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  1. Joker – The King

    August 21, 2016 by Ajay

    Don’t you hate it when you go to a movie to enjoy for a couple of hours but instead you come out rethinking your entire life decisions and cry yourself to sleep due to crippling depression and then later wake up to realise you were just glad to watch such a beautiful movie? Joker gave me such roller coaster of emotions before, during and after the movie. First you laugh at the protoginist, get angry at him and then later you laugh with him, cry with him, cry for him, get angry with him and in the end you feel sad because the movie is over. This was one of the movies where you know things aren’t going to end well and still feel bad when it eventually happens.

    Joker

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  2. Aranmanai 2

    August 6, 2016 by Guest Author

     

    Boring, solitary Friday evenings are for boring, horror movies. Well, if you could classify Aranmanai as horror. Quite like the number of “Amman” movies of the 90s (to illustrate, Paalayathu amman, Thaalikaatha Kaali amman and of course Amman), this movie begins with talks of renovating a temple and the power of the deity being reduced to nada in that time period. Of course, this means that evil spirits can roam the land freely. It’s basic, really. All you need for an average horror movie is a spirit with a backstory. But then this movie isn’t even average!

    Aranmanai 2

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  3. Kabali

    July 23, 2016 by Ajay

    Jerry Seinfeld once said, in a Seinfeld round table, that he was afraid that the show would lose quality after it became successful and when they had more money to spend. Not many people can handle success and money well and Ranjith definitely doesn’t seem like one of them. There are a lot of people who could be at fault for Kabali to turn out to be such a disappointment. I’m sure Ranjth had a lot of pressure on him while making this movie and the result makes it quite evident that he is definitely not capable of handling those so early in his career. To be honest, I did not have much expectations for this film, or for any films nowadays (mainly because apathy has taken over all my emotions lately). This film had every element in it for it to be a whopping success and a colossal failure and we can all be glad that it fell somewhere in the middle.

    Kabali

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  4. Ruminations on Iraivi

    June 12, 2016 by Guest Author

    Someone recently pointed out how reviews of anything are now titled ‘Thoughts on …’, in what is possibly an attempt to straddle the middle ground and emphasize that they’re just that, one’s thoughts. In that sense, this post is aptly titled, as Iraivi is a movie that will force you to think. And like the other meaning of the word, it will force you to chew the cud for quite a while, be it by watching it a second time in the theater, or multiple times in your mind.

    Iraivi

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  5. Conversation on Iraivi

    June 12, 2016 by Ajay

    Today Ajay and I have decided to create as many spoilers as possible for ‘Iraivi’ in a Q and A format.

    Iraivi

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  6. Idhu Namma Aalu – Intentional Neurotoxic Act

    June 6, 2016 by Guest Author

    Not a review per se, just a coherent rant about this film I watched recently called Idhu Namma Aalu.

    When I exited the theatre after watching Idhu Namma Aalu, I wondered if there’s a word exclusive to the world of Kollywood films, to point out that the film had its fun moments for a few minutes, and for the rest of the time you wished you had every strand of hair pulled off from your skin or be stabbed like Jon Snow. Why don’t they put statutory warning messages ahead of such films?

    Let me be the first one to try and coin a term/reference metric that refers to any motion feature which is worth just ten minutes of your time and you are better off watching it on YouTube, as a video titled “Best comedy scene from ….” instead of experiencing an ordeal in the theatre.

    *thinks*

    INA!

    The term is INA- an acronym that stands for Intentional Neurotoxic Act (‘Intentional’ being the operative word.)Fitting, isn’t it? I hope, in the near future we see people use this term widely.

    Macha! How was the movie da?” “It’s not bad. But it’s INA. Better to stay away.

    Idhu Namma Aalu

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  7. 24

    May 13, 2016 by Ajay

    I am a huge fan of science fiction films. I am also a huge fan of films that know their audience and spoonfeed them as much as needed. It is not reasonable to have more than 30 minutes of silence involving just primates right in the beginning of the film and expect tamil audience to completely comprehend it the first time they watch it. At the same time, it is also not reasonable to make something like 7aam Arivu and expect people to like it. Indru Netru Naalai found the perfect middle ground in-between recently. And now 24 also has joined the league. It is a good science fiction film with the right amount of spoonfeeding that won’t make any viewer feel too stupid or too smart.

    24

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  8. Theri – Unnecessary

    April 29, 2016 by Ajay

    I decided to start my summer vacation by watching Theri and I blame myself for this decision. Having access to so many awesome stuff through Netflix and HBO GO, I decided to watch this in a stupid cam print (Go ahead. Judge me.). Not watching the movie in a proper theater with a proper audience might have caused me to have a negative opinion about the film but I don’t think the theater experience would have made any impact in my opinion for this excuse of a writing. Apart from the obvious “vijay fans” jerkfest and the “typical commercial masala drama family audience children’s women friendly genre”, I will try to explain what else that did not work out for me in the film. If you are a fan of anyone related to this film and if you have come this far in this review, I would urge you to stop and read some paid reviews like behindwoods or indiaglitz or watch the other annoyance in the name of video reviews. Continue at your own cost.

    Theri

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  9. Thoongavanam

    November 16, 2015 by Ajay

    How often do you see Yugi Sethu sporting a balaclava and killing people? How often do you see a lesbian couple going for it on screen in tamil cinema? Homosexual implication between the hero and the villain? A kamal film without any unnecessary Kamal fawning? Thoongavanam had all of these. But for someone like me who still hasn’t recovered from the awesomeness of Uttama Villain, Thoongavam needed something much more to make it a great film. The fanboy in me was waiting till the end to jump out of excitement but the movie made the neutral viewer side of me take over rather easily.

    Thoongavanam

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  10. O Kadhal Kanmani

    April 21, 2015 by Ajay

    How beautiful will it be to see the world through Mani Ratnam and PC Sreeram’s eyes. A world where even melodrama puts a smile on one’s face. A world filled with love irrespective of age. A world where relationships are not filmy. A world filled with A R Rahman’s music and Vairamuthu’s lyrics. A world where normalcy is beautiful. This parallel universe is what I experienced in O Kadhal Kanmani.

    o kadhal kanmani

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