Hindi Film 101: A Brief History of American Musical Films, and How They Are NOT the Same As Hindi

I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate it when people say “oh, Indian movies, they are just like those classic American Musicals I loved”. Because they’re NOT!!!! But then, at the same time, they kind of are. Which is why I hate it when people say that because it’s a really really complicated argument to prove to them that they are being inaccurate and then they start slowly backing away from me and eventually I realize I have become a person alone in a room giving a lecture to nothing.

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Hindi Film 101: The Job of a Director, Hollywood versus India

I just reviewed Junglee, one of the few Indian movies directed by an American which I can still legitimately call “Indian”. And in that review, I started talking about what is and is not universal in the job of a director, and then I realized I really should make this a 101.

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I Watched SOOOOOO Many American Movies This Weekend!

The Oscar nominees and potential Oscar nominees are finally available through cheap streaming and rental services!  So I caught up on all the high quality American films that I missed when they were in theaters.  Now, I know a regular amount about the American industry (I did get a Masters in film at an American university, I kind of couldn’t avoid it), but it’s not my main field.  Plus, all of these movies were really really good, so if I was just looking at them in terms of how good they were, I wouldn’t have much to say besides “really really good”.  So I’m going to go ahead and just rank them in terms of how “Indian” they were.

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