Popcorn Reviewss

Best Movies and Web Series of 2020 by Language

Year of 2020 had a lot of releases on various OTT platforms, thanks to nationwide lockdown and of course the pandemic . We at Popcorn Reviewss have shortlisted best movies/web series in various regional languages like Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam Tamil, Telugu, etc. & international languages like English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish. Do watch out for your favourites for the year of 2020.

Check out the full list below:

Hindi

AK vs AK has Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap having a crack at each other, after the latter kidnaps the former’s daughter in order to make a ‘real’ film on it. Such an exciting and fresh concept. Now I am not sure if this concept has been explored internationally but it is definitely a first for India. Which also brings me to the screenplay that can be tricky in a genre like this. One of the main hurdles would be where do you draw the line…. Read More…

Kaamyaab is the satirical story of a yesteryears side actor who(along with other side actors) is given the term Aaloo( citing the reason that Aaloo toh kisi ke saath bhi chal jaata hai). One day, he comes to know that he has completed 499 films in his career. And so his quest begins to sign off with a bang with his 500th film. We rank it first on the list of Best Movies on Netflix released in 2020… Read More…

Based on a book by the same name written by Manu Joseph, the story is dark and socially relevant, very relevant actually. In the interest of the film, I will not be revealing the story of Serious Men as anything that I say will act as a spoiler. But let me tell you, the trailer had not even scratched the surface for what the film is about. The screenplay is just so perfectly written that it has left me in awe. The black humour is generously sprinkled throughout with so many social issues cleverly integrated in the run-time. It makes you laugh but towards the end the emotions come through and you start feeling sorry for the child… Read More…

Based on a book called The Scam by Debashis Basu and Sucheta Dalal, Scam 1992 is the Harshad Mehta Story from the early 90s wherein he was involved in multiple scams worth a truckload of money. This web series gives a detailed look into his life, labelling each event tactfully and presenting a complete picture. The screenplay is just perfectly written, I couldn’t find a single fault with it. The best part of it is that it provides a very balanced look at the events that transpired without blindly vilifying the individual or providing a propaganda based viewing by being biased towards one side of the story. It is real and based on facts… Read More…

Kannada

Dia

Dia is the story of…..no I am not revealing anything about the story because I don’t want to spoil your movie watching experience. The story is not novel for the most parts but it leaves you in a territory where you will not expect it to. The screenplay is usually the beauty of the films from South. They really know how to tell stories,.. Read More…

Malayalam

C U Soon follows the story of Jimmy who enters the world of online dating only to find out one day that his partner goes missing. The story uplifts itself from paper as the entire drama unfolds on a computer desktop or a phone screen. It just adds a layer of storytelling! The screenplay is… Read More…

Telugu

Set in the 90s, Colour Photo is the story of a guy from a lower caste falling in love with a girl from an upper caste. To add to that the skin colour plays a major part in the story. The story is novel and relevant, coming from an industry that may have been guilty of promoting some of the most regressive practices and clichés in love. The screenplay is so so well written. While the first hour introduces the characters and the worlds that they come from.. Read More…

Gujarati

Luv Ni Love Storys is the story of, yes you guessed it, Luv and his various experiences with a very complex emotion of Love. The story is not very novel but it is interesting nevertheless. The screenplay is very well penned, the best part of it is that in films like these, the male protagonist is generally stereotyped as a stud.. .. Read More…

Tamil

The Tamil flick Paava Kadhaigal is an anthology film consisting of 4 films  which explores the dark side to concepts like love and honour…. Read More…

Andhaghaaram is the story of primarily three characters with supernatural elements in each of their stories. I cannot reveal anything more in the story as it might lead to spoilers. But, it is possibly the most layered and esoteric story that you will ever see in a horror movie. It is devoid of any clichés or jump scares that you would usually associate with a horror film. Instead what you get is a cerebral piece of art that has this simmering quality of keeping you hooked. … Read More…

Bengali

Dracula Sir is the story of a teacher who has protruding canines that have earned him a name ‘Dracula Sir’. In a non linear parallel narration, another story is set in the 70s where a young revolutionary is hiding at his ex-flame’s house. How are the stories related? The story is poetic – a term you wouldn’t find it associated with a horror film. The very fact that the protagonist is ridiculed by the society thereby pushing him into depression is so well portrayed. The complex and mind numbing screenplay gives faint vibes of ‘Joker’ though their similarity ends almost instantly… Read More…

English

Tenet is the story of a secret society which uses the concept of time inversion to prevent a World War 3 like event in the future. Now, the thing to remember is time inversion is different from a time travel – it does not include multiple timelines. The story is a mind bender which is why I have decided to explain a few concepts like… Read More…

Japanese

Based on a Japanese Manga, Alice in Borderland is the story of certain individuals trapped in a game – only thing is that this game has rules and if you lose then you die. The story is layered, complex and absolutely thrilling. Well similar concepts have been tackled in movies like The Cabin In The Woods and Battle Royale but there are still certain elements here that add that extra element of thrill to it. The screenplay is nearly perfect. It moves at a break neck pace, something that will leave you gasping for breath, particularly in the first 5 episodes… Read More…

Spanish

Money Heist, Season 4, takes off from the same place where it had ended. The main thing you expect from such a series is chaos and here chaos is the juice. However, the screenplay is such that it begins on a slow note. Almost 3 episodes are spent in just buildup, you just hope you aren’t really sold down the river. But come the 4th episode, the writers change gears and the drama just takes off exponentially from that point. There is hardly a moment for you to breath and towards the end, with the Professor going vintage… Read More…