Movies in More Languages

This has been the time of sadness, depression, fear and many other things with the Corona virus making its move everywhere, and we were left to spend time in the lock-down. Even though there were many relaxations provided, we didn’t have many changes in our life beyond lock-down. The situation doesn’t seem to be getting any better, and we surely need that vaccine sooner or later. Until then, we can go on with what we have, and watch more movies. There are so many movies coming up in different languages, and they are often better than what we usually watch, and some of them are really divergent, along with providing us the wonderful view of another land which we would also love to watch. The following is the list of languages in which I have watched movies and reviewed them for the first time during the Corona virus pandemic.

1. Romanian: As this post talks about movies in some new languages which I have come across only now, the first one is indeed Romanian. The case of Korean, Spanish, French, German and Chinese were already there, and I really wanted to watch a Romanian movie when I came across The Whistlers, a divergent crime thriller which took its deviation quite seriously, and ending up as an efficient one. One of the best foreign movies which I have watched in a long time, this one surely is a silent killer. From the land which we have known for being the setting for the home of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, it is only a matter of time before we wish to get more of the world in Romania.

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2. Vietnamese: The movie Furie, is a marital arts movie which makes us very much interested in a mother’s search for her daughter, reminding us of Taken, but providing an entirely different feeling. There are so many action sequences in this movie involving some on the top of a train, as we go with the mother to see her fight the criminals while making her way to the daughter. A movie from the beautiful nation in East Asia which could have been our destination, also has such wonderful visuals, not just of nature, but also of the city area. Earlier, we had come across Thai and Chinese movies which focused so much on martial arts, and this one will bring another level to the same.

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3. Latin: We haven’t heard much about Latin movies around here, and the only time when we hear about them is in some of the language related papers or when referring to the church. The First King is a movie that surely changes the same, because it takes you on a journey through the times just before the establishment of Ancient Rome which would go on to become a republic and later an empire which would control major areas of Europe and parts of Asia and Africa for centuries, and will have its legacy living on through the Byzantine Empire even though not based on Rome. The tale of two brother who were believed to have found Rome is told in a realistic way without exaggerations.

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4: Italian: The only Italian movie with colour I had watched before Piranhas was Life is Beautiful, an Oscar winning film with the setting of Second World War and the Jewish holocaust. Otherwise, I had watched Bicycle Thieves, the movie which was part of the Italian neo-realism. Piranhas deals with the youth taking these weapons into their hands, and leading gang wars in the streets there. You see the Italian streets, as beautiful as they are, and there is also a reflection of a violent new generation which is looking for easy money, and the lack of interest in education. This Italian movie did seem to have some elements from the past films being maintained around here too.

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5. Russian and Polish: The first Russian movie on Movies of the Soul was Abigail, which was quickly followed by The Iron Mask: Mystery of the Dragon Seal. Both are some interesting fantasy movies, and the second one with a Chinese touch looks even more different. It was amazing to see the quality maintained there, and the movie Guests followed with some horror. The Balkan Line, a Serbian-Russian collaboration movie was also in the picture, and in that case too, we could feel the ability of Russian movies to rise up to Hollywood. There are actually some more Russian movies coming up from my side to prove the same. The Polish movie Diablo pretty good, but not that much as we had expected with a racing flick trying to be Fast and Furious.

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6. Dutch and Portuguese: The first movie I watched in Dutch language is Torpedo U-235, a movie set during the Second World War, as a group of unexpected soldiers move on to deliver uranium to the United States in a German u-boat. It has an interesting premise, and is entertaining, even though it could have been even better with better focus. The Portuguese movie from Brazil, Bacurau is a very divergent movie, which is not for everyone, but makes a special flick with the way it deals with its main idea. I will be coming with more movies in different languages, which are watched and reviewed less in this part of the world, because there are so many of them which need the opinions.

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TeNy

Movies for the Year: Level II

We have some more of the movies which we are waiting for this year. Along with that, also check the special reviews at Movies of the Soul. Ten of them are given below, and the much awaited movies of the year follows after them.
1. The Divine Fury.
2. Polaroid.
3. Brightburn.
4. In the Tall Grass.
5. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged.
6. Doctor Sleep.
7. The Prodigy.
8. Girl on the Third Floor.
9. Pet Sematary.
10. Child’s Play.

1. Eternals: There was always the need for something for the Marvel fans after Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame took away all those loved Avengers away from the fans. Now we will have Eternals, an immortal alien race who have secretly lived on Earth for over 7000 years, and has now decided to save the world from a huge threat. This seems to be much larger in scope, but there will be the question if they can create that much of an influence and impact on the audience as Avengers could – for they are not established superheroes like Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and Hulk, but lets hope for the best, as the grandeur could easily be there.

2. Venom 2: There is further representation of Marvel with another anti-hero Venom getting the sequel. As Venom is an anti-hero who doesn’t go full dumb like Deadpool, we are always looking for sequel from this side. Being the symbiote infested anti-hero creature, lets have some more fun with this one. After all, the end of Avengers should mean more for Marvel – just like heroism never ends, the anti-hero stuff also would continue to make an impact. More of Venom means more of Spider-Man indirectly, and the Marvel fans have this as a requirement rather than anything else. Lets call for more of alien symbiotic stuff rather than some silly pool dead anti-hero.

3. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It: A few years ago, The Conjuring had set things in motion for the horror genre, and it has continued the same with The Conjuring 2; this one will be The Conjuring 3, with Annabelle and The Nun spin-offs looking on from a distance. Claiming demonic possession as a defence in the court, this one would be something that could go far beyond. There could be those areas which are not explored before, being a part of this particular horror movie, and lets see how far this can go. There can be an extra dose of fear and mystery running through The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. New faces of terror are ready to be unleashed.

4. The Purge 5: The Purge has been one franchise which fed on our fears, and there has been a certain amount of realization related to it, as in a future dystopian United States of America had an annual national holiday known as the Purge, all crimes, including murder are legal for a time period of twelve hours. It regularly reminds us of the harthal and bandh which we have here, and there is the feeling of a great amount of truth associated with this, and our future. Purge has always been there, and one day, it could be more clearly visible, and another movie in the franchise can only do good as it follows The First Purge and The Purge: Election Year. Lets look forward to what more it can bring to the idea.

5. Morbius: A long time after we loved the Blade movie series, there is this superhero vampire for us, from the Marvel universe itself, as we ponder over the loss of most of the much loved Avengers. With vampirism on one side, he could be one tragically flawed anti-hero rising far above Venom and Deadpool. Jared Leto playing the character would make things even more interesting. Rising as a superhero out of a failed biochemical experiment which was supposed to cure his rare blood disorder, the living vampire could be a fan favourite or end up being the exact opposite, and we can hope that the character can be given justice through this movie.

6. Candyman: Who can avoid horror during times like these? There is enough scares all around, and let Candyman bring more. A direct sequel to the 1992 film of the same name and the fourth film in the Candyman franchise, it is based on the short story, The Forbidden by Clive Barker, the master of horror. Candyman franchise has always been there to keep us in the horror genre, and lets hope that this movie too adds to the group positively. After all, only a regular dose of horror can keep us going during these days. Desperate times need great horror, and it is the realization of the existence of such horror that will inspire us to keep our lives moving forward.

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Movies for Holidays

As the season of holidays is coming up during April and May after the early lockdown for Corona virus pandemic, there are a few movies which we can look forward to. Even though the theatres are closed for now along with the schools and colleges, we can be sure that we will go past the epidemic and come strong during the next month, or maybe even earlier. Some movie releases might be missed in the mean time, but as we follow the instructions of the health department and come back stronger, there will be more movies for us to watch in the theatres. The summer holidays will have a lot of these, are some might even have a late release to go with it.

1. Black Widow: Marvel might have lost some of its greatest heroes in the form of Avengers, but it is not yet over for them, as this time we go back and follow the events of Captain America: Civil War, with Natasha Romanoff finding herself against a conspiracy. Well, we never really had enough of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, and she was surely the one superhero who needed a solo movie over the much overrated Captain Marvel. The potential for a character like this is so much, and it could rise above the usual superhero stuff with ease. Whatever those people with superpowers could do, Black Widow can surely do better and in a smarter way, and you no longer miss all Avengers.

2. The Personal History of David Copperfield: We are never really short of watching the novels of Charles Dickens on the big screen. Coming from the greatest novelist of Victorian Age dealing with the common man, all these novels make great impact on the big screen. Even though my favourite novel remains A Christmas Carol and The Great Expectations has been one novel which works really well on the big screen along with Oliver Twist, this one also would have enough for us. It is never too late to go through Dickens’ most autobiographical novel even when not on the pages.

3. The Green Knight: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a tale from English medieval period which gave its poet the name, Gawain Poet. One of the best known tales about King Arthur, and the version known to us being written in Middle English, the movie takes us back to the Arthurian Legend. The movie has Alicia Vikander, and that is a name we would love to have in a medieval setting. The legend of King Arthur, his knights, queen, the sword in the stone Excalibur and the final resting place Avalon have always inspired literature lovers, and may this movie also do the same.

4. Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea: The Malayalam movie with Mohanlal in the titular leading role is also something much awaited, even more than the overrated Bollywood movies – it has made that kind of an impact already, and even though a similar movie out of history Mamangam didn’t receive that much of an appreciation, one can only keep waiting for this one considering the grandeur and the effort. I also have my own doubts about it, but I am also hoping for the best – it should release next month itself, as the theatres here have closed due to Corona virus this month.

5. Artemis Fowl: Somewhat taken from Eoin Colfer’s works of the same name, the movie takes one back to the world of a twelve year old criminal mastermind. A much known book here is not something that we have followed much at this part of the world, even though it has been well known. The movie becomes an opportunity to get back to this. A thriller fairy tale and the conflict between good and evil never gets old. The whole setup leading to the movie does look good. Now, it is to be seen how well the movie turn out to be – it also needs to be seen if this is released here.

6. Spiral and Run: We also need the regular dose of horror movies and thrillers, and these two seem to come up with some of it. Both movies seem to have something grand in store, with very much sinister secrets out there. It seems that we will know very less about these, but sometimes, it is the beauty of the same. Lets have more of similar movies, as long as they release here – we are surely going to have a rush of movies as the theatres come back to life next month, and we can hope that these would also join in between all the rush which has been happening.

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**And belated happy birthday to me.

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2019 and its Movies

This year surely has been an interesting one for Malayalam movie industry. There are movies like Mamangam and Edakkad Battalion coming up, and there could be a great change to the list, but we already have some highly appreciated movies on the top. The next three months are going to be crucial with some very interesting titles getting ready to be released. We also have had some nice songs this year, but we will talk about them later. The following are the movies which have created great impact in Malayalam movie industry, and I would consider them to be among the best, rising above the level created by the movies last year.

5. Uyare: Parvathy leads another movie to positive criticism as well as positive word of mouth, as both the critics and the commoners approved of this movie as among the best. Telling the tale of an aspiring pilot who became a victim of acid attack, Parvathy excels in this role, as she did another real-life inspired movie, Take Off. There is fine support from Tovino Thomas, and Asif Ali is also there along with Anarkali Marakar. This inspirational story was one flick which couldn’t take any negative opinions, and ran in the theatres for a very long time, gaining more and more audience as time passed.
Read review: https://moviesofthesoul.com/2019/05/26/uyare/

4. Virus: The medical thriller is a step forward for Malayalam cinema, as this movie provides a fictionalized account of how the state of Kerala valiantly dealt with the Nipah Virus outbreak which claimed the lives of a number of people in the North of Kerala, especially Malappuram and Kozhikode. A huge number of leading actors including Tovino Thomas, Kunchacko Boban, Indrajith Sukumaran, Asif Ali, Joju George, Parvathy, Poornima Indrajith, Rima Kallingal, Sreenath Bhasi and others. The movie is an emotional and thrilling ride, as well as a tribute to those who suffered and lost their lives while trying to save the Nipah infected patients. It is a welcome experiment like never before.
Read review: https://moviesofthesoul.com/2019/06/08/virus/

3. Unda: This Mammootty starrer was made fun of due to its simple and yet strange title, something which the film makers wouldn’t have thought about on another day, related to another movie with the same theme. Dealing with the problems faced by cops who travel to a Naxal infested area, the movie doesn’t take sides, but satirizes the situation really well. Mammootty stays strong in this movie, and plays the vulnerable cop and leader nicely, and there is a lot of support here, starting from Shine Tom Chacko. The way in which the movie deals with its situation is worth one’s attention. It is that kind of a movie which could have a sequel with another mission for the police force.
Read review: https://moviesofthesoul.com/2019/06/16/unda/

2. Finals: Rajisha Vijayan already had another movie centered on her, June – she had also won the Best Actress Award from the State Government in her first movie itself. Finals is a step forward for her, even though it is not fully centered on her character. The other two giving her support are Niranj Maniyanpillai Raju and Suraaj Venjaramoodu, both also coming up with some fantastic performances. The former surely has a long way ahead for him after this emotionally strong performance, and the latter is once again a revelation in this kind of role – we saw him providing such emotional performances in Action Hero Biju and Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum, and here we are even more glad to have him here.
Read review: https://moviesofthesoul.com/2019/09/14/finals/

1. Kumbalangi Nights: The best movie of this year won’t have the haters that the top ten movies usually have from the mindless fan boys who decide to have their part. Taking a perfect setting of the model tourism village Kumbalangi, and thriving through its beauty, this one comes up with a beautiful tale of the common man, powered by some fantastic performances lead by Fahadh Faasil, Shane Nigam, Soubin Shahir and the rest of the perfectly chosen cast. Unlike some of those movies with place names in their titles, this one is very much close to perfection – it has the spirit of its surrounding, and the people who live there. It is a tale of redemption and hope like no other.
Read review: https://moviesofthesoul.com/2019/02/09/kumbalangi-nights/

It would be nice to know your choices for the best Malayalam movies of the year so far. Even though there have been these brilliant movies, there was no shortage of some terrible movies, which would be nice to know about too. The hope once again is to move away from those usual terrible movies starring superstars without any content. We are always looking forward to experimentation, and lets hope that such experiments prove to be interesting, and inspire many more of such movies.

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Grand Palace of Movies

Varikkasseri Mana is one of the oldest traditional Brahmin houses of Kerala, located at Manissery, a small village in Ottapalam, within the district of Palakkad. It is the place where two of the most loved movies Devasuram and Aaraam Thampuran were shot, along with Rappakal, Drona, Simhasanam, Sufi Paranja Katha, Thooval Kottaram, Rudra Simhasanam, Valliettan, Madambi, Manthrikan and the most recent one which specifies the name of the place itself, Pretham 2. As far as Malayalam movies are concerned, the place is something special, and no movie lover from Kerala is to fail to identify it. There are other common locations too, but this one stands taller. There is more than one path to take while traveling here from Cochin, and it will be a tiring journey if the trip is during March, April or May. It is better to have some milk shake or juice in between. Without the movie setting, the place might seem to be lacking something, but for the small entry fee of Rs. 20, it is worth the journey.

*The photos on this blog post were taken by me on my Asus Zenfone Max.

Best of 2018 in a Moment

2018 had some interesting movies, and 2019 might be having even better ones. Until then, lets look at the best of last year. The Malayalam movies of the year had its highs and lows, and had no movie that would go on to break the Pulimurugan box-office record, even though at least two movies were expected to come close, but they didn’t. Still, these six movies are surely the kind of flicks that you can choose to watch without second thoughts. You have to give them a try, because they deserve it. We appreciate the efforts in creating the same. At the same time, we wait further glory in 2019 even though Kumbalangi Nights already brought a good amount of awesomeness already.

1. Joseph :: This is one big, pleasant surprise like no other movie. When it was said that Joju Joseph was going to be the protagonist of a thriller, people had their doubts. But with this movie, we understand that he is one great actor who was restricted to comedy as well as those certain police and thug roles. He has brought to us the best movie of the year with an investigative thriller which is also a highly emotional family drama, a combination which worked so well for everyone, and even scored further with its beautiful songs which we can’t watch without tears in our eyes. The whole movie itself has that sad feeling going right through, and it even comes home with us.
Read review at: https://moviesofthesoul.com/2018/11/18/joseph/

2. Kayamkulam Kochunni :: The tale of the thief who steals from the rich and gives to the poor is something that has stayed with us for a very long time. It is that story that we have heard since childhood and had so many adaptations in different fields. It might not be the one which everyone wanted, but the age has been nicely recreated and there are some moments of glory in there. It also rises above the other movie about the thief who helps the poor and the subaltern, Robin Hood, which struggled to do well, especially with its dumb portrayal of Little John and the wastage of its premise with silliness. Our thief here becomes a symbol of more than one thing, and we have to appreciate this effort.
Read review at: https://moviesofthesoul.com/2018/10/13/kayamkulam-kochunni/

3. Hey Jude :: This is the movie in which Nivin Pauly plays a character which is divergent from all those which he played until then, and it also has Trisha Krishnan in her Malayalam debut. Here, we can see that both have played the youngsters with certain not so normal side to perfection. Set in the beautiful Goa premises, this is the kind of movie that the so called superstars of next generation would hesitate to play, but it is not the case of Nivin Pauly who makes sure that Jude is one character who is there to stay.The songs are also very nice, and after Mili, here is one movie which shows a fine transformation of the main character who seemed like a misfit, but is actually more.
Read review at: https://moviesofthesoul.com/2018/02/03/hey-jude/

4. Oru Kuprasidha Payyan :: Tovino Thomas is one superstar who is one among us, and the same was proved during the Kerala Floods, as he was in the front for everything, among the crowd. He is also the one star who could rise to prominence by playing secondary roles like those in Ennu Ninte Moideen and the villain in Style. But here he is now, playing some roles which we are to remember, and this is one of them. He plays the outsider who has nobody to help him when facing trouble, and Nimisha Sajayan nicely plays the saviour. In a world of heroism, this one chooses another path, and it is that kind of a journey which is admirable and will stay with us for a long time.
Read review at: https://moviesofthesoul.com/2018/11/09/oru-kuprasidha-payyan/

5. Pretham 2 :: There are only a few movies which could claim improvement over its predecessors. Punyalan Agarbathis 2 and Aadu 2 starring the same leading actor failed to do so, but it is not the case of this particular sequel. It raises the level above the first movie, not just with its subject matter and setting, but also with the jokes which are used here – there were too many low level comedies in the first movie, but that has been solved effectively here. The young cast nicely contributes to the same while Jayasurya leads the way. There is mystery and suspense along with the horror that is present. It easily became the best movie of the Christmas season, and it deserves a sequel more than those other overrated ones.
Read review at: https://moviesofthesoul.com/2018/12/25/pretham-2/

6. Njan Prakashan :: As this one brings the usual tale of our new generation youngsters who are looking for easy money, we can see the characters here reflecting in our daily lives. Fahadh Faasil’s excellence on the lines of Maheshinte Prathikaaram helps the movie further, even though that level in totality is not to be expected. There is fun and there is the presence of emotions, as we see the change coming in the protagonist as he moves towards the final realization. With its fine messages and by quickly going on to become a favourite of the family audience, this one had a great run during the Christmas season and vacations, especially there was no real Onam vacations and celebrations due to the Kerala Floods.
Read review at: https://moviesofthesoul.com/2018/12/26/njan-prakashan/

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