Breathe Season 2 Final Episode Recap/Review (SPOILERS): How Much Can You Do For Family?

The final episode!  Woot!  All our questions answered, sort of.  Enough left open to make for juicy discussion. (full index of Breathe coverage here)

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Breathe Season 2 Episode 9 Recap/Review: The Selfishness of Fear

Okay, either this episode is better than the last few, or I’m just in a better mood watching it.  Let’s say the first!  Once again, I can find a strong central theme tying it all together, and the past storyline ties much more firmly into the present than in other episodes. (full index here)

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Breathe Season 2 Episode 8: New Conflicts

Still not selling me on the twist!  Still ends up in less rather than more tension.  But there are some interesting misunderstandings in this episode which make it work a little bit better than the last episode.  And some careful foregrounding of new plot conflicts in hopes of getting the audience interested in them. (full index of reviews here)

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Breathe Season 2 Episode 7: The Stakes Get Lower

Well, the show is struggling a bit to come back from that really not very logical twist.  It tries to build up more of a backstory for how it happened, but the bigger issue is that it makes the stakes so much lower, and therefore the tension we need to want to keep walking has kind of gone away. (full index of reviews here)

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Breathe Season 2 Episode 6: TWIST!!!!

Well, on the one hand, I don’t like this ridiculous implausible twist.  But on the other hand, it kind of sideways adds a tension to the danger in this particular episode.  If the show manages to use it in that way moving forward, changing the layers of tension we see onscreen, I won’t mind it.

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Breathe Season 2 Episode 5 Recap/Review: Connections

Now I’m getting a little worried.  A lot moves forward in this episode, and we aren’t even halfway down with the season.  Which means in order to not resolve it all within the next couple episodes, there will have to be some pretty ridiculous twists.  Or maybe not!  Maybe they will pull it off.  But I’m worried. (index of reviews here)

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Breathe Season 2 Episode 4 Recap/Review: Surprising New Couples (Lesbians!)

If I am reading this correctly, this season has 12 episodes instead of 8 in the first season.  Sometimes longer seasons can lead to confusion and blind alleys in the narrative as the show tries to fill more time than expected.  So far, I think this show is going the opposite direction. The first season sometimes felt rushed, and too many things at once.  This season is much more relaxed and enjoying the journey. (full index of reviews here)

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Breathe Season 2 Episode 1 Recap/Review: Suffocation of Time Passing

Woot, season 2!  Like Season 1, this is a good solid procedural limited series thriller.  Not mind-blowingly good, no better than dozens of similar shows.  But no worse either, and watching these familiar actors shift their performance style from the melodrama of Indian film work to the subtle close up style acting of TV thrillers is fun. (full index of reviews here)

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Valentine’s Week of Sex: Bangalore Days New Review!!! Three Protagonists, Three Sexual Journeys

When I started thinking about the couples in this movie related to sex, I realized that I had enough new thoughts I shouldn’t just update the existing review, but rather write an entirely new review. Woo-hoo! New review!

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Female Films Week: Best Heroines Who Aren’t the Lead, But Are Still Interesting

Is that title clear? I’m so tired, but I really want to have this discussion because I think it is interesting. What are the movies with a female love interest who is more complex than your usual “pretty face, good girl” kind of heroine?

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Mission Mangal Review (No Spoilers): Akshay, SHUT. UP.

I think this might have been the most unpleasant movie I have ever watched. It was like having wooden stakes driven under my nails for 20 hours. Needless to say, I do not recommend it to you. And if you read my posts regularly, you know that it is a rare thing for me not to encourage you to see a movie, so take it seriously.

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OK Kanmani, Mani Ratnam’s Return to Form

I watched this movie months and months ago when it first arrived on American Netflix, but that was before I was blogging seriously so I didn’t pay very close attention.  I wanted to watch it again, now that the remake will be releasing soon (January 13th), and think about how this film could possibly be remade.

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Tuesday Telugu: Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju, Most Ridiculously Wonderfully Romantic Film!

Well, now I know where all the old-school Hindi romance went, it’s in the Telugu films!  Not really, I can tell this is a slightly different kind of romance and feel of a film from the Hindi ones, it’s clearly a separate tradition of romance.  But it’s very refreshing to watch anything that feels unapologetically and unironically and un-cynically romantic.

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OK Kanmani: Seriously, How Will this Work in a Different Language?

I watched this movie months and months ago when it first arrived on American Netflix, but that was before I was blogging seriously so I didn’t pay very close attention.  I wanted to watch it again, now that the remake will be releasing soon (January 13th), and think about how this film could possibly be remade.

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Ustadh Hotel: Second watch, First Review, Boy I Missed a Lot the First Time Around!

Ustad Hotel was like the second Malayalam film I saw.  First Bangalore Days, then Ustad Hotel, then Ohm Shaanti Oshana.  At the time I saw it first, I had nooooooooooo idea what was going on for long stretches of the film.  But now I have seen like 30 Malayalam films in 6 months, so I know everything!

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