Tuesday Tamil: Richie Review (SPOILERS), Nivin is Alone in the Film

I already put up my “no spoilers” review, this is the SPOILERS version.  For people who have already seen it, or can’t see it in theaters but want to know what it is like.  Or just want to know how it was without spending 2 hours of their lives on the film.  Because, although I want to tell you all to buy tickets and support Nivin, I really can’t in good conscience recommend that.  It’s not the best use of your time.

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Tuesday Tamil Part 1: Richie Review (No Spoilers) a Disconnect Between Director and Story

Huh.  Well, this just barely didn’t work.  All the separate parts worked, but they somehow didn’t come together in a way that made for optimal impact.  I think I might have to blame the director.

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TGIF: Happy Christmas and World AIDs Day! Women (and a few men) in Red

Happy Friday!  My goodness this has been a frustrating day.  The second I get in to anything at work the phone rings and I have to stop.  Whether it is blogging or sending an email or doing accounting stuff for work-work, I just don’t have long enough to be able to focus on it.  I am writing this right now at about 2pm, we’ll see if I am able to finish and publish this thing before midnight.  Anyway, Red!  For AIDs and Christmas!!!

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TGIF: Happy Day After Thanksgiving! Something I am Very Thankful for, Men in Blue Jeans!

I was all nice and daughterly and granddaughterly yesterday, now it’s time to be completely inappropriate and put up my TGIF post!  And as a special treat, I am posting it early in the day.  It should still keep you entertained all day, since I think this is my longest TGIF post ever.  And it also includes a complex and objective rating system, that you can feel free to disagree with, modify, or use for your own ratings in the comments

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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: 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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Wednesday Watching Post, You Get to Pick My Next Posts!

I know I know, you are sick of Jab Harry Met Sejal.  Or, alternatively, you love it and are depressed that it will be ending soon.  Either way, I am sure you have opinions what I should do next with my post-JHMS life.  And here is where you get to help me decide!  Oh, and also do your usual Wednesday report on what you have been watching and reading and thinking this week.

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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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Malavaadi Arts Club: A Malayalam Take on the Boy Band

My first Malayalam movie from my huge online shopping haul!  It was so-so.  I think I remember why it was recommended to me, because it was Nivin’s first movie, and the first movie Vineeth directed.  It was kind of cool to see how both of them started out, and the movie was also sort of interesting in its own right to look at how a plot I have seen in Hindi and Tamil films was done in Malayalam.  But I wouldn’t say it is exactly a “Great Film.”

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Ivide: What Makes Someone Indian, What Makes them American, and What Makes Them Both?

This movie is about a lot of different things, but what leaps out at me is they way it handled the hero’s childhood adoption into an American family.  It managed the difficult task of avoiding any easy answers, acknowledging the challenges of the situation without blaming anyone for them.

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Jacobinte Swargarajyam: A True 2 Hero Film

Jacobinte Swargarajyam is finally on einthusan.com, yay!!!!!  So, I could watch it, after missing it in theaters.  I loved Nivin Pauly in it, naturally (although I have reservations about his hair).  But I was surprised by how charismatic I found Renji Panicker, especially considering he just started acting a couple of years ago!

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1983: All About Sachin Tendulkar, and A Nice Film for the Day After Father’s Day

I think this movie may not have been made for me.  Because I don’t “get” sports, and I’m also neither a father nor a son.  And yet, I enjoyed it!  Even without the deep level of understanding I would have if I could better relate to the character emotions, I still liked it!

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Premam Times 2: A Second Review!

That’s allowed, right?  A second review of a movie I have already written about, just because I watched it a second time?  Although, how would you really stop me?  It is my blog, I am all powerful in this small little universe.

(if you want to read my first reaction, that review is here)

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Mili: Because I Couldn’t Watch Traffic

I wanted to watch Traffic last night, because it is supposed to be really good and groundbreaking, and the director just died, and I have been watching a ton of rom-coms and I need to rinse out my system with a thriller.  But, no luck!  Couldn’t find Traffic anywhere.  However, Mili, by the same director, was readily available, so I watched that instead.

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Premam: I Liked This Movie! And it is Deeper than it Looks at First Glance!

Another Nivin Pauly movie!  Premam!  Which I loved, but I should probably make it my last rom-com for a bit.  I’ve been spoiling myself with a string of recent rom-com hits, I need to check out a different genre/era.  I wanted to watch Traffic, but no luck, it’s not available anywhere online.  Which almost gives me an excuse to watch Mili instead, which is available (and also by Rajesh Pallai, so it would be a nice thing to do the week he died).  But it’s another Nivin Pauly movie, and I am dangerously close to a Nivin Pauly overload.  Or maybe not?  Mili does look really good!

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Another Malayalam Movie that I Really Really Liked: Thattathin marayathu (Yes, I am actually watching movies that you told me to in the comments, so keep the suggestions coming. Also, SPOILERS!)

Raghil in comments said that if I liked Ohm Shanti Oshaana, I should watch Thattathin Marayathu.  So I did, and I did like it!  Not as much as Ohm Shanti Oshaana, but it is definitely in the same family.

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