Global Box Office: Rangoon is an Also Ran, and I Meet a Kannada Movie Star!

Well, Rangoon is definitely the top pick for the weekend.  But it was a terrible terrible weekend, so that is not saying much.  The only big hit per screen was the one with inflated ticket prices (more on that later).

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Upcoming Movies: Two Trailers and Rani!

Yay, Rani’s back!!!!  I can’t decide if all these 90s actresses coming back is because the 90s really did have the best batch, or because the industry has finally started to accept women over 35 as more than just mothers.  Probably a combo of the two.

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Monday Malayalam: Ezra Puts a Twist on Manichitrathazhu

I went to see a Malayalam movie in the theaters again!  Actually, I saw two, and was completely unproductive otherwise all Saturday.  It was a great weekend.  And next Monday, you get to see a review of the other movie!

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Silly Sunday Speculative Post: In Honor of Veeram, Shakespeare!

I think Shakespeare’s tragedies have been pretty well covered by Indian film, don’t you?  And this week we get yet another version of MacBeth.  But what about his comedies?   Besides Dil Bole Hadippa, have we had any in the past few years?  Datablue asked me a question about it on Monday’s post, and that got me thinking.  More Shakespeare comedies, I say!  Possibly following the lines I lay out below.

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Rangoon Review (SPOILERS): Every Five Minutes is Another “OH COME ON!!!” Moment

This was not a good movie.  And, to save you all from it, I am going to provide a summary here that you can read instead of sitting through the whole 3 hour mess like I had to.  It is my gift to humanity!  And if, for some reason, you feel the need to actually see it, you can always read my No Spoilers review instead.

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Guide Part 2: The Actual Film (Well, The Beginning of It)

Yesterday I did an in depth post on the whole behind the scenes process of making Guide and who all the personalities involved where and what their background was and so on and so on (not including the Murder and Sex Cult part of the Anand brothers’ story, because those hadn’t happened yet).  I wanted to say aaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllll of that before I got into discussing the actual film.  Which is what I will do now, only I will be referring back to stuff from the other post, so read this first!

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Hindi Film 101 One-Off: Fearless Nadia Wadia and the Real Story Behind Rangoon

I’m still in the middle of my Chopra family series, I’ll be back to it next week for the family feud in the second generation and the joining with the Mukherjee family.  But right now, I wanted to make sure we all knew the “real” story behind Kangana Ranaut’s character in Rangoon before we go see the film.

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Guide: Everything I Need To Say Before I Say Things About the Film

As you know, if you read my blog regularly, I went on a trip recently.  And I decided the perfect time to finally watch Guide was on my smartphone on the flight.  And it was perfect!  I had no other options, so I couldn’t put it off any longer.  And I was able to watch it with intense focus, since I was holding the screen right up at the end of my nose.  And this was a film that really really really deserved close watching!  And close analysis, which is why I am starting with a post that just gives background before I even talk about the film itself.

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Tuesday Telugu: Desamuduru, I Am Still Conflicted About Allu Arjun’s Hair

Another Allu Arjun film!  Am I remembering right that his hair changes frequently? Unlike most male stars, where the hair and the whole look is kind of part of their brand?  If so, I think he should keep changing, because this look is not the best.

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Monday Malayalam: Guppy, A Sadder Film Than You Would Expect

In several parts of this film, I was reminded of Annmariya.  Same single parent family, same kid with too many worries, same unusual relationship between an older tougher man and the kid.  But while Annmariya took place in a world of magic and destiny where nothing ever went really wrong, this film took place in the “real” world, and was much sadder.

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News About 3 Upcoming Movies: Naseerji’s Son Gets His Launch, Swara Bhaskar Gets a Lead Role, and Yashji Gets a Remake

Well, everyone has decided that the duldrums of February is the time to promote their films, and the duldrums of March is the time to release them.  It’s an interesting sign of the state of the industry that I find  the piddling little early spring releases much more interesting than the big deal winter ones.

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Sunday Silly Speculative Post: What Happened to Naina in K3G?

Time for my silly post!  This week, I was looking at my DVD shelf trying to think of what to talk about, and my eye fell on K3G.  And I suddenly remembered the one very unfinished plot point in that movie.  Whatever happened to Rani’s character?

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