Silent Monk - Mouna Guru

Yutham sei and Mouna guru are good cop thrillers in this year. Can you spot the other similarity ? When I was com­ing out after watch­ing a crap movie, a guy was ask­ing his friend — Machaan.. What was the last good film we watched ?! Do you know the basic expec­ta­tion of a reg­u­lar cin­ema fan while park­ing his two wheeler in the lot ? Sim­ple. At least this movie

Aadukalam Amarkkalam

  It was like after watch­ing Pud­hu­pet­tai in Ban­ga­lore PVR and think­ing much about the content/making of the film in the late hours. I felt the same after watch­ing Adukalam [ AK ]. Also, it once again proved my choice of films based on Direc­tor and not based on actors ! The first chal­lenge of any cre­ator is to express some­thing which was never told before. Cock­fight­ing is one such blood­sport

Random Access Memory — 1

Maaveeran The tamil ver­sion of Mag­a­d­heera has run equally well in the con­text of a tel­ugu dub­bing film. This once again proves the power of a good film. The good out­come is that this film is saved from a Tamil remake. Remakes and sequels will come out good in very rare cases [ excep­tion­als like the Dark Knight ]. This is one of our fam­ily movies where in all the

Random access memory

  Vaadu leftlo Veedu rightlo I’m not com­fort­able with remake or remix or any tin­ker­ing to an orig­i­nal piece of art — even though it’s mostly done based on the busi­ness aspects. Good or bad or ugly — once the piece is done, it’s done. There’s no point in redo­ing the entire stuff — waste of time, energy and money. Espe­cially when it comes to good films/songs. Could you imag­ine

The Illusionist

The illutionist [ 2006/Drama ] Directed by : Neil Burger One of the most attractive forms of art is magic – even it fascinates a rationalist not as a belief just as science. It’s always better not to know the secrets behind them. It’s like doing an autopsy to a fantastic IR song – better to let it be like that. I followed the entire series of David Blaine’s program

Few grams from the gold mine - part II.

Disclaimer : Do you have the in-depth knowledge of raaga, scales, kamagam, sangathi, melakartha raagam, misra chapu thaalam [ appdinnaa ?! – 7 beat rhythm cycle] ? If you don’t have, don’t worry – IRs music requires just 2 ears and a slight interest in songs. * 2 more songs on counterpoint technique are “poonthaliraada” from panneer pushpangall and “Edho Mohan” from kozhi koovuthu [ the first interlude has the

Unnaip Pol oruvan

Unnaip pol oruvan. There are 2 possible crowds watching this movie- one which has watched the Hindi movie ‘A Wednesday’ and the other one have no idea about the Hindi film and watching this Tamil version.I belong to the first type. Raajkamal films has produced this kind of songless police story long back in 1987. So what’s new ? I better don’t waste lines, describing about the story. I strictly

Reel rewind - Classics

Reel Classics – Mullum Malarum [ 1978 ]. World cinema need not necessarily be an Iranian, Spanish, Chinese or a Japanese movie. We do have the best in Tamil. For any art, it is more essential to note the time it is shared to public. If Jayakanthan had written the story ‘Agnipravesam’ in 2009, it wouldn’t have created the same shock waves as it did in 1965 [ A modern

The kite-runners - II

This is the 2nd part of my previous blog ‘Kite runners-I’ – pls click the link below.http://film4thwall.blogspot.com/2009/09/kite-runner-not-afghan-film.html As usual, the next part is in our home town. Along with other sports[?!], [ Goli [ heard of “oorgaa bendha” ?!:) ] , Tops, Gilli [ for every sport I know the village term too – pullu koti or kitti pul ], Mudhugu puncture, cycle race, Thirudan police, exam pad cricket, book

The kite runners - I

ஆத்தாடி.. என் காத்தாடி Out of the mighty sports of Aminjikarai, I was fascinated much towards flying kites. Anything related to kite is a form of art and for every sport, there’s a season. I remember, mostly the quarterly exam leaves in September was the period, when people choose to fly kites. In Aminjikarai, I stayed in one of the high rise apartments. From our terrace, I could see Chetpet railway