Alisa/BollywoodNewbie inspired me in another post, the way she does, by pointing out something I was so lost in that I was blind to it: Indian film plays in to certain specific types of romantic fantasies, types that do not work equally for everybody.
This is one of those traditional “blog” style posts, where I talk about my life in an amusing way, instead of one of the more “Indian film news and analysis website” posts, where I am all professional and stuff. Be warned!
I just spent the entire weekend with Sacred Games, first watching it and then writing about. Which has me thinking about other options for multi-season Netflix style miniserieses that I want to see.
As you know if you are a regular reader, it is rare for me to really truly hate a film. I will always find some redeeming feature, discuss the themes and treat it seriously, make you want to watch it. I don’t like all films equally, but I do generally like all films. Except for the very very rare film which I absolutely HATE and the main purpose of my review is to try to destroy it with my hatred. Which, possibly, might be a style of writing you enjoy. In which case, this post is for you, to make it easy to find the 1 in 50 film I actually wrote a bad review of.
Well, this is a ridiculous post. Inspired by my finding a photo of the most evil puppy I have ever seen. Clearly a super villain in training.
I hope you enjoy a new rerun every hour! Because that is what you are getting today! I am going to enjoy all the niceness of sitting in an airport and reading a book for fun and ignore my blogging. But first, I will summarize my day for you so you can picture it, and know why I’m not responding to your comments.
Well, enough avoiding, time to do songs. Music is NOT my area. I have never studied music history seriously at all, and more importantly, I am next door to tone deaf. I can enjoy music. But on a very very very superficial level. Like someone who looks at a beautiful sunset and sees it as 3 simple stripes of red orange and yellow. That’s me! So, treat me gently and kindly as I attempt to put together this post based on my knowledge of film history and what people have told me is beautiful.
Happy Monday! And the Padmavati trailer is out. Was released in the middle of the night. Quite a thing to wake up to! And be warned, this started as simple discussion of the trailer and ended up going into a whole different and very intense kind of direction. Which probably most of you will disagree with, I am happy to debate you in the comments so long as you remain respectful of those who disagree with you.
Happy Navratri! I debated about whether to do this post at the start or the end. I went with start, just because Judwaa 2 comes out near the end so I will already have plenty of content then. Plus Dussehra, Karwa Chauth, etc. etc. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)
My real review, which discusses all the ways this film is remarkable, is going to be the next one, the SPOILERS one. Because without getting into specific plot spoilers, there really isn’t all that remarkable about it. The content of this film has been more or less done before. It is the release (mainstream in the Telugu market) that is unusual. (spoilers review here)
So cool! It’s like, August 13th is “Day of great dancers with big eyes and sweet smiles”. I did 14 reasons I love Sridevi, I am sure I can come up with 14 for Vyjantimala! (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)
Here’s an interesting little announcement! Fathom Events in America is planning a “Bollywood” series. Which early reports say will feature Devdas and Veer-Zaara and maybe others. So, this means the Indian film audience is officially being split into “high” and “low”. America’s version of multiplex and single-screen.
2017 is not starting out well for me! Which normally I would keep from all you nice people, but there is a good chance it is going to start affecting my posting schedule, so I thought I might as well tell you. Plus, I kind of wanted to vent.
Happy Navratri! So many holidays in the fall! Which is great, gives me something to post about.
So cool! It’s like, August 13th is “Day of great dancers with big eyes and sweet smiles”. I did 13 reasons I love Sridevi, I am sure I can come up with 13 for Vyjantimala!
Feels a bit silly to have two epic length posts, but these are epic movies. Plus, there’s two of them, so two posts kind of seems right! Although really, they are so similar in so many ways, much of the time I am just talking about them together. Well, and the novel. If you want to see my starting point with Devdas, check out my post on the novel and Dev D, and yesterday’s post on the first half of these two Devdases,
Devdas! Or rather, Devdas, Devdas, Devdas, Devdas, Devdas, Devdas. Because I have now read the original novel, and seen 5 separate film versions. I wrote about Dev D already, the most inventive and yet faithful remake. Now, I want to talk about the PC Barua Hindi version from 1936, and the Bimal Roy Hindi version from 1955. I have to talk about them together, because they are so similar, they really can’t be separated. And because I am talking about two movies, this post is going to be split into two parts.
This weekend, over the course of 30 hours, I went from having seen no Devdases to having seen all 4 important Devdasi, and read the novel. Oh, and I also watched Dishoom. And went grocery shopping. I didn’t sleep much, but what’s more important? Sleep or seeing every famous version of Devdas within the same 24 hour period so that I never have to think about them again?