Archive for June, 2013

Jun 27 2013

Theeyaa Velai Seiyanum Kumaru

Published by under Review,Tamil Cinema

Before he turned actor, Sundar. C was primarily known for light-hearted comedies(Ullathai Alli Thaa was the best of these) that featured multiple tracks and a huge group of characters. So it was a surprise when he made a serious, gangster-themed film Nagaram when he took up directing duties again. But he returned to familiar territory […]

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Jun 24 2013

The Raid: Redemption

Published by under English Cinema

Action in Hollywood movies typically means lots of chases, explosions and gunfire. They are all executed well and can be thrilling when done well but for more personal, hand-to-hand combat, we usually need to turn our attention towards Asian films. Indonesian film The Raid: Redemption fully satisfies the thirst for that kind of action. Simply […]

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Jun 20 2013

Thillu Mullu

Published by under Review,Tamil Cinema

1981’s Thillu Mullu, the first film to fully showcase Rajnikanth’s knack for comedy, has rightfully earned a reputation as a comedy classic with its funny situations, witty dialogs and terrific performances. The remake falls short in all 3 aspects. While not the sort of disaster that some of the other remakes have been(Murattu Kaalai comes […]

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Jun 17 2013

RIP – Manivannan

Published by under Tamil Cinema

Director-actor Manivannan passed away on Saturday. A talented director and actor, he had a long, fruitful career where he donned many hats and played a part in many hits. Manivannan was quite versatile as a director. After working with Bharathiraja for several years, he made his debut with the woman-centric family drama Gopurangal Saaivadhillai, the […]

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Jun 12 2013

Rewind Review – Oru Kaidhiyin Diary

Published by under Review,Tamil Cinema

Mentioning director Bharathiraja’s name immediately brings to mind romances and dramas in a rural setting, thanks to the path-breaking films(16 Vayadhinile, Mudhal Mariyaadhai to name a couple) he has delivered in those genres. But the director has shown himself to be equally adept at crafting urban thrillers also, giving us different kinds of thrillers like […]

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Jun 10 2013

Inferno

Published by under Books

In Angels & Demons, author Dan Brown hit upon a formula – a long chase with clues hidden in famous works of art – which later found huge success with the publication of The Da Vinci Code. He followed the formula in The Lost Symbol, delivering a mix of history and suspense based on the […]

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Jun 06 2013

Redwood National Park Trip

Published by under Photography,Travel

Over the Memorial Weekend, we took a road trip to Redwood National and State Parks, a protected area comprised of Redwood trees and a portion of the coastline, close to the Oregon border. Known primarily for the redwood trees, the parks offered many other attractions and as a bonus, the return drive from the parks […]

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Jun 03 2013

Kutti Puli

Published by under Review,Tamil Cinema

I’ve always felt that the seeds for this mini-renaissance we are currently seeing in Tamil cinema were sown by Sasikumar with his Subramanyapuram, a brave and uncompromising film that relied more on characterization and story than stars and stunts. So its ironic – and a little disappointing – that at the time that a brave […]

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