Wednesday Watching: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking and Listening to the First Week of September?

Happy Wednesday! I get to see my foot doctor again today, which always comes with the hope of Freedom. At this point, I have started thinking I will just be in foot recovery mode for the rest of my life, but he’s got to let me go free eventually, right?

I’ll start!

Reading: I am still reading Thirkell’s and I have now gotten to her wartime books, which are fascinating. She just writes about funny English village life stuff and a little romance, but now it’s with the shadow of WWII, and it is so similar to now! Stuff like everyone feeling vaguely guilty for being happy, or like they should do more, or wondering why it doesn’t seem like their life is as affected as it should be, and just a general sense of unease and lack of control over what the future may hold. It’s fascinating! And kind of reassuring, because the ultimate message is “it’s okay to be happy and give yourself a break, you are doing more than you know, times are weird”. Oh, also, Emily linked to a FASCINATING article about Bengali immigrants to America who became part of the Black community. It’s based on a book which I have just ordered for myself: https://electricliterature.com/bengali-harlem-shows-how-much-south-asians-owe-to-the-black-community/

Watching: My parents and I admitted to each other that our days are increasingly about counting down the hours until it is Midsomer Murder time. Probably not healthy, but it brings such joy to life, so why not? Also, I am having a friends virtual movie party tonight and I can’t decide what to show. Is it finally Saaho time? What do you think?

Thinking: I just can’t seem to get myself motivated to write deep posts (as you’ve probably noticed). I think I’ve got end of summer sleepies. I’m up at the lake house, it’s a little chilly in the morning, all I want to do is read my books and watch Midsomer Murders. Although I did manage to do Sadak 2 this weekend, I am quite proud of myself for that. And maybe next weekend when I am back in the city I will do Masaba Masaba. But for now, lazy!

Listening: It’s Sudeep’s birthday! Let us all concentrate on getting Eega/Makhi back on Netflix.

27 thoughts on “Wednesday Watching: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking and Listening to the First Week of September?

  1. Eega is such a good movie! Like the ultimate concept that wouldn’t work if it was in any other directors or storytellers hands. It’s like a Disney Channel movie made for an PG-15 or close to R rated audience, in a strange way. IT SHOULDN’T WORK YET IT DOES AND I LOVE IT!

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  2. I started watching movies again and I’m happy! I missed it.

    Last week I finished Pyaar Impossible and it was nice. My favourite part was when Uday told Priyanka to dress like a nerd and try to pick up a guy. I loved that it wasn’t Uday who had the makeover and it wasn’t the usuall “change yourself and you will get noticed”.

    The other day I saw thare is a movie about a muslim girl who wants to learn Bharatanatyam on einthusan and I just had to watch it. It was like made for me: a film about a dancer who has very supportive the best dad ever, and in the end she dances Bharatanatyam to Sufi music! The movie name is Mee Raqsam.

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    • I’m happy for you too! And very happy that someone else watched and enjoyed Pyaar Impossible, that poor movie doesn’t get enough love.

      On Wed, Sep 2, 2020 at 9:12 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • I was surprised to see all those bad “reviews”. It wasn’t a masterpiece but it was ok, a nice time-pass. It was colourful, had very catchy songs and some good ideas. In my opinion Neal n’ Nikki is better but I don’t know wy people hate it.

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  3. I watched a whole bunch of things, which is weird, because I have no head for anything.

    I tried watching the Dev Patel David Copperfield, but couldn’t do it. It went so fast and there seemed to be no plot, everything was just improv done by not an improv troupe but by 5 major British actors competing with each other and talking at once so there weren’t really even scenes per se. Also Dev Patel seemed to be imitating 90s Hugh Grant, which I do not want at all. Although it IS the only adaptation that has made Clara acceptable.

    So then I watched the new Bill and Ted, which was fun, and Lovebirds, which was also fun, and also Vettai, which was decent, because my friend wanted to watch a Tamil movie.

    I need new stuff to watch now.

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    • That Dev Patel movie sounds like my nightmare, Dickens down like improv? Blech! I think I would rather even watch Fitoor again.

      YAAAAAAAAY! Vettai!!!! Maybe that should be the movie I watch with my friends tonight?

      On Wed, Sep 2, 2020 at 9:26 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  4. I watched Mira Nair’s suitable boy…..so many thoughts…so much to discuss…won’t say anything more…will wait for you to see it and post about it…though I will say that the music by Anoushka Shankar and Kavita Seth is absolutely fabulous!! Some songs are available on Youtube and I can link them if you want…

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  5. Was busy with school relqtes stuff one and a half weeks but managed to watch Safety Not Guarnteed with Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass. It is about Mark Duplass building a time machine and Aubrey Plaza as an intern at a newspaper who goes to investigate the ad Mark Duplass places asking for a companion on time travels.

    Yesterday started and finished an Irish series on Netflix called Can’t Cope Won’t Cope. Two women living in Dublin and them trying to become responsible by not drinking and partying each night. It is good drama and to me seemed realistic in terms of what young people would do.

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  6. Thinking: We have a large typhoon heading our way. My city is right on the outskirts of where it is projected to be, and I am using all my mental power to hope it goes further south into the ocean. If you have some spare mental energy, join me in wishing this typhoon into the ocean, or better yet, that it loses a lot of steam.

    Watching: I saw Class of 83 and it was not what I expected at all. I was expecting a typical anti-corruption/patriotic duty sort of thing and was thinking to myself, “Really, you’re going to release a movie in favor of extrajudicial killing at this moment in history?” Very glad I was wrong on that point. It’s a lot darker and more nuanced and in general much better than I expected. I was attracted to Bobby Deol, which was weird.

    Also watching Lucifer, which is my too-tired-to-watch=anything-else watch, because Netflix would not stop recommending it to me. It is super uneven. The weak point for me is the female lead–it’s hard to believe the actual Satan would be so enamored a perfectly nice, but fairly basic woman. I’ve sort of decided that she’s meant to be a bland foil for the character of Lucifer, who’s much more interesting. The main reason to watch this is Lucifer is sexy. Milton knew it, and so does Jerry Bruckheimer.

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    • I will focus my typhoon energies!

      Yes, Class of 83 is surprisingly thoughtful and thought provoking. I wish it had a little more running time, and the characters were a bit better defined, but the message is still there.

      I will continue to put Lucifer low on my “too watch” list. Someone else (maybe Genevieve? Or Emily?) was watching it and finding it just okay.

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  7. I’ve started Masaba Masaba. It’s light and cute. She does a bit too much moping. Neena is fun to watch.

    Meant to mention I also watched Hona Tha Pyar at Filmikhudi’s recommendation. Feel kind of the same way about it. Light, cute, fine for passing the time. It had a lot of good story elements, fell a little short on the execution. I liked the two male leads, and the parents.

    Thanks for reposting the Bengali article! Love all these recovered history pieces, so much richer than the official canon version.

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    • I need to start Masaba Masaba. Maybe today? It won’t take long to finish I don’t think, half hour episodes, right?

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      • I’ve been watching it late at night and keep stopping when I get sleepy. I think longer than 30 minutes? Now we’re at the beach and I have to figure out how to get Netflix on the TV.

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  8. Some new movies news:
    Horror-comedy Bhoot Police with Saif, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline and Yami Gautam. I like this cast.
    Saif will also play an antagonist in this big Prabhas movie.

    The teaser of Tovino’s superhero movie is out and I like it. It looks like typical malayalam village movie and then superpowers.

    Also, for Sudeep’s birthday Katigobba 3 teaser. I like the teaser and I want to see the movie even if I feel I will not like it.

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      • I started watching V, new Nani movie and Sudheer takes his shirt off in 3rd minute of the film (it’s not even 3rd minute of the movie but 3rd minute since I press start, devotional song in the beginning included). He is fast! Even Salman doesn’t strip so quickly 😉

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