Manmarziyaan Review (SPOILERS): It’s All About Taapsee’s Heart

Oh boy, spoilers time! For me at least, there is nothing more stressful than a love triangle. I am always worried that the wrong couple will end up together. If you want that stress removed, you can read this and know how it ends. But on the other hand, a lot of the entertainment of the film is not being sure how it will end and trying to guess. So if you want that entertainment, read the No Spoilers review instead.

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Stree Review (SPOILERS): The Ending Might Have Been a Little TOO Open-Ended

Fun movie, funny movie, intricate movie.  I am really looking forward to digging up how it was put together!  And I am really really looking forward to all of you helping me understand the ending. Oh, and if you haven’t seen it, get over to my No Spoilers review instead!  You should read it anyway, because that’s where I talk about performances and stuff.

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Stree Review (No Spoilers): Young Men Are Dumb and Funny

What a fun movie!  I don’t totally love it as much as I totally love A Gentleman, but it is in the same family of humor.  So I am going to take this moment, once again, to plug A Gentleman.  If you like this movie, you will like that one!  Oh, and you probably will like this movie.  It is very likable.

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Gold Review (SPOILERS): Chak De India, but Different

This is an interesting movie.  Because it is both a sports movie and a true story, which means we know everything about it already.  But at the same time, we don’t, because we don’t know what particular angle the filmmaker is going to choose to look at to show us this story.  So, I leave it up to you.  You already know the details of the plot, the trailer spelled it out. If you want the tone and message of the film to surprise you, don’t read this review, read this one.  If you don’t care, do read this review.

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Happy Independence Day! Rang De Basanti, Today and Always

I refuse to watch this movie one more time (ha!) because it makes me way way too sad.  So be aware, this will all be based on memories from like 4 years ago, the last time I felt masochistic enough to watch it. (I’ve written on this film before, and promised then that it wouldn’t be the last post. You can read it here)

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Friday Classic: Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Strong Women Fighting and Performing as Equals with Strong Men

Finally watched it!  Months and months later.  And years late to the whole Luv Ranjan genre.  And I am fascinated!  It is so much better, in so many ways, than I expected.  Oh, and this is an insanely long review, partly because of the huge block quote in the middle of it.  But it was too good to shorten!

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Karwaan Review SPOILERS: Birth, Death, True Love, All Less Important Than if Dulquer Will Quit His Office Job

I already put up my No Spoilers review which was just a wee bit cynical and unsympathetic.  Versus this review which is a lot bit cynical and unsympathetic.  If you want to watch the film, you should probably read that review.  Not because this review has spoilers, the joy of it is in the songs and the beautiful cinematography and the line delivery by Irrfan, not in any details of the plot.  But because I am just the entsy-ist bit mean and sort of tie this movie into the entire problem of class/gender oppression in the world.

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Karwaan Review (No Spoilers): Oh the Struggling Upper Middle Class Male Unfulfilled Office Worker! Weep for His Tragedy!!! WEEP FOR HIM!!!

I am a bit over the “greatest tragedy in the world is a wealthy upper class man who just wants to be an artist” film trope.  Which was probably clear from the title if this post.  Indian, American, French, Norwegian, it’s all the same thing, and I am SICK OF IT.  Good lord, just count your blessings and get over yourself.

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Fanney Khan Review (SPOILERS): 1st World Problems Shoved Into a 3rd World Film

I already put up my No Spoilers review.  You can read that if you are obsessed with avoiding spoilers, or you can read this.  It’s a remake, so most of the plot is already is to find out, not like I am revealing big secrets here.

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Fanney Khan Review (No Spoilers): Too Much Sincerity and Too Little Honesty

Well, this was not a good movie!  But a not-good movie in that way where I could see the goodness struggling to break through, and then being suffocated by bad choices.  Very frustrating, with a different cast and a slightly different script, this could have been something special.

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Monday Malayalam (on Saturday): Koode Review (SPOILERS), People Needing People to be Make Themselves Whole

I already put up my No Spoilers review.  I’m going to encourage you to read that one if you haven’t seen the film yet.  Not because spoilers would ruin it, but just because this review won’t really make sense without having seen the film.  It’s so much about what is implied instead of what is shown, reading the plot bare bones won’t give a feel for how it is within the film.  Wait until you can see it, and then come back here.

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Monday Malayalam on Saturday: Koode Review (No Spoilers), Broken People Trying to Keep Moving Forward

First movie of the weekend!  It could have come out last weekend, when there was no Hindi movie I planned to see, but nooooooooooooo, it had to come out this weekend, when there are 3 other films to juggle.  Oh well, at least I got to see an Anjali Menon movie in theaters.

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Teefa in Trouble Review (SPOILERS): A Film With No Stakes, Just Fun

Don’t read the SPOILER review!  Not if you have a chance of seeing the movie.  There are a lot of delightful twists that are all the more fun for being surprises.  Instead, read the no spoiler review here.  Oh, and if you want to talk about Ali Zafar as a person, you can do that on my special post on him here.

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Teefa in Trouble Review (No Spoilers): A Wonderful Cartoon Playbox for Ali Zafar to Play in and Invite the Audience Along

First, if you want to talk about Ali’s personal issues, jump over to this post.  I put it up specially so I could segregate Ali-the-person discussion from Ali-the-actor/director/producer.  Separate from that, read this review and not the SPOILER review if you can’t see the movie!  It’s a great film with a lot of surprising twists and deserves to be watched with fresh eyes.

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Soorma Review (SPOILERS): A Little Brother Grows Up

I already put up my No Spoilers review, and this really is a good movie, so I would recommend skipping this review until after you watch it, if you are able to watch it.  The trailer gives away the general outlines of the plot, but there is a lot more to it which deserves to be seen with fresh eyes, not spoiled by me.

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Sanju Review (SPOILERS): They Told the Story They Wanted to Tell, Truth Be Damned

I’m back!  6 hours of sleep, and now I am refreshed and ready to move on to the SPOILERS review, after having already written the No Spoilers review.  Which will be super fun for me, having just spent a month learning in detail everything about what “really” happened in Sanjay’s life (you can read that here).  And therefore knowing just what this film changed.  Which is EVERYTHING.

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Lust Stories Review (SPOILERS): Female Desire Takes Center Stage

A day filled with reviews!  Both Race 3 reviews are done now, so I can circle back and finish the SPOILER review for Lust Stories.  However, I would encourage you NOT to read this until you watch the Netflix series.  Partly because the films are so open to interpretation, they deserve to be watched with fresh eyes and your own decisions made about them.  Instead, just read my No Spoilers review and then come back here.

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Race 3 Review (SPOILERS): A Party Planned for Salman, and the Guest of Honor Didn’t Really Show Up

I’m back!  I already put up the No Spoilers review which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the film.  The plot is a total mess, so knowing spoilers won’t really change anything.  This review is probably more helpful for people who have seen the film and are confused (as I was), than for people curious what the film is about.  Bottomline is, it’s about nothing!

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Veere Di Wedding Review (SPOILERS): Feminist By Building Up Female Characters Without Tearing Down Male

I’m gonna suggest you don’t spoil yourself for this one.  Beyond knowing that none of the disappointing shallow views of female friendship that the trailer promised actually happened.  No drunken fight to wait for, no jealousy over a man, not even an evil domineering mother.  But as for what actually does happen, if at all possible, try to let it play out for you as it was meant to be played, just read the no spoilers review and save this review for after you have seen it on the big screen.

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Veere Di Wedding Review (No Spoilers): Not Women Behaving Badly, Just Women Behaving Like Woman

This is a very very very very very good movie.  I had to jump through a lot of hoops to see it, and it was absolutely worth it.  Congrats to Rhea and Sonam, they have made the perfect female friendship movie.

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