Movie Poster Mathness – Troy + Beowulf = ?

Troy + Beowulf = Ponnar Shankar. Shame on the one claiming to have “dee-gyned” the posters for the movie.

Exhibit A: Animated Ray Winstone + Eric Bana = Prashanth Thiagarajan. I love the text in the background abruptly disappearing when it encounters Blue “Beowulf” Prashanth.

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This movie is the gift that keeps on giving.

Exhibit B

Emperor Naresuan the Great of Thailand (One of Thailand’s biggest budget films) gets the Face-Off treatment – Prashanth ends up looking weird with that hairstyle. The Horror! The Horror!

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Truly Inspired. Now, to conquer my fears and watch Ponnar Shankar, the movie – dubbed in Hindi.

Ai Shankar

Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 16 – Ai – Shankar’s Movie

Call it plagiarism. Call it channelizing. Call it repurposing. Looks like a lazy bit of recycling.

The teaser for Shankar’s Ai leaves you with a “Where have I seen this before?” feeling.

I can evn go to the extent of ignoring the Rohit Shetty Physics , the weird Trans-SheHumanoid-Former bike and the Hobbit feet surplus from Weta.

The Hunchback in 300 (Ephialtes of Trachis) and Vikram’s character in Ai look eerily similar.

Ai Shankar

Then, we have something which looks like a Kollywood “Semma Mass” version of  Maurice Sendak’s Where the wild things are.

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Tsk! Tsk!

Why can’t Shankar’s characters be as memorable and as original as his song picturisations?

 

Cellphone Tamil 2013 movie Kollywood

Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 15 – Cell Phone – Tamil Movie

Every once in a while, I get to see a shameless rip-off which just gets me to add a new post on this blog which is full of cobwebs.

I absolutely love it when lazy creatives tweak classy originals to come up with derivative works and call them their own.

This one is a re-use of the poster for a 2010 movie “In My Sleep“. The Synopsis for In My Sleep from IMDB

In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, Marcus struggles with parasomnia, a sleepwalking disorder that causes him to do things in his sleep that he cannot remember the next day. When he wakes up with blood on his hands and a knife at his side, he is startled to hear that a close friend has been found stabbed to death. Marcus frantically tries to put the pieces together could he have murdered his friend while sleepwalking to hide a dark secret between them?

Cellphone Tamil 2013 movie Kollywood

That explains the knife, fetal position, blood splotches, boxers & the wrinkle effect  (of his bed spread).

The Tamil movie is very imaginatively titled Cellphone … or was it Cellbone. What cleared up the confusion was the killer of a tagline: Unknown Number. So, it was unlikely to be one of the 206 bones.

The Art Director has just borrowed the poster from In My Sleep and added a brown, earthy tint.  He obviously chopped off the bottom part from the original so that he could accommodate the 10-15 people whose names and educational qualifications needed to be on the poster.

I am curious to see what this poster has to do with the story of the movie Cell Phone.  My money is on the art director subtitling the poster, in a Magrittesque twist, with “This is not a knife – (but a cell phone)“.

Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 13 – Vijay’s Yohan Adhyayam Ondru

I Love Shameless Rip-Offs!!

Vijay’s forthcoming movie Yohan rips off from a 2008 French flick Largo Winch.

The emphasis of the other posters is on showing how cool the hero is and the extent of his globetrotting. Reminds me somewhere of the brilliant I am Legend poster set.

The one where he is kneeling before a red car reminds me of some poster I am not able to place a finger on.

Yohan

Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 10 – Vandhan Vendran

Poster 1 from Hollywood  – Going the Distance

Poster 2 from Bollywood  – I Hate Luv Storys

Yet to sit down and figure out where the other posters are from

Plagiarism in Forthcoming Movies – 7 – Yuvan Yuvathi and Rene Magritte

After a lot of Bollywood-bashing, here’s a Tamil movie which is one of the most shameless rips I have seen so far.

Rene Magritte’s classic painting The Lovers (Les Amants) has been used as the poster announcing shooting. Lots of movies have used paintings as inspiration. But, this one just “uses” the painting.

I do hope someone taking the movie pays up the royalty to use this painting.

See for yourself:

Magritte’s Lovers  series consists of 4 paintings.


There are also the 4 Covered Heads (which includes the 2 paintings in the Lovers series)

L’histoire centrale (The central story)

L’invention de la vie (The Invention of Life)

As usual, the meaning of the paintings remain shrouded in mystery. Theories range from Fantomas to his mother’s suicide , Love is Blind all the way down to Nick Carter Detective magazines.

One more post on Magritte & Movie Posters / Album art will follow.

Tamil Padam – Posters are very funny

You normally see a few jokes here and there in Tamil movies.
A reasonably intelligent movie like Chennai 600028 trips on Chandramukhi

Venkat Prabhu’s own Saroja trips on Chennai 28

Thalaivar Rajini’s Sivaji tripped on so many movies – TamilTelugu (a la Om Shanthi Om’s intelligent spoofs)

But, this movie, as described by the director is possibly Kollywood’s answer to Scary Movie, Hot Shots & Naked Gun.

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Says Dhayanidhi, “Tamil Padam is the first ever full length spoof film in Tamil. The story is a humorous take on the predictable Tamil formula films.”

CS Amudham the director of the film says: “ In Hollywood the spoof is a popular genre and there has been films like ‘Scary Movie’ a spoof on horror films. Similarly we are spoofing the Tamil mass film. You will laugh your guts out. In short it’s celebration of Tamil cinema.”

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Everything I have seen and heard so far is mega-spoofy. The director, C S Amudhan has an ad agency called Winds of Change which does Outdoor (Hoardings, Banners, etc). Pulli Raja, Prime Roaster and those atrocious Fitness One ads were all his creations… So, it figures.

Take the Soundtrack. The song “O Maha Zeeya” is one great spoof of all the nonsense which goes on in the name of lyrics in a lot of Harris Jeyaraj songs… The title refers to the gibberish heard at the start of “Uyirin Uyire” in Kaakka Kaakka

Spoofs in the O Maha zeeya song (or This)
Uyirin Uyire– Kaakka Kaakka
Hasili Fisili – Aadhavan
Randakka – Anniyan
Naakka Mukka – Kaadhalil Vizhundhen
Dailamo Dailamo – Dishum Dishum
Balailaka – Sivaji
Ohi lohi mahi lohi ya – Beema
Osaka Muraiya – Alli Arjuna (Rahman’s One 2 ka 4)
Shakalakka – Mudhalvan
Ullahi ullahi – Lesa Lesa

And the best one .. Laalaakku Dol Dappimma – Suriyan

Spoofs in the Trailer (or This )
Absurd Action packed Vijay Intro Sequences (Camera from Top in this case)
Dasavatharam (The US President and all)
Nayagan (Inime appadithaan with Nayagan theme in the background)
Boys (4 pairs of legs dangling from a wall)
Sivaji (2 hand signing)
Baadsha
Simbhu (Style)
Billa (cooling glass scene)
Run (subway sequence)
Kaaka Kaaka (aerial shot)
Thalapathy
And the coolest : The town is called Cinema Patti… How cool is that!!

Spoofs in Movie Stills

In addition to the movies mentioned above,

Roja (The couple inside the same sweater)
Annamalai (The brown suit and low camera angles)
Uyire (The mail poster)
Sathya (The hospital sequence)
Baba (trips on the Baba mudra)

Poster Spoofs
Ramki’s Dafli Song in Senthoora Poove (ImageVideo) and the Poster (The exact frame appears exactly 60 seconds into the video)

Singaravelan’s Pudhu Cheri Kacheri (ImageVideo) and the Poster (Note the tongue in cheek ad)

Enga Ooru Paattukaaran’s Senbagame (ImageVideo) and the Poster . (Ramarajan is just awesome fun as he is trying to sing  when he is busy milking the cow (See this to believe it) . Shanthipriya coyly watches the sequence (Guffaw!)

Rajini’s Konji Konji from Veera and (ImageVideo) and Poster

Thillana Mohanambal (Image 1,Image 2 ) and Poster with M.S Bhaskar playing Balaiyya’s Thavil Vidhvan’s role

Pre-Release Concept Posters

The first one which came out talked about the movie not being a “Different one”

One more poster of the movie takes Gap10’s trip by using the MS font Jokerman (LOL) and says a sorry before that by asking for the only word in tamil which Gap10 does not like

Another poster spoofs the typical rape scene in tamil movies by showing a male hand forcing a female hand in front of a painting showing a tiger slaying a deer

One is a preachy Gap10 kind of dialogue referencing Gandhiji, etc and at the same time referring to tons of Punch Dialogues

One features the 10 commandments of Tamil cinema (Commandment 9 is Thou Shall single-handedly take on & eradicate all the evil in the world and commandment 10 is Thou shall have a six-pack) … There are some really nice differences between the TamilEnglish versions.

Enjoy all the posters at one place!