The Hobbit: A Review (Sort of)

Posted on 22 Dec 2012 under Essays

I was watching The Hobbit a couple of days back. I’m too rusty to do an all-out review, so I’ll make this easier on myself (and consequently, on you) by writing a few bullet points. I haven’t read any Tolkein, but I’ve watched all of the LOTR movies. When I watched Fellowship of the Ring, I remember being […]

Review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (8/10)

Posted on 03 Jan 2012 under Essays

After seeing the trailers of the original Sherlock Holmes, it was with much trepidation that I watched the film. Holmes is supposed to be an intelligent man, extremely refined and gentlemanly, with an air of dismissive irreverence towards social norms. I wasn’t sure if Robert Downey Jr’s macho portrayal of Holmes would do justice to […]

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Review (7/10)

Posted on 29 Dec 2011 under Essays

As of the moment of my writing this, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol enjoys a 7.9 rating on IMDB. Needless to say, I was excited about it, particularly bearing in mind the low standards set by its prequels, particularly the absolutely brainless M:i-2. Ghost Protocol is simpler. It’s got a very linear storyline involving nuclear […]

Happy Feet Two: A quick review (3/10)

Posted on 20 Nov 2011 under Essays

Happy Feet was a delightful, charming tale of an adorable little penguin that’s different from the others. It’s heart-warming and I felt empathetically connected to the characters. It had a decent story (which did wander off aimlessly a bit in the second half), but there were plenty of good moments. Robin Williams’ comic relief was splendid, […]

Green Lantern Movie Review: 4/10

Posted on 15 Nov 2011 under Essays

This is a movie made up of a series of bad clichés one after the other—predictable, dull and annoying. My roommate tells me this movie’s budget was a whopping $200m, but what’s really astounding is that it generated revenues to the tune of $219m—holy cow, how many dumbass people paid money to watch this movie? […]

Aarakshan Review: 3/10

Posted on 13 Aug 2011 under Essays

When I saw the trailers of this movie, I wondered to myself how brave it would be. Reservation is one of the most polarising topics in recent history. This movie could be controversial, yet brave. It could cause a sensation or riots…or both. It could present this difficult topic in a particularly clever way. The […]

Review: Incubus – If Not Now, When?

Posted on 10 Aug 2011 under Essays

I’ve read a lot of opinions about how musicians need to keep reinventing themselves and not stick to a formula. There are quite a few bands who’ve managed to do it. Metallica, from the Speed/Thrash metal Kill ‘Em All era to the simpler, more hard-rock sound of Load/ReLoad, the tin can drums of St. Anger […]

A Catch, and 2 Indian Books

Posted on 30 Apr 2011 under Essays

This one’s about a couple of books I’ve just read or am in the process of reading. First up, Joseph Heller’s Catch 22. The supposedly funniest book of all time, according to me, was a little overrated. For most of the book, I found myself asking “Why?”. Why is this book so hyped up? Why has […]

Review: Iron Man 2

Posted on 22 May 2010 under Essays

Pick the top 3 superhero movies of recent times. Spiderman, Batman and Iron Man. All 3 were wildly successful blockbusters, and all 3 brought something new to the table. Spiderman, for the first time, took us to the man behind the mask of the superhero. We were exposed to Peter Parker, the kid, the loser, […]

What Bloggers Need to Know about Comments

Posted on 17 Feb 2010 under Essays, Random

If there’s one universal truth that all bloggers will accept, it’s this: we’re all comment whores. All bloggers love receiving feedback on their posts, and these come mostly in the form of comments. If you offered a passionate blogger a choice between getting a steady stream of comments on all his blog posts on one […]