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September 29th, 2018
05:33 pm

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Ee. Ma. Yau.
Lijo Jose Pellissery's Ee. Ma. Yau. is a brilliant film that shows the events unfolding after the death of an old man in a coastal Kerala village. The narration style is very realistic with a touch of dark humor and satire, and the excellent camera work involving mostly low-light sequences sets the mood for the film. With Ee. Ma. Yau., Lijo Jose Pellissery once again proves his versatility and skills.

One scene looked a bit odd in the otherwise well-executed movie - The scene which shows the death of the old man was not edited well. We see him going into the house in a moment, and in just a few seconds we hear cries from the ladies announcing his death - Looked a bit too short for them to conclude upon that.

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September 23rd, 2018
09:34 pm

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Varathan
Watched Varathan today, an engaging film which tells the story of a couple (played by Fahadh and Aishwarya) who relocate from Dubai back to their native place, a village in the Western Ghats of Kerala, with scenic locales. Most of the film shows a realistic portrayal of their days in the old house, surrounded by sadachara police (reminding of Aabhaasam) and oglers. However, the last 20 minutes of the film take the form of a thriller, with Fahadh emerging as a kind of a super-hero, trying various quick things to resist and destroy a group of "bad guys" attacking his house. Directed Amal Neerad has by then successfully developed enough momentum in the narrative to make the audience feel that the bad guys should really get what they deserved.

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September 20th, 2018
09:35 pm

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Poomaram
Malayalam film Poomaram directed by Abrid Shine gives the experience of attending a college youth festival program in Kerala. The film almost entirely focuses on the festival programs, preparations by the participants, team spirit and rivalry between colleges, budding romance in between the events, etc. in a realistic way, with no gimmickry of any sort (though the climax is a bit dramatized, I felt it was done in an artistic way), and provides a unique viewing experience. Poomaram can be called as an experimental film, as there is nothing to call as a conventional story thread in the film, but still it kept me very engaged throughout.

There is a 10 minutes long sequence in the film showing happenings in a police station, which didn't fit well with the rest of the narrative, though it was entertaining. It looked like Abrid Shine added this from some leftover ideas from his previous film, Action Hero Biju.

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September 10th, 2018
07:20 am

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Theevandi
Watched Malayalam film Theevandi yesterday, the story of a smoking addict (played by Tovino) told in the backdrop of a village political satire. The gentle humor in many of the scenes is enjoyable, and the film was interesting overall.

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September 8th, 2018
10:08 pm

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Merku Thodarchi Malai
Tamil film Merku Thodarchi Malai shows the life of workers in the cardamom plantations in the Western Ghats. Rangaswamy, the main character in the film is a youngster who wants to buy a small piece of land for himself (which was his late father's unfulfilled dream). A significant part of the movie shows in detail Rangaswamy's life as a laborer cum messenger cum accountant, and the camera brilliantly captures the beauty of the Ghats as well as the hardships of people going up and down the mountains.

I guess all the actors in the movie are new faces, and the narrative is very realistic. The last scene in the film showing Rangaswamy sitting on a stool alone in a field, and slowly zooming out to bring several gigantic windmills to the frames, was indeed very touching and meaningful.

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August 26th, 2018
03:40 pm

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Patang
Read Patang, an investigative thriller novel written by Bhaskar Chattopadhyay. Set in Mumbai, the book is about a private investigator catching a serial killer, only to see that killings of similar pattern resume even after the criminal is put into jail. The plot is very convoluted, but the book makes an interesting reading.

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July 29th, 2018
08:14 pm

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Shunya
Read Shunya - A Novel by Sri M. Set in times possibly in the 1960s or 70s, the novel tells the story of Shunya, a wandering Yogi who arrives in a village near Thiruvananthapuram. He settles in the backyard of a toddy shop, and though initially regarded as a crazy man by the villagers because of his peculiar ways, soon attains fame through various miraculous deeds. Much of the novel contains descriptions of the supernatural deeds of Shunya, which would appear like tales from Aithihyamala.

Some of the incidents and characters in this novel would remind us of real life characters which Sri M has written about in his autobiographical works, Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master and The Journey Continues. The novel is a very easy and engaging read.

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July 28th, 2018
02:27 pm

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Uncle
Shruthi, a student at a college in Ootty, has to reach her home in Kozhikkode, and she gets a lift from her father's friend, KK (played by Mammootty). Malayalam film Uncle follows the events during this trip.

The last 30 minutes of the film are crafted brilliantly, and the climax of the movie is an effective criticism on "moral policing" and hypocrisy of Malayalees. There are some fine performances, by Mammootty, Joy Mathew and Muthumani in these scenes. However, it looks like the makers of the film were a bit unsure on how to build up a story thread that would take to these scenes handling a social issue. They attempt a thriller format, with elements of mystery shrouding the the character of KK, and assembling some scenes like a road movie, interleaved with scenes showing the worried parents of the girl at her home. I felt that the conversations between the girl and KK were often very boring. Nevertheless, Uncle is a decent effort from director Girish Damodar, and certainly a watchable film from actor Mammootty who has been acting in atrocious films like Masterpiece and Thoppil Joppan these days.

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July 26th, 2018
09:07 pm

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October
Watched Hindi film October, and liked it. While the narrative has the touching quality of some of the good old Malayalam films, the frames are beautiful, and the music was good too.

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July 23rd, 2018
08:27 am

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Isle of Dogs
Liked Isle of Dogs, for Wes Anderson's unique style of animation and some witty dialogues. The music was interesting too.

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