Imaikkaa Nodigal

Had it been a lesser hit, I may have forgotten about ‘Imaikkaa Nodigal’. Unfortunately, it is the latest in a string of so-called intelligent thrillers that use smart editing and visual effects to mask trickery and unimaginative writing. These films set us up for a grand puzzle, only to pull the rug from under with…

Kolamavu Kokila

Nayanthara has become this darling kid in the family that shall be celebrated for every antic she pulls. I say that with a tinge of disappointment ‘cause she could be a real solid lead to invest in. In the wrong hands, she hams through a part happily, satisfied everyone will pinch her cheek, hug her…

Vishwaroopam 2

As to who Mr. Kamal Haasan is making films for of late, the answer is very clean - himself. That’s Ok if he just made if available to us for free, or may be released it on Netflix (or Amazon Prime). Why bother us by inviting us to go to a theater to watch him…

Aruvi

This river takes a few wild (delightful) turns and breaches some untouched shores. One thing Aruvi made me realize is, there’s a few places that Tamil cinema has never taken our female protagonists to. Even for someone who has watched zillion films where a woman weathers life’s worst turns, watching a “Thamizh” girl in such…

A Quiet Place

First a few thoughts on ‘A Quiet Place’. John Krasinsky’s excuse for a alien-targets-family is a ET force that can only hunt by sound. The first 20-30 minutes of the film has barely any sound (dialogues or effects), only the sparingly invoked music. It got so quiet in the theater, I had to stop digging…

Isle of Dogs

Canine attitudes handles with impeccable sensitivity, Japanese cultural eccentricities accommodated with respect, a line-up of voice talent worth murdering and Wes Anderson’s return to stop-motion perfections… Everything that can go right, goes absolutely awesome!

Dunkirk review

It is extremely hard to resist comparisons between Saving Private Ryan and Dunkirk. Both landmark real-life WW II dramas on French beachheads. As a movie experience, Saving Private Ryan is a bar that cannot be easily breached, even by Dunkirk. Where as Spielberg’s telling rides on the much-served memory of the Americans prevailing with the…

Review: Kabali

For a person who isn't completely spell-bound by an actor's star value or invested in the director's potential, Kabali is simply badly made movie. There are many ways to sugarcoat it. If there's one person that ought to bear the blame for it, the finger squarely points at Pa Ranjith. Not sure he succumbed to…

Review – ‘Iraivi’

"To be liberated, woman must feel free to be herself, not in rivalry to man but in the context of her own capacity and her personality." - Indira Gandhi Trying my very best here not to spoil Iraivi for you, at least Karthik Subbaraj doesn't want me to. Suffice it to say Iraivi is a…

The Kabali teaser reveal

If you've done your share of ogling at Rajini as Kabali, you should've deconstructed the 50k feet plot (beyond the Baasha gene) by now. First-act: Kabali, a reformed gangster, is spending the autumn of his life reforming prisoners in a Malaysian prison. But... Second-act: he actions provoke a breed of wanna-be Tamil-Malay gangsters who won't…