Historic Films Week: Kayamkulam Kochunni, a Big Fun Communist Bandit Movie!!!!

We skipped Helicopter Eela and saw this instead, and it was such a good decision!  I recommend you do the same.

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2009 Week: The Most Important Malayalam Film of the Year, Ritu

What an interesting movie!  I read that it is supposed to be the start of the new age films, but it actually reminded me a lot more of Aalkkoottathil Thaniye.  And other films I’ve seen from that classic 90s/late 80s era.

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Jallikattu Review (SPOILERS): This is the Reason I Stay Off Social Media

What a brilliantly disturbing movie. If you are a film person, someone who admires camerawork and inventive images and so on, you can watch it. If you are someone who tends to get emotionally involved in a film, maybe stay away, there are some very disturbing emotions here.

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Recommendations Post: Happy Female Lead Films!

It came up in discussion that female lead films tend to be really dark. Which is true! But why should we watch a bunch of women be miserable and punished all the time? This is a post for us all to share recommendations for happy female lead films. And I’ll start with some of my favorites.

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NRI Week: Ivide, An American Family Story

This is such a fascinating wonderful movie, so many themes woven into it, and no easy answers. And tragically, it is impossible to find with subtitles. Looks like it might be available through WorldCat (the extreme University version of inter-library loan) and on the UK, India, and Australia amazon on DVD. And also, Movie Time Video, the wonderful New Jersey store that offers rent-by-mail. So if you live in one of those three countries, or have access to WorldCat, or a rental account with NJMT, you can watch it! Otherwise, you can struggle along with the Einthusan no-subtitles version. Thankfully a lot of the dialogue is English, so you might be able to make it work.

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Wednesday Malayalam: Mumbai Police (ALL SPOILERS), For Pride

I give up, I can’t review this movie without SOME spoilers. So there will be about 3 paragraphs of no-spoilers, and then it’s going straight into spoilers. And this is the kind of twisty plot that you are really cheating yourself if you spoil it in advance. DON’T READ THIS REVIEW, is what I am saying. Not unless you have already seen the film.

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Wednesday Malayalam: Sakhavu, for May Day

I finally watched it! Ages after it came out. For those of you who like Communists/Communism, this is a great movie for gently explaining the importance of collective action. For those of you who like “cuddly” type men (you know who you are!), this is a great movie for giving you nice sofa like Nivin striding around with his big arms and trunk.

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