• Movie Review

    Vezham (2022)

    வேழம் (Vezham) is a serial-killer mystery film starring Ashok Selvan, Iswarya Menon and Janani. Debut director Sandeep Shyam has played it safe, opting to go with a familiar plot, yet managing to keep us engaged for a long time. We feel fatigued with the long climax and its two twists, had it been avoided the film could’ve left a mark. It gets Mangoidiots rating of “Raw”. The story starts with a gruesome murder in the beautiful woods of Ooty hills. Young lovers, Leena (Iswarya Menon) and Ashok (Ashok Selvan) while returning home on their bike are attacked by a masked killer, Leena dies in the attack and Ashok suffers the…

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    The Swimmer (1968)

    Can a movie create a story in the minds of the audience without describing it directly or showing visuals of the happenings? If you had watched The Swimmer (1968) starring Burt Lancaster you will emphatically answer yes. The film may not be interesting all the way, but it will certainly leave you thinking about it for a long and even the characters who appear briefly will impact you. That’s how well it has been made by Director Frank Perry and gets a Ripe. On a random summer day, we see Ned, a well-built man nearing his fifties swimming in a private pool in a suburb of Connecticut. In the next…

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    Top Gun: Maverick (2022) – An authentic sequel

    When it comes to making a worthy sequel for a popular movie, most often the makers fail. As a pleasant surprise, Top Gun Maverick succeeds in the near-impossible task. The movie had been in the making for over a decade, thankfully Director Joseph Kosinski, the late Tony Scott and the crew have spent the time well and got it right. The film is an authentic sequel to the original, Top Gun (1986) and gets my rating of “Ripe”. Top Gun: Maverick (TGM), is set 36 years from the predecessor and follows the life of Tom Cruise in the character of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell who is still serving as a captain,…

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    Lightyear (2022)

    Everyone has a favourite toy from their childhood, it could’ve been a simple soft stone that you picked on beach sand, but for you, it reminds the whole world that you have created in your imagination. Pixar successfully exploits this (nostalgic) feeling in its Toy Story franchise. Among the characters in Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear, the astronaut was a favourite and its dialogue “To Infinity & Beyond” is edged in our memory. The latest in the franchise is Lightyear (2022) and it is not a sequel or prequel to Toy Story but covers one of the space missions that Buzz travels. It is the movie that Andy (the boy) had…

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    Ayngaran (2022)

    A young engineer who stays clear of the job market, instead, invents “innovative” gadgets which remind high-school projects for solving everyday problems but fails to get a break. A seven-year-old girl falls into a 200-feet borewell and the entire government machinery under the local collector works day & night to rescue the child, but they keep hitting one barrier after another. A bloodthirsty group of Hindi-speaking thieves who target only the large jewellery stores, they leave no clue, and the Tamil Nadu police department is unable to catch them. The hero grows up inspired by his father, a police constable, and also angry at the system that prevents his father…

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    Late Night (2019)

    Starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson, Late Night (2019) is about a celebrated TV talk show host struggling to adapt to the times or retire gracefully. The plot was familiar, we had seen portions of this in Anchorman (2014), in Tina Fey‘s 30 Rock (2006-2013) and recently in the Great News (2017-2018). Yet, the fine performance by the lead actors and a sharp and witty screenplay make it enjoyable. Available on Netflix, it gets a Ripe. The host of a late-night talk show, Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is a self-absorbed, rude TV anchor who has won numerous Emmy awards. Unfortunately, over the decades, she is saddled with a complacent team…

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    Trippin’ with the Kandasamys (2021)

    I am hooked on the South African family comedy franchise, The Kandasamys. The films follow the drama within the two Indian families, Kandasamys and the Naidoos. They are neighbours who live in Chatsworth, a suburb of Durban. The latest one is Trippin’ with the Kandasamys (2021), a feel-good film which is available on Netflix and gets a Ripe rating. The first of the two films, Keeping Up with the Kandasamys (2017) was about the falling in love of the children of the two families, and the next one Kandasamys: The Wedding (2019), as the name suggests, was about the wedding event of the young couple. The third one, Trippin, was…

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    Vikram (2022)

    In recent years, the big hero movies in Kollywood have disappointed me. Other than a few exceptions, sequels turn out to be lazy works of the makers. So, I had low expectations for Kamal Hasaan‘s Vikram (2022), a thin sequel to Vikram (1986) and in the same universe as Kaithi (2019). Using a textbook story of a good cop(s) vs drug mafia, but delivering it through high energy and brisk screenplay, Director Lokesh Kanagaraj has surprised me with an entertainer. Mangoidiots rates the film a raw, yet you may want to watch it. The first half of the film was dominated by two brilliant actors, Fahadh Faasil and Vijay Sethupathi…