Global Box Office: Kedarnath Sells More Tickets Than 2.0

Box office day!!!! Yaaaaaay!  And we get to see if 2.0 has staying power, and if Kedarnath has opening day power.  And then answer to both is…..sort of! (as always, figures from bollywoodhungama)

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Box Office Report: 2.0 Opens Up New Markets, Big in Australia and Germany

Don’t believe the hype!  2.0 did very very good, but still not as good as many other films of the past.  The box office is still sliding.  At least, the international box office.  From what I am seeing, the Indian box office truly was record breaking. (as always numbers from bollywoodhungama.com)

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2.0 Review (SPOILERS): Rajinikanth as 3 Separate Characters, and Akshay as 1 Indelible One

As I already said in my No Spoilers review, this move is surprisingly good!  Well, “surprising” to me, because I usually don’t like Shankar, and the trailer made it seem like just shallow action.  So, I recommend watching it if possible without having read spoilers.  But if you don’t believe it can really be that good, read the spoilers and then go see it anyway.  Oh, and I should say it isn’t a total “anyone will love it” movie, so if you don’t like action science superhero films, you probably won’t like this.

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Hindi/Tamil/Telugu/Malayalam/Kannada 101 RePost: Rajinikanth Part 2, Homeless to Millionaire (in honor of the release of 2.0)

I already put up my part 1, which I am sure was not fully accurate and certainly not complete.  But it is my stab at somehow pulling together what little I know into a cohesive whole, in the hopes that it starts a conversation and I can learn more from you all.

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Hindi/Tamil/Kannada/Malayalam/Telugu Film 101 RePost: Rajinikanth’s Life, Part 1 Bus Conductor to Movie Star (in Honor of 2.0 Releasing)

Well, I did it!  I finally finished my Rajinikanth biography!  Now I just have the Savitri, Hema Malini, and Shashi Kapoor biography on my to do pile.  Plus various other film books that aren’t star memoirs.  Anyway, now I am ready to very tentatively try to put together some kind of narrative of Rajinikanth’s life, based on the movies I have watched (far more than I realized!), and this book, and information I gathered elsewhere

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Songs From Upcoming Movies! 2.0 and Kedarnath

Fun fun!  Song songs!  I don’t know how these movies will be, but the songs are really lovely.  Too bad it’s after Thanksgiving so I am not allowed to listen to anything but Christmas music until the 26th (allowed by myself, I have very strict rules for me).

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Hindi/Tamil/Telugu/Malayalam/Kannada 101: Rajinikanth Part 2, Homeless to Millionaire

I already put up my part 1, which I am sure was not fully accurate and certainly not complete.  But it is my stab at somehow pulling together what little I know into a cohesive whole, in the hopes that it starts a conversation and I can learn more from you all.

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Hindi/Tamil/Kannada/Malayalam/Telugu Film 101: Rajinikanth’s Life, Part 1 Bus Conductor to Movie Star

Well, I did it!  I finally finished my Rajinikanth biography!  Now I just have the Savitri, Hema Malini, and Shashi Kapoor biography on my to do pile.  Plus various other film books that aren’t star memoirs.  Anyway, now I am ready to very tentatively try to put together some kind of narrative of Rajinikanth’s life, based on the movies I have watched (far more than I realized!), and this book, and information I gathered elsewhere

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Thursday Tamil: Kaala Review (SPOILERS), the Problem of the White Woman Savior

I already put up the No Spoilers review.  You can read that if you want to avoid spoilers, this is the place to come if you have already seen the movie and couldn’t follow the plot, or want to talk about it, or just want to read what I thought.  This is also the place to come if you read the no spoilers review and don’t think you will ever want to watch this movie but still want to know what happened.  It’s not the greatest film, so that is a decent possibility and I won’t judge you if that is your decision.

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Thursday Tamil: Kaala Review (No Spoilers), People Are Not Unhygenic

I made a big fuss (okay, a modest fuss) about how Carol should see the Tamil version not the dubbed, and then I ended up at the dubbed.  Oh well, it was either that or wait until Saturday.  So instead I did a dubbed version at a midweek show which means I will be yawning and fussing through work tomorrow.

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Sridevi Daily Review: Chaalbaaz! Seeta Aur Geeta, But Stronger

This is the last Sridevi daily review.  Not the last review, I am sure I will continue watching her movies, but the last special review.  As I said in my earlier post, I don’t want to feel that I am dragging this out, that her death is over-shadowing her life, and so it’s time to move back to a regular blog schedule.  But first, ChaalBaaz!

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Discussion Post: Skin Tone in India! Discuss and Educate Us!

I put up a post yesterday related to Sridevi’s death about how there is a recent association in Indian popular culture between “skinny” and “healthy” and also “beautiful”.  And then the comments section just went wild with people talking.  Mostly people from the west, where the weight issue has been the dominant issue in appearance for years.  But I started to feel odd talking about this on an Indian film blog without acknowledging the fact that in India it is in fact skin tone that is the dominant issue.

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Upcoming Movies: The Next Film of Amitabh, Rajinikanth, Ranveer, and Dhanush

Lots of first looks!  Which are always kind of “how is this news?” but sometimes slightly interesting.  These were slightly interesting ones.

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Kabali: My First Tamil and My First Rajinikanth Film in Theaters!

I saw Kabali!  It was SO GOOD!  Okay, the second half lost track of itself a little bit, and there were some character bits that could have been better, but overall it just had so much more depth and excitement and energy than the other movies I have seen lately!

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