Should I Announce Next Friday’s Pick in Advance so You Can All Watch it and Be Ready to Discuss? Like a Book Group/Film Club?

Joyomama had an interesting idea, so that everyone is ready to discuss a film when I post a review, how about I announce the film a week in advance and give you all time to catch up and watch it or think about it so it is fresh in your mind?  I like this idea, I’m not sure it will work, but I think it is worth a try.

Here’s the big problem I see.  If you are like me, as soon as you finish a film you will be burbling with thoughts and it will be really really hard to wait until I post my review to share them.  But I can’t say “watch it tonight and discuss tomorrow”, because that’s really not enough time for everyone to arrange to see the movie.  So, I think “watch it this week and discuss on Monday” might be the way to go.  Or something like that.

Oh, and the other problem might be no one is interested/cares.  That’s the two reasons I have a question mark in the headline, so you can help me answer the “does anyone care?” question and the “will you still be interested in talking about a film if you watched it days earlier?”

And here’s the other question, what movie should it be?

I took a look at Netflix, and here are 3 movies I haven’t yet reviewed:

  1. Raajneeti

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  1. Piku

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  1. Chennai Express

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Place your votes between those three and also give your opinion on this idea in the comments, and depending on what you say, I will announce the film choice sometime this afternoon/evening or early tomorrow morning.


20 thoughts on “Should I Announce Next Friday’s Pick in Advance so You Can All Watch it and Be Ready to Discuss? Like a Book Group/Film Club?

    • I saw it twice, and may be able to get away without a refresh watch, so that’s tempting.

      On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 9:09 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  1. I vote for Rajneeti. I have never watched it, but I’ve been keen to watch it, esp since it arrived on Netflix.

    But I think you should review all 3 of these, plus HNY if you haven’t already, so you might consider lining these up for subsequent Fridays.

    I personally like having a week to watch because I often watch these movies in piecemeal, either while doing chores, or late at night and thus I fall asleep after 15-30 minutes, so a new-to-me movie might take me a week to see lol.

    This approach would be especially useful for the other language industries. While I might know what Malayalam, Telugu, or Tamil films are currently in theaters, I don’t have a familiarity with their classics or even their recent film history. So knowing in advance which movie you were going to review in those industries would help guide me on what to watch and when to watch them.

    Unless it’s a review of a recent release, my understanding is that you write your posts well in advance of their post date, so I’m supposing here that that announcing your movie in advance doesn’t really alter the way you do things by much. So the best case scenario is that your comment count and maybe readership goes up, and worst case scenario is that comments and readership are unaffected, for very little extra effort. Correct me if I’m wrong or misunderstanding something here.

    Suggestion – this might be a good way to approach upcoming franchise releases. So if Race 3 were coming out next month, you could announce race 1 & 2 for reviewing this month. That might be especially useful for not-as-famous franchise series like Fukrey 2 and Happy Phir bhag Jayage this year.


    • I feel the same way about Raajneeti!

      I don’t always write in advance. Right now, for instance, I haven’t even watched this week’s Tamil and Malayalam films, let alone written the review. Or even know what they are (I’ll see what I am in the mood for and what is easy to find). But sometimes I do, and I guess I could announce it whenever I do know.

      The other possibility, especially with something like a classic film I reviewed a while back, would be to do a rerun but announce it in advance. Like, Annayum Rasoolum is on Netflix now, I could rerun my review and give a weeks notice so people who haven’t seen it have time to watch it.

      On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 9:33 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



        • Yeah, and would seriously help my time management problems if I could do a rerun announced in advance mixed in with new reviews. One of the big advantages of new reviews is that they bring in new comments. But announcing in advance reruns maybe would get me comments without needing to write anything new?

          On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 10:34 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  2. Rajneeti. You don’t often get to see so many heavyweights together.Each of the characters are fascinating. And it’s based on Mahabharata and Godfather.I’d love to read your insights about that particular combination.And we can perhaps have a poll whether who you’d like to date from the movie- Ranbir, Arjun Rampal or Ajay Devgun.


  3. I’ve never seen Raajneeti either and I’ve been meaning to watch it for a while now. So I would vote for it too. But all three options sound good.


  4. Raajneeti!! Because Nana (my current obsession). I am really looking forward to this. I have not been able to comment much on your review posts because either they are for a film not playing in my area, or an older one that I haven’t seen. I suggested this method because, when I was back in professor mode, there was no discussion without a shared text. Otherwise, it’s more like listening to a lecturer. I enjoy reading your reviews, but it’s hard to interact with them without having seen the film.


    • Yes, absolutely! I try to review things that either I want to encourage people to watch, or (more often) I think they have already watched, so we can all talk about it. The trick of it is that sometimes I can’t commit that far in advance, and I also am not sure that anyone else cares enough to commit.

      But now I am thinking, maybe a mixture? A new review announced in advance when I can, and also reruns (which are easier for me) of film that are recently on Netflix or otherwise, also announced in advance. It might help me a lot with my time management too, if I only have to do a new Malayalam Monday every other week and the other one can be a rerun, for instance, that would let me sleep some of the time, which would be nice.

      On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 10:14 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  5. I’m in the minority here, but my order of preference is Piku, followed by Chennai Express and then Rajneeti way below the other two. Piku is straight up delightful. I love how many different ways its themes can be interpreted. I watched Chennai Express in an auditorium of 1500 people, that can officially seat less than 1000 and it was an absolute hoot. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Rajneeti on the other hand, well, I know you always have interesting things to say about any movie. In one word, I found the movie insipid.


    • I had the same experience with Chennai Express!!!! I liked it a lot better than I thought I would, and I saw it 4 times in theaters and each time the crowd loved it. My favorite time was the 10pm show in the middle of a blizzard, 3 weeks after release. The theater was still half full and people were laughing before the punchlines in anticipation.

      On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 11:40 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  6. I think it’s an excellent idea. e.g I watched #RX100 last week because I thought maybe you will watch it as your Thursday Telugu and I wanted to be ready to comment.


    • Awww, now I feel bad that you watched it and I didn’t. I just wasn’t up to a dark romance. But I’m making up for it by giving you 3 movies with a heads up guarantee this week!

      On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 4:06 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



        • Pilla Ra is super addictive. My 4 year old heard it once while driving & he keeps asking for it. These days the drive to school is us shouting Pilla Ra.. Hungama & whatever other things we can pass off as Telugu.


          • Yes, Pilla Raa is very adictive, but my favourite is Adire Hrudayam. I’m in love with Karthik’s voice in this song.


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