The Discourse: Ep.1: Arrival

We go to the movies to be entertained. But, once in a while a movie comes along that asks us to invest ourselves into it completely. We need to be watching very closely since each scene will tell you something. You might not understand the movie in ‘one watching’, it happened for Inception. It happened for Interstellar and Arrival joins these prestigious films in making the viewers think and Dennis Villeneuve has made sure that his vision has been translated into the screens to the fullest potential setting the right moods with his scenes and backed up with a beautiful OST.

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2016-The Year in Music-Tamil Top 10

file_000-12016 was an average year music wise with not many great songs to choose from. A.R.Rahman was at his standard 2 albums a year, Anirudh was much out of sorts and D.Imman was churning out albums like an assembly line(think he had 11-12 releases this year). Harris Jayaraj is still searching for his missing omakaziya and Santhosh Narayanan is moving further away from his brand of music with his recent releases(read Bairavaa). There were some bright sparks though coming in from young upcoming composers like Nivas K. Prasanna, Leon James, Sean Roldan and K. So here goes my best 10 of 2016, songs that I loved and listened to on repeat this whole year.

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My 2 cents-Sensibilites

Who decides a movie is good or bad? If you are the deciding person, how consistent are you?. I ask these questions because I was dumbfounded by the attitude of some of the general audience and ‘so called’ reviewers on the internet. When people are given a movie like ‘Aambala’ where a sumo becomes an aeroplane and the hero is bashing baddies, romancing the heroine, sing and dance. Rinse, wash, repeat! People say why don’t actors act in sensible films. Why can’t they choose a good story an act. Why does the actor need to show ‘mass’ every time? And what surprised me was when a larger than life actor actually did all these things, people are now complaining that there is no ‘mass’ involved. Why can’t he have included the ‘mass’ factor to the film? A movie is 3hr long, we complain the movie is long, when the movie is short, we complain that there were no back stories? Why these double standards?

We are entitled to ask all the questions we want because at the end of the day, we pay 120 bucks or $15 for a ticket to watch a film and we expect to be fully satisfied in the end. Not all films are able to do it nowadays. A film like ‘Jigarthanda’ which the whole world liked and appreciated might not be loved by women because of the violence in it. That does not necessarily make the movie bad. It is just that it is the opinion of maybe a few hundreds. Irrespective of the negativity surrounding it, a good film always wins. This was the case a few years ago, not anymore.

In the 2000’s, a films run of 100 days was considered a measurement of success, but nowadays, a film’s opening decides it’s success. In this age and time, a movie’s success is determined by it’s initial run. The first 2 weeks are crucial after release. if the WOM is good, it runs for a few more weeks.  Producers, distributors and everyone involved are ready to cash in on the first weekend of release irrespective of how the film is(good or bad). With the advent of twitter, WOM spreads like wildfire. The problem with twitter is, everything said there isn’t true! There are so called fans(who call themselves veriyans) who are the first to abuse when a negative review is written about their star. And there is another opposite star fan group who are ready to diss the recent release of their rival star without even watching the film. You should really come to twitter during the release of a big film. It’s a circus out there. And if these fans aren’t enough, there are so called ‘reviewers’ who are attention seekers and wants to gain instant popularity. It’s just a shame!

A major fault also lie with the filmmakers. Rehashing same old stores, OTT fight sequences, double meaning dialogues in the name of comedy, sexual innuendos are some of the cheap tricks being used in movies to make it appealing to the audience. I am not a hater of commercial cinema. I loved Darling among pongal releases and i enjoyed every bit of VIP. But the marketing and the amount of hype before a film releases maybe helps in getting an opening, but if there is no substance to back up your claims, people get angry.

People’s sensibility is the ‘mellisana kodu'(Thin line). On one side they expect too much entertainment, on the other side they expect a logical content. Finding the right mix of both is a challenge every filmmaker should work hard to attain.

Trailer Time

One day and 3 very good film trailers.

Firstly, Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider. In it’s own very dark way looks like a VB classic already(only VB can get the best out of Shahid Kapoor, remember Kaminey). Cannot wait for it!

Second, Homi Adajania’s Finding Fanny. Love it for the fact that it is being made in English and the casting seems to be perfect. Only time would tell, but if it lives up to what the trailer shows it to be, we are in for a rollicking ride.

Third, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: God’s & Kings. RS is bringing us another period war film after Gladiator. The visuals look stunning and epic. Watch for yourselves;

Looks like we are in for a treat in the coming days.

Kochadaiyaan

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So, finally a Rajnikanth movie has released after 3 long years of waiting and delays one after the other. After watching the trailer, the animation looked pretty sub-standard, but the final product as a movie is not all that bad. It is definitely better than what I had expected it to be.

So, ill give you 5 reasons why you should definitely watch Kochadaiyan;

1. Rajnikanth as RANA

2. Rajnikanth as KOCHADAIYAAN

3. “SUPERSTAR” Rajnikanth

4. A.R. Rahman for a brilliant background score. The music absolutely holds the movie together

5. K.S.Ravikumar for a wonderful story line, script and screenplay. The dialogue writer too deserves a kudos for some crisp lines.

Pretty much everything a thalaivar fan can ask for. Perfect paisa vasool. My only disappointment is that this made into an animated(read as motion capture) film and not made into a feature film. Would have been a staggering blockbuster. Hopefully the second part(if it is made) would have much better graphics(read again as motion capture) than the first.

Kochadaiyaan-Treat for  Rajni fans. Not a bad watch otherwise too if you are willing to forgive the animation. 

 

Godzilla

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What could have been a superb movie has been reduced to an average watch due to a botched up storyline. The graphics are pretty awesome and the background score by Alexandre Desplat keeps the tensions high. Wish Bryan Cranston had more screen time. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, welcome to the big league. The movie was pretty slow paced and once we get a glimpse of the king of monsters it speeds up. And the climax scenes were pretty EPIC! I had a pretty awesome time in the theatre watching this film mainly because I had seats vibrating to the sound effects. Awesome-sauce it was!

GODZILLA: Watch it in theaters for the effects. The king of monsters will not disappoint you!