Varshangalkku Shesham Review | An Overtly Melodramatic Friendship Tale Saved by the Second-Half Humor

When I saw the song Nyabagam from Varshangalkku Shesham, a few days back, I had a feeling that this song was going to be the reason the movie would stay with the audience as some sort of lingering pain as those sustained shots of Dhyan Sreenivasan and Pranav Mohanlal had a sense of melancholy in… Continue reading Varshangalkku Shesham Review | An Overtly Melodramatic Friendship Tale Saved by the Second-Half Humor

Oru Sarkar Ulpannam Review | A Preachy, Predictable Drama That Struggles to Find an Emotional Connect

The last 15-20 minutes of the movie Oru Sarkar Ulpannam, previously titled Oru Bharatha Sarkar Ulpannam, is happening inside a court where a citizen is fighting against the government. Some of the moments in that patch of the movie had an emotional connection that I felt they should have made this movie as a legal… Continue reading Oru Sarkar Ulpannam Review | A Preachy, Predictable Drama That Struggles to Find an Emotional Connect

Perilloor Premier League Review | A Breezy Comedy With a Flurry of Signature Deepu Pradeep Characters

Perilloor Premier League, the latest Malayalam original series on Hotstar, is a signature creation of its writer Deepu Pradeep, who has previously written movies like Kunjiramayanam and Padmini. The kind of quirky characterization we have seen in those movies can be seen here as well. And I would say the series format has given Deepu… Continue reading Perilloor Premier League Review | A Breezy Comedy With a Flurry of Signature Deepu Pradeep Characters

Thaal Review | This Ginger-Cringe College Drama Has the Potential to Give You Trauma

In the hands of a good director and writer, the latest movie Thaal, starring Anson Paul and Aradhya Ann, might have at least been a problematic yet disturbing film about selfless love. Sadly, under the direction of Rajasaagar and written by Dr. G Kishor, this movie is a horrendously cheesy and melodramatic love story that… Continue reading Thaal Review | This Ginger-Cringe College Drama Has the Potential to Give You Trauma

Phoenix Review | A Generic Horror Drama With a Tiring Backstory

Phoenix, the new movie directed by debutant Vishnu Bharathan, with a script by Midhun Manual Thomas, has a first half that is a bit inconsistent yet some of the elements in that first half, especially the interval block twist, give you a sense of excitement about something bigger and better that may happen in the… Continue reading Phoenix Review | A Generic Horror Drama With a Tiring Backstory

Nadikalil Sundari Yamuna Review | Yet Another Dud From Dhyan Sreenivasan, but This Time, It’s Bearable

During the promotion of the movie Nadikalil Sundari Yamuna, Dhyan Sreenivasan said that this is one movie he actively promoted after Udal. And he apparently said his review of the film as well. It was something like the first half lagged, the second half was engaging, and the climax was good. Well, when 90% of… Continue reading Nadikalil Sundari Yamuna Review | Yet Another Dud From Dhyan Sreenivasan, but This Time, It’s Bearable

Pappachan Olivilanu Review | An Overdone Wannabe Vellimoonga With a Clueless Script

The initial moments of most movies, especially if the genre is a comedy, will give you an idea about whether the makers have clarity about how to pull it off. Pappachan Olivilanu from Sinto Sunny is that muddled comedy that pretty much exposes its unsure nature from the beginning. The KSRTC bus joke where a… Continue reading Pappachan Olivilanu Review | An Overdone Wannabe Vellimoonga With a Clueless Script

Article 21 Review | A Cinematic Extension of a Lame ‘Right-To-Education’ Government Ad

In the last half an hour of the movie Article 21, we see the introduction of a character named Lenin, played by Bineesh Kodiyeri. He explains a law that assures education for kids under the age of 15. It started off as a bland explanation of basic law, but that scene eventually ended up being… Continue reading Article 21 Review | A Cinematic Extension of a Lame ‘Right-To-Education’ Government Ad