Bareilly Ki Barfi Review (SPOILERS): Don’t Be Fooled, It Really Is About The Title Character

What a nice movie!  Just nice nice nice.  Everyone is a good person trying to do good things.  But it turns out that the good-est person doing the best-est things is the one who is right there in the title.  Also, DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN/CAN WATCH!!!!  If at all possible, this film deserves to be seen in theaters without spoilers.  But I know some of you have already seen it, and some of you won’t be able to see if for weeks if ever, so in that case you can read on. (no spoilers review here)

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Jab Harry Met Sejal Review (SPOILERS): She Is His Radha

No Spoilers review is already up, time for SPOILERS!  And then, sometime next week, I start the slow crawl through the scene by scene.  Because yes, this movie is good enough to deserve it.  Oh, and also good enough that you shouldn’t SPOIL yourself if you are planning to watch it.  Not super super good, I don’t want to oversell it, but good enough that it is worth avoiding spoilers.

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Jab Harry Met Sejal Review (NO SPOILERS): So Sexy I Think I’m Pregnant

OH MY GOD!!!  If you are attracted to Shahrukh Khan, and if you have found him increasingly attractive as he ages, then this movie will KILL YOU.  Like, kill you dead.  I thought he was distracting in Dear Zindagi, but this is a whole other level.  However, I should warn you, if you are not attracted to Shahrukh Khan, or find him less attractive as he ages, you will not enjoy this movie.

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Mubarakan Review (SPOILERS): Good But Not Quite Good Enough

I already put up my No Spoilers review, which should answer the question “should I see this movie?” for you.  This review is for “I don’t want to see this movie but I am mildly curious what it is about” or “I have just seen this movie and I’m not sure what to think about it” kind of people.

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Mom Review (No Spoilers): Sridevi Does Sunny Deol

I did it!  I saw Mom!  Even though it meant screeching out of work the second it hit 5pm and fighting rush hour traffic to make the 5:30 show.  Because I had to rush home tonight so I would have time to work on my mother’s birthday present.  Which is thematic, I guess!  Anyway, it’s a good movie, but don’t be fooled by the artsy film stock and stuff, this is a straight up potboiler action film as over the top and satisfying as anything from Sunny Deol.

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Tubelight Review (No Spoilers): Not a Good Movie

The title really says it all.  If you are wondering whether you might want to see this movie, you don’t.  It is not a good film.  If you want me to talk more about how it is not good with spoilers, you can read the other review.  If you want me to talk more about how it is not good without spoilers, you can read on.

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Monday Malayalam: Oppam! Priyadarshan Does a Thriller! (SPOILERS)

Well, I finally saw Oppam.  Only 6 months late.  Oh well, this is what happens when the theaters only give one screen to Malayalam films, and there are 4 (or 5?) major releases for Onam weekend.  I saw Oozham, which was in a similar genre but not quite as good as this.  Because Prithviraj is not quite as good as Mohanlal and Jeethu Joseph isn’t quite as good as Priyadarshan.

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Su Su sudhi Vathmeekam: Learning to Accept Your Flaws, Not Hate Them

What an interesting movie!  It’s about stuttering, but not really.  It’s about growing up, but not really that either.  And it’s also a little bit about Mukesh being a really nice guy.  It’s all of these things combined, it’s just sort of about life.

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Bahubali 2 Complete Summary in Detail Part 2: Let’s Go on a Road Trip!

Welcome back to Bahubali 2 complete detailed summary part 2!  I’ve only seen it once in theaters, so forgive any slight errors in the order of scenes or stuff like that.  Well, forgive and correct.  If you mention something in the comments, I will either correct and update the post to show it, or else add a note to the beginning of part 3. (part 1 here)

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Bahubali 2 SPOILER Review: A Saas-Bahu Drama in an Epic Setting

I won’t promise that this will be my last review.  I already posted my no spoilers review.  And it’s possible that over the next few weeks, as I re-watch it, I end up posting one of those scene by scene things that takes me forever to write.  But right now, I want to get up a SPOILER post, if nothing else so we all have a safe place to talk about the movie without worrying about ruining it for other people.

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Noor Review (SPOILERS): Fails in the Most Important Character, the City of Bombay

I already put up my no spoilers review.  The SPOILERS review doesn’t really have much to add to that, because there’s not much to the plot of the film.  But I can complain in a little more detail about how the plot fails.  And save you the trouble of watching it yourself, since you can just learn about it here.

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Monday Malayalam: Amen, Art Above All

I’ve watched this movie twice now.  Once really seriously, pausing and rewinding if I thought I missed something, and once more just skimming, letting it play while I brushed my teeth in the morning or wrote blog posts at night.  And I know I have still missed SO MUCH.  But I am going to do my best to try to understand it and present it to you.

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Naam Shabana Review (SPOILERS): Maximum Events to Hide Minimum Plot

I already put up my NO SPOILERS review, and my podcast, now it’s time for the SPOILER review.  I recommend reading this before listening to the podcast, since the podcast assumes that you already know what happens in the movie.

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Tuesday Telugu: Aarya Asks Which is Worse, Stalking or Partner Abuse?

This is one of those movies where I am watching it thinking “is the message I am seeing on purpose or an accident?  Or an purposeful accident?  Is it just where the characters ended up or was this the goal all along?  Or did the writer start thinking of it as a statement on film relationships and not realize it was a statement on real ones too?”  I think it is probably the last, because I started thinking about it in terms of film too, and then realized that it works just as well for real life.  And, in fact, hits exactly my issues with the way culture treats female safety.

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Phillauri Review (NO SPOILERS): A Simple Story With a Message to Remember at the End

Well that was a short movie!  Strolled out of the theater a few minutes after 10, with a 7:45 start time and a 10 minute intermission.  But a nice movie.  A nice concise small movie.  It felt kind of like a fairy tale, or a fable.  A story for children, nice and simple and easy to remember and understand.

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Monday Malayalam: Fukri, I Still Have a Crush on Jayasurya

I mentioned last Monday that I saw two Malayalam movies in the theater.  This was the other one!  The showtime gods were kind to me, I realized I could catch a matinee of Ezra, grab a lassi at the concession counter, and then move right into the show for Fukri.

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Guide Part 2: The Actual Film (Well, The Beginning of It)

Yesterday I did an in depth post on the whole behind the scenes process of making Guide and who all the personalities involved where and what their background was and so on and so on (not including the Murder and Sex Cult part of the Anand brothers’ story, because those hadn’t happened yet).  I wanted to say aaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllll of that before I got into discussing the actual film.  Which is what I will do now, only I will be referring back to stuff from the other post, so read this first!

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Running Shaadi Review (SPOILERS): Bam! First Five Minutes, They Break the Rom-Com Mold!

I already said in my no SPOILERS review that this is a great great rom-com!  And you should definitely go see it if at all possible.  Don’t just read my SPOILERS review!  Only read it if you have already seen the film, or if you are one of those people who can still enjoy movies even after reading all the spoilers.

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The Ghazi Attack SPOILERS Review: I Wish There Was More Submarine Maneuvering! It’s What I Came For!

As I mentioned in my non-SPOILER review, my Grandpa loooooooooves submarine movies.  Well, really all boat movies, but sub movies are his favorites.  And because of that, I have seen a fair number of submarine movies myself.  And I have to say, this is a very very good example of the sub movie genre.  I would have liked it even better if we’d gotten to the underwater warfare part sooner.

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Running Shaadi Review (NO SPOILERS): The Best Rom-Com I’ve Seen Since Humpty Sharma!

Okay, maybe I was just in the right mood, or maybe it’s because romantic comedies come along so rarely these days, but I was really really impressed with this one!  Old-fashioned idea, new fashioned execution, real characters with real conflicts, and a happy ending!  And a central couple that was kind of cute and sparky.  If only there were some really big budget song numbers, it would be the perfect movie.  Seriously, if you like light rom-coms and have been waiting for a new one to come out that feels like Happy Bhaag Jayegi or Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, go right over and watch this!

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