‘Spotify: Cinema with BR’ Episode 14: Cinema in Fast-forward Mode

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‘Spotify: Cinema with BR’ Episode 14: Cinema in Fast-forward Mode

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  • ‘Spotify: Cinema with BR’ Episode 14: Cinema in Fast-forward Mode
  • Sarjun KM’s ‘Burqa’, on aha, is a solid, deliberately theatrical (and gorgeously shot) debate on an Islamic practice
  • Interview: Vikramaditya Motwane, Aditi Rao Hydari, Prosenjit Chatterjee, et al (Jubilee, on Prime Video)
  • Lights, Camera, Analysis: Priyadarshi, Venu Yeldandi, Harshith Reddy (Balagam, now on Prime Video)
  • Interview: AR Murugadoss (16 August 1947, his next with Sivakarthikeyan, his once-proposed Vijay-Ajith combo film, etc.)
  • Bitty Ruminations 92 – The friendship equation
  • Readers Write In #566: Viduthalai review
  • Interview: Soori (Viduthalai)
  • Presenting (drum roll)… the second extra from the right in WEAPON
  • ‘Spotify: Cinema with BR’ Episode 13: Answering listener’s questions about Vetrimaaran
  • Srikanth Odela’s ‘Dasara’ is a solid, subdued star vehicle that favours emotions over “mass” moments
  • Vetrimaaran’s ‘Viduthalai – Part 1’ lacks the raw power of ‘Visaranai’, but it’s still a worthy, watchable coming-of-age action-drama
  • Readers Write In #565: Book Review: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
  • Ajay Devgn crafts a sturdy (but generic) star vehicle out of Lokesh Kanagaraj’s sturdy (but generic) star vehicle
  • Obeli N Krishna’s ‘Pathu Thala’ is a contrived action movie that’s saved solely by Silambarasan
  • Interview: Anubhav Sinha, on his sine-curve reactions to ‘Ra.One’, his 2.0 avatar from ‘Mulk’ to ‘Bheed’, and why he is disheartened
  • Goodbye, Innocent!
  • Interview: SS Karthikeya (Rajamouli’s son, Line Producer of ‘RRR’), on how they did the Oscar campaign
  • From the Web (FTW) #6: The New York Times’s AO Scott on quitting film criticism after 23 years
  • Readers Write In #564: Thoughts on Tár
  • Readers Write In #563: Letters to my Alter Ego: Part 2
  • Anubhav Sinha’s ‘Bheed’, based on pandemic-migration, is a solid addition to his series of social cinema
  • Interview: MM Keeravani (RRR, Oscar-winner)
  • ‘Spotify: Cinema with BR’ Episode 12: Analysing five scenes from ‘Dada’, ‘OK Kanmani’, ‘VTK’, ‘Sarpatta Parambara’, ‘Anbe Sivam’
  • Krishand’s crime-comedy ‘Purusha Pretham’ (on SonyLIV) offers a few big laughs, but not nearly enough to sustain its overlong run time
  • Interview: Nani (Dasara)
  • From the Web (FTW) #5: How OP Nayyar was one of the original disruptors of Hindi film music
  • Readers Write In #562: VAALVI (Termite/s) – Marathi
  • Interview: Gautham Karthik (Pathu Thala)
  • Interview: Daniel Caltagirone (Thangalaan)
  • ‘Spotify: Cinema with BR’ Episode 11: Kamal Haasan’s arc in ‘Thevar Magan’
  • Interview: Jim Sarbh, Ishwak Singh, Regina Cassandra, Arjun Radhakrishnan (Rocket Boys 2)
  • Interview: T Suriavelan (Singapore-based Tamil YouTube hit, Naam)
  • From the Web (FTW) #4: The wives who discovered they were gay
  • Interview: Santhosh Narayanan (Malaysia concert, future films)
  • Readers Write In #561: Letters to my Alter Ego
  • Rajeev Ravi’s ‘Thuramukham’ (Nivin Pauly, Arjun Ashokan) is a strong, unsparing 360-degree view of a workers’ struggle
  • ‘Spotify: Cinema with BR’ Episode 10: Oscar talk (on campaigning and ‘Naatu Naatu’ and what it takes to make it)
  • Readers Write In #560: Lost and Found
  • From the Web (FTW) #3: Ananthu, about himself, SPB and MSV
  • From the Web (FTW) #2: Sivaji Ganesan, interviewed in the 1980s
  • Interview: Siddharth Anand (Pathaan)
  • Luv Ranjan’s ‘Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar’, with Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, is overlong and under-plotted
  • Readers Write In #559: BLOG AWARDS, 2022
  • Interview: Charle (Kondraal Paavam)
  • Interview: Karan Anshuman, Rana Daggubati, Suparn Varma, Sunder Aaron (Rana Naidu)
  • ‘Spotify: Cinema with BR’ Episode 9: Lessons for first-time directors, from Ganesh K Babu (‘Dada’)
  • Readers Write In #558: Ultimeta Varisu
  • Readers Write In #557: Ntikkakkakkoru Premondarnn – A simple, feel-good film with effective performances!
  • Mansore’s ‘19-20-21’ is a solid, docudrama-style deep dive into the injustices faced by tribals

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