Super Deluxe (2019)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) An anthology movie with a non-linear storyline where paths of different characters cross each other. It’s a Tarantino movie not directed by Tarantino.
2) The influence of Bappi Lahiri’s music in contemporary cinema can’t be undermined. His 80s music is aging like fine-wine.
3) A movie with great star-cast, however, the performance of Vijay Sethupathi stands out.
4) The Tamil instrumental rendition of the Superman Theme played during the mattress flying scene.
5) It’s a must-watch for cinema connoisseur. So far one of the best movie of this year.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Leela: You held on to a statue of Jesus during the tsunami and became a Christian. What would you have become had you held on to a teddy bear?

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Petta (2019)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Rajinikanth returns to his roots with his favorite genre. This movie incorporates elements of Baasha (1995) with Main Hoon Na (2004).
2) Entertaining first-half with vintage Rajni action. Hostel hallway fight scene is an extraordinary treat for Rajni fans.
3) Scenic Darjeeling serving as the principal shooting location.

 
CONS –
1) Weird climactic plot twist.
2) The movie settles scores for Rajinikanth’s political future. The storyline is drenched with secularism and anti-North Indian sentiments.

 
QUOTE –
If we have truth on our side and if our enemy is evil and strong, then killing him is not wrong.

Vikram Vedha (2017)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A modern retelling of the legendary folktale Baital Pachisi.
2) Multiple plot-twist towards the climax.
3) The open-ended climax with both Vikram & Vedha in a standoff.
4) Performance of Vijay Sethupathi clearly over-shadowed R. Madhavan in this thriller.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Vedha: There is always an unthinkable perspective for any story.”

Velaiilla Pattadhari (2014)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The current plight of unemployed graduates is accurately illustrated in the movie.
2) The Dhanush monologue about the hardship of students

 

CONS –
1) Typical masala second half.Entirely predictable and quixotic.
2) Uneventful romantic subplot

 

QUOTE –
You white trash! With absolutely no talent or academic qualification…You’ve jumped straight to the boss’s chair because your father was rich…Without doing a single day’s hard work, ever! If you can be so arrogant…My parents struggled to pay the donation and put me in school I studied so hard from kindergarten to tenth grade……just to pick a difficult subject in high school. Because that’s the only way I can become an engineer I took a different tuition for physics, maths, and chemistry I was juggling from one class to my another And my parents were juggling from one job to another… …to pay for those tuitions I’d stay up all night to study, sipping tea……waking up to an alarm every morning just to study And those grades weren’t enough so….another two months of preparing for entrance exams. The cut off from those exams were not good enough So we pledged my mother’s jewelry……to get an admission in an engineering college. I cleared the arrear papers in the fourth year. I enter into the society just to get jibed for not having a job Running from one place to another to find a job. For years, I was sitting at home idly to be called a freeloader by my father. All that food was stuck in my throat and hurting me, it was choking me And finally some good soul decided to give me a job…..and a jackass like you wants to take it away from me I’m standing before here talking to you, handling all this and more An unemployed graduate like me can be just as arrogant.

Bahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Ramya Krishnan as Sivagami : Central character and continues where she left last time.

 
Cons –

 

1) Slow 1st half ,rushed 2nd half and over the top climax.
2) 3 hrs running time and only 1 new character added (Kumara Varma)
3) Anushka Shetty as Devasena : Huge miscast for a under-developed character.

 

 

Quote –

 
“Aurat par haath daalne wale ki ungaliyaan nahin kaat tey, kaat tey hain toh gala”

Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru (2016)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) An Agatha Christie thriller especially The Unexpected Guest – multiple plot twist – till the last minute.
2) Tight screenplay – devil is in the details.
3) No songs – brave move as per desi standards.

 
Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“At least now I can die without any guilt”

Visaaranai (2015)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –

1) Powerful story. Bare naked reality. A police system where every cop is working on a target to close a case rather solving the crime.
2) Tight screenplay , no loose ends – especially the 1st half.
3) Unemployment / Corruption / Police brutality / language-regional divide / migration – All in 118 minutes.
Cons –

n/a

Quote –
n/a