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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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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Vikram Vedha Review (SPOILERS): Madhavan as the Immoral Moral Center

What well made movie!  With a lot of well made thoughts at the heart of it.  The biggest of which is, what makes a moral man?  Or, to put it in Indian philosophical terms, a dharmic man? (No Spoiler review here, if you are planning to see it and don’t want to be spoiled)

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Munna Michael Review (SPOILERS): Made Me Think of the Whole History of Dance Films in India

Well, that was a movie that happened!  So glad I saw it with someone else, by the time we were 5 minutes in, my friend Dina and I were already getting the giggles just by exchanging glances.  But it was kind of neat how it made me think back and really appreciate other better versions. (no spoiler review here) (oh, and I just remembered, I did a post already on the history of dance on film in general, you should read that here)

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Jagga Jasoos Review (SPOILERS): Insults the Intelligence of Children and Adults

Well, I watched it!  I hated it!  And not just because I was planning to hate it.  I really did hate it, even after giving it a fair chance and sitting straight through.  Also, I was really really really really bored.  I checked my phone 5 times, the first time after the first 20 minutes because I thought surely the first hour at least must have passed.  Honestly, the best part of the whole experience were the trailers (A Gentleman, looking better and better!).  And now I am sitting in the mall food court, eating lunch and writing this very fast so I can leave the whole horrible experience behind me.

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Mom Review (SPOILERS): Mother’s Always Have to Do the Dirty Jobs

I debated putting up this spoiler review so soon, because the filmmakers clearly want the plot to remain a surprise.  But, see, I don’t think they have to worry about it that much.  The performances and the camerawork and the music and everything else are so good, that you just have to see how it plays out, even if you know what’s going to happen.  But if you want to see this movie as it was intended, DON’T READ ON.  Read my non-spoiler review instead.  However, if you suspect that it may be a bit tough for you to watch but still want to know what happens, you are correct, it will be tough to watch, and I am here for you to tell you what happens.

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Tubelight Review (SPOILERS): Read This Instead of Seeing the Movie

Not a good movie.  Really really not.  Terrible script, and casting mistakes.  And then a lot of money poured on top which just serves to make the flaws stand out even more.  Like bright lighting on a really really ugly statue.  Anyway, save your money and skip the film, just read this instead!  Which I almost never say, but in this case, yes.  It’s the best thing to do.

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Raabta Review (SPOILERS): Magadheera, But Totally Different

As you know from my no spoilers review, which already went up, I LOVED Raabta.  It was not at all what I was expecting.  I wasn’t even going to see it, but then my sister was in town, and watching a bad romance film in theaters is kind of the perfect sororal activity.  And it turned out to be a good romance, instead of a bad one!  Which is even more perfect for a sororal activity.

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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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Bahubali 2 Scene By Scene Part 26: The Ending! Summary COMPLETE!!!!

I’ve done it!  Whole thing!  And it was SO MUCH FUN!!!  Don’t worry, Bahubali orgy isn’t over yet, there will be a big over-arching themes post next week, and there is the start of what will be a multipart fanfic tomorrow.  But this is IT for the scene by scene stuff.  (part 25 here, you can crawl back through the archives from there)

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Bahubali 2 Scene By Scene Part 23: Anuskha! MOVE YOURSELF!!! DO SOMETHING!

Welcome to part 2 of the big final battle section!  The part where stuff actually happens and I don’t just blather on and on about the set up for stuff happening!  If you want to read the blather part, it is here.  And you can go back in time from there to find the earlier posts.

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Bahubali 2 Scene By Scene Part 21: The Ending Approaches!

I finished the sad parts, yay!  And then celebrated by taking 2 days off.  And writing yet another fanfic (by the way, almost nobody reads the fanfics, but the few who do, really really enjoy them.  And I really really enjoy writing them!)  Anyway, now I am back.  Time for the thrilling conclusion!  Or at least, the first part of it. (part 20 here, you can crawl back through the archives from there)

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MovieMavenGal Reviewed Half-Girlfriend (With SPOILERS) So I Don’t Have To! Plus Meri Pyari Bindu and A Cool Intro Video!

I skipped my usual weekly trip to the movie theater (because packing), so I didn’t see either Half-Girlfriend or English Medium.  And I missed Meri Pyari Bindu last week.  But thank goodness, I don’t have to try to rush around and make up for that, because moviemavengal did the work for me.

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Bahubali 2 Scene By Scene Part 12: Rana Speaks! And a Wedding

I said in my last section that this is the part that is very very hard for me to watch, because it is two real.  It’s really the 20 minutes after “Daandalaya” that just kill me, but even this section is not good.  Which is a tribute to how well the film is made, that it can evoke such real emotions in me. (part 11 here, you can go backwards from there)

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Bahubali 2 Scene By Scene Summary Part 11: It All Gets Very Bad

This is the section of the movie it is kind of hard for me to write about because it is TOO SAD.  And also, too real.  Which is a sign of what a good film this is, it’s set in a fantastical setting with swords and elephants and so on, but it manages to get right at human emotions I recognize. (part 10 here, you can go backwards from there.)

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Bahubali 2 Scene By Scene Summary, Part 10! The Queen Mother Makes a Mistake

Well, I got all bogged down in the last section between the rights and the wrongs of it all.  I’ll see if I can un-bog myself and do a bit more a straightforward account of what happened in this section. (last section here, you can go back in time from there and read the rest)

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Bahubali 2 Scene by Scene Part 9: Flying Swan Boat! And the Kiss That Was Cut

Welcome back!  A lot to dig into in this section, and then we get into the bit that depresses me terribly.  But this is the bit that makes is talk about whether the character developments are contrived or inevitable.  SPOILER: I land on the inevitable side of things. (last section is here, you can crawl backwards from there)

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Bahubali 2 Scene by Scene Summary Part 8: A Promise Lightly Given Has Consequences

Okay, I’m gonna try to get through this part, even though it is really frustrating.  Because the good people aren’t understanding each other!  But at least this opening part has some interesting discussion and character bits. (last part here, you can go back from there)

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Bahubali 2 Part 7 Scene By Scene (SPOILERS): Things Start To Go Terribly Wrong

Welcome back!  Here we are, part 7.  Where thing start to get sad and scary.  The last time I saw it, I was surrounded by sobbing children for basically the whole middle hour.  Lot’s of “Daddy, no!  Why are they doing that?  I don’t like this.”  Let’s see if I can get through it without getting sad myself! (last part here, you can go back from there)

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Bahubali 2 Detailed Scene by Scene Summary Part 6: Most Romantic Battle Scene Ever

Part 6!  And I’m still not even to intermission.  Oh well, we are all having fun talking about it, so I guess it doesn’t matter. (part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, part 4 here, part 5 here, and my speculative post on all the missing scenes here)

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Bahubali 2 Detailed Summary (SPOILERS): Part 5, The Love Triangle Begins!

Welcome to the end of our first all Bahubali week!  But not our last, I am only about an hour into the film, so these posts will be continuing for a while.  But I hope to manage to watch something else over the weekend, so I can give us a little bit of variety!  Even the most delicious meal can pale, if it is all you eat. (detailed summary part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, part 4 here, and fanfic scenes I want to add here)

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