I love Cinema. Cinema is education and emancipation in the same terrain.
Big screen cinema is what I live for. But in the last 18 months, I see it differently.
You call it priorities or indulgence, big screen doesn’t woo me any more.
Streaming is the new moolah in the streets of movie goons these days.
It has it all – Movies, TV Series, Documentaries and some good content for kids.
I confess, am hooked on to Netflix. Totally, completely.
Local cable operators, private set top boxes and channel based content is all gone for a toss, big time.
Cinema halls don’t look inviting anymore, when I know that a ‘Narcos’ or a ‘Marseille’ is waiting to provide all the goosebumps I need tonight.
That compels me to mention how Netflix has kept me busy over the last few months.
My applause could be yours, so please post your comments if any of these enthralled you as much as it did to me. I am listing the toppers only, the complete list might consume you.
It tops the category in ‘Netflix Originals’ and remains my personal favourite, head over heels.
Never has been a Drug Mafia’s life been so provocatively captured and produced on screen. Some outstanding performances from lead actors, enviable location shots and some heart pounding sequences makes ‘Narcos’ a blockbuster product.
All 3 series are available in Netflix, gearing up for the fourth in 2018.
I am not a huge admirer of Stephen King, particularly for his approach towards insanity and the subsequent strangulated ways. That said, ‘The Shining’ is one of my most watched films and I don’t think I will ever get over it. ‘1922’ is a close shave to mortality, or may be even immortality. The very thought of killing someone is a sin and sends shivers down your spine, worst if that person happens to be your wife.
The story of a man saddled between his overtly ambitious wife and a nubile son, 1922 takes you on a ride you will never want to go.
The fanatical desire of a man to kill his disinterested wife and protect his son for a prosperous future takes an ugly turn and ends with the demise of the glorious clan – humanity.
I won’t say it is a must watch but if it’s your genre, then go for the kill.
It started off as another run-a-bloc story till it turned me upside down.
A riveting thriller which tells the story of a woman who withstood agony, pain and submission to unravel her own identity. Showing off combination of subtle and powerfully etched characters, this original series will keep you in the edge of your seat, for sometime to come.
Streaming in Netflix.
The charming princess of people and the most coveted jewel in the British crown, or rather the opposite of it.
The story of Princess Diana is a fairytale one. From her wedding to Prince Charles to that fateful night in Paris, she was an enigma and an angel to this world.
‘Diana’ propels this image and takes a tumultuous look in to her personal life. Quintessentially, this was a bold attempt to crash in to the curious life of one of the most watched individuals in history during those times.
Though controversial and panned by British media for obvious reasons, Naomi Watts delivered the performance of her life as the adored Princess. If there is one reason to watch this docu-drama, it is her.
Streaming in Netflix now.
Full Metal Jacket
I have a penchant for war drama and epics. Not for the blood, but for the passion and madness to protect something which is so universal and vicious in its existence.
‘Full Metal Jacket’ stands out for execution. Discipline can sometimes get to your nerves, it can take you places if you survive the initial hell.
With the Master at work, Kubrick’s trademark exploits remain stunning. And remember, this film was shot a long time ago.
The blood stains, the fireworks, dilapidated locations, edgy characters and the oath of a marine.
By all means, FMJ is a must watch. Remember, it’s a Stanley Kubrick film.
Streaming now in Netflix.
Suburra – Blood on Rome
Another mafia series rolling up your sleeve is interesting. This time, in Rome.
Shot extensively in the streets of Rome, ‘Suburra’ provides a stunning account of the politics and organized crime which treads a web of deceit, corruption and greed inside the Vatican.
Gobbled characters, the struggle for power and nepotism with an overdose of lust, propaganda and extermination is a perfect foil to fuel your inner sanctum.
Come, watch the blood flow in the streets of Rome.
Streaming in Netflix now.