This is a silly silly post. But it’s cold, and work is INSANE today. Let’s talk about all the movies where we really wish Juhi could have been the lead actress instead of the lead actress we actually got. Or at least would enjoy seeing her version as an alternative.Continue reading
I am going to try super super super hard to write a totally new take on JHMS. After the thousands of words I have already written, this is going to be almost impossible. But I believe I can do it!Continue reading
That Premam review is just for funsies, to try to get more people to watch it now that it is on Prime. But the other three are the last of our Shahrukh celebrations (so sad!).Continue reading
I was gonna write about Imtiaz, but then I realized I really had to write about two directos. One for Imtiaz and Ranbir, one for Imtiaz and anyone else.Continue reading
This is a little treat for those of you who like this kind of thing, a deep intense consideration of a small moment of SRK screen time.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
This isn’t a list of every single Indian film with a European section, just the three most interesting ones from the Hindi industry. And the connections I find between them.Continue reading
I has another thought! And I think it is a good thought, but maybe you will disagree. Or maybe you will have more thoughts.Continue reading
I suspect some of you will have STRONG OPINIONS on this question. I also feel like maybe I have done this post before? Or something similar? Anyway, it is a vital question that deserves constant revisiting and revising. And since tastes differ, it is also a question that should spark some interesting and enlightening discussion!Read more
It’s here! It’s all here!
Happy Jab Harry Met Sejal day! Shahrukh may not have a Diwali release this year, but that just means we get to keep up the celebration for his last film. I’ll be reposting some of my reviews, and the index of coverage, and of course the tweetalong starts at 2pm.
DISCLAIMER: This was written after my first watch. It took my second watch to understand some of the film, and it took my 3rd watch to really see it for what it was, and it took my 4th watch and my scene by scene to fully appreciate it. Anyway, an interesting time capsule of a first response!
No Spoilers review is already up, time for SPOILERS! And then, sometime next week, I start the slow crawl through the scene by scene. Because yes, this movie is good enough to deserve it. Oh, and also good enough that you shouldn’t SPOIL yourself if you are planning to watch it. Not super super good, I don’t want to oversell it, but good enough that it is worth avoiding spoilers.
I wasn’t going to do a Sunday post this week, but I need a break from writing reviews that I should be writing and it is just so refreshing to do fanfic for a bit. Plus, I love Harry and Sejal!
Well, I’m having a rumpled start to the week! Karan sent out an embarrassingly sycophantic tweet this morning, there’s a final warm spell hitting Chicago which is making me not able to sleep, the elevator is broken (again) at work so I have to keep running up and down the really abnormally steep stairs, and my boss gave Dog Hazel some food she shouldn’t eat which wasn’t a big deal except that I had to tell my boss not to do that, which was an awkward upturning of our usual power structure (he’s in charge of me, but I’m in charge of Dog Hazel). Anyway, time for a soothing interesting post with a lot of great things to watch in it.
Oh boy, Pritam! I have total faith in my ability to find at least 40 great songs from his playbook in honor of his birthday. In fact, I am going to shoot for 43, giving me a total of 50 reasons.
Hello! Two comments sections got mildly heated this morning (well, heated for this website where everything is generally at 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so going up to even 45 feels hot), so I want to put up a nice soothing post to calm us all down. Mostly calm me down, because I hate replying to/reading semi-heated comments! And also it’s Monday morning and my office is maybe the busiest it has been in 2 months.
I considered songs about pie, but there really aren’t that many. So instead, to represent the concept of “Pi”, songs that involve circles.
We continue to move sideways towards the final awards, the big awards for the films as a whole. But first, little bits of the films get their awards, soundtrack and character.
I already put up the winning real life stories of 2017, now lets move on to where film and real life overlap, the promotions that try to drive people into the movies. What films were over-promoted, leading to disappointment. And what were under-promoted, leading to delightful surprises? And what were just plain wrong promoted, leading to both?
Happy Lohri! Which is a Winter Solstice holiday in the Punjab, usually celebrated with a big bonfire! There are of course plenty of Lohri specific songs in Indian films, but they would be super hard to track down, plus I wouldn’t like all of them! Instead, to celebrate this Punjabi holiday, I am just going to post my all time favorite Bhangra/Punjabi songs, counting down from number 5 to number 1. There are a lot of them, because there are a lot of Punjabi refugees who ended up in the Bombay film industry. Because they needed jobs, and also Punjabis are HOTT.
(This is a Repost from last year, the top 5 are the same, but I added and removed some of the bonus songs) Continue reading
This will be the ONLY award for JHMS this year. Just pointing that out for people who think I am blindly Shahrukh mad. It was a good interesting movie, but it is only the soundtrack that really stands out for me when I compare it with the other films of the year. Plus, it wasn’t that great of a year for soundtracks.
The holidays (Christmas, Salman’s birthday, Anushka’s wedding) are finally over and people are doing newsworthy things again.
Here I am at the airport, with half an hour before the flight, just enough time to dash off another quick update post on how my trip is going. While you all sadly wait for another “real” post that has actual content.
This is a post that has been burbling around in my brain for a while, and I thought I might as well just post it. Plus, it’s been a while since I put up one of those posts that gets everyone talking and angry with me/aggressively agreeing with me.