About mredlich21

Author of book Don't Call It Bollywood, Indian film obsessive, recently graduated Masters student in film studies, person who bores everyone in her real life with her out there theories and thinking on any and all pop culture topics

Abortion/Song Post 2! New Donation Option, and New Song Contest!

The celebration of “abortions have always been part of fictional universes in a casual sideways way” continues! Also, new donation link.

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Cultural Appropriation and the Constant Balancing Act of Doing/Saying the Correct Thing

Thank you for asking for this post! It’s a reality I live everyday in many ways, and I am excited to hear your diverse perspectives on this issue. Also, this post took me like 5 drafts to write and got worser with each one. Gah, work-life was INSANE this week and I just wanted to sit down and focus on my nice thinky post! Stupid co-worker medical emergencies and burst sewage lines and blah blah blah.

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Music Challenge! American Versus Hindi Versus Telugu, Who Had the Best June 23rd Song?

This was supposed to be a fun easy post for me to write, and then I did WAY more work on it than I expected! I tracked down both a truly awesome American song released on June 23rd, and then every year June 23rd was a Friday, and then a Hindi and Telugu movie released on those Fridays. And now we can have an equitable “June 23rd songs” contest.

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DCIB Book Club: Anne of Ingleside! A Bunch of Short Stories of Varying Quality, and Anne Makes Mistakes!

Well, I had to stay up almost to midnight but I finished it! The problem is, I enjoy these books so much that I keep putting them off as a special treat for the weekend. And then I have so much to do on weekends that I finish them late. Anyway, I’m starting Rainbow Valley TOMORROW! It makes me happy, why not read it right away?

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Shahrukh Saturday, Just Because

Happy Saturday! I was up late last night watching movies with the Upstairs People, then I woke up early and mowed the lawn and ran errands and discovered there is a 30 ounce drink option at Starbucks, and then I came home and met the drain plumber man, and now I am waiting for him to finish doing the drain and then tell us if he can do a quick fix on the broken bit. Stupid tree roots. Anyway, I think it is a good time to browse Shahrukh photos.

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No Sunday WatchAlong! Instead Let’s Brainstorm Happy Calming Weekend Activities

Well, the week started with one of my co-workers going out for surgery meaning we were down a person, continued with a sewage backup in the basement, then on to the electricity flickering, plus general heat related exhaustion and misery. I’ve finally made it to the weekend and I think I need to focus on doing anything that will make me NOT spin out with anxiety. So, no watchalong (since almost no one could join anyway), instead we shall all think of nice things to do for ourselves this weekend.

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Sunday WatchAlong: What Time/Day this Week??? And What Happy Over the Top Cheerful Movie Ridiculous Movie?

Well, the week is still super hot, and we need an electrician along with a plumber now, and our internet is going in and out constantly, and it’s all just very difficult. So, watchalong this week, only if we can think of something as happy and wondrous and wonderful as RRR. But not RRR, because we just watched that.

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Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me on a Rumpled Monday?

Happy Monday! Everything is weird. The cleaning people are here, but it’s only one person instead of two like I’ve had before, which means it will take twice as long and also I feel weird not interacting, versus when it was two chipper people talking to each other. My co-worker was supposed to come over for training and canceled at the last minute. And there are supposed to be thunderstorms this afternoon, but right now there isn’t a cloud in the sky. It’s all strange and I don’t like it.

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For Judy’s birthday! Easter Parade Remake, the Perfect SRK-Anushka Movie, and Summer Stock Remake, the Perfect Ranveer-Katrina Movie

Yaaaay, more fanfic! A late birthday present to ME! And also, Judy Garland’s 100th birthday is today and she is a very important person everywhere all the time, so she deserves attention.

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Wednesday Watching Post 1 Day Late: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking and Listening to on Dimple’s Birthday?

Happy Thursday! I skipped yesterday because it was my birthday (woot!) and instead I was driving around getting my free birthday things and opening presents and fun stuff like that. But today, I’m back! A year older! Ugh, I’m 37 now and I don’t like the number “37”. I really liked the number “36”, but “37” feels spikey and awkward.

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Sunday (or Saturday or Friday) WatchAlong: Atlee! For SRK’s New Movie! Mersal or Bigil?

SRK’s new movie will be directed by Atlee, a Tamil director who does great complicated fun action movies. I’ve seen three of his, and the two most recent are easily available and SUPER fun and both have Rahman scores. So we just need to choose between those two for our Sunday watch! And also decide what day to do the watch this week, for once my weekend is pretty open.

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Thinky/Discussion Post: Ghosts/Spirits, What Is Your Personal Feeling About It?

Nothing particularly inspired this post, beyond my parents and I having a conversation last night about if/when we feel the spirits of our shared dead relatives. As I’ve mentioned before, the lake house I go to in the summer has been in our family for almost 100 years, and it’s also where I spent the most time with my beloved Grandmother and Grandfather as a child (and where my father spent the most time with HIS grandparents when HE was a child), so we are surrounded by ghosts of various kinds of here.

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Monday Morning Questions Post: What Do You Want to Ask Me on Vijay Raaz’s Birthday???

Happy Monday! Well, happy for you, not me. Not unhappy for me, just exhausted. Between the yards of the house-house, and the summer opening of the lake house, I worked flat out in a variety of ways all of last week (just some random examples, last Sunday I hung curtain rods, this Thursday I carried a large dollhouse down from the attic, and on Saturday I dropped a paving stone on my finger). My eyes hurt, my back hurts, and I don’t want to move. I think next weekend I will officially give myself time off and not do ANYTHING.

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