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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Snow Songs to Cool Me Down

It is extremely hot today.  I am looking at my poor wilted flowers on the windsill in my office and feeling even more wilted than they look.  And also a wee bit worried about Dog Hazel who is all alone all day in my third floor apartment.  I left the a/c on for her, but it’s not really enough.  And what if the power goes out or something?  Poor little hot doggie!

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Soothing Songs Post to Cool Us All Down

Hello!  Two comments sections got mildly heated this morning (well, heated for this website where everything is generally at 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so going up to even 45 feels hot), so I want to put up a nice soothing post to calm us all down.  Mostly calm me down, because I hate replying to/reading semi-heated comments!  And also it’s Monday morning and my office is maybe the busiest it has been in 2 months.

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Snow Songs to Cool Me Down

You know how there is this crazy terrible extreme weather all over the world right now?  Well, in my little part of the world, all that is happening is that we have a freakishly hot spell.  Like, literally hotter right now than it was in July.  Which is really nothing in the grand scheme of things, but still, I’M HOT!!!!  And therefore, I am looking up songs to cool me down.

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Kaatru Veliyidai SPOILERS Review: Jail Isn’t the Only Prison You Need to Break Out Of

Good morning!  I posted my no-spoilers review late last night after I got home, but now I have had a good night’s sleep and  is time for my SPOILERS review.  Which gives the full plot and really really digs into all the meanings of it.  And there is a lot to dig into in this film!

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Kaatru Veliyidai: A Deconstruction of the Military/Romantic Hero and the Idealized Heroine

Well, that was a Ratnam movie all right!  In that, while watching it, I thought “this is kind of okay, sort of interesting, very pretty”.  And then I’ve spent two hours thinking about it and I haven’t even gotten close to unpacking all the themes and metaphors and so on and it just gets deeper and deeper the further I go.

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