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Aham Brahmasmi [Naan Kadavul]

naan-kadavul-1Well.. atlast Bala’s most awaited work is out! n I should thank my cousin for getting a ticket @ Satyam on the opening weekend.

So, now answering the most obvious question. “How was the movie?”

I would say it was a little off-beat, different and quite sensitive one. I felt that it needs user discretion, as a few scenes though not very explicit, were quite disturbing. By the way, I liked it. I always like people who dare to think different. With Kollywood rollin out so many crappy movies in recent times, this one for sure stands tall.

It had Bala’s trademark style written all over it and all the way through. His usual mix of timely comedy and drama were present. I was really surprised that this movie could have had so many lighter moments.

The dark realities of our lives, which we have never bothered to know until now, have been pictured realistically by Bala. The life among ‘Agori’ Sadhus, the troubled life of blind beggars controlled by the mafia and the lives of mentally-challenged people have been narrated in a way that is new to naan-kadavul-poojaTamil Cinema.

I have to make a special mention of few outstanding performances. You might be a little shocked to know that Arya’s performance was a little over shadowed by the leading lady. Pooja has done herself some good by accepting this role. Surely this movie will be a turning point for both the lead pair.  One of those bold beggar kids with his timely comedy gave us a good laugh more than once. The cast was almost perfect.

Maestro’s songs were not really that memorable but in general his background score was neat and was really helpful in letting the story flow smoothly. I happen to hear that all those specially-abled people in this movie were actually so and were trained to act in this movie. The only irritating character was Arya’s dad. He could never emote!

Technically rich visuals, splendid re-recording apart from top-notch performances by the artistes make ‘Naan Kadavul’.

All said and done, I bet this movie wont be a darling of the audience, but if you wanna watch something thats worth ur money, then this might be the best bet.

P.S. U know who did I end up meeting in the theater!? Gautham Vasudev Menon and Vishal had been to the same show. The highlight was that, Gautham’s car was an Audi 😮

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Last year @ Hollywood – Ram’s Reco

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Vantage Point – More | Trailer

8 Strangers. 8 Points of View. 1 Truth.

The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspective

Iron Man – More | Trailer

Fully Charged.

When wealthy industrialist Tony Stark is forced to build an armored suit after a life-threatening incident, he ultimately decides to use its technology to fight against evil

Kung Fu Panda – More | Trailer

Prepare for awesomeness.

Po the Panda is the laziest of all the animals in the Valley of Peace, but unwittingly becomes the chosen one when enemies threaten their way of life

WALL•E – More | Trailer

An Adventure Beyond the Ordinar-E.

In the distant future, a small waste collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind

The Dark Knight – More | Trailer

Why So Serious?

Batman, Gordon and Harvey Dent are forced to deal with the chaos unleashed by an anarchist mastermind known only as the Joker, as it drives each of them to their limits.

Slumdog Millionaire – More | Trailer

Who Wants to be A Millionaire?

The story of the life of an impoverished Indian teen Jamal Malik, who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of “Who Wants to be A Millionaire?”, wins, and is then suspected of cheating

CJ7 – More | Trailer

It’s out of this world.

A poor Chinese laborer learns important lessons after his son gets a strange new toy.

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Made a good watch

Cloverfield

Seven Pounds

Quantum of Solace

Bolt

Horton Hears a Who!

Pathology

Doomsday

The Incredible Hulk

Henry Poole Is Here

Wanted

Hellboy II – The Golden Army

The Chronicles of Narnia – Prince Caspian

Ghost Town

Eagle Eye

Passengers

Alien Raiders

Yes man

Body of lies

Changeling

Were just ‘ok’

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Forbidden Kingdom

Tale of Despereaux

The Eye

The Spiderwick Chronicles

The Ruins

21

The Happening

Hancock

Journey To The Center Of The Earth

Tropic Thunder

Pineapple Express

Fly Me To The Moon

U would do well to avoid these

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Drillbit Taylor

Superhero Movie

Meet Dave

The Mummy – Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor

Open Season 2

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Might be good, but am yet to watch

Rambo

In Bruges

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal

The Strangers

Dragon Hunters

Traitor

Righteous Kill

Death Race

Mirrors

Burn After Reading

Movies from that long rainy weekend [Take-2]

As I had said in my previous post, this is about the movies from other languages. I happened to watch a Tamil, a Hindi and a couple of Spanish movies that particular weekend.

So, here we go…

vaarnam-aayiramVaaranam Aayiram [2008]

As I had already said above, it was very slow and not very engaging. (The Quality of the video mite ve contributed to the dullness tho 🙂 ). But I ve mixed feelings for this movie. It was between OK and good. Menon had wonderfully brought out the relation between a father n a son. Surya was awesome.. His sincere acting was essential in carrying the movie till the very end. One can know he wanted to give something special to this movie from his efforts towards his 6 packs. Great job!! Sameera was pretty in parts and Simran (one of my personal all time favourite) was aptly cast. But sad that she doesnt play the lead anymore. She has grown old 😦 Songs were obviously excellent. The way they were choreographed only did justice to Harris’s efforts. My personal favs were ‘Anjala’ and ‘Anal meley’ songs. I particularly liked Surya’s chest thumpings in that song 🙂

My Rating: * * * * * * * * * *

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I usually watch Hindi movies based on Rajeev Masand’s recommendations (IBN’s). He had quoted this as a laugh riot. It seemed to be at the beginning, but then it was like an average bollywood movie with all the ready made masala. Even the genuine funny moments in the movie were to do with John and Abishek being gay. It wasn’t very funny later. It was OK. May b u can sit n watch with frnds on a rainy day when u cant go out anywhr.

Btw, here is a trivia: Aishwarya Rai was originally offered the role of Neha, but she refused because she felt that her real-life marriage to Abhishek Bachchan would ruin the whole idea of the movie.

Could Ash ve been as hot at Piggy chops!? We cud only guess! 😉

My Rating: * * * * * * * * * *

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Orfanato, El [Spanish] [2007]

Wanted to watch this movie for long. n this long weeknd provided a perfect opportunity to do so. And when I did, I was happy that I had watched it. Its not ur typical horror movie with cheap thrills (tho’ it had a few). I had to see the ending again as I felt that there was a loose thread hanging somewhr. But then I realised that it was tightly tied up.. A mom’s affection to her son (even tho he was adopted) and things she would do were neatly portrayed. This is a movie not to be missed.

My Rating: * * * * * * * * * *

Laberinto del fauno, El [Spanish] [2007]Pan's Labyrinth

More popularly known as ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’. It is a top 250 movie in IMDB. It was a little disappointing, but not bad at the same time. I watched this movie because of its high rating and it being a part of my favourite genre ‘Fantasy /Mystery’. It was good in parts esply for those who love fantasies and fairytales. It had a bit of drama as well, a little bit of action even based on an autocratic leader trying to suppress rebellion guerillas in his jurisdiction. U can watch it once.

On a finishing note, a special mention of two short movies that were based on 2 of the widely acclaimed animation movies

My Rating: * * * * * * * * * *

kungfupandafurious5Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five [2008]

I really loved Kungfu Panda and its characters, that this small film was a must-watch. It was ass-kicking was the original movie was. This short film is about how the ‘Furious Five’ came into being. Kungfu Panda finds himself being confronted by a bunch of enthusiastic kids who are newbies in learning kungfu panda. He faces a tough task of teaching them, thats there much more to the art of ‘Kung fu’ than breaking jaw bones. I was thinking that this might be coming with the original DVD as an additional feature but sadly it didnt. So may be you can grap one from the good old peer to peer.

My Rating: * * * * * * * * * *

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Shrek the Halls [2008]
Now am really tired writing all these reviews 😛 so I ll keep this one short. It was a good complement to the main movie. Shrek is as unfriendly as ever and the donkey does his best in guaranteeing just that. It was fun to watch as Shrek prepares for a nice family Christmas with his ladylove and kids. But, he could only hope that all goes well 🙂

My Rating: * * * * * * * * * *

Merry Christmas n a Happy New year to all readers! Ve fun !!

Movies from that long rainy weekend [Take-1]

I ve been writing this post for very long. May be writing movie reviews are not my cuppa tea.

This is just a roundup of movies I had watched few weeks back .. yup during that rain lashed weeknd when Chennai almost came to a halt..

Okies.. back to business then. Its in 2 parts. One for the English movies and the 2nd, abt other language ones.

The Others [2001]

I watched this in between Vaaranam Aayiram as it gave me a few yawns. This was good. Gave a few good scares. And was pretty entertaining till the end. It was a reco from one of my friends, who said it was pretty engaging. The kids were cute and I was very sad for them at the end. The way the twist in the story unfolded was excellent. It makes a good evening watch with ur family. Nicole’s acting was commendable.

My Rating: * * * * * * * * * *

Rope [1948]

It was too good. This was my first Alfred Hitchcock’s movie. I had wanted to watch one (particularly Psycho) for very long. I finally ended up watching this as this movie was very short. It was less than 90mins n it was supposed to be in ‘real time’. It was a very good watch. John Dall’s (as Brandon) acting was fabulous. I read in a forum where one of the buff was wondering y had he nt won the oscar that yr, even I was made to think so. James Stewart’s performance was commendable as well. It was nt like a movie. It was very short n was more like a drama or a play. I think its even ‘movie with the least no of takes’ (some 4 or so, not sure). This is a movie not to be missed. Even in any case u think it wud b waste of time, u wont be wasting much.

My Rating: * * * * * * * * * *

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2001, a space odyssey [1968]

I accept. I never understood this movie. To me this was the most complicated movie I ever saw. It was one of those movies were music played a vital role, more than the protagonists and their dialogues. You need to have the patience to sit through the whole film and let it unfold to completely get the story. Believe me, I ran thru most part of the movie and that could ve helped in adding to the complexity. I got a bit of what actually the film is about only when I had read a few discussions abt the film and a few more explanations and then i was like ”Oh.. ya..” So get this movie, when u ve too much time at hand and when u are ready to interpret and analyse what u actually see on the screen.
P.S Also thr s an official site where this movie is explained. Am yet to find some time for it. Hope I ll b doing it soon.

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Pitch Black [2000]

It was a good action film. I wasnt expecting too much from this film as I had seen its sequel [ The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) ]. It was much of an average entertainer. But I was pleasantly surprised as this movie made a good watch. Here a group of space travellers get stuck in a seemingly lifeless sun-scorched planet. What they soon realise is that thrs more to their problems than being abandoned in the middle of nowhere. Vin Diesel was doing what he does best ‘Action’. He acts out his character with amazing ease, that u start feeling he is the man for the job. His noctornal blue eyes are really cool and menacing.

My Rating: * * * * * * * * * *

The Green Mile [1999] – A wonderful portrayal

Movie: The Green Mile [1999]

IMDB index: tt0120689

IMDB rating: 8.3

My rating: 8

Director: Frank Darabont

Release Date: 10 December 1999 (USA)

Genre: Crime | Drama | Fantasy

Plot: The story about the lives of guards on death row leading up to the execution of black man accused of child murder & rape, who has the power of faith healing

Cast (Major): Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan

Review:

Had been long waiting to see this movie. At last when it happened, it was really worth the wait. One of the few beautiful movies i have seen. Hanks comes up with yet another splendid performance and adds crisp to the good cast. Particularly Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey, WOW what to say!! He, his size, his innocence surely cant go unnoticed. Every scene creates a sort of expectation on whats going to happen next. n satisfies them pretty nicely too. It makes a good watch. It may not b a feel good movie.. but definitely makes u think a lot about humanity and human values. I am waiting to read the book from which it has been adapted

P.S. This review of mine was approved n posted at IMDB 🙂