Saturday Small Talk: Chat Away While I Go For a Drive

Happy Saturday! I was beginning to feel moss growing on me, so I decided to do a long meandering drive today. Just to shake out the cobwebs. That’s my big plan for the day, fun fun!

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It’s Manju Warrier’s Birthday! In Her Honor, a Brief Summary of the Strangest Darkest Film Industry Scandal in History

Now, remember, I am NOT an expert on Malayalam film industry. I’m just a beginner. So this is going to be a summary of “this is what I have heard, but I don’t know if it is true”. However, I do want everyone to read it anyway. Those who know what I am about to say so you can correct me and provide gobs more background. Those who don’t so you can get a baseline for how very messed up a film industry can get.

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Indulgent FanFic Post: High Quality Middle-School Dramedies Remade as Indian Movies, The Babysitters Club and Andi Mack

I love escaping to a world of 12 years old, when your parents had the house and food and clothes and stuff responsibilities, and you just had to solve mysteries and fight and make up with friends and so on.  Usually I escape in bookform (Trixie Belden, woot-woot!), but there are two high quality TV shows (like, seriously high quality, not just kids shows) that I have been saving for a special occasion and now I am binging and I DESPERATELY want them remade in India.  Only with the focus on the parents.

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Happy Chocolate Day!!! Movie Stars and Their Chocolate Spirit Animals

Happy Chocolate Day! I am celebrating by not having chocolate because there is none in the house (the TRAGEDY!!!). So instead I will have virtual chocolate by trying to match Indian movie stars with their ideal chocolate treat.

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Driving Licence Review (SPOILERS): The Story Behind Every Star Story

Trying very hard to keep my eyes open and looking forward to spending tomorrow just being sick in bed, but I will plow on and finish the SPOILER review of this movie, because it is just so interesting! Oh, and I encourage you to read the spoilers in this case if you want. Probably most of you can’t see it in theaters, and the ideas it brings up are universal and really interesting to discuss. Or at least, I think so.

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Driving Licence Review (No SPOILERS): Shahrukh’s Fan, But in Kerala and With Prithviraj

As expected, I did way too much and by the end of the day was having a very hard time staying awake since I am ever so slightly sick. I just barely managed to make it through to the end of this film without falling asleep, but it was worth it (I think).

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Hum Hain Rahe Pyar Ki Pre-Review Post: Recasting! With a Gender Flip! Prithviraj-Rani, Tell Me You Wouldn’t Watch That!

I bowed to the pressure and rewatched it last night to prepare for a review, and it is so much cuter than I remembered. More importantly, it is just BEGGING for a modern day north-south remake.

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NRI Week: Ivide, An American Family Story

This is such a fascinating wonderful movie, so many themes woven into it, and no easy answers. And tragically, it is impossible to find with subtitles. Looks like it might be available through WorldCat (the extreme University version of inter-library loan) and on the UK, India, and Australia amazon on DVD. And also, Movie Time Video, the wonderful New Jersey store that offers rent-by-mail. So if you live in one of those three countries, or have access to WorldCat, or a rental account with NJMT, you can watch it! Otherwise, you can struggle along with the Einthusan no-subtitles version. Thankfully a lot of the dialogue is English, so you might be able to make it work.

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Wednesday Malayalam: Mumbai Police (ALL SPOILERS), For Pride

I give up, I can’t review this movie without SOME spoilers. So there will be about 3 paragraphs of no-spoilers, and then it’s going straight into spoilers. And this is the kind of twisty plot that you are really cheating yourself if you spoil it in advance. DON’T READ THIS REVIEW, is what I am saying. Not unless you have already seen the film.

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Ezra Review ReRun! A Jewish Horror Movie For Passover!

If this is the only Jewish-Indian movie I have seen (not counting Nadira and Aditya Roy Kapoor movies), I think it is a pretty good one! The Jewish community is treated as a vital part of Indian history, and it ends with a bunch of Jewish tourists saving the world (I have no doubt the extras actually were Jewish tourists hired for the day). I asked my Jewish friend if she knew how to save the world, she didn’t, but then she never had a bat mitzvah, we figured that is when you probably learn it.

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