Happy Birthday Niki!!!! For Your Present, I Finally Reviewed Okkadu!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!  I didn’t want to do just a rehash of last year’s post of your favorite things, so instead I made you something new, an Okkadu review!

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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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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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Southern Trailers! Mani Ratnam Completes His Crime Trilogy, and Nani and Nagarjuna Unite

I almost never cover southern trailers, because I am never sure what is a big deal and what is a small deal and what I should say about things.  But in this case, I KNOW these two are big deals and I know what I want to say about them, so I am just going for it.

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Tuesday Telugu, Gangotri: Hey! This is Allu Arjun’s First Movie! And I Actually Like His Hair!

This is one of my Netflix movies, and I have no memory of why I added it to my list.  I’m sure I had a good reason.  Possibly that it was an Allu Arjun movie with Prakash Raj, maybe one of you recommended it, or maybe I knew at one point that it was his first film.  If I ever knew, I’d forgotten by the time I watched it.  And now I can’t believe it!  He was so good!

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Tuesday Tamil: Parijatham, Paris When it Sizzles With a Desi Touch!

Am I correct that this is not the best movie?  I am never sure with my Tamil/Telugu/Malayalam films, if I am missing something really subtle that makes it into a brilliant classic.  I only picked this one because it had Prithviraj and was available through Netflix.  While a good movie and one I enjoyed watching, it didn’t quite have that “BRILLIANT!” feeling.  Although the songs were great.  And the plot is delightfully complex

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Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi: My Least Favorite Puri Jagannadh Movie (So Far)

I’m pretty sure this is my first Ravi Teja movie, so I can’t make any judgement there.  But it’s my fourth or fifth Puri Jagannadh movie, and I can tell you, in terms of direction, it is not as good as it could be.  I’m missing the clever little touches and sense of humor about the plot.  And I am really really missing the lighter touch with the male-female romance.

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Athadu: Angel and the Badman/Bombai Ka Babu/Assassins/The Killer

What an interesting masala of movies (that tracks, right?  I was going to use “melange”, but that’s just French for “mix”, so why not “masala” instead?)!  My Netflix envelope claimed it was a remake of some American movie called Assassins.  But that’s just one of many many films that went into creating this one.

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Abhiyum Naanum: A Love Story From the Sidelines

I loved this movie!  So sweet and funny and tender.  And then, right at the end, it pulled out a message that really packed a wallop and made me go “yes!  That is why these movies are important!”  Not just because of the lovers at the center, but because of everyone else around the edges.

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Iruvar: Okay, Is It My Fault That I Didn’t Understand This Movie? Or Is It Because I Needed To Know 60 Years of DMK History?

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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