by Luv Mehta
It's quite an achievement when a TV show carves such a name for itself that entire stories and situations can be described as "Black Mirror-y". Trump's bid for presidency (as predicted by The Waldo Moment) is Black Mirror-y. David Cameron's pig controversy is Black Mirror-y. An AI interacting with the Internet and becoming a Neo Nazi sexbot is Black Mirror-y, and so on.
It's with these expectations that we go into the new series, now on Netflix, produced with a higher budget and a star studded cast. Does it retain the same cynicism and pessimism? Is it still quintessentially British? Do the increased amount of episodes still have consistently high quality across the board?
The answer - not really.
But does that make this series weak?
by Madhumati Chowdhury
Increasingly this realization has dawned on me that we have voluntarily taken to being immune to the world around us. We expect a lot, and rightly so, but when none of it is met we look to make the best of what we have instead of trying to rise above the mundane and chart our own course and get what we desire. Yes, it is not always easy and making the best of any situation requires adaptability skills but it makes one complacent in their position and one should live life, not lead a merely passive existence. Quietly, as we mill around and about doing our job, boarding our transport, making small talk and forgetting to have conversations we fall into a rut that’s tough to see through and even more difficult to get out of. Being an “adult” in the terms that the word is defined, being productive, how ever you have taken to defining it, compromising on your dreams, takes a toll. What to do then? How to revive and rename the box of lost causes something that keeps it alive? How to be a resounding “YES” in a world that keeps saying “NO” every step of the way? The answers to all this and more can be found in a short film, and it it’ll only take you 35 minutes; presenting The Red Balloon.
by Anuja Pal
Released this month to positive reviews, ‘Blue Jay’ is one of those films that you must watch if you’re one for solitude and quiet conversations.
Just Another American Alien
by Tarique Ejaz
"Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a propaganda-based-superimposition-of-patriotic-sentiments? Or is it just an alien in an alien land among less alien beings?"
by Smita Ganguli
I've always thought it was interesting to see The Truman Show as a take on enforcing cultural norms. Truman wants to break free of the norms that he's been socialized with, with the idea that he merely 'wants to leave town,' not so radical, really. But it's different!
And radical enough to be comically symbolic.