Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Watching and Reading and Thinking and Listening To on the International Day of Pink?

Happy Wednesday!!!! I am having a nice week, I hope you are too. After some super busy work weeks, suddenly it dropped off again with no warning yesterday so I feel like I can breath.

I’ll start!

Watching: Watched Half-Girlfriend with y’all and it was surprisingly great, watched Daawat-E-Ishq for Friend Movie Night last week and my friend complained because it was too stressful and scary and she just wanted to go back to action films. And my parents and I continue to go through Poirot with one of the 3 of us inevitably falling asleep before the end of the episode.

Reading: Cotillion! It is funny, as promised! And doesn’t really read like a romance novel at all, more like a comedy of errors. I also listened to a Dorothy Sayers/Wimsey radio play while driving around this week. Very pleasant, but her mysteries aren’t actually very good are they? Like, you can usually figure out who did it and why before Wimsey.

Thinking: I’m up in Wisconsin again, for the first time this year! Our family house doesn’t have central heating or insulation, so we can’t turn on the pipes until the last freeze is over. But now the pipes are on so Mom and Dad and I came up for a cozy flying visit, looking at the grey lake and huddling around the fire place, very pleasant. Most importantly, we got a chance to be in a place that was not the place where we have been every day all day for a year.

Listening: This popped up on my ipod in the car yesterday while I was driving to get coffee because I was cold, and boy does it wake you up!!!!!

Now, question for you! Vitally important to me at the moment. If you had to choose between a space heater and blankets, which would you pick?

I’ve been going with blankets, but I am concerned that there simply are not enough blankets in the world.

36 thoughts on “Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Watching and Reading and Thinking and Listening To on the International Day of Pink?

  1. If you have a fireplace, I would imagine goes really well with blanklets.

    My Thirkell reading has definitely slowed now that my holidays are over. But I think I may have detected a minor thing that is actually developing, so I’ll definitely see it through. And then I think I’ll send you an email, Margaret, because I have too many thoughts to fit into the comments here.

    Meanwhile, a few days back my wife showed me an interesting movie, “Belle”. It’s about a young lady born from a black slave woman and a British aristocrat at the end of the 18th century and raised by Britain’s top judge at the time who also had to rule on cases involving slavery. Having watched a few regency romances definitely prepared me for the parts of the story where her chances on the marriage market were explored. But at the same time she also starts to question her position in this society. I thought it was woven together really well.

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    • Oh, I remember when that movie released! It got good reviews, but didn’t make as much of a splash as I thought it should. As in, the topic was so fascinating, I was expecting more think pieces on racism in history and stuff, and instead the reviews tended to focus on the clothes and romance more.

      I think I might make Cheerfulness Breaks In a one off DCIB Book Club choice. And then there is a place for you and me to talk, and anyone else who wants to can easily find our talk. So hold on to your thoughts! I’ll do a post!

      Partly for the good of Humanity. When I read it, I googled around looking for discussions and couldn’t really find any, so let’s put something out there on The Internet for other people who read it going “what the heck is this?” to find!!!!

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    • I am so glad someone else has watched Belle and can discuss it! What did you think? To me, it was a perfect mix of coming of age, feel good romance while still being a little thinky! I really enjoyed it.

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      • Yes, I really enjoyed it, too. The real social issue behind it gave the romance more substance, I feel. They were actually working on the problem together – that’s a relationship I can get behind.

        And I liked that even in the family of gold-diggers, at least the younger brother didn’t turn out to be totally evil. I was almost expecting him to seduce her for her inheritance, to get her into a secluded part of the garden and compromise her honor, Bridgerton style.

        I found the court ruling in the end a little anticlimactic. We had known about the watering opportunities for too long, and the option to just treat it as a case of insurance fraud was always there, so I didn’t really see how the ruling benefited the slaves.

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  2. I first saw Half Girlfriend many years ago, before I understood that Indian films were more than visually stunning stories with beautiful people that you watched to take your mind off your troubles. Now, seeing it again with hundreds of Indian films under my belt and your reviews (all of them) on DCIB, I can appreciate the richness and subtlety . I’ve had many obsessions in my life but Indian cinema is by far the best.

    Uppena! Telugu, Sethupathi and 2 newcomers that hold their own against him, a story (about a woman who understands what manhood is ) that might make you cringe but is definitely worth it. Netflix. Somebody please watch and tell me if you agree. Thanks.

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    • If it’s Sethupathi, I think you can DEFINITELY get someone else on DCIB to watch it with you 🙂

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      • I started it today! But managed to see only 10 minutes because Vijay’s voice is dubbed in telugu and it feels so odd! Will try to finish it in the next few days.

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  3. I don’t know if anyone has talked this here, but I want to recommend Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar. A lot of people here will like it, because it’s basically like a 70s masala film but a comedy. It has it all: a wacky villain with a wacky lair and a wacky plan, a focus on friendship, a secret weapon, candy colours, and even a few (excellent) songs!

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  4. I have started like 10 different movies last week, but managed to finish only one – Dileesh Pothan’s Joji. It was good but also hard to watch and now Fahadh Faasil’s eyes are haunting me. And you will pull my leg but man Baburaj was sexy in this film! So manly and big and confident. I have a little crush on him now.

    I also finished Bandish Bandits and now I’m sad because it was very pleasant. Easy to binge and interesting but not nerve wracking. I’ll miss it.

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    • Even I liked Joji. I found, Bincy’s character more interesting that Joji. Spoiler – Joji is evil but what to make of Bincy? – end spoiler.

      You might want to watch Jathi Ratnalu on Amazon. Superb Telugu comedy but the subtitling takes away all the fun of the movie.

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      • Oh, yes Bincy was interesting but I wouldn’t call her evil because in the end even she had enough. I liked how her live was shown before and after the murder, and in my opinion it explains a little why she did what she did.

        Heard good things about Jathi Ratnalu, but in fact I’m wondering if the humor will be understandable for me.

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        • Yes, with Bincy her actions seemed justifiable. I am wondering what Dileesh and Fahad will come up with if they collaborate in the future.

          Jathi Ratnalu – the situations themselves are absurd so it many ways it is universal. I was talking about the fun in the dialogues.

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  5. Rahman has made three concerts in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu promoting the songs of his new movie on Youtube. I suggest you go watch it! I started with the Tamil one since it is the longest of the three, being 55 minutes, while the Hindi and Telugu ones are about 45 minutes.

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  6. Space Heater! (and now sing it to the tune of Brass Monkey in your head – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0dxhSPoBjY ) But do NOT put a blanket over the space heater. When my father was on Sabbatical in Australia we rented a house in Sydney that was beautiful and FREEZING. Thus in the downstairs TV room we had a space heater, and my 7 year old brother was watching TV under a blanket in front of the heater and started a fire. A burned carpet hole, but no other damage, still, don’t put a blanket over a space heater. What do I remember about Sydney, Australia? Harbor boats (AWESOME) and a carpet fire. Oh, and Velvet Crumble and Flake Chocolate Bars.

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    • Living in Chicago, every winter there is some horrible tragic space heater fire story. My Mom is so freaked out that she wouldn’t let me take the space heater up to my bedroom, not even if it was all by itself in the middle of the room, because she didn’t want me asleep while it was running.

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  7. Blanket. When I was studying in Galway I stayed in this pension house where all the outlets were coin metered. They only put the radiator on for four hours at night (talking January and February), and I had a lovely but drafty bay window along most of one wall. The only other source of heat was a space heater that looked like it was from the 1950s, with an open grill. Thing looked like a barbeque and went through 50p an hour. I was afraid to have it on while I was sleeping. (See? Your mom was right.)

    Watching: I started Maqbool while we were away last week because I had more headspace for deep content, but I only got halfway and now we’re back, and have some heavy family stuff going on in the background, so after seeing your Allu Arjun post I started Julayi because it looked fun and easy. Watching in little bits when it’s late but I’m not quite asleep, until I am. I like the songs, and the badass lady villain who speaks in sign language.

    Thinking/listening: listening to the Guys and Dolls soundtrack because it’s been in my head since you posted it. That scene in Havana where Sarah has her first taste of rum (“this Bacardi seasoning would be a wonderful way to get children to drink their milk!”) and promptly loses her inhibitions and falls head over heels for Sky…such a trope, right? Kept picturing Kajol in her red dress in the snow. There must be so many, but my index brain is failing me. In case it would work as inspiration for a TGIF post, bet we could come up with some good ones.

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    • Ugh, Maqbool! I just can’t! I’ve seen Macbeth on stage like 3 times, and it’s so saaaaaaaaaaaad.

      I feel like I can picture Jane Powell and Vera Ellen and stuff getting drunk too? Like it was a routine thing in 1950s American movie musicals. Not so much on stage maybe. Here’s an interesting thing, I feel like there were more male drunk songs too? Like more than in Indian movies? Maybe because American musical heroes were more sort of boyish and innocent and likely to do goofy drunk songs?

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  8. When are you doing Cotillion? I thought I was going to miss it until I got my copy yesterday. I thought I knew who the hero of the story was going to be from the plot description. But I’m about one-third into it and checked the ending to verify that and I was wrong! Last thing I expected was to be surprised by a romance! Now I’m more eager to read through it.

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    • Sunday morning! I’m only about half done myself, I am thinking about staying up late finishing it tonight. Same as you, I am eager to see who ends up with who.

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