Mystery Film – Key Pax http://key-pax.com/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 23:28:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://key-pax.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/key-pax-icon-150x150.png Mystery Film – Key Pax http://key-pax.com/ 32 32 Five Good Reads: Medical Mysteries, Stolen Attention, and Easy-to-Stick Resolutions | Australia News https://key-pax.com/five-good-reads-medical-mysteries-stolen-attention-and-easy-to-stick-resolutions-australia-news/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 22:10:00 +0000 https://key-pax.com/five-good-reads-medical-mysteries-stolen-attention-and-easy-to-stick-resolutions-australia-news/

Hello, Happy New Year and welcome to Five Great Reads, a compendium of weekday summer stories curated by me – Alyx Gorman – Editor-in-Chief of Guardian Australia.

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NSW entered 2022, with the highest Covid test rate in the world (haha, I’m terrified). What does “positive test rate” mean? Here is a practical explanation from Michael McGowan. You can follow all of the day’s Covid developments, as well as other breaking news on our live blog.

And in World News, the chairman of the US Home Intelligence Committee says Russia is “very likely” to invade Ukraine and proposes “huge sanctions” to deter them.

Now on to the readings, which to give you a good break is the topic of today’s resolution.

1. If you’ve decided to read less Covid content, but crave high stakes medical reports

Discover the mysterious cluster of neurological diseases affecting young people in New Brunswick, Canada.

Notable quote: “I am really concerned about these cases because they seem to be moving so fast,” said the whistleblower, who disclosed the cluster and spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation. “I’m worried about them and we owe them some sort of explanation.”

How long will it take to read? About three minutes.

Bonus to read: If it’s a little dark for this morning, you might find Tory Shepherd on some great poo, designer gut bacteria, and the quest to grow a poo dumpling that you can swallow some more, ah, palatable. ?

2. If you have decided to improve your concentration

Our attention is drawn in many different directions. Illustration: Eric Chow / The Observer

Read Johann Hari about how your attention was stolen from you and, critically, how to get it back again.

Who stole it? Who else? Great technology. But there are other villains as well.

Notable quote: Here is James Williams, a Google engineer turned philosopher of attention, explaining why turning off your phone is “not the solution”: “For the same reason that wearing a gas mask two days a week outside doesn’t is not the answer to pollution.

How long will it take to read? About eight minutes. Come on, you can do it!

3. If you have decided to make more money this year

Read what happens when you let your house out as a production set, from blood splatters that never completely fade, to “riches … to literally be out of the house for a day” (that was 300 $, and the movie was rated X).

Have I seen any of the houses? If you’ve seen Animal Kingdom, Mr Inbetween, or ABC’s Hardball, then yes.

Do you meet celebrities? Yes too ! If you’re really lucky, Ben Mendelsohn will feed your dog some bacon.

2010 Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom
Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom was filmed in a Melbourne home – and they never managed to remove the stains. Photograph: Album / Alamy

4. If you have decided to broaden your social horizons

Here’s Sophie Black on how the pandemic has normalized the “pruning” of friendship: whether by accident or on purpose, and whether the connection can return to normal.

Thought to meditate: “It helps to start by asking what exactly are friends for.

How long will it take me to read? About five minutes, much faster than the estimated 90 hours it takes to make a new close friend.

5. If the resolutions are too hard

How about an easy win instead? Like writing a list of what not to do.

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A “don’ts” list: an easy way to improve your life. Illustration: Guardian design

Tell me more? No, you can read the whole story in under a minute, but I’ll tell you about two other easy wins: lengthening your commute slightly; and reach out to an old friend.

Is it a thing now? Yes, the Guardian Australia team will be writing every day in January about a new easy-to-reach goal.

I just want to read them in bursts: Well you can’t, but here’s a British piece in a similar vein – 100 Ways To Slightly Improve Your Life Without Really Trying.

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]]> Tamil star Vijay Sethupathi to star in new movie with Katrina Kaif https://key-pax.com/tamil-star-vijay-sethupathi-to-star-in-new-movie-with-katrina-kaif/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 06:48:35 +0000 https://key-pax.com/tamil-star-vijay-sethupathi-to-star-in-new-movie-with-katrina-kaif/

NEW DELHI: Tamil star Vijay Sethupathi to star in thriller titled Merry Christmas alongside Katrina Kaif. The film will be directed by Sriram Raghavan, known for Andhadhun and Badlapur. He is planning a release for Christmas 2022.

Referred to by fans and the media as “Makkal Selvan” meaning “People’s Treasure,” Sethupathi has appeared in over 50 films to date. After joining the Chennai-based theater group Koothu-P-Pattarai as an accountant where he observed the actors up close, Sethupathi began his journey as a background actor, notably playing the role of the friend of the main character in a few films, and appearing in television series, such as Nalaya Iyakunar for Kalaignar TV. He gets his first leading role in Seenu Ramasamy Thenmerku Paruvakaatru (2010), later finding popularity with the thriller Pizza (2012) and actor Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom (2012).

With Mani Ratnam’s multi-starrer Chekka Chivantha Vaanam and romantic drama 96 directed by C. Prem Kumar, Sethupathi is best known for director Balaji Tharaneetharan Seethakaathi, by Thiagarajan Kumararaja Super De Luxe, and for its negative roles as in Karthik Subbaraj Petta alongside Rajinikanth. In the second half of 2019, he made his Malayalam and Telugu debut with Maarconi Mathaai and Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, respectively.

Kaif, who started his career with the film Telugu Malliswari (2004), achieved commercial success in Bollywood with romantic comedies Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya (2005) and Namastey London (2007). His highest grossing films include action thrillers Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Dhoom 3 (2013), and Bang Bang! (2014). She last appeared in Rohit Shetty’s action flick Sooryavanshi alongside Akshay Kumar and is also expected to be seen in Farhan Akhtar Jee Le Zaraa, with Priyanka Chopra and Alia Bhatt. Apart from that, she is also filming the next installment of the tiger franchise with Salman Khan.

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‘Valimai’ trailer: motorcycle action thriller sees Ajith in his element https://key-pax.com/valimai-trailer-motorcycle-action-thriller-sees-ajith-in-his-element/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 13:09:27 +0000 https://key-pax.com/valimai-trailer-motorcycle-action-thriller-sees-ajith-in-his-element/

Pongal 2022’s upcoming release is directed by H Vinoth, and also stars Huma Qureshi, Karthikeya, and Bani, among others.

The trailer for Ajith’s upcoming Pongal release, Valimai, is outside.

Ajith was last seen in Nerkonda Paarvai, which was a box office hit. In Valimai, he returns to action-entertainer mode and plays a policeman in the film who faces off against a gang of rogue bikers.

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In an interview with The hindu, Director Vinoth said, “As the topic highlights bikes, we started researching and came across the story of how the late CM Jayalalithaa directly appointed a rider as a cop. We tried to search for him in order to hear his life story, but we couldn’t find him. We took this incident as a little inspiration to Valimai. “

Earlier this month, a new directing video was released which also showed footage of the actor’s bicycle crash during filming which resulted in an injury.

In the making for two years now, Valimai is directed by H Vinoth who had previously worked with Ajith Kumar in Nerkonda Paarvai and is known for films such as Sathuranga Vettai and Theran Adhigaram Ondru. Yuvan Shankar Raja composes the music.

Produced by Boney Kapoor, Valimai Also stars Bollywood actor Huma Qureshi, Karthikeya, Bani, Sumithra, Achyunth Kumar, Yogi Babu, Raj Ayyappa, Pugazh and others.

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‘MST3K’ brings its cheesy movie reviews to Mesa https://key-pax.com/mst3k-brings-its-cheesy-movie-reviews-to-mesa/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 17:52:37 +0000 https://key-pax.com/mst3k-brings-its-cheesy-movie-reviews-to-mesa/

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Yvonne freese

Most Gen Xers who spent time surfing the channels in the ’90s remember a cable staple that appeared to be on TV almost 24 hours a day. The unique image of a terrible low-budget sci-fi or horror movie, projected onto an old-fashioned Panavision screen with the silhouette of three figures in the lower right corner, was the hallmark of “Mystery”. Science Theater 3000 “.

The show was developed in 1988 on the premise that a man is trapped in a spaceship where he is forced to watch the worst movies ever made. Using spare parts from the ship, he creates robotic puppets to watch these films with him. The humor comes from their running commentary mocking the ridiculously low quality of these films, like a 1950s cheeseball Air Force flick.

The show ran for seven seasons on Comedy Central until it was canceled in 1996. Various versions of a live stage production have been touring for years, and the latest iteration is coming to the Valley.

The Time Bubble Tour will be in Mesa on December 29 at the Ikeda Theater. Roland Emmerich’s not-so-classic “Making Contact” is the feature film.

The show spoke with actor and MST3K comedian Yvonne Freese about the live performance and premise of “MST3K”.

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A guide to the network’s stars https://key-pax.com/a-guide-to-the-networks-stars/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 02:41:58 +0000 https://key-pax.com/a-guide-to-the-networks-stars/

Let’s listen to it for the girls! The Hallmark Channel has grown into the one-stop-shop for holiday movies and light romantic comedies over the years – with many fans tuning in to see their favorite main ladies.

Whether it be When the heart calls you‘s Erin Krakow or the Christmas queen herself, Candace Cameron Bure, the network is full of talented women telling heartwarming stories. Hallmark’s long list of mystery film franchises are also run by fierce women, including Lacey chabert in The mysteries of crosswords and Holly Robinson Peete in the Mysteries of the morning show movie theater.

Cameron Bure, who has starred in 10 holiday movies on the network from 2021, exclusively said Us weekly in November 2021 why she continues to work with Hallmark Channel.

“I do them because I love them. And I know the viewers who watch them really love them, and they mean something to them, ”the The mysteries of the Aurora tea garden star said at the time. “I always try to do the best I can, but I let the pressure [of being the queen of Christmas] go last year.

The longtime Hallmark actress has noted that her new take on holiday movie shooting, especially 2021 Christmas contest, made the job even more rewarding.

“It made this one even better because I just enjoyed it,” Cameron Bure continued. “And, you know, I try not to think about all the other markers. Let it be what it is and enjoy it.

Chabert, for his part, described the lightning-fast filming schedules Hallmark Channel actors usually go through with every movie, recounting We in October 2021 that they generally last 15 days.

“We did this one really quickly. We had a few six-day weeks, then we did a shorter week ”, the Bad girls the actress explained exclusively, referring to the work of her 2021 holiday film, Christmas at Castle Hart. “It’s a lot to pack in 15 days and that surprises me. It’s a real collaboration when everyone comes together and brings their talents to make it happen. I am still in awe.

While the film has only premiered during the 2021 holiday season, Chabert is set to return to work and film a sequel. “We need a royal wedding,” she said, adding that she would also be ready for another episode of the Christmas waltz because she “enjoyed it so much”.

Scroll down for your guide to the Hallmark Channel’s top ladies – and click here for a rundown of the network’s male stars.

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Long before Ramsay Brothers, it was the Hindi film that started the Bollywood romance with ‘purani havelis’ https://key-pax.com/long-before-ramsay-brothers-it-was-the-hindi-film-that-started-the-bollywood-romance-with-purani-havelis/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 02:33:54 +0000 https://key-pax.com/long-before-ramsay-brothers-it-was-the-hindi-film-that-started-the-bollywood-romance-with-purani-havelis/ Hindi cinema does not have a great reputation when it comes to horror films. This phrase might sound like a bold statement, but you and I both know that the horror road in Bollywood is littered with plenty of Papi Gudias and Purani Havelis, and while these movies look gold, they are at times. kilometers of the genre that was first established by films like Madhumati and Woh Kaun Thi. Although there have been screenings of great horror films like Raat, Bhoot and in recent years Tumbbad, Hindi cinema has more failures than successes in the horror space and with the introduction of the horror comedy, the filmmakers seem to have given up entirely.

To trace the history of this genre in India, we went back to the first horror film made in Hindi cinema – Mahal. This 1949 film is considered a classic even 72 years after its release, and for good reason. The first Hindi cinema horror film established certain definitions of the genre which have been followed for many decades and conditioned us to seek out certain clues even as a viewer. The model of an old haunted mansion, or a haveli purani, is a global cliché in horror movies and stories, but for the Indian movie buff it first took on visual form with the Kamal film. Amrohi.

Mahal opens its doors with a mansion that has been abandoned for decades. When Ashok Kumar’s Hari Shankar moves into the house, the caretaker tells the story of a couple in love. The man, who built this “mahal” for his beloved Kamini, rowed across the river every night just to see it, but one day he drowned in the river and a few days later, she died too. Tradition leaves Hari Shankar spellbound as if she had some power over him. He walks around the mansion and finds an old portrait of the owner, which looks exactly like him. He is even more intrigued by the mystery of the “mahal” when he sees Kamini walking around the mansion late at night. When she sings ‘Aayega Aanewala’, he walks towards her, dazed.

Hari’s best friend and father is extremely concerned for his well-being and tries to get him out of this state, but he is in a trance, just like the viewer. Candlelight chandeliers, narrow hallways, mirrors that could be doors or doors that could be mirrors – Mahal traps you with her clever production design. Much like Hari, you don’t know what’s around the corner as he walks through the dark corridors of the “mahal”. You walk alongside him because at this point you are also curious about Kamini. Is she the fruit of her imagination or a ghost who has lived in this “mahal” for decades?

Madhubala, who played Kamini here, was only 16 at the time and Mahal scored his first big success. The song from the movie “Aayega Aanewala” was the first big hit for 19-year-old Lata Mangeshkar. It has been said that the producers of the film Bombay Talkies, who had suffered heavy losses before Mahal, were not too keen on making this film. Their logic was: “Who would want to see a thriller again? But Mahal turned out to be the biggest hit of the time and presented audiences with the Hindi film “Punar Janam”. Director Kamal Amrohi, who later directed films like Pakeezah and Razia Sultan, directed Mahal as his first film. Bimal Roy, known to manufacture Devdas, Madhumati, Sujata and Bandini, edited the film, and you can see how he was influenced to make Madhumati after working on it.

Ashok Kumar plays Hari Shankar in Mahal.

Mahal is essentially a love story that takes a dark turn when Kamini plants the idea that Hari Shankar should murder a woman, so that she can take back her body. Hari, who is won over by the apparently otherworldly figure, is ready to help. The film tries to address the dark side of love but never fully explores it. Even though Mahal is ruled by a male protagonist, his actions are ruled by the woman who enchanted him, Kamini. His wife Ranjana, played by Vijayalaxmi, is linked to Hari as he follows a ghost every night, but the filmmaker sympathizes with her. It is quite progressive for a film made in the 1940s to talk about feminine desire and through Ranjana, Kamal Amrohi tackles this subject.

Over the past seven decades, Mahal has gained cult status and while he may not have the same impact on the viewer that he might have had in the 1940s, this surely explains why Hindi cinema longest remained true to its stereotypical horror structure. It worked then, and with good execution, it could work even today.

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Shefali Shah as a surgeon in the medical thriller looks promising; Internet users say “I can’t wait for this mystery trick” https://key-pax.com/shefali-shah-as-a-surgeon-in-the-medical-thriller-looks-promising-internet-users-say-i-cant-wait-for-this-mystery-trick/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 09:00:48 +0000 https://key-pax.com/shefali-shah-as-a-surgeon-in-the-medical-thriller-looks-promising-internet-users-say-i-cant-wait-for-this-mystery-trick/

Versatile actress Shefali Shah is ready to captivate fans with her upcoming “Human” medical drama web series. Directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, the chilling series, which tells a tale of unexpected secrets from the world of medicine, also features Kirti Kulhari in a central role. Much to fans’ delight, the show’s teaser has been released and it promises to give audiences a dose of thrill, crime, drama, murder and mystery. Shefali used her social media accounts to unveil the intriguing teaser.

She shared a video on her Instagram account and wrote, “We’re so ready for this dose. Are you? #HotstarSpecials #Human #ComingSoon only on @disneyplushotstar. The clip opens with Shefali asking, “How much do you want?” A dose of thrill, drama, crime or a dose of murder and mystery? Are you getting everything soon? The actress looks quite promising in a medical uniform and steals the show with her brilliant portrayal of a surgeon and powerful dialogue.

Fans and netizens took to the comments section to express their excitement and said they can’t wait for this thriller web series to unfold. While one user said, “I can’t wait for this mystery ride,” another wrote, “A dose of mystery.”

Speaking about the series, producer and co-director Vipul Amrutlal Shah said in a statement: script that will only be 2-2.5 hours long and that’s when I approached Mozez Singh and him. given the script.

Image source: Instagram / Shefali Shah

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Nine Reasons Die Hard Is Truly A Christmas Movie https://key-pax.com/nine-reasons-die-hard-is-truly-a-christmas-movie/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 12:47:22 +0000 https://key-pax.com/nine-reasons-die-hard-is-truly-a-christmas-movie/

It’s that time of year to squat down to watch a Christmas movie with the family – and to host the annual debate on whether Die Hard actually counts for one.

This debate has now become, in some circles of movie history, such an important question as to the meaning of “Rosebud” in Citizen Kane or whether Han Solo or Greedo first shot in Star Wars. It’s even significant enough to warrant a YouGov poll, which concluded that Die Hard is not a Christmas movie.

The arguments surrounding the 1988 film’s “Christmas” revolve around three themes: creative, commercial and cultural.

The creative argument is based on the intentions of the people involved in the making of the film. As director John McTiernan and screenwriter Steven De Souza have confirmed that Die Hard is a Christmas movie, then the creative case would look very favorable.

Commercial and cultural arguments

The business argument is that Christmas movies come out on Christmas and are generally aimed at family audiences. However, Die Hard was a summer release (July 15, 1988) in the United States and very obviously for adults. However, this argument that a summer release can’t be a Christmas movie doesn’t stand up to even the most superficial examination.

This perennial seasonal Holiday Inn, in which Bing Crosby tweets Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, was also a summer release (August 4, 1942), and no one is claiming it’s not a Christmas movie. Even the remake, White Christmas, was released in mid-October 1954. Proximity to Christmas is therefore not necessarily a criterion for a Christmas movie.

Nine Reasons It’s A Christmas Movie

The most common understanding of a Christmas movie – as Mark Connelly pointed out in the introduction to Christmas in Cinema – is that the Christmas theme and motif is central to the film, like It’s a Wonderful Life. and the many versions of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

But there is another category of films that take place just around Christmas, a group that includes films such as the mysterious murder The Thin Man and the African mercenary violence festival The Wild Geese. And it is in this category that Die Hard belongs.

Here are nine Christmas patterns that I detected (there are probably more):

  1. The basic storytelling of Die Hard is a man returning to his family for Christmas.
  2. His wife’s name is Holly.
  3. It takes place on Christmas Eve. Not Thanksgiving or July 4th. It could have been fixed any week of the year, but it was not.
  4. Chief villain Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) explicitly invokes the Christmas spirit: “It’s Christmas, Theo, it’s miracle hour.”
  5. Gruber is a classic capitalist villain: he’s here to steal money. Much like Old Man Potter does in It’s a Wonderful Life.
  6. The soundtrack features new and old Christmas tunes: Run DMC’s Christmas in Hollis and Frank Sinatra’s interpretation of Let it Snow.
  7. Santa Claus makes an appearance (in the form of a dead terrorist).
  8. The movie ends with the limo driver Argyle (De’voreaux White) looking forward to New Year’s Eve.

And the new point, the clincher, perhaps, is that Christmas is a socially invented tradition, and like all invented traditions, it continues to adapt and evolve. Movies don’t need to include religious references or a man in a red suit, Christmas changes every year and as such what constitutes a Christmas movie has grown tremendously.

Our tradition at Chapman is the Ultimate Christmas Eve Action Movie Double Bill: Die Hard and the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. We start with Bond spying on Diana Rigg on the beach around 4 p.m., take a lunch break between movies, and head to Gruber, diving from the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Tower at 9:30 a.m. It’s just in time for the rehearsal for the Christmas dinner episode of The Vicar of Dibley (which I always thought it would be a lot funnier if Dawn French wielded a Heckler & Koch MP5).

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Rejected Incredibles villain Xerek, explained https://key-pax.com/rejected-incredibles-villain-xerek-explained/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 01:12:19 +0000 https://key-pax.com/rejected-incredibles-villain-xerek-explained/

Before Syndrome became the main villain of The Incredibles, the Superfamily originally had to face a mysterious foe named Xerek.

Disney / Pixar Superhero Adventure 2004 The Incredibles presents one of the most memorable movie villains of all time in the form of Syndrome. The former Mister Incredible fanboy turns evil after being rejected by his idol, becoming a formidable arms dealer with a plan to eliminate and replace all superheroes. While Syndrome is widely appreciated for its humor, charm, and threat, there was a time when he was originally only going to be a minor character in The Incredibles, because Brad Bird’s original idea for the film featured a completely different villain named Xerek.

While not much is known about Xerek, the bonuses on the DVD for The Incredibles provide insight into Bird’s ideas for him, just like the book The Art of the Incredibles. Xerek was originally intended to be a decrepit little criminal mastermind with a plan to take out superheroes everywhere using his army of henchmen and robots. Along the way, Xerek ended up being rethought as a tall, dark, and mysterious character akin to a prototype James Bond villain.


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In the years that followed The Incredibles‘, some minor information about Xerek has been released to the public. These include the reveal that Xerek was apparently going to be portrayed as an obsessed ex-boyfriend of Helen, while other early scripts supposedly portrayed him as being on the good side by the end of the film. He was going to preside over Nomanisan Island with Mirage by his side, and would also use the Omnidroids which eventually became the focal point of the Syndrome plan.

Interestingly, Syndrome was actually part of Brad Bird’s original pitch for the film, but he was going to serve as a thug supervillain with a fairly minor role towards the beginning of the story, similar to the role Bomb Voyage played in The Incredibles‘ final product. He intended to attack the Parr family after discovering the secret identity of Mister Incredible, only to perish in an explosion, but Syndrome proved so popular among the film crew that he was ultimately brought up. to the role of the main villain. This led to Xerek’s role being reduced and ultimately his removal.


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Despite being cut from the movie, Xerek ended up getting a second chance in Boom! The studio comic book series that served as the sequel to The Incredibles. He’s portrayed as the main villain of the comics, retaining his status as Helen’s ex-boyfriend as well as his original decrepit physique, which is due to the fact that he once used a machine to extend artificially its lifespan. As part of a sinister plan, Xerek puts together a team of villains called the Unforgivables, but the comic book series was unfortunately canceled before its endgame was revealed. Incredibles 2 finally published and rendered the events of Boom! Non-canon Studios series, once again erasing all traces of Xerek from the Incredibles universe.


Ultimately, The Incredibles most likely ended up much better with Syndrome as a villain than it would have with Xerek. While the mystery surrounding his character is interesting, it’s likely that Xerek ultimately wouldn’t have been as vibrant as Syndrome, especially given the latter’s outwardly boisterous and attention-seeking personality. The “Rich and Mysterious Criminal Mastermind” is an undoubtedly overused character archetype in action movies, so choosing to go with a rejected sidekick turned out to be a daring, dramatic, and ultimately much more memorable option.


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Pushpa, Spider-Man No Way Home, Hand of God: 9 titles that are our favorites this weekend https://key-pax.com/pushpa-spider-man-no-way-home-hand-of-god-9-titles-that-are-our-favorites-this-weekend/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 02:30:18 +0000 https://key-pax.com/pushpa-spider-man-no-way-home-hand-of-god-9-titles-that-are-our-favorites-this-weekend/ The coming week is full of action for the Indian public. Every week we have one or two big releases that will keep you hooked for days. This time around it’s practically a deluge – from Spider-Man No Way Home, which is India’s biggest opener of the year, to Allu Arjun-starrer Pushpa: The Rise-Part 1 and The Whistleblower.

On the small screen, The Witcher returns for its second season on Netflix and The Whistleblower on SonyLiv promises a lot. Stepping away from the action genre, The Hand of God, on Netflix, comes highly recommended and is Italy’s entry for the 2022 Oscars.

The whistleblower: SonyLIV

After Scam 1992: The Story of Harshad Mehta, SonyLIV brought to light yet another scam that rocked the nation. It is inspired by the famous Vyapam scam. Directed by Manoj Pillai, the show chronicles the life of Dr. Sanket, a medical intern who becomes entangled in the admission scam that leads to chaos in his personal life. It’s the brisk pace of the story and the constant plot twists that keep you hooked on the nine-episode series. This one is not to be missed this weekend.

Read the review of The Whistleblower here.

Decoupled: Netflix

R Madhavan and Surveen Chawla in Decoupled. (Photo: Netflix)

Hardik Mehta’s comedy-drama Decoupled stars Surveen Chawla and R Madhavan in the lead roles. They embody a married couple on the verge of separation. For the show, Madhavan let go of his good boy image and brilliantly played the role of an insufferable man. You can stream Decoupd to watch Madhavan’s performance.

Read the Decoupled review here.

Spider-Man No Way Home: In the Movies

Spider-Man No Way Home, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland Spider-Man No Way Home hits theaters on December 17th. (Photo: Sony Pictures)

All Spidey fans, book your tickets and head to theaters as the third movie in the MCU’s Spider-Man franchise, Spider-Man No Way Home has released in India. The film received mostly positive reviews. Starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Willem Dafoe, Jamie Foxx, Alfred Molina and Marissa Tomei, the film begins after the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home where the identity of Peter Parker was revealed to the world by Jake Le. Mysterio de Gyllenhaal. Indian Express film critic Shalini Langer found the film “entertaining” as she wrote in her review: “The film gives you three for your money, because Tom Holland’s Peter remains so likable and enthusiastic than ever. “

Read the Spider-Man No Way Home review here.

The Hand of God: Netflix

God's hand The Hand of God is Italy’s official candidacy for the Oscars.

The semi-autobiographical film has filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino recounting events from his own life. Set in Naples in the 1980s, the film chronicles the life of an introverted 17-year-old boy, Fabietto Schiesi, who tries to discover his identity. The title of the film refers to former Neapolitan footballer Maradona’s infamous goal for Argentina and the player’s influence on the protagonist’s life. For Rohan Naahar of indianexpress.com, the film is a “masterful epic and a sure candidate for the Oscars.”

Read the Hand of God review here.

Swan Song: Apple TV +

Mahershala Ali gave a heartwarming performance in the mysterious sci-fi drama Swan Song, directed by Irish filmmaker Benjamin Cleary. The film’s official synopsis reads: “Set in the near future, Swan Song is a powerful and emotional journey told through the eyes of Cameron (Mahershala Ali), a loving husband and father diagnosed with a phase disease. terminal who is offered an alternative solution by his doctor (Glenn Close) to protect his family from bereavement. As Cam questions whether or not he should change his family’s fate, he learns more about life and love than he ever imagined. Swan Song explores how far we will go and how much we are willing to sacrifice to make life happier for the people we love.

Read the Swan Song review here.

The Witcher season 2: Netflix

The first season of The Witcher ended with the union of Geralt (Henry Cavill) and Ciri (Freya Allen), although the whereabouts and fate of Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) ended in a fender-bender. Now the second season of the series has arrived on Netflix to move the story forward. It follows Ciri (Freya Allan), who was a princess of a kingdom called Cintra, which has been lost to the invaders from the south, an empire called the Nilfgaardian, and Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), a witch, apart from Geralt. The first reviews of the second season are much better than the first season.

Pushpa: in cinemas

Pushpa Allu Arjun to Pushpa.

Allu Arjun and Rashmika Mandanna’s Telugu crime drama Pushpa has been released to sell out in the south and moviegoers are thrilled to witness all the action on the big screen. Malayalam star Fahadh Faasil made her Tollywood debut with the film. He embodies the main antagonist of the film. So far, the film has received a mixed reception from moviegoers. While some have called it a “one-off watch,” others believe the second half of the film did not capture their interest. There are those who have also found it “breathtaking”.

Read Pushpa’s review here.

Our recommendation

Amar: Eros now, YouTube

dilip kumar A photo of Amar by Dilip Kumar.

With Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, and Nimmi in the lead roles, Mehboob Khan’s Amar follows the story of a man grappling with his demons after raping a woman. The film deserves a watch for legendary star Dilip Kumar. Appreciating her performance, Sampada Sharma from indianexpress.com, in her column Bollywood rewind, wrote: “Dilip Kumar is at his best here. His zest for life lights up a scene when we meet him at the start, but as the film progresses we see him transform into an outer shell of the man he once was. His stoic silence as he gazes towards the horizon is a constant reminder that Amar has committed a crime that cannot be undone. “

Free Willy: YouTube

The 1993 feature film Free Willy, skillfully directed by Simon Wincer, is about freeing Willy, an elderly predatory whale, from his captive status. Indianexpress.com’s Anvita Singh suggested the film in her column, Hollywood rewind as she wrote about it, “If you’re craving some good old ’90s nostalgia peppered with heartwarming and life-changing friendship stories, then Free Willy should be your pick of the weekend.”

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