San Andreas

The joy of watching buildings crumble In one Eureka moment while watching San Andreas , I understood why I loved that last scene of Fight Club so much. There’s something beautiful about buildings being razed, something darkly enchanting about giant structures crumbling into rubble. Remember a similar jaw-dropping scene in Inception when Cobb and Mal…

Cut…to the real story

Enter a Chennai theatre to be part of the unique experience of people laughing loudly or howling during the screening of a horror film and even passing inappropriate comments. It’s midnight. The lonely, timid woman hears an eerie rustle from behind the curtain. The camera zooms in on her face — you can see the…

Tomorrowland

Too big to be beautiful For Tomorrowland to work without a strong story, the visuals had to be incredible. We aren’t talking normal-incredible here, but Avatar -incredible. The parallels between both films are quite natural. After all, both the main characters in the film, Frank Walker (George Clooney) and Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) get thrown…

Demonte Colony

Much promise, but… It was always going to happen. With all the horror films being made recently in Tamil cinema — and so many of them doing well — De Monte Colony in Alwarpet, thanks to its creepy history, was always going to serve as fodder for a horror flick. Despite the ‘any resemblance to…

Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai

Brave, even if a bit burdensome A word I kept going back to again and again as I was watching Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai was ‘interesting’. You can argue against many of the points the film subtly makes — and indeed you should — but Purampokku isn’t a lazily made film. Balu (Arya), a communist revolutionary…

Chennai’s corny tradition

The popcorn, with colourful seasonings, at Sathyam Cinemas has become a phenomenon It makes bad films tolerable. It makes bad company manageable. It is enough reason for many to visit a popular movie theatre. Hear us tell you, amid trumpets roaring and cymbals crashing, of the phenomenon that the butter popcorn has become… A cult,…

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

All the world’s a joke The disappearance of Mr. Krabs’ (the owner of Krusty Krab) Krabby Patty recipe has caused pandemonium in Bikini Bottom, where our hero SpongeBob, a sea sponge, works as a cook. If you had to reread that, you are clearly unfamiliar with the SpongeBob franchise. As the adage goes, familiarity breeds…

Why Tara and Aadhi are likely doomed

Dreamy eyes and sweet nothings… The couple’s hurried marriage probably won’t be as breezy as the initial months of their relationship. Nothing goes wrong during those six months that Tara and Aadhi are together in OK Kanmani . They are smiling, they are laughing, and they can’t keep their hands off each other. And I…