• Movie Review

    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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    Deja Vu (2022)

    A writer comes to a police station asking for protection from his fictional characters who are threatening him. What was ridiculous at first, becomes serious as a lady’s missing case unfolds as told in the writer’s new novel that is being written. Tamil Nadu DGP calls for the help of an undercover officer, played by Arulnithi. In the first half, this plot was used well in Deja Vu (2022) and keeps us engaged, regrettably, the second half was dreary. The two-hour film gets a Raw from Mangoidiots. With his recent films, Arulnithi has proven he can act convincingly. In this one, he comes as a police officer but is never seen…

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    Ante Sundaraniki (2022), an enjoyable romcom that ran too long

    The film’s plot can’t be any less original than Ante Sundaraniki (2022), yet I enjoyed this romantic comedy thanks to a fine screenplay and good acting. Nani as Sundar Prasad and Nazriya Nazim as Leela Thomas have done their respective roles well. Joining their characters as their respective mothers are the two veteran actresses of South Indian cinema, Rohini and Nadhiya, and both were brilliant. Had the film been edited sharply and the three hours of running time tightened, I would’ve been happy to give it a Ripe rating on the Mangoidiots scale. Sundar Prasad is a Hindu boy from an orthodox middle-class brahmin family. His schoolmate is Leela, a…

  • TV Show Review

    The G Word with Adam Conover was largely fun to watch

    Many of us living in democracies are getting tired of our governments tackling the pressing issues of our times, like climate change, rising inequality, banking bailouts, slow pandemic response and so on. We are wondering what are the various government departments really doing? Are they just a drain on our hard-earned money paid as taxes?. Unfortunately, we the public have little understanding of the functioning of our government bodies, like the role of the regulators for food, health, medicines, banks, stock market & others. Why do they exist? Normally, we find these to be boring and we are interested to discuss elections and elected representatives, who keep us occupied by…

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    Galwakdi (2022)

    This Punjabi film, available on Amazon Prime Video is a prototypical romantic comedy. I noticed in the trailer, the story was in London and I started to watch it. Jagteshwar Singh is a librarian, a perfectionist who agonize over the small details in life. He gets drawn to a young lady, Amber, a guest in his house. The fun was the events that lead to the opposites getting attracted. Except for the drinking scenes, this is a family-friendly film. Had the climax been less cliché, Galwakdi (2022) would’ve got an higher rating than Raw from Mangoidiots. The opening sequences showing the regimented life that Jagteshwar follows, forces his parents and…

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    Man vs. Bee (TV series)

    We have seen TV series that is about love, friends, colleagues, family, community, mystery, theft, greed, and even games. But, only Rowan Atkinson CBE can produce one about a bee and him, nothing more.  Man vs. Bee (2022) was utterly unbelievable and stupid, yet wholly funny. In the two hours run, the miniseries make you forget your worries and laugh in many places. Thanks to Mr Atkinson for that and the show gets a Raw rating from Mangoidiots. Kids will adore the show, the cute dog Cupcake is sure to become their favourite. To make his daughter proud a jobless man takes up the work as a house sitter to…

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    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…