Personal preference

This isn’t to suggest that good films cannot be made out of personal moments. But surely, when the subject material is as fiercely personal, the artiste is drawn to instinctively resist changes, let alone be able to accept criticism.

Effects on par with Hollywood: VFX supervisor of Kaashmora

VFX supervisor Stalin Saravanan tells me that Kaashmora’s CGI will be on par with the work produced in Hollywood Stalin Saravanan is eager to bury the ghosts of Dasavatharam. He led the VFX team behind the infamous tsunami scene. “We made the mistake of picking some inexperienced professionals. Also, as time was a constraint, we couldn’t afford…

Creating an iconic dinosaur

Glen McIntosh, animation supervisor of Jurassic World, had a quick chat with me about the making of the film, on the eve of its Indian television premiere Glen McIntosh spent almost three years working on Jurassic World. As animation supervisor, he was in charge of drawing, design, storyboarding, and heading the 50 animators who worked out of…

Train to Busan: Engaging, despite offering nothing new

It is incredible how quickly Train to Busan gets you to care about its characters. They are all archetypes, and none of their names register. This is how I remember some of them: gusty, funny guy with pregnant wife (Ma Dong-seok), selfish father (Gong Yoo), little girl with parental issues (Kim Su-an), homeless man (Choi…

The Accountant: An asset turned liability

For a while, The Accountant trundles on with a heavy sense of purpose, as though burdened by its own awareness of what it seemingly believes to be brilliance. A protagonist, Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck ironically asked to be emotionless), has a disorder that’s revealed through quick flashbacks. “I’d prefer not to label it,” says the…

Inspired stuff

Let’s just say I felt like Rambha in Ullathai Allithaa , after she learns that it isn’t really Goundamani who’s singing ‘Mama Nee Mama’ but Karthik

Will Visaaranai do the trick?

Visaaranai, the first Tamil film to be submitted at the Oscars this millennium, stands a strong chance because it is devoid of the frills of Indian commercial cinema. Of course, the Oscar panel also generally laps up stark ethnic tales. It has been 16 long years since a Tamil film was chosen as India’s submission…