Spotlight (2015) Movie Review: Shocking, Sensitive and Relevant

I grew up like many others at a time when probably no one even used a term like sexual abuse especially when it came to minors. Not that sexual abuse is a recent phenomenon; it was definitely quite prevalent way before I was born, but it wasn’t something that people spoke about openly for a long time. Perhaps the stray voice that would come out with any honest claims of being sexually abused would have been hushed up by people around them, also for many people earlier the very concept of someone being sexually abused would have been difficult to accept or digest. If you probably try to think carefully maybe you might just be able to relate to something that probably suggests your own personal tale of abuse, or something that you perhaps heard of or saw in your ignorance. Thankfully these days there is growing awareness and an increasing sensitivity exhibited by many people when it comes to addressing something like this.Continue reading “Spotlight (2015) Movie Review: Shocking, Sensitive and Relevant”

Spotlight (2015) Movie Review: Why Journalism Still Matters

Interestingly, even as Spotlight released this week, a student leader is charged with anti- sedition law in India, aided by a fake video which has been circulated by 3 news channels which incidentally has now cast suspicion on the lives of students and the reputation of a fine institute.

The press as we all know is the fourth pillar of any democracy and it is essential for any true and successful nation to have an independent press. In one of the early scenes from the movie when the Cardinal suggests “The city flourishes when its great institutions work together,” the new editor points out how important it is for the press to work alone.Continue reading “Spotlight (2015) Movie Review: Why Journalism Still Matters”

Trumbo (2015) Movie Review: The Dark Ages of Hollywood

Filmmakers have always been a easy target for politicians across the globe. Be it Hitler or the democratic government of India, every regime in the modern world has used its effectiveness for its gain, by collaborating with or by attacking them for the evils in the society. Even Hollywood which considers itself as a bastion of freedom has bowed down to censorship under Hitler’s regime and now under China and even India. Continue reading “Trumbo (2015) Movie Review: The Dark Ages of Hollywood”

22 Jump Street (2014) Movie Review : An Enjoyable Follow Up

Much before Johnny Depp came to be known as a movie star who did a number of quirky and diverse roles, Depp found early fame as a TV star thanks to the hit series 21 Jump Street. The show also was one of the earliest successful TV shows for Fox studios. Given the immense popularity of the television show, the temptation to adapt it into a movie was hard to resist. And thus directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie) came up with 21 Jump Street – the movie adaptation of the above mentioned TV Series starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in the lead roles.Continue reading “22 Jump Street (2014) Movie Review : An Enjoyable Follow Up”