Well, this was an actual good movie! A no shortcuts, no lack of imagination, no lack of quality, straight up good movie. How refreshing! Something I could see myself going to with my parents, or seeing a second time just on my own. Not flawless, but actually really really good! It’s been awhile since I had that. Certainly better than the movie I saw last night. (Spoiler review for this going up on Tuesday, the usual Tuesday Telugu)
Monthly Archives: September 2017
Judwaa 2 Review (SPOILERS): Salman Steals the Film
The mere fact of Salman being in this film isn’t a spoiler, right? That’s been so heavily promoted that you can’t escape it? The exact manner of his appearance has not been promoted, but I’ll tell you that. The rest of the plot, definitely spoilers. Yes, even if you have seen the original. (review of the original Judwaa here and no spoiler review of Judwaa 2 here)
Really is not fair that Dussehra landed the day after Judwaa 2!!! So I am going to be lazy and only put up a few songs. But, to make up for it, temporary new blog header image! Pretty cool, right? (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)
Judwaa 2 Review: It’s True, They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To!
Well, this was as expected mostly! Enjoyable, fun, all of that. And yet (having just rewatched the original), I found myself thinking “it just doesn’t feel the same”.
Tom Alter Dies, Hindi Cinema Has Lost One of Its Outstanding Actors
Asmita just alerted me in the comments that Tom Alter has passed away. Which immediately brought up his face in my head. He has been in sooooooo many movies. And he did such a good job in them! (If you are interested in seeing a recent performance, he was in M Cream which is now on Netflix)
TGIF: Happy Coffee Day!
Happy Coffee Day! I will not be celebrating, because I never have coffee on Fridays so I can sleep in on Saturday (unless, maybe I can make an exception because I will have to stay up super late for Judwaa tonight? No, better not)
Friday Classics: Queen, The Original Will Always Be the Best
Thanks to all this buzz about the remakes, I thought it would be a good time to stop and reflect on the original. Plus, counter-programming to the very male new releases this week, Spyder and Judwaa 2!
New JHMS Deleted Scene! And New Theory! (both courtesy of Claudia)
This whole post is basically Claudia. She alerted me to the new deleted scene and, a few days back, she sent me a very lengthy detailed analysis that I have been trying to find a good place to post. And so I am putting her video, and her analysis, together with my analysis of the video, and calling it a post. (full Jab Harry Met Sejal coverage index here)
DDLJ Scene By Scene Part 29: The Man in the Kitchen
Welcome back to DDLJ watch! And this is a very very big scene. Not in terms of plot, but in terms of changing how we see our hero. (full index of DDLJ coverage here)
Happy Birthday Lata Mangeshkar!!! Part 3, Reasons 60-88 That I Love You
Last post! On your birthday in America. The final 28 reasons I love you. (1-30 here, 31-60 here)
Watching Wednesday (on Thursday, Sorry Sorry! Very Late): What Are You Watching and Reading and Thinking This Week?
Happy Thursday! I was so excited by the new deleted scene yesterday that I totally forgot to put up my watching post. So here it is today, and hopefully SRK doesn’t distract us again. Which leads to my question for you: what is your story of a movie/movie related thing that distracted you from a real life responsibility?
Happy Birthday Ranbir Kapoor!
Happy Birthday Ranbir! Last year I promised to bump you up from 12 to 34 if Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was good. And it was! But then Jagga Jasoos was bad. So I will average it and bring you up to 23. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)
Happy Birthday Lataji! 88 Reasons I Love You, Part 2
Should I have been counting down, 88 to 1? Oh well, too late now, and anyway that would have been confusing. I’ll stick with straight 1 through 88. Or, for this post, 31-60 (first post here)
Happy Birthday Lata Mangashkar! 88 Reasons I Love You, Part 1
Happy birthday Lataji! I felt so guilty last year for celebrating your sister’s birthday, and skipping yours. But not again!
Another Deleted Scene!!!! Shahrukh Must Be Very Concerned About my View Counts
Remember how all the teaser trailer releases were coded love messages from SRK to me? Well, I think these deleted scenes might be as well! He knew my view count was going down with no big releases for the past few weeks and, to help me out, he is posting these videos. Oh, and also to help me, a nice commentator has given us a TRANSLATION!!!! (full coverage of Jab Harry Met Sejal here)
Happy Birthday Yashji! 85 Reasons I Love You
Okay, let’s do this! A full 85! I broke it into 3 parts last year, but this year I think I will just do one massive post. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)
Tuesday Tamil: Vaaranam Aayiram, the Son is the Mirror of the Father
I finally watched it! After promising for ages and ages and ages. And it was exhausting! SO MUCH HAPPENED!!!!! Also, proved what I thought after Arjun Reddy, that kind of hardcore plot was nothing new.
Box Office Youtube Video
Essentially nothing new here, besides the shirt I am wearing. Which isn’t new to me, but I haven’t worn it in a video yet. Very short video summarizing everything I already said in this post.
JHMS Alert!!!! Deleted Scene!
Apparently, the move was going to be even sexier. And then they cut this part, no doubt in fear of law suits because of fainting and heart attacks in the theater. And also, it doesn’t quite work as well with the plot. (full JHMS coverage here)
Box Office: Bhoomi Goes Bust, Nikki Zaildar 2 goes ZAM!
Another week, more of the same. Hindi big releases are record breakingly bad, small releases hold steady in weeks 4-5-6. And Telugu films look good by comparison but really aren’t. But the real interesting story is the little Punjabi film that is breaking records. (as always, figures from bollywoodhungama)
Happy Birthday Dev Anand! A Dozen Reasons I Love You!
I know, he’s dead. But that’s no reason not to celebrate his life! Especially because Dev himself seems like someone who was always down for a celebration. So, here are 12 random reasons to celebrate! (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)
Monday Malayalam: Avidathepole Ivideyum, I Am Still in Love With 80s Mohanlal
Oh young Mohanlal! Why are you so wonderful? One of my first Malayalam films was Aalkkoottathil Thaniye which is mostly a Mammootty film, but in his two scenes, Mohanlal stole the show for me. And now with them as equal actors, I am even more convinced that Mohanlal is the one for me. At least, in the 1980s. Haven’t made a decision yet for the other eras.
News Round-Up: Salman as a Father, Ranveer as a Cricketer, Abhishek as a Flake
I’m getting a little better at this, checking the news stories. Still not great, I’m still only using one source which is terrible, and I still don’t have a ton of background on things. But I’m getting there!
Monday Morning Questions Post, Spyder and Judwaa Week!
Happy Monday! 2 days to Spyder, 4 days to Judwaa. Or 3 days and 5 days? I guess it depends on how you count. Anyway, soon!
Om Shanti Om Mini-Review, Everything is Fake But the Feelings
Well, my view counts are down! Stupid bad Hindi new releases, ruining my blog. Anyway, in a painfully obvious attempt to woo readers, I am putting up a tiny quickie review of one of the big hits of the past that I haven’t happened to cover before. Om Shanti Om!