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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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.

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!

Queen

*There may be spoilers in this post, so read it at your own peril if you still haven’t watched the film*

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Some movies are so melodramatic that they make you cry, some movies just entertain, some makes you introspect and then there’s QUEEN. No unwanted melodrama, no unwanted item songs, just crisp and fresh storytelling. QUEEN is one of those rare gems in Indian cinema that is totally heroine centric. When all directors and actors are running behind record openings & boasting about their business in C’s, Queen is a fresh whiff of change. Hats off to Vikas Bahl for that and all the makers that backed him for this project. Continue reading

5 things I loved about Ram Leela

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A couple of days before the movie released, a friend wanted to book tickets. I said No, I ain’t watching this one mainly because SLB had lost his touch. But owing to the great reviews, we eventually went out to watch it & I was not disappointed. Although the film had a weak plot, it wasn’t a bore after all. Here are 5 things I loved about the film.

1. The Lead Pair-Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone were an item. From the first scene they meet in the movie they want you craving for more. The chemistry, biology, physics and whatever subject that could define it was 100% in place. And their acting wasn’t that bad either. Ranveer-Deepika go together like pasta and cheese, cricket & sachin and many more you can name. They are a treat to watch.

2. The Cinematography-It was a painting on celluloid. The colors, the sets, the beautiful locations all were pretty on the eyes. Ravi Varman has done a fab job.

3. Supriya Pathak-She just brings the character of Baa to life. Really loved her performance.

4. The songs and dance-I mean this is a SLB movie, so it would have been grand. The songs are beautifully choreographed and are shoot with great fanfare. Loved it!

5. The Climax-I’d prefer you to watch it yourself. Although the film is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, I definitely expected  you know the Indian climax where “They live happily ever after” but it wasn’t which was awesome.

Bottomline: Watch it for the sizzling chemistry of Deepika-Ranveer. SLB is back and how!