As I am sure you have noticed, my posts tend to be Hindi focused. Because that’s where I know stuff, like being able to scroll through a list of films and remember which ones had really shockingly bad wigs. But that doesn’t mean I don’t care about other places! I just don’t know enough to do an awards post. I’ll do a discussion post instead, and you can all educate me.
The best non-Hindi film I saw was….. Hmm. I’m not sure. This is tricky. Let me come back to it after I answer the 2010s one.
The best non-Hindi film I saw was City of God! I freaking LOVE that movie. Angamaly Diaries is more technically adept, but City of God has the heart that kills me. I could happily recommend it to any film person, from Spielberg to my favorite film class professor, and know they would come back to me crying at the beauty of it. Truly, Lilo Jose Pellisery is the greatest director living today, and one of the handful of greatest directors of all time. Guru Dutt/Orson Welles/Raj Kapoor level.
Okay, back to the 2019s! What non-Hindi movies did I even watch? There’s Saaho, but that is definitely NOT the best. Sye Raa Narasimhaa Reddy was crazy fun, but also not the best. Jallikattu is (of course) the most technically brilliant and inventive but it didn’t have the heart I like. Maybe Virus? I didn’t love-love it, but it is extremely well-made in a highly specific and difficult kind of way. Dear Comrade was super fun, but not like “good”. Gang Leader was actually good, but was it the best? If Sarvam Thaala Mayam had had consistent quality, it would easily be the best, but it didn’t land the ending at all. Super Deluxe, upon reflection, I kind of hated. Bigil, SO FUN! But not even as good as Gang Leader. Kumbalangi Nights, I like more on reflection than on the first watch (kind of the opposite of Super Deluxe). June I really liked too. Uyare was good too, but again weak at the end. Brothers Day was a fun watch, but not a good movie. Driving License, ditto.
Okay, I think I have to do a 4 way tie! Jallikattu was the best technically (available on Prime, someday)
Gang Leader was the funnest watch (available on Prime now)
Virus was the best written (available on Prime)
Kumbalangi Nights was the best in all those ways combined but not as good individually as the others.
How about you?