“Mehandi Circus”… A not-bad romance that wants to be an epic but falls short

April 19, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/mehandi-circus-movie-review-a-not-bad-romance-that-wants-to-be-an-epic-but-falls-short-baradwaj-rangan/ Among the newer crop of filmmakers, Raju Murugan may be second to none in his love for Ilayaraja. He appears to be working his way through the maestro’s catalogue. If Joker featured Alli thandha boomi, from Nandu, Mehandi Circus — for which Raju Murugan […]

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“Kanchana 3.”… Ragava Lawrence busts our eardrums in the most tiresome entry in the ‘Kanchana’ franchise

April 19, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kanchana-3-movie-review-ragava-lawrence-busts-our-eardrums-in-the-most-tiresome-entry-in-the-kanchana-franchise/ According to Aristotle… (Reader’s mind voice: Wait! What? I thought I was reading the review of ‘Kanchana 3’. After years of sitting through films like ‘Boomerang’, has BR finally lost it?) Bear with me, please. I’m trying to make a point here. So according […]

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“Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai?”… A ‘conceptual remake’ with a conceit that’s not carried through convincingly

April 18, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… When Saeed Mirza made Albert Pinto ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? in 1980, a little after the Emergency, he seemed to be taking on Bachchan’s Angry Young Man of the 1970s and asking: “Okay, now, in this new decade, what is the young man angry about?” It’s not that his parents have been […]

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The only major award Bibi Andersson won for her indelible work with Ingmar Bergman was at Cannes

April 18, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/bibi-anderssons-only-major-award-for-her-indelible-work-with-ingmar-bergman-was-at-cannes-for-brink-of-life-6472111.html When news came of Bibi Andersson’s passing, I Googled up the celebrated actress to see how many acting awards she’d won in her career. I expected to find a host of nominations and wins for her collaborations with Ingmar Bergman alone (Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, The […]

FC Recco: ‘Winter Light’

April 18, 2019

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#AskBR – Why is 70’s Tamil Cinema so Special?

April 16, 2019

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

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Interview: Nani

April 16, 2019

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“Gangs of Madras”… CV Kumar’s second film is a pretty decent heroine-oriented thriller

April 13, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/gangs-of-madras-movie-review-priyanka-ruth-cvkumar-baradwaj-rangan/ In his first film, Maayavan, the producer-turned-director CV Kumar aimed for the moon. He had a high concept. He tried to get high on the filmmaking, too, and the result was a bit of a mess. In Gangs of Madras, he sets his sights […]

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“Watchman”… GV Prakash gets help from a golden retriever in an unsatisfying thriller

April 12, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/watchman-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan-gv-prakash-kumar-vijay/ Watchman is a thriller, and it runs a mere 90-something minutes. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but a clever script and clever direction can work wonders in this running time, paring away the fat (say, character-building) and concentrating on the more bone-chilling aspects. […]

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‘Capharnaüm’, directed by Un Certain Regard jury president Nadine Labaki, questions the ethics of having children

April 11, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/capharnaum-directed-by-un-certain-regard-jury-president-nadine-labaki-questions-the-ethics-of-having-babies-6430631.html The Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival, second in importance only to the Competition, was created in 1978 by Gilles Jacob, former (and long-time) President of the festival. The aim was to showcase and reward more offbeat fare, or as the festival puts it: […]

FC Recco: ‘Spadikam’

April 11, 2019

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#AskBR – Some ‘pressing’ YouTube Comments – Part 1

April 9, 2019

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“Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota”… An affectionate, gently winking, beautifully made homage to our movie memories

April 6, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, written and directed by Vasan Bala, opens in medias res. Also, in mid-air. That’s where the hero, Surya (Abhimanyu Dassani), is frozen, as though suspended from the sky with invisible strings. He is in mid-kick, and the people he’s targeting — it’s a classic one-versus-many stunt sequence — […]

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Interview: Suhasini (about Mahendran)

April 6, 2019

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“Uriyadi 2.”… A loud mix of political ideology and heroism, with flashes of brilliance

April 5, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/uriyadi-2-movie-review-vijay-kumar-abbas-sudhakar-baradwaj-rangan/ Despite the number in the title, Uriyadi 2 is not exactly a sequel to the gritty,  sensationally effective earlier film, which was also written and directed by Vijay Kumar. Yes, there are similarities — for instance, the seething social anger, reflected in the well-timed […]

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FC Recco: ‘Masala Shakespeare’, by Jonathan Gil Harris

April 4, 2019

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“Natpe Thunai”… A loud, choppy sports movie that wants to be both drama and comedy

April 4, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/natpe-thunai-movie-review-hip-hop-thamizha-aadhi/ In Natpe Thunai, Adhi plays a hockey player. As with everything else, the film takes a long time to get to the point that he actually plays hockey — for all he does till a little before the interval is sing Hiphop Tamizha songs, […]

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Agnès Varda passes away: Cléo from 5 to 7 is one of the most famous films of veteran French filmmaker

April 4, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/agnes-varda-passes-away-cleo-from-5-to-7-is-one-of-the-most-famous-films-of-veteran-french-filmmaker-6382611.html In the September/October issue of Film Comment, Agnès Varda said, “There is only one old friend left now, Jean-Luc Godard.” As a reader, I felt sad, but Varda was probably being very matter-of-fact about it. She said, “Although I’m quite happy to be old, my whole body […]

Interview: Hemanth Rao

April 3, 2019

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Tribute: J Mahendran, who began his directing career with the Rajinikanth-starring ‘Mullum Malarum’

April 2, 2019

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From the high melodrama of ‘Thanga Pathakkam’ to the subtleties of ‘Uthiri Pookkal’, his filmography saw it all. Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/mahendran-tribute-baradwaj-rangan-rajinikanth-mullum-malarum-johny/ On the surface, J Mahendran seems to have had a strangely schizophrenic career. On the one hand, he is one of the seventies’ directors responsible for the transformation […]

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