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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

13 Best Science Fiction Shows on HBO Max's

HBO Max is slowly but steadily filling its streaming library with interesting science fiction television episodes. Smaller, odder entrants that offer something different are sandwiched between prestige dramas with great production values and extensive episode times. The shelf is quite large.

The best sci-fi TV series on HBO Max are listed here.

Raised by Wolves (2020—)

Raised by Wolves (2020—)
Photograph by Coco Van Oppens

Raised by Wolves will please those who wish to spend a long period (almost 10 hours) immersed in a world created by Ridley Scott. After Earth is destroyed by a religious institution, two androids, Mother and Father, strive to establish an atheist human colony on a new planet. 

They quickly learn, however, that manipulating human beliefs is a difficult undertaking. Scott sets up a fascinating inquiry into AI and religious ideas by directing the first two episodes and pulling the reins as an executive producer. In Amanda Collin's Mother, there's blood, tremendous performances, and a strong protagonist.

Station Eleven (2021)

Station Eleven (2021)
Photograph by Ian Watson/HBO Max

Don't believe all you've heard about Station Eleven. The meditative dystopian thriller (the latter adjective can only be used to select episodes) is prestige television that whisks you away on a voyage to surprising, moving, and distinctive locales, and it's one of the greatest shows of 2021. 

The film follows two histories, with the main focus on clever protagonist Kirsten (Mackenzie Davis), who survived a world-destroying epidemic and now travels across the ruins with the Traveling Symphony theatrical troupe. Station Eleven is a hopeful take on the end of the world, created by Patrick Somerville, whose writing work on The Leftovers can be sensed here.

Made for Love (2021—)

Made for Love (2021—)

What if your husband implanted a chip in your brain to monitor your every move? Hazel Green (Cristin Milotti) is confronted with this problem and immediately flees, with the unhelpful support of her father (Ray Romano). Navigate the perilous waters of this satirical romantic story with a Black Mirror twist and a helpful dolphin. Yes, Made for Love is both surprising and distressing in equal measure.

Peacemaker (2021—)

Peacemaker (2021—)

While Peacemaker is mostly a superhero show, it does involve extraterrestrial visitation, earning it a slot on this list. The Suicide Squad spinoff series follows the titular Peacemaker, a wild John Cena who investigates the origins of his catchphrase — "Peace is something I deeply value. 

I don't care how many men, women, or children I have to slaughter in order to have it "— was derived. The James Gunn-written series is a rollicking time with surprising heart, spooky, gruesome, and bouncing to a rocking soundtrack.

Snowpiercer (2020—)

Snowpiercer (2020—)
Photograph by Jesse Giddings

Of course, you should see Snowpiercer, a 2013 sci-fi action film directed by Bong Joon-ho, but the TV version has a few nice touches. Melanie Cavill, played by Jennifer Carpenter, is the head of hospitality aboard the continually rolling luxury train that keeps its passengers safe from the world's freezing wasteland. 

Nonetheless, this small segment of mankind is not immune to class struggles, with the lower carriages edging closer to revolution. This is a fantastic story that works well on both large and small screens.

Doctor Who (2005—)

Doctor Who (2005—)
Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

New fans for this long-running British show may be difficult to come by at this point. Try the later Jodie Whittaker episodes if you're interested in dipping into the wonderfully imaginative, genre-bending, barnstorming adventure. Whittaker takes on the role of the Doctor, a time-traveling, space-faring alien adventurer with a kind heart and an out-of-this-world sense of humor. Serious amusement.

Fringe (2008-2013)

Fringe (2008-2013)
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There are five seasons of this science-fiction procedural to look forward to. Investigate inexplicable phenomena with the Fringe Division, a team of agents entrusted with probing parallel universes and different timelines. Fringe found its own after a mediocre first season, bringing original ideas and a powerful emotional core along for the voyage.

Westworld (2016—)

Westworld (2016—)

Alice in Wonderland encounters a slew of robots. Season 3 of the genuinely mind-bending sci-fi Western may be traveling in convoluted circles, but the first exhilarating season slammed the barn door shut. 

The spotlight is drawn to Dolores, a host who begins to become sentient in a violent and filthy amusement park where rich guests can shoot, kill, and violate the android hosts in various ways. No, she is dissatisfied with the way she has been treated. Westworld is both addictive and thought-provoking, requiring you to piece together the riddle.

Person of Interest (2011-2016)

Person of Interest (2011-2016)

Jonathan Nolan's sci-fi crime drama has earned a spot on the list of the top sci-fi TV shows of all time. The series revolves around a government-developed piece of Precog-like equipment that is used to forecast terrorist strikes. 

The machine, on the other hand, can warn of minor but still lethal crimes, and a splinter squad of underground investigators is dispatched to assist linked persons of interest. Person of Interest is an intriguing, stunning, and full spy procedural that deals with difficult topics such as the concept of "the greater good."

Beforeigners (2019—)

Beforeigners (2019—)

HBO's first Norwegian series is a gripping sci-fi crime drama with the oddest detective partnership you've ever seen. Lars, a senior investigator, links up with Alfhildr, a Viking-era recruit, to investigate the death of a Stone Age woman. Oh, yes, the show is set in a modern-day Oslo where migrants, or "Beforeigners," from the Viking Age and beyond emerge. Beforeigners is a one-of-a-kind murder mystery with plenty of ripe fish-out-of-water comic fodder.

Babylon 5 (1993-1998)

Babylon 5 (1993-1998)
Warner Bros. Television

Babylon 5, an influential legacy show, may have antiquated edges nowadays, but it would be sacrilege to leave it off this list. The primary premise is that a group of humans and alien species collaborate on the Babylon 5 space station as Earth establishes its place in the galaxy. The plot includes political intrigue, character studies, and the prospect of war.

Falling Skies (2011-2015)

Falling Skies (2011-2015)

This post-apocalyptic sci-fi, which features executive producer Steven Spielberg, blends family drama to alien invasions. Falling Skies follows a group of survivors who plan to fight back following an extraterrestrial invasion. Multiple alien races, space travel, and a satisfying climax standoff are introduced over the course of five seasons.

Years and Years (2019)

Years and Years (2019)

Years and Years is a must-see for everyone who was blown away by Russell T Davies' It's a Sin. The ambitious sci-fi series jumps ahead 15 years in time, capturing the ups and downs of the eccentric Lyons family in each episode. 

The Lyons go through it all, from technology advancements to life-changing events, all while maintaining a charming sense of humor.


Monday, February 14, 2022

Tyrese's mother, Priscilla Murray Gibson, died as a result of many health issues.


Tyrese's mother, Priscilla Murray Gibson, died as a result of many health issues.

Tyrese Gibson is hoping for a miracle for her mother, who is battling pneumonia and COVID-19. He requested prayers for his family and stated that his mother, Priscilla Murray, was in a coma in the intensive care unit.

"It crushes my heart that the doctor sits in this chair and tells me there is little further I can do," he said in a snapshot of the hospital corridor posted on Wednesday.

He revealed the news to his supporters for the first time over the weekend, revealing that she was unable to breathe or feed on her own. "I need you to pray the warriors' most genuine prayers," Gibson wrote. I'll be at your side in a few days as you wait for Mom."

He was only able to spend 30 minutes with her in her room at a time, but the final time he visited her, he encouraged her.

"Thank you very much for all of your prayers. "Every breath is important," he said on Instagram. "I owe you something." Let's hope she's able to get out of this bed. Let's hoping she'll be able to walk again soon. Allow her to speak once more. Mom, I've got a lot on my plate."

We wish his lovely mother the best of luck and hope that she will be able to recover. The terrifying part is that he's only allowed to stay for 30 minutes at a time. Gibson and Pricilla, best of luck; we know you can do it. "Nothing was impossible for him (Jesus)," Gibson once declared as a devoted believer. If you're a believer, or even if you're not, please pray for his mother; she's in desperate need of it right now.

He then spoke to his mother, pledging to hold her hand for the rest of his life, just as she had done for him as a youngster.

He then thanked all those who have been praying for his mother's recovery in the caption, sharing that he lost his "sweet Valentine."

"On behalf of my family and everyone who ever spent any time praying for my mother This is the saddest moment of my life………. My sweet Valentine just passed away….. May the Lord Jesus Christ and his angels open the doors of the heavens and embrace her………. We as a family are broken and just can’t believe this…….," Tyrese captioned the heartbreaking post. "May the Lord Jesus Christ honor your walk with him and embrace you into the heavens……. From here on I ask that you HOLD MY HAND MOTHER and never let my hand go………. Like you held my hand as a child and a teen never let my hand go mother….."

Fans, friends, and fellow celebrities, including Tyrese's Baby Boy co-star Snoop Dogg, who lost his mother in October, expressed their support in the comments section.

"Maintain your fortitude. If you'd want me to pray with you and embrace you this week, I'll come to see you "Snoop made a remark.

Throughout his mother's hospitalization, the 43-year-old actor and musician have asked for prayers from his followers. On February 5, he announced on Instagram that she was in a coma and in the ICU.

He wrote, "My mother is in a coma, in ICU, with Pneumonia and she caught Covid they got her so sedated she can't breathe or even eat on her own they got her so sedated she can't breathe or even eat on her own they got her so sedated she can't breathe or even eat on her own they got her so sedated she can't breathe or even eat on her own they got her "I'm in desperate need of your prayers, your most genuine prayers.... Hold on, mama, I'll be there in a few days..... God can accomplish anything; he's already dragged you out of a coma..... Oh my God, I've seen the light, and everything has been going so nicely.... Then there's this..."

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Death on the Nile (2022) Hollywood Movie Best and Honest Review

Death on the Nile (2022) Hollywood Movie Best and Honest Review

Quick Glance

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Writers: Michael Green(screenplay by)  Agatha Christie(based upon the novel by)

Stars: Tom Bateman  Annette Bening  Kenneth Branagh

IMBD Rating: 6.6/10

Gener: Crime  Drama  Mystery

Story Line & REview

DEATH ON THE NILE is a brand-new mystery thriller and director and lead actor Kenneth Branagh’s second Agatha Christie adaptation, after his 2017 film MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Upfront I have to admit that I haven’t seen that one but I was curious for the follow-up. 

In general, I’m always up for a good, classic whodunnit. These twisty, slightly dark-humored ensemble pieces, are populated with eccentric characters, including the lead detective. I’m already looking forward to what Rian Johnson is doing with his two KNIVES OUT sequels. 

DEATH ON THE NILE is of course based on the classic 1937 Agatha Christie novel of the same name, in which detective Hercule Poirot, once again played by Kenneth Branagh himself, is trying to solve a case of multiple homicides happening on a Nile steamer. I was intrigued to see this new adaptation because the 1978 version with Peter Ustinov is among my earliest childhood memories when it comes to movies. 

But I haven’t seen it since then and I honestly couldn’t remember anything but that at one point a giant rock is almost smashing someone. Well, at least I thought that’s the only thing I remembered because very shortly into this new movie, I very quickly figured out who the killer is. 

And now I’m conflicted if I knew because I have seen the story some 25 years ago, which might very likely be the case - or if Branagh’s film is a little bit too much opening up a possible scenario very early on. In any case, it wasn’t the most suspenseful and exciting affair for me personally. But I don’t think it would be anyway, even without my pretty strong suspicion. 

Overall, I thought DEATH ON THE NILE is an alright, big production old-school whodunnit with a colorful cast and some neat moments. It’s certainly not a bad movie, but I don’t think it’s great either. Unfortunately, I can’t compare it to Branagh’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, but it just felt a bit cumbersome. 


It takes quite a while until it gets going and it’s lacking a certain esprit and some levity. Not that a film like this has to be funny but I think this one is missing some wit. Several attempts at humor fall kind of flat or are just mildly amusing. Branagh’s Poirot certainly has his moments but the movie overall felt a bit too inert and without much momentum. 

It’s also not that rousing or emotional, even though it strives to build this rather serious emotional core. I was certainly not expecting a movie like this to open up with a World War One prologue, that felt like Branagh’s homage to Sam Mendes’ 1917. 

The big theme here is love and how it affects several key characters. It’s something that’s at least followed through the entire story, but it nonetheless didn’t click for me completely. In regards to that Branagh or Branagh and his screenwriter Michael Green, also made some minor changes to the source material. 

They bring back the character of Bouc, played by Tom Bateman, from the previous film, which adds a slight friendship angle to our lead detective and also gives it more of a franchise feeling, even though I haven’t seen the first one. And with Bouc they also add a love interest for him in the character of Rosalie Otterbourne, played by Letitia Wright. 

The two Otterbourne women were in the original as well, but here they are played by two women of color, Letitia Wright and Sophie Okonedo. This is great but as a possible theme or subject matter in the movie, it’s only touched upon ever so slightly. 

On one hand, I think it’s fine that it’s just rather casual and maybe there isn’t more space in the story without altering it “too much” but on the other hand, with the film being specifically set in 1937 and with that prologue in World War One, it felt a bit anachronistic that it’s not addressed more. 


Especially with all these upper-class people. Class is a minor theme as well, but also just touched on a little bit. I mean there are of course already enough characters to deal with in a whodunnit like this and I guess it’s all just fine.  

Final Thoughts & Score

It’s an okay film, that’s somewhat entertaining and it has its merits or setpieces, for example, a gorgeously beautiful Gal Gadot, who at one point is made up like Cleopatra. But unfortunately, the Egyptian setting is never fully leading to the dense and escapist atmosphere you wish for. 

There are a few nice sets, especially indoors and the costumes are of course also what you expect. But then it also has its fair amount of greenscreen and other digital trickery, which kills the immersion for me. 

An early scene at the pyramids looks especially artificial and the addition of CGI every now and then, for animals in the river or just the background for some shots, was always a bit too noticeable and distracting. So in general I’d say: I give DEATH ON THE NILE 6.3 out of 10. It’s more like 6.5 but I don’t do that.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Call Jane (2022) Hollywood Movie Honest Review: Elizabeth Banks

Call Jane (2022) Hollywood Movie Honest Review

Quick Glance

Director: Phyllis Nagy

Writers: Hayley Schore Roshan Sethi

Stars: Elizabeth Banks Sigourney Weaver Chris Messina

IMBD Rating: 7.2/10

Gener: Drama History

Movie Storyline & Review

Contrary to what the title might suggest, Elizabeth Banks isn’t playing a cool fixer named Jane. She is actually playing a married woman named Joy, who’s living in Chicago of 1968. When she finds out that her pregnancy is seriously putting her life in danger, she needs an abortion. 

But abortions were illegal in the United States until the Supreme Court changed it in 1973. Unfortunately, nowadays the United States, as well as other countries around the world, are dangerously moving backward and therefore movies like CALL JANE are once again very timely. 

The titular Janes was an underground organization that provided women in need with an abortion. This partially based on true events film is a tribute to the Jane Collective and a glowing celebration of self-determination and empowerment. 

And I describe it like that because director Phyllis Nagy’s historical drama goes a surprisingly mainstream and crowd-pleasing way. This can be a little bit off-putting, especially when that first tonal shift is happening and you might be baffled, how this extremely delicate subject matter of abortion is tackled somewhat lightheartedly. 

Overall, this movie clearly opted to take a more positive, optimistic, and sometimes also slightly comedic route, which I won’t lie, certainly gives it a very empowering vibe. And while abortion is clearly the topic or underlying subject matter, it’s really much more about self-determination and making a chance happening. 


Working together and not succumbing before something that’s clearly unjust. Elizabeth Banks is doing a fine job as a woman who was very comfortable in the role of a traditional, unpolitical housewife – and who then gets challenged and kind of infected with the will and also the power to change something. 

Final Thoughts and Score

CALL JANE is a two-hour-long film and Joy’s change over the course of it is honestly pushing the believability quite a bit. You kind of have to accept that this is a rather dramatized story. I know it’s an indie film, yet it feels a little bit like the Hollywood version of this story. 

The character arc of Joy is pretty remarkable. She goes through a tremendous journey but that’s also what makes this such a rewarding and in quotation marks “fun” experience. And it certainly helps that CALL JANE also has a pretty nice 60es soundtrack with many songs directly highlighting or commenting on recent events. 

And then there’s also the cast. Aside from Elizabeth Banks, we get lovely performances by Sigourney Weaver and Wunmi Mosaku. CALL JANE comes across like a continuous success story - but you only wish that the stakes would feel bigger and more serious. 

I mean because of the topic you know there are stakes but the movie plays it all a bit too easy. Still, I just can’t deny its entertainment value and its positive and, in any case, quite important message. I give CALL JANE 7 out of 10. It’s more like 6.5 but I don’t do that.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Living (2022) Hollywood Movie Full and Honest Review

Living (2022) Hollywood Movie Full and Honest Review

Quick Glance

Director: Oliver Hermanus

Writers: Kazuo Ishiguro Akira Kurosawa(original screenplay)

Stars: Bill Nighy Aimee Lou Wood Alex Sharp

IMBD Rating: 7.7/10

Gener: Drama


Storyline and Review

LIVING is a British historical drama about a bureaucrat, portrayed by the legendary Bill Nighy, who discovers that he only has a few months to live. It's the story of a man who, after years of being caught in his mundane, lifeless routine, suddenly realizes that he has a finite amount of time. 

It's a homage to living life to the fullest and making the most of your opportunities. If that seems familiar, it's because Oliver Hermanus' picture is a remake of Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece IKIRU, which was released in 1952. 

LIVING is essentially the same original storyline adapted to a different locale. Even the time of the event is the same. It's the 1950s, but this time it's London, England, rather than Tokyo, Japan. 

However, the plot, characters, and even many situations are nearly identical, but in a different cultural milieu. And, surprisingly... or perhaps not so surprisingly, it also works nicely in this post-World War II British milieu. One of the film's excellent qualities is its representation of this time period. 


Final Thoughts and Score

While the Japanese version from 1952 had a modern setting, this new film seeks to recreate this long-ago age and succeeds admirably. It's shot in a traditional four-by-three aspect ratio, with stunning production design and cinematography. It's as if the film is taking you on a journey across time travel.

The film's clothes, locales, and tone are all fantastic. I was particularly taken by the way the film uses focus, often extremely thin focus, to guide us through the situations. 

Surprisingly, I'm not sure whether the film's great style and absolute regard and fidelity to the original didn't prevent me from becoming even more engrossed and touched by it. It was almost as though I was witnessing too much of the adaptation job and not enough of the touching narrative. 

I also have to admit that I found it difficult to appreciate it for what it is since I felt as if the original was continuously influencing the remake for me.

That is to say, I didn't only observe this version's character; I felt as though the original character's struggles were carried over into this one. To be honest, it felt a little too sluggish because I already knew every plot beat. 

Nonetheless, it's a fantastic film with a fantastic performance by Bill Nighy. My favorite scene occurs early in the film when he is sitting alone at home reflecting on his life. The tiny episodes from his history are vividly portrayed, initially in black and white and later in color as they come to life for our protagonist. 

That entire scene had a profound effect on me. LIVING gets a 7.3 out of 10 ratings. It's closer to 7.6, but I don't do it.

Living (2022) Movie Review Video

Monday, January 24, 2022

When You Finish Saving the World Hollywood Movie Honest Review

When You Finish Saving the World Hollywood Movie Honest Review

Quick Glance

Director: Jesse Eisenberg

Writer: Jesse Eisenberg

Stars: Julianne Moore Finn Wolfhard Billy Bryk

IMBD Rating: 6.6/10

Gener: Comedy Drama

Storyline and Movie Review

WHEN YOU FINISH SAVING THE WORLD is an American comedic drama. Jesse Eisenberg makes his directorial debut with this film. It's based on his own audio drama of the same name, which he's now turned into a feature film. 

It stars Julianne Moore and Finn Wolfhard as mother and son, and it has a really strange air to it that I really enjoyed. Knowing Jesse Eisenberg throughout the course of his now twenty-year acting career, I can confidently state that this picture feels like him. 

It has a neurotic, awkward air to it, as well as a lot of energy. It's certainly designed to have a cringe tone to it, and I thought it was hilarious. Our characters believe they are pretty large and significant in what they do, despite the fact that the film is just 90 minutes long and doesn't seek to convey a huge or particularly important story. 

And they are in some ways, but they are also quite arrogant, and as the title says, it's also about the rather pompous concept that our small deeds are about saving the world. When our true motivations are all about massaging our own ego. 


Both of the main characters are narcissistic, and the film does a good job of contrasting these two members of a dysfunctional family. They're distinct, yet they're also very similar. Both storylines are alternated throughout the film. 

We follow Finn Wolfhard's Ziggy, a young teenager who writes and sings shallow folk-pop songs that have amassed an internet audience of over 20.000 people. It's something he's quite proud of. But when he falls in love with someone who is passionate about politics, he realizes how little he understands about the subject. 

Despite this, the fight never becomes too intense, and the film maintains its pleasant sarcastic tone. It has no intention of making these people especially likable. They're mostly full of nonsense, which is sort of refreshing. 

Evelyn, Ziggy's mother, is the director of a women's shelter, played by Julianne Moore. So she's obviously making a difference. But she also wants to mold a young adolescent, the son of a newcomer, into the person she feels he should be. 

And, in any case, her interest in him is a little bit deeper. It's another odd little flick. Jesse Eisenberg switches between these two plot threads, which bounce off each other but always merge back into one. After all, it's a family, and Ziggy and Evelyn both live in the same house. 

And so is Roger, Evelyn's husband, and Ziggy's father, who is a humorous guy in his own right since the scenario is so weird. It's difficult to live with these two narcissists. They are both returning home after having entirely forgotten about something that was very significant to him at one of the most painful moments. 


The characters in WHEN YOU FINISH SAVING THE WORLD have a good dynamic. The language is razor-sharp, with excellent comedic timing, and Julianne Moore and Finn Wolfhard are outstanding in their respective parts. Eisenberg also manages to create a pleasing look in his debut film. The photographs have a grainy, "overcast" quality to them. 

I really liked how classical music was used. But, most importantly, I was completely on board with the film's sense of humor and lovely awkwardness. For example, there's this time when Evelyn is waiting for an elevator and strikes up a discussion with one of her coworkers. 

She tries to strike up a conversation, but her employee is concerned that she is about to be fired because she is unusual. And it's completely understandable.

Final Thoughts & Score

WHEN YOU FINISH SAVING THE WORLD isn't a very complex, profound, or wonderfully produced picture, but I believe it's a really charming and sweet debut feature, and the more I thought about it, the more I was captivated by it. It was undoubtedly a fantastic start to the festival for me. WHEN YOU FINISH SAVING THE WORLD gets a 7 out of 10 from me. It's closer to 7.2, but I don't do it.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Unpaused: Naya Safar Amazon Prime Mini Webseries Full and Honest Review


Unpaused: Naya Safar Amazon Prime Mini Webseries Full and Honest Review

Quick Glance

Stars: Shreya Dhanwanthary Priyanshu Painyuli Saqib Saleem

IMBD Rating: 8.4/10

Gener: Drama


Storyline & Review

The most moving image in Unpaused: Naya Safar appears in Nagraj Manjule's previous movie, Vaikunth. Vikas Chavan, a laborer at the Vaikunth cremation, is also played by the filmmaker. The second tidal wave has arrived. The area is swarming with people. Vikas is surrounded by death and smoke for the majority of his day. 

He brings the bodies out of the ambulance, puts them on a pyre, and even fires them when relatives are afraid to approach, before handing them the ashes. He offers a guy a pot that contains the remnants of someone the man knew and maybe loved at one point. 

Vikas places it on the floor. After spraying it, the man picks it up. Even the dead require disinfection. Unpaused: Naya Safar is more of a continuation than a sequel to Unpaused, which was released in 2020. In this 'Naya Safar,' there isn't much that is new. 

Once again, we have a collection of five short stories that explore living in the midst of a pandemic and the myriad ways in which the virus has upended people's lives. There is, however, one improvement. Vishaanu, directed by Avinash Arun Dhaware, was the standout film in the inaugural anthology. 

Vaikunth and War Room, directed by Ayappa KM and co-written by Shubham, who previously authored Vishaanu and the outstanding, award-winning Eeb Allay Ooo, are two of the films in this category. Nagraj immerses us in the monotony of mass death in Vaikunth, showing us what occurs when tragedy becomes everyday. 

Vikas does his duties with unflappable efficiency. He doesn't have an option in the matter. So he eats his supper as this woman screams in the background, and after the day is done, he relaxes with a drink. Nagraj and Sudhir Kulkarni's Vaikunth discover the ludicrous comedy in this bleakness. 

A man is told at one point that he is praying and crying in front of the incorrect body. He is at a different location. Vaikunth's frames are empty of color. Almost every sight is filled with smoke from the blazing pyres. 


In one, a little child, Vikas's son, is seen doing his schoolwork as bodies burn. It's little moments like this that drive home the scale of the disaster and the extent to which people have suffered.

Despite this, the film's charm lies in Nagraj's refusal to let us despair. Life continues to pulse and survive despite death and sickness. As it did in War Room, another treasure. This film is set in a Covid war room, where men and women are attempting to firefight over the phone. The roof is dripping wet. 

They're trying to share pens since there's an odd scarcity, so they're quickly writing down addresses. An opportunistic political leader makes the rounds, primarily for the purpose of getting a photo-OP. Crisis management, however, persists. Helping sick individuals locate hospital beds, counseling worried families, and providing a ray of light in a dark time are all things I do. 

Sangeeta, played by Geetanjali Kulkarni, is a widowed schoolteacher who now works in the war room. One of the calls Sangeeta receives is about a guy with whom she has a sad personal connection, and she finds herself in a moral dilemma. 

Geetanjali is one of those performers that brings out the best in every scene she's in. Sangeeta is given strength as well as an overarching melancholy by her. Her dignity and sense of isolation are heartbreaking. War Room, like Vaikunth, immerses us in the details of a disaster in real-time. 

DOP Tassaduq Hussain portrays the hardship and drabness of Sangeeta's surroundings, as you may recall from Vishal Bhardwaj's Omkara and Kaminey. Nonetheless, she, like Vikas, perseveres. Given the circumstances, both her own and the world's, this is heroic. 

The other three shorts, Nupur Asthana's The Couple, Ruchir Arun's Teen Tigada, and Shikha Makan's Gond ki Laddu, are unremarkable peeks into people's lives. The Couple is about a middle-class couple whose marriage is strained after the wife loses her job. 

The movie examines how the epidemic has impacted people's lives, including those of rich, educated individuals with prospects. The performances by Shreya Dhanwanthary and Priyanshu Painyuli are good, but the screenplay and directing are generic. 


Teen Tigada and Gond ke Laddu are also unable to overcome the script barrier. Three low-level thugs are trapped in an abandoned factory during a lockdown, with the stolen treasure they can't sell, according to Teen Tigada. 

However, Ruchir and his cast, which includes Saqib Saleem and Ashish Verma, do not go far enough with this. The most appealing aspect of Gond ke Laddu is Darshana Rajendran, a charming Malayalam actress who you may recognize from Mahesh Narayanan's C U Soon. I'm hoping to see her in more Hindi films in the future.

Final Thoughts

Unpaused: Naya Safar, like other anthologies, suffers from inconsistency. This compilation demonstrates that short filmmaking is a highly specialized art form with its own distinct competence. Unpaused: Naya Safar is available on Amazon Prime Video.