Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum

Nalan Kumaraswamy's "Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum" is a remake of the Korean film "My Dear Desperado". For once, it's the makers having the decency to pay for the rights to the remake and calling it proudly.   "My Dear Desperado", a beautifully unraveling non-Love story about two very very unlikely people falling in love, that's almost…

Big Directors, Small Films

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=2&v=qK-ZUFX5fnk Chef Carl Casper cooks his heart out, but suffocates from being boxed into the four corners of his fancy restaurant's menu. So, when a mean food blog rips through his musty course, he checks out. Of course, that is a metaphor for Director/Actor Jon Favreau recoiling against the big studio movies he's made (Iron…

MSV, no more

MSV kindled our souls, immortalised poets, minted superstars and unravelled horizons for Tamil music. Yet, his greatest qualities were his infectious innocence and his unwavering humility that were never bothered by the unreachable achievements that set the standards for others to chase. MSV's loss today is only a microscopic void in the unmeasurable universe of…

Dheepan – a case for Cannes vs. Oscars

Two prestigious awards – the Oscars and Cannes offer trophies that can kick many doors open for world cinema. Doors that could mean not just returns, but audience and acceptance that take validations these circuits offer, very seriously. How the Cannes can stand out (from the superficial and marketing-driven Oscar) by batting for world films…

Rajinikanth in a Ranjith film

Call it the Uttama Villain effect or the Super star going maverick. The news that Rajini is planning Director Ranjith's next film is possibly the most exciting update to come out of Kodambakkam recent times. Given the impression that the new-wave films and directors have left on Rajinikanth, it is less surprising that he's embraced Ranjith (Attakathi &…

Arnab and Kamal engage in a pointless excercise

Found that one person who can make Arnab da sound logical, sincere and sane. Kamal in classic பெனாத்தல் mode. Got to say, this the most painful interaction between any two human forms I've borne witness to. Gutless to offer a binary response about the Vishwaroopam fiasco. Looping on and on about some ex-Vaishnavite/ex-Shaivite BS. More…