Jack N Jill

Manju Warrier in the Bharatha Natyam attire and beating up bad guys with absolute swag is something that looks pretty appealing on paper. The only thing that I can say as a positive about Santosh Sivan’s horrendously lousy directorial Jack N Jill is that there is a good possibility that some filmmakers might consider making… Continue reading Jack N Jill




12th Man

When the whole plot is very familiar, and you kind of know who could well be the killer, the filmmaking becomes tricky as the task is to engage the viewer till the end. 12th Man, the new Jeethu Joseph film, manages to be a watchable thriller only because of how it manages to catch the… Continue reading 12th Man




Don

Don, the new Sivakarthikeyan starrer directed by Cibi Chakaravarthi, is an entertainer that tries to include almost everything you have seen in a commercial entertainer. It hasn’t managed to pull off every one of that, but whichever track it was able to pull off, thanks to its leading man, was smooth. Aided by some earnest… Continue reading Don




Pathaam Valavu

Pathaam Valavu, the latest thriller from M Padmakumar starring Suraj Venjaramood and Indrajith Sukumaran, is a thriller that tries to cover up its unimaginative writing through casting. The idea is to draw a parallel between a police officer and a criminal and create a social justice drama out of it. But unfortunately, the beats of… Continue reading Pathaam Valavu




Jo and Jo

Movies like Thanneer Mathan Dinangal are highly fragile in terms of plot. They can either be a TMD or can become a Pathrosinte Padappukal. Jo and Jo, directed by Arun D Jose, is a movie that tries to explore a similar space and manages to come out as a surprisingly entertaining film. By the time… Continue reading Jo and Jo




Meri Awas Suno

I know an audience segment that finds movies like Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam and Vijay Superum Pournamiyum motivational and inspiring. Even though I haven’t disliked these movies, there was no major moving element for me in those films. Meri Awas Suno, Prajesh Sen’s third outing as a director along with Jayasurya somewhere, falls in a… Continue reading Meri Awas Suno




Puzhu

Caste politics is something that is less discussed in mainstream Malayalam cinema. Even when it gets discussed, there is a tendency to articulate it verbally through dialogues and make it excessively loud. Debutant Ratheena’s Puzhu, starring Mammootty as the central character, is a well-made political film that slightly loses its subtle quality at the very… Continue reading Puzhu




Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness might not be cinematically that enthralling compared to a no way home or endgame. Still, the deviation it takes from the usual pattern we see in MCU films makes this film an interesting one. The inclination toward the spookiness in the treatment makes it less of… Continue reading Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness