Discussion Post: Recommend Feel Good Streaming Serieses!

Feeling the need to inject a little more happiness into our “Happiness Place”! So, anything from anywhere that makes you feel good about the world when you watch it. That genre of “look, it’s nice people doing nice thing because the world is good” show that is total pandering to the audience, but also a nice corrective to all the “people are trash” messages we get in other shows.

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Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me on Raksha Bandhan and the Day Before Kishore Kumar’s Birthday?

Happy Monday! I had a terrible horrible no good migraine most of the day yesterday (thus my poor response rate on comments). I’m still feeling slightly headachey, but better, just in time to go to work. Why do you get sick on weekends? Why is the universe so cruel?

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Raat Akeli Hai Review (No Spoilers): A Hero Who Grows as a Person, How Cool is That!

I liked this movie more than I thought I would! I was all set for dark-dark-dark, and then surprise! Character development! For once, our hero isn’t just perfect from the start. Also, really surprising developments all through, which means this review will be kind of short because I have to save the good stuff for the SPOILER review.

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Shakuntala Devi Review (SPOILERS): Non-Conventional Woman Made Conventional Film Character

Well, this was a dull movie. And historically inaccurate, mostly in your usual gender normative/casteism/classism way. But also a really WEIRD homophobic thing. Just like, SO ODD. So odd that I am going to give it it’s own post for us to discuss, so look forward to that! (homosexuality post up now, go here to learn more about and discuss that aspect)

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Shakuntala Devi Review (No Spoilers): A Biopic That Manages To Be Both Inaccurate and Boring

Well, this is a BORING movie! At least ridiculous Mahanati had some nice crazy melodrama in it, and ridiculous Padman had the fun invented Sonam Kapoor character, and ridiculous Rustom had uniforms. This is bad BAD history, bad BAD filmmaking, and also DULL. Blech. I’ll put it this way, only watch it if you enjoy Vidya so much you would be happy seeing her recite the phone book. Because this script is only slightly more exciting than that. Oh wait, I always like to be positive, so I should have something else to add…it’s better than Mission Mangal?

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Monsoon Wedding: Humanist Film Making

I’m doing it, I’m reviewing that Indian movie that isn’t technically an Indian movie! Which means I am moving outside my area of expertise and can’t give the same level of analysis and context and stuff as usual. Or not the same way as usual?

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SSR Inspired Discussion Post: Is it Good or Bad to Look for a Living Human Cause of a Suicide?

IMPORTANT RULE: on this post, you CANNOT discuss anything related to Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. I will edit any comment that includes details related to that tragedy. That is still in process, there are no clear answers to anything, it is not a valid example in a debate. But you can talk about absolutely anything else, including personal experiences. Suicide is a good thing for people to talk about, I think. It removes the shame from it, and some of the power.

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