• Movie Review

    Kodiyil Oruvan (2021)

    Vijay Antony is known to opt for interesting stories to compensate for his acting skills, but Kodiyil Oruvan (கோடியில் ஒருவன்) is a cookie-cutter good vs evil story and a lazy screenplay. It is about an IAS aspiring youngster who is forced to fight the local politician(s) in order to save the students living in the community from taking to alcohol and crimes. Director Ananda Krishnan, whose Metro (2016) was good, has made a mediocre film. The film which made a theatrical release in September is now available on Amazon Prime Video, gets my ‘Rotten’ rating. Vijaya Raghavan (Vijay Antony) is born on a traumatic night where a local politician kills…

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    Jai Bhim (2021)

    Once in a blue moon, Kollywood produces a Tamil cinema that transcends the usual cliché, one well crafted & thus worthy of our pride. Jai Bhim (ஜெய் பீம்) by Director T. J. Gnanavel and starring Suriya is the latest to be added to that short line-up. Apart from the significant social issue described (which has been extensively covered in the media), as a cinema, it offers measured acting (which is a surprise) from Suriya, master story-telling with the right order of suspense and reveals, a brilliant cast crew, attention to detail (a rarity), and a brisk pace to keep you engaged throughout. Released on Amazon Prime Video, the film gets…

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    Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum (2021)

    In Kaaka Muttai (2015) we saw the aspiration of two young boys for tasting a Pizza used to communicate the poverty and sufferings of the slum residents in Indian cities. Likewise, an entire community running helter-skelter in search of a lost goat was the background for highlighting the stupidity of crowds in Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu (2017). In Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum (இராமே ஆண்டாலும் இராவணே ஆண்டாலும்) it is the loss of two bull cows, loved dearly by a young couple forms the plot to cover the impoverishment of Indian villages. Though an intriguing plot, the screenplay drifts into familiar scenes to highlight the corruption and the indifferent political system that…

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    What We Did on Our Holiday (2014)

    I didn’t expect to like this film, but I did! Let me explain, What We Did on Our Holiday (2014) is a British film, a clean comedy, about a dysfunctional family and three kids. The first hour of the film was dull & makes you question your choice – if you are able to plough through, you see the kids’ takeover and it becomes enjoyable. The film is available on Amazon Prime Video and manages a ‘Ripe’ rating because of the last half-an-hour. Please don’t look for much logic here, just go with the flow and you will like it too. Doug and Abi, a couple in London with three…

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    The Courier (2020)

    Spy movies need not be action thrillers like James Bond, in recent years there have been films that were inspired by true incidents and told subtly like  A Call to Spy (2019), which featured women protagonists during the Nazi occupation of France and Red Sparrow (2018) which had a female lead but from the other side of the iron curtain. The Courier (2020) follows this style and talks of a British salesman who played a key role in bringing vital documents from Moscow that prevented the Cuban missile crisis from going nuclear. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch (famous as Doctor Strange), The Courier (2020) was engaging and crisp. Available on Amazon Prime…