Saturday, January 16, 2016

2015 Favorites - Movies

Favorite Movies 2015

Notable Omissions (yet to watch): The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Room, Steve Jobs, Spotlight, Baby, Masaan, Titli, Bajirao Mastani, Visaranai

Keeping up with the year-on-year tradition, watched 100+ movies this year too!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Favorites - Movies and Music albums

Favorite Hollywood Movies 2014

Notable omissions (Yet to watch): Birdman, Chef, Nightcrawler, The Imitation Game, Fault in our stars, Babadook.

Favorite Movie Albums 2014

 Favorite Tamil Movies 2014

Notable omissions (Yet to watch): Pisasu, VIP, Cuckoo, Kayal.

Also happy to announce that I successfully managed to reduce the size of my Watchlist by a 100, thanks to a very productive 2014!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

4 Seasons of Chennai Weather - My first comic

I have always been a fan of comics and recently had come across quite a lot being created like a hobby. Some of my favorites include Oatmeal, Cyanide and Happiness. Also some by bloggers like TamBrahm Rage and The Daily Dinosaur. So I got inspired by a theme drawn by Oatmeal for Seattle and I created one for Chennai :) The above mentioned comics are vera level. Mine is a simple one done using Pixton.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Movies 2013 - Good, Bad and Ugly

I know this post is probably almost a year late. But I want to make this an annual ritual. So before I do it for 2014 next month, I wanted to do it for last year which I skipped because of a very ambitious cross-country road trip while in US (I am still planning to do a separate write-up on that too. Hopefully won't have to wait another year for that). Here's the one for 2012.

The Classics:

Primer | The Land Before Time | Grindhouse: Death Proof | A monster in Paris | Trolljegeren (Troll Hunter) | Oldboy | Los cronocrímenes (Timecrimes) | Forbidden Planet | Airplane! | The nightmare before Christmas | Clue | Emperor's new groove

The Excellent:

Argo | Wreck-It Ralph |  Django Unchained | Gravity

The Very Good:

Ruby Sparks | Talaash | Indie Game: The movie | Vishwaroopam | Dredd | Mama | Kahaani | Rise of the Guardians | English Vinglish | Vicky Donor | Hugo | Iron Man 3 | Soodhu Kavvum | Star Trek Into Darkness | Fast and Furious 6 | Now you see me | Man of Steel | This is the end | Neram | Despicable Me 2 | Pacific Rim | The Conjuring | Europa Report | Warrior | Captain Phillips | The Hunger Games 2

The Good:

Elysium | Haywire | Ted | Hotel Transylvania | Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaya | Oz the Great and Powerful | Chennaiyil Oru Naal | Epic | Theeya velai seiyanum kumaru | The Last Stand | Monsters University | White house down | Warm Bodies | V/H/S | Submarine | The World's end | Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam | Apollo 18 | Singam 2 | Onaaiyum Aatukuttiyum | Ambikapathy | Turbo | Aarrambham | Thor: The Dark World | Saattai | The Wolverine | Pandiya naadu | Raja Rani

The Average:

House at the end of the street | David | Alien³ | Alien: Resurrection | Guilt Trip | The Dictator | Udhayam | Maryan | Mercury rising | Riddick

The Bad:

Kadal | Irandam Ulagam | Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga | Thalaivaa | Bad Teacher

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

Earthian Peter Quill steals a mysterious orb from outer space. Ronan the Accuser starts a man hunt to fetch Quill. Circumstances lead to an unlikely partnership between a bunch of misfits. They (try to) work together to bring Ronan's evil plan of taking over the universe, to an end.

It's cool, funny and has plenty of action and adventure. The movie has all the ingredients of a commercial entertainer, true comic book style.
All the characters are likable and the friendly banters between them are very entertaining. The movie did not take itself too seriously (the way Peter Quill distracts Ronan in the climax) and it was a plus.
Rocket was my favorite character. His witty dialogues, his rapport with Groot and pretty much everything about him was awesome! At the movie hall, the loudest cheer for a character's introduction was for Dave Batista, thanks to WWE's popularity here in India.
I still could not believe that they officially credited Vin Diesel for voicing Groot. I am not sure how much he was paid, but it must have been a very tough job!
Also the operator at the movie theater cut the movie mid-way through the credits. So missed watching Howard the Duck's cameo with the Collector.
Overall, a very nice entertainer and makes me look forward to the next film in the franchise.

As a bonus, here is something I came across - A collection of Marvel's all end-credit scenes beginning with Iron Man in 2008