The Pandemic and the Lockdown Because of the pandemic lockdown last year and being cooped up inside our houses for weeks, it soon became apparent to me that I need to burn my energy & sweat it out by exercising. I restarted taking my walking seriously. As a result, from April last year, I became regular and consistent (7000-9000 feet every day) in my walking on the terrace of my house. The Problem But, I was missing my Yoga routine (for over an hour) which earlier was happening twice or thrice every week for the last two+ decades. I decided…

Film after film, Fahadh Faasil impresses us more with his performances. In his latest film Joji (2021) available on Amazon Prime Video, he has transformed into the youngest son of a wealthy estate owner who is authoritarian and iron fists…

Anbirkiniyal (2021) is a thriller film starring Arun Pandian and his daughter Keerthi Pandian. The story revolves around a loving father searching for his daughter who hasn’t returned home while the girl is stuck in a life-threatening situation. Keerthi Pandian…

Two Distant Strangers (2020) is an Academy (Oscar) awards nominated short film that you shouldn’t miss. It uses a time-loop format to show the rough treatment meted to African Americans by law enforcement in the USA, to produce a very engaging film that will remain with you for a long time. Available on Netflix. A young man Carter James (Joey Bada$$) wakes up in bed next to a beautiful miss Perri (Zaria) in a two-storey nice apartment in downtown New York. As he walks out, he faces danger for his life in the form of an NYPD officer Merk (Andrew…

Crazy About Her (Spanish: Loco por ella) is a Spanish romantic comedy. It takes the familiar story of a guy meeting a girl for a one-night stand but unwittingly falling in love with her and goes in search to win…

Mandela (2021) is a comedy-drama film starring Yogi Babu, about the sufferings of outcasts and the power of universal suffrage. Mandela impresses you with an uncommon plot and good acting by Yogi but falls short due to a mediocre screenplay…

Good, Harmless Humour that is fun, based on everyday life is universal & works across culture, language & media. I noticed this Archie Comics story “The Right Type” having the same theme as Actor Vadivelu comedy clip in the Tamil movie Vathiyar (வாத்தியார்) 2006. In the comic, a famous artist selects Reggie over Archie saying “I’m Sorry, But you’re not the type”. Veronica too says “Yes, Archie, Take my word for it, you’re not the type!”. In the film, Singamuthu character says at Vadivelu “நீ அதுக்கு சரிவர மாட்டே!” (You will not suit for that) #Archie #Comics #Humour #TamilCinema #Comedy #Vadivelu

Tenet (2020) was the most talked-about film of 2020 for two reasons: it was the first big-budget movie to get released during the pandemic and second was many viewers had a problem understanding the film, more often than the previous…

Zero wait time! For the last few weeks, the state of Tamil Nadu has been sizzling hot – in terms of the hot weather and the high decibel election campaigning by the two principal parties joined by three newer challengers.…

The Illegal (2019) made me sad and was painful to watch, not in a bad way but in a good sense. The pain and sufferings of a young lad landing in the USA with high hopes for a better life getting stuck in a rut due to his bad luck, and that hits you hard. The film gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Ripe’ mainly for brilliant acting by Suraj Sharma, but beware the film can be intense in its portrayal with little respite. Available on Amazon Prime Video. Hassan (Suraj Sharma), an aspiring film-maker, hailing from a middle-class household in…