RTHReviews: CODA

RTHReviews: CODA

CODA has been one of the standout films of 2021, so unique and emotional, sweet and powerful, it speaks volumes and also shows the power of silence. Each member of the family plays an important arc in the story, how their lives are lived individually vs when tangled with each other is another aspect that’s shown wonderfully.

(Here’s the official synopsis: As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family’s fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her passion at Berklee College of Music and her fear of abandoning her parents.)

There are problems, there are challenges, there are hardships, but what happens when each voice is heard and how do you move forward from there… the film has some beautiful lessons as it progresses, mixed with some emotional moments, that are quite relatable too. The core aspect of communication is its emotion, not the language, not the words, and when you realize that while watching CODA, it just hits you differently.

Every cast member could be named here, but all of them have done such a brilliant job in the film, s/o Troy Kotsur. Sian Heder, the director has approached the film quite well, making it into quite a complete package of a film. I had already expected this, but glad to see this film get its recognition, bagging the Oscars 2022 Best Picture award… This film will give you all the emotions, and moreover, it’ll set your mood just right when you watch it – super recommended.

My Oscars 2022 Predictions

My Oscars 2022 Predictions

It’s that time of the year, the Academy Awards 2022 are due in less than 48 hours!

Having watched all the nominated films, with some really great ones, and some not so much, some being the popular frontrunners and some still not known on a mass level…

Here are my predictions for the Oscars 2022 –

• Best Picture – CODA / Belfast

(While The Power of the Dog seems to be the frontrunner in this category, amongst the ten nominated films in the category, Belfast and CODA stand out far higher than the rest, for me. Either of those wins, I’ll be glad)

• Best Actor – Andrew Garfield

(Every performance in this category is simply incredible, Will Smith in King Richard may win here and will be second in my list, but Andrew Garfield was exceptional in tick, tick… BOOM and I loved that film, so personally biased to predict his win here)

• Best Actress – Jessica Chastain

(A bunch of power-packed performances in this category… do we really have to choose? One that stood out and I would pick for the win is Jessica Chastain in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, her role was fantastic in that one, just wow!)

• International Feature Film – Drive My Car

(While it already is a great film, if it has been nominated for the Best Picture category, there should be no surprises it would win here too)

• Best Original Song – No Time to Die (Billie Eilish, FINNEAS) [No Time to Die]

• Best Animated Feature – Luca

(The Best Animated Category is such a tough one this year, usually, there seems to be a frontrunner here, and I’m predicting Luca for the win… But highly likely Encanto could be the one or any of the others too)

• Best Supporting Actress – Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog)

• Best Supporting Actor – Troy Kotsur (CODA)

(Kodi Smit-McPhee is another favourite in this category, but all my bet’s on Troy Kotsur for the win, what a performance in CODA)

• Best Director – Sir Kenneth Branagh (Belfast)
(I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jane Campion take this award, and she seems to be the favourite in this category too, but I’m hoping for a surprise here)

• Best Original Screenplay – Belfast

(No doubts about this one, Belfast is far ahead in this category and taking the award)

• Best Adapted Screenplay – CODA (Sian Heder)

• Best Visual Effects – Spiderman: No Way Home

(While Dune is an equal match for the win, Spiderman: No Way Home is all visual effects and would be a surprise if it doesn’t win here))

• Best Cinematography – Dune (Greig Fraser)

• Best Original Score – Dune (Hans Zimmer has created magic here, and it’s a riot if anyone else wins here ;))

• Best Makeup and Hairstyling – The Eyes of Tammy Faye

• Best Costume Design – Cruella

• Best Film Editing – tick, tick… BOOM (Andrew Weisblum, Myron I. Kerstein)

• Best Production Design – West Side Story

• Best Sound – Dune (All bets on Hans Zimmer)

My Top Songs/ Movies/ Shows and more of 2021

My Top Songs/ Movies/ Shows and more of 2021

As 2021 comes to an end and having watched a ton of movies and shows, plus listening to music and podcasts, this is a list of, according to me, my top songs, movies, shows, podcasts of 2021.

Here we go…

Top 5 Malayalam Films of 2021 –

1. Drishyam 2
2. Joji
3. Nayattu
4. Kurup
5. Malik

Top 5 Tamil Films of 2021 –

1. Master
2. Maara
3. Jai Bhim
4. Karnan
5. Sarpatta Parambarai

Top 5 Hindi Films of 2021 –

1. Shershaah
2. Sardar Udham
3. Sherni
4. Sandeep aur Pinky Faraar
5. Sooryavanshi

Top 5 Telugu Films of 2021 –

1. Most Eligible Bachelor
2. Love Story
3. CinemaBandi
4. Thimmarusu
5. Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020)

Top 10 English Films of 2021 –

1. Zack Snyder’s Justice League
2. The Mauritanian
3. Pig
4. The Harder they Fall
6. King Richard
7. Don’t Look Up
8. tick, tick… BOOM
9. Belfast
10. Spiderman: No Way Home

Top 10 Indian Songs of 2021 –

1. Kutti Story [Master] (Tamil)
2. Lagan Laagi Re [Songs of Love – Amit Trivedi] (Hindi)
3. Raataan Lambiyan [Shershaah] (Hindi)
4. Leharaayi [Most Eligible Bachelor] (Telugu)
5. Nenjame [Doctor] (Tamil)
6. Saranga Dariya [Love Story] (Telugu)
7. Rang Lageya (Hindi)
8. Lut Gaye (Hindi)
9. Aashiqui Aa Gayi [Radhe Shyam] (Hindi version)
10. Theerame [Malik] (Malayalam)

Top 10 International Songs of 2021 –

1. Amaraya (Lucky Ali x Botzer)
2. The World We Left Behind (KSHMR x Karra)
3. Astronaut in the Ocean (Masked Wolf)
4. Anita (Armin van Buuren x Timmy Trumpet)
5. Gone Are The Days (Kygo x James Gillespie)
6. Cadillac (Morgenshtern x Eldzhey)
7. Sorry (Alan Walker x ISAK)
8. Follow You (Imagine Dragons)
9. On The Way (Russ)
10. Sideways (Illenium x Valerie Broussard x Nurko)

Soundtrack Album of the Year – Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Top 5 Indian TV Shows of 2021 –

1. TVF’s Aspirants
2. Ray
3. Aarya 2
4. Potluck
5. Jeet ki Zid

Top 10 International Shows of 2021 –

1. Schitt’s Creek
2. Cobra Kai
3. Only Murders in the Building
4. Succession S3
5. Mare of Easttown
6. Dave
7. The White Lotus
8. Down to Earth with Zac Efron
9. Midnight Mass
10. What We Do in the Shadows

Top 10 Podcasts of 2021 –

1. My First Million
2. Sway/ Pivot
3. Armchair Expert
4. HBO’s Succession Podcast
5. Naan Curry
6. Renegades: Born in the USA
7. The Ranveer Show
8. Cyrus Says
9. Variety Awards Circuit
10. The Big Shots – Dosa King

Top 5 Performances of the Year –

1. Fahadh Faasil (Joji/ Malik)
2. Sushmita Sen (Aarya 2)
3. Andrew Garfield (tick, tick… BOOM)
4. Vicky Kaushal (Sardar Udham)
5. Nicolas Cage (Pig)