CRRRaSh! 378 Bummy Tummy

By Roy Mathur, on 2021-04-05, at 23:00:00--23:26:51, for Captain Roy's Rocket Radio Show, Listen

Nothing Serious, But...

The pod was delayed due to superficial burns to my throat (thanks hot potato croquette), a back spasm, a painful left nostril, a cold, itchy eyebrows, and a delightfully painful stomach last night brought on by a chocolate Easter egg yesterday.

Oh ageing.

Not so much an Easter bunny as a bummy tummy. Happy Easter!

The White Tiger

Low caste and poor Hindu hitches his prospects to rich, higher caste criminal Hindu family in this 2021 film.

Here's what the film doesn't really tell you about caste. Caste isn't class or wealth or education. For example, I'm high caste, but also working class, the exact opposite of wealthy, and I'm from the first generation of our family that went to uni (in my case, barely). Caste is old historic bullshit, dressed up as religion that the rulers probably made up to keep everyone in their place. For example, traditionally, given my caste, gender, and status as first born (well, only born, but it amounts to the same) I should be a pundit (that's a Hindu priest, not an expert on horse race betting). The bad old divide and conquer British imperialists loved the concept of caste because it made Indians easier to rule. I'm saying all this because this movie simplifies the protagonist's life into only being about caste, when it's about caste, but it's also about money, rural corruption, and an unsympathetic sociopathic protagonist.

Also, finding out that the chap who wrote the novel this film is based on is from a solidly middle-class background that ends with an Oxbridge education gets my goat because I'm sure he knows bugger-all about economic hardship except when he's walked past someone poor in the street.

On the other hand, he's of Indian origin and has had some success as an author in the West, so well done that man.

In conclusion, I have mixed feelings because I really hated this film.

Greenland

Gerard Butler tries to seek sanctuary for his family in the coming apocalypse and it's an alright scifi distraction of a disaster movie, but nothing groundbreaking.

The Endless

Cult survivor brothers revisit cult camp in the woods in this weird scifi that sort of works, but is a bit too slow moving for me.

Raising Dion

Single mum deals with son's developing superpowers, in this better than average, but still very pedestrian drama, that is at least better than Brightburn.

I hate to say this, but the starring kid is a bit hammy in his acting. Hopefully, he'll get better as the series progresses.

A Mother's Son

Mum begins to suspect teen son is psycho-killer in predictable ITV TV drama, but Paul McGann has a small part as the boy's father, and I'll watch anything with a McGann.

Trauma

Drama about working class white guy suing rich black guy for medical malpractice when his son dies while being treated for a stabbing.

It's alright, and I enjoyed the interplay between too really great actors, John Sim and Adrian Lester. But while class is addressed, the undercurrent of race is not, and most puzzlingly, why is John Sim's character is so good at being a human lie detector? The man could give Sherlock Holmes a run for his money. Why? I think it's because there's a whole backstory that was cut and left on the editing room floor.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

This is a six part series, which I talked about before, but we are halfway through and nothing of any great significance seems to have happened.

I do like Daniel Bruhl as Baron Zemo though.