• Movie Review

    Appathava Aattaya Pottutanga (2021)

    Appathava Aattaya Pottutanga (அப்பத்தாவ ஆட்டய போட்டுடாங்க) is a comedy with a difference. An elderly mother Meenakshi unloved by her son and admitted to an old-age home falls in love with another resident, an elderly gentleman Ramasamy – the couple elopes and seeks the help of their friends (octogenarians) to get married. With this one-line story, Director N. Stephen Rangaraj has given an engaging film thanks to a humorous screenplay. Veterans Kathadi Ramamurthy, Delhi Ganesh & Shanmugasundaram delight us with their expert performances. The film is available on Sony Liv, and scores a ‘Ripe’ for its novelty and an apt runtime. Chandrahasan has played the role of Ramasamy well. I liked…

  • TV Show Review

    Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. (TV Series 2021-)

    As a teenager, in the early 1990s, there were two TV shows on the then new private entertainment channel (Star Plus) in India that I watched with great interest and absolutely loved: One was the Wonder Years (1988-1993) which was a coming-of-age family comedy [Available on Disney+Hotstar] starring Fred Savage as the young boy Kevin Arnold; and the other was Doggie Howser, M.D. (1989-1993) starring Neil Patrick Harris playing the namesake as a 14-year Doctor and a child prodigy. Growing up watching them, these two are classics to me, and I felt sceptical when I read both are being remade this year. The former is produced by ABC, and I am…

  • Movie Review

    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…

  • Movie Review

    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…

  • Movie Review

    Bell Bottom (2021)

    Bell Bottom (2021) is about an Indian RAW agent and team rescuing a hijacked plane, starring Akshay Kumar and Vaani Kapoor. Though it was an action story with patriotic rhetoric, I liked the way it tries, not succeeding always, to stay far from superhero-like narratives. The film was fast-paced with little historic lessons and repetitive explanations. The screenplay had drawbacks, but it was entertaining and manages to get our ‘Ripe’ rating. It is available on Amazon Prime Video. It is 1984, and an Indian Airlines flight IC 691 gets hijacked and Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi, calls her core team (now known as the National Security Council) comprising of senior…