Iruvar!!! It’s AWESOME!!! And as a bonus, I am going to explain Tamil politics very quick and dirty in the first paragraph. For those of you who enjoy that kind of thing.Continue reading
Tag Archives: Mani Ratnam
Shahrukh Birthday Countdown, Dil Se! The Movie I Won’t Review, But I Will Tell You Why I Won’t Review It
I was dreading reviewing this movie and then I thought “well, what if I just don’t? What if instead, I explain to people why I don’t feel able to review it?”Continue reading
Mouna Ragam: Decades Later, Mani Ratnam Still Made the Foundational Post-Marriage Romance
Yaaaaay, a bunch of people watched this movie! Let’s talk about how awesome it is.Continue reading
Happy Birthday Prakash Raj! Here Is a List of Some of Your Movies
It’s Prakash Raj’s birthday! What a nice man he is. Seems generally hard working, respectful, and decent. Produced out of his own pocket a movie about AIDs, speaks up and says the politically unpopular thing, and everyone likes him and wants to work with him.Continue reading
Valentine’s Week of Sex: Alaipayuthey/Saathiya, Sex is Fun But Marriage is Hard
First, head over here to read my big discussion of sex and meaning in Mani Ratnam films. That’s fun and new. This is not new, this has been reposted many many times already. But hey, maybe you haven’t read it yet somehow!Continue reading
Valentine’s Week Theme Post: Mani Ratnam and Sex, Why is He So Good At it?
I really hope Ratnam himself, while trolling the internet, runs across this headline out of context. Or even better, his wife Suhasini. Maybe they will comment and give us an answer!Continue reading
Tuesday Tamil ReRun: Kaatru Veliyidai, Another Take on Abusive Relationships
I really hope some of you watched this film. Or are ready to discuss it with me either way. It’s a fascinating look at a relationship.Continue reading
Sunday ReRun: Guru! A Biopic That is Secretly a Story About Love
I say “rerun”, but I actually did quite a bit of rewriting of this review, so it’s mostly totally new. Hopefully you like it!Continue reading
Tuesday Tamil ReRun: My Favorite Mani Ratnam Movie, Kannathil Muthamittal/A Peck on the Cheek
When I first saw this, I had only seen a few Mani Ratnam movies and I really loved it. Now I have seen almost all of Ratnam’s movies, and I just appreciate it even more.
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.
Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Review (No Spoilers): A Film As Cold As a Glass Mansion
That was a very elaborate process! Getting to the theater from work, buying the ticket in advance so it wouldn’t be sold out, and on and on. But, worth it! Not as good as the best Ratnam film, but far better than the worst (Kadal).
Kannathil Muthamittal, My Favorite Ratnam Movie
This film in particular apparently went to a bunch of international film festivals? The end result being, it is easily available from my library, and on a bunch of streaming websites. I mean, it’s also a really really good movie, but the reason I picked it to watch next was based purely on convenience.
OK Kanmani, Mani Ratnam’s Return to Form
I watched this movie months and months ago when it first arrived on American Netflix, but that was before I was blogging seriously so I didn’t pay very close attention. I wanted to watch it again, now that the remake will be releasing soon (January 13th), and think about how this film could possibly be remade.
Kadal , Mani Ratnam Manages to Make a Bad Movie
This is a strange review, because it’s a beautiful movie with a lot of strong elements that somehow fails to come together. But then on the other hand, the only version I was able to find was for some reason missing 8 or 20 minutes (depending on which source I see), so it’s possible it would have come together if I had seen the full version. But I still kind of doubt it somehow. It’s just an odd odd plot, a strange combination of Agneepath and Thalapathi and “Joote Bole” from Bobby expanded to full film length. And also Christian philosophy which is never quite defined.
Yuva, Mani Ratnam Takes on Elections!
This is Voter Registration week in America, so the perfect week to talk about Yuva! (yes yes, I know Aaytha Ezhuthu is better, I can’t find it, and I’ve already seen Yuva)
Mani Ratnam Movie List
I’ve reviewed almost every film on this list, so I thought I might as well just write out them all and put in links to the ones I’ve seen, and then I can fill in the rest when I finally get around to reviewing them.
Mani Ratnam Remake! Alai Payuthey/Saathiya Combined Review
I finally watched Alai Payuthey! After putting it off for years and years and years and years and years. Because I love Saathiya, and I didn’t want to risk having it spoiled. But turns out, they are two distinctly different movies! Although still similar to Saathiya, so this is going to be kind of a combined review. I talked about some of these differences a little already when I reported on the OK Jaanu/OK Kanmani remake thing.
Mani Ratnam Takes on MGR!!! Iruvar, His Most Political Film
I was watching this movie so closely! So closely! I know the drill with Ratnam films, he just drops in these little bits and then moves on so you can’t look away for a second. And yet, I was still completely lost. But I don’t think it’s my fault! Or at least, not my fault because I wasn’t watching closely enough, but because I didn’t have the expected background.
Thalapathi, Ratnam and Rajinikanth Together
It’s a Mani Ratnam movie, so the directing is just all around excellent. But more importantly, Rajnikanth! It’s my first Rajnikanth movie (not counting Ra.ONE, because why would you?) and I have to say, he does impress!
Anjali! The One Mani Ratnam Movie That Didn’t Make Me Cry
I finally sat down and watched Anjali, all set to sob and sob like I did for Kannathil Muthamittal, and it was a good movie, don’t get me wrong, but it just didn’t send me in the same way. Maybe because I’m not the intended audience?
Geethanjali, Mani Ratnam in Telugu
Mani Ratnam strikes again! Another great romance with a complicated heroine and interesting supportive hero. Oh, and I am going to assume for this entire review that you at least know the big thing that is revealed 10 minutes into the film, so if you are obsessive about SPOILERS and don’t even want to know that, DON’T READ ANY MORE!!! But if you are fine with the 10 minute in reveal, but want to be protected from what happens in the remaining 113 minutes, keep going until the usual SPOILER marker.
Nayakan! Mani Ratnam’s First Great Gangster Film
As you may have picked up from my Aval Shanmughi and Ambe Sivam posts, I have a hard time with Kamal Haasan. Yes, he is a brilliant actor. Yes, he has movie star charisma. But it just seems like his characters have to be so perfect and so wonderful, that no one else is allowed to do anything. But this Kamal Haasan movie, this one I liked!
Mouna Ragam! Mani Ratnam’s First (well, one of them) Movie! A Classic Married Love Story
I watched Mouna Ragam! Which is my 3rd (or 4th or 5th?) Revathy movie. And my I-don’t-kn0w-how-many Ratnam movie. But according to this blog excerpt, this is arguably the first “real” Ratnam film.
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.
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)