Sunday, November 20, 2011

Violin: A Sob... er... Love Story

Director: Sibi Malayil
Cast: Asif Ali, Nithya Menon, Vijayaraghavan, Abhishek
Year: 2011

Violin is basically a tragic love story, with emphasis on "tragic". I have come to expect a minimum quality from Sibi Malayil films, and he delivers in this movie as well. But it leaves you depressed and that's not what you watch a love story for.

Even Romeo and Juliet, the archetype of the tragic love story, is not this depressing. It seems as if the hero and heroine are caught in a state of perpetual misery. Every time they see some hope for happiness, something happens to push them right back over the edge.

Asif Ali plays a village simpleton named Aby who has come to Fort Kochi for a job. He finds lodging at a house where three women -- Angel, Annie, and Mercy -- live without any male protection. The three women are the objects of desire of all the local men. The pimp living across the street is waiting eagerly for the day when financial troubles will force them into prostitution.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Mammootty has no faith in his son Dulquar

Have you visited IndiaGlitz lately? Did you have a promo of Dulquar Salman's new movie launch shoved in your face.

I was blessed with such an experience recently. You couldn't get to the main IG Malayalam page without first seeing an ad about Dulquar's movie launch supposedly being shown live on IG. If you wanna read all about it, go here.

My first reaction was, who the f**k is Dulquar Salman? I quickly learned that his claim to fame is that he's Mammootty's son.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Remake Idea: Aaraam Thampuran

No, I'm not crazy. I have no wish to see that stupid movie again. But wouldn't it be fun to see a parody of that "classic"? As the viewers in Kerala are starting to reject superhero movies from our superstars, the time is ripe for such a parody.

I envision a movie titled Ezham Thampuratti (ഏഴാം തമ്പുരാട്ടി), starring Urvashi. Almost all of the scenes and "memorable" dialogues from the original should be repeated. Some modifications would be necessary to suit a strong female character, of course, but that should be easy enough.

It would be hilarious to see Urvashi romancing a much younger, poor boy (i.e., a male version of Manju Warrier) who looks up to her as a savior.

Mammootty: I'm Not a Superstar

According to a new IndiaGlitz article, one of our superstars has decided that he no longer wants to be a superstar.
Megastar Mammooty has requested all his fans to stop referring  him as a superstar. Mammootty believes that the word, as of now, has turned a little bit offensive, as many accusations are now inflicted upon the superstars....   [Read more]
How refreshing! If only he had had this epiphany sooner.

I always felt that it was all the fawning over Mohanlal that killed the brilliant actor in him. Maybe now he too will give up all this superstar business and focus on resurrecting his buried talent.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

City of God: All Style, No Substance

Director: Lijo Jose Pellissery
Cast: Indrajith, Parvathy, Prithviraj, Rima Kallingal, Shwetha Menon
Year: 2011

City of God is an admirable effort from director Lijo Jose Pellissery. It is obviously an honest effort at making good cinema, which makes it all the more difficult for me to criticize it.

While watching this movie, I kept feeling a sense of deja vu. It's the non-linear narration that gave me that feeling. It's a style that's in vogue in international art house cinema. I like non-linear narration -- if and when it is necessary to the story. And when it adds a new dimension to the movie. For example, the movie Memento is narrated in reverse and it gives an entirely different perspective than you would've had if it had followed a forward, linear timeline. The reverse narration is essential to that movie. Without it you won't get the climactic punch.

The non-linear narration is a mere distraction in City of God.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Remake Idea: The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid (1984) is a very cliched, yet powerful, Hollywood movie about a young boy named Daniel (Ralph Macchio) who moves with his single mother from New Jersey to California. The skinny kid with a New Jersey accent is a total misfit in his new school. He's severely bullied by the school's "surfer dude" crowd. But he meets a Japanese immigrant named Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morito) who teaches him karate and helps him overcome his tormentors

Here's a plot summary from Yahoo Movies:
Daniel moves to Los Angeles from the east coast and is bullied by the Cobras, a menacing gang of karate students, when he strikes up a relationship with Ali, the Cobra leader's ex-girlfriend. Eager to fight back and impress his new girlfriend but afraid to confront the dangerous gang, Daniel asks his handyman Miyagi, whom he learns is a master of the martial arts, to teach him karate.