Okay, spoiler time! I am doing a separate SPOILER review not so much to avoid spoilers (it’s not exactly that kind of movie, the plot is so intricate you can’t spoil it entirely), as because the film is so complex, I needed a moment to deal with just the general themes and structure and ideas (the No SPOILERS post) before I could get into the details of what technically happens.
Monthly Archives: April 2018
Hindi Film 101: Happy Birthday Dadasaheb Phalke! Father of Indian Cinema
Shoot, I was sure I had already done a post on him! Oh well, I am sure I have done posts which mentioned him without him being the main focus. And today I will try to fix that.
Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me the Week of 102 Not Out?
Happy Monday! I was up way way too late watching and then reviewing Kammara Sambhavam, and now I am trying to stumble through a day at work. Help keep me awake with questions!
Monday Malayalam: Kammara Sambhavam (No SPOILERS), Art That Disturbs Rather than Comforts
I made a very foolish decision and went to see this movie on Sunday night before getting up early on Monday. And on a full moon night. And then I got lost on the way home. It was a weird evening, is what I am saying, and that is even without watching this very very strange film.
Big Thoughts Posts Ideas Please! Anything You Want Me To Write About?
Well, the last time I put up a post like this, I got 5 ideas right away off the comments, and turned them into 5 posts. And now I am all the way through those 5 posts and I have no more ideas again. So I’m hoping you can help me a second time.
Silly Sunday: Bahubali Remixes, Independence Version and Modern Day Version
I put up this post yesterday for the anniversary, putting it up again in it’s rightful “Silly Sunday” location
Hindi Film 101: The Problem of Concentrated Power
Another big structural thought post! This one is on the problems that come up when the same handful of people, at the very top the industry, are controlling everything. And no, I don’t mean the stars.
Happy Saturday! I’ve Been Productive, How About You?
No Bharat Ane Nenu today, because I was being PRODUCTIVE! In a whole bunch of other ways. Fun fun!
Bahubali Every Post Index
I have written sooooooooo much on Bahubali, it’s kind of over-whelming. So to make it easier, here is one page that lists out every post written.
Bahubali Anniversary Post! Bahubali Remixed, Versions From Other Eras
Well, it’s the B2 anniversary today. And I truly have NOTHING left to say about it. I’ll be reposting my index of full coverage in case you want a trip through memory lane, but in terms of thematic analysis and so on, I am empty. However, I can always write fanfic!!!! So the best I can do for new content is remix the plot and set it in different eras.
Male Gaze/Female Gaze Pop Quiz Post!!!!
I put up a post a few days ago which did NOT get as many views as it deserved (because it was really good! Read it here!), so now I am going to put up a fun version of it. Can you pick the correct answer?????
TGIF: Men With Babies (Featuring Birthday Boy Varun)
Happy Friday! Sorry this is late, crazy day at work, I had to share my computer so looking at sexy photos was a no-go. On the other hand, we also had a baby visit at work, which inspired this post. Hopefully worth the wait.
Friday Classics: Qurbani! The Best Movie of This Kind of Movie
Did you know Feroz Khan and Vinod Khanna share a death anniversary? And it’s today? That’s kind of spooky, Jefferson-Adams 4th of July level spooky*. Clearly the experience of making Qurbani together was so important that it bonded them a deep level.
Thursday Telugu: Bhaagamathie, What Does a Woman Have to Do to Get Our Attention?
I can’t decide if there were too many twists or just the right amount of twists in this movie. Either way, it is way more enjoyable to watch the film without knowing the twists in advance, so DON’T READ THE SPOILERS.
Veere Di Wedding Trailer! My Hopes and Dreams for the Plot Based on the Plotless Trailer
You’ve all probably already said everything you have to say, but if you feel like repeating it all over again, here is this space! Because I finally got around to watching the trailer, and now I can talk about it.
Dog Photo Post-Ignore if You Hate Cute Animals
Anu and Miss Braganza both gave me permission to put up cute dog photos, and this is continuing my “Cheer up! It’s not that bad!” theme of the day. And also the general “kids! Don’t stress about exams!” theme. Dog photos are a wonderful tool.
Silly Post: Recasting Parks and Rec, Jaya would have been THE PERFECT Leslie Knope
It’s Thursday, I want the week to be over, and yesterday it came up that a fair number of us watched/watch Parks and Rec. So why not kill a little work time by recasting it?
Inspirational Songs! Just in Case You Need Inspiring
Mrs. Perfect mentioned that she is struggling with the agony of college decisions. And it is also the end of exam season in India (I still don’t understand this concept, but I will accept that it exists). Time for inspiring “Go and succeed and work hard and have a new challenge!!!!” post!
Hindi Film 101: “Male Gaze” and “Female Gaze” in Indian Film, or Why John Abraham Keeps Taking His Shirt Off
This is an off-shoot of my post on misogyny/objectification/patriarchy, in the comments there was a discussion of whether or not men are objectified in Indian film, which got me thinking about the “male” and “female” gaze questions.
Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Watching and Reading and Thinking This Week?
Happy Wednesday! Halfway through a very long week for me, I am very much looking forward to Saturday and curling up in bed. Although, I have a dog now, so I guess curling up in bed for most of the day interrupted by at least 3 walks.
Sanju Teaser Released FINALLY! A Bit Twee
I know, hours late, but better late than never! And now you can all watch it and have a nice discussion with me about it and how we all feel.
Box Office: Mahesh Babu Moves Bucks!!!!
Does that headline work? I think it works. The point is, FINALLY, there is an old time massive Telugu hit at the American box office. And also the Australian box office. But not Canada, never Canada. (as always, numbers courtesy of Renttrack by way of bollywoodhungama)
Happy Birthday Varun Dhawan!!!!
Have I told you that Varun is secret twins with my friend Dina? Born on the exact same day. Clearly, she was kidnapped and taken from her true home with the Dhawan film family and mysteriously whisked away from her true heritage. Or, at the very least, it is a convenient coincidence which means I never forget either of their birthdays.
Soothing Songs Post to Cool Us All Down
Hello! Two comments sections got mildly heated this morning (well, heated for this website where everything is generally at 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so going up to even 45 feels hot), so I want to put up a nice soothing post to calm us all down. Mostly calm me down, because I hate replying to/reading semi-heated comments! And also it’s Monday morning and my office is maybe the busiest it has been in 2 months.
Monday Morning Questions, Last Week of April!
Happy Monday! Almost through to May, and it is finally springlike weather here. All thanks to my system of putting away my winter sweaters on Easter. Without that, spring would never come.