Tuesday Tamil: Kandukondain Kandukondain, Austen Brilliantly Translated to Tamil

If you are an Austen person, and somehow have not seen this movie yet, FIX THAT!!!  It is one of the all time great Austen adaptations, perfectly captures the spirit of the original while moving it to a modern setting.  Plus AR Rahman songs.

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Monday Malayalam: Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja, Indian Warfare in India

Kind of odd watching a movie which hits so many familiar beats, even in the same time period, but it is about Malayalis fighting the British instead of Americans.  But then, that’s the point, the British are the British wherever they are, and there is only one particular form of warfare that is effective against them.  Well, at least in the 1700s.

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Bareilly Ki Barfi Review (SPOILERS): Don’t Be Fooled, It Really Is About The Title Character

What a nice movie!  Just nice nice nice.  Everyone is a good person trying to do good things.  But it turns out that the good-est person doing the best-est things is the one who is right there in the title.  Also, DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN/CAN WATCH!!!!  If at all possible, this film deserves to be seen in theaters without spoilers.  But I know some of you have already seen it, and some of you won’t be able to see if for weeks if ever, so in that case you can read on. (no spoilers review here)

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Friday New Classic Daawat-E-Ishq! The Tragedy of the Father of the Bride

I would say “why didn’t anyone tell me how good this movie is?”, but then there have been people screaming at me in the comments to watch it for months now, so I can’t really say that.  Anyway, it’s good!  Really good!  Running Shaadi good (my gold standard for overlooked brilliant little rom-coms).

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Tuesday Tamil (On Wednesday): VIP 2! A Fun Film to See in Theaters

Well, I saw another new Tamil movie in theaters! Kabali, Vikram-Vedha, and now this.  So, 66.6666% of all Tamil films I see in theaters start with “V”.  And another 66.66666% involve relatives of Aishwarya Rajnikanth.  And 100% of them involve me arriving at the last minute and missing the trailers.  Oh well.

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Monday Malayalam/Happy Independence Day: Njan, A Different Kind of Independence Story

Well, this was fascinating!  Random pick from my Malayalam shelf, turns out to be the Malayalam version of an Independence film which is very very different from anywhere else.  Which I am particularly aware of, having just written a bunch of Independence themed posts!

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Happy Independence Day! Post 4, Lage Raho Munna Bhai

Happy Independence Day in Advance!  Like I said, I am tossing these posts out on a more or less daily basis until the 15th.  Partly because it’s a big holiday that deserves to be celebrated, partly because I want to give options to those of you who are not interested in my JHMS scene by scene.  These aren’t “real” posts (except for Rang De Basanti, I can’t skimp on that one), they are just quick little idea posts about the films, so don’t expect me to go super in depth here.

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Toilet Ek Prem Katha Review (SPOILERS): Ignores the Obvious Villain

Well, I’ve been putting this off, because I didn’t have much to say.  And also because a got a nice string of abuse on my no-spoilers review.  Which is why I am a little mad at this movie.  Because it’s leaving me open for abuse!  Being so political that I can’t avoid commenting on the politics, even though I want to run a nice film analysis blog that only deals with social issues in generalities, not specifics.  And clearly it is political, because there are angry people looking for me to say bad things about it.  Oh well, I’ll spoil it for you all anyway, and maybe someone will leave a nice comment on this one.

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Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Review (NO SPOILERS): Loses Its Way When it Loses the Romance

Well, that was an interesting movie going experience!  One half a charming unusual love story, one half a massive Modi propaganda movie.  And then a hidden third half in a parallel dimension that is what the movie really wanted to be about and couldn’t.  The movie I thought the trailer was promising us.

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Happy Independence Day! Post 3, Purab Aur Pachhim

Don’t lie, you read that headline and went “Aha! She is leaving the purity of the real Independence movies for the random India-themed films!  Lazy!”  But no!  You are not remembering!  All of Purab Aur Paschim takes place in the shadow of the Quit India movement.  And also Hare Krishnas.  But mostly Quit India. (if you want a real meaningful hardcore Independence Day post, check out yesterday’s on Rang De Basanti)

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Friday Classics: Happy Independence Day! Rang De Basanti

Oh boy, I really do not want to write this post!  But it was a special request, and it really feels like something I HAVE to do the Friday before Independence Day.  But I refuse to watch this movie one more time (ha!) because it makes me way way too sad.  So be aware, this will all be based on memories from like 4 years ago, the last time I felt masochistic enough to watch it. (I’ve written on this film before, and promised then that it wouldn’t be the last post. You can read it here)

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Happy Independence Day!!!! Post 1 of Many, 1942: A Love Story

My local bank has this funky series of plaques along the side based on an editorial from the local paper from like 1954 called “Can We Wave the Flag Too Much?”  This, my answer is going to be “No!”, at least if we are talking about the Indian flag.  And so, a series of short posts suggesting some patriotic viewing choices on the ramp up to Independence Day.  Also, some nice counter-programming to the Jab Harry Met Sejal bonanza.

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Tuesday Tamil: Pizza! An Unfinished Horror Film

Well, I watched Pizza!  Which had a high standard to live up to, because the only other horror movie I have seen is The innocents.  Oh wait, also Ezra.  Which is a lot easier to beat than The Innocents.  I think I would say this one landed closer to The Innocents side of the scale than Ezra.  Oh!  I forgot The Fog!  Which hardly qualifies to be called a movie, let alone a horror film.  But is fun if you ever want to see Irrfan Khan in the worst film of his career.

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Jab Harry Met Sejal Review (SPOILERS): She Is His Radha

No Spoilers review is already up, time for SPOILERS!  And then, sometime next week, I start the slow crawl through the scene by scene.  Because yes, this movie is good enough to deserve it.  Oh, and also good enough that you shouldn’t SPOIL yourself if you are planning to watch it.  Not super super good, I don’t want to oversell it, but good enough that it is worth avoiding spoilers.

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Jab Harry Met Sejal Review (NO SPOILERS): So Sexy I Think I’m Pregnant

OH MY GOD!!!  If you are attracted to Shahrukh Khan, and if you have found him increasingly attractive as he ages, then this movie will KILL YOU.  Like, kill you dead.  I thought he was distracting in Dear Zindagi, but this is a whole other level.  However, I should warn you, if you are not attracted to Shahrukh Khan, or find him less attractive as he ages, you will not enjoy this movie.

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Friday Classics: Look Look Look Look Look! An Evening in Paris!

(okay, if you speak Hindi, and have seen this film, that title is hilarious!  Or at least, I find it funny)  There was a “Best of Shammi” collection on sale at my local DVD store and I couldn’t resist.  So be prepared for a fair number of Shammi films over the next few Fridays.  Although I don’t know if any of them will be able to measure up to this one!

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Jab Harry Met Sejal Week! Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, I HOPE it is Like This!

Only 2 (1?) days left!  And finally, the movie that was my first thought when I saw the trailer, Pyaar to Hona Hi Tha.  Which is very very hard to find and watch (thank you HotStar India and your obsession with copyright and streaming locations!), so forgive me if I miss-remember anything.

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Happy Jab Harry Met Sejal Week! Patiala House, Anushka Wakes Up a Sad Man

Happy 4 (or 3?  Please please?) days until the Jab Harry Met Sejal release!  Time to talk about another film that I think might make an interesting background watch, Patiala House!  Plus, I just love Patiala House and think more people should watch it.

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Mubarakan Review (SPOILERS): Good But Not Quite Good Enough

I already put up my No Spoilers review, which should answer the question “should I see this movie?” for you.  This review is for “I don’t want to see this movie but I am mildly curious what it is about” or “I have just seen this movie and I’m not sure what to think about it” kind of people.

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Happy Jab Harry Met Sejal Week! The Uniqueness of an Imtiaz Ali Romance

I love Imtiaz Ali romances, because he does something really interesting with changing what we think of as “romance”.  I sometimes hate Imtiaz Ali romances because it feels like he gets caught up in what he finds interesting and loses track of the basic definition of romance.  You know, that it usually involves two people, not just one.

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