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.
Happy Birthday Ranbir! Last year I promised to bump you up from 12 to 34 if Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was good. And it was! But then Jagga Jasoos was bad. So I will average it and bring you up to 23. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)
Does that headline work? I debated it for quite a bit. I think it does. Anyway, Munna Michael isn’t even really the big news this week, because we all kind of knew it would flop, that’s not exactly “news”. No, the news is over in the Punjabi world! And a little bit Tamil and Telugu.
This is barely worthy of a post, but I found it interesting, and thought I might as well pass it along. So if you are desperately eager for an interesting thought about media integration and stuff, here it is!
I miss Tubelight! There are no good Jagga Jasoos puns. I had to full back on jokes related to actual content. Blech! At least if Munna Michael fails next week I have that whole rich thread of Michael Jackson song titles to play with. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, that’s going to be just the best week! (as always, figures courtesy of rentrack by way of bollywoodhungama)
We’ve had a lot of discussion on the Jagga Jasoos post about where things went wrong. And I think part of the reason we’ve been going around and around is because the production of an Indian film is so very different from the process for a Hollywood film. And, in addition, the Indian film producers waste a lot less time talking to reporters than Hollywood producers, so it isn’t as easy to get a sense of what really goes into their process. So I am going to lay it out for you here!
Well, I watched it! I hated it! And not just because I was planning to hate it. I really did hate it, even after giving it a fair chance and sitting straight through. Also, I was really really really really bored. I checked my phone 5 times, the first time after the first 20 minutes because I thought surely the first hour at least must have passed. Honestly, the best part of the whole experience were the trailers (A Gentleman, looking better and better!). And now I am sitting in the mall food court, eating lunch and writing this very fast so I can leave the whole horrible experience behind me.
First, just getting it out of the way, I did NOT see Jagga Jasoos last night. Instead I went to see an actual good movie, Thondimuthlum Driksakshiyum (podcast going up soon, review up for Monday Malayalam). But I will be seeing it first possible show today! And taking my laptop so I can write the review for you guys from the food court at the mall and have it up ASAP.
Now, if I am following this correctly, the thinking goes “men wear sweater vests in mountains-many children’s boarding schools are in mountains because it is supposed to be healthier-young men in sweater vests makes us think they are teenagers”. But the way in which these sweater vests come across can vary greatly image to image.
Well, Karan Johar is tweeting about it, so that means it must be news. Fine! I will talk about the new Jagga Jasoos trailer! And then as a reward for my good behavior, I will talk about the trailers I actually like.
Boy, it’s been awhile since I did a real news round-up, isn’t it? Partly because the releases have been going boom-boom-boom for the past few months, so with my weekly southern reviews, and new movie news, and then Bahubali, there just hasn’t been time. But this week it’s kind of slow, I don’t have another review ready yet, might as well do a quick news round-up.
This is the first of 3 trailers that came out today, and they are all so important I am giving them each their own post! This is the first one to put up, because I think it is the one there is the most to say about.
Slow news day, but Salman did attend the trailer release yesterday, so we got some cool quotes from that. And there were a couple of release dates announced. And Yash Raj is going to battle for Parineeti and Bhumi.