• TV Show Review

    Tamil Rockerz on Sony Liv, a familiar police-villain chase!

    🎥தமிழ் ராக்கர்ஸ் (2022), சோனி லைவ் தொடர். நாயகன்: அருண் விஜய் . நாயகிகள்: ஐஸ்வர்யா மேனன், வாணி போஜன். 👮🏾தமிழ்ப் படங்களில் (தொடர்களில்) நாயகன் பெரிய காவல் அதிகாரியாக இருந்தால்: – அவருக்குக் காதல் கல்யாணம் தான் ஆகியிருக்க வேண்டும், – மனைவி கொஞ்சம் நாளிலேயே வில்லனால் (கடத்தி) கொல்லப்பட்டு விடுவார், – நாயகன் இறந்த மனைவியின் மேல் இருக்கும் காதலை நினைத்து நினைத்து குடிப்பார், ஆனாலும் மிக நல்லவர், நிலை தடுமாற மாட்டார் – அப்போ எதற்கு பாட்டில் பாட்டிலாகக் குடிக்கிறார்? – காதல் மனைவி நகைச்சுவையாக பேசுவார், எல்லோரிடமும் நன்றாக பழக கூடியவர், கருணையே வடிவானவர், – பல சமயங்களில் காதலை, காதலி தான் சொல்வார், – நாயகன் கடமையே கண்ணாக இருப்பார், இரவு பகல் பாராமல் உழைப்பார், – மனைவியை சினிமாவுக்கு அழைத்து சென்றால், கடமை அழைக்க பாதியில் மனைவியை அம்போ என்று விட்டுவிட்டு செல்வார், – நாயகன் எவ்வளவு பெரிய அதிகாரியாக இருந்தாலும் நாயகன் மற்றும் அவரின் மனைவிக்கு…

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    Cobra (2022), a three-hour film that was tame

    Seeing Cobra (2022), it was clear that like all his previous films, Chiyaan Vikram has worked super hard on this one too – in the various make-up, he was totally unrecognizable – excellent performance by him. The film is about a mercenary killer, whose identity is not known to anyone. The killer is chased by an Interpol officer (the cricketer Irfan Pathan) & by a world’s rich businessman. The film gets a Raw in mangoidiots scale. Starting with an engaging plot, the movie was enjoyable for the first hour, but then it loses its orientation and gets chaotic for no reason. The visuals and the overall arrangement of the scene…

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    Viruman (2022), a formula village film!

    If you go to a library on Tamil films, reach the rack on village stories, pick the first book covering father-son differences and go directly from there to the location for shooting, you will get Viruman (2022). The film gets a raw rating in the mangoidiots scale. Karthi has done well the role of the village hero who is honest to a fault, strong as hercules, yet crumbles on the first instance for love & family. Debutant Aditi (Director Shankar‘s daughter) fits the role of the rural girl, impresses with her natural appearance and unpretentious acting. Surprisingly, comedian Soori has underplayed and shouts less, making him tolerable. Manoj Bharathiraja comes…

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    Kuruthi Aattam (2022), a timeworn gangster war & friendship

    The film starring Atharvaa and Priya Bhavani Shankar has been aptly titled the Kuruthi Aattam. The two-and-half-hour film is a non-stop sequence of action, chases, fights, knives and blood. Add to this, the story is based in Madurai, the city that Kollywood loves to portray as the gangster capital of the state. Director Sri Ganesh keeps you engaged by the fast-paced screenplay, but the lack of a powerful story and absence of definitions for any of the characters including the protagonist makes the movie exhausting. We can’t wait for the bad guys to die and the hero to triumph so that we can leave. It gets a Mangoidiots Raw rating. Sakthivel…

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    The Legend (2022), an amateurish film that was laughable!

    From the time the songs, which were hits, and the trailer got released I knew I will watch the film – The Legend (2022). Produced by Saravana Store‘s owner Arul Saravanan and featuring him as the hero, the film was released on over 600+ screens and even had an early morning show. It was a full house for the first-day evening show in Luxe Cinemas, Chennai. The action film is not a spoof, is not a parody, but if you imagine it to be one, you would thoroughly enjoy the movie. I and my friends did so and we had a good time. You won’t be able to get through…

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    The Gray Man (2022), an uninspiring spy action

    If I am given just a minute to think of the story for a big-budget spy movie, I am likely to come up with something uninspiring like The Gray Man (2022). The Netflix original film made with a $200 million budget was much talked about in the Indian press for Dhanush playing a role in it. It was good to see Ryan Gosling in a full-length action film after the emotional hit First Man (2018), his excellent performance keeps us sitting through this film. It gets a Raw rating. Sierra Six is an undercover CIA assassin, while on a mission he gets access to a memory card that may contain…

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    Sarkaru Vaari Paata (2022), was disappointing

    I like Mahesh Babu, I found his film Srimanthudu (2015) to be a total entertainer and I watched it a few times. So, I was curious with his latest film Sarkaru Vaari Paata (2022). Sadly, it offered an incohesive screenplay and a uninspired story. A good performance by Mahesh Babu and Keerthy Suresh couldn’t save the trainwreck. It gets a mangoidiots rating of Rotten. It seems the director Parasuram wanted to do a film around the plot of the infamous Vijay Mallya default case of Rs 9000 crores. Instead of going all-out on this and showing how the hero saves the Indian banks, we see a hotchpotch of events. Whatever the…

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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,…