Tubelight Review (No Spoilers): Not a Good Movie

The title really says it all.  If you are wondering whether you might want to see this movie, you don’t.  It is not a good film.  If you want me to talk more about how it is not good with spoilers, you can read the other review.  If you want me to talk more about how it is not good without spoilers, you can read on.

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Tubelight Review (SPOILERS): Read This Instead of Seeing the Movie

Not a good movie.  Really really not.  Terrible script, and casting mistakes.  And then a lot of money poured on top which just serves to make the flaws stand out even more.  Like bright lighting on a really really ugly statue.  Anyway, save your money and skip the film, just read this instead!  Which I almost never say, but in this case, yes.  It’s the best thing to do.

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TGIF: Happy Pride Weekend! Let Us Look at the Gayest Images in Indian Film

Oh Pride!  The happiest weekend of the year in terms of fanfic/silly content.  The saddest weekend of the year in terms of not having loud drunk people sit next to me on the train.  At least this year I have no reason to leave the house (my church lemonade stand/marching group can get along without me!), so I can just huddle up indoors and work on my epic Pride themed fanfic.  I’m going to try to hit all the letters, L and G and B and T and Q and maybe H.  If Indian film isn’t going to serve that audience, it is up to me to fill in the gap!  Anyway, a great TGIF post topic, I think we can all agree.

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Classics Friday: An Experiment! That Will Start With Pyaasa

On the Monday Questions post, a couple of people asked me why I don’t write more about classic films.  Well, it’s because no one reads those posts!  Not a big mystery.  People want to read spoilers for new movies in theaters, and news items that mention Shahrukh Khan.  If this blog was called “what Shahrukh is doing every minute of every day and also this is the ending of that new movie you saw advertised”, I would be infinitely popular.  But I would also be both bored (not that interesting to just list off plot points in a movie) and exhausted (Shahrukh does a lot of stuff!).  So let’s see if I can manage to put in one more post topic that is just for me, and no one will read, but I will enjoy writing.

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Bahubali FanFic Part 4: A Villain Appears!

Welcome back to my fanfic!  It’s rainy and horrible in Chicago right now, and I felt like curling up with a good fake story.  So I am back to my fanfic, featuring Anushka 2 (daughter of Prabhas 1 and Anushka 1, sister of Prabhas 2) and Rana 2 (illegitimate nephew of Rana 1 by way of Nassar’s illegitimate daughter). You can find the first 3 parts, and all the Bahubali posts, indexed here.

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DDLJ Part 21: Shahrukh Arrives in India and All of Nature Greets Him

The last couple of sections were kind of downers.  Everything was going wrong.  Kajol was miserable, Amrish was angry, Farida was sad, and the world just felt out of synch.  And now here is Shahrukh!  Finally!  To set the world spinning the right way again. (full index of all DDLJ posts is here)

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Happy Day Before Tubelight!!! Final News and Predictions (WARNING! Dangerous Cuteness Levels!!!!)

Happy day before Tubelight!  I think I have picked my optimal showtime.  Later show, but closer theater, so I can still be home at a reasonable hour.  Same theater where I saw Bahubali opening night, Sultan for the second time, and Fan opening night.  You will notice from that list that this theater only plays the biggest releases.  Which allows me to make some box office predictions!  Oh, and I also needed to do a post because Salman just released a video of Epic Cuteness.

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Bahubali Theme Post: Character Study, Sivagami

Welcome back to another Bahubali Theme Post!  Now that I’ve gone through the big themes I could think of (Dharma, Male and Female, the Elements), time to really dig in and look character by character.  And why not start where the films start, with Sivagami. (yes yes, I will use the character names for these posts, because it’s not about the finished film and the actor’s portrayal, so much as the characters conceived in the screenplay) (full index of all Bahubali posts, including this one, is here)

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Happy Tubelight Week! Veer, and Sohail and Salman Playing Brothers

This is a bit of a stretch of a connection, but I’ve been wanting an excuse to write about Veer without really writing about Veer (really writing about it means re-watching the film, making mental notes, going through every moment of the plot in detail, etc. etc.  Not just picking a few themes to discuss), and this is as good as any.  It’s not just Sohail and Salman playing brothers, it’s also Sohail and Salman in a historical setting, so I guess that’s good enough, right?  It’s kind of Tubelight related.

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Jab Harry Met Sejal, FIRST SONG!!! Pritam Writes the Sound of Sunshine Again

No subtitles though.  Which, following my theory from yesterday, means that Shahrukh used to love me and was telling me through subtitling his videos.  But now no longer loves me and is breaking up with me through NOT subtitling his videos.  WHY SHAHRUKH????  WHY????  I’ll change for you!  I’ll do whatever you ask!  Just take me back!

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Two Non-SRK Trailers, Baadshaho and Mubarakan, Which Just Make Me Think of Other Better Films

Well, that’s not really fair, I don’t know yet if they are better films because these films haven’t come out.  But I can suspect they are better films, because the films they remind me of were really really good, and it showed even in the trailer.

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Tuesday Telugu: Janatha Garage, Mohanlal Does Telugu, Jr. NTR Does Hero

I was at my library checking out yet another DVD set of Murder She Wrote (it’s the perfect “have the TV on in the background for company while you unpack/blog” show), and there on the “recently returned” shelf was Janatha Garage!  So odd!  I took it as a sign and checked it out and watched it.

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Jab Harry Met Sejal: Shahrukh Saw My Tweets and Added Subtitles! He Does Love Me! Also, New Teaser

Well, apparently the promotion train is moving at an express pace, and I will need to put up one of these posts every day for the next month and a half (last one here).  I guess I am okay with that.  Anyway, New Teaser!  More importantly, Subtitles!!!  Most importantly, Shahrukh loves me and wants me to be happy and is showing it through subtitles on his trailers!  I should take this as a sign of his undying devotion to me and go be a Gaurav outside Mannat, right?

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Monday Malayalam: Ramante Edanthottam! A Love Story That Takes a Twist

Isn’t this amazing, that there is a whole Indian genre of “women escaping relationships that aren’t terrible, but aren’t what they deserve”?  I watched this movie and could compare it with Queen, English/Vinglish, How Old Are You?, and plenty of others.  But this film has a twist, this film ends with the “unthinkable” actually happening.

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New Jab Harry Met Sejal Trailer, STILL NO SUBTITLES!!!! I am Mad at You Shahrukh!!!! Also, French Kiss?

Really quick post, just so we can all discuss.  And so those of you who need this information ASAP can get it.  New JHMS teaser!  I am still cautiously optimistic.  Although slightly less so than I was after the last two teasers.

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Jab Harry Met Sejal Teaser: Red Chillies!!!! SUBTITLES PLEASE!!!!!! But even without them, I still like it

I was putting this off and putting this off, hoping subtitles would be added so I could do a comprehensive discussion, not just a sort of discussion.  But, no luck!  So I will put up this kind of placeholder post, and all you lucky people who know Hindi can discuss it in depth, and the rest of us will just leap in once someone at Red Chillies gets around to hitting the magical “English Subs” button on their youtube account.

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Silly Sunday Speculative Post: Father’s Day Edition! I Want More Father Plots! With Varun, Ranveer, Ranbir, Shahrukh, Arjun Rampal, and Rana Daggubatti

Happy Father’s Day!  I am celebrating by doing nothing!  Probably.  I might go out to lunch with my parents after church if they want to.  But we have all had very exhausting weeks, and his Father’s Day wish may be to just go straight home and take a nap instead.  But I am excited at the idea of doing a Sunday speculative post that is fatherhood themed!  Such a rich source of film plots, that is very rarely used.

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