Want to watch a movie with me? Virtually?

My publisher is helping me set up a watch along of K3G in a couple of days.  If you want the live and fresh experience of my take on a film, check it out on twitter at my account, @mredlich21, or starting at 8pm CDT time on Thursday the 2nd (that’s 6:30am Friday the 3rd in India and I am embarrassed to tell you how long it took me to figure that out) follow and join in with the hashtags:

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Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum: Wait, Namitha Pramod Was Only 17 in This?!?!?

I think this is one of the movies that was recommended to me just because I was looking for another actress as good as Nazriya Nazim, and Namitha Pramod is so good.  And it’s true!  She is just so good!  Even in this, when she was only 17.  Kunchacko Boban was good too, and they made a nice pair, just like in Law Point.

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Late AbRam Birthday Post: Is He A Cute 3 Year Old, or THE CUTEST Three Year Old

AbRam is getting so big!  Well, big in terms of age, he is still a little pocket-sized nubbin in terms of mass.  He turned 3 a few days ago, and I am finally getting around to doing a very abbreviated post about it.  We don’t have many AbRam facts, or official videos, but we do have some really cute candid things.  So I am putting up a tiny little post to match his tiny little body.

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Thanmathra: This Movie Bothered Me, But Maybe It is Just Me

This movie, unfortunately, dealt with an issue that I know way too much about to really enjoy.  That “unfortunately” isn’t for me, as I will explain I’m actually remarkably fortunate to have had so much experience with it, but it is unfortunate for the film.  Which I wasn’t really able to appreciate on its own merits.

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Censor Board Spat and Shakespeare

The censor board doesn’t have a problem with Shakespeare, they just both happen to be in the news at the same time.  Although I bet the censor board would have a problem with Shakespeare, if they were working in England in the 1500s!  All that sexual humor, barely veiled political content, and bad language would NOT fly!

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Sultan Trailer Inspired Post: Why Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is the Best Athlete Film So Far

“So far”, because Sultan looks like it could be an even better athlete film.  If not just a better film in general.  I’m not going to say sports film, because Chak De India is the best at making a movie about a whole team and sport, with no interest in one particular person.  But Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is the best at looking at one particular athlete.  And the best at showing how the issues of that one athlete relate to bigger issues with the country and the world at large.

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Thira: Shobhana as an Avenging Goddess is What I Always Wanted and Never Knew It

This was quite the challenge!  I ordered the DVD from India, as part of a huge order, and it just plain didn’t play!  Both in my regional and my all-regional DVD player, so it must be a flaw in the disc itself.  But not to worry! I was able to find it on youtube without subtitles, and separately find a subtitle file I could drop in.

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New Shahrukh Movie Before January, THANK GOD!!! Also, some other stuff

I was alerted to this news story by moviemavengal‘s twitter, feed and it made me so happy!  And then to fluff up this post, I found some other random upcoming film news floating about the internet.

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Karan’s birthday party looks awesome!

Normally I’d try to fluff this post up with some other new-news, but I’m not even going to bother!  It’s all about the party!

(That photo up above isn’t from the party, it’s from the Royal event a few months back.  But don’t they look handsome?)

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Happy Birthday Karan! Here’s Why I Think Student of the Year was Under Appreciated!

Karan is 44 years old today!  Not married, no kids, but it doesn’t matter because his legacy is going to be everything he has done for Indian film for the past 18 years.  And Student of the Year is a big part of that.

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Ayalum Njanum Thammil: India Does Dr. Kildare

That’s a little unfair, it really doesn’t have much in common with Dr. Kildare, beyond the basic set-up of the wise older doctor mentoring the young one.  But it’s in the country instead of the city, and there is a whole bunch of other stuff going on in the plot as well.

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In Honor of the Sultan Trailer: My Favorite Salman Performance!

Not my favorite Salman film (that would be Bajrangi Bhaijaan), or my favorite film that has Salman in it (that would be Jaan-E-Mann), but my favorite time that he actually ACTS.  Instead of just playing Salman Khan-SUPERSTAR.  Which is appropriate, because it looks like in Sultan he will be playing an actual character.  And a character that changes and develops over the film, just like in Tere Naam.

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Box Office Report: Sarbjit and Brahmotsavam both Fail to Find an Audience

I haven’t done one of these in a while!  Because there wasn’t really anything interesting or surprising to talk about.  Fan did terribly, Baaghi did well, Azhar broke even, that’s about all that happened in the past month.  But this past weekend had two notable flops, so let’s talk about that!

(I didn’t see either 24 or Brahmotsavan, discussed in this post, in theaters.  But if you want to read a review, moviemavengal saw both of them and her reviews are linked above)

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Adaminte Makan Abu: Is There a Nobility in Rejecting Help?

What an interesting movie!  I’ve been thinking about it a lot, trying to figure out the message.  Is it that we should let other’s help us?  Or we shouldn’t?  Or is it more than that, is it just a general statement about not looking for reasons to accept help, about standing on your own two feet as much as possible?

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News Round-Up: Graduations, Marriages, and Rhinos

It’s IPL now, and Ramadan is starting soon, which means everyone is kind of hunkering down and being quiet.  Because there’s no big movie to promote, so why talk?  But there are some nice non-movie things happening that are getting a little reportage.

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Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty; I Still Don’t Understand The Bad Guy’s Plan!

This is another one of those movies, like Hero: Love Story of a Spy or Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, where I HAFT to say the whole name!  I can’t bring myself to just say “Holiday”, I have to drop  my voice and add “a soldier is never off duty.”

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