SHANIZ CHOWDHURY

Contributing writer for Arts & Entertainment.

October 25, 2022
October 25, 2022

‘House of the Dragon’ vs ‘The Rings of Power’: Who takes the crown?

JRR Tolkien is, unquestionably, one of the biggest legends of the fantasy genre. He constructed a rich universe that served as a major influence on modern high-fantasy, including the likes of the “Game of Thrones” series.

October 23, 2022
October 23, 2022

'Midnights': Taylor Swift masterminds another euphoric album

The pop titan’s 10th release “Midnights” has the pop filigree of “1989,” the intricate tapestry of abstract lyricism of “folklore” and “evermore,” the warmth of “Lover” and the vengeful charisma of “Reputation.” Co-produced and mostly co-written with her friend Jack Antonoff, the album contains songs that are a recollection of the intrusive thoughts, doubts and paranoia that haunted her in the dead of the night. Through self-interrogation and self-reflection, Swift is her most vulnerable and candid in this album.

September 29, 2022
September 29, 2022

Hollywood is not a girl’s best friend

People have long been obsessed with Marilyn Monroe. They have tried to copy her looks, her mannerisms and her fashion sense, with this trend continuing long after her death.

September 14, 2022
September 14, 2022

‘Orphan: First Kill’ is just as cunning and clever as its predecessor

Thirteen years after the delirious and dark cult horror movie, “Orphan”, director William Brent Bell brings its prequel to theatres “Orphan: First Kill.” The plot of the movie is set several years before the events of the first movie, revealing further details on the protagonist’s criminal, dark psyche.

September 14, 2022
September 14, 2022

74th Emmys: ‘Succession’, ‘Ted Lasso’, ‘White Lotus’ win big

The 74th Emmy Awards laid down the red carpet once again this year, to honour the biggest names in television. The ceremony took place at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, in front of a live studio audience. Veteran SNL cast member, Kenan Thompson, took charge as the evening’s host.  

September 1, 2022
September 1, 2022

‘Elvis’: A half-baked love letter to the king of rock and roll

In "Elvis", Baz Luhrmann intended to revisit the highs, lows, flaws and double-edged fame of Presley’s life . However, those stories are swiftly eclipsed by Presley’s infamously underhanded manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

August 13, 2022
August 13, 2022

'Prey': An apt prequel to ‘The Predator’ series

“Prey” presents itself as a prequel to the much-adulated “Predator” series, originally helmed by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Director Dan Trachtenberg along with co-writer Patrick Aison were able to recapture the magic which made the franchise so popular and enduring in the first place.

August 8, 2022
August 8, 2022

6 most-anticipated movies at 2022 Venice Film Festival

The 79th Venice International Film Festival will begin on August 31. In the meantime, the 23 films, which the festival will be showcasing this year, has already been announced. The movies, competing for this year's Golden Lion at the festival, ranger from biopics to thrillers. Let us take a look at the 6 most-anticipated movies that will be screened at the grand event this year

July 31, 2022
July 31, 2022

‘The Gray Man’: All hype and no substance

The Russo Brothers have once again taken the big screen by storm with “The Gray Man”, an espionage thriller with a star-studded cast. The film is based on a novel of the same name by Mark Greaney, and so far, this movie has been one of the biggest that Netflix has churned out in its history.

July 2, 2022
July 2, 2022

Is ‘Stranger Things’ changing the traditional OTT show format?

“Stranger Things” returned this May after a three-year hiatus, and the new season is significantly more expansive in terms of its premise on trauma and loss. What was particularly interesting about the show this time around, was its new format—where it split the final season into two different volumes. Season 4, Volume 1 consisted of a total of 7 episodes, with much longer runtimes than the traditional “Stranger Things” format. The split can almost be likened to that of a video game with multiple levels, where each new level puts forth a greater level of intensity and difficulty for our favourite characters.