Wednesday, October 03, 2007

7G Rainbow Colony - Haunting..Disturbing..Classic !

I had a chance to watch the movie after a few years. This movie could probably be the best movie made in the past 5 years.That's how good the movie is.

The dialogs are very casual and natural.The performances are perfect and so called directorial touches are just mind blowing.I am not sure if this movie has a flaw.

Selvaraghavan is an ace ! Karthi is really lucky to get a chance to work with him in his second movie.

Oh yeah , not to mention , having Yuvan come out with his best stuff , helps !

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Talk about Regional..Language..based...Racism...

First of all , this cracks me up. I am not taking this too seriosuly. But it is interesting to note that , from the time REDIFF allowed comments to be posted on their stories , they usually end up being Equal Opportunity Regional bashing contests.

Take a look at this..

According to Rediff Movie === Tamil MoviesAccording to Rediff , there is only Tamil movies are released
by Senso Johnson on Jul 12, 2007 05:23 PM
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According to Rediff , there is only Tamil movies are released

I am not seeing single post on Malayalam, Tamil and kannada.Even Hindi is rare.

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RE:According to Rediff Movie === Tamil MoviesAccording to Rediff , there is only Tamil movies are released
by Raju Sunder on Jul 12, 2007 05:43 PM

malayalam is waste. you can ignore it

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RE:According to Rediff Movie === Tamil MoviesAccording to Rediff , there is only Tamil movies are released

by George Nadar on Jul 12, 2007 05:58 PM
how can you say that malayalam is waste see most of the tamil films is being remade of malayalam yester years blockbuster...plz keep it in mind....

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RE:According to Rediff Movie === Tamil MoviesAccording to Rediff , there is only Tamil movies are released
by ninteacha on Jul 12, 2007 08:00 PM

dey para pandi, you copy all of your movies from malayalam and now it is waste, typical pandi attitude

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RE:According to Rediff Movie === Tamil MoviesAccording to Rediff , there is only Tamil movies are released
by muthu selvan on Jul 12, 2007 08:10 PM

mooduda.. poori mooney..malayala patti..

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Sivaji - My review

Finally saw the film on Friday the 15th of June after being excited about it for almost 2 years. I still have the news clip from SUN TV that announced this movie on my DVR , if that does not tell you how much I expected from this movie !!

Anyway , The movie was a TREAT , thoroughly enjoyable , nearly 200 minutes of entertainment , that makes you forget your day to day worries.

Now, does that mean it was a great movie ...Not really. The movie was just Rajni..Rajni..and Rajni all the way. The movie had its Shankar elements for about 30 minutes post intermission , but thats about it. But I wont go as far as to say that anyone could have made this movie. Because Shankar has worked too hard in the execution of minor details , throughout the movie ,but again this does not translate to flawlessness. The movie has its own share of flaws. But Rajni , makes you forget all those and just enjoy the movie.

Now on to my Grades ( 1 - 10 , 10 being the best )

KV Anand - 7
Nothing exceptional from him, though he has made a strong effort to avoid bad angles for Rajni. Strong stuff with the song picturisation , but the sets let him down in Sahaana.

which..brings me to ...

Thotta Tharani - 4

He should have got a higher grade tham this , if he didnt screw up Sahana. The set was pathetic. This song should have been shot outdoors. The sets looked like something out of an old Bagyaraj/T Rajendhar movie. But he did do well in Athiradee and Vaji Vaji.

Peter Heinz - 5

One word for the fights - Overdose. One should know , who they are working with. Rajni fights should be more stylish , not more powerful. Vikram , in Anniyan , fighting 30 guys or pushing 10 guys at once , looked believable , but with Rajni , it just doesn't fit.I did like the close up's for Rajni during the fights , where he growls like a lion. Poor attempt of humor in the first fight , which was too long and excruciatingly painful....

which brings me to

Anthony - 5

The first half looks butchered and Anthony deserves most of the blame alongwith Shankar. There were too many cuts across scenes and story lines. Nothing to write home about for Anthony , except the work in the Style song.

Choreography - By song
Ballelakka - 4 - Not upto expectations , lacks quickness in cuts/movements and drags.
Vaji - 6 - Sets made you forget everything else. (side note : Shreya looked AWESOME)
Sahana - 3 - Enough said - they wasted an awesome song
Style - 7 - Great picturisation and well edited for the movements
Athiradee - 10 - Awesome execution - Neat planning - About 10 times better than muqabla where Shankar had a similar backdrop

ARR - 6

The songs were awesome , but ARR could have done a better job of re-recording. Most of the first half was lacking speed because of his poor background score. Most of his RR was a rehash of songs. He might be the master composer today in the Indian Film industry , but definitely lags behind Ilayaraja ( in miles ) when it comes to background score.

Shankar - 5

Shankar has done a good job of execution but has let us down with his usual twists and turns in all his movies. The screenplay is predictable. The only complaint is we didn't get enough of him


Vivek - 8
Awesome performance , gives the film a much needed lift , when it drags

Shreya - 7
Does her job well....which is to look real good !!

Suman - 6
Played his part well , but the dubbing seems certain points.

Rajnikanth - 10
The reason I give him a perfect not because his histrionics are Oscar worthy , but because of his effort. You can see that he has put his heart and soul into this role. I'm sure 40 to 50% of his call sheet was spent in make-up. Its really difficult for a star of his stature to basically , shut up and put up , with whatever Shankar expected from him. Kudos to Rajinikanth...He carries this behemoth on his 57 year old shoulders and does a fine job at that.

Overall , the movie is not perfect , but Its a perfect Rajnikanth film and as someone said...What Rajni does is not stylish...What Rajni does becomes style... is proved in Sivaji , once again.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Pretty Good Stuff

A lot of people know that I am biased when it comes to liking YSR's music. But everyone should give me a chance here and listen to songs from Deepavali. The album has five songs and Yuvan has done a solid job.

The pick of the album is Kathal Vaithu sung by Vijay Yesudas. The song has great instrumentation(bass work is stupendous) and I just love the seconds work. Yuvan has really hit the grand slam with this one. The other songs are pretty good as well. One marked improvement Yuvan has made over the years is his mixing ability. Sounds are clear and notes can be heard with good precision. I would recommend a good set of headphones when listening to these songs.

Oram Po - is Jamshad's next movie. The name was changed from Auto , due to goverment regulations. I recently saw the trailer of this movie and fell out of my couch. It is hilarious. This movie also holds the distinction of being directed by real life couple. I would recommend you guys to watch the trailer on the web, if you dont have SUN TV.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Sivaji - Part 2

Yes...That is Super Star..

I am stealing this from my friend Kamalesh -

" Thalaivar oru get-up maathina nooru get-up maathina maadiri "

Monday, December 04, 2006

Vidyasagar's GEMS

It’s been a while since I have posted on this blog.I have been busy with my sports blog. But a couple of good songs I heard prompted me to write this post.

I have always liked Vidyasagar, right from his "Nethaji" days. The man has a rare combination of music knowledge.I had a chance to meet him and spend some time in his recording studio once in Madras. He patiently listened to my moronic questions and answered it. When I challenged him that it was KJ Yesudoss that sang , "Poothirukkum Maname" in Puthaiyal , he humbly corrected my stupid proclamation and said it was Hariharan. I was like..."Err...Sorry "

He seems very knowledgeable and has definitely got "it". The knock on him early in his career was his lack of box-office success but all that has changed in the recent years(Read "Chandramukhi")

These are some of his songs I have really enjoyed.

1.Anbe Anbe - Uyirodu Uyiraaga

This song is just amazing. The singers Chitra & Hariharan are just perfect.

I have not always enjoyed the "extra" touches that Hari gives in his songs , but in this song they just seem to fit perfectly.Infact I liked all the songs in the film. Srinivas got a big break singing the "Poovukellam" in this film.

2.Orre Manam - Villain

Another lost classic. The film was a regular KS Ravikumar film, which did well. But this song did not get its due credit. Sadhana Sargam just rocks in this song.

3.Azhakooril Poothavlae - ThiruMalai

SPB is my favorite playback singer. So when he sings, which is not often these days, I listen to it pretty eagerly. Though this song has the usual Vidyasagar rhythm sequence (which he uses a lot) , SPB takes this song over the hump.

4.Kanden Kanden - Madurey

This was the song everyone thought, KJ Yesudoss sang. Surprise, Surprise!!

Madhu Balakrishnan did a kick ass job and this is a great number.

5.Kaalai Arumbi- Kana Kanden

Though, the first prize in this song goes to KV Anand for his stunning yet simple visuals , VS gets to share the prize with him. Simple but yet innovatively done.

6. Poo Vaasam - Anbe Sivam

This song is popular but I still had to put it on there. I would request all of you to enjoy this song with the visual brilliance of Kamal. You want to fall in love and do the things he does when you enjoy this song. (I wanted to badly..Too bad Kiran was taken...hehe)

This film also has "Mounamae" , by SPB & Chandrayee , another beautiful song. Overall a great album.

7.Athhi Atthi Kaai - Aathi

Another good song in an atrocious film. Soft number by thalaivar. Great rendition - What's new?

8.Chithirayil Enna Varum - Sivapathigaaram

This is a brand new film , Sivapathigaaram. Considering the reviews , its propably going to not run for more than a month. So chances are people are going to forget this song. But dont miss it.Karthik and Swarnalatha have done a really good job. Unlike ,DK , I dont want to dismiss Swarnalatha as a bad singer.She just needs to be chosen for the right song.

ALERT : Please listen to these songs in good audio system. Hearing it at a low volume on your laptop so that your cubicle neighbor does not hear is not doing justice to the music. Also a Good Mood helps!

Enjoy !

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

My new Blog

I created a new BLOG - a sports only blog.
Why and other questions answered there...Check out.. My Own ESPN