“Munirathna Kurukshetra”… Darshan and Arjun star in a thoroughly mediocre take on the epic

August 21, 2019

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There’s not one actorly or directorly moment — there’s not one human moment. There is, however, plenty of unintentional comedy.  Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kurukshetra-movie-review-darshan-naganna-3d/ Whatever the other achievements of Munirathna Kurukshetra, directed by Naganna, it’s probably the world’s first film to have its producer’s name in […]

With ‘Kalki’ and ‘Thanneer Mathan Dinangal’, formula returns to Malayalam cinema

August 20, 2019

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Tovino Thomas doesn’t get a romantic interest. But then, his real love seems to be the approximately four thousand cigarettes he consumes through the course of the movie. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/with-kalki-and-thanneer-mathan-dinangal-formula-returns-to-malayalam-cinema-tovino-thomas/ How do you describe a ‘mass’ movie? Let me present this scene from Kalki, […]

Posted in: Cinema: Malayalam

The reverse chronology in Gaspar Noé’s ‘Irreversible’, which gets an Out of Competition screening at Venice 2019

August 16, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/venice-film-festival-2019-the-reverse-chronology-in-gaspar-noes-irreversible-which-gets-an-out-of-competition-screening-7172071.html Talking about Memento (2000) in a Creative Screenwriting interview, Christopher Nolan said that he and his brother Jonathan (who came up with the story) felt that the most interesting approach was to tell the story from the first person point of view, putting the audience right in […]

“Comali”… Jayam Ravi stars in a badly written comedy… or drama… or heist thriller… or something

August 15, 2019

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It’s hard to classify this severely underwhelming film because the director himself isn’t sure what he’s making.  Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/comali-movie-review-jayam-ravi-kajal-aggarwal-baradwaj-rangan/ Dhanush is an actor who can carry off a very young look. He can convince us he’s a college student, maybe even a schoolboy. Jayam […]

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

FC Recco: ‘Harivu’

August 14, 2019

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Interview: Sudheer Varma

August 12, 2019

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Readers Write In #92: ‘Dear Comrade’ gets right things that ‘Kaatru Veliyidai’ didn’t

August 11, 2019

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(by N Madhusudhan) These are exciting times in Southern Cinema. Never before has the envelope been pushed so far in a mainstream romance as these two films have in recent times, to varying degrees of success. While these two films could not be more different from each other in style, there are some striking similarities […]

Readers Write In #91: Film critics vs public opinion

August 11, 2019

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(by Rudra Dave) Apart from being extremely successful at the box office and being loved by the audience, can you guess one more common thing between films like “Kabir Singh”, “Judwaa 2”, “Simmba”, “Bodyguard”, “Luka Chuppi”, “Golmaal franchise”, “Housefull franchise” and “Dhamaal franchise”? They all had received negative reviews from the film critics. Now, most […]

#AskBR – Nerkonda Paarvai

August 10, 2019

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Posted in: #AskBR, Cinema: Tamil

Bernardo Bertolucci’s ‘The Spider’s Stratagem’ will be screened as part of Venice Classics

August 8, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/revisiting-bernardo-bertoluccis-the-spiders-stratagem-which-will-be-screened-as-part-of-venice-classics-7132711.html In 1944, the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges published a short story titled Theme of the Traitor and the Hero (original Spanish title: Tema del traidor y del héroe). The protagonist, Ryan, sets out to write a biography about his great-grandfather, a nationalist hero who was killed […]

Interview: Boney Kapoor

August 7, 2019

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“Nerkonda Paarvai”… A subdued, dignified Ajith powers a solid “no means no” drama

August 6, 2019

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H Vinoth’s biggest accomplishment is the air of restraint. He doesn’t amplify the volume and “mass”-ify Pink. He respects the source material. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/nerkonda-paarvai-movie-review-ajith-baradwaj-rangan-shradha-srinath/ Reviewing H Vinoth’s previous outing, Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru, I wrote: The thing to note about DSP Theeran (Karthi) is that […]

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

Interview: Rahul Ravindran

August 5, 2019

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“Jackpot”… Jyotika stars in a noisy action-comedy that fails on both counts

August 2, 2019

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Vishal Chandrasekhar contributes an ear-splitting score. I think he may have been trying to save us from the lines. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/jackpot-movie-review-jyothika-revathy-kalyaan-yogi-babu/ Kalyaan’s Jackpot is one of those excruciating comedies which thinks “leave your brains at home while watching this movie” is the same as […]

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

Readers Write In #90: Why Kangana’s spat with the media is just what the doctor ordered

August 1, 2019

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(by PG Nair) Unless you have been living under a rock there is little chance that you have missed Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut’s confrontation with a media person Justin Rao during the promotions of her upcoming film ‘Judgemental Hai Kya’ and the subsequent ban of the artist by select sections of entertainment media. Kangana responded […]

Greater transparency in the process may help address the gender parity issue at Venice and other film festivals

August 1, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/venice-2019-greater-transparency-in-selection-process-may-help-address-gender-parity-at-film-festivals-7095451.html The issue of gender parity has come up again after the Venice Film Festival announced its line-up, with only two Competition titles from women filmmakers: Haifaa Al-Mansour’s The Candidate and Shannon Murphy’s Babyteeth. (If you want to make a grim joke, you could say it’s a full […]

Interview: Nagarjuna – Part 2

July 31, 2019

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“Judgementall Hai Kya”… Kangana Ranaut pulls out all the stops in a nuttily entertaining psycho-thriller

July 30, 2019

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The film is far more convincing as an art installation about a mental condition than as a whodunit, whydunit or did anyone indeed dunit in the first place! Spoilers ahead… The straight way to narrate the story of Judgementall Hai Kya is as follows: a young girl sees her mother as a victim of domestic […]

Posted in: Cinema: Hindi

“Dear Comrade”… Vijay Deverakonda takes a backseat to Rashmika Mandanna in an unusual, winning drama

July 29, 2019

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This is a pretty unique film. On one level, it is a love story with a young, easy-on-the-eyes couple – and yet, it isn’t quite that love story. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/dear-comrade-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan-vijay-deverakonda/ The first few scenes of Bharath Kamma’s Dear Comrade look like outtakes from Arjun […]

Interview: Nagarjuna – Part 1

July 29, 2019

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