Pros and Cons: Disney’s Raya and The Last Dragon (2021)

It’s been quite some time since Disney released their magical animation (last was Frozen II in 2019). So, the buzz surrounding its latest, Raya and The Last Dragon, is huge! I have to confess, though, I was a bit skeptical at first. Perhaps, I worry whether Disney’s team can do justice with its first Southeast Asian plot. However, after watching it last weekend, I must say that I am utterly impressed.

So, here’s Raya’s pros and cons and let’s see if you agree with me. *Spoilers alert!* Continue reading “Pros and Cons: Disney’s Raya and The Last Dragon (2021)”

Circus of Books (2019) is a tender insight on LGBTQ landmark and the accidental family behinds it

It’s hard to described Rachel Mason’s documentary in a few sentences. It’s regarding a porno shop and the obscenity of it, yet at times it feels like a homemade family video. Circus of Books is indeed a legendary porn store moonlighting as a book store in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. The place became the usual hangouts for cruising, meetups and eventually a gay sanctuary in the 80s when they were held by Barry and Karen Masons. Continue reading “Circus of Books (2019) is a tender insight on LGBTQ landmark and the accidental family behinds it”

Mank (2020) is a boring tale of self-absorbed Hollywood that critics seemed to love

Why am I not surprised that Mank is beloved by many critics? The 131 minutes film has some good moments and captivating performances by Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried, but its shallow, self-absorbed notion that everyone is interested in Hollywood is quite a stretch.

*Spoilers Alert* Continue reading “Mank (2020) is a boring tale of self-absorbed Hollywood that critics seemed to love”

How Minari’s slice of life turns out to be the best film of 2020

Lee Isaac Chung‘s Minari is easily the best film of 2020. With the COVID-19 Pandemic shutting and delaying films from releasing last year, the “shortage” of decent films seemed apparent. However, the silver lining is perhaps it allowed viewers to watch the available ones with ease, just like Minari that revolves around a Korean immigrant family who start over in a rural farm in Arkansas. Continue reading “How Minari’s slice of life turns out to be the best film of 2020”

Mesh’s List: 10 Most Disappointing Films of 2020 (RANKED)

Hello all! Hope you’ve had a nice run in this bizarre 2020. Following my last year’s post, I will continue with this year’s disappointing films. In all honesty, I haven’t been watching a lot of films (mostly Real Housewives marathon to cope up with the quarantine stress!) but I do switched it up once in a while with titles that piqued my interests. I don’t want to write the “worst” films of 2020 because I still believe the team behind any productions worked hard for their products and as films are subjective – what I like might not always fare well with you. So, here are the 10 disappointing films [RANKED]!

10) Raat Akeli Hai

While the trailer is enticing this Netflix India’s production suffers from bad executions, confusing storytelling and mystery plot holes. For a murder-mystery, Raat Akeli Hai has too many characters to start off and it ends in a rush manner. Good thing they got amazing leads (Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte).

9) Fantasy Island

I love a bad campy slasher film but sadly Fantasy Island lacks the excitement and characters development for a good one. When several strangers were invited to come to a mysterious island that can fulfill any dreams, sinister plot unravels soon. Lucy Hale is amazing in everything she stars in, really. I could watch bad film for her and I did with this one!

8) The Sleepover

This action-comedy switched gender role, making Malin Akerman as the retired thief who’s asked to perform one last gig. But what follows is a tiresome and full of cliche adventures. The kids were a saving grace same goes with Ken Marino as the goofy husband, but the rest were just forgettable.

7) The One and Only Ivan

Disney’s outing promised a heartwarming film and fantastic CGI. While the CGI is absolutely terrific, the heartwarming plot is recycled so many times that it becomes mundane. This reminds me of last year’s Dumbo but at least that was more enjoyable.

6) You Should Have Left

Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried starred in a mystery-thriller about a couple who rents a supernatural country house in Welsh. The film starts out strong but derailed in the end. Explanation weren’t clear and its supposedly heartwarming ending made me feel numb.

Note: Dave Franco’s The Rental (2020) is a better pick if you’re interested to watch a massacre in the countryside type of film.

5) Dashing in December

This year we got two gay Xmas rom-com but sadly MTV’s Dashing in… is not on par with the heartfelt Christmas cheer. My problem is with Peter Porte who stars as the usual Scrooge – a big shot capitalist returns home to sell his Colorado’s family ranch. Mr Porte might be a good actor, but here as Wyatt, he was not. The charming Andie MacDowell stars as his mother also acts strange, making me believe that perhaps she doesn’t want to starred in this film at all.

4) Love Wedding Repeat

Where should I start? First, I am so done with ‘Groundhog Day’ films, it needs to retire. While Love Wedding… has a likable ensemble with Sam Claflin, Olivia Munn and Freida Pinto, the Dean Craig directed fails in the comedy department. The film actually aggravates me, I want it it to stop.

3) I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Okay, hear me out this Charlie Kaufman’s flick is claustrophobic as it is boring as hell. It ranks high among critics and this shows the more bizarre, random and long any film is, the more they eat it up. Or simply, I couldn’t connect with I’m Thinking… The cast, Buckley and Plemons, gave amazing performances but the supposedly “eccentric” ending got lost in me; it’s too pseudo-Indie.

2) Rebecca

After I finished watching this Daphe du Maurier’s film adaptation, I tweeted: “They were better off staying in Monte Carlo”. Lilly James is adorable and I don’t get the hate. But, the Ben Wheatley directed could use a better polishing and coherent storytelling. What Gothic element was in the book got lost in the translation for sure and should we talk about the hideous party dress? What the heck was that.

1) 365 Days

Let us take a moment of silence for the brain cells I’ve lost. I couldn’t believe how atrociously horrible this is and wished I hadn’t seen it. Listen, if rough sex and mental manipulation gives you orgasm then I ain’t going to judge. But, 365 Days is a slap in the face for other filmmakers who actually made decent films yet suffered from poor audience and profits simply because theirs didn’t have the retarded racy factors in it. Go watch a porn instead and don’t fall for a sleazy entry like this one!

Note: 365 Days is officially Netflix’s massive hit this year thanks to its endless streaming times.

Close Contenders:

  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Project Power
  • The Witches
  • Desperados

I will be writing the Best Film of 2020 next week. Have a great New Year and may 2021 be a better year!

-Mesh

Raat Akeli Hai by Netflix India should focuses more on the suspects if it wants to be a whodunit film [Review]

I was quite excited to watch Raat Akeli Hai on Netflix, but sadly the film’s first half didn’t catch up with its second. The whodunit plot in its core is interesting, but the character development is so messy that towards the end my head was spinning. Continue reading “Raat Akeli Hai by Netflix India should focuses more on the suspects if it wants to be a whodunit film [Review]”

Three In One Review: The Oath (2018), Ghost Stories (2020) & Love Wedding Repeat (2020)

Since being home quarantined, watching films has been keeping me sane and thankfully there are plenty that I haven’t seen (I know!). Just like these three: a dark comedy satire, scary short films from India and Netflix’s new rom-com with Olivia Munn. Check it out! Continue reading “Three In One Review: The Oath (2018), Ghost Stories (2020) & Love Wedding Repeat (2020)”