Tag: tamil

Lawrence Kicks Serious Ass In MOTTA SHIVA KETTA SHIVA Trailer

Tamil film star Raghava Lawrence has become one of my favorite performers since his insane ghost story Kanchana released back in 2011. For that film he served not only as the star, but he also wrote, produced, choreographed, and directed...

Review: KAASHMORA, A Colossal Waste of Potential and Energy

Look. I'm no dummy. I know better than to be suckered into marketing schemes for upcoming films, especially when those films are coming out of India. I know that when I see an amazing trailer, or a clip of some...

Trailer Time: Tamil Cinema Goes Medieval In KAASHMORA

Last year's Telugu period action film Baahubali broke every box office record in the book upon its release. This year it looks like the Tamil film industry is trying to get in on the act with the pending release of...

Neruppu Da: The Cult of Rajnikanth

How is one to introduce Rajinikanth to an unfamiliar audience? Rather how is one to explain him? To call him a mere 'actor' would be demeaning him. He stopped being merely an 'actor' long long ago. He has even outgrown the term...

Review: IRAIVI, An Overcooked Weepie With Its Heart In The Right Place

Karthik Subbaraj's third feature Iraivi is proof that no matter how good a writer/director is, there is always the chance that something just won't come together the way you hope it will. Subbaraj took the Tamil film world by storm...

NY Indian Film Fest 2016 Review: CRIME IS PUNISHMENT, The Tamil New Wave Rolls On

M. Manikandan is one of a small group of filmmakers from Tamil Nadu who are a hair's breath away from making a huge international splash. Two years ago his film Kaaka Muttai (The Crow's Egg) wowed Toronto IFF audiences with...

Review: 24, Top-Tier Time Traveling Thrills With Suriya

An admission up front: I am a huge fan of Tamil film superstar Suriya. If I were to compare him to a similar performer in Hollywood, I’d say he’s kind of like the Gerard Butler of Kollywood. He’s a buff...

Trailer: Karthik Subbaraj's IRAIVI Promises A World Of Misdirection

In 2012 Karthik Subbaraj blasted onto the Tamil film scene with his masterful horror thriller Pizza starring then-new kid Vijay Sethupathi. In 2014 he came back with yet another brilliant piece of cinema in Jigarthanda, a meta-meditation on the influence...

Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: KIRUMI, When Ambition Bites Back

Director Anucharan's debut feature, Kirumi, is the kind of calling card that every filmmaker dreams of. This thrilling drama boasts well drawn characters, enough twists and turns to keep the audience guessing, a visual style that is confident without feeling...

IRAIVI Teaser: Tamil Up And Comer Karthik Subbaraj Is Back With His Latest

Karthik Subbaraj is ready to jump back into the limelight with the first teaser for his upcoming film Iraivi (Goddess). Subbaraj is one of Tamil cinema's most exciting new talents and among the leaders of the current Tamil Cinema new...

Trailer For Tamil Chiller MAYA Promises Sanitarium Scares

While Shankar's massive romantic fantasy I got most of the press for the Tamil film industry outside of India, this year's big surprise has been a proliferation of horror films doing extremely well at the Kollywood box office. Well received...

Take A Peek At The Set Of S.S. Rajamouli's Medieval Epic BAAHUBALI

Last week, the good people of Arka Media Works invited me down to Hyderabad in South India, the home of Telugu Cinema, to visit Ramoji Film City and the set of their long-awaited medieval epic, Baahubali.The film, which stars "Young...

J Hurtado's 13 Favorite Indian & Pakistani Films Of 2013-2014

I know, I know. It's cheating to have two years represented in my year end list. However, I didn't get a chance to make my lists last year, and these films deserve your notice.2012 was a banner year for Indian...

Review: JIGARTHANDA, A Mini-Meta-Masterpiece Of Madurai Mob Movie Mimicry

Karthik Subbaraj's Jigarthanda is long, juggles multiple storylines, tells complex stories in tiny chunks, is loaded for bear with insider references for Tamil film aficionados that will frequently leave newbs scratching their heads, and is nearly impossible to write about...

We Have The First Trailer Of RUMMY, Featuring Tamil Breakout Star Vijay Sethupathi!

I haven't been covering a whole lot of Tamil films here lately, mostly because nothing really interesting has crossed my path. However, when a performer gets such unanimous praise as Vijay Sethupathi over a series of surprise box office hits,...

New Trailers For Bejoy Nambiar's DAVID Hint At Different Films For Different Audiences

Bejoy Nambiar burst onto the Indian film scene back in 2011 with his crime spree film, Shaitan. With the help of some pretty impressive critical reaction the film managed to more than triple its budget in box office receipts, opening...