Best Movies of 2009, Ranked

This is a really hard year to pick the best films! And I’m not even sure of my choices, so please leap in with comments if you disagree.

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Announcing Next Week….2009 Week!!!!

Yes, I have decided to count backwards instead of forwards. Partly because I hate going with the flow. Okay, LARGELY because I hate going with the flow (have I mentioned that I always bring my quilting to the knitting group and my knitting to the quilting group?). But also because 2009 had an amazing line up of films and 2011, not so much.

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Female Films Week: Movies To Start a Discussion about Women’s Issues

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.

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Women Directors Week Sequel Post: Sequels for Zoya and Reema, Gauri, and Tanuja; Luck By Chance, Talaash, Dil Dhadakne Do, Gully Boy, English/Vinglish, Dear Zindagi, Qarib Qarib Singlle

I’m still fighting off a case of the Mondays, and nothing cheers me up like fanfic! And this is fun fanfic, the ones where I don’t have to come up with characters and stuff, I can just piggyback on characters we already know and love.

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Hindi Film 101: The Problem of Unfulfilled Upper Class Man Film

I was feeling bad for writing such light weight posts lately, and then I remembered, oh right, I watched 3 movies this weekend and wrote 6 full length reviews (2 each) for them.  Just, not everybody was interested in those reviews, so for some of you this is a pretty light week.  To make up for it, I pulled out some of the more general discussion sections of my reviews of Karwaan and cobbled together a Hindi Film 101 out of it.

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Happy Mother’s Day Weekend! Mother Films Outside of the Norm

Happy Day Before Mother’s Day! I was going to write a fanfic of mother stories for tomorrow that aren’t the usual ones, and then I realized a lot of them had already been in films and I had just forgotten. So let’s celebrate those unusual mothers!

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Luck By Chance Annotated Edition Part 8: The Ending! Friendly Appearance from Shahrukh

And now we are at an end! In a very long complicated section, complete with special guest star (I won’t make you wait, it’s Shahrukh). (full index of Luck By Chance coverage here)

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Luck By Chance Annotated Edition Part 7: Karan Appears

Things are getting progressively interesting as the ending comes towards us!  Most importantly, Karan appears!  The unseen God who has put all of this in action. (full index of Luck By Chance coverage here)

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Luck By Chance Annotated Edition Part 4: Fans Through the Glass

I’m back!  This is a completely ridiculous and non-practical series, by the way.  JHMS, I got the best views EVER (even beat Bahubali).  This, I’m getting like a few dozen on each post.  But on the other hand, it is my few dozen most loyal commentators/readers, so just for you, I will continue to put them up.  Well, and also I really liked the film. (full index of Luck By Chance coverage here)

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Luck By Chance Annotated Edition Part 3: From Circus to Fridge

Part 3!  Gonna see if I can manage to get through more than one page of notes in one post.  At least a page and a half.  I don’t want to get too ambitious. (full listing of Luck By Chance posts here)

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Luck by Chance (The Annotated Edition) Part 1: Excel Logo to Mac Mohan Cameo

Like I said in my first review, I got about 5 minutes into this movie and paused to get a pencil and paper.  Because there is SO MUCH.  Not like so much depth and soul (although there is that too, that’s what my other two reviews covered), but so much data.  I know I probably missed at least half of it, but here is what I got from my 5 pages of notes. (Full Luck By Chance Index here)

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