Happy Tubelight Week! Veer, and Sohail and Salman Playing Brothers

This is a bit of a stretch of a connection, but I’ve been wanting an excuse to write about Veer without really writing about Veer (really writing about it means re-watching the film, making mental notes, going through every moment of the plot in detail, etc. etc.  Not just picking a few themes to discuss), and this is as good as any.  It’s not just Sohail and Salman playing brothers, it’s also Sohail and Salman in a historical setting, so I guess that’s good enough, right?  It’s kind of Tubelight related.

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Tuesday Telugu: Janatha Garage, Mohanlal Does Telugu, Jr. NTR Does Hero

I was at my library checking out yet another DVD set of Murder She Wrote (it’s the perfect “have the TV on in the background for company while you unpack/blog” show), and there on the “recently returned” shelf was Janatha Garage!  So odd!  I took it as a sign and checked it out and watched it.

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Monday Malayalam: Ramante Edanthottam! A Love Story That Takes a Twist

Isn’t this amazing, that there is a whole Indian genre of “women escaping relationships that aren’t terrible, but aren’t what they deserve”?  I watched this movie and could compare it with Queen, English/Vinglish, How Old Are You?, and plenty of others.  But this film has a twist, this film ends with the “unthinkable” actually happening.

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Pardes: Less “Pardesi” versus “Desi”, more “Classy” versus “Massy” or “Femmy” verus “Manny”

What a good movie!  I hadn’t watched it in ages, and this time around I noticed all kinds of themes hidden under the surface that I hadn’t appreciated last time.  “Pardes” versus “Des” is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Raabta Podcast! With Special Guest, MY SISTER!!!

New podcast!  As I said in the review, I saw Raabta with my sister, thinking it would be a fun so-bad-it’s-good kind of sister experience, like when we watched Aashiqui 2 together.  But it turned out to be actually good!  So good that we spent 40 minutes talking about it on the way home.

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Raabta Review (SPOILERS): Magadheera, But Totally Different

As you know from my no spoilers review, which already went up, I LOVED Raabta.  It was not at all what I was expecting.  I wasn’t even going to see it, but then my sister was in town, and watching a bad romance film in theaters is kind of the perfect sororal activity.  And it turned out to be a good romance, instead of a bad one!  Which is even more perfect for a sororal activity.

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Raabta Review (NO SPOILERS): The Romantic Fantasy We Have All Been Craving!!!

I say “all”, but really it’s just a subset of the commentators here.  But a strong subset.  Which includes myself.  I can enjoy an action film or a well-made drama, but there is just something about the big swoony romances with songs and impractical plots and lots of chemistry between the leads.  And this film definitely delivers!

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Tuesday Telugu: I Saw Maya Bazaar! A Movie in Which Illusions Are There To Reveal Truths

I saw Maya Bazaar!  FINALLY!  I knew about it for ages, and then I found a copy for sale on DVD which was rare enough that I wanted to snap it up.  And then the DVD sat on the shelf by the TV for months and months and months until finally I gave in and watched it.

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Monday Malayalam: Oppam! Priyadarshan Does a Thriller! (SPOILERS)

Well, I finally saw Oppam.  Only 6 months late.  Oh well, this is what happens when the theaters only give one screen to Malayalam films, and there are 4 (or 5?) major releases for Onam weekend.  I saw Oozham, which was in a similar genre but not quite as good as this.  Because Prithviraj is not quite as good as Mohanlal and Jeethu Joseph isn’t quite as good as Priyadarshan.

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MovieMavenGal Reviewed Half-Girlfriend (With SPOILERS) So I Don’t Have To! Plus Meri Pyari Bindu and A Cool Intro Video!

I skipped my usual weekly trip to the movie theater (because packing), so I didn’t see either Half-Girlfriend or English Medium.  And I missed Meri Pyari Bindu last week.  But thank goodness, I don’t have to try to rush around and make up for that, because moviemavengal did the work for me.

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Sarkar 3 Video Review, MovieMavenGal!

I was all set to drag myself to Sarkar 3, but then the showtimes were no good yesterday, so Dina and I couldn’t do our usual movie followed by podcast.  And today I have to run errands and plan a Sunday School class and do all kinds of other things that make me not want to waste 2 and a half hours in a movie theater.  So, yay!  MovieMavenGal reviewed it for me!

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Amar Akbar Anthony: If Only Manmohan Desai Could Have Cured His Depression By Watching His Own Movies!

This is just the happiest movie!  Crazy goofy happy.  I watched it while feeling kind of down (no reason, didn’t get enough sleep the night before, that kind of thing), and it perked me right up!  Highly recommend it next time you need a shot of happiness.

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Baahubali 2 Review (No SPOILERS): Baahubali 1 Was Just the Overture, This is the Real Film

Just got home, haven’t really replayed it over in my head yet, still trying to shake out everything I saw and how it all fit together.  But I think I can at least give you some things to think about while you are watching it for the first time.

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Noor Review (SPOILERS): Fails in the Most Important Character, the City of Bombay

I already put up my no spoilers review.  The SPOILERS review doesn’t really have much to add to that, because there’s not much to the plot of the film.  But I can complain in a little more detail about how the plot fails.  And save you the trouble of watching it yourself, since you can just learn about it here.

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Noor Review (NO SPOILERS): A Badshah Song Can’t Hide a Bad Ending

Well, shoot!  This was not a great movie.  After I spent all that time reading and thinking about the book, the film was just bleh.  Kanan Gill was still amazing, but the rest of it really wasn’t worth it.  Oh, and then the end credits song with Badshah and Diljit was fun too.

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Sanam Teri Kasam: All the Best Female Fantasies

I know this is a fond favorite for some of my readers, but you don’t mind if joke about it a little, right?  Like, you are aware that this is a little sappy and fantasy-fulfilling and ridiculous from the plot side of things?  If your reaction is “This is the most realistic and perfect presentation of love I have ever seen!”, then maybe don’t read on.  If your reaction is “This is like a romance novel come to life and that’s why I love it!”, then go for it.  Because that was my reaction too!

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Kaatru Veliyidai: A Deconstruction of the Military/Romantic Hero and the Idealized Heroine

Well, that was a Ratnam movie all right!  In that, while watching it, I thought “this is kind of okay, sort of interesting, very pretty”.  And then I’ve spent two hours thinking about it and I haven’t even gotten close to unpacking all the themes and metaphors and so on and it just gets deeper and deeper the further I go.

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R… Rajkumar: A Guilty Pleasure Film I Actually Feel Guilty About

After doing my Prabhudeva Birthday post, I was suddenly in the mood to watch my favorite Prabhudeva movie.  So I decided to indulge in a bit of a guilty pleasure.  And not “guilty” like it’s usually used, like something you know is bad for you, but like something that is bad for the world and I know I really shouldn’t be encouraging, but it just makes me feel so good!

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Tuesday Telugu: Santosham, A Love Story Between Two People Who Can’t Admit They Are In Love

Happy Tuesday!  Another Nagarjuna movie this week.  I think I might have some strange attraction to old men?  People keep trying to sell me on Mahesh and Allu Arjun and even Naga Chaitanya, and yet I find myself drawn to old man Nagarjuna.  He’s just so much more cool and confident than those younger boys!  Although at least this movie is 15 years old, so back when he was only 42, which is almost kind of age appropriate for me!  If you squint a bit and assume a husband should be a lot older than a wife.

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Monday Malayalam: Amen, Art Above All

I’ve watched this movie twice now.  Once really seriously, pausing and rewinding if I thought I missed something, and once more just skimming, letting it play while I brushed my teeth in the morning or wrote blog posts at night.  And I know I have still missed SO MUCH.  But I am going to do my best to try to understand it and present it to you.

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Naam Shabana Review (SPOILERS): Maximum Events to Hide Minimum Plot

I already put up my NO SPOILERS review, and my podcast, now it’s time for the SPOILER review.  I recommend reading this before listening to the podcast, since the podcast assumes that you already know what happens in the movie.

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For Akshaye’s Birthday Week, Taal! Not a Very Progressive Film

I think this might be the film where I first heard the “An Indian woman loves only once” truism.  Which has now been unpacked and questioned and turned upside down and all sorts of interesting things done to in other films.  Heck, interesting things were already done to it by the time this film came out!  But not in this movie.  Nope, in this movie, your lifetime singular devotion goes along with your virginity and whatever man gets one, gets the other.

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Tuesday Telugu: Aarya Asks Which is Worse, Stalking or Partner Abuse?

This is one of those movies where I am watching it thinking “is the message I am seeing on purpose or an accident?  Or an purposeful accident?  Is it just where the characters ended up or was this the goal all along?  Or did the writer start thinking of it as a statement on film relationships and not realize it was a statement on real ones too?”  I think it is probably the last, because I started thinking about it in terms of film too, and then realized that it works just as well for real life.  And, in fact, hits exactly my issues with the way culture treats female safety.

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Monday Malayalam: Udayananu Tharam Asks Does the Film Create the Star or the Star Create the Film?

What a fascinating movie!  Oh my goodness, SO INTERESTING!!!!!  Starting from the opening shot, which sent me down a whole mental wormhole of film history.  But mostly, I am SO GLAD I watched this film the same week I saw Angamaly Diaries!  Because this film makes the hypothetical argument that Angamaly Diaries proved in reality.

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