Cocoa Bean cafe is a small joint that could probably host less than twenty guests, and our first visit ever to the place, turns out to be one that leaves a fine impression. It was around 9 in the night when we hit the place, and soon we pretty much had the entire place to ourselves. 🙂
It seems to be raining title misfires and Leo Thaddeus’ latest film ‘Oru Cinemakkaran’ swiftly adds itself to the club. Granted that there is the incessant talk of being in films and that the principal character is a filmmaker aspirant, and yet ‘Oru Cinemakkaran’ is as much about cinema as fulsome has to do with being full.
To the young, death is nothing but a distant rumour.
I’m not sure whose words these are, but senility does bring along with it a hoard of maladies that redefines your perspective of the world around you. Richy KS, in his short film ‘Anuraga Gaanam Pole’ builds on a promising premise (courtesy Sanal Raj) and comes up with something immensely emotive and thoughtful, in less than eight minutes!
‘Role Models’ neatly fritters away a talented cast and comes across as more galling than humorous. This is a missed opportunity for sure, and one that lacks any real spark or spur.
‘Avarude Raavukal’ falls short of the basic dramatic tension that drives a film forward. Running for two hours and eleven minutes, it fruitlessly tries to draw out a tissue thin thought into a feature film that sloppily lands all over the place.
Every now and then comes an ad that perks up your spirits a bit, and the latest Double Horse ad that features actor Shobhana and two charming little kids is one such!
No prizes for guessing that its an animal world out there, and Buster Moon, the koala comes up with one last attempt to revive his dilapidated theatre. He announces a singing competition, which brings a host of prospective singers scurrying to his stage.
I often wonder why it is, that when it comes to Melissa McCarthy, my fellow film lovers are split to extremes? I for one, have had a tremendous liking for the actor, ever since I watched her in action in ‘Bridesmaids’, and thought she was nothing short of an investigator rock-star in Paul Feig’s ‘Spy’.
Fifty years after ‘The Sound of Music’, its lead actor Christopher Plummer looks a pale shadow of Captain Von Trapp. And yet, in Atom Egoyan’s ‘Remember’ Plummer is unbelievably good, and with a stunning performance, even prompts a re-watch.
Israeli film maker Yariv Mozer dabbles with sexuality in his film ‘Snails in the Rain’, and comes up with a redolent piece of film making. Based on a short story, ‘Snails in the Rain’ demonstrates how easily conventional sexual prototypes could be broken down.
Director Jafar Panahi hops aboard a taxi in Tehran, and lends an ear to his passengers, as they in turn, bare their minds to the driver. His passengers range from a vendor of pirated videos to his young niece who is all set to shoot a short film, from a human rights lawyer to a couple of women with gold fishes.