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A reliably unreliable narrator

Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/southern-lights-a-reliably-unreliable-narrator A look back at a scene from Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s ‘Anantaram’, which turned thirty this year. About the...Show More Summary

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Thanks, again, Ramki Bellur, for this.Filed under: Personal

Interview: Hema Rukmani, the producer of Mersal

The latest episode in our series called ‘One Film, One Facet,” where we speak to ONE person responsible for ONE facet of ONE  film. This time, the film is Mersal, and the facet is production. Hema Rukmani, the producer of Mersal, explains what a producer does. How the company (Thenandal Studios Limited) makes decisions about […]

The Amateur’s Art #29 – Anil (Tamil, with English subs)

See here for what this series is about. Director: Bipin Ragu Actors: Aravinth Sundar and Smrithi Parameswar  Advertisements Filed under: Cinema: Tamil, Short Films, The Amateur's Art

“Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru”… This intense, well-researched cop thriller is a parts-greater-than-whole experience

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/theeran-adhigaaram-ondru-movie-review The thing to note about DSP Theeran (Karthi), the protagonist of H Vinoth’s Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru...Show More Summary

Interview: Milind Rau, the director of Aval / Gruham / The House Next Door

The latest episode in our series called ‘One Film, One Facet,” where we speak to ONE person responsible for ONE facet of ONE  film. This time, the film is Aval / Gruham / The House Next Door, and the facet is direction. Milind Rau, the director of Aval, Gruham, The House Next Door, talks about […]

Star struck

Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/amp/southern-lights-star-struck Should star ratings (terrible as they are) be absolute or relative? Let’s discuss. After I finished writing the review of Villain, a little more than a week ago, I felt a twinge of conscience. It was time for me to give the star rating, the most […]

Ahem!

Something nice that came via twitter — especially so because of the reference to the commenters here. You guys rock! Filed under: Cinema, Personal

The World of Apu

Anu Srini and Ram Chander met through this site, and… no, that is not where this story is going. They’ve started an online film magazine for lovers of cinema. In their words, “We hope to create an inclusive and diverse space for cinema across borders and languages. It’ll have articles, short stories, poems and all […]

“Nenjil Thunivirunthal”… An interesting plot ruined by careless writing, indifferent filmmaking

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/nenjil-thunivirunthal-movie-review Doctors are having it bad in Tamil cinema. Barely has Mersal branded their profession as mercenary,Show More Summary

“Aramm”… A textured portrait of village life turns into a shrill, message-heavy (and yet, important) drama

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/aramm-movie-review The line of female District Collectors in Tamil cinema isn’t a long one, and these women are usually seen in relation to their men. Janaki (Sowcar Janaki), in Iru Kodugal, became a Collector because she was rejected by her mother-in-law (and thus, lost her […]

Inside / Outside

Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/southern-lights-inside-outside It’s fascinating how an outsider watches a different film than one familiar with a culture. One phrase was used a lot in the reviews for the Tamil horror film, Aval, released last week. Show More Summary

“Villain”… Yet another thriller that mistakes surface coolth for depth

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/villain-movie-review In B Unnikrishnan’s Villain, Mohanlal — playing Additional Director General of Police, Mathew Manjooran — sports a salt-and-pepper beard, and looks positively professorial. Show More Summary

“Vizhithiru”… An underwhelming “hyperlinked” narrative marred by the writing

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/vizhithiru-movie-review Vicky (Rahul Bhaskaran) is the kind of guy we see only in the movies. He’s rich, which means he gets to be part of the harebrained scenarios Tamil filmmakers keep dreaming up for rich people. At a beach resort in Pondicherry, Vicky walks up […]

Interview: John Edathattil, the screenwriter of Guna

COMING TOMORROW! We’re starting a series called ‘One Film, One Facet,” where we speak to ONE person responsible for ONE facet of ONE  film. We begin with Guna, and the facet is screenwriting. John Edathattil (credited, sometimes, as Sab John) is the screenwriter of Guna (1991). In this video, he talks about writing a script […]

“Ittefaq”… So much flavour, that the (underwhelming) mystery is almost beside the point

Spoilers ahead… When I heard that Yash Chopra’s Ittefaq was being remade, I wondered if they’d go after the only portion of the film that still stands — where the agitated man who’s invaded the house calms down, and begins to have a “relationship” with the lonely housewife. She pours them drinks. She makes their […]

Readers Write In #27: A conversation on art, criticism and society

?’No a reviewer and a critic are not one and the same’ ‘Both of them do the work of guiding a consumer to choose the better product. They help us to differentiate between a good and a bad film. Don’t they?’ ‘No. You are defining a reviewer. He is probably cinema’s equivalent of a portfolio […]

The Amateur’s Art #28 – Known Number (Tamil, with English subs)

See here for what this series is about. Note from the filmmaker: Hi, We have made our first short-film, Known Number, directed by my friend Ram starring myself and our friends. The cinematography is done by Rakesh. It’s a first attempt for everyone involved in this project. Both, myself and the director are ardent followers […]

“Aval / Gruham / The House Next Door”… A focused, polished horror film that tells a (mostly) involving story between the scares

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/aval-movie-review In every haunted-house horror movie, I ask the question: “So why doesn’t the family leave?” Milind Rau’s Aval (She/Her) not only addresses this cliché, it does so with flair. Show More Summary

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