TGIF: Happy Labor Day Weekend! Let’s Look at Laboring Men!!!

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.

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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!”

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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.

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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?”

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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