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  1. Thanks for years of reading my posts and I am ever grateful to the previous forum for making so many great friends. I have learned so much about hifi, music and movies from so many of you. This thread has become my personal blog and it has been lovely to see it grow so much, and a lot of my heart and soul are in these words. It is also a wonder to see how my writing has evolved from the first post to the last one. I will keep the reasons for leaving to myself. It’s no biggie really... can’t be stretching myself on so many platforms. I will just leave this here... my baby an
  2. https://reelthoughtsfromageek.wordpress.com/2020/11/18/my-missing-valentine-2020/
  3. https://reelthoughtsfromageek.wordpress.com/2020/11/17/voice-of-silence-2020/
  4. https://reelthoughtsfromageek.wordpress.com/2020/11/05/number-1-2020/
  5. Last night, the missus was out. Left to my own devices, I decided to scour through Netflix for a horror flick, something she won’t want to see and chanced upon a gem - His House. Horror is the most versatile genre, but the great ones are a needle in a haystack. His House knocks on the anteroom of great horror films, offering solid scares, an emotionally powerful story and a pair of emphatic characters. I watched part of this with my fingers stuck in my ears so you know I was petrified and nearly **** my pants. A refugee couple, Bol Majur (Sope Dirisu) and Rial Majur (Wu
  6. sorry about that. I have no idea what’s dark mode. Anyway, I foresee I won’t be contributing in this forum soon.
  7. I have a criteria when it comes to what to watch. If one person recommends it, it goes into a mental pile of stuff to watch when I have no idea what to see. If two people recommend it, it goes to the top of the pile. If three people recommend it, I watch it ASAP. The Queen’s Gambit was recommended by two persons and it is a gem. This will easily take 7 hours from you when you least expect it and you would think it’s time well-spent. Eight year-old orphan Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) is quiet, sullen, and by all appearances unremarkable. That is, until she plays her first game of c
  8. https://reelthoughtsfromageek.wordpress.com/2020/10/23/mini-series-the-haunting-of-bly-manor-2020/
  9. Since the last I posted on movies seen, we have seen Enola Holmes, The Devil All the Time, Knife in the Water (1962), La Jeune Fille Sans Mains, Klute, Greyhound, Gretel & Hansel, Ordinary People, Silent Witness, Law with Two Phases, Mystic Pizza, Crimson Peak, Let the Sun Shine In, The Last Station, The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, Impetigore, and I will just say more about these... Bacurau is a fantastic movie that defies easy pigeonholing into a specific genre. At times it is not even coherent but I dare you to feel bored. There is some pointed discussion about social class but
  10. Thappad is a story of Amrita whose seemingly perfect life is shattered when her husband slaps her once in a party. But is one slap enough to question what a relationship stands for? Thappad is a Hindi Marriage Story but it was juggling a lot more stuff. Exquisitely acted and subtly directed, this one puts gender disparity and patriarchal societal norms under an unsparing microscope. It dares to ask some real questions about gender roles. Love this... my mind is swimming with words. This is not only the best Hindi film we have seen this year, it is also the most important one. See it
  11. https://reelthoughtsfromageek.wordpress.com/2020/09/28/im-livin-it-2020/ Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. A friend on FB was Kon Mari-ing his movie collection and his Japanese pile caught my eye. He was kind enough to offer them to me. So I thought since we can’t go Japan, we let Japan come to us with a mini-Japanese film festival, complete with Chef Choo’s udon. Udon (2006). The first half was on steroids. It almost felt like whatever the director could think of, he just threw it on the screen. The second half slipped into a traditional father-and-son story arc that I have a soft spot for. Those scenes on the making of a bowl of udon are amazing. Soul food indeed. One of the quirkiest movie
  13. Since my last post on movies seen at home, we have checked out #Alive, Indian Matchmaking, Raat Akeli Hai, Shakuntala Devi, Bringing Up Baby, Mystic Pop-up Bar, The Legacy of the Bones, Project Power, Ordinary People, The Raging Bull, but I will say a little more of these... The Lady Eve is a 1941 American screwball comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges which stars Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda. Returning from a year up the Amazon studying snakes, the rich but unsophisticated Charles Pike meets con-artist Jean Harrington on a ship. They fall in love, but a misunders
  14. Seriously, this list is rubbish. It’s compiled by critics who want to show off a few obscure movies to tell you they know more than you. There is a link in the article to a list of Top Japanese Films from 2001, which is utter crap. How can it not have Departures (2008)? I am going to share with you guys a few lists curated by a friend of mine who watches more movies than me, I kid you not and these are superb lists of great Korean movies in different genres. These are the most definitive lists and I stand by his choices. I only added Cold Eyes to his list. Use this as a gateway to great
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