Monday, April 27, 2009

Meipporul / Yethi Nijam / The True Meaning

Well I've got movie on the brain so I thought I'd post a few relevant things:

Movie blog for reviews

I saw Meipporul this weekend myself (Tamil with English subtitles). Definitely not formula, and it has a sort of European feel, with the generally dark character and little emotional acting. Even though I knew the story myself, I found myself waiting to see each event unfold and bring with it a clearer picture of what was happening. It was wonderful to see all these familiar places and people come to life as new characters and form a story that was pretty gripping. It also left me wondering what really did happen to this couple and their friends - I had to think back to what was said and what happened and how things actually did fit together.

All-in-all, it was great to just sit back and relax and watch a movie (which, with an infant, is a feat in itself!) that is not the standard fare - no mush, no muss, no fuss :)

I hope you'll get to go see it!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The True Meaning of Happiness

Well, my 31 days list is not yet happening because my other lists have taken over my life. Things to do around the house, things to do for dear son, and things to do related to this Indian movie that my husband and myself and some friends made together.

Ok, this is a shameless plug for it: it's called Meipporul, which means "The True Meaning" and it's based on a Tamil-language saying that goes "Whatever anyone may say, understanding their true meaning is real wisdom." So you can guess that it's a suspense drama. It's entirely set in the San Francisco Bay Area out here in California, with a local cast and crew, and it's in the South Indian language Tamil.

If you know anything about Indian movies, you know that most of them are full of choreographed dance sequences and choreographed magical fight sequences and go by a pretty standard formula (guy meets girl, someone plays hard to get, they fall in love, parents/family try to keep them apart, eventually they overcome obstacles to get together). In this one, the protagonists are already married, parents are cool with it, and a third person - a new friend with ESP - comes in to throw a wrench in their relationships with each other and their other friends. No dancing, no fights, no formula.

It's playing in San Jose, CA, Newark, NJ, and (May 1st) Newport, Los Angeles and India. So please go see it, and if you do, let me know what you think, good, bad, or ugly. The website is

Oh and eco-tip: bring your own mug and container to the theater to get your drinks and popcorn. you can even bring a bag to fill from the candy bins (less packaging than boxed candy). many places also allow food in these days!