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Hyper Scape Review – The Future of Battle Royale?

By Faras Sait

As battle-royale games have dominated the gaming market over the past 2 years, we are now introduced to yet another ultra-fast paced, somewhat futuristic shooter.

Created by the same studio that gave us the most beloved Rainbow Six Siege and Assassins Creed series, the game sure does have a lot backing it up. But does it really deliver? Or is it just another rushed Ubisoft game?

Hyper Scape definitely has charm, well, at least at the first glance. The game opens to a beautiful cut-scene that familiarizes you with the unique, retro setting of the game. Hyper Scape’s charm is contributed significantly by its aesthetic. The map is colourful and expressive and the characters perfectly compliment this. In fact, Ubisoft went so far with the aesthetics that instead of a mysterious cloud slowly shrinking the map, like we are used to with other battle-royale titles, in Hyper Scape, the map slowly pixelates and de-renders in front of your eyes.

Source: Hyper Scape (Ubisoft)

After watching the intro cut-scene for the first time, gamers are spawned into a mandatory training ground, where the games mechanism is introduced. Spawning with nothing but a melee weapon, you are set to find guns and abilities all across the map. And, yes, that’s right, Abilities.

These abilities, or hacks as they are called in-game are designed to augment and propel your current abilities. Having said that though, the abilities are extremely mobile. Even the offensive abilities, like the slam attack will have you launched several meters in the air or even dash you forward.

Apart from abilities, the game introduces a never before seen mechanics. All your weapons and hacks can be upgraded simply by picking duplicate spawns of the same sort across the map. These 2 mechanics paired together result in some really fast-paced gameplay. The hacks are constantly propelling you all across the map, and this makes verticality and movement a very important aspect in the game. Meanwhile, the ability to quickly level up your weapons, paired with a wide arsenal of weapons to choose from keeps the game fun and different every other time you play it.

Source: Hyper Scape (Ubisoft)

Well… like I said earlier. This is all at first glance. Playing Hyper Scape for longer than a few hours and you’ll be quick to spot glaring flaws and confused design choices. The core issue can really be boiled down to one major aspect. And, annoyingly enough, it is also the most important aspect of the game.

‘Time to kill’ – Wait! I don’t mean it’s time to kill. I mean, the time it takes to kill. See, for fast-paced games like Hyper Scape where you are sent flying across the map, the time that you get the enemy in your sights is highly limited. As a result of this, you would naturally expect a pretty quick ‘time to kill’. And this is Hyper Scape’s major issue.

It has a ridiculously long ‘time to kill’. Getting kills, arguably the most fun part of any shooter themed game, has become a long drawn affair in this title. Often times, you might end up chasing a single target across the whole map, because it is simply impossible to pump enough bullets into someone before they either leap, slide or just teleport away.

Source: Hyper Scape (Ubisoft)

The weapons, on the other hand, though there is a whole arsenal to choose from – the weapons almost feel like pea-shooters half the time. The explosive weapons, especially.  These do far too little damage to even be termed as explosive. Some explosive weapons require 3 or more direct hits to score a kill. A ridiculous amount for a game this fast. Shot guns on the other hand are nothing like you may be used to. Taking 2 or more shots to kill, they also feel useless half of the time.

You may be wondering about the upgrades. Well, it’s not until the final weapon upgrade that you receive an increase in damage, so unless you get lucky and fully upgrade, what you’re left with is still a pea-shooter.

Source: Hyper Scape (Ubisoft)

Coming back to the abilities in the game, though cleverly innovated, the games mechanism and manoeuvrability ruins it all. For example, the hack to spot enemies is often outdated by the time you get to actually use it considering everyone just teleports around.

It’s a terrible shame that the games slow kill time works completely against its main selling points – mobility and hacks. Having said all this though, there is a good game hiding underneath all these issues. Bringing mobility to a battle-royale game is genius and maybe if Ubisoft drops patches to reduce the ‘time to kill’, then Hyper Scape just might have its time on the battle-royale throne.

Hyper Scape Official Cinematic Trailer

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TOP 15 HISTORICAL/PERIOD DOCUMENTARIES On Netflix

By Ksanbor (filmadroit)

What makes a great historical documentary? Is it the experts, subjects, or editing? I would say, it is a mixture of all factors– a blend that can make you go back in time. A great documentary can make the viewer feel like they’re Indiana Jones, exploring all the experiences lived. Information is key, authenticity should be the number one priority, granted it is a balancing act, entertainment needs to be considered too.

In our list, we will name some of the top historical documentaries on Netflix, some feature film lengths; some docuseries. Wars, revolutionaries, empires, and trailblazers, Netflix spared no expense in bringing you quality content. To do justice to the vast amount of amazing documentaries on Netflix, we will do a top 15 documentaries on Netflix. Now, let’s put on our explorers’ hat and start this adventure.

Top 15 documentaries on Netflix – Historical/Period

15. The Last Czars (2019)

In a time when tremendous changes were happening all over the world, Russian went through several monumental changes in a relatively short span of time, and one of those being the end of a royal dynasty. Historical experts discuss the life of Czar Nicholas II, will all of his flaws, troubles, and the craziness that surrounds him– I’m looking at you, Rasputin.

Source: The Last Czars, Netflix

14. Witches: A Century of Murder (2015)

Sometimes we need to learn from history and not let horrible inhuman atrocities repeat. Historian Suzannah Lipscomb tries to look for valid reasons on why the witch hunt, that killed a large number of innocent women, happened in the 17th.

Source: Witches: A century of Murder (2015), Netflix

13. History 101 (2020)

Want a quick rundown on all the major events that shaped our modern world? Netflix produced docuseries, History 101, tackles many relevant historical topics from feminism to robots to fast food. You will definitely get your fill of facts from this informative series.

Source: History 101 (2020), Netflix

12. Myths and Monsters (2017)

Mythology is vital to the history of a place. Learn about fantastical beasts from old European tales. Perfectly produced for the causal viewer to enjoy, this docuseries gives history that much needed magical touch.

Source: Myths and Monsters (2017), Netflix

11. Roman Empire (2016)

Another documentary/dramatized video recreation from Netflix. This one in particular deals with the reign of Commodus as the emperor of Rome, it chronicles the events that led to the downfall of the great empire.

Source: Roman Empire (2016), Netflix

10. Anne Frank – Parallel Stories (2019)

A documentary hosted by Helen Mirren that dives into the tragic life of Anne Frank through her writing and also looks at the writing of 5 survivors from the Holocaust. Heart-breaking and uplifting, we are shown, through the horrors of war, how valuable a child’s life is.

Source: Anne Frank – Parallel Stories (2019), Netflix

9. High Score (2020)

When talking about history, it is important to not overlook innovations that are considered commonplace today. Videogames of the past have shaped the lives of the modern world more than anything else has. Netflix has given us a portal to the past, with this fun and vibrant docuseries, befitting the history of gaming. Taking a look at some of the innovators that drove modern culture into a new age.

Source: High Score (2020), Netflix

8. They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead (2018)

The most prolific film in the world is arguably Citizen Kane (1941). The director, Orson Welles, struggles to outdo his debut performance while producing the film “The Other Side of the Wind.” Morgan Neville’s documentary parallels Welles’ mantra of “It’s all in the editing” with its beautiful timing, making use of all past footage effectively.

Source: They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead (2018), Netlfix

7. Rise of Empires: Ottoman (2020)

One of the best docudramas produced by Netflix. Exhilarating and informative, what more can you ask for. This series chronicles the campaign of the Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed II, as he tries to capture Constantinople.

Source: Rise of Empires: Ottoman (2020), Netflix

6. Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo (2017)

The documentary tells the story of the men and women behind the historical moon landing. Showing us how the dedication and skill of unrecognised people, helped placed a man on the moon, people whose names are not clearly defined in the history books. Achieving an uplifting as well as thrilling film, this is a must-watch for Netflix surfers.

Source: Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo (2017), Netflix

5. Greatest Events of WWII in Colour (2019)

Historical experts discuss the behind the scene events and decisions that drove the machine of war into its destructive rampage in World War II. The detailed analysis of these experts is spliced on-screen with the archival footage of all the moments captured in film and to increase the sense of realism, these footage are altered to have color.

Source: Greatest Events of WWII in Colour (2019), Netflix

4. Cuba and the Cameraman (2017)

A powerful documentary that uncovers the true state of the Cuban people, under the communist rule of Fidel Castro, by following 3 families in the course of 45 years. Documenting the struggles of the people while the government tries to hide the negative aspects of the country in rose-tinted glasses.

Source: Cuba and the Cameraman (2017), Netflix

3. Five Came Back (2017)

5 American film directors head out into war with the hopes of documenting the events of the world stage. Witnessing the true horrors of war can change a person’s outlook and thus, change the world. An immensely important film that analyses the bravery of a few men with a mission to serve good.

Source: Five Came Back (2017), Netflix

2. Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szulalski (2018)

Not every great artist is celebrated, most fate into obscurity, and their works are lost and forgotten. One such great artist, slipping out of the memory of history, was brought back to life by this heartfelt documentary. Snared from the beginning by the genuine humanity of the subjects, intrigue by the awe-inspiring works of art, and captured by the endearing growth and evolution of the main subject. One of the best documentaries on Netflix.

Source: Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szulalski (2018), Netflix

1.  They Shall Not Grow Old (2020)

The most important element of documentary filmmaking is that, unlike acted and staged films, you cannot suspend your disbelieve like a traditional movie and that aspect is what makes this film an undeniable classic. Its significance is almost over powered by the brilliant craft at display. A film that etches terror in your memory, more intense than the scariest of horror movies. The testimonials of the combatants, who had to stomach such an ordeal in real life, can only strengthen the viewers sentiments of not letting history repeat itself. Peter Jackson has done us a great service by putting, in color, the greatest lesson in mankind history.

Source: They Shall Not Grow Old (2020), Netflix

Do let us know your top 15 documentaries in the comments section below.

Check Out our latest post on Best PS4 Games, 2020.

BEST PS4 GAMES 2020

By Faras Sait

A whole seven years from the PS4’s release date and with the PS5 right around the corner, the PS4 is nearing the end of its life cycle. This however has not slowed down developers from churning out epic games, that too, with no sign of slowing down.

And, rightfully so. Either way, the PS5 has been announced to be fully backwards compatible with the PS4, so this list applies for both the PS4 and the PS5.

The Last of Us 2

The successor to arguably the best PlayStation game to have graced the console. The Last of Us 2 faced a lot of controversies. But despite this, we believe that this is a sequel that is perfectly fitting of the profound experience that the first installment created.

TLOU2 is highlighted by a storyline that is unlike anything we have ever seen before. Though impossible to explain without mentioning any spoilers, it employs a unique plot that can only ever work on an interactive platform such as a video-game. All this paired with its brutal combat mechanism, incredible story writing, and next-gen graphics, TLOU2 is the game you have to play if you haven’t already.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

In case you haven’t already fallen for the hype and popularity that followed Fall Guys over the past few months, we really think this is a game you shouldn’t sleep on.

Taking a step away from the grim and fast-paced games that we have seen over the year, Fall Guys sports a delightful colour palette and a simple, yet entertaining game physics.

You, among 60 other gamers, are pitted in what can really only be said to resemble the ‘wipeout’ series the most. You are set to cover obstacles and simple challenges in a bid to be the last one standing.

With its fair and rather cheap pricing, this is a game you’d probably enjoy even more with friends.

Resident Evil 3

Resident Evil 3 is a fantastic re-imagining and a refreshing departure from globally loved classic. RE3 Dives even deeper into aspects that we never saw in the original make of the game and this paired with a substantial and rather phenomenal upgrade in the graphics; it might even be said that this remake is even better than the original. But, that’s for you to decide. 

If that wasn’t enough, RE3 boasts a truly original experience in terms of the way the game actually plays. Enabling players to really make the most of the gameworld and use the environment to your advantage is incredible

Apex Legends

Yeah, yeah. We know this game came out in 2019. But really the reason we are adding it to this list is because it wasn’t up until 2020 that the game really fully developed and blew up.

A battle royale game – much like Fortnite or PUBG; but this time with a little twist, and a uniquely awesome one, might we add. Apex Legends will see gamers, alongside 2 other teammates, take the role of legends. Each legend with 3 completely unique abilities. These abilities are what contribute to Apex’s game dynamic – a dynamic that is unique and very, very refreshing for the battle royale genre. If you are anything of a battle royale fan, you will love the unique aspects that Apex Legends takes.

Source: Apex Legends

Ghost Of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima is by far the most epic adventure game to have come out in 2020. After years of begging, Sucker Punch finally delivered to fans a feudal Japan game and oh, how the wait was so worth it.

Spending just a few minutes in the picturesque and aesthetically pleasing Tsushima island, it is apparent that the developers spent hours upon months to truly appreciate the cultures and architectures from the 12th century. 

And if the graphics and gameplay don’t have you onboard then the combat might. Allowing you to fulfil your fantasies and slice through your enemies with a katana, in true samurai fashion, the combat system in GoS is just insanely satisfying. 

Do share your list of Best PS4 Games 2020 in the comments section below.

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Top 7 James Bond movies

By Ksanbor (filmadroit)

With nearly $7 billion dollars in box-office gross, and 25 movies in the bag (with two unofficial movies), James Bond is arguably the biggest action movie franchise. Starting in 1962 with ‘Dr. No’ staring, the iconic, Sean Connery– who doesn’t know the “shaken, not stirred” line and don’t tell me you didn’t use his voice while reading that. Ian Fleming’s James Bond has had different faces for every generation and is the longest surviving franchise in Hollywood history, and it doesn’t look like it’s dying out anytime soon. With the newest iteration– coincidentally named “No time to die”– set to be released in spring 2021. So, without further ado, let’s jump into the top 7 from ‘007’.

7. On her majesty’s secret service (1969)

James Bond has to go undercover for his battle with the organization, SPECTRE. Oh and also, Bond falls for a dangerous woman, so, nothing new there. But what’s new is the fresh visual take. The stand out of the movie is the direction, almost every scene is meticulously planned and looks as aesthetically pleasing as possible. The support cast is also good, Diana Rigg gave a memorable performance as Bond’s love interest. Peter R. Hunt made a fantastic thriller that took the franchise into new territories and for that, deserve a spot at the top.

Source: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) – James Bond Movie

6. The spy who loved me (1977)

Roger Moore’s Bond has to team up with K.G.B agent, Anya Amasova, whose lover was killed by him– awkward. Together they have to investigate a nuclear submarine disappearance. This movie succeeds in every aspect it was aiming for, the cold war theme was relevant to the time and the action scenes were fun. The henchmen, Jaws, never failed to entertain every time he popped up on screen and the dynamic between the two secret agents was engaging. Moore’s charisma and the sleek style of the movie make it a quintessential James Bond movie.

Source: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) – James Bond Movie

5. License to kill (1989)

An underrated installment in the James Bond franchise. Timothy Dalton gave a completely new take on his stint as the big-screen action hero. His somber outlook on the James Bond character was straight from Ian Fleming’s Novels. The dark tone perfectly suited the plot which sees Bond seeking revenge for his friend’s murder. The action is wild and over-the-top (ninjas were involved at one point) but never felt cheesy, this movie had one of the best vehicle chase scenes. Overall, a great movie for its time.

Source: License to Kill (1989) – James Bond Movie

4. Goldfinger (1964)

Bond is assigned to investigate a gold smuggling ring by businessman Auric Goldfinger. This movie has the first ever James Bond actor, Sean Connery, in his third entry in the role and Goldfinger had the O.G. at his absolute best. The villain, Goldfinger, deserves to have his name in the title, he was fantastic in every frame he was in. The dialogue had a pleasant wit to it that elevated the experience. Who could forget the exchange between Goldfinger and Bond, “Do you expect me to talk?” “No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die”. Suspenseful and full of thrills, this movie had everyone involved in its production, on top of their game.

Source: Goldfinger (1964) – James Bond Movie

3. Casino Royale (2006)

Daniel Craig’s first mission as James Bond is to stop a terrorist organization by winning a card game. As ridiculous as that sounds, this movie is the franchise at it’s finest. A reboot that achieved greatness from redefining the main character. The film invested heavily on the emotional depth of Bond, something that hasn’t been done before. Martin Campbell’s second attempt at a Bond movie shows just how well he understands the character and where he can shine the best.

Source: Casino Royale (2006) – James Bond Movie

2. GoldenEye (1995)

James Bond faces off against a former MI6 agent, presumed dead, who has stolen a very powerful weapon. Pierce Brosnan debuts as the titular agent with a bang. 007 facing off against 006 sounds too good to be true. Enjoyable from start to end, this movie is unrelenting. The story is as interesting and as fresh as ever before. The new modern look, with all the high-tech gadgets, fits the real changes happening at that period of time. Martin Campbell once again reinvented James Bond and on his first try, nonetheless. He transformed the franchise from spy action movies into blockbuster contenders.

Source: GoldenEye (1995) – James Bond Movie

1. Skyfall (2012)

James bond battles an adversary with a pass connected to his own agency. This movie is unmatched in every aspect of filmmaking, from the writing to the presentation. Daniel Craig gives a veteran performance of a James Bond who has been seasoned by his past as an MI6 agent and comes across the protagonist who is corrupted by his own past. This film never fails to be engaging and exciting, even on multiple watches.

A true action masterpiece that can be enjoyed as a standalone film even without the James Bond name. Mostly, because the movie doesn’t entirely center around James Bond but gives multiple characters rich and interesting stories of their own. Every aspect of this movie is timeless and well deserving of the top spot.

Source: Skyfall (2012) – James Bond Movie

What are your Top 7 James Bond Movies? Tell us in the comments below.

Checkout Our Latest Review of Top 10 Horror Movies on Netflix.

Top 10 Horror Movies on NETFLIX

By Ksanbor (filmadroit)

Want to make your heart race while opening closets? Want to think twice before going to the bathroom in the middle of the night? – all useful survival skills – or maybe you just enjoy watching scary/dark movies, or maybe you are just a psychopath. Well, if it’s any of the above, you came to the right place, we will be going through some of the best horror movies on the Netflix catalogue. Halloween is on the horizon and on the heels of a terrible year, nonetheless, so, let’s ‘trick or treat’ you guys with two lists instead of one.

We will go through the top 10 straight-up ‘no-nonsense’ horror movies, and a top 8 list of movies that can make you go,” Oh yeah, that was kinda scary too”. Also, it’s important to mention that if you cannot find some of these movies on Netflix, it does not mean it is not available, it just means that you need a VPN. So, without further ado, let’s jump into the top horror movies on Netflix. Sit back, relax, and let’s enjoy some ‘Netflix and Chills’ content.

10. Insidious (2010)

A true classic in the horror movie genre, Director James Wan knows how to hit the right beats, and deliver an enjoyable yet scary movie. Having a contained story focused on the struggles of a couple and their comatose son, played to this movie’s good strengths. Some people just watch it for that scary old woman with the candle – to each his own, I guess.

Source: Insidious (2010)

9. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2017)

An unidentified body of a young woman, given to a father-son coroner duo– we have a good idea where this plot is going. A crazy night, filled with thrilling revelations. A great movie if you love psychological thrillers in your horror movies.

Source: The Autopsy of Jane Doe

8. Poltergeist (1982)

An oldie that can still petrify you with special-effects that still hold up even today. Watching TV never felt more terrifying.  The film has an authentic family life feel to it, which makes the supernatural occurrences scarier than they have any right to be. The tragedy surrounding the cast also adds to the horror aspect of this movie.

Source: Poltergeist

7. Sinister (2012)

What makes a good horror movie? Dumb people moving into houses where someone died horribly. Filled with classic scares that hits all the right notes, in the frightening sense. A writer desperate to uncover a chilling murder, hoping to find material for his story, uncovers things more ‘sinister’ than what he anticipated, and we find out that lights are important while sleeping.

Source: Sinister

6. Under The Shadow (2016)

There is a surprising amount of great Iranian horror movies, this being one of the best out of the lot. Set in the horrifyingly real war between Iran and Iraq, a mother, afraid for her daughter’s safety, suspects more is at play when a missile crashes in their house.

Source: Under The Shadow

5. The Void (2016)

Trapped in a hospital by satanic worshipers seeking evil intentions, a group of random people tries to survive the ordeal thrown into their way. The film takes you back in time with its homage to 80s style horror which it’s intensely gruesome practical-effects. A great movie that will make you sweat till the end-credits.

Source: The Void

4. The Ritual (2017)

A unique setting for a horror movie, Director David Bruckner gives us a story of 4 guys hiking in the Swedish woods, where unimaginable evil lurks and waits for them. As the plot develops, this movie is bound to shock as well as engage.

Source: The Ritual

3.  Gerald’s Game (2017)

Gerald’s Game taps into that instinctual sense of dread in vulnerable situations. The Stephen King adaptation takes you into a horrifying scenarios– being stuck in bed, with no hope for help– sprinkled with horror elements, all elevated by the brilliant acting of Carla Gugino – who spends most of the movie being strapped to a bed.

Source: Gerald’s Game

2. The Shining (1980)

A Stanley Kubrick masterclass in filmmaking, this movie is as spectacular as it is frightening. The story centres on a family of 3, the father gets a job as caretaker of a hotel for a harsh winter, and has to stay there with his family for months. The hotel is isolated from civilization at that period of time and has a dark pass linked to it. The slow descent into madness coupled with brilliant acting from a convincingly vicious Nicholas Jackson, makes this a must-watch horror movie classic.

Source: The Shining

1. The Witch (2015)

A horror folktale involving witchcraft, fear-inducing musical scores and disappearing children. Set in an eerie 17th century colonial America, where a family of 6, living alone in the woods, starts getting disturbed by something unknown in the woods. A fantastically realized psychological horror that gets more and more unnerving as the film progresses, and as the family begins to distrust one another. With a spine tingling ending, this movie will take you on a wild journey through the woods.

Source: The Witch

And now, as promised, a Halloween treat with the list of 8 top movies on Netflix with horror elements.

1. Creep (2014)

2. Creep 2 (2017)

3. Hush (2016)

4. The Endless (2017)

5. The Gift (2015)

6. Green Room (2015)

7. Cabin in the Woods (2011)

8. Cargo (2018)

Do share your thoughts on Top 10 Horror Movies on Netflix in the comment section below.

Also Check Out Our Latest Post on The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Movie Review: ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ – Civil Rights Matter

By Aishvarya Varma (fetuinyou)

As cinematic fridays go, Netflix outdid itself this week. Based on a true story, ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ finally released on OTT after briefly being screened in select theatres since 25th September. In 1969-70, eight Vietnam-war protestors were charged with draconian Southern laws, which led them to be tagged together as the Chicago Seven. This film, which is the brain-child of none other than Aaron Sorkin, takes us through an eerie but realistic sneak peek into a political trial.

“There are civil trials, and there are criminal trials. There is no such thing as a political trial.”

In the 60s, the men who made for what came to be known as the Chicago Seven were men across state borders who had one simple mission – to unite the people who stood against what the American government at the time was doing, so that they could peacefully protest it. The Vietnam war had already caused a lot of bloodshed on both sides. The counterculture movements of the late ‘60s gained momentum as the faith of the people in war took a deep dive. People were willing to congregate in tens-of-thousands, opposing the State’s inability to empathize with their disgust.

Freedom of speech and peaceful assembly is an interesting right. Being a constitutional right under the American First Amendment, a citizen cannot be questioned on what he says, or be sent to jail for it. Defamation aside, the State, or the public functions and citizens it ought to represent at large, does not have a right against you, or so it seemed.

“If America’s soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read “Vietnam”.”

When it came to war, women or slavery, certain nations have failed to repeal orthodox laws that no longer represent the present. This is a cyclical truth that has always failed the test of time. Courtrooms see blasts from the past to the complete shock of the people. The Chicago Seven was one such case, or should I say seven? A collective trial for seven men, including David Dellinger (John Carroll Lynch), Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen), Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong), Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne) and Bobby Seale (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), attempted to indict them for conspiracy to incite a riot.

Very early in the film, a conversation between then-Attorney General John N. Mitchell (John Doman) and public prosecutor Richard Schultz (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) reaffirms common knowledge regarding Nixon’s presidency. While Richard was hesitant to take up the case, he was just another foot soldier of his government and could not wash his hands off his duties.

“This seems to really bother some frat brothers who come to town in the spirit of fraternity.”

Sorkin has done an impeccable job of highlighting what makes for an aggressive trial. When the defense refuses to back down, it is usually either because the accused is very rich or the issue in court is worth backing for its sheer gravity. Here, Attorney Kuntsler (Mark Rylance) remarkably defends persons grouped in the Chicago Seven. The manner in which he flips the table onto the police is, if as true as the film, an allegiance to true honor.

Police brutality is an issue that has led America to a place where it is comfortable with demanding that the police be defunded. Such serious claims against the State are usually seen where nations are considered to be ‘failed states’. The film does an exceptional job at making you wonder where the floor-bed for liberty lies, and at what stage does a thriving and popular economy stand as nothing more than a façade.

“The whole world is watching.”

It’s jarring but insightful to see the kind of true crime television we see today. We now know about what happened at the 1968 Democratic Convention in graphic detail. It’s more than difficult to circumvent the sheer transparency that social media, television and news bring today. Perhaps this inspires creators and writers like Sorkin to reignite what once was just a confusing creative spark with Spielberg in 2006, and I’m grateful for it. Informative, vivid and heart-wrenching, the film conveys systemic realities in a way that, one can only wish, Court judgments have the liberty to too.

The Trial of The Chicago 7 Trailer Review

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Check Out Our Latest Review on Bad Boys Billionaire: India.

Documentary Series Review: ‘Bad Boy Billionaires: India’ exposes entrepreneurial luxury

By Aishvarya Varma (fetuinyou)

After a long delay, the much-awaited ‘Bad Boy Billionaires’ finally released on Netflix India this Monday. This documentary anthology series aims to showcase the crude realities that built these dreamers. Once known as visionaries, they are now considered as men who unforgettably defrauded the Indian economy of extremely large sums. Originally a 4-part series, the film on Satyam Computer’s Former CEO – Mr. Ramalinga Raju – is still not being allowed to be aired. While no salt need be rubbed onto wounds that are being dealt with by courts, the sheer width and vision of the plans of these three men are bound to solicit public admiration, or outrage.

The King of Good Times – Vijay Mallya

Son of Bangalore-based industrialist Vittal Mallya, Vijay is the founder of India’s most famous beer company, Kingfisher. Dylan Mohan Grey has done a fantastic job of narrating what made, built and burnt the Mallya empire. The film unravels a lesser-known origin story. Prohibition laws had always affected the Mallya business. While Mr. Vittal found ways to subvert losses as best he could, succumbing to collateral damage, Vijay wasn’t agreeable to the same. A more flamboyant Vijay decided to deploy innovative business thinking to tackle publicizing his brand. 

As Grey takes us through Bangalore in the 1980s, we learn a lot about the now-young-Prince-turned-Emperor fighting to fortify his father’s legacy and raise it to new heights. Vijay was a brand himself. His persona bled into the very-red company color he assigned to his new baby – Kingfisher. Kingfisher wasn’t just a brand of beer, but a lifestyle. Through his advertisements and investments, he wanted to remind India that comfortable indulgence isn’t too far away for most of us. 

With a show tune that no 90s kid in India could ever forget, Kingfisher became the brand of the people. This is when his eyes grew much wider. The debonair decided to invest in aviation, racing and cricket – all the things he enjoys. As Grey interviews a variety of people who knew Vijay, we learn a lot about what got him to this point where he is now a fugitive awaiting the conclusion of extradition proceedings against him in the United Kingdom. While he once perhaps intended to share his opulent joys with the world, his enterprise unfortunately began sharing nothing more than costly sorrow.

Bad Boy Billionaires: India – The Vijay Mallya Story Promo

Diamonds Aren’t Forever – Nirav Modi

Surat is one of the world’s largest centers for diamond polishing. Nirav Modi came from a Gujarati family in the business of diamonds, with his Uncle – Mehul Choksi – being a giant in the diamond market. After his 10-year-long apprenticeship, he finally decided to give birth to a rather different vision. He started Firestar Diamonds with a vision to build an empire of strength and finesse.

He started a large-scale factory, hiring over 2000 employees. Interviews suggest that many of these workmen were extremely happy with their salaries, perquisites, and the way he interacted with them and took care of their needs.

Ambitious, Nirav felt that Indian diamonds deserve to be seen in a different light. With a modern play of technique and design, he became a leader in the game. Other jewelers simply could not compete as Nirav began building what stylistically competed with the best of the global best. From the visuals we see, it is undeniable that the man has a strong sense of design and wishes to empower tasteful craft.

This made everyone wonder where the resources were coming from. Before the Indian public could recognize this big boy who now owned the fanciest jewelry showrooms in India, we heard about the new laws that were coming in place for fugitive economic offenders. While it may have seemed like a quick-flip to most of us, Nirav had intelligently moved among quieter circles of the very rich for long enough to not be seen by anyone who wasn’t a fashion stalker, and make it worth his while.

We did not notice that Kate Winslet has also worn his designs and Trump Jr. attended the inauguration of his new showroom in New York. The film suggests that the man had a mission and believed that cost was not a factor.

The World’s Biggest Family – Subrota Roy

To me, Subrota Roy’s story is the more fascinating one. Unlike the other two, Roy comes from humbler backgrounds. He didn’t inherit a business, but strived to build one. He worked for a struggling company called Sahara Finance, which eventually grew into a chit fund. The chit schemes were far more accessible to rural people as agents would interact with them directly, also getting higher returns for their investment. When the entire village was given the same proposal, and people from the village also began to see returns, it became impossible to resist or question. 

Sahara also principled itself on the concept of a family. The idea was that the employees are family and agents who join become extended family. From the film, employees appear diligent in a manner akin to soldiers. It would appear that Roy ran things in a way where he garnered the Pariwar’s respect. They followed his code of ‘collective materialism’, making people work harder – breeding loyalty. The most dangerously heart-warming fact is that he gave many their first pair of shoes. 

While an interviewee considered him a man of wisdom – a guru of a higher plane, it is difficult to process what really went wrong. He is the only man of the three who was arrested. He seems to have also been the most vociferous of his innocence among them all. The Supreme Court of India answered an interesting legal question as to how chit funds are to be regulated. By this time, there was a lot more to Roy’s name than the chit fund. He built a luxury city, where he and his employees lived. While he shared with his people, he appeared to have taken too much from others.

It’s interesting to see how all three films depict a large number of people who say that these men were very involved in the micro-processes of their businesses. Nirav Modi and Subrota Roy have been considered an irreplaceable support system for their workforce. After their fall, so to speak, the workforce from humble backgrounds live without it. One wonders if these are cases where the ego begins to overtake altruistic progress, or if the systems themselves are so corrupt that this is just how people do business. Nonetheless, there is no excuse for hungry Bad Boys going for the Billions if the sheer impact of their business pyramid left millions of people distraught.

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Movie Review: Is ‘Enola Holmes’ the Holmes sibling you were waiting for?

By Aishvarya Varma (fetuinyou)

Yesterday, Netflix gave viewers ‘Enola Holmes’. Portrayed by none other than Stranger Things star Millie Bobbie Brown, ‘Enola Holmes’ is the famous Sherlock Holmes’ (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft’s (Sam Claflin) 16-year-old baby sister. The stories surrounding the lives of the Holmes brothers, first written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, have yet again been adapted to tell us a novel tale on empowerment in 1880s England.

So then it was just the two of us, and it was wonderful.

Source: Enola Holmes Movie, Netflix

The film ascribes an unabashed and unorthodox romanticism to a mother-child relationship. Eudoria (Helena Bonham Carter) is the mother of the three Holmes siblings. While the two boys are now grown men in London, Eudoria has been raising Enola by herself since her husband died. They share an intimate bond, redefining norms expected from women in the 1880s.

With a montage of scenes that celebrate vigor and freedom, the movie depicts wondrous ideas on parenting, training and human expansion. Often, supporting characters tell fables of Eudoria’s perspective on the world and her children. Eudoria is an enigma, and unsurprisingly, the silent anchor for this script. Snippets of Eudoria make for my favorite flashback of a Fight Club-esque aesthetic, which in my view is the best way to watch Helena Bonham Carter.

We need to break her and build her up.

Source: Enola Holmes Movie, Netflix

Very early in the film, we are reintroduced to our favorite brothers. While a new side to Mycroft is portrayed, in truth his character curve is average at best. He recommends that all be done that must be done to shape his sister into the lady she needs to become. This rather complex and controlling view is forced to be tested by Enola’s wit and talent. Yes, this time Sherlock isn’t the one pit against Mycroft.

The movie highlights a very different facet of the relationship the brothers share, while maintaining their well-known inability to understand each other. Interestingly, this side of Mycroft while known to viewers feels new. It takes a deep dive into the child-core that adult scripts would otherwise avoid delving into.

Look for what’s there, not what you want to be there. You’ll see the truth soon enough.

Source: Enola Holmes Movie, Netflix

While Enola knows Sherlock as family tends to, they rely on memories from a different time to form an image of each other. Enola was raised to be an industrious problem solver, while Sherlock is known for the same. The striking similarities in their nature make for a cinematic expression of a brother-sister bond. When Sherlock comments on Enola’s actions, he attempts to teach, but smiles in recognition of his incapacity.

The scenes where they share the screen are often heartwarming snapshots of sweet familial humor and wisdom – the kinds shared with those you understand innately. While I don’t think Cavill portrays the quirkiness often associated with Sherlock, the shift in character serves this script well, avoiding unnecessary focus to a supporting character here.

Historical perspective is the only way to begin a day.

Source: Enola Holmes Movie, Netflix

In search of her own path, Enola is trying to make the best choices, like anyone of us. The writers do a magnificent job of detailing what makes for feminist practices. Enola is not a lady, as would be expected from a family of her stature. Neither could she be called uneducated or illiterate. She possesses a grace that isn’t defined by norms of men, but a grace that honors herself.

She does so by gaining as much perspective as she can in the world that surrounds her and surprising all. This side of Elona is what strikes viewers most, in a way that is the kind of Alt-Disney tale that warms the modern viewer. While she possesses unique skills and has pastimes that most would call boisterous, she is from a very different, almost unnatural league of lovely.

It is good to care for the vulnerable but not if it means risking your life.

Source: Enola Holmes Movie, Netflix

Enola’s versatile hobbies take the audience on a twisted journey that almost feels like an interactive game. Speaking to the audience, this fast-paced and visually immersive experience feels wholesome. We are made to juggle with many a villain or hero at once. While each story may feel predictable, there is a lively punch to the plot every few minutes. Different mysteries are interlinked like a well-woven net, entangling the most unrelated crimes. With ciphers, clues and corsets, it becomes impossible to keep Enola away from them, as the story does us.

My life is my own and the future is up to us.

While I have given you a fair idea of the experience this movie evokes, I must award appreciation to the acting, editing and writing for this movie. Nobody expects much from an American version of classics like Holmes, but ‘Enola Holmes’ comes very close to good. I would attribute this to the easy sell a perfect narrative of young & healthy liberty makes for.

The plot itself may not be very memorable, but each character oscillates between an emotionally charged display of affection or skill. While fairly serious, it may still irritate fans of Sherlock Holmes. Conversely, it may feel like a vacation where one gets to see a baby sister grow up, with pride filling your heart. 

Enola Holmes Netflix Trailer

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NINTENDO SWITCH: 2020 GAMES YOU HAVE TO CHECK OUT!

By Faras Sait

Even with the next generation of consoles coming around in no time, this has not slowed down Nintendo and several other third-party developers from pumping out new releases. Not like we are complaining though, this has kept the Switch constantly relevant and we always have new titles to play.

Having said that, we’ve done all the hard work to help you pick from the plethora of titles that the Switch has to offer and no matter your mood; there will be something on this list that’s sure to tickle your fancy. 

ANIMAL CROSSING : NEW HORIZONS

Ah, yes! Animal crossing, the video game franchise that took the world by storm in tandem with Covid-19. Unlike the pandemic however, animal crossing is peaceful, violence free and almost whimsical. Perfect for gamers of any possible age. 

Animal Crossing is all about you and the choices you make. Set as a life simulation game, the game drops you off on a completely deserted island with only a few random villagers – or rather animals. Animals that each have their own unique, colourful personalities. You and your villagers begin to build and live in houses which you can fully customize to the last spec. There is a store where you can sell almost anything to make some extra cash and several other similar locations that are modeled off real life. There are endless opportunities in Animal Crossing and side quests as well to ensure you never get bored. 

Source: Animal Crossing

PAPER MARIO: THE ORIGAMI KING 

This cross-genre, colourful, paper world game is a refreshing switch from the Super Mario world that we are so used to, and this game is proof that change doesn’t always have to be bad.

The Origami King makes a spectacular and successful attempt at keeping you immersed, be it with its fun mechanics or stunning scenery. The world is seamlessly well put together in order to compliment the game strongest point – the game play. Paper Marios combat mechanism is fun and refreshing and also adds a fun puzzle aspect to it. So, anyone with a niche for puzzles will definitely love this game.

Source: Paper Mario: The Origami King

DOOM ETERNAL

Doom Eternal dropping on the Switch opened a portal that we never knew existed. With its fluid dynamics and controls that make bouncing off the battlefield and slaying monsters an easier than ever before task. Doom Eternal epically showcases the full hardware capabilities that the Switch boasts. 

Following in the footsteps of the original Doom, this brutal and exhilarating first person shooter is nothing short of a masterpiece. Doom Eternal is especially credited for its intriguing story line and immaculate level design. With its brutal and grisly aesthetic this is  game that will hook you for several hours on end.

Source: Doom Eternal

UNTITLED GOOSE GAME

Though released in late 2019, this game went mostly under the radar up until later in 2020 and there really isn’t much to say about this game apart from you really should play it. 

You are aptly placed in the world of a goose, playing and making decisions as a goose would and while you can make as much havoc as you can possibly want, it’s not quite as chaotic as goat simulator.

With various objectives that you would expect an evil goose to engage in, such as stealing a little boys glasses and several others; every objective is more clever than the other and some have a little twist to them that require some big brain time to solve. 

The game is extremely minimalistic and simple to learn but still provides endless hours of comical fun.

Source: Untitled Goose Game

NO STRAIGHT ROADS 

If you’re anyone that likes Persona 5 or any rythm based games, you’re going to love No Straight Roads. With its sleek and colourful atmosphere, the art style and character design is right on point, and the way in which the game utilizes audio and music is really what sets it apart. 

Following an Indie-Rock duo who set out to battle an EDM empire in an attempt to free their city, all with the power of Rock, the game dynamic is entirely based around a unique rythm-based system. Though not necessary, the player has to follow audio cues in order to effectively make their next move. With the music notes doubling as ammunition, the combat system is unlike any thing you’ve ever seen and its incredibly fun to experiment with. 

Source: No Straight Roads

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Documentary Review: ‘Challenger: The Final Flight’ – An American Tragedy

By Aishvarya Varma (fetuinyou)

On 28th January 1986, NASA’s Challenger met with a tragic fate. ‘Challenger: The Final Flight’ is Steven Leckart and Glen Zipper’s attempt to etch out the murky decisions that allowed for this to happen. Having meticulously interviewed then NASA Officials, contractors, and family & friends of the deceased crew, they bring to viewers a 4-episode summary of what made for an American national tragedy.

“Americans have shown the world that we not only dare to dream great dreams, we dare to live those dreams.”

In 1974, William Lucas was appointed as the Director of the Propulsion and Vehicle Engineering Lab at NASA. For context, America had already sent people to the moon. It appeared that the American public was no longer surprised by the not-so-novel progress of space in the 60s. Life was grim. The Vietnam war had begun and inflation became the everyday reality. The new American agenda was to do something that could make people feel good. Something that could serve as a source of national pride.

Source:- Challenger: The Final Flight, Netflix

With this in mind, Lucas’ chief task was to try and develop lower-cost means to travel to space. America had decided to develop a “Space Truck”, says Lucas, that was reusable. Apollo served to be far too costly as it could not be relaunched. They had to develop a space travel solution that was reusable. In 1977, the new spacecraft became the chief focus of NASA. ‘Challenger: The Final Flight’ descriptively explains the excitement that bubbled through the entire country when NASA invited the public to participate.

“We’re going to Houston.”

The documentary goes on to interview family members of the engineers who were selected to become astronauts at this stage. America had decided that it was time to do away with a crew that was purely Anglo-Saxon male. Wanting to introduce women and other minorities among the team of astronauts, NASA opened up its’ applications.

Surprisingly, even though 10 persons who fit this bill were chosen to join the program, it was a Francis “Dick” Scobee who appeared to be the Captain America of this crew. With no intention to defame this attempt at diversity, I must mention that the stories of Judy Resnik, Ron McNair and Ellison Onizuka prove that while my observation is true, it only makes for jovial irony. They were all exceptionally talented astronauts who will be remembered for their unfortunate sacrifice.

Source:- Challenger: The Final Flight, Netflix

“This is your NASA.”

The astronauts trained heavily for this new program. Rhea Seddon, also an astronaut then, described this as a “trial of water” as they were made to do various simulations in the sea. They eventually decided that it was time to invite civilians to the program too. America wanted the world to know that it could facilitate space travel for a few members of the public, extending access to the mystery of outer-space. Eventually, then-President Reagan announced that he would extend this to America’s finest cadre of persons – Its Teachers. 

Birthing one of the most legendary women astronauts, Christa McAuliffe makes for the main protagonist and victim of this story. She was a teacher in New Hampshire and was selected as, what interviewees say, made for an obvious choice. As Fly Like an Eagle by the Steve Miller Band fills the room, viewers are now gripped with a non-fiction telling of a school teacher becoming an astronaut and scientists discussing the engineering behind a marvelous invention. The sheer public engagement that such a project allowed for is globally historic.

Source:- Challenger: The Final Flight, Netflix

“You’ve gotta get that thing going at more than 85 football fields in a second.”

The space shuttle, while well designed, has to rely on contractors and NASA officials to only allow actions that are scientifically approved to affect its trajectory. While they are the most intelligent people on their planet, they remain human. Unfortunately, here their infallibility played a large part in jerking the success of this launch. The reusable space crafts had to measure erosion and other collateral effects as their safety diminishes upon use. Being ejected by the sheer force of a rocket booster forces the need for constant recalibration and assessment.

“Once you light a solid propellant booster, you cannot turn it off.”

Wonderfully explaining the way seals work on space shuttles, we understand that seals deteriorate upon usage. While the contractor for the solid rocket booster, then Morton-Thiokol Inc., claims to have recommended against this launch, the NASA officials had to internally deliberate upon a lot more data, and a lot of other concerns. With everything that you now know, the question that you must answer now is, did they tackle this well? The documentary shows footage of the commission meeting that deliberated on the explosion and its’ causes. An inspiring aspect is the “diplomatic jiu-jitsu” exercised by a council member to bring the truth out. The “unusual plume” was exposed, but did it deter public faith in NASA?

Source:- Challenger: The Final Flight, Netflix

“I stood up to say ‘Godspeed! Godspeed! Godspeed!’”

People continued to have hope. America still needed to be in space. It was only in 2011 that they decided to do away with the space shuttle program. The Challenger was redesigned under a new arrangement that also makes for an important twist worth noticing. Two years later, the new and infallible solid rocket boosters made for a successful launch and over 80 more. While in 2003 a similar incident occurred and a new wave of accountability forced NASA to reconsider more, we do now know how the idea of being in space once affected a nation.

Challenger: The Final Flight Trailer

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