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November 2012

Bond23: Skyfall – Movie Review

By | 2017-08-26T01:58:21+00:00 November 19th, 2012|Movie Review, talkies|

Judi Dench plays the vulnerable matriarch of Britain's external intelligence agency, and inimitable academy winner Javier Bardem plays her ex-protege, and now deeply deeply hurt nemesis, the sexual tension is palpable. In case I forgot to mention, the third character is Bond...... James Bond. And his time it is very very personal.

February 2012

Kerala History: Glimpses from 1956 to 2011

By | 2017-12-19T23:13:20+00:00 February 4th, 2012|Good Read, India, Kerala, Papa Bear, Poetry, Politics, talkies, Trivandrum, Trivia|

Because rather than big events, we have focused on big patterns. And while we disagree on a lot many things here - political, cultural, developmental, social, and personal, I hope we all agree that Kerala got it mostly right in the past 55 years. Because Kerala is the No.1 state in India, here we go, and as always we would like to hear your thoughts.

July 2011

Delhi Belly – Review

By | 2017-08-26T02:01:35+00:00 July 11th, 2011|India, Movie Review, talkies|

Delhi Belly has a very clever storyline by Akshat Verma to start with, but the treatment by director Abhinay Deo, and an intuitive musical score by Ram Sampath keeps the movie grounded and prevents it from going over the top. This script could have become very loud on screen, but despite the butt cracks, and incessant meditation on kitsch, Delhi Belly is a smooth ride that takes you along quite well.

November 2010

Malayalam Cinema’s Mindspace

By | 2014-01-24T14:41:37+00:00 November 28th, 2010|India, Kerala, Politics, talkies, Trivandrum|

Now for the blockbusters from the past 22 years - 1988 - Chitram , 1989 - Ramjirao Speaking , 1990 - His Highness Abdulla , 1991 - Godfather , 1992 - Pappayude Swantham Appose , 1993 - Manichitrathazhu , 1994 - Commisioner , 1995 - Spadikam , 1996 - Hitler , 1997 - Aaram Thampuran , 1998 - HariKrishnans , 1999 - Friends , 2000 - Narasimham , 2001 - Raavnaprabhu , 2002 - Meesamadhavan , 2003 - Chronic Bachelor , 2004 - Sethuramaiyer CBI , 2005 - Rajamanikyam , 2006 - Classmates , 2007 - Kadha Parayumbol , 2008 - Twenty:20 , 2009 - Pazhassi Raja.

August 2010

Prithviraj :)

By | 2011-06-20T03:39:48+00:00 August 12th, 2010|talkies, Video|

Another one :) Guess Prithvi speaks a little more than needed. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQ5oQvR2_pA   This is too funny not to post. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DspTjoGLUWg More Videos.

July 2010

June 2010

Mamta Mohandas’s Kadha Thudarunnu

By | 2017-08-26T02:07:58+00:00 June 27th, 2010|Movie Review, talkies, Video|

"Kadha thudarunnu.." may not have the extreme intensity of Thalappavu, or the cunning intelligence and social commentary embedded in Paleri Manickam, or may be the breadth of emotions of a Kerala Cafe, but Kadha thudarunnu in the inimitable Sathyan style portrays the best within us and underlines the timeless creed that we, human beings, are essentially good.

Paanashery nambi.

By | 2010-06-18T20:36:23+00:00 June 18th, 2010|Kerala, talkies, Trivandrum, Trivia, Video|

This is a question thats been nagging the boys and yours truly for years. In a recent meetup in San Francisco, the standing (also sitting and sometimes lying down) committee on "Figuring out what the hell Mohanlal talks about in his movies" watched Mohanlal's Raavanaprabhu.

May 2009

April 2009

Anurag Kashyap’s Gulal

By | 2009-04-01T18:08:32+00:00 April 1st, 2009|talkies|

Is the best hindi movie I have ever seen. A Masterpiece. Review coming up, but in the meanwhile do yourselves a favour - GO WATCH IT! Because very soon the [...]

March 2009

Mohanlal’s Sagar Alias Jacky: Review

By | 2009-03-29T23:51:10+00:00 March 29th, 2009|talkies|

The movie spits on your intelligence while setting the record for the most number of villains killed by a single hero. Mohanlal kills around 14,565 villains with two guns. The villains also have guns, but as the Southern Travancore swear word goes - they are born to blow jobs, so they don't shoot with aim. The script is somewhat as believable as this shooting spree.

February 2009

Oscars 2009: Slumdog Millionaire

By | 2009-02-23T12:56:12+00:00 February 22nd, 2009|talkies|

Except for a few moments when Latika makes her choices, there is no ambiguous terrain that the characters face nor are the characters complex. "Slumdog Millionaire" is a movie of stunted characters with no space, no time and no questions around them whatsoever. Imagine that in comparison to the build up in last year's winner 'NCFOM' or even blockbuster winners like 'Gladiator' where a space of silence and brooding lurks around the characters. "Slumdog Millionaire" fails miserably and I guess it failed the moment it was scripted.