Monday Malayalam: Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal, the Perfect Use of Underwater Photography

This is a film that was recommended in the comments last Monday, after I admitted to an affection for Asif Ali.  A fascinating film, about big fish and little fish and swimming with the water and seeing what is underneath.

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Monday Malayalam: Sunday Holiday, A Pleasant Timepass

Well, this was a nice little movie!  Which is what I was looking for, a nice happy sunshiney Malayalam movie to watch while it was freezing cold outside.  Oh, and also, Asif Aslam was in it, and I like him.

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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: Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela No SPOILERS Review, a Nivin Pauly Movie that Isn’t About Nivin Pauly

Okay, it’s technically Monday.  I am putting this up now!  I saw the movie Friday and I’ve been holding off just so I could stay sort of on schedule.  Anyway, there is another review coming later, the SPOILERS one.

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Monday Malayalam: I Saw Solo! What an Interesting Experiment (No Spoilers Review)

Sorry!  Padmavati took all my time yesterday, so we missed Monday Malayalam.  And now I am doubling up on Tuesday, a no spoilers and a spoilers review, both, for Solo.  Because it came out in Malayalam and Tamil, so I have decided it works for both.

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Monday Malayalam: C/O Saira Banu, A Unique Kind of Mother

All Hail Hotstar!!!  Greatest Website/App/Alternative media source in The World!!!!  I picked this film basically at random out of the almost a thousand options available to me.  Because I vaguely remembered hearing it was good plus, Manju Warrior!!!  And it is good!  And it is Manju Warrior, like ALL Manju Warrior!  Her character is the whole film.

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Monday Malayalam: Neram, Not Bad

Well, that was okay.  Definitely an okay movie, not a great movie, or even a terribly interesting one.  But it was available to rent on googleplay, and it had Nivin and Nazriya, so a fair enough timepass.  But I would still have enjoyed re-watching Ohm Shanti Oshaana for the thousandth time more.

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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/Happy Independence Day: Njan, A Different Kind of Independence Story

Well, this was fascinating!  Random pick from my Malayalam shelf, turns out to be the Malayalam version of an Independence film which is very very different from anywhere else.  Which I am particularly aware of, having just written a bunch of Independence themed posts!

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Monday Malayalam Special: I Was Stuck In Traffic Behind Nivin Pauly!!!!

Last night I went the North American Film Awards, which are essentially the Malayalam IIFAs.  So, the IIFAs without any backup dancers or rehearsals, but with a lot of really detailed eloquent speeches and as much applause for the directors as their was for the stars.  And in a theater which is about the same size as a high school auditorium, and wasn’t even sold out.  But that’s not important, what’s important is I got stuck trying to get out of the parking lot because I was blocked in by NIVIN PAULY!!!!

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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: 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: 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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Special Monday Malayalam Post: BAAHUBALI!!!! (Part 1) Let’s Talk About 1, Before 2 Comes Out!

BAAHUBALI!!!!!  I saw it 7 times in 10 days in the theater (Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday again, and another Tuesday), and then pre-ordered the DVD and watched it 4 more times with the few friends who had missed it in theaters.  But that was a couple months before I started the blog, so I’ve never actually written a review of it.  But now that Baahubali 2 is about to come out (FINALLY!), it’s time.  And since this is a looooooooooooooong one, I am splitting it in two days, Monday and Tuesday.  Hey, it was released in both Malayalam and Telugu/Tamil, right?

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Monday Malayalam: City of God, Love Is What Ties It All Together

My second Pellissery Monday!  And 3rd Pellissery week over all (counting the Tuesday I saw Angamaly Diaries).  And this movie is rawer, but still better than Amen.  But not as good as Angamaly, which combined the powerful spirit of this film with the technical brilliance of Amen.

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Monday Malayalam: Guppy, A Sadder Film Than You Would Expect

In several parts of this film, I was reminded of Annmariya.  Same single parent family, same kid with too many worries, same unusual relationship between an older tougher man and the kid.  But while Annmariya took place in a world of magic and destiny where nothing ever went really wrong, this film took place in the “real” world, and was much sadder.

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