• Movie Review

    Navarasa (TV Series)

    Does having the big names of Kollywood like Mani Ratnam, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Vijay Sethupathi, Arvind Swami, Siddharth & Suriya ensure an entertainer. Nava Rasa (2021) proves it is not, having stars only increases the expectations. The obvious ingredient for a good movie or series is good stories, everything else even in abundance doesn’t make up for its absence. It had taken me nearly three months to complete the nine stories of Navarasa (TV Series) on Netflix. It gets my lowest rating of ‘Rotten’. Each story was only 30-40 minutes, except the last one which was long at 48 minutes. Except for a couple, most of the nine offers nothing…

  • Movie Review

    Annabelle Sethupathi (2021)

    Story is the King! Forget it on your peril. Annabelle Sethupathi (அனபெல் சேதுபதி) is a (semi) historic ghost comedy that proves an entertainer can’t be made only with a great cast of shining stars. Only when the Director combines them with a good story and a fitting screenplay, a good cinema is made. The Taapsee Pannu, Vijay Sethupathi & Yogi Babu starer, available on Disney+Hotstar, gets my lowest rating of ‘Rotten’. A family of petty thieves (Radhika Sarathkumar, Rajendra Prasad, Taapsee Pannu) are tasked by the local police inspector to spend a week in an abandoned palace. Inside, ghosts from a single multi-generational family along with their chief cook (Yogi…

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    Tughlaq Durbar (2021)

    Tughlaq Durbar (2021) is a political comedy starring Vijay Sethupathi & Raashi Khanna. It is a story about an aspiring politician stumbling in his way to power due to a split personality disorder. An intriguing plot with tremendous scope to show the struggle between good and evil, backed by a cast of Vijay Sethupathi and R. Parthiban, sadly Director Delhi Prasad Deenadayalan has wasted the opportunity. As a result, the film available on Netflix gets our ‘rotten’ rating. The film starts in a familiar way, a baby boy, later named Singam, being born in a rally of a local politician Rayappan (R. Parthiban) growing up to idolise the leader. Luckily…

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    The Trap (2019)

    The Trap (2019) is a comedy movie about a talented chef who throws away his successful career to turn around their family chicken joint to save the life of his mother. This is a low-budget film that was predictable and amateurish in many places but was tolerable thanks to some good acting by T.I. It gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Rotten’ and available on Netflix. Sonny (T.I.) is the chef of a Michelin star restaurant who gets promoted to be the head chef of a new restaurant in Los Angeles. That’s when he returns home to Atlanta to be with his mother and brother. He is shocked to find their…

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    Movie Review

    Petromax (2019)

    Petromax (2019) is a cookie-cutter comedy-horror film. The film starts with an interesting twist, but immediately loses steam to just keep chugging along for a long time with mostly unimaginative characters and lazy situations. It is the last thirty minutes when the flashback runs there is some pace in the story, which saves the film and us, the audience. An NRI (played by Prem) from Malaysia comes back to India to find his parents dead, saddened he tries to dispose of their old bungalow. Unfortunately, the house is haunted by four ghosts. To convince a prospective buyer, Prem organizes four people to stay in the house for a few days. What…