Friday, May 20, 2005

2 New Reviews

2 new reviews are online at bbreviews. Next week will probably see the 500th review on the site :-) Also hoping to have the long-delayed post on my defense of my reviews at that time.

8 Comments:

At 3:55 PM, Anonymous ram said...

yep, i just noticed that u r inching closer to 500...golden jubilee celebs next week!! bbreviews has been as regular a stop for me as "The Hindu!" and of course, as i've always maintained, ur writing has been one of the inspirations behind my interest in writing reviews n fiction...

nice
ice for a Fri evening! have a good weekend:)

 
At 8:25 PM, Blogger king94 said...

Heartily agree with Ram, your insights into Tamil cinema are always a great read.

I just wanted to ask, did Shaam vanish into thin air? In my opinion he is severely under utilized and I always believed that one huge hit would propel him into the same echelon as Vijay, Maddy, etc. It’s like he’s so close to being there, but not just yet. It’s been like that for years now. The last film I watched of his was "Iyarkai" which was really a pleasant surprise. I just think he has a lot to offer (too bad most of time he picks lame scripts) hopefully he can find that hit to get him on top. I also wanted to ask is there a tamil or hindi equivalent to the american independent movie circuit? That would be amazing to see because I know there are some great creative minds in tamil cinema not given commercial avenues for their abilities. I think Kutty was an independent tamil film right? Sorry for all the questions, but thanks again for all the insights.

 
At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Asokan said...

Defense on your reviews? Were they ever attacked?!?

 
At 7:45 AM, Anonymous GP said...

Congrats Balaji on approaching this milestone.. I have read almost all your reviews and found them to be neutral and fair. One thing I disagree with you is when you under-praise the beauty of some heroines.. (So your blog on the curvaceous actresses was a surprise for me). Most often you say 'cute'... Some of the actresses have been gorgeous, beautiful, mind-blowing, flattering and what not.

It would be great if you 'varnanai' them from your heart.. :-)

 
At 3:06 AM, Blogger ammani said...

Wow. 500 reviews! That's no mean achievement. Why defend your reviews?

 
At 11:38 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

king, i had the same hopes for shaam when i saw him for 12b. seeemed like a good debut. he was good-looking, acted OK, danced well and fought competently. for a while his career seemed progressing along the right path with a nice mix of movies like bala, iyarkai, etc. but starting with 'anbe anbe' he has been on a steep slide. unfortunately his career shows no signs of picking up with no promising movies on his plate right now, I think.

not sure i've heard about the movie 'circuit'. and yes, i think 'kutti' would qualify as an independent film.

asokan/ammani, maybe defense was not the exact word. meant more like a short essay on why and how i do what i do. should answer frequent questions like "why did u rate a particular movie so high/low", etc.

gp, i think u'll find some of adjectives describing simran in many movies :) if not, those feelings were certainly in my heart. will try and put them in words more :)

 
At 2:02 PM, Anonymous vijay said...

balaji, where do you watch the new films that you review? VCDs or in theatre?

 
At 3:12 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

i go to the theater for hi-profile ones that get released in the bay area(CM, MX, Kanaa Kanden, Anniyan, etc.) Others i watch on VCD or tape...

 

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