Annual Discussion Post: RD Burman or AR Rahman? Who is Better and Why?

Yes, the eternal question! Let’s see if anyone cares to enter the debate this year! Or if we are all beyond these petty rivalries and don’t care.

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Challenge! What One Rahman Song Would You Use to Prove His Genius?

This is an Actual Question! I showed 99 Songs at my Friends Movie Night last night and my new friend/guest did not believe based on 99 Songs that Rahman was a genius. So now I have to send her songs all day at work to prove that he IS a genius. Give me ideas!

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Election Day Post 3! Vote on Next Big Actor Tamil and Hindi, Most Promising New Hindi Actress, and Best Recent AR Rahman Soundtrack!

More important decisions! You can pick only the ones on which you feel confident, or make random guesses on all of them (just like filling out a ballot). Remember, most comments this month wins a poster!

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Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me as I Am (Hopefully) Back At Work?

I’m writing this last night and I am honestly not sure if I will be at work tomorrow or not. Or maybe I will be for a little while and then have to leave. I can’t decide if I am at the point where it will make me feel better to get out in the world and out of my bed, or at the point where I should really just stay in bed. We’ll find out!

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Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Review (SPOILERS): A Story With No Heroes

This is a really brilliant concept for a film.  An intellectual exercise more than anything.  I encourage you to watch it straight through once without knowing what is coming, but I also suspect it might turn out to be more entertaining when you know what is coming and can watch how it is built.  If you want to maintain the surprise, you can read my No Spoilers review.

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Happy Mani Ratnam Day! Starting With Kaatru Veliyidai, His Most Recent Film

Happy Mani Ratnam Day!  I’ve reviewed almost all his films here (really, I’m just missing Raavan, Thiruda Thiruda, and the Terrorism Trilogy) and I will be reposing the reviews through out the day today in the run up to Chekka Chivantha Vaanam.  Mostly because I have to work a funny day at work to be able to see CCV in theaters so I’ll have no time to write anything new.  If you don’t want to be spoiled, here is my no-spoilers review for this film.

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Hindi Film 101 (Reprint): Rahman-Ratnam and the Importance of the Composer-Director Relationship in Honor of Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

This is a post I wrote a year and a half ago for the last Rahman/Ratnam movie, but I thought I should repost it today in honor of Chekka Chivantha Vaanam.  It’s important to know why it is so especially exciting when a new Ratnam-Rahman movie comes out, and why that director-composer relationship is so special. (also, usually in this posts I try to use images instead of songs, but because of the topic, this will be an all songs post.  I encourage you to actually watch all the videos too)

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