I just put this up back in May for international labor day. But in America we have our own special “we’re no commies” Labor Day in September. Oh well, it’s a fun post and this gave me a chance to update and add on to it again.
Monthly Archives: August 2018
News Update: Manikarnika Mess, Kangana Cannot STOP TALKING
Oh dear. Kangana is not very good at not talking, is she? Sometimes reading these quotes I just want to reach through time and space and slap my hand over her mouth and tell her “STOP. TALKING!”
Friday Classics: Swades, True Happiness Comes From Working Together to Do Good
Reflects on Life was talking about this movie in the Wednesday Watching post and suggested it for a Friday Classic. Which made me realize I hadn’t actually written about it yet. I think it’s one of those Big movies that I was avoiding, ones that are really good, and I also really like and I want to be careful to explain why I like them in a way that makes you like them too, not just appreciate their quality.
News Round-Up: Ajay Bets All on Luv Ranjan, Manikarnika Makers Bet All on Spin Stories, Shahid Bets All on Dingko Singh
Some interesting little stories today! With some interesting things to think about in terms of Big Questions of Indian society and film and fun stuff like that. And also, little petty questions like “what the heck is happening on the Manikarnika set and why are they trying so hard to cover it up?”
Hindi/Tamil/Telugu/Malayalam/Kannada 101: Rajinikanth Part 2, Homeless to Millionaire
I already put up my part 1, which I am sure was not fully accurate and certainly not complete. But it is my stab at somehow pulling together what little I know into a cohesive whole, in the hopes that it starts a conversation and I can learn more from you all.
Hindi/Tamil/Kannada/Malayalam/Telugu Film 101: Rajinikanth’s Life, Part 1 Bus Conductor to Movie Star
Well, I did it! I finally finished my Rajinikanth biography! Now I just have the Savitri, Hema Malini, and Shashi Kapoor biography on my to do pile. Plus various other film books that aren’t star memoirs. Anyway, now I am ready to very tentatively try to put together some kind of narrative of Rajinikanth’s life, based on the movies I have watched (far more than I realized!), and this book, and information I gathered elsewhere
Happy Birthday Nagarjuna! Khuda Gawah, Your Only Movie on Netflix
I know this isn’t the best movie, in many ways. But it is a very enjoyable and memorable movie. And I’m sleepy and this is a movie I can write about without thinking to much. Because it doesn’t demand much thought.
Happy Birthday Nagarjuna! Manam, The First Time I Saw You Onscreen
I LOVED this movie! This is going to be my new happy making comfort food film every time I get down. Everyone is happy and good and does good happy things and has good happy things happen to them. And even if something bad does happen, not to worry! You’ll just get another chance in your next life!
Happy Birthday Nagarjuna! Geethanjali, Your Mani Ratnam Film
Mani Ratnam strikes again! Another great romance with a complicated heroine and interesting supportive hero. Oh, and I am going to assume for this entire review that you at least know the big thing that is revealed 10 minutes into the film, so if you are obsessive about SPOILERS and don’t even want to know that, DON’T READ ANY MORE!!! But if you are fine with the 10 minute in reveal, but want to be protected from what happens in the remaining 113 minutes, keep going until the usual SPOILER marker.
Happy Birthday Nagarjuna!!! Nenunnanu, The Movie That Made Me Love You
Did you know Nagarjuna was in Khuda Gawah? I didn’t! And I’ve seen that movie way more times than anyone should see Khuda Gawah. How did I not notice him back then? Because now, I love him!
Happy Birthday Nagarjuna! Santosham, A Telugu Version of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
I think I might have some strange attraction to old men? People keep trying to sell me on Mahesh and Allu Arjun and even Naga Chaitanya, and yet I find myself drawn to old man Nagarjuna. He’s just so much more cool and confident than those younger boys! Although at least this movie is 15 years old, so back when he was only 42, which is almost kind of age appropriate for me! If you squint a bit and assume a husband should be a lot older than a wife.
Happy Birthday Nagarjuna! Manmadhudu, Nagarjuna’s Take on Misogyny
A totally silly soothing film that I could have on in the background while blogging/quilting/cooking. A film that, I think, is ultimately harmless although it sure sounds harmful in description!
Happy National Sports Day!!!!
Well, thanks to the recent glut of sports biopics, lots of options for celebrating this one!!!!
Happy Birthday Nagarjuna!!!!! Ninne Pelladatha, Your Film with Tabu
It’s Nagarjuna’s birthday! What a wonderful day! So, I am going to be reposting all my Nagarjuna reviews for your enjoyment. Or for your ignoring, if you already read them on the first post and don’t care.
Wednesday Watching: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking This Week?
Happy Wednesday! Time to talk about what we’ve all been doing this week and share movie and book and article recommendations and everything else happening in our lives.
Monday Malayalam/Tuesday Telugu: London Bridge/Love in London, A Cross Ocean Cross Languages Hit!
This is a combined Malayalam/Telugu post, because this movie was a combined Malayalam/Telugu hit (and also because I am lazy). Well, “hit”. I guess more accurately it could be called a “not flop”. But it’s still interesting! That a movie was made with Malayalam artists, dubbed into Telugu, and did well enough to be considered a “not flop”.
Lazy Tuesday Discussion Post: Recasting Favorite Sci-Fi Books with Indian Actors
I thought the long Shahrukh interview post would give us plenty to talk about, but there aren’t that many comments over there. From which I can only assume, no one loves Shahrukh any more. I am sure he is desperately refreshing the page thinking “surely SOMEONE has something to say about me! Surely it can’t be that no one is interested any more?” Anyway, since you all find Shahrukh boring, I will bring up a new topic for us to talk about.
Box Office: The Rise of Pakistan!!!!!
Well huh! This makes it the second week after the Teefa release week when Pakistan is making noise. And this week it is actually beating the competition. (figures from Bollywoodhungama, as always)
New Shahrukh Interview! FINALLY!!! Full Text, Annotated With My Thoughts
Well, it’s been a long drought, but now with Zero on the horizon, and Suhana to protect, Shahrukh is finally coming out of his time of silence and has given us one little nice interview to talk over.
Sui Dhaaga First Song, and I Kind of Love It!!!!
This is such a nice song. Of that particular kind of love song that isn’t making big statements either with the lyrics or the visuals, just showing the everyday kind of love. Which makes me hope that the movie as a whole will show us that kind of love too.
News Round-Up: RK Studios Sale, Kriti and Rishi Both Have Films Postponed, and YRF Thugs Publicity Continues
There is one really big story, but so long as I am covering things, I might as well cover the little stories too.
Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me the Last Week of August?
Happy Monday! I have a car again! I am so happy! I can spend time chatting with you all and then drive to work, instead of running for the bus.
Silly Sunday: Raksha Bandhan Reprint, DDLJ 2 with SRKajol’s Son and Daughter
It’s been a busy day, and I don’t feel like this post got enough views the first time around, so I am reposting. Plus, it is perfect for Raksha Bandhan!
Happy Raksha Bandhan!!!!
Happy Raksha Bandhan! A holiday I don’t get to celebrate at all, because there are no brothers in my family. Yes, even if I count cousins. All girls, all the time, both mother and father’s side of the family. But, at least I can watch movies and pretend this is what it would be like if I had a brother or a cousin-brother. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)
(as always, if you have a favorite video for the holiday, let me know in the comments!)
I Have Achieved CAR!!!!! Thanks to the Bank of Mom and Dad
Well, yesterday was exhausting. But I have now once again achieved car ownership, which means reviews of new movies can return (yaaay!). If that’s all you care about, you can move on from this post comforted in the knowledge that I can review Hindi movies opening night again. If you want more details, read on and I will tell aaaalllllll about it. With songs interspersed as usual.