Discussion Post: Who is Your “I Just Don’t Like Him/Her” Actor?

Let us acknowledge our petty dislikes! Who is someone you just can’t make yourself like? To the point of avoiding films you might otherwise enjoy?

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Valentine’s Week of Sex: Humare Dil Aapke Paas Hai, a Cheerful Family Friendly Rape Romance with No Sex

This is “sex week”, and this movie fits the theme because it is so extremely NOT about sex. In a good way. It’s a movie about how sex is a fact of life, but it is also something you can just choose not to have in your life and that is okay too. I mean, that’s not officially what it is about, officially it is about rape and societal judgement, but it’s also about a rape survivor going on to have a totally chaste romance. Consider that your “trigger warning”, but it’s also a pretty well-known plot twist to this film, so it’s not a spoiler exactly. Speaking of spoils, this is a very 2000s movie so it won’t be for all of you. If you aren’t planning to watch it, please spoil yourself! The plot is insane!!!

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Discussion Post: What Actor and Actress Should Win “Most Improved”? Who Should NOT???

I just want to talk about how I secretly like Sid M. again. But I also think this is an important award! Effort should be rewarded. Most important part about this post is that actual end quality does not matter, it’s about the distance between the start and the end. Like, Ranbir is still a better actor/dancer/everything than Sid M, but has he improved at all from where he started?

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Historic Films Week, Jodha-Akbar! My Favorite Historical Film, I Am Just Going to Keep Reposting This Review Until You Have All Seen It

This post isn’t as long as I remembered, but it is probably nice to have a little short post for you all to read instead of the overwhelmingly long ones.  After all, the movie is long enough without the post making it even longer.

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Hindi Film 101: Salman, Aishwarya, Viviek, Primary Source Original Statements 2003

I guess Viviek just did another scummy thing using the Aish-Salman story? Not surprising, he has been breaking boundaries and making public what should be private for the past 16 years. The Viviek press conference was the start of the road that lead to what we have now with Kangana spewing hate at the world and the media gobbling it up, and believing it. NOTE ABOUT COMMENTS: This post is purposefully about 2003 and the aftermath. So ideally, any comments will place the whole situation in context of the original situation, Viviek and Salman and Aishwarya, the media, private and public divides, and abuse.

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FanFic! The Most Unacceptable Possible Plot For Indian Film, I Have Found It!!!! And, on the Other Hand, The Most Acceptable Plot for Shahrukh to Play!

Watched another early morning classic noir, a jail break movie. But what intrigued me for an Indian remake is that it managed to come up with the most shocking possible plot and I kind of want to see someone remake it just to watch everyone Lose Their Freakin’ Minds. And I also watched an early morning classic family film which would be perfect if Shahrukh wanted to play a befuddled father. Or Anil. Or Aamir. Whoever.

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Tamil RePost: Robot/Enthiran! Read My Review of the First One Before the Second Releases; I did NOT Like It

I finally saw Robot!  I think it might be one of those movies that you miss out too much if you don’t watch it at the exact right moment.  Watching it now, just a few years later, the special effects seem dated, the song sequences not so great, and even Rajni Sir’s performance is not as good as it could be.  Remember, I am coming off of seeing him in Kabali, where he not only played his age, he played a layered real complicated version of himself.  I mean, this performance is great, the best part of the movie for sure, but I kept thinking “why are you doing this when I know you could do so much better?”

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Tuesday Tamil ReRun: Kandukondain Kandukondain, Austen in 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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Tuesday Tamil ReRun Announcement: Next Week, 10/2, Kandukondain Kandukondain!

I am sure my regular Tamil readers are rolling their eyes a bit at this.  But this is such a wonderful movie, and a great introduction for those of you who have been all-Hindi up until now.  AR Rahman soundtrack, mixture of stars (Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam), and a great script based on Jane Austen.  What’s not to love? (by the way, no Tamil on Tuesday this week because I am hoping to see Chekka Chivantha Vaanam in theaters and I will review it whenever I can see it even if the day doesn’t start with a “T”)

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Happy International Positive Thinking Day! Watch My Mental Gymnastics As I Take All The Worst Things of Hindi Film and Make Them Good!

This is a holiday MADE FOR ME.  I am all about the positive thinking.  To an almost unhealthy degree, I have no patience with myself when I am self-pitying. “Suck it up, Margaret!”, I think, “Find the bright side and stop whining!”, I order myself.  But look!  Now the International Day people (whoever they are) have given me a challenge, let’s see if I can rise to it, and find something that it would be almost impossible to be positive about and somehow manage it.

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Fanney Khan Review (SPOILERS): 1st World Problems Shoved Into a 3rd World Film

I already put up my No Spoilers review.  You can read that if you are obsessed with avoiding spoilers, or you can read this.  It’s a remake, so most of the plot is already is to find out, not like I am revealing big secrets here.

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Fanney Khan Review (No Spoilers): Too Much Sincerity and Too Little Honesty

Well, this was not a good movie!  But a not-good movie in that way where I could see the goodness struggling to break through, and then being suffocated by bad choices.  Very frustrating, with a different cast and a slightly different script, this could have been something special.

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News Round-Up: Priyanka and Her Evil Twin Priyanka, Aish and Abhi, KriArj and Fanney Khan, Hrithik and Tiger, Akki and Bebo

This is usually the day I do my box office report, but I went over to BH to get the numbers and ran into a bunch of news stories I thought I should talk about first.  So box office is coming, eventually, but first news for us!

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Hindi Film 101: Star’s and the Masks They Wear and How to Talk About Them

I just got in trouble again, some more, for discussing and critiquing a star persona which was seen as critiquing the person behind it.  Which made me start to think about how I define for myself the star persona versus the person behind it.

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