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…

Review: Sethupathi

K Subhash's Chatriyan was an exceptional cop film that brought together Maniratnam's writing finesse, the villainy of Thilakan and Vijayakanth's maass appeal to great effect. Rarely has Tamil cinema tried to return to that bar. The cops of our recent films have been the cops of the rowdy types - raucous, street-smart, brash and all-knowing.…

Review: Visaranai

To the many glowingly written (deserved) praises for Visaranai, let me add my own small note: If Vetri Maran had made 'Visaranai' any more lifelike a police procedural, we'd return home to nurse ourselves with whatever heals a rain of lathis to our backs and a shriveled psyche. Visaranai is one of the most shining…

Review: Tharai Thappattai

Why watch "a film by Bala"? Forget switching genres, his plottings make minor deviations from earlier films. He treats his characters (and by investment, us) like bits of paper laid bare to the mercy of a punishing storm. Letting us off only after we've been flushed off every emotional juice from a brutal climax. 'Thara…

Best of Tamil films from 2015

Note: None of the remakes or dubbed movies were considered fot this list. We had some amazing imports Great movies, but we're listing only original Tamil movies. #15. Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum The time-as-a-ticking-bomb milked with a smart script and some decent acting. Plus, a geeky Tamil mom/son never got so much breadth and depth in…