Dr Death (2021) miniseries review

Disturbing, confronting, real life is indeed stranger than fiction. The way this show is made, the slow boil which tests every sense of yours, is a dark genius to be applauded.

Based on a true story which gave birth to a very popular podcast and then this show, it’s the tale of a surgeon, Christopher Duntsch and his precarious medical career.

The 8 episode miniseries slowly crafts the tale of his journey, relationships, mentors, colleagues, delusions, narcissist and sociopath sides. When we see the medical system and how such people can flourish instead of be held accountable, it sends shivers down your spine.

An uncomfortable education delivered by great acting talents, Joshua Jackson, Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater.

Boss Baby (2017)

The perennial question, ‘where do babies come from’ is answered by director Tom McGrath with a cute premise.

Alec Baldwin plays boss baby, little brother to Miles Christopher and child to Lisa Kudrow and Jimmy Kimmel. With so many sister sibling stories, it was refreshing to see brothers reach their comfort zone.

The tension is surprising and adorable, as is the conclusion. A world is created and we understand and process it easily. Alec and Miles do a super job with their voices and have an endearing bond.

A fun film with ample laughs.

2.5/5

Mission : Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

After the Ghost Protocol debacle, the team has stuck to the safe formula from its predecessors, entertaining with good action and decent stunts. It however, does not have any overtly tense moments or cliffhangers as is customary for such films.

Tom Cruise has aged well, carrying the franchise on his shoulders with the help of Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg who provides the laughs and Sean Harris who provides the creeps. Rebecca Ferguson displays the rare combination of being a fatal feminine, with endearing looks and lethal moves.

The film explores several cities and has some very well crafted scenes, showing us different challenges and landscapes. Director Christopher McQuarrie has resuscitated a franchise and left room for a part six as well.

3/5

Still Alice (2014)

Made with a humble budget of 5 million dollars by couple Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, the film deals with early onset of Alzheimer’s for Dr. Alice Howland.

To say it is Julianne Moore’s best work to date would do complete justice to all the accolades and awards she won. It makes us question how much of us is made of memory. Just like the physical body is largely water, the mind is predominantly our memories. To see the early yet rapid decline play out on screen so eloquently by Julianne makes us question our fragile existence.

The supporting cast who make up her family show us the suffering from a third perspective. Special mention for Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart. To see the information slowly fall out of her brain, including language and both short and long term memory is painful as it is inevitable.

A sensitive film about a disease which needs a lot more public support for research and treatment.

3/5

Blue Jasmine (2013)

Only Woody Allen can attempt such films and do justice to them. We have seen why actors have been lauded for their performances in the past. They get into the character, display a range of emotions. They are raw, unaffected, soulful, dramatic or understated.

Cate Blanchett manages to do all of the above mentioned, in one scene, weaving in and out of hysteria, breathlessness, denial, delusion, throughout the film. To beat Meryl Streep’s performance in August Osage County, she did something right. Strike that. Many things right. And just for that you should watch her as Jasmine.

Alec Baldwin lends able support, as do Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale and Andrew Dice Clay. What we learn about are ‘patterns’. Either we repeat them, or we doubt them and try and break them. The key is to identify which ones are good for us, and which ones are detrimental.

The music makes the turmoil easier to digest and the skyline gives us something concrete to balance the erratic behaviour of the cast.

3.5/5