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All posts by Pran Sathiy

Creative and tenacious writer with a passion for public affairs, and arts and culture journalism. I will be contributing to the Talkies Network on the basis of arts and culture, and its impact on entertainment and media vices.

‘Creed II’ Film Review

With his military crew cut, and Soviet jib, Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) could be described as one of Rocky’s more outrageous villains. Humongous, steroid fuel-injected and oiled Siberian machine accentuated with a very “royal-esque” Soviet trophy wife (Brigette Nielsen). As a blast from the past, Creed II’s connection to Rocky IV was less about the ...

‘The Hate U Give’ Film Review

T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E – The Hate U Give Little Infants F*cks Everyone. “When I was twelve, my parents had two talks with me. One was the usual birds and bees...The other talk was about what to do if a cop stopped me.” This film starts off with a scene of the latter – where a black ...

‘Mid90s’ Film Review | TIFF 2018

Diving straight into his directorial debut, Jonah Hill delivers a real and true-to-the-time portrait of 90s ‘sk8ordie’ culture. Jonah Hill shows off some of the best of what a veteran in front of the camera can manage to do as a rookie behind it. In a matter of 84 minutes, Jonah Hill manages to curate ...

‘Iron Fist’ Season 2 Initial Review

*This is a spoiler free review of the first six episodes of Iron Fist’s second season* “The Elders of K’un-Lun were right. They showed way too much mercy when they banished the Hand.” Birthright. In all of its similes and metaphors is a reoccurring but heightened theme throughout the second season of Iron Fist. After ...

‘The Art of Banksy’ – Created by Steve Lazarides: Reaction to the Anti-Establishment Showcase in Toronto

Originally advertised and established as “the most valuable Banksy collection” under one roof, the exhibit that has made its way to Toronto. As a result, this gives fans of the elusive street artist a viewpoint of his understanding of the world, and the demeanor (often negative) of that it portrays. Banksy to this day continues ...

‘Christopher Robin’ Film Review

Christopher Robin, a working-class man with a wife and daughter, reconnects with his childhood friend Winnie the Pooh, in an attempt to rediscover himself, and immerse himself again in the joys of life. This film epitomizes themes of family, love, friendship, and gentleness. The three ‘F’ words can be employed to this film – fun, ...

‘BlacKKKlansman’ Film Review

Spike Lee's pent up anger uses BlacKKKlansman to show he is not an auteur to be messed with. Similarly to his last film Chi-Raq, we can see the essence of anger and rage frivolously boil in this film. Lacking in the suspense department, the comedy and the seamless blunt approach to every interaction shines greatly ...

‘The English Patient’ – A Reflection on Michael Ondaatje’s Literary Masterpiece and Winner of the Golden Booker Prize.

1992. One of two times in history of which a novel has shared the title of the Man Booker Prize in one year with another novel. Barry Unsworth's take on 18th century slavery, 'Sacred Hunger', took home the accolade with a now Golden Booker Prize winner - exemplifying one of the best novels written within ...

Novel Review: ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ by Marlon James

A Brief History of Seven Killings - Three years later, Marlon James' brilliant take on a tumultuous 1970s Jamaica remains to be the benchmark for cacophonous writing in historical fiction. This written encapsulation of a bloody 70s Jamaica is the third novel by Marlon James, a native Jamaican himself. A Brief History of Seven Killings represents ...

Toronto: Ethnic Diversity and Cultural Fashion

Toronto - a melting pot, artist's paint palette, a 'cosmopolitan' ice cream tub. Whatever metaphor you associate this city with its multicultural make-up is decidedly up to you. That being said however, it can be definitively acknowledged that each of these ethnic demographics and the diaspora regions within Toronto's vast greater area, in which they ...

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Film Review

*This is a spoiler-free review*  The wait is over. Celebrating ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe within a two and a half hour smorgasbord of action and emotion, reconciliation and separation. Avengers: Infinity War assembles Earth’s mightiest heroes to wage a war against Thanos in his pursuit of the six Infinity Stones. Thor, Iron ...

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