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.
High: Simha. Siddharth. Santosh and Subbaraj.
Low: That ‘something missing’ feeling.
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.
High: A-one technical values.
Low: Yaaro poatta kodu.
High: Infusing lovable romance into a crime thriller.
Low: Predictable climax.
7) Arima Nambi
High: Superbly crafted action thriller.
Low: Except the climax.
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.
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.
High: Vishnu’s commendable performance.
Low: Tepid love track.
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.
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.
Low: Lot of people say “perusa onnum illa”.
High: First twenty minutes. Last twenty minutes.
Low: Everything in between.
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 🙂