconvenient creature; and be assured, vested interests will try every dirty trick in the book to bury the truth and the person who unearthed it. That was the essence of the movie in a nutshell. Coming to the movie…

Gripping Reality

Watched – SPOTLIGHT (2015) This is a true account of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize winning investigation by the Spotlight team of journalists of the Boston Globe into the numerous cases of pedophilia by Catholic priests and the massive cover up by the Church. The movie maintains a fine balance – it imparts the emotions of…

Humanly Animalistic

Watched – ZOOTOPIA (2016) Disney is back and how! If anyone thought Disney movies were merely about princesses waiting for a prince charming or succumbing to family loyalty, then step aside to make way for Officer Judy Hopps whose sole aim is to serve and protect. Zootopia is an exceptionally intelligent story presented in an…