Monday Malayalam: Nerariyan CBI, A Very Confusing Plot!

I watched this whole movie and I am still not sure who did it and why and all of that.  But it was certainly entertaining!  Although not as entertaining as the last CBI movie I watched, Jagratha CBI, where the twists were just BONKERS.

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Netflix List for August! JAB WE MET!!! See What Imtiaz Was Doing Before JHMS! (Thank you Accessbollywood.net)

Accessbollywood.net does the real work of keeping this list updated, if you want a day by day update, subscribe to them.  My update is only like once a month or so when I feel like it.  But it does give some tips on what to watch and what not to watch, so that’s helpful! I hope.

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Monday Malayalam: ABCD, Not a Very Good Movie

I am continuing my “well, it’s the DVD on top” decision making process for films as I unpack.  After two good Malayalam choices and one so-so Telugu, I have landed on a really quite bad Malayalam film.  It looks like it was a big of a box office hit, but most critics agree with me that it is generally no good.

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Monday Malayalam: His Highness Abdullah, Comedy is All About Shock

I just cycled through a whole bunch of variations on that title, “unexpected”, “juxtapositions”, “breaking boundaries”, but really it’s just shock.  That kind of “I can’t believe they went there!” shock.  Which is why it is really too bad that I saw this film after having already seen a whole bunch of other movies that went to the same kind of shocking place.  Since all the others were just imitating this one, it should have had the privilege of shocking me first.

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Monday Malayalam: Gandhi Nagar 2nd Street, A Movie to Sit With For a While

I fell behind this weekend, and now I have to write my Monday post seconds after finishing the movie.  Which is really too bad, because this is a film that really needs you to sit with it for a while before you are ready to talk about it.

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Monday Malayalam: Ramante Edanthottam! A Love Story That Takes a Twist

Isn’t this amazing, that there is a whole Indian genre of “women escaping relationships that aren’t terrible, but aren’t what they deserve”?  I watched this movie and could compare it with Queen, English/Vinglish, How Old Are You?, and plenty of others.  But this film has a twist, this film ends with the “unthinkable” actually happening.

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Monday Malayalam: Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum, What if Movies are Just Conning Us?

This was a kind of interesting film.  Not a great film, maybe not even a good film?  But an interesting one.  Well, interesting in the last twenty minutes.  The set-up for that was a bit of a drag.  But most important (for me), this was a FREE film!  It suddenly popped up at my library, while I was in the middle of the move (DVDs finally unpacked as of this morning, but books still in boxes), and I had to watch library DVDs.  So it was perfect for me.

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Sunday Speculative Post: Raabta Inspired Me! What Other Southern Films Could Be Not-Really-Remade

I don’t want to say that Raabta is better than Magadheera, or even as good.  But it is a very clever reimagining which takes the same story but replace the from the southern industry (comedy scenes, action scenes, stalking romance) with the strengths of the Hindi industry (clever dialogue, cutting edge international setting, slightly more complicated characters).  So, what other southern films could we do that with?  Not that we SHOULD do it, but that we could.

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Monday Malayalam: Leela, a Movie About Musth

Well, this was a bit of an interesting downer!  A movie about sex that was not at all sexy.  Appropriately so, sex work is not sexy for the sex workers, it is just a job that they do from necessity.  And it’s not necessarily sexy for their clients either, it is also something from desperation and misery.  So, woo!  An accurate depiction of life for a sex worker!  Which means, depressing and grinding and tiring and dangerous and yet dull at the same time.

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Monday Malayalam: Oppam! Priyadarshan Does a Thriller! (SPOILERS)

Well, I finally saw Oppam.  Only 6 months late.  Oh well, this is what happens when the theaters only give one screen to Malayalam films, and there are 4 (or 5?) major releases for Onam weekend.  I saw Oozham, which was in a similar genre but not quite as good as this.  Because Prithviraj is not quite as good as Mohanlal and Jeethu Joseph isn’t quite as good as Priyadarshan.

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Monday Malayalam: Munnariyippu, the Brazenness of Youth Against the Intransigence of Age

I avoided this movie because it looked scary, and I don’t like scary movies!  But it really wasn’t bad, because it was less about the “scary” parts, and more about the character parts.  The specifics of the danger weren’t the point, it was the way our heroine rushed headline into the danger that was the point.  Because young women are very very foolish!

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Su Su sudhi Vathmeekam: Learning to Accept Your Flaws, Not Hate Them

What an interesting movie!  It’s about stuttering, but not really.  It’s about growing up, but not really that either.  And it’s also a little bit about Mukesh being a really nice guy.  It’s all of these things combined, it’s just sort of about life.

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Happy May Day! Here Are Some Ways You Can Support Workers

Happy May Day!  You know how India has all these holidays that are very regional specific and how neat that is?  Well, May Day is an international holiday now, but it started right in my hometown, so I thought I should celebrate it.  And I don’t have the day off work, so I can’t join the many many many protests.  But I can do a theme post!

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Chennai Shopping List! Now With Additions!

Chennai Update!  I have put in some of your suggestions, plus added a few books.  If something you suggested isn’t included, it’s not because I hate you, it’s because I explored and I can find a copy without needing to go all the way to Chennai for it.  And I want to save luggage space for the really really hard stuff!

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Monday Malayalam: Amen, Art Above All

I’ve watched this movie twice now.  Once really seriously, pausing and rewinding if I thought I missed something, and once more just skimming, letting it play while I brushed my teeth in the morning or wrote blog posts at night.  And I know I have still missed SO MUCH.  But I am going to do my best to try to understand it and present it to you.

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Monday Malayalam: Udayananu Tharam Asks Does the Film Create the Star or the Star Create the Film?

What a fascinating movie!  Oh my goodness, SO INTERESTING!!!!!  Starting from the opening shot, which sent me down a whole mental wormhole of film history.  But mostly, I am SO GLAD I watched this film the same week I saw Angamaly Diaries!  Because this film makes the hypothetical argument that Angamaly Diaries proved in reality.

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Angamaly Diaries: Lijo Jose Pellissery Finds his Place Besides Orson Welles and Martin Scorsese

That headline isn’t hyperbole.  There’s one sequence in this film, way at the end, which should be shown in film classes right along Welles and Scorsese from now on.  It’s an amazing technical achievement, but you don’t even notice that, because it is such an amazing artistic achievement at the same time. (Very very long and detailed SPOILER review here)

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Apoorva Ragam: Another Malayalam Pioneer of New Cinema

You know the problem with pioneer films?  They are so groundbreaking and wonderful when they come out, but then after they have cut out the new path, the films that come after it are so much more luxurious and elaborate, it makes that poor struggling scratched and damaged first film look like nothing in comparison.

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Happy International Women’s Day! Here are some International Women!

(This is a reposted and Updated post from last year)

There are so many many many options for a Women’s Day post, that it kind of blew my mind and I couldn’t decide!  Most empowering films for women?  Most feminist songs?  My favorite female characters?

Anyway, I decided to switch focus to the “International” part of it, and look at the most International women in Indian film!

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Monday Malayalam: Ezra Puts a Twist on Manichitrathazhu

I went to see a Malayalam movie in the theaters again!  Actually, I saw two, and was completely unproductive otherwise all Saturday.  It was a great weekend.  And next Monday, you get to see a review of the other movie!

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