Sunday Classic ReRun: Sadak! Let’s Talk About the Original Before the Sequel

This is a bit of an odd duck for a “classics” post.  It came out only 25 years ago, and isn’t as well remembered as some other films from the same era (Saajan, Khalnayak).  I hadn’t even heard of it until it came up in an article on Sanjay.  And then I watched it and went “wow!  This is a brilliant movie!”  So I am here to sing its praises, just in case you haven’t run across it before.

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Silly Sunday: Random Harvest! A completely Ridiculous Plot that is Just Begging to Be Remade in India

I’m exhausted after yesterday, so I’m not coming up with new stories, instead I am lifting a ridiculous plot from a classic Hollywood film/British novel.  A plot so ridiculous that it really belongs in India any way, it was wasted in Hollywood.

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Tuesday Tamil ReRun Announcement! You Should All Rewatch Kannathil Muthamittal/A Peck on the Cheek Before 10/9

Don’t panic, I know it is two Tuesday reruns in a row, but I am hoping to sneak in Devadas sometime this week so there will be a random new Telugu review somewhere in there.  I hope.  Anyway, this movie is so special and amazing, it should be no misery to rewatch it.  Or just comment again if you’ve already seen it.

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Sui Dhaaga Review (SPOILERS): A Love Story and a business story, working together like needle and thread

This is a nice pleasant pretty predictable movie, one of those that it is kind of hard to spoil because you can probably guess most of it.  But just in case you really really don’t want to be spoiled, you can read my No Spoilers review instead of this one.

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Happy Songs Post! I Guarantee At Least One Of These Will Make You Smile, No Matter What is Happening

It’s been overcast all day today here, and I am facing down a very long and difficult weekend, so I need things to smile about!  If you also need things to smile about, I highly recommend this post.  At least one, if not many, of these songs will make you smile.

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Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Review (SPOILERS): A Story With No Heroes

This is a really brilliant concept for a film.  An intellectual exercise more than anything.  I encourage you to watch it straight through once without knowing what is coming, but I also suspect it might turn out to be more entertaining when you know what is coming and can watch how it is built.  If you want to maintain the surprise, you can read my No Spoilers review.

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Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Review (No Spoilers): A Film As Cold As a Glass Mansion

That was a very elaborate process!  Getting to the theater from work, buying the ticket in advance so it wouldn’t be sold out, and on and on.  But, worth it!  Not as good as the best Ratnam film, but far better than the worst (Kadal).

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Kannathil Muthamittal, My Favorite Ratnam Movie

This film in particular apparently went to a bunch of international film festivals?  The end result being, it is easily available from my library, and on a bunch of streaming websites.  I mean, it’s also a really really good movie, but the reason I picked it to watch next was based purely on convenience.

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OK Kanmani, Mani Ratnam’s Return to Form

I watched this movie months and months ago when it first arrived on American Netflix, but that was before I was blogging seriously so I didn’t pay very close attention.  I wanted to watch it again, now that the remake will be releasing soon (January 13th), and think about how this film could possibly be remade.

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Kadal , Mani Ratnam Manages to Make a Bad Movie

This is a strange review, because it’s a beautiful movie with a lot of strong elements that somehow fails to come together.  But then on the other hand, the only version I was able to find was for some reason missing 8 or 20 minutes (depending on which source I see), so it’s possible it would have come together if I had seen the full version.  But I still kind of doubt it somehow.  It’s just an odd odd plot, a strange combination of Agneepath and Thalapathi and “Joote Bole” from Bobby expanded to full film length.  And also Christian philosophy which is never quite defined.

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Mani Ratnam Remake! Alai Payuthey/Saathiya Combined Review

I finally watched Alai Payuthey!  After putting it off for years and years and years and years and years.  Because I love Saathiya, and I didn’t want to risk having it spoiled.  But turns out, they are two distinctly different movies!  Although still similar to Saathiya, so this is going to be kind of a combined review.  I talked about some of these differences a little already when I reported on the OK Jaanu/OK Kanmani remake thing.

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Mani Ratnam Takes on MGR!!! Iruvar, His Most Political Film

I was watching this movie so closely!  So closely!  I know the drill with Ratnam films, he just drops in these little bits and then moves on so you can’t look away for a second.  And yet, I was still completely lost.  But I don’t think it’s my fault!  Or at least, not my fault because I wasn’t watching closely enough, but because I didn’t have the expected background.

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Geethanjali, Mani Ratnam in Telugu

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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