Modern Love (2019)

Modern Love: A wonderful 8 episode series which cover eight distinct stories of love in the current day. Not necessarily romantic, but beautiful, nuanced relationships which have so much to teach.

Based on true stories with some facts altered, they speak of love that may not fit our ideas but is real and true nonetheless. With a stellar cast and some surprises, be prepared for deep, thoughtful and well-written viewing.

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Hotel Mumbai (2019)

Hotel Mumbai: Is a commendable Australian effort to capture the horrific events which unfolded in November of 2008. The film has a neutral perspective throughout, showing us the brainwashed terrorists, their victims, the lucky ones who got away, and the city that burned and watched.

Emotions range from anger, fear, reflection, sadness to pure disgust, as the many vulnerabilities of the system are exposed, and the trashy Indian media makes things worse. The film captures the harsh reality in every gun shot, but reminding us that terror has no religion or nationality.

A disturbing watch, but a perspective which should be seen by all. Great performances by Dev Patel, Armie Hammer and the entire cast.

4/5

Lion (2016)

Director Garth Davis takes a beautiful story based on the novel ‘A Long way home’ and turns it into an extraordinary film which simmers slowly, to boil over your emotions and tears as it progresses.

Sunny Pawar, all of 8 years old (playing Saroo at age 5 in the film) is a confident yet unassuming talent, who pulls you into his world with his compelling eyes and indefatigable spirit. Little Saroo helps his brother Guddu so that they may provide some food on the plate. Poverty has been shown with dignity, unlike other Hollywood movies, so has the plight of the downtrodden. Saroo’s inadvertent journey takes him far from his village in a big bad city, where he is quick to escape from danger and senses what’s good or not for him. Kindness takes him to an orphanage and finally to Australia.

A grown Saroo, played effectively by Dev Patel seeks his roots, his home. But how would he find a remote village with an obscure memory of it ? His parents, played by Nicole Kidman and David Wenham are such fine examples of how a father and mother should be. Nicole is caring, confident and is a patient mother while David is casual, strong and a supportive father.

The movie explores themes of family, belonging, parenting, siblings, love, and the bond between mother and child without poking you in the eyes. The emotions flow, muted and discreet, until the final frame, but you don’t feel distraught, rather a renewed belief in humanity ensues.

3.5/5

The man who knew infinity (2016)

Dev Patel’s career best comes packaged in his usual earnest manner, but this time he’s dealing with a complex subject in a difficult world crisis.

Based on India’s mathematician who introduced ground breaking theories without proofs, S. Ramanujan, it is the story of how a Cambridge professor took him under his wing, so to speak, but ended up soaring to great heights himself because of the knowledge he helped unravel.

Shot at Trinity College by director Matthew Brown, where it originally happened, time literally stands still in the hallowed halls of learning. Jeremy Irons as Professor G.H.Hardy is perhaps the anti-thesis to his co-protagonist, where he tames and cajoles the fury and magnitude of formulas inside him. This dance of proof vs. knowledge is why the film leaves a lasting impact.

It brings numbers alive in the eyes of its actors. A pure delight to watch genius and those who appreciate it.

3.5/5