Happy Wednesday! Strange week for me, I am super busy but it all starts at the end of the week instead of the beginning. So, today and tomorrow and Friday and Saturday are all king to be a bit of a slog.
Reading: I am alternating between Terry Pratchett and Lois Bujold. Both very good writers, very different writers. Really interesting to compare and contrast, and also just nice to take a break by going between them.
Watching: I showed Dina 1: Nenokaddine on Saturday, which she loved, and which was even better than I remembered. The pre-interval bathroom scene is just brilliant, as is the no holds barred way it throws itself into the standard logic of Telugu films and plays with it. But the romance is still stupid, they should have just made Kriti be his long term girlfriend instead of trying to add on a “meet cute” to the already wobbly structure.
Thinking: I think I figured out how I can see Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, but it will be very complicated and probably expensive. If I don’t end up enjoying this movie enough to make up for it, I am writing Ratnam an angry letter! And my other big thought, I have a trainer coming to look at Dog Hazel tonight and I am very nervous that Dog Hazel and I won’t live up to her standards. But if I don’t like her, I guess I just don’t hire her. And if I do like her, Dog Hazel and I do three one on one sessions and then DH becomes fully trained and responsible and I am all done.
Now, question for you! A follow up on Monday’s question: What are your POPULAR opinions about Indian film? The opinions that you have gotten a consistent response of “yes yes, I so agree!”
Here’s one I’ve gotten a lot of confirmation on, Anil Kapoor has aged like a fine wine. Far more attractive now, especially when playing his age, than he was as a youth. And also a far better and more subtle actor playing mature roles. I don’t think there is anyone who will disagree with that.
Rani Mukherjee is the best actress of her generation. Maybe it’s just people I know that think this, but I feel on pretty firm ground here.
Nivin Pauly, Shahrukh Khan, Kunal Kapoor, but NOT Aamir Khan all look better in beards. I accidentally wrote “bears” at first, which could also be true, but I have no evidence for it.
Anupam Kher, Irrfan Khan, Rajkummar Rao, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nana Patekar, and Pankaj Tripathi make any movie better. Interesting that Rajkummar is the one that has come closest to being a lead actor.
I am sick of biopics and/or historical epics. Anyone else? Or is it just me, after the past 2 years of being flooded with them?