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.

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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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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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Happy Birthday Nagarjuna! Geethanjali, Your Mani Ratnam Film

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.

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Southern Trailers! Mani Ratnam Completes His Crime Trilogy, and Nani and Nagarjuna Unite

I almost never cover southern trailers, because I am never sure what is a big deal and what is a small deal and what I should say about things.  But in this case, I KNOW these two are big deals and I know what I want to say about them, so I am just going for it.

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My Top Ten Ugly Crying Indian Films

I suddenly got one of my random Kannathil Muthamittal urges last night, and it made me think that I haven’t done a ten ugly crying films post yet.  Of course, ugly crying is a deeply personal thing, so these are my ten, but they won’t necessarily be yours.  Feel free to share your particular triggers in the comments!  Oh, and they are almost all Hindi, but that’s just a coincidence, don’t feel limited by that.

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Friday Classics: Yuva, for the Start of Election Season

Happy day before the Women’s March to the Polls!  Which is a kick off and a reminder that it is all our responsibilities not just to vote, but also to run for office if possible.  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)

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Tuesday Tamil: Kadal, Mani Ratnam Loses His Way

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.

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Hindi Film 101 One-Off: The Importance of Ratnam-Rahman and the Director-Composer Relationship

Happy Tuesday!  I did a quick two-parter on Nepotism (really more the history of Hindi film as a family business) last week, now I want to do another quick one inspired by Kaatru Veliyidai on 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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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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