Frames in Movies

10 years of Traffic – How it gave us one of our most beautiful endings

“Sudevan Nair reporting sir – Destination reached in 1 hour and 58 minutes. Mission Success” Good writers “close” things. They would introduce all sub-plots and situations earlier in the screenplay to make sure they are all connected well and brought to closure at the end. After 5 years from their second screenplay Notebook, Bobby-Sanjay wrote […]

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Thuppakki and its frames – Why it is a classic in Action Thriller genre

8 years before on this day, Nov 13th, I watched Thuppakki on its first day. Since then I have not seen a better superstar mass action entertainer movie in any language in India. Thuppakki was a classic in action thriller genre. A look through some of its great frames on its 8th anniversary and what […]

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Memories and its effective use of Night and low light scenes throughout

Jeethu Joseph’s 2013 movie Memories still remains one of the finest investigative thrillers to have come out in Malayalam Cinema. One of its most distinguishing features is how the movie is shot in low light or night for the most part. The movie starts at night. The interval is at night. The climax is at […]

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Mohanlal in Chandralekha – A Masterclass in acting comedy

I don’t think there is another lead actor in India who does comedy better than Mohanlal used to do in his prime. There is also perhaps no other better testimonial to it than the uproarious Chandralekha. If Mohanlal is rib-tickling loud in some scenes, its about his subtle change of expressions in others. He walks […]

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The Raid 2 – Why this Indonesian flick is the epitome of all Action movies

Which is the greatest action movie in the history of Cinema ? Might be a tough question to answer. But the 2014 Indonesian movie, Raid 2 (which is also the sequel to Raid) could be a top contender. What makes this movie’s great action set pieces apart? Let’s take a look. ( Spoilers ahead) Follow […]

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Baahubali series – How SS Rajamouli matched the interval blocks Frame by Frame

Today is 3 years of Baahubali 2. A lot of things worked well in Baahubali series. But what amazes me most is how SS Rajamouli envisioned the “interval blocks” of both the Bahubali movies to match frame by frame to give us both nostalgia and goosebumps at the same time. He knew how the second […]

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How repeated frames aid Varane Avashyamund’s storytelling

I liked Varane Avashyamund more in second viewing. Its now when I noticed how certain frames or particular location spots repeat in the movie and act as an aid in storytelling. It is also a technique that makes the movie endearing to the audience. Take a look at those repeated frames. (Spoilers ahead) Follow me […]

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Mumbai Police- Tracing back the terrific screenplay from its climax

There are several reasons why Mumbai Police stands out as arguably the finest mystery thriller in Malayalam. First “juggling timelines” is so superbly done in this movie. It takes benefit of the fact that the protagonist has lost memory and even the viewer has to learn more along with him. Finally there is suspense filled […]