By Sushmita Bose
Before #MeToo broke in the US, and swept Kevin Spacey away from the scene, the biggest annual Netflix news (for me) used to be the announcement for the next season of House of Cards’ release date. Till last year, I waited for it with bated breath — even as House of Cards was showing signs of degeneration, stretching several points needlessly, and rambling on with an array of inexplicable sub-plots.
Continue reading What’s House of Cards without Frank? I now prefer Francis
By Nivriti Butalia
Hannah Gadsby. Did anyone know of her before June 19th, when her show, Nanette, premiered on Netflix? I don’t know. Maybe in Australia, where she’s from, but more people (lots more people) know of her now, and with good reason.
Continue reading Football can wait. Why you should watch Nanette now
By Kelly Clarke
This is pointing direct fingers at the Voyeur being nothing but a creep.”
“Well, you are.”
“Oh god, Anita!”
Three words — ‘well, you are’ — is all it took to turn Anita Foos from background extra to momentary star of the show (for me, at least) during the Netflix documentary, Voyeur.
Continue reading Heard the story of the peeping tom, motel, and the journalist?
By Alvin R. Cabral
The year was 1987, the first time my young, innocent eyes saw something different from what we were used to on TV: five regular men and women using an out-of-this-world thingamajig on their wrists (smartwatch prototype?) to transform into super-human beings, complete with masks and shiny suits that they used to defeat bad guys every week. Ahhh… good times.
Continue reading This debt of gratitude I owe to my beloved Power Rangers
By Suresh Pattali
In the golden age preceding the invention of the internet and the smartphone, Indians typically woke up in the morning listening to a cacophony of birds, interlaced with All India Radio’s (Akashvani) signature caller tune. Radio was our only window to the outside world, apart from a bunch of newspapers and magazines. That Akashvani melody based on raga Shivaranjini, composed in 1936 by Walter Kaufmann, a Jewish refugee living in India, energised hundreds of millions of people taking a plunge into the hustle and bustle of daily life. We savoured the Akashvani news with breakfast.
Continue reading These siblings were Tom and Jerry for an entire generation
By Josh Arnup
The Hound is the best character in Game of Thrones. Wait, let me rephrase that, The Hound is the best character. Ever. Continue reading What I learnt about bullies from this guy called The Hound
By Sherouk Zakaria
It all started with a mouse that came from a dream. But Walt Disney initially failed when he created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a character that Charles Mintz took credit for. Disney went back to his studio and, determined not to give up, started sketching what would become the most recognisable symbol of Disney: Mickey Mouse. Continue reading I dreamt of Disney and it came true