Movie Club Films! Plan Your Watching Around My Reviews

Okay, I’m gonna try something new.  I’m going to tell you in advance what reviews I am going to post, so you can watch the movies and be ready with brilliant thoughts to post on the review and join in the discussion.  Actually I am going to try 3 new things and see which works best, three different kinds of reviews that I will warn you about in advance.

  1. On Friday 9/7 I will post my review of Raajneeti, which is now available on Netflix America if you want to rewatch it (or watch it for the first time) in advance

This is a new movie to me too, and a new review.  So I won’t be able to do this every week just because I won’t always be able to guarantee I will have time to watch and write far enough in advance to give warning, but we can try it this week and see how it goes.

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2. On Sunday 9/9, I will repost my review of My Name is Khan, which is also on Netflix.

This is a review I spent a lot of time on and it didn’t get as many comments as I think it should have.  Now you have a week’s notice, you can think about it and prepare.  I am assuming a large number of my readers have already seen this movie and don’t need to set aside the time to watch it fresh.

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2. On Monday 9/10, I will repost my review of Angamaly Diaries which is a brilliant Malayalam film everyone should watch and which is now on Netflix.

This is a movie I saw in theaters over a year ago and wrote a detailed review, but because it was then not very available, not many of you were able to read the review or comment.  Now you can!

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We will see how this goes, I might start a habit of doing reruns every Sunday of films that didn’t get many comments, and Malayalam or Tamil or Telugu reruns every other week or so.  It would save me some time, and it would let you watch movies that you may have missed the first time around, knowing that there will be a place to talk about them.


Oh, and if you look at this list and think “It’s too much!  I can’t watch 3 movies in a week and also find time to say something interesting about them!”, well WELCOME TO MY WORLD.  Except it’s 4 movies a week usually.


Anyway, I know it is a lot, I want to see which people like best, so we will start with this, and then moving forward if it works, it will probably be more of a mix of a Malayalam rerun one week and a Friday classic notified in advance another week and so on.


21 thoughts on “Movie Club Films! Plan Your Watching Around My Reviews

    • Perfect! That’s the other reason I wanted to do multiple, so you can pick which ones to watch and which to skip.

      Angamaly Diares is complicated in structure but over all has a light hand. My Name is Khan is a real tearjerker.

      On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 3:21 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  1. Raajneeti, I’ll pass, because Katrina and Ranbir, but I can’t wait to see Angamaly Diaries. I was trying to watch this movie for months, and now when I have a deadline I’m sure I’ll make it.


    • Yaaay! It’s such a good movie, I want as many people to watch it as possible.

      On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 4:11 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  2. I’m excited for Rajneeti. When I first got into Indian films I was just watching whatever was on YouTube, with very mixed results. An Indian friend got a bit exasperated with all the crap I was watching and gave this to me on a memory stick, with the advice to watch for Arjun Rampal. It introduced a number of really interesting actors to me (and also Katrina) which had a snowball effect as I was able to expand my watching by looking for their movies. Also introduced me to Prakash Jha, who has pretty consistently disappointed me ever since.

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    • I’m excited too! Everyone says it is one of Kat and Ranbir’s best performances and I want to see how it is.

      On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 5:13 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  3. I’ve watched the first and second. Rajneeti for the many, many known names together in one movie (it was worth to stick to it despite the topic) and MyNameIsKhan at the Berlinale (with press-viewing, pc, red carpet, interviews and multiple viewings with ShahRukh-fans). I’m looking forward to the Malayalam movie because you kind of introduced me to Malayalam films (my first one was Celuloid with Pritviraj).


  4. You are single handedly justifying my subscription to Netflix! They should pay you. Maybe if you provide the actual Netflix link to each film, would you get a kickback if we click the link through to the movie? Like on instagram, when you tag your clothes with the link of where to buy each item? Maybe your social media manager can investigate this further.

    Both Rajneeti and Angamaly are on my Continue Watching list on Netflix because I’ve probably gotten 15 minutes into each. Now with a deadline I will definitely finish then.

    Yes within those 15 minutes, Katrina proves that she is capable of acting. Nothing Oscar worthy, but she is sufficiently in character for me to no longer see Katrina but the character.

    MNIK I saw once in theaters when it came out, kinda didn’t like it, but my experience with KJo films is that they are far better on the second viewing, when the contrivances are no longer a surprise. I loved your review though, so I’m looking forward to rewatching with your sociological, political, and historical insight in mind.


    • Yaaay! I am excited that I am justifying choosing all Netflix movies, since it seems to be the easiest way for people to watch.

      On Mon, Sep 3, 2018 at 12:33 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  5. Unexpected phenomenon with Rajneeti … In the Indian political genre, the male costumes are often all white – hat/cap, top/shirt, bottom/pant. Well, guess where the (white-lettered) subtitles often land? On the male costumes! Try reading white on white subtitles, especially long political ones, lol. At least the slightly grey edging on the white block lettering helps out a bit. I watched this last night but will have to take a second go at it to decipher some subtitles that I let go unread.


    • This is a lot of pressure on my review! Knowing I will have people ready to correct me. And yet, I can’t bring myself to watch it again. Don’t have time for one thing, there’s a work event tomorrow night and I am going out with my Mom tonight, and on Thursday I have to actually write the review. And for another, it is a VERY VERY long movie.

      So look forward to a thematic discussion that might waltz past some of the little “and then he said this thing which subtly implied this other thing but the film never necessarily confirmed it” kind of details. It’s Godfather crossed with the Mahabharata and a brother-brother love triangle thrown in, that’s what I’ll stick with.

      Also, why DO politicians in India wear white? And also the vest over shirt look? I’ve just accepted it as part of the visual language of films without thinking about it, but surely there is a reason? Did Nehru always wear white?

      On Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 4:16 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • Oh I didn’t mean to create pressure for you, only meant it as a warning to other viewers that the subtitle work is a bit challenging, for an unexpected reason.

        I don’t know the history of the white clothing, but nehru switched it up btwn white, beige, or wheat.


        • If nothing else, I am guessing it made him easy to see in the middle of a large crowd.

          On Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 4:34 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  6. Woot! I’m shooting for Rajneeti. I think I commented on the MNIK review before but will come over to check out the discussion. I’m a big fan of the Friday classics idea because by Friday I’m often too brain dead to do much heavy thinking/writing work, and it’s a welcome break to talk about movies and wait for your TGIF post. 🙂


    • Raajneeti is VERY LONG. But luckily, Arjun Rampal is VERY HANDSOME, so that will help get you through.

      On Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 4:58 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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  7. Sadly, MNIK has been sent to Netflix Purgatory, where it will remain until it is resurrected once again.

    On Amazon prime, you have to rent it for $4.

    It’s on einthusan though.


    • Oh right, MNIK is Dharma!!!! So, not included in the Red Chillies deal, included in Karan’s little super-uper expensive and competitive side deal.

      Next week the movie I am thinking about is a YRF, which means it isn’t streaming for free anywhere, but they make it very cheap to rent ($1.49) and hopefully that will be affordable for everyone.

      On Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 12:55 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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