Box Office Report: Soorma? Just Meh

Does that headline work?  I don’t really care, I just love the wordplay even if no one else gets it.  The point is, Soorma is not doing great.  Not excitingly awful either.  Just “meh”.

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28 Months Until the Blog Goes Away-Reminder to Promote (But Only If You Feel Like It)

It’s your monthly reminder to “pay” for content by promoting me!  And that word-of-mouth is a way more effective method than anything else.  Oh, but not if it gets you in trouble for repeating my opinions.  And by the way, my Sacred Games reviews are exploding with views, so I am doing spectacular well in views at the moment.  But almost no comments, which makes me guess 99.9% of those viewers aren’t really interested in joining the blog community and will be disappearing never to be seen again, so my numbers will drop back down again in a week.

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Starter Kit: Sad Dying Young People Movies

Ashish in the comments suggested a list of sad dying people movies in honor of the Fault in Our Stars remake.  And I am running with that!  Oh, and SPOILERS, some of these films have a slow reveal, but if they are on this list, you will kind of know what they are about.  On the other hand, I know there are some people who really love those sob-until-snot-runs-out kind of dying young films, and if you are looking for the best possible version in Indian film, this is what I have come up with.

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Silly Sunday: Ice Cream Themed! A Spy Movie with John and Prabhas and a Love Story with Shahrukh and Kajol

Happy Sunday!  I have to go lead a meeting at church in a bit, but first I get to be totally frivolous and ridiculous with the Silly Sunday stories.  Hopefully I don’t mix this up with my meeting agenda and accidentally start reading it aloud.

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Soorma Review (SPOILERS): A Little Brother Grows Up

I already put up my No Spoilers review, and this really is a good movie, so I would recommend skipping this review until after you watch it, if you are able to watch it.  The trailer gives away the general outlines of the plot, but there is a lot more to it which deserves to be seen with fresh eyes, not spoiled by me.

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Hindi Film 101: Streaming Wars and How We Got Here Part 3, HBO to DVD to Netflix to TWoP

Yet another part in my very dull series!  But I can’t seem to stop myself, or even speed up.  So indulge me as I creep forward decade by decade through the history of sequential visual content in America and India.  Just be grateful I didn’t get into the details of movie serials to radio shows to American TV.

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Friday Not-So-Classic: Elaan, Because I Am Feeling John Abraham

The beauty of this movie, is that I can write about it very quickly.  Because it is not worth a lot of words.  The other beauty of this movie, is that 2 of the most attractive men in Indian film are in it, and also Rahul Khanna.  And the third beauty of this movie is that it is smart enough to know how dumb it is. The best kind of dumb movie.  And anyway, I have a semi-tradition of writing about bad movies on Friday the 13th.

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Hindi Film 101: Streaming Wars and How We Got Here Part 2, the Arrival of Cable, Satellite, and the Indian Woman Trapped At Home

This is probably a very dull series for many of you, but by golly I am going to put my boring years of studying media history and analysis to use!  And anyway, I find it interesting, even if you don’t.

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Genius Inspired Post: Previous Cute Little Boys (and a girl) Grown Up To Be Big Movie Stars

I was thinking about how weird it was for Utkarsh Sharma to be a movie star, when his onscreen parents Ashmita Patel and Sunny Deol are still big active stars, and then I realized he wasn’t the only one to make this kind of a leap from childhood to adulthood.  And then I realized this was an excuse to post a bunch of videos of cute small children, and why wouldn’t I do that?

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Hindi Film 101: The Streaming Wars and How We Got Here, the Invention of Radio, Marshall McLuhen, and Doordarshan

This is one of those posts that says stuff we all probably already knew on some level but never said out right.  So if you read the headline and went “oh yeah, I know everything about that”, don’t bother reading on.  But if this is a new concept to you, I am here for you!  Especially because Sacred Games has made it newly relevant.

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Netflix List for July: A Good Shahrukh Film, a Rom-Com Classic, and a Perfect Malayalam Film Arrive

Time for a Netflix update!  Which I only do once a month or so, so it’s not up to the minute accurate.  But hopefully I make up for that with the descriptions I give them.  (Accessbollywood.net does the real work of keeping this list updated, you should definitely absolutely subscribe to them for your day to day updates.)

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Monday Malayalam (on Tuesday): Mili Again! Cognitive Versus Talk Therapy

This was one of my first Malayalam movies, back when I was young and foolish and watching anything where Nivin looked cute on the poster.  But now it is on Netflix, available for a whole new audience, so I thought I should circle back, being old and wise as I am now, and see if I had any new insights. (here is the old review for comparison).  And also because I am still stumped by 2 questions about this film and I am hoping some of you can help me.

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New Box Office Video! Sanju, Week 2

New video day!  So you can all admire how nice my braid looks.  My sister bought me the same hairbrush she uses, and it is sooooooo much better.  Brushing and braiding only takes half an hour now instead of an hour.  Oh, and Dog Hazel is there at the beginning, and then got bored and walked away to play with her wibble-wobble.

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