KADAL / THE SEA (Mani Ratnam, 2013, India) – Good Vs. Evil

Tamil novelist and co-scriptwriter Jeyamohan describes Mani Ratnam’s latest cinematic venture as a ‘grand spiritual saga’. That seems like a fitting way to sum up Kadal / The Sea. Whenever I want to speak or write about Ratnam my instinct is to position him as an arthouse auteur, which may seem appropriate for a cinephile… Continue reading KADAL / THE SEA (Mani Ratnam, 2013, India) – Good Vs. Evil

CHENNAI EXPRESS (Rohit Shetty, 2013, India) – Postmodern Masala

This is an uneven action comedy from the Manmohan Desai school of filmmaking. Director Rohit Shetty is one of Hindi cinema’s most bankable directors and while it is tempting at first to lump him together with the likes of Sajid Khan, his postmodern sensibilities are much more palatable. While competency may not seem much to… Continue reading CHENNAI EXPRESS (Rohit Shetty, 2013, India) – Postmodern Masala

PIZZA (Dir. Kartik Subburaj, 2012, India) – Tamil New Wave Cinema

Pizza is a Tamil film pointed out to me in an article by K Hariharan titled ‘After the Cinema of Disgust’ in which he discusses the ‘renegade New Wave Tamil Cinema’. Hariharan focuses on three films in particular; Pizza, Naduvula Konjam Pakkathu Kannum (Some Pages in the middle are missing), and Sudhu Kavvum (Thou shalt… Continue reading PIZZA (Dir. Kartik Subburaj, 2012, India) – Tamil New Wave Cinema