Film Reviews

Mayakkam Enna

Mayakkam Enna

Cast: Dhanush, Richa, Gangobadyay; Director: Selvaraghavan; Music: G V Prakash Selvaraghavan’s heroes are famous losers. They are arrogant, chauvinistic, semi-literate wanderers who don’t know how to communicate with opposite sex. Their sexual frustration often projects as misogyny. They slander, abuse, strip, beat and dominate their women. In the end, this very dominance proves to be […]

The First Day of Rest of Your Life

The First Day of Rest of Your Life

Original French title: Le premier jour du reste de ta vie; Cast: Jacques Gamblin, Zabou Breitman and Déborah François; Director: Rémi Bezançon French were the original torchbearers of the New Wave movement that changed the filmmaking world. Even Tamil films were affected by this movement. Balu Mahendra combined French New Wave and Italian Neo Realism […]

Breathless

Breathless

Cast: Ik-Joon Yang, Kot-bi Kim, Man-shik Jeong; Direction: Ik-Joon Yang Breathless is not a violent film. In fact in the benchmark of South Korean films, it is one of the softest films ever made in the south of Pyongyang. Yet, there is enough violence in the film to make you wince. Yet this film is […]

The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others

Original German title: Das Leben der Anderen; Cast: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck and Sebastian Koch; Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck The place: East Germany. The year: 1984. The Staci, the secret police, are everywhere, snooping around, looking for spies, looking for defectors, looking for the enemies of Socialism. In order to identify the ‘traitors’, they […]

Last Train Home

Last Train Home

Cast: Changhua Zhan, Suqin Chen, Qin Zhang,Yang Zhang; Music: Olivier Alary; Direction: Lixin Yan Lixin Yan’s Last Train Home has the qualityof a home video production. Its actors are mostly amateur performers who seemto think they are in an annual day school play. It lacks a coherent plot. Yet, whata spectacular emotion it evokes! Every […]

Delhi Belly

Delhi Belly

Cast: ImranKhan, Vir Das, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Poorna Jagannathan; Music: Ram Sampath;Direction: Abhinay Deo Abhinay Deo must be a fan of Coen Brothers.  The impersonation of the character Nitin is unmistakably that of Big Lebowski. However,the idea of ordinary people attempting and failing in crime is, thankfully, the only idea that Deo has borrowed from […]

Dhobi Ghat

Cast:Prateik Babbar, Amir Khan, Monica Dogra, Kriti Malhotra; Music: GustavoSantaolalla; Direction: Kiran Rao Dhobi Ghatreminds you of those French New Wave-inspired Hollywood films. A Requiem for aDream here, an Everything Put Together there, and none of them in the intentionof impersonating or feeling superior but, of creating a cleanest possiblemovie. The chosen model works big […]

Nanban

Nanban

Cast: Vijay, Srikanth, Jiiva, Satyaraj, Illeyana, Music: Harris Jeyaraj, Direction: Shankar Nanban is a faithful,fame-by-frame remake of 3 Idiots. And that is its strength; because how else doyou improve something that has already reached perfection? Shankar, skilful andabundantly talented, has also exhibited ample humility, a rare commodity inIndian film industry. In his vision for Nanban, […]

Eesan

Cast: Samuthirakani, Vaibhav, A L Alagappan, Abhinaya; Music: James Vasanthan; Direction: M Sasikumar  Most of you would remember those 80s Hindi films. A classic example is Tezab, a film we all remember, thankfully for that infectiously peppy song. From the outset you knew the director didn’t start the production with a bound script. In fact […]

Black Swan

Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel; Music: Clint Mansel; Direction: Darren Arnofsky BlackSwan is an interesting film. And that’s just that, and nothing more. It has aninteresting premise and a very clever script that makes the viewer conscious thatit is being clever. Unfortunately, all that cleverness couldn’t hide the factthat the film is painfully […]