Mechanic: Resurrection: Assassin city

uch tasks on screen, much like in games like Grand Theft Auto, generate an adrenaline rush, providing the enjoyment arising from experiencing a heightened sense of stress in a safe, controlled environment.

A promise to Na. Muthukumar

For most of us, enjoyment of a song is generally limited to humming along, as though the lines were simply words strung together haphazardly to fit into the tune.

Pete’s Dragon: For Pete’s sake

The animated dragon in Pete’s Dragon never quite melds with the environment, especially with the humans, and in another film, it’d be tempting to think of this as a flaw. But here, this incongruity is almost sort of the point. Elliott, the dragon, is among the most docile ever seen in cinema, and not just…

War Dog: Guns and posers

War Dogs reminded me of quite a few films that were far more successful at doing what it tries to do. It begins by showing a gun pointed at one of the protagonists, David Packouz (Miles Teller), who coolly takes on narrating responsibilities and makes a comment to us about the gun’s making. “It’s a…

K. S. Ravikumar: Cinema is just business

  S. Ravikumar, whose Mudinja Ivana Pudi has just released, tells me that he has nothing to prove to anybody and that his track record speaks for itself Excerpts of the conversation in video Before answering the first question, K. S. Ravikumar mentions that he isn’t altogether comfortable with speaking in English. I tell him he’s free to talk…

Minor issues

Where I talk about how adultification of children is common across Tamil cinema and television

Giving love a bad name?

Iru Mugan’s trailer, released this week, shows Vikram playing Love, a campy character who’s seemingly the villain. Do such portrayals reinforce negative stereotypes about homosexuals and transgenders?  Prakash Raj actor I think it’s wrong to be insensitive towards a community, and depict its members only as villains. Even when I agreed to play a transgender…

In search of a hit

The films Bharath rejected went on to become hits—like Thiruvilaiyaadal Aarambam that went to Dhanush. “But I know there’s no use thinking about this. Dhanush refused Kaadhal, and it came to me. It all evens out.”

A crush-ing portrayal

While all of our known universe remained consumed by Kabali, the Swathi issue has been gently pushed away from public consciousness, and along with it, the palpable anger at the depiction of stalking as a perfectly normal — why, even romantic — manner of courtship in Tamil cinema. There was even an online petition against…

Suicide Squad: Suicide squad, indeed

What Marvel achieved by painstakingly releasing film after film to establish its superheroes, DC tries to do with hyper-stylised minute-long intros for the dozen characters that populate—no, crowd—Suicide Squad. Here’s Deadshot (Will Smith); he’s a hired gun who has never missed a shot. You nod in glee, excited to meet the next one. Here’s Harley…

Wherever I may roam

Darbuka Siva, debutant composer of upcoming Sasikumar-starrer, Kidaari, tells me that every action in his life is guided by the nomad in him As Darbuka Siva tells me how quickly he tires of routine, how everything he’s ever done in life is to avoid repetition, I cannot but be reminded of Red’s assessment of Dufresne in…