Archive for May, 2013

May 30 2013


Published by under Review,Tamil Cinema

Close on the heels of Soodhu Kavvum comes Neram, another film that could serve as an example for the mini resurgence that Tamil cinema seems to be experiencing these days. A Malayalam-Tamil bilingual(only the leads are the same in the two versions), it is not as unpredictable or tightly wound as Nalan Kumarasamy’s debut film […]

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May 29 2013

Catch Me

Published by under Books

Lisa Gardner’s Catch Me is a terrific thriller. Though it deals with – and delves deeply into – some very unsavory and difficult subject matter like pedophilia and abuse by children at the hands of their parents and others, it delivers relentless suspense and thrills with multiple, complex tracks and nice twists. Charlene strongly believes […]

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May 28 2013

Mirchi (Telugu)

Published by under Telugu Cinema

From the few Telugu movies and many more Tamil remakes I’ve seen, Telugu cinema does masala really well. Mirchi, which surprisingly hasn’t been picked up for a Tamil remake yet, serves as another example of this. With high-wattage action, cute romance, mild sentiments and a nice twist that shakes things up in surprising and interesting […]

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May 22 2013

Reviews Update

Published by under Review,Tamil Cinema

Reviews for Udhayam NH4, Gouravam, Naan Rajavaga Pogiren, Ethir Neechal, Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal, Soodhu Kavvum and Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA are now online at the reviews site.

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May 20 2013

Heeradhi Hero

Published by under Family

It goes without saying that kids enrich our lives in many ways. But personally, one of the most rewarding among the many ways is the boost they deliver to our self-esteem by the simple act of looking up to us. I didn’t notice much of this with my daughter. There have been a few isolated […]

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May 16 2013

Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA

Published by under Review,Tamil Cinema

Aside from being instrumental in Satyaraj’s ascent from minor actor to memorable villain(Nooraavadhu Naal, 24 Mani Neram), successful anti-hero(Vidinja Kalyanam) and popular hero(Chinna Thambi Periya Thambi), director Manivannan gave the actor one of his most memorable roles as an idiot-turned-scheming politician¬† in Amaidhi Padai. The director and actor revisit the iconic character Nagaraja Cholan in […]

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May 15 2013

Half Day Trip – Pinnacles National Park

Published by under Photography,Travel

National Parks are easily my favorite destinations when it comes to trips since within a reasonably small area, they provide many different landscapes and lots of opportunities to enjoy nature. So I was naturally thrilled when a National Park sprang up just 1 1/2 hours away from home. A few months ago, Pinnacles National Monument […]

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May 13 2013

Soodhu Kavvum

Published by under Review,Tamil Cinema

Tamil cinema has recently seen a mini-resurgence of sorts with young directors, armed with good ideas, new and/or willing actors and small budgets, delivering movies that tackle new genres or put a fresh spin on an existing one. Debutant director Nalan Kumarasamy further boosts this resurgence with his Soodhu Kavvum. A delightful dark comedy that […]

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May 09 2013

Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal

Published by under Review,Tamil Cinema

Director Vasanth has had very strong entries in both the romance and thriller genres with films like Keladi Kanmani, Rhythm and Aasai. But his last two films in both those genres, Hey! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukke and Satham Podaadhey were disappointing. After a long break, he makes a comeback with another romance Moondru Per Moondru […]

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May 06 2013

Ethir Neechal

Published by under Review,Tamil Cinema

As an actor, Dhanush has taken on some challenging roles in recent times but as producer, he has stuck to a safe route. His first production Ethir Neechal brings together two crowd-pleasing genres – the romcom and the sports underdog tale. The latter has its issues and doesn’t work as well as the former but […]

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