The CW’s television series, Supergirl, is unequivocally bad. This was a show that I really wanted to like, being a fan of the DC universe (which is already plagued by films that do it no justice), but after watching the first season the show just comes off as a statement for political correctness — for having a female superhero in a male-dominated superhero world — and as for the wonderful, promising comic book universe of Supergirl itself, the whole series just falls flat on its face.
Halfway through the season it dawned on me that if Supergirl receives a reboot it should only be to ensure that female superheroes exist at all. By contrast, Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman was simply excellent and the upcoming solo film is something I look forward to with high hopes. This is particularly bad because Supergirl is a missed opportunity: the show could have been so much more alongside Arrow, The Flash and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and it should have learnt a thing of two from their successes — at least from The Flash, with which Supergirl even had a crossover.
Nothing to do with feminism
I will say this openly: it seems to me there are a lot of people holding back criticism of Supergirl for fear of their opinion being misinterpreted as an attack against feminism; that pointing at flaws in Supergirl would be as if they were doing it just because it has a female lead superhero. Continue reading
There is no doubt that DC’s superheroes are some of the most popular in the world. Whereas most had never heard of Black Panther, Deadpool or even Thor and Iron Man till the films made them famous, almost everyone knew or had heard of Batman and Superman and considered themselves fans. With this footing, it would seem perfectly sensible to assume DC has a headstart on Marvel that they would make full use of. Alas, their newest film, the rather lazily titled, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” does little to push DC ahead. This writer, although a longtime fan of DC comics, believes that at this moment, Marvel is clearly crafting the better superhero film universe.
Director Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman” begins with an operatic retelling of the Wayne murders: young Bruce witnesses his parents’ death, falls into a cave, sees a swarm bats etc. the whole rigmarole. It is probably a fifteen–minute section of the film solely targeted to help the audience make a particular scene later in the film — specifically tailored for those unaware that Bruce’s mother’s name is Martha.
The films feels, for lack of a better word, unwholesome. There are somethings it gets right: a bunch of well–choreographed fight sequences involving Batman, Snyder’s signature zooming in on Superman in mid–air, and good use of scale — when a tiny Superman cracks wide a skyscraper thousands of times his size, you really feel the impact. If only the story carried the same weight. Continue reading
It is not often that I write about the cover of a book, complete with a handful of photographs, but this is exactly what I intend to do now. Stepping back to look at the larger picture, it is just as rarely that we pause to appreciate the typesetting, designing, formatting and binding of paper books.
I think most of us readers should do this more often than jumping straight into the I recently ordered Albert Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus on Amazon and unwrapped my package to behold one of the most beautifully laid books I have had the fortune of coming across in recent times. But I digress; I now intend to — most literally — judge the cover of a book. Continue reading
The trailer for my upcoming short film, Thieves, was released yesterday. It is a story of a bike theft and moments when we are faced with cut-and-dried questions about how far we are willing to go to survive. Continue reading
I have not written here for over a week now owing to the fact that I have been extremely busy with my upcoming short film, Thieves. And while I work on a film, I prefer to focus my emotion and thoughts to it wholly, because I have found that external stimuli can substantially affect my directing and my thought processes.
Following Origami, this new film works towards making a trilogy (of which Thieves is the second) built around the idea that landmark events — oftentimes life–changing in some manner, large or small — can occur to people anywhere, even out in wide open spaces. I call it the Outdoors trilogy. Continue reading
The BBC, a few years ago, came out with a massive list of one hundred books everyone must read before they die, and I decided to read all the books on that list I have not yet read. One could think of this as a project, but to me it is more of a journey. But then I saw Harry Potter in third place and realised I was better off looking for a different list that was more to my taste. (Yes, I am a big fan of LOTR.)
Personally, though, I like to think of it as nourishment and it makes sense to pick the nourishments you like, so I turned to The Guardian. Sure enough, they had two lists: one made in 2003 and another updated only three months ago. I picked the latter, and started re–organising them for my convenience and started reading today with number 20: Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. So the project — shall we all agree to simply call it an expedition? — begins today. Now. Continue reading
Perhaps I am late to the party, but Spectre only released this week where I live and, naturally, I watched it on the first day. It is James Bond after all. In short, I loved the film, but I decided it was worth taking a moment to pen some extended thoughts here.
Spectre is the twenty–fourth film in the Bond franchise, this time not based on Ian Fleming’s book but stemming from a screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan and Jez Butterworth — Pruvis and Wade are regular Bond writers who returned to edit Logan’s original script. Before we go ahead, first of all, this is not strictly a review. And there are spoilers. Continue reading
Recently I decided it was time (after three years) to backup my mobile phone photographs. I only started taking mobile photography seriously after getting my Note 3 and that enthusiasm swelled with my iPhone 6 Plus. In all I had about 1,300 photographs made since I got my iPhone — just the photographs I wanted to save, the total number of photographs is greater. And I looked around for an ideal backup and storage solution with which I could maintain my photographs.
The first option a lot of people suggested to me was Loom, but that is not available where I live. (Loom happens to be US-only.) And then there was Everpix — was — which was free and shut down as fast as it became popular. In all honesty, Everpix was an excellent solution, but faced the biggest problem with cloud storage solutions: they shut down, mostly because they run out of money trying to give storage free. Lesson: never opt for free cloud storage.
Then I tried Picturelife about three months ago and still love it for a lot of reasons. Some readers asked me to talk about my experience with the product and how I went about moving my photographs to the cloud, so this is it.
Update: After this article was published and discussed around the web, Picturelife got in touch with me and offered a generous 20GB of additional free storage for life. Thank you. And here’s to Picturelife for being one of the top cloud storage solutions for all of us.
I have had an affection for Tissot since my childhood, so I often collect Tissot watches. My latest acquisition is one of a famous automatic collection whose name brings smiles and nods of respect from any watch connoisseur: the classic Tissot Le Locle. Continue reading
It started as an offhand idea, so we began with literally zero preparation. Half a basketball court, a ball and an iPhone in hand, I do not recall just when the idea struck me, but the four of us who were together had soon decided to make a short film.
The story, as I often like it in all of my films, was simple and open to interpretation. Two guys, a basketball: it does not matter whether they had the court or — quite literally — what was blocking their way, they would still play their game. Continue reading
As a man of physics, Interstellar is a film I would not miss for the world; if not for the physics, for the images — and director Chris Nolan’s images have always been powerful. Interstellar does not fall short on that. However, it helps for the layperson to learn a thing or two about physics before watching the film, which is why I wrote this article — and made sure there are no spoilers.
The film is really very small, but dressed as an operatic journey through space and time. The use of physics is interesting, almost exciting, and what holds the audience’s attention is (surprisingly) as much the science as the story of a parent-child relationship.
And yet, like so many films before it, Interstellar falls short merely because it was hyped far too much and it set itself an unrealistically high barrier. Continue reading
It is not often that I review books; if I reviewed every book I read, I would probably be too busy reading and writing every waking moment of my day. That said, the fact that I wanted to take time to speak about swede, Stieg Larsson’s, longtime bestseller speaks volumes about the book.
This review may contain mild spoilers, but nothing to irreversibly dent your reading suspense, so you should find it safe to go on.
First of all, (off the top of my head) I must say that I found the title rather misleading. This book is about a lot of things — including Lisbeth Salander, Mr Larsson’s masterful creation of a goth hacker dwelling in the tech underworld, confused and careless about everything in her life — but Salander, the titular girl with the dragon tattoo, is no bigger a player in it than any other. Continue reading