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To wrap up the 2007 recap posts, here's a small quiz on Tamil cinema in 2007. Comments are currently moderated and so answers can be posted as comments.
Recently saw Shoot 'Em Up with Clive Owen, Monica Bellucci and Paul Giamatti(surprisingly good as a really bad guy). That was a movie that sure lived up to its name! It was packed with shoot-outs and chases from beginning to end and the entire movie was an adrenaline rush. More to the point of this post though, the stunts were completely preposterous and over-the-top. One stunt saw Owen shoot down his car's windshield, drive the car straight at a van, leap through both windshields, roll down the van's aisle and shoot the gangsters in the van. Another saw him involved in a gunfight in mid-air as he and the bad guys jumped off a plane. And yet another saw him give Bellucci an orgasm even as he is shooting at the gangsters who have interrupted their passion play! But the point is I enjoyed the stunts the same way I enjoyed the stunts in movies like The Transporter and Crank. Law of physics were rarely obeyed and frequently broken but the stunt sequences were a lot of fun and kept me smiling and thrilled.
This post was definitely more enjoyable than the previous post as it brought back memories of the best among 2007's movies. Here in reverse order are my choices for the 10 best Tamil movies of 2007...
Let's get the bad out of the way first. Here in reverse order - best of the worst to worst of the worst - are my choices for the 10 worst Tamil movies of 2007...
What a wonderful start to the New Year for thalaivar fans! First there was the news that Rajni would definitely do 2 more movies, one of which we would see this year itself. Then came a new trailer for Sultan, the computer-animated movie directed by Rajni's daughter Soundarya. And now we hear that Rajni has been selected as 2007's 'Entertainer of the Year'. He received the award from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself and got to answer a few questions, with his usual simplicity and humbleness, from the host, Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan.
The video of the award presentation can be seen here.
So the news that Rajnikanth will do another film before Robot has now been confirmed as K.Balachander made the announcement at a press conference yesterday. The film - called Kuselan - will be produced by KB's Kavithalaya, directed by P.Vasu and will be the remake of recent Malayalam hit Katha Parayumbol. With news about Robot confirmed by both Shankar and Rajni at Sivaji's Silver Jubilee function, the recent trailer of Sultan and now this, Rajni officially has 3 films lined up. I can't remember the last time this happened. Its quite a change from the last 10 years or so when the long silence after each film made us wonder if the previous film was in fact his last.
At the end of the 2006 recap, I said that since 2006 was so bad, the only direction Tamil cinema could go in 2007 was up. I was crossing my fingers when I said that but I'm so glad that that turned out to be true. Tamil cinema certainly had a better year in 2007 in several aspects - stars, quality, variety, music. Using the completely unscientific thumb rule of movies earning 2.5 stars or more being movies I recommend, 2007 had 13 movies compared to 2006's 10 (13 is still lower than the number of movies that earned my recommendation in all the other years but atleast we're going in the right direction!). Ofcourse 2007 was also the first year since I started reviewing movies that no movie earned 3.5 or 4 stars but I think more movies being good is better than just a couple of movies being near-classic and fewer movies being good overall. And anyway, 2 movies did come very close to getting 3.5 stars.
If I was in the habit of watching movies using Netflix's Watch Instantly feature, this news about the company lifting the time restrictions on that feature would've made me much happier! The feature, which allows you to watch selected movies from Netflix's library, was included in the membership but a member could watch only 1 hour online for each dollar of his subscription plan(15 hours for the $14.99/month plan and so on). But those limits have been removed and subscribers now have unlimited access to movies and TV shows that are available to watch online.
Reviews for Mirugam and Kanna are now online @ bbreviews.
Continuing the musical recaps, here are my top ten song sequences in Tamil cinema in 2007. While the previous list was based on the songs alone, this one takes into consideration the song and its picturization...
Its the beginning of the new year and so its time for the year-end lists and recaps. This post, which lists my favorite songs of 2007, kicks off the recaps on this blog.
First came the news that the rumor about Rajni doing Shankar's Robot might be true after all. The Chairman of Ayngaran International, which is one of the two production houses behind the film, confirmed that Rajni, Shankar and Rahman would come together for the film, which would be made in 4 languages. There's nothing yet from either Rajni or Shankar, obviously the 2 most important people in the project. But with the Silver Jubilee celebrations of Sivaji, coming up on January 11, I'm hoping that we'll hear about Robot, one way or the other, from either of them.
I'm not a big fan of watching movies on the computer. Watching the occasional song on YouTube is fine but when it comes to full-length movies, I've found that I just can't sit in front of the monitor(or look at the laptop screen) for the full movie. So when it comes to downloaded Tamil movies, I used to burn them as VCDs on R/W CDs and watch them on the DVD player(low-cost brands like Apex worked best for this). And nowadays I simply connect my laptop to the TV and launch the movies(which are downloaded to my desktop) directly using the wireless connection.
Rumors about Shankar's Robot have been circulating for a long time now. Supposed to be Shankar's dream project, it was touted to be an expensive, sci-fi film that would take Tamil cinema to the next level. I think the first time I heard about the movie was before Anniyan, as Shankar was looking for a project that would erase memories of the Boys debacle. He has since made 2 movies but Robot has never really been out of the news.