King Kong

Cracking trailer for the latest Peter Jackson flick. The dark mood is sustained throughout the trailer. It is a good thing that the makers have not slipped by inserting needless one-liners. The images do the talking here. Kong's growl in the end is the perfect climax. December seems so far away. I can already see the next attraction at the Universal Studios theme park - Skull Island! Can the movie top the trailer?



Ilaiyaraja is back?

I've heard that Thiruvasagam in Symphony will be available in CD format from this 30th. Return of the king?
Questions... Avadhaaram - Thendral vandhu - was the last Raja song that gave me goose bumps. It has all been Rahman-centric from then on. Why? Is he exhausted with the ways of the movie industry? After just 12 years Rahman is stagnating. I don't think there have been any new auteurs in the field to motivate these two. Hope Thiruvasagam in Symphony eliminates the need for any tangible answers.


Elephunk Theme

I first got wind of this from the I2FS site. The Black eyed peas have taken an obscure Ilaiyaraja song and did some sort of remix of it. The album in Elephunk. The song is "The Elephunk Them". It is amazing that it is not some famous creation of Raja but a pretty ordinary nothing composition. The lyrics are awful to begin with. Why this song?



Had my first hearing of "Kaal". The music is by Shankar-Sulaiman and I think someone else has contributed as well. I rate an album as great if I drive around in the afternoon just to hear the songs in the car. The last time I did that was for "Aayudha ezhuththa". Not sure if this will reach that class.


Old Tamil songs

All of a sudden I am hokked on to old Tamil movie songs - courtesy a cassette (its been a while) given by my Dad. Its vintage TMS from movies like Naadodi mannan, Ambhikapathy etc. I am more aware of the lyrics now and the word play. With real estate bubble bulgin in the bay area couldn't help but identify with the lines -

"Ullorukku illangal sondham... adhu illorukku ullangal sondham"