Movie and Series recommendations 2022

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  1. Not a movie or series but watching RRR event.

    Very well done event so far.

    Can’t wait for Jan 7th.

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  2. Saw “Dopesick” on Hulu (I think it is on HotStar in India)..It is based on Pudue Pharma drug OxyContin for pain medication, addiction and subsequent court cases..Well acted ..I think instead of 8 episodes, it could have been done in 6…This will give clue why in US some will not take vaccine..

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  3. Ozark S4 episodes 1-7 (first part)…must see if you have watched Ozark to date…
    The show is sensational.

    Caught up with some older movies
    Silver Linings Playbook – still very watchable.
    L.A Confidential – never watched it before. Really good performances from Aussie pair…excellent movie overall…

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  4. Rocket Boys

    ***Some mild spoilers**

    The series is okay..there are some good scenes here and there but mostly directionless.. The lead (the guy who plays Homi) is really good and Pipsy Wadia(Saba Azad – Homi’s GF ) steals many scene. but Vikarm character is dull. His wife with lesser role is much better…
    I don’t know why the series was called Rocket Boys! It is more like Homi’s biopic or drama around some Science people in Independent India…APJ character was not needed. Some of settings was good and some was not well thought..

    one time watch if you want to see something in Hindi…

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  5. The Tourist (BBC). Liked it. Mystery drama set in Outback of Australia. Only 6 episodes but worth a go.

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  6. Saw couple of Westerns:

    Hostiles (2017) – Well acted drama.
    Silverado (1985) – More in masala genre. But a good watch, It has young Kevin Costner apart from Danny Glover, Kevin Kline

    Also saw Boeing 737-MAX documentary Downfall on Netflix. Most of the information is already available. If you are not aware (MCAS) then it has good information.

    Revisted, The Negotator (1998) – Both leads (Samuel Jackson, Kevin Spacey) are good. Story has been told multiple times but actors make it watchable.

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  7. Please watch Stanley Kubrick’s THE KILLING. What a movie. What terrific narration! Absolutely loved STERLING HAYDEN as the tough, practical, no-nonsense guy. Brilliant writing and one hell of a heist movie. Someday want to write on Kubrik’s filmography…hope I get the time…

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  8. Finished binge-watching INVENTING ANNA; oh what a limited series; stunning, and unbelievable that it is so, so easy to get into NYC’s elite circle; have the proper white face; talk some bull-shit about arts to some high-falutin gallerist, and more importantly, just ‘insta’ yourself.

    A great one; with Julie Garner, if there’s anyone whom I fell in love with after Madz and Radhika Apte and well, Ingrid Bergman, then it is this woman Julia Garner. What a beauty. What a talent. Right from THE AMERICANS to OZARK and now to INVENTING ANNA, she is mind-blowing. Anna Chlumksy, terrific; and then there’s Aarian Moyaed as Todd defending Anna’s ‘crimes’; this needs a helluva bigger write-up to bore people with.

    Right now, highly recommended.

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    • I just started on this, parked it after the first 20 mins or so. Wasn’t sure Julia Garner would fit the role of an elitist, I see her only as Ruth :). That’s how much she owned that role. The journalist’s overacting annoyed me and I paused it for later.
      Good to know this works.

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  9. Saw St Vincent..at Netflix…funny movie, the kid is real good and dialogues very precise.Good casting ..It is recommended.

    Revisited The Wolf’s Call – on Netflix… submarine drama.. .Nothing great but good watch for thriller fans..Orginal is in French..I saw in Engflish.SOme casts from The Bureau are in it.

    Revisited “Behind Enemy Lines” – loosely based on Bosnia war incidence; it is masala treatment..enjoyable with some cringe induing scenes. Gene Hackman is always dependable in such roles (Crimson Tides)

    Also saw second season of Young Wallander (Netflix) – Swedish crime drama. Decent murder mystery.

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  10. The Dry – Australian drama-thriller starring Eric Bana…languid pacing…gorgeously shot (i will not say beautiful but stark..drought has its own beauty),.juxtaposition of past and present is done well and unfolds at right pace….a very .good watch

    Sicario: Day of the Soldado – Brutal…The young girl has expressive face…she somewhat looks like Anushka Sharma…I am ambivalent about the movie…it is not bad but you have seen so many of such movies..

    Warm Bodies – I am not a fan of zombie genre but this is a decent watch. I saw it based on colleague’s recommendation..there is not much to this romance story but the main actress is good (Teresa Palmer).

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    • Rewatched Sicario ; a well made and dark crime action drama..Emily Blunt (with her expressive face) and Benicio del toro (silence and mannerism) were very good.

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  11. Old Henry – Western drama; well acted, especially the lead is very good. Interesting take on a real event.

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  12. Salute – Malyalam Police procedural drama. Quite Good. Could have been more serious in some scenes. Saw it with subtitles on SonyLiv.

    GreyHound – I am not sure why it is rated so high at RT. There are just submarine-Destroyer war scenes one after other. (AppleTV+)

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    • @munna you seem to be the dude who is first in line when the buffet is served. So quick to watch it

      Watched it today. The movie was good, some coincidences aside. Liked how there was no heroic climax. He won and yet he lost. The Malayalam movie Memories was brilliant at that.

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  13. Jalsa on Prime. Good watch.

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  14. Watched Music Teacher on netflix. Beautiful visuals and a flawed hero. A good watch.
    Now watching Tum Milo Toh Sahi on Prime.

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  15. revisited “The Insider” – Have seen at least 3 times earlier including once at PVR-Saket when it released.

    This time I think Russel Crowe character was somewhat logically flawed; When you are VP of some big firm, by virtue of that position you know office politics, communication. Comparatively, I liked AL Pacino role; his role has more shades. Chritopher Plummer was very incisive.

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    • Actually, Munna, RC character is the ones that you find in corporations as ‘left-behinds.’ Look at the reasons for him getting fired – poor ‘communication’ skills? WTF is that? So the people that promoted him realized he had poor communication skills so late, after promotion? Throughout the movie, Michael Mann shows how easy it is in corporate America to dump people.

      Crowe’s character wasn’t logically flawed; it is just that he didn’t go along with the American corporate culture…

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      • You actually reemphasized my point. When you at this stage of career; you are suave in doing things; he acted clumsy dealing with people when there was pressure which is contradiction to initial premise. How he acted when FBI was at his house. He is shown mostly unsure of things, restless, which could be character traits in private but not facing public, or you will not succeed

        In corporate America, people are dumped left, right and center based on expendability. There is no concept of loyalty. So always look for self.

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    • Revisited Inside Man which coincidentally has Christopher Plummer and ‘Inside”. I had totally forgotten that the title track was Chaiyya Chaiyya , used in the build up to the heist. I like Denzel Washington even in some bad movies and this is was engaging watch.

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  16. jayshah Says:

    Peaky Blinders S6.
    Tad disappointing. It turns into the Thomas Shelby show. The show crosses many countries this time and mixes politics and the 1930s backdrop into the storyline. Cillian Murphy is brilliant. The first few episodes are very slow moving, the finale is where all the action is.

    I had similar feelings on Line of Duty S6. Not at the same level of previous seasons but still better than a lot of shows out there.

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  17. Watched Joker. I simply couldn’t connect with the film, didn’t enjoy it. Much prefer TDK.

    Finally watched Dil Dhadakne Do.

    Absolutely amazing. However, moment Kabir jumps into sea, the movie turns stupid.

    Hard to pick the best performance but man I miss Priyanka when she’s in this mood.

    DDD is the inverse of Baghban! Finally a movie to watch with parents!

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  18. Night Drive, malayalam movie on netflix. Good watch.

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  19. OZARK season 4 part 2 in on! The finale!! Haven’t watched since I don’t have time for a couple of months. But you folks that are interested do watch it!!

    Between BETTER CALL SAUL final season and OZARK final part, it is raining quality at the series level!!!

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    • Naveen Says:

      Finished Ozark.

      The ending is hugely underwhelming for many. I found it to be fine, except for one. Won’t share spoiler but happy to discuss once most have seen.

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  20. Saw King Richard, based on Serena and Venus Williams formative years , guided by overbearing father before turning pro. Sounds familiar? Dangal minus emotions…Will Smith role is big but IMO flat in trajectory. He gets father’s mannerism right but I will not call it great acting. It is more in sufficient territory. Highest point of movie in acting was kitchen argument between husband and wife (wife was real good) ; followed by young Venus no-dialogue emotional response to father. A good watch.

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  21. The Night House – Saw a horror movie after long time. Somewhat ambivalent..Thought it dragged.The lead (Rebecca Hall) is good and expressive. It could be remade in India.

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    • Optimus Says:

      Saw there docuseries The Big Conn on Apple TV+ based on the Eric Conn fraud case.

      It was a good watch giving insights into how social security disability claims works and how morally corrupt the system is, forgetting about the financial part of it. What I found unbelievable is the suffering of honest claimants who are left in the lurch and the number of deaths since. Also how the SSA went scott free.

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  22. jayshah Says:

    Finished ozark. Really liked it. Last episode was OK. Didn’t think it was awful. Wendy’s character goes little off in last couple of episodes. Ruth practically becomes lead

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    • Wendy was the villain throught since middle of second episode. She became a clear villain when she got her bro knocked off.

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      • jayshah Says:

        Ozark has some superbly written characters and actors. Specifically the female characters are taking no prisoners. Wendy, Darlene and everyone’s favourite Ruth. Ruth’s metaphorsis from side character early on to arguably the shows top actor and central to most things is the best thing about the show. Maya, Rachel, Helen too.

        This is amongst Netflix best shows.

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        • Ruth’s character really evolved. Felt sad with what happenned in last episode. Hope ending could have been altered just for her.
          Wendy was the best actor in this series. Absolutely brilliant. She takes over Ozark from Marty the moment she connects with Mexican mafia king and then controlled what next.
          Darlene was another favourite of mine. But again it was her strong character which comes out.

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          • jayshah Says:

            I went off Wendy near the end. When she checked into the clinic her acting went a bit bit polar unintentionally.

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          • Optimus Says:

            Six women have sat on the director’s chair over the years as well.

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  23. omrocky786 Says:

    Finished watching the four episode series – The Staircase on HBO.
    Very well made, for the first time I saw the politics and the intricacies of having so may step siblings in one family. Colin Firth is a delight to watch. Kya acting karta hai banda.

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    • Optimus Says:

      I watched Death on a staircase a while back on Netflix, the documentary on which the this series is made I suppose. It was interesting.

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  24. jayshah Says:

    The Father (Anthony Hopkins) – what a remarkable performance on Dementia. Just brought it home how horrible this illness is. Good movie too but entire focus is on the illness and little room for much else.

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  25. jayshah Says:

    Help – a British TV movie starring Jodie Comer, fine performance as a scouser nurse in response to covid. What an actress!

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  26. The Chestnut Man – Danish series on Netflix. Quite gripping and well made except last episode which is formulaic .

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