• Udanpirappe

    Udanpirappe

    ★½

    It is a rare occurrence to see an actress’ career create such a stir in a film industry that even before the title credits of the film, the audience is aware of its legacy. That Udanpirappe is Jyotika’s 50th film is exhibited in a logo and a pre-title montage and makes a strong case for the actor’s celebrated movie characters. Billed as her ‘second innings’, Udanpirappe is the second film released under the banner of 2D Entertainment, jointly made by…

  • Bright: Samurai Soul

    Bright: Samurai Soul

    Bright (2017), directed by David Ayer and featuring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, looked like a fresh and original entry in the fantasy genre that is filled with remakes, reboots, sequels, prequels, and watered-down adaptations. But then the movie ended up being bad, which killed its chances of getting a sequel. And the fact that its writer, Max Landis, turned to be a sex offender motivated people to wipe any and every memory they had about the movie. So, when…

  • Raja Raja Chora

    Raja Raja Chora

    Everyone likes a good redemption story. A person fighting all the odds, getting over one’s hardships, internal battles, or indulgences – we can easily resonate with such a character arc. Raja Raja Chora’s protagonist goes through a similar journey with his indulgent, greedy and uncaring self. He rarely makes decisions based on logic or reasoning while showing a strong urge to be appreciated and liked. With his character at the center, the film achieves an ingenious balance between the comic elements and its emotional core.

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  • The Manor

    The Manor

    ★★

    Written and directed by Axelle Carolyn, The Manor (2021), which marks its entry into Amazon’s Welcome to the Blumhouse series, begins with Barbara Hershey as Judith, whose 70th birthday celebration with close friends and family turns from smiles to a sudden fixture that paralyzes her completely. She falls flat on the ground and the screen fades to white amidst the muffled concerns. (One can’t help but recollect Black Swan in a parallel universe, as Hershey played Natalie Portman’s mother there…

  • Madres

    Madres

    ★★½

    ‘Madres’ sheds light on one of the most overlooked and obscure prejudicial laws passed against minorities in the US. Constructed in the form of a small-town horror tale about a pregnant couple, the film unfurls a macabre truth far more terrifying than the ghost that was supposed to haunt them. Beto and Diana move into Golden Valley, a small county where the former finds a high-paying job. The latter also sees it as an opportunity to advance her writing ambitions.…

  • The Billion Dollar Code

    The Billion Dollar Code

    Have you noticed that “success” stories rarely inspire and instead reveal the apparent protagonist(s) to be the antagonist(s)? But the notion that that’s normal has been drilled into our heads to such an extent that we give a pass to all kinds of villainy while harping on about the need for more empathy in this world. Whereas it’s stories about “failure” that highlight the importance of human connections because they give you company and warmth, something that a million or…

  • Bhramam

    Bhramam

    ★★½

    Bollywood has been known to create remakes of movies made down south, be it in the Tamil, Telugu, or Malayalam industries. The same situation occurring in reverse isn’t one you usually hear about. But 2021 has been a very strange year, especially with regards to “Andhadhun” remakes.

    Based on the 2010 french short film L’Accordeur, Andhadhun directed by Sriram Raghavan was a 2018 black comedy noir thriller about a blind pianist who becomes embroiled in the murder of a yesteryear…

  • There's Someone Inside Your House

    There's Someone Inside Your House

    People want things to make sense. Especially when it comes to horror movies, because then and only then the viewing experience seems worthwhile. And there’s nothing wrong with that. If a narrative fails to explain its existence, there’s a fair chance that it will also fail to evoke any kind of emotion. But sometimes a story works best when it is not too concerned with giving answers. When it doesn’t sit the audience down for an elaborate monologue from the…

  • Dug Dug

    Dug Dug

    ★★★

    Religions are nothing but stories. Stories that are written by writers who wanted to witness how blinded people can be when ‘faith’ is superimposed with the factor of otherworldly happenings. I mean, making a movie is like birthing a religion in itself. 3 years in the making and bound to have a cult-like following, Ritwik Pareek’s “Dug Dug” takes a satirical look at religious faith, myth-making, and the politics behind it all.

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  • Malignant

    Malignant

    Lately many feature films have tried to move away from the clichés of horror, affected by the urge to sophisticate a genre that is rejected by many. A master at emulating the most classic elements of this sector, James Wan takes the opposite tack to show that its roots are more alive than ever.

    Affected by a series of disturbing visions, troubled Madison (Annabelle Wallis) begins to witness the murders committed by a terrifying entity (Marina Mazepa). Fresh out of…

  • Gunpowder Milkshake

    Gunpowder Milkshake

    ★★★

    Female assassins are a thing now. Not sure if Lucy brought it into fashion, or was it the mainstream treatment in Phoebe Waller-Bridge helmer Killing Eve, but it’s really getting on my nerves now. If this week’s Netflix attraction Kate was not an example to see why these things aren’t working anymore, then I don’t know what is. The biggest problem that these films have is that they don’t have fun with their B-movie premise. Movies like Kate and The…

  • Nobody Has to Know

    Nobody Has to Know

    One of the most under-explored aspects of modern movies and TV shows is geography. You might’ve hated studying about it in school. Maybe you associate its representation in cinema to just pretty landscapes or grey city-scapes. But, if done right, the geography of a place can be a character as well, not just echoing the mood of the people living in a city or a town or a village, but influencing them as well. Off the top of my head,…