Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol Movie Review: It’s never too late to Fall in Love…Again

The men who share a camaraderie in the apartment complex have all gathered for their daily round of drinks on the rooftop (after all the days of the regular bars in Kerala is now history) and Ulahanan (Mohanlal) is pissed off because he realized that the chapter of the lady who was enticing him over the last few days is now a closed one. Irritated and angry at the same time, he forces his neighbour and friend Venukuttan (Anoop Menon) to make him speak with one of his numerous girlfriends over phone right then. Though initially unwilling, Venukuttan does go on to dial someone on his mobile phone eventually and gives the phone to Ulahanan without revealing the name of the lady. Ulahanan goes on to speak to the person over the phone, only to realize that he has been tricked by Venukuttan, as the person on the other end is none other than his wife, Annyamma (Meena). This is just one of various wonderful moments from Jibu Jacob’s Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol, which has finally hit the theatres after a delay due to the film industry strike in Kerala.Continue reading “Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol Movie Review: It’s never too late to Fall in Love…Again”

Pulimurugan Movie Review: The Tiger Roars and Shows Who’s the Boss

Not too long ago many of us had given up on Mohanlal, neither was he drawing crowds to the theatres like he used to do with remarkable ease film after film, nor was he managing to please the critics. However with Drishyam he made everyone shut up, even as the film appealed to audiences far and wide and critics too were moved by what Jeethu Joseph managed to come up with through this film. But somehow his choice of films post Drishyam have not been all that convincing, even his fans have not been completely satisfied to be honest. With no release for around 8 months (post Kanal) one was left wondering what exactly is his game plan but it looks like he knew that he was always there in the hunt. With Vismayam/Manamantha he showed that he is still good with the simple family oriented subjects and with Janatha Garage he managed to wow the Telugu audience as well.  And by the time you read this I’m sure everyone knows that he has now had huge back to back hits in the form of Priyadarshan’s Oppam and of course Vysakh’s Pulimurugan.Continue reading “Pulimurugan Movie Review: The Tiger Roars and Shows Who’s the Boss”

Leela Movie Review: A Tale of an Unusual Individual

At times the human mind does play around with us quite a bit, or else how can we easily account for fantasies, fetishes and all sort of (weird?) desires that we come across or think of from time to time. There are some characters whom we encounter or hear about, who seem to revel in following a slightly convoluted path towards achieving satisfaction on various levels. Popular writer-director Ranjith‘s latest Malayalam film Leela talks about one such interesting character, Kuttiyappan. Ranjith has always been one of the few filmmakers who have managed to maintain a fine balance between art and commerce, as seen by a majority of his films. But it’s also true that he hasn’t really been in form of late, with his previous film Loham being especially disappointing. Leela also sees him play the producer, a role that he takes upon from time to time and not for all his films.Continue reading “Leela Movie Review: A Tale of an Unusual Individual”

Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi: Trailer

Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi Poster 2Anil Radhakrishnan Menon has been noticed for his 2 Malayalam films, North 24 Kaatham (2013) and Sapthamashree Thaskaraha (2014),films which appealed to the critics as well as the audience. He is now ready with his third film, Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi, a fantasy film produced by Prem Menon. The star cast includes Kunchacko Boban, Chemban Vinod, Sunny Wayne, Bharath, Nedumudi Venu, Reenu Mathews, Jacob Gregory, Sudheer Karamana etc. Music is by Rex Vijayan,while Jayesh Nair is the DOP and Manoj Kannoth is the editor.Continue reading “Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi: Trailer”

Kanyaka Talkies: Trailer

Kanyaka Talkies Still 1K.R.Manoj’s Malayalam movie Kanyaka Talkies (Virgin Talkies) has been doing the festival rounds in the last couple of years and has won many awards as well. Written by P. V. Shajikumar, Ranjini Krishnan and K. R. Manoj based on a story by P.V.Shajikumar,the film is Tropical Cinema & Work in Progress. Kanyaka Talkies features Murali Gopy, Lena, Maniyanpilla Raju, Indans, Nandhu, Sudheer Karamana, Sunil Sukhada etc. Shehnad Jalaaal is the DOP while Mahesh Narayanan is the editor and music is by Rajivan AyyapanContinue reading “Kanyaka Talkies: Trailer”

Sapthamashree Thaskaraha Movie Review: A Smart and Witty Heist Film

Every Malayalee has a few things on his/her agenda during the annual Onam festival season. Along with shopping, new clothes, pookalam (flower arrangement like rangoli) and of course the Onam Sadhya (the traditional Onam feast, usually had on Thiruvonam day for lunch) there is the need to catch up on the Onam movie releases as well. Of course of the number of people flocking the theatres during the festive season has dropped drastically over the years and the reasons are twofold. First of all the quality of films that have been releasing during this period has gone down considerably of late and to add to this we have all the satellite channels (multiple channels these days compared to just the few earlier) all vying for our attention by premiering multiple recent films, making people all the more reluctant to leave the comfort of their homes. Last year’s Onam saw 5 films releasing and the winner turned out to be debutant filmmaker Anil Radhakrishnan Menon’s North 24 Kaatham, a film which received both commercial and critical attention, even winning a National Award (Best Malayalam Film).Continue reading “Sapthamashree Thaskaraha Movie Review: A Smart and Witty Heist Film”

God’s Own Country Movie Review: A Surprisingly Engaging Hyperlink Film

God's Own Country MovieThe phrase God’s Own Country is probably Kerala’s most successful tagline. Our chests swell in pride (not the 56’ one) at the successful marketing of the state’s natural beauty but privately many smirk at how a naturally endowed state has become a laggard, especially when compared to our immediate hard working neighbour. As a protagonist remarks in the movie which goes by the same name, Kerala was not coined as God’s Own Country by the Gods but by fellow humans!Continue reading “God’s Own Country Movie Review: A Surprisingly Engaging Hyperlink Film”