Monday Malayalam: Nokketha Doorathu Kannum Nattu, The Safety of Denial

Look, I watched an actual good movie!  A classic even. It just took all of you listing off the good movies for me on HotStar so I could avoid their gosh awful search function and go directly to what I wanted.

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Monday Malayalam: Salt Mango Tree, Love Children Just For Being Children

This is interesting.  It’s officially the original version of Hindi Medium, but besides the essentially plot concept, there is really nothing in common.  A sign of how very different the different parts of India, and different Indian film industries, see the world.  Oh, and it’s “Monday” Malayalam, but coming on Sunday, because Tuesday is Madhuri day which took precedence over Telugu so everything moved back one.

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Monday Malayalam: Kammara Sambhavan (SPOILERS) History is Disgusting

Okay, spoiler time!  I am doing a separate SPOILER review not so much to avoid spoilers (it’s not exactly that kind of movie, the plot is so intricate you can’t spoil it entirely), as because the film is so complex, I needed a moment to deal with just the general themes and structure and ideas (the No SPOILERS post) before I could get into the details of what technically happens.

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Monday Malayalam: Jo and the Boy, Unintentionally Accurate Walt Disney and Steve Jobs

This was another disappointing Malayalam film.  Not because of bad politics or misogyny, just because of a kind of rambling plot and characters that changed direction too quickly.  Still happy catchy songs and pretty pretty places, but overall not great.

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Monday Malayalam: Zachariayude Garbhinikal, Misogyny is Alive and Well in God’s Own Country

Well, this is depressing!  I went for a new film, with Rima Kallingal, thinking I would be safe from that horrible strain of really gross misogyny that runs through Malayalam films.  But, no!  Still there!  Even in a film from 2014 with one of the strongest actresses working today.

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Monday Malayalam: Kilukkam, a Happy Malayalam Movie!!!! How is This Possible?????

I can’t believe it!!!!  An actual happy Malayalam film!  Or maybe I have just been worn down in my definition of “happy”, so that it now expands to accept illegitimate children, forced commitments to insane asylums, kidnapping, sibling murder, and so on.  But hey, it doesn’t end with the heroine being raped and/or the hero being arrested, or a sad song in the rain, so HAPPY. (you understand I kid because I love, right?  Malayalam movies are beautiful and brilliant but MAN can they be depressing sometimes!)

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Monday Malayalam: Ivar Vivahitharayal…?, They Try To Save It At the End, But It Still Doesn’t Work

This was a movie I picked because a) it has Jayasurya, b) it was on HotStar, and c) it looked like something that I could watch while doing dishes and being in and out of the room.  And all of these things were true!  Especially the last.

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Monday Malayalam: Mayaanadhi (No Spoilers), The Illusions That Help Us Live Our Lives

What a wonderful movie!  I was sold this as a Tovino Thomas romance, and it is that, sort of, but it’s really more than that, a full character study of a woman and her life, and the way men treat her and the man she loves is part of that.  But not all of it.

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Monday Malayalam: Ennum Eppozhum, Mohanlal and Manju Reunited

This was a nice movie!  Not a great movie, the plot kind of went up and down and all around, but a very pleasant movie.  The kind of sunshine and nice people movie that the Malayalam industry does not quite like anywhere else.  And which was perfect to watch on an overcast late winter day in Chicago.

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Monday Malayalam: Aadhi Review (SPOILERS), Lots of Sparkle No Soul

You can probably read this review even if you haven’t seen the film.  There are a few plot twists, but it is the action and chase scenes that make the film the film stand out, and reading spoilers won’t give you the sense of those.  Or satisfy your curiosity about seeing Mohanlal’s son onscreen.

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Monday Malayalam: Aadhi Review (No Spoilers), Nepotism Perks and Parkour

Another Malayalam film in theaters!  I braved the cold, and left the dog home alone for 8 hours, and it was kind of worth it.  Not super worth it, but not horrible.  If nothing else, it was nice to feel warm for 3 hours watching a movie in Kerala.

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Monday Malayalam: Godha, a Snow White in Kerala

This film FINALLY made it’s way to einthusan.  And it is just as wonderful as Angie promised me. Not as spectacularly well-made and imaginative as Ohm Shanti Oshaana, but that same totally satisfying feel of a female protagonist going after what she wants and getting it in a completely happy way.  Everyone happy, really.

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Monday Malayalam: Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol, the Artificial Divisions Between “Love” and “Marriage”

I watched this movie in a self-serving grab for views, knowing it was popular last year and therefore a lot of people would have seen it and want to discuss it.  And then, much to my surprise, I actually ended up enjoying the thing!

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Ohm Shanthi Oshaana Second Review: Puts the Focus On the Heroine For Once

Bangalore Days and Premam both got second reviews, might as well complete the trilogy and give OSO a second review too.  Also it will be a nice little stop gap until my new Malayalam review goes up on Monday, now that family time is over and I am a sad orphan again who can spend her weekends watching movies (now I hear my parents saying “Hey!  We live TWO MILES AWAY! She’s not an orphan!”).  Anyway, life is back to normal is what I am saying, and my family has shrunk back down to normal size and my free time has expanded.

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Monday Malayalam: Sahayathrikakku Snehapoorvam, Cute Set-Up and Failed Execution

See, this is what happens when no one is commenting, I get depressed and watch random not very good films.  Although Kunchacko did his best to cheer me up.  But that was countered by the heroine Kavya Madhavan, an actress I was really liking until I looked up who she was and learned she is (maybe) a terrible human being.  But even so, I have to admit she did a wonderful job in this film.  This very uneven film.

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Monday Malayalam: Ozhivu Divasathe Kali/An Off-Day Game, A Beautifully filmed Dark Movie

This was a “well heck, it’s short!” movie watching decision.  And it was, indeed, short.  But otherwise not the kind of movie I would usually watch.  Very film festival.  Which is strange, because Malayalam films already are kind of film festival-y, but this is really really film festival-y.

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Monday Malayalam: Aniyathipraavu, I Don’t Like It As Well As Niram

I watched it, because I loved Niram so much.  And I just don’t love this one as much.  It’s nice, it’s sweet, it’s way way better than some of the other Malayalam films I’ve seen from the same era.  Or even today!  But I don’t love it.

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Monday Malayalam (on Tuesday): Niram is the 90s Romance I Didn’t Know I Needed

Oh man is this a cute cute cute cute cute movie!  So happy and sweet and innocent and 90s.  And clear plastic backpack-y.  And it might now be my favorite Shalini rom-com, even nudging out Alaipayuthay.

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Monday Malayalam (on Tuesday, I’m behind this week): Take-Off, Women Who Were Hostages Long Before They Were in a War Zone

I have been nagged by you nice people in the comments to watch this movie for I think a year now.  And I finally did it!!!!  Which means your nagging works, and you should keep it up.

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Monday Malayalam: Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal, a Very Light Romance in a Very Dark World

Well this was fun!  A really really good romance, from back when Mohanlal was young and charming (versus now when he is old and charming).  A good romance that took a progressively darker tone as it went on, but still somehow got through to a satisfying ending.

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