The Classics section of the Berlinale finds a place for James Cameron as well as Carl Dreyer

January 24, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/berlinale-2019-the-classics-section-finds-a-place-for-james-cameron-as-well-as-carl-dreyer-5952021.html Many of us consider Terminator 2: Judgement Day a classic, but it’s heartening to know the Berlin Film Festival thinks so, too. The digitally restored 2K DCP version (in 3D) of the James Cameron blockbuster was world-premiered at the 2017 edition of the festival, whose film-history programme […]

Interview: Sid Sriram on ARR

January 23, 2019

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I had a generic idea about @arrahman’s composing style, but @sidsriram dived into the creation of (vocals of) Adiye, Ennodu nee, Thalli pogaathey… and showed a very specific process. (Coming soon. Sid Sriram on Ilayaraja, and on MSV). For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

She Says She Says: Nivin Pauly’s Top 3

January 21, 2019

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Interview: The heroines of the ‘Queen’ remakes

January 20, 2019

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#Tamannaah Bhatia, #KajalAggarwal & #ParulYadav who star in the South remakes of Kangana Ranaut’s #Queen, Paris Paris in Tamil, That is Mahalakshmi in Telugu & Butterfly in Kannada speak to Anupama Chopra about the process and challenges involved with simultaneously shooting four films in different languages, the cultural nuisances they had to factor in while […]

Thoughts on the writing of “Petta”…

January 20, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… I wanted to respond to a few comments (can’t remember them all now), and instead of one long comment, a post made more sense. So here goes: I watched Petta a second time, and it “fit together” better. It still doesn’t work entirely and there are big problems with the writing (which I […]

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As ‘Dogtooth’ turns ten, a look at Yorgos Lanthimos, who’s now an awards-season ‘Favourite’

January 17, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/as-dogtooth-turns-ten-a-look-at-the-greek-filmmaker-yorgos-lanthimos-an-awards-season-favourite-5912721.html For a while now, I’ve been meaning to write about Yorgos Lanthimos — and the time is right now, what with Dogtooth turning ten and The Favourite becoming an awards-season favourite. In an Indiewire piece, Eric Kohn summed up the Lanthimos phenomenon thus: “Not since the emergence […]

Going by the review, is Ajith’s film better than Rajinikanth’s?

January 17, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/baradwaj-rangan-column-rajini-ajith-going-by-the-review-is-ajiths-film-better-than-rajinikanths/ There are 5000 articles out there about how star ratings work, but given the commotion over ‘Petta’ and ‘Viswasam’, clearly there’s the need for a 5001st. How do star ratings work? I gave Petta 2.5 stars and Viswasam 3 stars – so does this mean Viswasam […]

“Uri: The Surgical Strike”… Not so much a war movie as a ‘Hukumat’-style revenge drama, but it works

January 17, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Like the prelude to an orchestral score, the opening stretch of Aditya Dhar’s Uri: The Surgical Strike, lays out a leitmotif. It’s 2015. Soldiers of the Indian Army are travelling in a bus in the Northeast, when they hear an explosion. It appears to be a tyre, but it’s an ambush. Bullets and […]

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#AskBR – Petta

January 16, 2019

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In which I answer a few questions on an older film… or a new one. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

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#AskBR – Viswasam

January 15, 2019

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In which I answer a few questions on an older film… or a new one. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

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Interview: Santhanabharathi (25 years of Mahanadhi)

January 14, 2019

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On the 25th anniversary of Mahanadhi, Santhanabharathi speaks about Mahanadhi and his relationship with Kamal Haasan. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

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“Simmba”… Ranveer Singh is ridiculously good in Rohit Shetty’s most focused film

January 14, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… At the beginning of the Aankh maare music video in Rohit Shetty’s Simmba, Karan Johar pops up and declares, in mock horror, “Oh God, one more remix!”But of course, it isn’t just the song. The film is itself a remix — not just of the NTR Jr.-starring Temper, which it is based on, […]

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Readers Write In #65: Request for feedback

January 14, 2019

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Ajay Kumar wrote in asking for feedback on his writing. I gave him my opinion, and asked if I could put the piece up on the blog, so he could get other opinions, too. The brave man said yes 🙂 So here goes: PETTA – A Star is Reborn

“Viswasam”… With this pretty decent action-drama, Siva finally repays Ajith’s faith in him

January 11, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/viswasam-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan-ajith-siva-nayanthara/ The new Siva-Ajith Kumar collaboration, Viswasam (Loyalty), begins with the expected hero-introduction scene. The Collector of Theni district is trying to make peace between two parties. The name Thookudurai is mentioned and we cut to the outside, to glimpses of the man. A hand […]

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“Petta”… A treat for fans of the star makes you wish it had also been one for fans of the director

January 10, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/petta-movie-review-karthik-subbaraj-rajinikanth-simran-anirudh-tirru-trisha-vijay-sethupathi/ One way to view Karthik Subbaraj’s Petta (Neighbourhood) is to treat it as Rajinikanth’s Petta. Superstar is in super form, and it’s a thrill to be reminded — in this age of disposable stardom — of enduring screen charisma. To hook you with a […]

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Demy and Truffaut and Kieslowski… these are a few of my favourite foreign films

January 10, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/la-strada-two-english-girls-three-colours-red-baradwaj-rangans-favourite-foreign-films-5869371.html My editor asked me to follow up last week’s column with a list of foreign-film favourites, and there are two ways to go about this. One is to follow the establishment-approved route, and talk about Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Jiří Menzel’s Closely Watched Trains, Fritz Lang’s M, […]

“Sigai”… A missing-person mystery gets an evocative start, but the underwhelming resolution is a bummer

January 9, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/sigai-movie-review-kathir-zee5-jagadeesan-subu-riythvika/ Sigai (Hair), now streaming on Zee5, gives you two stories for the price of one movie. The first one begins with scenes of a Chennai night. Crowds swarm the Marina beach. Traffic chokes the roads. Beggars lie on the sides of streets. Commuters chug […]

Viewer’s Voice: Shanmughathaai (Eatery Owner)

January 7, 2019

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This new year, make a resolution to watch more foreign cinema (and here are some hacks)

January 4, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/this-new-year-make-a-resolution-to-watch-more-foreign-cinema-here-are-some-hacks-5829521.html This new year, allow me to tempt you with a relatively easy resolution, that you will watch more foreign films. Many of you already do this, but maybe some of you have fallen out of the habit. Let’s face it:  it’s tough. With the glut of entertainment […]

She Says She Says: Marvelling Over Mrs Maisel

December 31, 2018

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