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Malayalam Review

Valiyaperunnal

When I walked out during the interval of the movie Valiyaperunnal to grab a cup of coffee, I heard someone in the audience say that Ittymaani was far better than this. And when the movie ended, the almost full house audience walked out without much of a response. The attempt of debutant director Dimal Dennis […]




Final Thoughts

To all those who simply scrolled down, read at least that last paragraph before blindly following that green signal.

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Green: Recommended Film

Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films

Red: Not Recommended

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Malayalam Review

Prathi Poovankozhi

Prathi Poovankozhi is a movie based on the short story Sankadam by Unni R. What’s so interesting about the story of the movie is that it sort of has realness in the way it treats the situation through which our main character goes through. If a movie like Ozhivu Divasathe Kali exposed the inherent discrimination […]




Final Thoughts

Because of the terrific performance of Manju Warrier, the journey of Madhuri becomes exciting.

Movie Signal

Green: Recommended Film

Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films

Red: Not Recommended

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Malayalam Review

Driving License

Writer Sachy has a knack to find interesting conflicts in his stories and the new movie Driving License featuring Prithviraj Sukumaran and Suraj Venjaramood is a product of identifying one such peculiar conflict. Somewhere along the line Driving License becomes a study about that fine line between ego and self-respect. Driving license is a little bit […]




Final Thoughts

If that conflict was pushed to its maximum intensity and then given a solution, the movie would have been slightly more gripping.

Movie Signal

Green: Recommended Film

Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films

Red: Not Recommended

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Malayalam Review

Stand Up

In this era of Me Too and Times up, we have seen a few films in many languages that dealt with abusive relationships, the idea of consent, misogyny, patriarchy, etc. Movies like Uyare, Pink and to a good extent the new film Kettyolanu Ente Malakha dealt with similar ideas and won the hearts of the […]




Final Thoughts

Stand Up has the right intention of talking against misogyny, toxic relationships, gender equality, etc. The problem is its execution.

Movie Signal

Green: Recommended Film

Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films

Red: Not Recommended

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Malayalam Review

Mamangam

Almost 1 hour into the film Mamangam and somewhere at the beginning of the second half, we hear people giving an account of what they have heard about the valour of one particular assassin. They are describing his act as magical or superhuman on many levels and the problem is that we as an audience […]




Final Thoughts

The problem of the movie, in my opinion, was that it failed to show the pain of these assassins and their dependents.

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Green: Recommended Film

Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films

Red: Not Recommended

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Malayalam Review

Kettyolanu Ente Malakha

There is a small scene in the movie Kettyolanu Ente Malakha where a lady jokingly talks about her sex life. She is talking about marital rape with a dismissive smile on her face. It’s a scene that may have began as a tiny scene to show the humiliation of Sleevachan our hero,  but it eventually […]




Final Thoughts

With a terrific Asif Ali playing a character that is easily one of his finest in his entire career, Kettyolanu Ente Malakha is one of those movies where you won’t bother about its minor drawbacks.

Movie Signal

Green: Recommended Film

Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films

Red: Not Recommended

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Malayalam Review

Happy Sardar

There was a video on YouTube where Karan Johar watches a scene from his very first movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and while he was watching the scene he was constantly saying the word “cringe”. But it seems like there are movie makers out there who are still fascinated by those old school dramas. The […]




Final Thoughts

Around that 45 minutes mark, Merin Philip’s Mary says she has a headache and now I realize that it was a fourth-wall-breaking moment.

Movie Signal

Green: Recommended Film

Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films

Red: Not Recommended

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Malayalam Review

Kamala

For the first 20 minutes of the movie Kamala, you might get a feeling that director Ranjit Shankar has decided to change his game plan and has opted to go after grey and complex subjects. But very soon (somewhere near the introduction of the character played by Sunil Sukhada) the movie starts to sound ordinary. […]




Final Thoughts

Aju Varghese appearing in the lead role was one of the specialties of this movie. But the predictability and the usual feel of the script made it a forgettable experience on the whole.

Movie Signal

Green: Recommended Film

Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films

Red: Not Recommended