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From Ang Lee’s ‘Eat Drink Man Woman’ to ‘Amelie’: The pleasures of a well-crafted credits sequence

Read the full article on Firstpost, here: http://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/from-ang-lees-eat-drink-man-woman-to-amelie-the-pleasures-of-a-well-crafted-opening-credits-sequence-4303277.html When we think of title sequences, we recall...Show More Summary

The cartoonist returns

Some more from Ramki Bellur — the first, a kind Pongal greeting, and the second, a collaboration with Sanjay NM.

“Sketch”… A been-there-done-that story of a good-hearted thug

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/sketch-movie-review So what’s new in Vijay Chandar’s Sketch? The hero’s (Jeeva aka Sketch, played by Vikram) meant-to-be-kewl hand gesture, for one: it resembles how you’d show the number five, except that the ring finger is folded in. (Wait! Could that be a metaphor for his […]

“Thaanaa Serndha Koottam”… A mass-ified remake of ‘Special 26’ that’s quite entertaining

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/thaanaa-serndha-koottam-movie-review Thaanaa Serndha Koottam is a remake of Neeraj Pandey’s Special 26, which was about a group of con artists who conduct raids pretending to be CBI officials and saunter away with the loot. Show More Summary

Word painter

Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/southern-lights-20-years-of-thamarai-in-tamil-cinema This is Thamarai’s 20th year in the movies. The lyricist talks about her poetry, her personal life, her politics. Show More Summary

Whose Plot Is It Anyway – “Thaanaa Serndha Koottam”

A weekly feature, where standup comedian Jagan takes a look at previews and trailers and predicts the story of Padmavati in his own inimitable way. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2018 Film Companion. Advertisements Filed under: Cinema: Tamil, Humour, Whose Plot Is It Anyway

“Eeda”… An impressively distinct take on the world’s most well-known romance

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/eeda-movie-review Eeda (Here) is being sold as an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, but the most defining scenes have little to do with star-crossed lovers. Take the stretch where Kannur boy Anand (Shane Nigam), who now works in an insurance firm in Mysore, […]

Interview: Jayasurya

Straight out of the huge success of his biggest hit in his career so far – Aadu 2 which is still running to packed houses, Jayasurya talks about how the team arrived at a decision to make a sequel to a film which was a theatrical flop. In a career spanning more than 15 years, […]

‘Goodfellas’, Béla Tarr, long takes and book adaptations

Read the full article on Firstpost, here: http://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/goodfellas-bela-tarr-long-takes-and-how-different-filmmakers-adapt-books-4292651.html Before the release of Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita (1962), author-turned-screenwriter Vladimir Nabokov said, “I have not yet seen the picture. Show More Summary

Readers Write In #30: Rant of an anti-national

We have history books. Philosophical works. Research papers on culture, economy and religion and their impacts on society. Artistic works on the exploitation of the ruled by the ruler. Field workers who themselves have borne the brunt of excesses of our enemy. Dialecticians splitting their hairs to interpret the course of society. With all these […]

The Amateur’s Art #31 – Pin Sellathey (with English subs)

See here for what this series is about. This is from commenter Amit Joki, his second short film. He calls it “a light take on the evil of stalking”. Filed under: Cinema: Tamil, Short Films, The Amateur's Art

#AskBR – Dhavani Kanavugal

A weekly feature, where I answer a few questions on the big release of the previous weekend. (Or, an older film, if the week has no big releases.) SEND IN YOUR QUESTIONS: For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2018 Film Companion. Advertisements Filed under: #AskBR, Cinema: Tamil

Happy new year

Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/southern-lights-happy-new-year These are our pick of songs for the occasion from across south India. What are yours?? For the first column of 2018, I decided to do something simple: pick one song from Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam that celebrates the new year (or at least, contains […]

Whose Plot Is It Anyway – “Padmavati”

A weekly feature, where standup comedian Jagan takes a look at previews and trailers and predicts the story of Padmavati in his own inimitable way. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2017 Film Companion. Advertisements Filed under: Cinema: Hindi, Humour, Whose Plot Is It Anyway

#AskBR – Michael Madana Kama Rajan

A weekly feature, where I answer a few questions on the big release of the previous weekend. (Or, an older film, if the week has no big releases.) For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2018 Film Companion. Advertisements Filed under: #AskBR, Cinema: Tamil

‘The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg’, and the strangeness of subtitled songs

Read the full article on Firstpost, here: http://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/the-umbrellas-of-cherbourg-subtitled-songs-and-how-to-enjoy-musicals-in-a-foreign-language-4283361.html Among the great pleasures of a musical are the lyrics, especially when styled in the old-school Broadway mould. Show More Summary

2017 year-end roundup of Tamil cinema

For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2017 Film Companion. Advertisements Filed under: Cinema: Tamil

“Kalavaadiya Pozhuthugal”… It’s hard to feel for anything or anyone in this romantic melodrama

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/kalavaadiya-pozhuthugal-movie-review When long-separated former lover Ingrid Bergman walks into Humphrey Bogart’s nightclub in Casablanca,...Show More Summary

Whose Plot Is It Anyway – “Kalavaadiya Pozhuthugal”

A weekly feature, where standup comedian Jagan takes a look at previews and trailers and predicts the story of Kalavaadiya Pozhuthugal in his own inimitable way. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2017 Film Companion. Advertisements Filed under: Cinema: Tamil, Humour, Whose Plot Is It Anyway

#AskBR – Velaikkaran

A weekly feature, where I answer a few questions on the big release of the previous weekend. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2017 Film Companion. Advertisements Filed under: #AskBR, Cinema: Tamil

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