Second week that I am managing a Tamil Tuesday! And an actual good film this time, another R. Balachander. If I were still watching movies in a wild and unplanned manner, I would be zipping through all his films on youtube and probably getting super confused as to what happened in which. But with my new alliterative schedule theory, I have to hold off. Or else zip through and then schedule all my posts out for the next several Tuesdays. We’ll see what I end up doing.
Oh, this is gonna be a fun one! And I am sure it will only be able to scratch the surface, so please add on nifty details in the comments. And I should also acknowledge, it is almost entirely taken from This Book. If you like this post, Buy It! And if you disagree with this post, Blame It! (not really, I’m the one who bought the book and chose which parts to believe and repeat)
Karan just posted a new column on NDTV. He was supposed to be a columnist for them, right? But after 2-3 postings last year, it kind of died out. And now we get another, clearly inspired by the Sanjay Leela Bhansali incident.
Second week for this, going okay so far! Having a schedule to stick to is really driving me to watch movies. That was the initial purpose of the To-Do List, but then it just got so big I couldn’t deal with it. But needing to have a new Malayalam film watched and reviewed every Monday is good for me. Oh, and this movie in particular I have been wanting to watch since last Onam (at my local theater, we got Oozham instead).
Have I mentioned before that the India-America time difference is THE WORST THING IN THE WORLD? It’s just come up again, because Karan Johar tweeted the first poster and first teaser for Badrinath Ki Dulhania about 20 minutes after I went to bed. EVIL!
I am still struggling with how Raees ended. Although, Fida’s comment this morning suggesting it was Raees choice to end that way helped a lot. But, I don’t know, I think I still would have preferred a different ending. Not because it was sad (which it was!), but because it was not in synch with the rest of the film and the character and the situation. So, for a fun Sunday post, I am going to re-write it the way it SHOULD have been written!
There are two parts to this story, and it’s the aftermath I find much more interesting and radical. So I’m going to start there and work backwards.
Well, that headline is just not true. Clearly a three piece suit wearing man is the hottest possible option. But, for this week, I am going to follow a suggestion from Miss Braganza and do a post of men in traditional outfits.
So, I saw Raees for the second time last night! Some things were better on this watch, and some things were worse. But, knowing how it ends, I was able to pay more attention to various hints and clues that were dropped along the way, and I think I have a better sense of how the whole thing was built piece by piece. So I can do my “real” spoiler review, instead of just a mini one.
Sorry sorry! Another America only post! But this is directly related to the topic of this blog, Jeff Sessions is up for Attorney General, he would haaaaaaaaaaaaaate that we all watch and love films featuring brown-skinned people and religious minorities (well, minorities in America), most of which are produced by an extremely obviously gay man.
It’s awkward ending a Hindi Film 101 series on a Tuesday! So for this Thursday I’m going to do a quick one-off, not the history of a star or a star family, but of a genre. Just in time to appreciate the newest iteration on the crime film in Raees! (all the Hindi Film 101 posts are visible here)
I’m tired, it’s late, but I also really want to start talking about Raees with you guys! And I want to do it in a place where we won’t spoil it for those poor people who haven’t been able to see it yet. And thus, a mini-review! I still get to write and put up a better review sometime tomorrow, but this is just something to hold you over until then.
Oooo, that headline sounds so fancy! “GMT” and all that! To make it simpler, 2/5/2017 1am Greenwich Mean time is 7pm 2/4/2017 Chicago time (where I am). It is 2pm Sydney time (I think), and various other times all over Australia (Australia is weird! 13 TIME ZONES!!!!!). And 10am in Japan. And 6:30am India time (sorry Indian readers!).
This is our weekly discussion area. You can come back here for the next 7 days, tell me about what you just watched, and what you thought, and what you are thinking of watching next, and anything else. If I have something interesting to contribute in response, I will! Otherwise, I hope another commentator sees it and responds better than I could. (I will always respond, of course, but sometimes it might just be “wow, sounds great!”)
Again, I am going to try to have some kind of posting schedule so my readers can know what to look for when, and I can keep on a regular varied diet of films. And so for Tuesday, a Tamil film (or Telugu, they are both alliterative)! As I continue to go through the oldest Rajnikanth films available from Netflix! This one apparently was an all time hit, and I can see way, because it is fun! Just big silly fun! Until right at the end when real emotion suddenly rears its head.
I’m just going to say it, Deewar is the best written film in the history of Hindi cinema. It deserves an epic detailed perfect discussion. That is not this post. This post is a very superficial and not detailed discussion as it relates to the upcoming release of Raees.
Ugh, that feels so exclusionary! It’s just because it is a political action post, and unfortunately if you can’t vote in American elections, this won’t be that useful for you. Also, sorry that it’s not really Indian film related, I will return to regularly schedule blog programming on my next post.
Okay, I’m going to try something. Before, I would get a big DVD order or have a slow week at work, and post a ton of blog posts from Kerala or Tamil Nadu or whatever all at once. And then hit a point of being busy at work and running out of DVDs or whatever and post no reviews at all for a while. But that’s not good, this start and stop. So, now that the big Hindi release season is about to end, I am going to try to stick to a schedule, Monday Malayalam, Tuesday Tamil or Telugu. And then Hindi or whatever other random thing I am watching (Zindagi Gulzar Hai?) the rest of the week. Continue reading
Happy Raees Week! I was considering not even including Don as an option, because it was so extremely different from the kind of film it looks like this will be. But on the other hand, it is Shahrukh’s most famous “bad” role, so I really should talk about it.