Female Films Week: Movies To Start a Discussion about Women’s Issues

I like discussions! And maybe this post will start one, or maybe it will just give you a watching list the next time you want to sit down with your daughter or mother or sister or husband or friends and have a wide-ranging “no right answer” consideration of complex issues related to women.

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Women Directors Week Sequel Post: Sequels for Zoya and Reema, Gauri, and Tanuja; Luck By Chance, Talaash, Dil Dhadakne Do, Gully Boy, English/Vinglish, Dear Zindagi, Qarib Qarib Singlle

I’m still fighting off a case of the Mondays, and nothing cheers me up like fanfic! And this is fun fanfic, the ones where I don’t have to come up with characters and stuff, I can just piggyback on characters we already know and love.

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Shahrukh Summer: Choose Your Own Ending! Which Of these Alternate Endings Do You Prefer for Dear Zindagi, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Zero?

This isn’t a “fixing” the movie post. Maybe you think they are okay as they are. But if you HAD to choose an alternative ending, which one of these would you pick?

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Happy Raksha Bandhan!!!!

Happy Raksha Bandhan!  A holiday I don’t get to celebrate at all, because there are no brothers in my family.  Yes, even if I count cousins.  All girls, all the time, both mother and father’s side of the family.  But, at least I can watch movies and pretend this is what it would be like if I had a brother or a cousin-brother. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)

(as always, if you have a favorite video for the holiday, let me know in the comments!)

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Happy Shahrukh Birthday Month, Day 1 (of 31)! 31 Gifs for Us All

I sense a disturbance in the world of my blog.  On one side, I have many many voices crying out in joy at the thought of 31 full days of SRK posts.  And then on the other side, I have not quite as many voices crying out in despair.  So, here’s the deal.  I will continue my Monday and Tuesday reviews.  And my Friday Classics.  And I’ll throw in news posts and so on.  It won’t be all SRK all the time.  But all TGIF and Sunday fanfic content will be replaced by SRK focused items.  I mean, most of the people who read those are SRKians anyway, right?  And every day there will be a special SRK birthday post counting down 31 to 1.  Some of them very very silly (as this one will be), and some of them serious (for instance, best performances).  If you don’t absolutely hate SRK, at least read the headline topic for the post before deciding not to read it, there will be good content in here.

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Index of Indexes: Every Film I have Covered in Detailed Scene By Scene Style

Let’s make this a little easier for you, if you want to just read my super super intense detailed analysis/coverage of individual films, the stuff no one else on The Internet or even in the real world really does, here are all the films (so far) that have gotten this kind of treatment.  Just click on the name to be taken to their individual Indexes.

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Dear Zindagi Full Coverage Index

And another Shahrukh movie!  I honestly didn’t set out to cover Shahrukh more than anyone else (I do personally like him more than anyone else, but that shouldn’t affect my professional style reviews).  It’s just that I started the blog in late 2015, and since then Shahrukh has been in 5 major movies and Salman and Aamir have only been in 1 each (I’m not counting Tubelight), and Dangal came out at Christmas so I didn’t have time for full coverate.

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Deleted Scenes Report!!! ADHM and Dear Zindagi! UPDATED WITH BETTER TRANSLATIONS!!!!

DVDs are out, yaaaaay!  And I was able to watch the deleted scenes!  And now I can report back on them, so you don’t have to go out and buy your own DVD.

UPDATE: And I forced my friend who understands Hindi to watch and give me better translations too!!!!

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Best Character of 2016, Editor’s Choice: Who Felt Like They Could Walk Off the Screen and Sit Next To You?

This was my rule for finding the best character.  Who felt like a real person, a full 3-dimensional person, like someone you almost expected to see on the bus on the way home?  And I promise, my massive prejudices played no part in this decision!!!

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2016 In Film on DCIB Blog: Readers Choice Post! VOTE HERE!

2016 is over!  Yaaaaaay!  Now, let’s try to remember what was good about it.  Here is every new Hindi releases that I saw in theaters and wrote a review of, in chronological order.  And you get to vote on them!  I’ll be putting up my own “Editor’s Choice” type Awards over the next week, and then at the end of the week I will post the results from this.

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Dear Zindagi Part 8: The Epilogue!

I was trying sooooooooooo hard to finish in the last section.  But I was also getting soooooooooo sleepy as it got later and later, so I finally gave up.  However, I did manage to get all the way to the emotional peak and resolution of the film, so everything I have to cover here is just epilogue stuff. (part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, part 4 here, part 5 here, part 6 here, part 7 here)

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Dear Zindagi Full Summary Part 7 (SPOILERS): the Ending! Almost!

It is ridiculous to take 8 parts to describe a slightly over 2 hour movie.  Enough!  I am going to finish it in this last post if it kills me.  UPDATE: Okay, turns out it is killing me, one more part for the epilogue. (part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, part 4 here, part 5 here, part 6 here)

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Dear Zindagi Summary Part 6 (I think?): Shahrukh Gets Close To The Heart of Alia’s Dysfunction

Ha!  I originally had a typo of there, making it “the heat of Alia’s dysfunction”.  Which sounds kind of sexy, but also kind of sci-fi-y.  And, maybe, this scene is “sexy” in that caring and sensitive men are always “Sexy”, but it’s not sci-fi-y at all.  So I went ahead and fixed the typo. (part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, part 4 here, part 5 here)

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Dear Zindagi Full Summary Part 2 (SPOILERS): Let’s Talk Color Tones!

I have now seen this movie 4 times, which means in theory I should be able to remember in in exact detail and give a perfect summary.  But in reality means I am going to mix up the order of a couple of scenes and forget an important line and stuff.  Oh well, someday my brain-recorder technology will be perfected and I won’t have to worry about this any more. (SPOILER review here, non-spoiler here, and part 1 of the summary here)

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Rediff Comes Through Again! Interview With Gauri Shinde

Thank you rediff!  Yet another in depth thoughtful interview for me to pick through!  This time with Gauri Shinde, talking about what I was just talking about in the first part of my Dear Zindagi summary, how funky and sidewise career paths can be in the Indian film industry.  Along with other interesting things.

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