Films Watched in 2016

Firstly hello and welcome back! I have been on a year hiatus from blogging, purely because lack of motivations amongst medical reasons.

A little life update, I have graduated from my University with a 2:1, and with operations in between, I think i’ve done pretty well which means I’m just at a really good space, and hopefully can continue blogging.
This break hasn’t stopped me from watching loads of movies and TV shows though, and over the past couple of years I’ve also developed a new interest; listening to podcasts!
I’ll do a little post about the podcasts I’ve been listening to and would recommend if you guys are interested.

I thought as it’s my first post back after a year, let me start by doing a mega-post of all the movies I’ve watched in 2016.
These are a combination of Hollywood, Bollywood and new category South Indian. These are more regional movies as Bollywood only accounts for North Indian cinema.

The films I have highlighted in bold are the movies I would recommend you to watch.

Hollywood Movies Watched in 2016

  • The Hateful Eight (2016)
  • The Danish Girl (2016)


  • Room (2016)


  • Sisters (2016)
  • Ride Along 2 (2016)
  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
  • Deadpool (2016)
  • SPOTLIGHT (2016)


  • Allegiant (2016)
  • Daddy’s Home (2015)
  • Superman: Man of Steel (2013)
  • The Jungle Book (2016)


  • The Boss (2016)
  • Bad Neighbours 2 (2016)
  • Zootopia (2016)
  • The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
  • The Legend of Tarzan (2016)


  • Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)
  • IP Man 3 (2015)
  • Central Intelligence (2016)
  • Finding Dory (2016)


  • Suicide Squad (2016)
  • How to be Single (2016)
  • Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)


  • Magnificent Seven (2016)
  • NOW YOU SEE ME 2 (2016)


  • Bad Moms (2016)
  • Moana (2016)
  • Trolls (2016)


Bollywood Films Watched in 2016

  • Angry Indian Goddesses (2015)
  • Neerja (2016)


  • Aligarh (2016)
  • Kapoor & Sons (2016)
  • Sanam Teri Kasam (2016)
  • Ki & Ka (2016)
  • Talvar (2015)
  • Masaan (2015)
  • Fan (2016)


  • Nil Battey Sannata (2016)


  • Te3n (2016)
  • Udta Punjab (2016)


  • Shamitabh (2015)
  • Waiting (2016)
  • Sultan (2016)


  • Happy Baag Jayegi (2016)
  • Dhanak (2016)


  • Baar Baar Dekho (2016)
  • Dishoom (2016)
  • Pyaar Ka Punchnama (2011)
  • Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 (2016)
  • Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)


  • Dear Zindagi (2016)
  • Dangal (2016)


Lastly South Indian films watched in 2016

  • OK Kanmani (2015)


  • Bangalore Days (2014) (Highly recommend)


  • Kali (2016)
  • Ustad Hotel (2012)
  • Sairat (2016) (Highly Recommend)


I don’t think I watched s many movies as I did in the previous years but I have realised that  my taste in films is slowly changing, I’ve started to really focus on good dialogue, story and even appreciate cinematography.
Have you watched any of the movies in my list? What did you think of them?

How To Get Away With Murder Season 1 Finale

I have been meaning to do a weekly round up of the shows I have been watching but I get so engrossed in them and talk about it with fellow fans that I forget to actually write about it.

The last time I mentioned How To Get Away With Murder was back in October when it had just started. Not only has Viola Davis won The People’s Choice Award for Favourite Actress In A New TV Series, as well as Best Actress (Television Series Drama) at the Golden Globes. The show has also won Outstanding Drama Series at the Image Awards so with many accolades associated with this show you can tell how popular it has been.

Now onto the season finale, I watched it a day after it aired because I’m in the UK, so I can’t really tell how many people tuned in but I’m assuming a lot. It was near enough an hour and half long and it was really about concluding who really killed Lila Stangard (Megan West). In the previous episode we are left to think maybe Rebecca (Katie Findlay) may actually be twisted and have possibly killed her.
Wes (Alfred Enoch) suspects Rebecca had a hand in Lila’s murder, so Connor (Jack Falahee), Michaela (Aja Naomi King) and Laurel (Karla Souza) decide to the only way to get the truth from Rebecca is tying her up, it goes to far so Annalise has to interject. They end up taking Rebecca to Annalise’s house where they have to present a case about why they think Rebecca killed Lila like how they would present it in a trial.
There are their personal lives woven into this season finale as well like Connor and his partner Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) getting themselves tested for STD so that they can start their relationship properly, Michaela meeting her mother-in-law where she finally decides she doesn’t want to get married. We see Bonnie (Liza Weil) and Asher (Matt McGorry) sort of announce they’re a couple to Frank (Charlie Weber), lastly Annalise has kept her word and got Nate (Billy Brown) released on bail.

So as you can tell the writers had a lot of information and detail to show in an hour and half. For me there wasn’t a single bit that I felt they missed out on even right till the end when we find out that Lila’s real killer is **SPOILER** Frank!! He always looked dodgy to me but we see that he owed Sam (Tom Verica) a favour so he strangled Lila and dumped her body in the water tank. Which would make sense because if Rebecca had really killed her (like we were made to believe) then how is she supposed to carry a girl up the ladders, someone else would have to be involved which would complicate it even more.

Also I want to say that this first season for a new drama had the best cliff hanger I have ever seen in a drama. It was a total mindf***, I was left open mouthed thinking huh? what just happened? I had to go over the last 5 minutes again just in case I missed something. The ending shows Annalise announcing to rest of the students that Rebecca has escaped and asking who let her free (she was tied up in the basement) so while the students think she’s runaway and going to tell the police, in the meantime Wes has a mental breakdown and Annalise mothers him until he leaves asking what they will do about Rebecca where she says they will find her THEN it closes with Annalise going to the basement and we see Rebecca’s lifeless body behind/underneath the stairs. She asks Frank if he did it, and he says he suspected she did it.

So ladies and gentleman season 2 is going to be who killed Rebecca Stutter. I REALLY hope it isn’t Wes since he’s already killed Sam, Frank has killed Lila. I’m guessing it was Michaela or Laurel they seemed the most tensed to me.
So that concludes the first season of How To Get Away With Murder, what did you think of it?


So after watching the 6th episode of Season 4 ‘Damage’ I don’t know what’s happening with this show!

All I can think of right now is how dare David (James Tupper) make Nolan (Gabriel Mann) cry! Not the lovely Nolan Ross who’s been by Emily AKA Amanda’s side from day one but to make him cry on national TV is going too far, and bless Nolan for proving yet again what loyalty to a friend means, who didn’t just blurt out that Amanda is alive!!

It’s frustrating to watch at times, what is David’s game? Obviously he said getting revenge for the death of Amanda, but it took him 3 episodes (in show terms probably just a few days) for him to actually visit Nolan, when really isn’t he the first person you would see, to find out what happened to your daughter? Instead of going for the woman who helped put you in prison, and make the nation label you a terrorist?

One thing I’m glad about at the end of this episode is Charlotte (Christa B. Allen) leaving for “rehab” again. She was seriously just driving me crazy, a bit pointless and doesn’t really fit in with the storyline, thought she would be spending more time with her back from the dead dad. But for me she hasn’t been the same since Declan died. She’s just trying to fit in somewhere.

Also right at the end when Jack’s (Nick Wechsler) partner Ben (Brian Hallisay) goes snooping because really he wants to be a detective instead of being a police officer, we discover another side of David’s mystery life. I mean if you’re trying to hide your whereabouts so no one knows where you’re hiding, WHY would you mark the place you’re hiding in? It was quick thinking from Jack’s part to say he’s joining the murder mystery, so Ben doesn’t become suspicious. But Ben has been to Emily’s beach house,  I’m sure he will put 2 + 2 together in no time.

Also what’s the deal with Louise Ellis (Elena Satine) why is she after a mother figure from Victoria? Is it her power and arrogance aura she likes to present to people? Did she really think Victoria would just accept her as one of her kids just because she’s rich? I really want to know her back story.

Lastly how long is Emily going to hide she’s Amanda! Surely the quicker she tells her dad the quicker they can BOTH get revenge on Victoria. Rumour has it that this is the last season of Revenge. But after this episode I can see it dragging for another season at least.

Shows I’m Watching At The Moment

With a new season comes some new dramas, and some seasons of the old dramas.
Luckily I have the SideReel app (if you watch a lot of TV shows then I highly recommend it) which makes it easier for me to keep track of what episodes I’ve seen and what I need to catch up on. Although I mainly use it for the American shows.

So lets first start off with new seasons! I admit although some started a couple of weeks ago, I’m glad to see a few of my favourite shows back.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Source: IMDB

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 2 started September 28th, and I’m so glad to see Detective Jake Peralta and gang back on our screens.
I wouldn’t say this new season started off strong, but it quickly picked up from where it left off, although I would’ve liked to see more of Jake being undercover, I mean he was gone for 6 months. To fit it all into 12 seconds when telling his colleagues, wasn’t as funny as probably seeing him trying to blend in with the Mafia. I’m still waiting for some more laugh out loud moments.
The highlight of  the first episode was the exchange between Jake (Andy Samberg) and Charles (Jo Lo Truglio) in the car. I’m still holding onto more one liners and sharp sarcasm from Gina (Chelsea Peretti) she was my favourite character last season.

The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project Source: IMDB

The Mindy Project: Season 3 started September 16th, and I can’t explain the countdown I was doing to see my favourite Asian female comedian. Admittedly she’s the only female Asian comedian I know but she’s funny!
The love life of Dr Mindy Lahiri is not only funny but entertaining to watch. Mindy (Mindy Kaling) and Danny (Chris Messina) are FINALLY a couple! From the get go the sexual tension between had the audience gripped, with it being some peoples OTP, from fantasy to reality (in the storyline sense) they are together.
Although the show is named after Mindy and she should have majority of the air time, I still want to see more of the side characters. I like how Morgan (Ike Barinhholtz) is still being the commentary between both doctors. But what happened to Jeremy? (Ed Weeks) he needs a storyline, I mean I thought he was going to get with Betsy (Zoe Jarman), has she left? She hasn’t been in this season at all but we didn’t really see much of a departure considering she was in it for 2 seasons.
I want to see more of Tamra’s (Xosha Roquemore) and Morgan’s relationship.


Revenge Source: IMDB

Revenge: Season 4 started yesterday September 28th,  and Emily Thorne AKA Amanda Clarke (Emily VanCamp) is back with a different style of vengeance. It’s sort of like this show never left our screens but I’m liking this new storyline.
Just to recap… Emily put Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) in a mental hospital after hitting her with a shovel, for killing her love Aiden Mathis (Barry Sloane), this is the same hospital Victoria put Emily’s mother in when she was small, saying she was mentally unstable.
Emily bought Grayson Manor and has redecorated it but still keeps a watch on her old house.
Daniel Grayson (Joshua Bowman) and Emily are separated and he’s lost the plot. He doesn’t have a job but is trying to sell his assets to still be seen as the rich Grayson, that is his surname.
Charlotte Grayson/Clarke (Christa B. Allen) is mixing with the newest addition to the Revenge family, Gideon (Daniel Zovatto) who is trouble for her addiction to substance use.
Margaux LeMarchal (Karine Vanasse) now own’s her father’s company after Conrad killed him, but she’s also managing her own magazine company.
Jask Porter (Nick Wechsler) is now a police officer and has a new partner/cop friend to work with.
Nolan Ross (Gabriel Mann) is still Nolan being the tech wizard and socialite he is, ready at Emily’s call to do whatever he needs to.
Lastly the biggest cliff hanger of the season finale, Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny) was killed by the one man we all thought the whole show was based on revenging the killing of, but nope he’s alive and on a mission of revenge himself, David Clarke (James Tupper).
Last season had its highs and lows with most of the fans disappointed with the mid season episodes, but it slowly picked up nearer to the end. With two deaths and a huge revelation this season is already better in my eyes, although I’m not liking the whole David Clarke and Victoria getting back together again. I mean if you come back from the dead the first thing you would want to know is where is his child? Not where is the woman who helped put me in jail? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

Now to some new shows to watch!


Black-ish Source: IMDB

Black-ish: A new comedy based around a wealthy black family and the father’s determination to not only fit in with the elite but also establish a sense of cultural identity that honours their roots. The head of the family and the first voice commentary of each episode is by Dre (Anthony Anderson) who has a beautiful wife who is also a doctor Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), their four kids and Dre’s father Pops (Lawrence Fishbourne).
This show is still fairly new it started September 24th so there really hasn’t been many episodes but apparently it’s a show to watch a give it a chance, which I am. I have found some parts funny but I think they can utilise the kids more into each story rather than the struggle of a father trying to turn his children, especially his son more black. I know there will be comparisons to previous comedy shows in the 90s like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and My Wife and Kids but this is different. I personally don’t think Anthony Anderson can pull off being the lead of the show, he’s good at it so far but I think I’m so used to seeing him being one of the supporting casts like in Guys with Kids which i found him to be hilarious in but this is, still growing on me, lets see if I’m still bothered to carry on watching it or take it off my planner.

Red Band Society Source: Google Images

Red Band Society
Source: Google Images

Red Band Society: The picture is a bit pix-elated but it’s the best descriptive poster I could find, which will cut down a huge chunk of trying to describe each character, as you can just see it on the poster! It started September 17th so it’s still fairly new and I’m really liking this show. Red Band is basically the name tag each patient is given when they are admitted to the hospital, which they have made a society of because not many people leave, so it keeps them close together when they think they’re on their own.
So the main doctor is Dr. McAndrew (Dave Annable), main nurse is Nurse Jackson (Octavia Spencer) who sees all the children as her own, and believes in the tough love approach. Dash (Astro) who has a lungs condition, Emma (Ciara Bravo) who has an eating disorder, Leo (Charlie Rowe) who had cancer and had to have his leg amputated to remove the tumour. Kara (Zoe Levin) who has a weak heart, Charlie (Griffin Gluck) who has been in coma for a couple of months after an accident, but can feel and hear everything around him, just can’t speak so his commentary is in third person. Lastly the newbie Jordi (Nolan Sotillo) who admitted himself into the hospital although being a minor, where he believed himself to have cancer but turns out to be bigger than expected. There’s also Nurse Dobler (Rebecca Rittenhouse) who is more of a friend to everyone compared to Nurse Jackson.
This show is my favourite show this season so far, mainly because I can relate to it on a personal level. Having a medical history myself, although not terminally ill, I can understand the symbolism a name tag has when you’re admitted into hospital. The struggle of being at the adolescent age of these characters, where they are still young (meaning still in school) but old enough to stay on their own, which can make them feel isolated from rest of the world. Rather than seeing this show in the arc sense, or script, I see it as a show I can relate to to in my personal life.

How To Get Away With Murder Source: IMDB

How To Get Away With Murder
Source: IMDB

How To Get Away With Murder: This is probably one of the most talked about shows at the moment, and the only one where I have heard people around me mention it, compared to rest of the shows above. It started on September 25th so yet again it’s still fairly new. It revolves around a group of hand selected law students, who follow the cases of their criminal defence professor, and become involved in a twisted murder plot that changes their lives.
Professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) leads this show with her stubborn, shrewd and hard personality of maintaining her professional appearance as a lawyer, as well as a teacher, but is really a lost woman within herself, when it comes to her personal life and relationship with her husband Sam (Tom Verica) who is also a professor.
The hand picked students are Wes Gibbins  (Alfred Enoch) who joined unprepared and is seen as the underdog of the show, Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee) who can charm his way into getting any evidence he can, Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King) who wants to be the teacher’s pet. Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry) who tries to compete with the others (may also recognise from Orange Is The New Black), Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza) the laid back one of the group; also including Wes’s neighbour Rebecca Sutter (Katie Findlay) who is seen as being secretive and mysterious, and lastly Keating’s personal helpers Frank Delfino (Charlier Weber) who has a history of sleeping with the students and Bonnie Winterbottom (Liza Weil) who has a soft spot for Sam.
Not only is there a lot of faces to remember but this show is pretty unconventional, in the sense it has a lot of parallel stories running in each episode, as well as each characters’ personal drama, and to top it off it’s a non-linear storyline, so it constantly goes back and forth. Each episode has a specific case they’re working on as a group, but it also features the big murder twist in-between which can get confusing if you’re not paying attention.
I’m really liking this show mainly because I enjoy watching law dramas like Suits and Reckless, but mixed with crime and murder mystery it keeps you interested.

Koffee With Karan Language Barrier

I started watching an episode with my mum, she wanted to see the one with Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, because it kept advertising on TV, and I realised that most, if not all the episodes, the guests as well as Karan are speaking in English. (They probably have been from Season 1 but I’ve never picked up on it).

My mum understands English but doesn’t really speak it, so most of the time she just gets the gist of what they’re saying. I know sometimes she doesn’t understand what they’re talking about because of their words, like when Ranveer called Karan a “needler”, she would understand it better in Hindi. Sometimes she even asks me what does this mean, which I think as an Asian TV Show (even if it is a chat show) isn’t right.
It’s harder to explain the private jokes they make amongst themselves, which doesn’t come out the same when you translate it. Some words can’t be translated which will be the same from Hindi to English.

Considering the channel it airs on (Star TV in India, Star Plus in the UK), the primary audiences’ first language, their background, their education. Unless they have been in further education or communicate in English, these audiences wouldn’t understand half of the stuff the guests say.

A few days days ago I watched ‘The Roundtable with Rajeev Masand’ I watched the one with the Actors first, with Aamir, Ranbir, Irrfan and Nawazuddin before I saw the one with the actresses.
While Rajeev was asking them questions in English, the other three didn’t have a problem in replying back in English, but Nawazuddin was the only one who replied back in Hindi with the odd English word here and there. Even Rajeev translated the questions, when he was asking Nawazuddin, which I think helped him and didn’t make him feel like the odd one out, because he was replying back in Hindi.
I don’t know if anyone noticed that or they were just mostly listening to the answers, not how they were saying it.
I know slowly but surely he will pick it up as well but for some reason it’s just become normal for them to always speak in English.

If they can do movies in Hindi, why not chat shows? I’m not saying they should all be in Hindi but good amount of it should be.

While it might be great for international audiences, for the people who have grown up watching Hindi cinema, they should be able to understand them better.

Don’t you think?


Films Watched in 2013

Happy New Year!!

What a year it’s been for the movie industry both Hollywood and Bollywood!
In the beginning of the year I decided to make a list, of all the movie I watch for the first time in the year no matter how old they are.
The list first started off with Hollywood movies and then at the end of Feb/beginning of March I decided to do the same for Bollywood as I watch both. (makes sense right?) So here’s the list including my favourites for the year:

Hollywood Movies Watched In 2013

– Hotel Transylvania (2012)
– Django Unchained (2013)


– Silver Linings Playbook (2013)
– Les Misérables (2013)


– A Christmas Carol (2009)
– Fun Size (2012)
– Kiss The Girls (1997)
– Wreck It Ralph (2013)
– Rio (2011)
– Identity Thief (2013)


– Source Code (2011)
– Takers (2010)
– Fired Up (2009)
– Looper (2012)
– Friends With Kids (2011)
– The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
– Limitless (2011)
– Salt (2010)
– Iron Man 2 (2010)
– Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
– 21 & Over (2013)
– The Hangover Part 3 (2013)
– Despicable Me 2 (2013)

– The Croods (2013)

– Monsters University (2013)


– Grown Ups 2 (2013)
– The Heat (2013)


– Epic (2013)
– Planes (2013)
– Kick-Ass 2 (2013)


– We’re The Millers (2013)


– Iron Man 3 (2013)
– The Worlds End (2013)
– This Is The End (2013)


– Now You See Me (2013)


– Turbo (2013)
– Red 2 (2013)


– G.I. Joe Retaliation (2013)
– This Means War (2012)
– The Internship (2013)
– Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)
– Bad Teacher (2011)
– The Kids Are All Right (2010)
– Rise Of The Guardians (2012)
– Arthur Christmas (2011)
– The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)


– The Best Man (1999)
– White House Down (2013)


– ParaNorman (2012)
– The Best Man Holiday (2013)


– One Direction – This Is Us (2013)
– Pain & Gain (2013)
– The Family (2013)
– The Sapphires (2012)
– Julie and Julia (2009)
– Saving Mr Banks (2013)

Bollywood Movies (Starting from end of Feb)

– Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)
– Table No 21 (2013)


– Aashiqui 2 (2013)
– Talaash (2012)
– Student Of The Year (2012)
– English Vinglish (2012)
– Kai Po Che (2013)
– Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011)
– Gippi (2013)


– Mujhse Fraandship Karoge (2011)
– Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani (2013)


– Faltu (2011)
– Jolly LLB (2013)
– Guru (2007)
– Raanjhanaa (2013)


– Ghanchakkar (2013)
– Aurangzeb (2013)
– Ishqiya (2010)
– Don 2 (2011)
– Race 2 (2013)


– Chennai Express (2013)


– ABCD (2013)


– Shuddh Desi Romance (2013)
– Fukrey (2013)


– Besharam (2013)
– Grand Masti (2013)
– Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara (2013)
– The Lunchbox (2013)
– Bullett Raja (2013)
– Bombay Talkies (2013)
– Ram-Leela (2013)


– Ramaiya Vastavaiya (2013)
– Lootera (2013)


Overall I think I’ve done well but I still have A LOT to watch!