Hindi Film 101: The Deol Family Part 3, Rise and Fall of the Deol Princes Sunny, Bobby, and Abhay

Oh Abhay and Bobby! So cute, so charming, so heartthrob-y. And then, suddenly, not. Time is a cruel master.

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Sunday ReRun: Bharat! The Best Salman-Katrina Movie Yet

What a surprisingly good movie! There were still moments that could have been better, the ending dragged, etc. etc., but overall it is still a very good film. I can whole-heartedly recommend it.

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Silly Sunday: Stories Inspired By Song Videos, “Bang Bang”, “Love is a Dare”, “Ishq Shava”, “Janam Janam”, “Rock ‘n Roll Soniya”

You ready for a silly lazy idea? I’m gonna take a bunch of songs out of context and invent the movies they should belong in, because they don’t quite work in the movies they are in. Feel free to jump in with more ideas in the comments!

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Hindi Film 101: 3 Discussion Topics Pulled out of Recent Reviews; Acid Attacks, Brechtian Art Theory, and the Suffering Artist Fallacy

When I am writing a review, I often branch off into Deep Thoughts inspired by the topic of the film. They are related to the film and belong in the review, but they are also above and beyond the film. Since my last two reviews have gotten soooooooooooo few views (Uyare and Nenu Naa Rakshisi), and I put a lot of work into those big thinky parts of them, I decided to do something a little different and pull out those sections from the reviews and give a new post to discuss just them. Oh, and also the section of my Rockstar review which was similarly abstract.

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Upcoming Movie Reviews: Peranbu, Dear Comrade, TaRaRumPumPum, Bharat (all on Prime)

A mixed bag of movies for next week! A Malayalam film I haven’t seen and will probably admire, a Telugu film I have seen and greatly enjoyed which is now on Prime and you should check it out, my least favorite film of all time, and a movie I enjoyed more than expected which also just hit streaming.

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Thursday Telugu: Nenu Naa Rakshisi, Where is Your Moral Line?

As I said when I announced this review, I can’t truly recommend this film as one for you to watch. It is odd and poorly put together. But it had some interesting ideas so I want to talk about it for a bit, even if no one watched it. Oh, and you can read the first non-spoiler half if you want an interesting discussion of film craftsmanship (who wouldn’t?).

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Shahrukh Summer: Shahrukh in Husband Roles, Which Would You Marry, Divorce, or Leave at the Alter?

This is a variation on a previous post, but in that case I was leaving it open to all Shahrukh roles. Now I am limiting it to just the ones where he actually played a husband so we have a clear comparison. And also to help alert you all to this post from late last night where I discussed Shahrukh as a husband on film.

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Wednesday Malayalam: Uyare, Why the Best Women Get Attacked

Well, this was an uneven movie! As a movie as a whole, it wasn’t perfect. But there were certain sections that were perfect. And, you know, trigger warning for people who are worn out dealing with gender issues. You can read the review and have a helpful supportive discussion here, but maybe don’t force yourself to watch the movie? Put it in the Article 15 pile.

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Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Reading and Thinking and Watching and Listening To the Week The Zoya Factor Comes Out?

Happy Wednesday! Halfway through a weird week. Things are super slow at work right now, which means the work days pass veeeeeeeeeeeeery slowly. I know it shouldn’t work that way, but it does, the busy weeks go by a lot faster.

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Pick a Plot! Three Same-Sex Family Story American Classics You Should All Watch, and Consider the Remakes

Silly post, but I’m running late this morning and I just wanted to throw up something silly. Mostly this is a recommendation post for three really great American family films that happen to revolve around homosexuality. One of my earliest memories is my mother and the video store clerk bonding over how ridiculous it is that The Birdcage is rated “R” since it is one of the most loving and warm family films to ever come out of Hollywood. Along with The Birdcage, you should also watch Kissing Jessica Stein and In and Out because they are all wonderful and loving and warm family movies. And then we can all recast them for India.

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Discussion Question: What Indian Actors/Actresses Have Gotten More Attractive With Age? Ajay Devgan, Dimple Kapadia, Who Else?

You should all be very proud of me, I managed to finish my library book on kindle before midnight tonight when the library will magically take it away. And now it is too late for me to think through a serious “real’ blog post, so you will have to be happy with a non-real one.

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Shahrukh Summer: Rank His Hair! Best to Worst

I feel this is a completely appropriate topic, because hair is a created art form (your stylist takes what you have and changes it), so we can rank his hair as much as we might rank his performances or his clothing styles. Right? It’s not unfair objectification? Oh well, maybe it is, but it’s fun!

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