Typewriter (2019) Netflix Series Review:

This Indian series is engrossing and scary at times. It starts with expantion of the famous two line horror story “Dad, there is someone under my bed!”. I feel that Sujoy Ghosh tried to build on this two line ghost storyline and brought in the typewriter as the main concept. It works well for this mini series of five parts in season 1. The good news is that the typewriter lives in the end which means season 2 is going to come anytime soon in future. It is a ghost story set in the picturesque Goa.

Like Stranger Things, this series features four children as its protagonists, though not suitable for family viewing due to its graphic voilence and F-words dropped by adults in unexpected situations. These four kids and a cute dog form the ghost club. The major plus point is the location in which this series is set. It makes one feel nostalgic about Goa for those who had visited it like me.

The villa is well designed set, but you can clearly see that it’s not real. All in all, an interesting mini series. The acting is pretty impressive. Kids are awesome as well as most of the adult characters. I hope season 2 is better.

Recommended for those like mysteries and scary mini series. My rating is 3.5/5.

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Stranger Things Season 3 ( Netflix Series Review):

I had strated watching Stranger Things Season 1 first thing on Netflix and it felt nostalgic seeing the season 3. Now the kids have become teenagers. It was entertaining until the last episode. However, it ends with sad feeling like death in season 2. It becomes kinda tear-jerker.The monster reminded me of Terminator 2 Judgement Day: I mean the monster growing with first accumulation of rats and then people like the bad guy whose liquid metal rejoins every time it melts in T2. Also the bad russian guy more or less resembles Arnie from Terminator 2 and behaves like him.

The major plus points of this series are BGM, good acting, good special effects and cinematography. My rating is 4/5.

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Tabula Rasa (Netflix TV Series) Review:

Tabula Rasa is a wonderfully made psychological thriller about a married woman called Mie, who has amnesia and is the last person seen with the vanished Thomas Spectre. Mie is also a prime suspect in this disappearing case, so is locked up in a secure psychiatric hospital and can’t be released from the hospital until Thomas is found. The story unfolds in present and past flipping format and Mie has to re-construct her memories to solve this zig saw puzzle.

This mini series has some fine acting and nice plot twists to keep viewers engaged from start to finish. This one is a slow burner thriller and is worth your time. I had to fully concentrate to read the subtitles and it was worth the effort. The lead actress has done an amazing job in portraying the retrograde amnesia person who has to face hallucinations/visions and nightmares, while trying to figure out who (and what) she can trust.

The series has 3 massive plot twists which are not easy to predict. I would definitely recommend this 9-episodes-long masterpiece! However, this one is not for everyone. It has strong language, violence and sex. My rating is 4.75/5.

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Anjaan : Special Crimes Unit (Season 1) Review:

Well, this is our own version of X-files, it may not be as good as X-files, but it is a decent supernatural series made in different parts of India. The casting for ASP Aditi and ACP Vikrant is perfect! The battle between evil Vanraj and Good cop Vikrant seems out of this world, but other than that it is interesting in most part of the series. It was like a trip down memory lane for me, since I have such fond memories of watching paranormal show like X-files which used to come in Star World, if my memory is good.

The best thing about this series is that the story usually ends in one episode. Also it is must watch for those who like thrillers and mysteries. The concept, script, direction and camera work are well done. Also they have shot most of the scenes in dark, jungles, etc to give it a reality feel, which adds on to it as a plus point. The BGM is pretty decent. In a way it is nice that the series ended at episode 65.

Hoping they may make season 2 seeing the popularity of this series. Also Anjaan Rural Myth mini series was the one which made me watch this one. So, hoping they would make season 2 for that one as well. Gashmeer and Heena did pretty decent job as the cops investigating and solving the supernatural mysteries. My rating is 4/5. Recommended for those who love mysteries and supernatural.

Source: The series is available on YouTube and Netflix.

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Anjaan-Rural Myths (TV Series) Review

The series is set in various rural parts of India. It is not only engrossing but scary as well, with creepy BGM, hooting of owls, etc. It is well crafted and made. I wish they continue this series as season 2 on Netflix. What makes this series special or peculiar is inclusion of myths from folklore, legends, etc from rural India.

It just shows that there is so much potential in exploring the mythical tales of India. The best thing about this series is that every episode is set in each corner of India like Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Assam, Kashmir, Jharkhand etc. Acting is well done which gives a feeling of believability. VFX and effects appear natural and not overly done.

What makes it interesting is the development of characters and the changing scenarios. Evil exists in darkness and sometimes in light as well. The stories have been not only well written, also well adpated to the small screen.

Also this seems to be one of the best Indian series on Netflix. Give it a try and I am sure that you won’t be dissappointed.

I would rate it 4.5.5 for the wonderful effort by the team.

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Death by Magic (Netflix) Series Review

Drummond Money-Coutts shortly known as DMC who has chosen a career as a magician stars and performs in the magic series on Netflix. He recreates the magic tricks that have killed magicians. This series had been engrossing and entertaining at the same time.

Though many of the death defying tricks in this eight part series are beyond one’s imagination, yet, there is no explanation given on how he pulls them off successfully? Some of the tricks will bring you to the edge of your seat. Tricks includes real loaded guns, speeding train, fire, heights, and enclosed spaces filled with water. Not to forget new version of Indian rope trick which is now a myth.

DMC travels around the world to uncover the stories of magicians who died performing dangerous stunts. From Cape Town, South Africa to Miami, Florida, he goes to sites where magicians lost their lives in order to learn more about each trick and the fatal events that followed. He ends up performing his own version of that death defying trick in front of live audience. The stories about the demise of past magicians are interesting, especially when he discovers some deaths were a result of completely unexpected circumstances.

My rating of this 8 part series is 3.5/5. Recommended.

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Dark (Netflix TV Series) Review:

I thank my fellow wordpress blogger Markd60 for recommending this wonderful series. This is the second series I had seen on Netflix after Stranger Things, the only similarity between both series is missing kids concept. However, the presentation is different. I would watch any language with English sub titles, provided it holds my interest. Well, this German TV series did hold my interest from start to finish! It took one Saturday to complete the season.

This one might not be fresh and innovative in terms of time travel concept, but it surely is in its story idea and execution. The complexity of the story can be compared with layers of an onion. It is multi layered and includes three time zones : 2019, 1986 and 1953; each separated by a gap of 33 years. ‘Dark’ is slow paced in the beginning, but it keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is tense, the cinematography and acting is great. It has more depth in characterization than Stranger things. Again, I was tempted to complete the season before going to sleep at 5 am. The best thing is almost perfect matching of characters in different ages.

This one is dark and compelling, not for everyone. It has nudity, sex and language, if that is okay then I would highly recommend this series. I feel like seeing it once again. My rating is 4.5/5.

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