So you wanna watch something…
Navarasa: Based on classical theory of the nine human emotions—fear, anger, compassion, romance, valour, laughter, wonder, peace and disgust—’Navarasa’ is an anthology produced by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan. It has everything you could possibly want: the best directors, actors, cinematographers and music composers. Another good reason to watch: all proceeds from this series will be used to help the film industry workers affected by the pandemic. None of the big star talent charged a rupee to work on the project. No reviews yet but Hindustan Times offers a good synopsis of the various shorts in the series.
Hit & Run: If fast-paced thrillers are your thing, this is the show for you. Made by Avi Isscharoff and Lior Raz—of ‘Fauda’ fame—it focuses on Segev (Lior Raz) whose perfect life falls apart after his wife is killed in what appears to be an accident—and his quest to find the truth. The action moves to New York, but the themes are very much the same as ‘Fauda’: “loyalty, deception and the ambiguous allegiances of a double agent.” New York Times and Forbes offer good overviews that tell you what to expect. It releases on Netflix today.
Vivo: In the market for an animated flick you can watch with the kids? This musical featuring a kinkajou named Vivo—who journeys from Cuba to Miami to deliver a love song for his owner—will hit all the right notes. It doesn’t hurt that Lin-Manuel Miranda (of ‘Hamilton’ fame) wrote all the songs and is the voice of the furry hero. CNN calls it “sweet if slight”—though with “catchy and touching” music. New York Times isn’t impressed with the plot, but blown away by Miranda at his best. So perfect fodder for your next round of bathroom singing! Streaming now on Netflix.
The Courier: Rejoice Benedict Cumberbatch lovers! This Cold War era flick marks his return to fine form as an affable businessman dragged into the spook business in Moscow. Washington Post says the film “makes a smart, stylish stand for the kind of old-fashioned period spy thriller,” while Firstpost writes that it “is everything that war dramas have forgotten to be.” Streaming on Amazon Prime.