Dalton L

Dalton L is a film critic/essayist. He has served on the music jury of MG university, and the film jury of ALIIFF. And is on the board of advisors of an international film festival. He has co-authored a book on cinema, and is presently co-authoring another. He started his journalistic career writing for The Hindu. A few months later, he was offered the post of associate editor of India’s #1 music magazine. Following that, he covered music shows and reviewed music for the Times of India group. He reviewed Hollywood films for The Film Street Journal, and Malayalam films for Upperstall and the Deccan Chronicle. In addition to being a writer, he is also a prolific cameraman with around ten years of experience as a documenter of reality, and has briefly captured in moving images a variety of performers ranging from Pt. Jasraj and Trilok Gurtu to America, Shaggy, Enrique Iglesias, Jethro Tull, Uriah Heap, and Dire Straits. He regularly screens good cinema, and encourages upcoming filmmakers. He is presently setting up a film studio, House of Illusions, and shooting five cinematic essays. He is on the verge too of editing-publishing a film magazine—Illusions.
  • Madhura Naranga

    Human bonding is a natural virtue. It drives individuals of a society to altruistically sacrifice personal needs, safeties, and time for the good of the others within it. And, as ‘Madhura Narunga’ (Sweet Lemon) suggests, it is best manifested when people are on foreign sands and in dire straits....
  • Ivide (Here)

    The first thing you’ll subconsciously notice in Ivide (Here) if you’re a regular contemporary-English-films viewer is the Hollywood style of lighting and shot taking. Listen closely, and you’ll hear things too that weren’t a staple of the old Malayalam films: full songs playing in the background; the voice at...
  • Nee-Na

    Touchingly, Nee-Na flows, sweet as a romantic poem. Thus, you may not mind that there’s nothing new to the premise: a happily married couple rocked by the entry of another girl. Or to the plot: heads, the man goes with the new girl, tails, he remains with his wife;...
  • Bhaskar the Rascal

    Family dramas aren’t quite what they used to be. In addition to the usual familial emotions, romance, and comedy, Bhaskar the Rascal has a fair amount of elegant décor, suspense, danger, and power-packed fights meant primarily to enhance the image of the film’s megastar. Part of the reason for...
  • WALL•E

    Sipping an iced, green tea on a hot summer noon, director/co-writer Andrew Stanton wondered, ‘What if mankind had to leave Earth and somebody forgot to turn off the last robot?’ Over a decade later, he has given us his answer, in WALL•E It is 2815 AD. Earth is a...
  • The Dark Knight

    A superhero is compelled to make grave choices, and a city soaked in corruption questions its conscience in The Dark Knight. Unlike many of the other mass entertainers, this dark sequel to Batman Begins has a substantial plot, albeit, a slightly far-fetched one riddled with holes that manages to...
  • Ormayundo Ee Mukham (Do You Remember This Face?)

    Those areas of memory which are directly linked with the species’ instinct cannot be completely wiped out in any living organism during their potent period. The assumption to the contrary made by Ormayundo Ee Mukham (Do you remember this face?) is plain nonsense. Nithya (Namitha Pramod) finds herself in...
  • Revolutionary Road

    Once one is chained to the warmth of a high comfort zone, it can be very difficult to break out of the system. The wealthy Wheeler couple, Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April (Kate Winslet) in Revolutionary Road, is the toast of society but unfortunately they aren’t happy. They yearn...
  • Njangalude Veettile Athidhikal (The Guests in Our House)

    Schizophrenia. That’s perhaps the most fashionable term these days that ‘artists’, ‘intellects’, et al, love to throw around for effect whenever the talk is about madness. You’ll hear it being pronounced too in Njangalude Veettile Athidhikal (The Guests in Our House), a film that has nothing whatsoever to do...
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