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.
  • The Darjeeling Limited

    Welcome to India, beautiful India. Sit back, and let The Darjeeling Limited show you around a place that exists mostly in the imagination. The package contains the usual fare of this genre: scenes of poojas, and other exotic Hindu ceremonies; loud, glaring colors; and foreigners arriving in India in...
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    Spielberg is an educationist; and always teaches us something unique, in his Indiana movies. In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, he tells us that one of the coolest places to take your family for a summer holiday is down a gigantic triple waterfall in a...
  • Money Rathnam

    What can you do if you’re totally broke and a bag of cash, say, of around one crore rupees, literally falls into your lap and refuses to leave you? Well, the first thought that runs in your mind may be to either keep it for yourself or to find...
  • Shortcut to Happiness

    What does success mean to you, and how much are you willing to pay for it? This is the all-important question that Shortcut to Happiness poses. Are you prepared to go the whole distance following the ethical route? Or, at some point, will you trade your ethics for a...
  • Munnariyippu (Early Warning)

    Characters sometimes have this rather unpleasant habit of being unreal. In such a scene, as exists in Munnariyippu, there isn’t really much that an actor can do. Mammootty dons the role of a real, classic case. He is Raghavan, an ex-convict who has served twenty years for a double...
  • Angels and Demons

    There’s a hell lot of bucks that can be made through blasphemy. Angels and Demons, the sequel by the opportunists who created The Da Vinci Code, is a fictitious take on the Illuminati. This sixteenth-century secret sect places a canister of antimatter particles in the papacy and threatens to...
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth

    If you ever reach a few meters away the center of the earth, your body will explode with the high pressure. It should have been mandatory to state that fact before the beginning of the film. After all, kids tend to believe a lot that they see and hear,...
  • Hellboy II – The Golden Army

    Strange that the Catholic church has not reacted to Hellboy II: The Golden Army, starring the Beast of the Apocalypse (Ron Perlman) wearing a cross around his wrist; carrying a gun made from a melted cross and church bells, and bullets comprising holy water; and fighting on the side...
  • The Other Boleyn Girl

    History as we know it is only as authentic as the various historians would have us believe. Sometimes, non-historians get creative and try to rewrite the history books. The Other Boleyn Girl is an adaptation of one such fictitious take on the relationship between King Henry VIII (Eric Bana)...
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