Rating: 3.5 /5 Star Cast: Pranav Mohanlal, Darshana Rajendran, Kalyani Priyadarshan Director: Vineeth Sreenivasan Hridayam , the highly anticipated project which features Pranav Mohanlal in the lead role, has finally had a grand release. The musical drama, which is written and directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan, revolves around a young man's life journey from his late teens to his early 30s. Hridayam features Kalyani Priyadarshan and Darshana Rajendran as the female leads. Did the Pranav Mohanlal-Vineeth Sreenivasan film live up to expectations? Read the Hridayam movie review here to know... *No Spoilers Ahead* What's Yay: The cast and performances (especially Pranav Mohanlal) Script & Direction Music score and song placements Visuals and technical aspects What's Nay: Duration Plot Arun Neelakandan (Pranav Mohanlal) joins KC Tech, a popular engineering college for his graduation. Hridayam focuses on … [Read more...] about Hridayam Movie Review: Pranav-Vineeth’s Musical Drama Has Its Heart In The Right Place!
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Actor Allari Naresh has proved that he can not only essay comic roles with ease, but can also play a serious character to perfection. The versatile actor's Naandhi has released today (February 19, 2021). The action-crime thriller has been garnering huge love from the audiences, especially for Naresh's acting stints, hard-hitting story, heart-pounding background music and breathtaking camera work. In the film directed by debutante Vijay Kanakamedala, Allari Naresh plays the role of a young man Surya Prakash, an under-trial prisoner. Naandhi based on true-events revolves around Surya, who is falsely accused, arrested and abused by police officers in connection with a sensational case. Will he be served justice by the law? Well, you will have to watch the thriller to know what unfolds in Surya's life. Backed by Satish Vegesna under SV2 Entertainment banner, the film features an ensemble cast including Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Priyadarshi Pulikonda, Harish Uthaman … [Read more...] about Naandhi Twitter Review: Here’s What Twitterati Feel About The Allari Naresh Starrer!
“The Squid Game universe has just begun.” Those are the words of Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos , who confirmed during Netflix’s fourth-quarter earnings call Thursday that there will “absolutely” be a second season of the surprise smash-hit Korean drama. Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk has talked about making a second season of the dystopian drama since it became Netflix’s most-watched series ever, and has even teased a third season. However, Sarandos’ comments today mark the first time any of the streamer’s senior execs have confirmed the renewal. Hwang created, wrote, directed and exec produced the nine-part series, which has reached more than 142 million Netflix households and being streamed for more than 1.6 billion hours. The series tells the story of a mysterious invitation that sees 456 participants, all of whom are in dire financial situations, locked in a secret location and forced to play a series of traditional Korean kids games – such as Red Light, Green … [Read more...] about “The ‘Squid Game’ Universe Has Just Begun” Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Says, Confirming Season 2 Of Korean Smash
SPOILER ALERT: In case you don’t know the true story of Brian Brown-Easley there are significant plot details revealed in this review. Read on at your own discretion. Premiering on Friday in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section of the Sundance Film Festival, the devastating true story of Brian Brown-Easley, a disgruntled Marine veteran who held up an Atlanta Wells Fargo Bank out of desperation to bring attention to his plight after not receiving his monthly disability check of $ 892 , has been brought to the screen with the edge-of-your-seat intensity of a fictional thriller. But sadly this is no fiction, rather the awful truth so many forgotten military vets experience in this country. Writer-director Abi Damaris Corbin (who co-wrote with Kwame Kwei-Armah) adapted Aaron Gell’s article “They Didn’t Have To Kill Him,” a title that tells you what happened to Brown-Easley before you have even read the first paragraph. This film version plays it out in more linear … [Read more...] about Sundance Review: John Boyega And Michael Kenneth Williams In ‘892’
SPOILER ALERT: This review may contain details you might want to avoid if you want see Fresh with completely fresh eyes. Take a bite out of Sweeney Todd, a bit of The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, throw in a little torture porn, some 50 Shades of Grey, and top it all off with some delicious Hannibal Lecter and you have a recipe for a look at the horrors (literally) of dating, circa right about now. These are the ingredients screenwriter Lauryn Kahn and director Mimi Cave seem to be craving in Fresh, which debuted Thursday on the first night of the Sundance Film Festival as part of its Midnight movies lineup. Searchlight picked up the film through Legendary Pictures and will premiere it on Hulu on March 4. It could have a promising run in theaters as well since horror is one of the few genres still gaining traction during the pandemic, but this gruesome side dish of terror may be just an acquired taste, turning off as many as it turns on. … [Read more...] about Sundance Review: Daisy Edgar-Jones And Sebastian Stan in ‘Fresh’
I have always had a philosophy that if you are going to do a remake, remake a movie that didn’t work the first time like Howard the Duck , not a classic by a great filmmaker. Well, the latter is exactly what director Oliver Hermanus ( Moffie ) and Nobel Prize-winning screenwriter Kazuo Ishiguro ( The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go ) have had the audacity to do in “reimagining” (the popular term for remakes today) iconic Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s highly praised 1952 drama Ikiru . And they haven’t even bothered to change the early ’50s era in which it takes place, only the location and language, moving from Japan to England. Despite my reservations I am happy to say Living , which has its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, works very well and that is solely thanks to the loving care these filmmakers have put into a new version exactly 70 years after the first was released. Of course it helps to have a writer on the level of … [Read more...] about Sundance Review: Bill Nighy In ‘Living’, British Remake Of Akira Kurosawa’s Classic ‘Ikiru’
EXCLUSIVE: Lucifer , a drama that debuted on the Fox broadcast network before becoming a Netflix show in 2018, topped Nielsen ’s list of the most-streamed original series of 2021 in the U.S. (See the full charts below, with the top 15 original, acquired and movie titles.) The 93 total episodes of the series netted more than 18.3 billion minutes of streaming during the year, according to the measurement firm’s year-end report. That put it well in front of Squid Game ‘s 16.4 billion, but the Korean phenomenon had only nine episodes on Netflix in 2021. Roughly 15% of viewership was tallied by U.S. viewers of the Korean-language, subtitled version, Nielsen estimated, with the rest in an English dubbed one. Lucifer ‘s sixth and final season arrived on Netflix last September. The show was produced by Warner Bros Television in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television. In saving the show after it was canceled by Fox, Netflix established a precedent that it has … [Read more...] about ‘Lucifer’ Tops ‘Squid Game’ On Nielsen 2021 Original Series Chart In U.S., ‘Luca’ Is No. 1 Movie
Getty 9:12 PM PT -- An attorney for Dean Spanos provided us the following statement on behalf of Alexis Spanos Ruhl, Michael Spanos and Dean. "We will address these meritless claims at the appropriate time, in the appropriate forum. Our parents, Alex and Faye, wanted the Chargers to be part of the Spanos Family for generations to come." "The three of us will remain firmly united as we fulfill our parents' wishes to make every decision in the best interests of the Chargers and our entire family." Chargers owner and chairman Dean Spanos is being sued by his own family ... who accuse Uncle Dean of secretly diverting money meant for them after the team moved from San Diego. The allegations are spelled out in a lawsuit filed Friday in San Joaquin County, California. Dean's nephews, Dimitri and Lex Economou -- beneficiaries of the trust that owns a portion of the NFL team -- have accused Spanos of secretly changing the trust, screwing them out of boatloads … [Read more...] about Chargers Owner Dean Spanos Sued By Nephews, You Screwed Us Out Of Money!
Ugyen (Sherab Dorji) is a government-contracted teacher who doesn’t want to teach in Pawo Choyning Dorji’s Oscar-shortlisted debut film Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom . It was submitted for consideration for last year’s Academy Award for International Feature, but was not accepted because the South Asian nation hadn’t submitted a film since its lone entry in 1999. Beating the odds, Dorji’s film made the International Feature shortlist — making Bhutan one of three countries to make the cut for the first time, along with Kosovo and Panama. In the film, Ugyen dreams of traveling to Australia to become a singer, but he has another year on his contract before he can quit. He resides in large city in Bhutan, but when his supervisor notices he’s slacking at work, he’s transferred to a remote village called Lunana. When Ugyen gets off the bus, he meets Michen (Ugyen Norbu Lhendup), his guide to Lunana. With some donkeys and a six-day walk ahead of them, they have to … [Read more...] about ‘Lunana: A Yak In The Classroom’ Review: Oscar Shortlisted Film Puts Bhutanese Culture Front And Center
What if there was more to the Goldilocks story? Picture this: when the three Bears (who are in college) get home, Goldilocks has eaten all the porridge, got drunk, and is now passed out on the living room floor. However, instead of doing something about it, they drive around town for hours arguing about whether they take her to the hospital or leave her on the front doorstep of a frat house because they fear police retaliation. I’ve just summed up director Carey Williams ’ new film Emergency which had its debut at the Sundance Festival on opening night in the U.S. Dramatic Section. Starring RJ Cyler , Donald Elise Watkins, Maddie Nichols and Sabrina Carpenter, these college kids engage in errors without the comedy. The movie makes it difficult to become engrossed in its social commentary without feeling it’s making a mockery of its message. Maybe that’s the point? The film is all over the place, and the payoff doesn’t hit you in the feels as it should. … [Read more...] about Sundance Review: Carey Williams’ ‘Emergency’