October Review (SPOILERS): A Love Story?

I’m going to spoil this film, but it is so open to interpretation, you can read my version and go see it and come out with a version all of your own.  So I don’t know if I need to warn you away from this review or not.  If you want to avoid just in case, my No Spoilers review is here.

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Hichki Review (SPOILERS): Work the System, Don’t Break It

I already put up the No Spoilers review, if you want to stay totally unspoiled.  But really, this film is so incredibly formulaic that all you need to know is it’s about an inspiring teacher and you can fill in the rest.  There isn’t much to spoil.

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Pari Review (SPOILERS): The Primal Fear of All Men Which Leads to the Primal Danger for All Women

Well, that was as draining and difficult as expected.  NOT because it was a fake horror movie, but because it was a fake horror movie that was representing real horrors.  If you are planning to watch it, don’t read on, read the no spoilers review instead.  But if you aren’t planning to watch it and want to join in a fascinating discussion, please do!

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Talaash: A Very Strange Love Triangle and a Wonderful Picture of a Marriage

Welcome to the beginning of Aamir Day!  No real reason, I just want to give him his own index just like Shahrukh and Hrithik and Salman, and now’s as good a time as any.  I’ll be re-posting his reviews as I dig them out, and then ending by posting a nice Index for him.  Also, a good time for me to finally get around to giving Talaash the post it deserves.

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Tuesday Tamil: Breathe Review/Recap, First 2 Episodes (SPOILERS), Dark Interconnected Crime Drama Comes to India

I finally watched it!  Partly for Maddy, partly for my beloved Amit Sadh (if you like him in this, WATCH RUNNING SHAADI!).  They were both good.  And I am putting it up as a “Tuesday Tamil”, even though it is in Hindi, because really we are all watching if for Maddy mostly, and he is a Tamil industry guy. (part 2 here)

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Aiyaary Review (SPOILERS): Wait, So That Was 4 Days/3 Hours To Get Us Back Where We Started?

Well, this was a pointless movie!  As in, the whole plot happens, and then you realize at the end “wait, that had no effect on anything”.  Not in a clever ironic way, but like the scriptwriter didn’t think it through.  And that’s on top of  the themes and characters just not being what they promised to be. (no spoilers review here)

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Padman Review (SPOILERS): Three Versions of a Story, Real and Book and Film

I already posted my “no spoilers” review, and you might want to read that instead of this one, even if you are familiar with the “real” story, because the movie takes some interesting liberties with it.

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Padmavat WHOLE THING! Part 1 (SPOILERS): Ostriches and Pearls and Brahmins, Oh My!

This is a tricky one, on the one hand there is so much in it that I really want to go through step by step and make sure I don’t miss anything.  On the other hand, there isn’t enough in it (and I don’t want to spend so much time) for me to do a “real” scene by scene, shot by shot, style discussion.  So I’m gonna do kind of a half one.  Sort of like I did for Bajirao.  Go through everything that happened, but not in super detail. (no spoiler review is here)

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Tiger Zinda Hai Review (SPOILERS): A Lot of Style Hiding a Big Ball of Nothing

As I already said in my no spoilers review, this was not a fun movie.  And not a movie I liked.  And, I think, not actually a good movie.  But a movie with all the trappings to fool people into thinking it is good.

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Happy Salman Week! Ek Tha Tiger Before Tiger Zinda Hai

I saw this movie 3 times in theaters, mostly because I wanted to watch the Jab Tak Hain Jaan teaser over and over again.  But also for itself, it’s a very well-made fun movie.  I forgot just how well made and fun until I re-watched it just now.

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Tumhari Sulu Review (SPOILERS): The Value of Emotional Labor

I put up the No Spoilers review for this back on Saturday, but I wasn’t in a huge hurry to get the spoiler review out.  It’s a slow build kind of film, I am guessing interest will be higher on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday than it was on Saturday.  Plus, I had to spend 4 hours at church on Sunday and then make two cakes and a pie, so there wasn’t much time for writing.

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Ittefaq Review (SPOILERS DO NOT READ IT YOU HAVE NOT SEEN): The Blindness of Prejudice

I really hope everyone who wants to has had a chance to see this film now.  I put off posting until Monday morning India time/after the last evening show has started America time so that you could.  If you have not seen it yet not, here is my regular no spoilers review, read that instead.  And if you haven’t but are going to be able to later, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW. Or if you aren’t sure if you will enjoy it, YOU WILL ENJOY IT, DO NOT READ THIS AND GO SEE IT INSTEAD!!!!  But if you have already seen the film, or live somewhere where you won’t be able to watch it for months and months and want to know what happens, then you can read on.

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Secret Superstar Review (SPOILERS): An Everyday Story With a Once in a Lifetime Solution

I already put up my No Spoilers review, now this one will give me a chance to talk about the plot in specifics.  I should say, there’s nothing exactly surprising here, the movie could only end one way once the situation was established, but maybe if you want to be surprised by the details of how it plays out, don’t read on.  On the other hand, if you are unable to see the film for any reason, here is where you can learn what happens and what it is about.

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Tuesday Tamil: Solo (SPOILERS Review), More Than the Sum of Its Parts

Okay, let’s do this!  Tuesday Tamil!  Actually on Tuesday!  My box office post is still going to be late this week, but at least everything else will be back on track.  Plus, I am excited to talk about plot details for this movie. (no spoiler review went up earlier today)

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Chef Review (SPOILERS): They Didn’t Know How to End It

No Spoilers review went up last night, and this is a good pleasant enjoyable film, so you shouldn’t necessarily read the spoilers if you haven’t seen it yet.  But on the other hand, most of the plot is kind of given in the trailer, so maybe it doesn’t matter as much?

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Spyder Review (SPOILERS): Closing the Technical Gap

What a great experience for my first Mahesh Babu film in theaters!  Not a great theater experience exactly (I was alone in there), but a great film to experience on the big screen, and to spend 3 hours of my life totally focused on watching. (No spoilers review here)

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Judwaa 2 Review (SPOILERS): Salman Steals the Film

The mere fact of Salman being in this film isn’t a spoiler, right?  That’s been so heavily promoted that you can’t escape it?  The exact manner of his appearance has not been promoted, but I’ll tell you that.  The rest of the plot, definitely spoilers.  Yes, even if you have seen the original. (review of the original Judwaa here and no spoiler review of Judwaa 2 here)

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Tuesday Telugu: Fidaa, Makes the Hero Wait on the Heroine

Well, I watched it!  Because, weeks and weeks after it’s release, it is STILL playing one show a week at my local theater!  Which means I had the opportunity to see it, and also the curiosity, what is it about this movie that makes it keep playing and playing and playing?  Besides what must be an extremely favorable per play contract with the theater?

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Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Review (SPOILERS): A Couple Learning to Think as “Us” Instead of “You” and “Me”

I already put up my no spoilers review, I encourage you to read that one, because this is a really sweet movie that deserves to be seen and not spoiled.  On the other hand, we do mostly know the plot just from the trailer, so I guess in this case spoilers aren’t THAT bad.  It’s not what happens, it’s how it happens.

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A Gentleman Review (SPOILERS): This is a Definite “Don’t Spoil Yourself if There is Any Chance At All You Will Be Able to See This Movie” Kind of Movie.

HA!  I WAS RIGHT!!!  I rule all!!!!  I am SO HAPPY!!!!!  The twist that I hoped was the twist was the twist, not the other twist that could have been the twist.  And I’m happy not just because I am clearly a GENIUS, but because the twist I hoped was the twist is so much better than the other twist would have been. (no spoilers review here)  But you shouldn’t know what the twist is!  Because it is SO MUCH more enjoyable going in blind, and this movie is SO GOOD.  This is a definite “don’t spoil yourself if there is any chance at all you will be able to see this movie” kind of movie.

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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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