Is it the “curse of over exposure” or unbridled passion for the medium?, Which holds true for the maker as well a casual reviewer like me that one can spot influences all around, right from the first frame. At times it seems that all creative art forms are in this constant passage through ages taking the shape of contemporary values, interpretations, versions of entertainments and influences; And then there are some that leaves such strong impact for a very very long time, and across many future generations that eventually changes the basic definitions of grammar transforming a proper noun to adjective ; (case in point Orwellian, Tarantoinsih, Kafkaish….et.al) leaving in the process an everlasting creative ripple.Continue reading “Kurangu Bommai Movie Review: Isn’t flawless but works to an extent”
Yet another hectic and eventful year at the movies comes to an end. Every year we see films which we love, hate, abhor, feel indifferent towards. And this year has been no indifferent.
As the year draws to an end, every film buff (including yours truly) loves making a compilation of films under various such categories (good films, bad films etc)
As a movie buff this year too was no different. There were some films, which made for pleasurable viewing while some films induced sheer boredom and made for a rather tedious viewing. Regional cinema (esp. Tamil and Malayalam films) in my opinion once again reiterated that they are churning out films which are different from the regular fares, yet makes for some good viewing while being commercially viable .
Besides there were a lot of foreign language films which made all the right noises amongst movie buffs and the film festival circuits.
So here goes my list of best films in the foreign films and regional cinema section.
Too many films and too little time has been the bane of every film buff. As always there were quite a few films I wanted to watch but could not due to various reasons. So in case you do not find a particular favourite of yours mentioned in this list, kindly excuse me. 🙂
Continue reading “My Best Of Regional and World Cinema In 2013”
Writer-director Suseenthiran made his entry into Tamil cinema with a bang in the form of Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu (2009), his 1st independent assignment after having been an A.D for long with filmmakers like S.D.Sabha and Ezhil. While there have been many sports based films in India, most of them have revolved around cricket with films like Chak De India being exceptions. Continue reading “Pandiya Naadu Movie Review: An Engaging Tale of Revenge”
Historically, the 70s are a very important decade in Indian cinema. Not that the others are any less important but the 70s hold a special place because more than any other decade it was in this that films on social stigmas, society came into play and film makers like Balu Mahendra, Bharathiraja, Mani Kaul, Shyam Benegal etc. started making waves. Also, this was the period where master auteurs like Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen etc. started getting noticed abroad. All in all, the 70s gave the Indian films a global audience and appreciation that it didn’t have earlier. Among the wonderful films that came out during that period came what is probably one of the greatest films, and arguably Tamil cinema’s finest – Aval Appadithan.Continue reading “Aval Appadithan(1978): Review of Classic Tamil Cinema”
After a hiatus of 4 years the master director Bharathiraja (BR from here on) returned with a movie in the thriller genre- Bommalattam. For a very long time BR has been among the popular & critically acclaimed directors in Tamil Cinema.Continue reading “Bommalattam Movie Review- Glimpses of the Master Director- Bharathiraja”