Happy Birthday Mohanlal! My Favorite Movie of Yours, Namukku Parkkan Munthirithoppukal

This is such a lovely movie. Poor quality, the only copy available seems to be a bit deteriorated. But you can still feel the reality of the beauty of the world around them. And most of all, the story is so beautiful, hope and love over terrible damage.

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Valentine’s Week of Sex: Namukku Parkkan Munthirithoppukal

This is a movie that is all about sex, without actually having a sex scene. Sex fantasies, sex experimentation, and sexual violence (nothing explicitly shown, but discussed and treated seriously by the plot). And it is also a movie about love and redemption and freedom. It’s just lovely.

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Kayankulam Kochunni Review (SPOILERS): If the Laws Are Unjust, You Need Not Respect Them

Such a great movie!  I was smiling and laughing in delight the entire time.  If you will have a chance to watch it, you can read the No Spoilers review, if you already know the whole story, or won’t be able to see the film, you can read this one.  It’s fun to watch not knowing what will happen next, but it’s also fun to watch knowing everything, it’s just that good.

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Mani Ratnam Takes on MGR!!! Iruvar, His Most Political Film

I was watching this movie so closely!  So closely!  I know the drill with Ratnam films, he just drops in these little bits and then moves on so you can’t look away for a second.  And yet, I was still completely lost.  But I don’t think it’s my fault!  Or at least, not my fault because I wasn’t watching closely enough, but because I didn’t have the expected background.

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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: 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 (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: 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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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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Monday Malayalam: Avidathepole Ivideyum, I Am Still in Love With 80s Mohanlal

Oh young Mohanlal!  Why are you so wonderful?  One of my first Malayalam films was Aalkkoottathil Thaniye which is mostly a Mammootty film, but in his two scenes, Mohanlal stole the show for me.  And now with them as equal actors, I am even more convinced that Mohanlal is the one for me.  At least, in the 1980s.  Haven’t made a decision yet for the other eras.

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Monday Malayalam: Narasimham! Thilakan FINALLY Gets His Comeuppance!

Welp, I did it, I finally watched Narasimham.  And it was pretty much as expected.  Not exactly what I look for in my Malayalam films, but Mohanlal was there, and so was Mammootty for a bit, and now I have seen Most Successful Movie of All Time, or whatever the accurate superlative is.

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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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