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That Mysskin has reached auteur level was evident even in his earlier films, but he hammers it beyond doubt in Onaiyum Aatukuttiyum! This is a film that has every one of his trademark ‘touches’ in full flow, plus much more! As a frenetically paced thriller, the film works flawlessly in keeping your attention focused. There […]

Saturday August 17, 2013 10:26

Chennai Express (Movie review), Rohit Shetty

To start with, I wasn’t sure if I should watch Chennai Express as a South Indian (Tamilian, to be precise) or as an Indian who happens to be from the South and also understands Hindi. But I saw the film and actually liked it! And to think I was prepared not to like it at all, […]

[Rec] director Jaume Balagueró’s 2011 film Mientras Duermes truly lives up to the earlier blockbuster, but in vastly different ways. I recalled Indian (Tamil, to be specific) films like Vaali (Ajith in a double role) and Aasai (Prakashraj’s career-defining film) while watching Mientras Duermes, but unlike Indian films, there are no reasons offered to the […]

What do you get when you cross the sensibilities of Mani Ratnam’s Geetanjali (Idhayathai Thirudaathey, in Tamil), the crux of Shyamalan’s Unbreakable and the relationships in Audrey Niffenegger’s book The Time Traveler’s Wife (I’m discounting the Eric Bana-Rachel McAdams starrer made from the book because it was so bad)? You get Agnès Merlet’s Hideaways. No, […]

Remember the days when we were young and used to start a story quite normally… but as we go, we take it to incredulous lengths unaware of where the story is heading? It was usually up to the audience (more kids?) to trust us in our story’s flow and our imagination to pull this off. […]

As a massive fan of time travel, it is only natural that I track and watch every film based on time travel. Having seen a LOT of such films, you may not notice my all-time favorite time travel-based film listed in *any* top 10 or top 50 time travel movies list – it is a […]

Now that the whole world has written about Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, let me simply say I loved it. It is perfect popcorn material and is thoroughly enjoyable despite its little quirks of stupidity at times. I’d like to point to just two things in the context of the film. One, I […]

Sunday July 31, 2011 18:28

Of armchair epiphanies in just one life…

I happened to see Delhi Belly last weekend and enjoyed it immensely. This weekend, I caught up with Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, after a lot of prodding from a LOT of friends who assured me that I would ‘love it’. And guess what! I have some amazingly perceptive friends. Or, I’m so easy to comprehend, […]

Tuesday January 11, 2011 23:11

127 Hours (Movie review), Director: Danny Boyle

“The film has a story that can be summed up in one sentence on the back of an envelope.” Next time you see that sentence or its cousins and nephews in a film review, mentally kick the reviewer. The truth is, most films’ stories can indeed be written in a sentence on the back of […]

I remember writing this, in my review of Pandiraj’s debut Tamil film, ‘Pasanga‘. Tamil cinema is home to rampant male domination. No hero in our state apologizes – its always the woman who is used to apologizing; if the man does, he’s either above 50 (in filmy age) or from a neighboring state (Mammooty?). And […]

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