Euphoria released two special episodes over the course of last two months — Ones that are specifically tagged as Not Season 2. They work as all the moderately good specials do, they give us insight into the inner workings of central characters without progressing the plot as much. Euphoria is one of my favourite shows and that might make be biased, but it’s two of the best dialogue work I have seen in a show.

The first episode is set at a dinner booth for it’s entirety of an hour with two of main characters — Rue and Ali talking…


Mookuthi Amman is a throwback to the old Tamil Amman movies of the past and a very watchable one at that. The movie isn’t pulling any punches and delivers one message after another strapped onto a confetti cannon 🎉.

Synopsis

Goddess Mookuthi Amman descends on Earth and uses a television reporter to expose fake godmen and babas.

The movie is set in a village in Nagercoil where our hero Engels Ramaswamy (Engels from French Philosopher Friedrich Engels who wrote the Communist Manifesto and Ramaswamy from Periyar E. V. Ramasamy, Father of Dravidan movement) lives with his mother, four sisters and grandfather…


Aditi Rao Hydari as Sujatha

Sufiyum Sujathayum is a Malayalam movie directed by Naranipuzha Shanavas and produced by Friday Film House. It stars Aditi Rao Hydari, Dev Mohan and Jayasurya in lead roles. It is the first Malayalam movie to be released exclusively on an OTT platform (Amazon Prime in this case) due to the COVID-19 crisis scenario. How did the love story fare?

When it rains, settle in with a cup of tea, and this can be worth your time. It’s a movie that demands your time and you have it time to be absorbed into it’s world.

Premise

Sufiyum Sujathayum is set in a…


Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl was one of the best YA books that I grew up with, the story of a 12 year old millionare, genius and a criminal mastermind. It reminds me of a time that was imaginative, fun and exciting. The movie, well it’s none of that.

Disney Studios is caught in between disneyfying the plot and sticking to the original source material. It’s okay to take liberties with the material, but it’s not okay to be in two boats at the same time. This is mostly a rant and than a thought out review because that also describes…


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Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai is a Netflix film (is it valid to say that?) directed by Anurag Kashyap and written by Nihit Bhave (Sacred Games co-writer). It stars Saiyami Kher and Roshan Mathew in pivotal roles.

Choked is, by self admission one of the warmest movies that Anurag Kashyap has made and it shows. Just to take an instance, no one gets killed in this movie (may be a mild spoiler, I guess). Choked tells the story of a strained marriage between Sarita and Susanth, we are dropped into the middle of their life in a flat in Mumbai…


Thappad is a bollywood movie directed by Anubhav Sinha and starring Taapsee Pannu and Pavail Gulati.

Kettiyolanu ente Malakha is a Malayalam movie directed by Nissam Basheer and starring Veena Nandakumar and Asif Ali.

This is an analysis and response piece, so Spoilers, go watch both the movies and come back or read ahead, your wish.

The Plot

Kettiyolanu ente Malakha deals with Sleevachan (Asif Ali), a farmer who is uncomfortable around women who gets married to Rincy (Veena Nandakumar). After a night of getting drunk, Sleevachan commits to the act of marital rape injuring Rincy in the process. …


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A caption reading An Anwar Rasheed Film and Amal Neerad DOP is enough to make most young Keralites flock to theatres. Anwar Rasheed has earned himself the tag for a very selective director and producer. For the sake of an example, the last movie he directed was in 2012 and that movie still holds a place in the heart of it’s audience — Ustad Hotel. Anwar Rasheed came back and produced a bunch of films in his directorial vacation — Bangalore Days, Premam and Parava to name some. …


When thinking of family feel good movies to watch, Malayalam has one director to look for; the veteran director Sathyan Anthikad. Without massive action sequences or larger than life story lines, he always found a way to tug at your heart strings with relatable characters and situational comedy. As his son Anoop Sathyan makes his debut, we have nothing lesser to expect. Does he deliver?

The Plot

Varane Avashymunud is the story of a young girl Nikitha and a retired army major Unnikrishanan. While there are lots of other supporting characters and cast from the story, these are the characters who go…


This movie does not have astronomical budgets, breakthrough marketing or special computer graphics. But the good news is, it does not need any of that. This is a stand-in for everything Malayalam cinema is good at.

This is how I began the review for Kumbalangi Nights; As Anna Ben lands her second movie, this is something I would like to reiterate. While Kumbalangi Nights was an easy to go tale of youngsters, here Mathukutty Xavier creates a gripping tale of life and survival inspired from a real life experience.

The Plot

Helen is an ordinary girl from a middle class family. Her…


Jallikattu is a 2019 Malayalam movie directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery based on a short story from S Hareesh. The movie stars Chemban Vinod Jose (by now an established constant in Lijo’s films), Antony Varghese and Sabumon Abdusamad in title roles. A buffalo escapes in a village early in the morning and manages to wreck havoc for all of the next day. How the humans react to this incident is explored in the short runtime of 90 minutes.

The Spectacle

We have seen how Lijo Jose Pallissery mastered the art of directing chaos in action and his love for long tracking shots…

Boy with Silver Wings

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