Looking Back at 2014 – Tamil Personal Favorites of the Year

2014 has been a decent year for Kollywood, where debutant directors have stepped up and carved a niche for themselves in the industry. Following the yearly practice, I’ve come up with my list of twenty personal favorites of the year. The films are ‘ranked’ according to my liking alone, and do not include the Christmas releases as I was not able to watch them.

1) Jigarthanda

High: Simha. Siddharth. Santosh and Subbaraj.

Low: That ‘something missing’ feeling.

2) Madras

High: Karthi’s performance and Santosh’s music. Also, Blue Boyz.

Low: Wish the climax had been a subtle one.

3) Goli Soda

High: Gritty, aggressive and real.

Low: Chinna pasangalukku heroism ah?

4) Sathuranka Vettai

High: Vinoth’s dialogues, Natty’s act.

Low: Melodrama in the second half.

5) Inam

High: A-one technical values.

Low: Yaaro poatta kodu.

6) Thegidi

High: Infusing lovable romance into a crime thriller.

Low: Predictable climax.

7) Arima Nambi

High: Superbly crafted action thriller.

Low: Except the climax.

8) VIP

High: Lovely mix of the ‘Dhanush the star’ and ‘Dhanush the actor’.

Low: Run of the mill plot.

9) Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavanigalum

High: Screenplay. Screenplay. Screenplay.

Low: Deja-vu.

10) Kaththi

High: Nice tightrope walk between being preachy and massy. Also, Jeevanandham’s characterisation.

Low: First 40 minutes. Yawn!

11) Vaayai Moodi Pesavum

High: Heights of creativity.

Low: Lil bit of a sloth.

12) Jeeva

High: Vishnu’s commendable performance.

Low: Tepid love track.

13) Poriyaalan

High: Interesting twists and turns.

Low: Takes time to take off.

14) Poovarasam Pee Pee

High: The budget.

Low: The budget.

15) Pannaiyarum Padminiyum

High: Lot of heart.

Low: Its a Padmini, it will move slow.

16) Vallinam

High: Believable basketball. And Thaman did a good job.

Low: Heroine and whatever she does.

17) Naan Sigappu Manidhan

High: So bold. So bold.

Low: Goes haywire with the flashback.

18) Mundasupatti

High: Muniskanth.

Low: Lot of people say “perusa onnum illa”.

19) Nedunchalai

High: First twenty minutes. Last twenty minutes.

Low: Everything in between.

20) Veeram

High: Exciting mass scenes.

Low: Commercial films have their limits.

Justu Missu – Kochadaiiyaan, Saivam, Ra, Naaigal Jaakiradhai, Kadhai Thiraikadhai Vasanam Iyakkam.

There ends my list for the Top 20 films of the year. If you think that I’m someone who has gone bonkers and would like to debate on this, feel free to catch me on Twitter. Wishing you a Happy New Year đŸ™‚

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