Film Review: the half of it

About twenty-three years ago, I created my first personal email account. It was an account that I shared with my best friend. It was also an account that saw a lot of emails go back and forth with “pen pals”, people we did not know. There were no smartphones, no way to scan and send … Continue reading Film Review: the half of it

Three Identical Strangers: Thoughts And Angst

Spoiler Alert. I highly recommend you watch the movie before reading I watched the trailer for Three Identical Strangers end of June this year. I was fascinated. Not just because this was a story of adoption but because it seemed too incredible to be true. The dramatic music, the reenactments and the hints of something … Continue reading Three Identical Strangers: Thoughts And Angst

India’s Daughter – More questions than answers

India’s Daughter, the documentary that was the eye of a political storm earlier this year showed up on my Netflix selections. I had dithered when it originally was released on YouTube. Crimes against women, rape especially disturbs me deeply. Perhaps, it is the extremely personal nature of the crime or the fact that it is primarily … Continue reading India’s Daughter – More questions than answers

O Kadhal Kanmani – Just about OK?

I watched my twitter feed go agog at the first trailer release of O Kadhal Kanmani. Reminiscent of Alaipayudhe was the verdict. I watched from the sidelines as the music release happened and then the movie. I jumped at the chance to watch the movie with family today and walked out of the theater wondering … Continue reading O Kadhal Kanmani – Just about OK?

Understated, Elegant, Queenly.

As the weekend wrapped up and the chores for the day were done, I propped my feet up and decided to watch a movie. A luxury I had not had the chance to afford in months now. Streaming from my handheld device, the large TV screen hooked our attention from the word go. As Rani … Continue reading Understated, Elegant, Queenly.

Kalyana Samayal Saadham – Good fun!

In that hazy hours between three and five in the afternoon when sleep comes abegging, I decided to skip the nap and catch up on a movie that has been doing its rounds in my chat circles. Finally a 'brahmin' flick that is enjoyable claimed one. Tamil movies have come of age proclaimed another. I … Continue reading Kalyana Samayal Saadham – Good fun!

Airbrushed reality

I snuck back home a little before 1:00 AM this morning. As I slipped under the covers, in the last few moments before sleep claimed me, my thoughts about Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani was that it was airbrushed reality. Sitting in my patio, sipping on hot kaapi, watching the kids pick wildflowers for me, I … Continue reading Airbrushed reality

Movies and more!

This past weekend was a record for me. I caught three movies. Yes! three movies. I watched Sweet home Alabama, Julie and Julia and True Grit. Julie and Julia spoke out to me the most for varied reasons. Two scenes stood out for me. One in which Julia and Paul walk by linking hands and … Continue reading Movies and more!

An open mind equals a fun experience

Running behind active toddlers in a narrow aisle inside our local desi grocers, we were all set to leave when the owner pulled out a brand new tamil DVD. You are the first to have this she beamed slicing open the shiny plastic wrap. Singam proclaimed the front cover with a rather smart Surya sporting … Continue reading An open mind equals a fun experience

Miracles or Coincidences?

People break down into two groups. When they experience something lucky, group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. … Continue reading Miracles or Coincidences?

Moments that pass you by

It is true ain't it? Sometimes the moment passes you by and your outlook changes. Completely. This weekend I indulged and watched two movies I had long wanted to catch despite conflicting reviews I had read. Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya and Wake Up Sid. While VTV had its flaws there were some stand out scenes for me. One line … Continue reading Moments that pass you by

A rustic, light hearted, offbeat comedy

This weekend K and I caught this rather simple rustic tale on DVD. The movie is Welcome to Sajjanpur by Shyam Benegal. We picked the DVD at our local desi grocer. The name intrigued us as well as the reco that came with it. It sat on our coffee table for a week before we … Continue reading A rustic, light hearted, offbeat comedy

The halcyon days of youth

This Sunday as Amma slept exhausted by the kitchen adventures, K and I settled in for a spot of movie watching. Having read Nita's review on Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na a long while back, the movie was on my list to see some day. As the movie started cliched and all, somewhere in the … Continue reading The halcyon days of youth

Stereotypes, Songs and Musings

Listening to this song from Autograph, I was mesmerized by the voices of the people singing it and lost in memories of watching this movie with K when a couple of lines I was humming along jumped out at me. The harmony was lost and my train of thoughts went down a different path. Actually … Continue reading Stereotypes, Songs and Musings

Dinner and a movie equals learning the fun way

Ploughing my way through lunch, I look at the printed sheets that lay scattered in front of me. One is a schematic and the other a list of questions for discussion. I put them away and I am eager for the day to be done. Tonight is a dinner and movie night in class. Admittedly, … Continue reading Dinner and a movie equals learning the fun way

Slumdog Millionaire – My take on it.

Spoilers ahead Like all other movies I watch, I read up reviews and pretty much make my mind up before I watch a movie. On the rare occasions I watch a movie without expectations I end up liking it. Having read differing takes on it, I went today with my amma in tow to watch … Continue reading Slumdog Millionaire – My take on it.

No expectation. No disappointment.

Sitting in the backseat of a sedan crammed with two kids and two of my girlfriends, I had no expectation from the movie we were rushing to watch. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. One of those cloyingly sweet Yash Chopra movies. I used to like Shahrukh Khan before his lip quivering, hyper acting roles. I … Continue reading No expectation. No disappointment.