Mahanati Review (SPOILERS): A Fresh New 80s Love Story Surrounded By A Tired 1950s Variation on A Star is Born

I already put up the No Spoilers review, but I’m not even sure if those rules apply to this kind of movie.  It’s based on a true story, and there aren’t really many surprises along the way.  So you can read that review if you really hate spoilers, but otherwise you might as well read this review too.  Although, fair warning, I also didn’t like this movie very much, so I may spoil it for you in a different way by making it no longer seem good.

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TGIF: All Southern!!!!! Men in Mundus/Lungis

I completely forgot our southerners last week, and I am doing an all-Hindi “Best of 2017” contest, so I really feel like I need to make up for it.  And the best way I can is an Entire Post of Southern Gentleman.  In their native garb.

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TGIF: Happy Christmas and World AIDs Day! Women (and a few men) in Red

Happy Friday!  My goodness this has been a frustrating day.  The second I get in to anything at work the phone rings and I have to stop.  Whether it is blogging or sending an email or doing accounting stuff for work-work, I just don’t have long enough to be able to focus on it.  I am writing this right now at about 2pm, we’ll see if I am able to finish and publish this thing before midnight.  Anyway, Red!  For AIDs and Christmas!!!

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TGIF: Happy Day After Thanksgiving! Something I am Very Thankful for, Men in Blue Jeans!

I was all nice and daughterly and granddaughterly yesterday, now it’s time to be completely inappropriate and put up my TGIF post!  And as a special treat, I am posting it early in the day.  It should still keep you entertained all day, since I think this is my longest TGIF post ever.  And it also includes a complex and objective rating system, that you can feel free to disagree with, modify, or use for your own ratings in the comments

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Tuesday Tamil: Solo (SPOILERS Review), More Than the Sum of Its Parts

Okay, let’s do this!  Tuesday Tamil!  Actually on Tuesday!  My box office post is still going to be late this week, but at least everything else will be back on track.  Plus, I am excited to talk about plot details for this movie. (no spoiler review went up earlier today)

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Monday Malayalam: I Saw Solo! What an Interesting Experiment (No Spoilers Review)

Sorry!  Padmavati took all my time yesterday, so we missed Monday Malayalam.  And now I am doubling up on Tuesday, a no spoilers and a spoilers review, both, for Solo.  Because it came out in Malayalam and Tamil, so I have decided it works for both.

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TGIF: Boys and Bikes

This is a very round about post.  I asked my friend (who requested that I link back to her instagram as her credit for always helping with these posts, so here it is) what I should do for my Friday post, as I ask her every Friday.  And her response was “Travel!” because she is going out of town today.  Only there aren’t really a lot of super great travel photos, so I ended up narrowing it down to “travel on motorcycles”.

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Monday Malayalam/Happy Independence Day: Njan, A Different Kind of Independence Story

Well, this was fascinating!  Random pick from my Malayalam shelf, turns out to be the Malayalam version of an Independence film which is very very different from anywhere else.  Which I am particularly aware of, having just written a bunch of Independence themed posts!

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Monday Malayalam: ABCD, Not a Very Good Movie

I am continuing my “well, it’s the DVD on top” decision making process for films as I unpack.  After two good Malayalam choices and one so-so Telugu, I have landed on a really quite bad Malayalam film.  It looks like it was a big of a box office hit, but most critics agree with me that it is generally no good.

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Monday Malayalam on Wednesday: Comrade in America, a Very Communist Film in the Best Possible Way (SPOILERS)

This is a nice small idea film.  But it is a real gem of an idea, and one I very much appreciate, especially since it is following the highest ideals of communism and treating the world as a community by highlighting an issue totally unrelated to Kerala.

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Jomonte Suvisheshangal Review: My 4th Malayalam Film in Theaters! And 3rd Dulquer Film in Theaters! (SPOILERS)

I missed Monday Malayalam, because I was completely impractical and not time effective, and I went to see Dulquer’s new movie in theaters at the 8 o’clock show on a work night.  Because it’s Dulquer!  And it’s cold and grey and depressing, and Kerala is so pretty. And I was hoping to write the review when I got home, but it was midnight and my brain finger typing thoughts not coming.

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OK Kanmani: Seriously, How Will this Work in a Different Language?

I watched this movie months and months ago when it first arrived on American Netflix, but that was before I was blogging seriously so I didn’t pay very close attention.  I wanted to watch it again, now that the remake will be releasing soon (January 13th), and think about how this film could possibly be remade.

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Ustadh Hotel: Second watch, First Review, Boy I Missed a Lot the First Time Around!

Ustad Hotel was like the second Malayalam film I saw.  First Bangalore Days, then Ustad Hotel, then Ohm Shaanti Oshana.  At the time I saw it first, I had nooooooooooo idea what was going on for long stretches of the film.  But now I have seen like 30 Malayalam films in 6 months, so I know everything!

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Kammatipaadam: Disturbing on Many Levels

I saw my second Malayalam movie in theaters!  Thanks to moviemavengal’s review. And I gave up on pronouncing the title at all when I bought the tickets and just called it “the Malayalam movie at 7:30”.  Thank goodness, the ticket guy was able to figure it out from there. (It’s not that Malayalam is such a hard language, it’s just that I’m terrible at languages.  The handy Hindi movie abbreviations are my saving grace!)

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Vikramadithyan: Is Unni Mukundan Just Allergic to Shirts?

Finally, a happy romance!  Well, okay, there were still some kind of dark statements about law and assumptions and the pettiness of those in power.  But also, a romance!  With two leads who I like, Dulquer and Namitha Pramod!

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Kali Review: My First Malayalam Movie in Theaters! Also, It Was Really Good! (SPOILERS)

I saw a Malayalam movie in theaters!  Because my friend convinced me I should be brave and risk no subtitles.  It was really really good!  And subtitled, thank goodness.

(if you want to see a different review, moviemavengal has posted hers here)

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100 Days of Love: A Lot Less Complicated to Find a Way to Watch, but Also a Lot Less Complicated to Understand

This is one of those recent movies that was recommended in a sort of “well, it’s kind of interesting, you might as well” sort of way.  Instead of the “You MUST watch this movie!!!” kind of way.  And that was basically my reaction too, it’s okay, it was enjoyable, but it didn’t blow my mind.

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