The BFG: An enchanting journey

For those of us whose birthdays were never good enough for lack of an admission letter from Hogwarts, The BFG is the closest a film has come in a long time to waking the child inside, providing the assurance that life’s quite all right and encouraging us to dream away.

Lights Out: A few good scares

The gutsiest people out there will agree that pitch-black darkness is unsettling, for there is nothing more frightening than the conjurings of your mind, pun definitely intended. Director David Sandberg knows this, and in Lights Out, uses it to create some hair-raising sequences in the dark. The malevolent spirit in the film is a creature…

Fear of the dark

“There is usually nobody hiding in the shadows, but what if there was somebody there?”

Kabali: Not the great film it needed to be

No matter what our thoughts are about the film, we owe it to Ranjith for showing us these rare glimpses, for giving us proof that the actor has still survived underneath the Superstar.

The great Kabali trick

Internet bookings were supposed to be easy and fast. But given the events of the last week in Chennai, I can’t but be transported to a seemingly romantic time in the not-so-distant past when advance bookings had little to do with furious, futile clicks of the mouse.

Ice Age: Collision Course: When’s the franchise going extinct?

Like with a partner in a long-term relationship, we stick by a franchise through health and sickness in the hope that what it lacks in freshness, it will provide for in depth and meaning. In the case of Ice Age, the least those of us who have remained loyal despite unmistakable signs of steady deterioration,…

A ‘mammoth’ effort

Arjun Kapoor, who has dubbed for the Hindi version of Ice Age: Collision Course, tells me what it was like to mimic other actors like Anil Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, and Sanjay Dutt When Arjun Kapoor says that being an actor doesn’t just mean facing the camera, he isn’t just drawing generic quotes from Cliches 101 for Actors….

Virtually possible

Where I talk about the magical world of virtual reality that brings everything within our grasp

The Secret Life of Pets: Enjoyable, even if not memorable

Imagine if jokes wore boxing gloves and jabbed at your face till you relented. That’s The Secret Life of Pets for you. Every scene is an opportunity for a gag, and every plot development an excuse for more gags. There isn’t a single inert moment in the film, which is both good and bad. First,…