The Origin of 6 Primary Elements of Modern Hindi Film: Rain Song, Shirtless Men, Waterfall Song, Fantasy Song, Film Montage Song, Pots Song

I’m gonna get a bunch of people yelling at me for this because it isn’t totally perfectly comprehensive and accurate. I’m sorry! I’m trying! This is close enough!

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Bad Girls Month Tamil: Puli! Watch Sridevi Sweep About in Crazy Crowns!

This is a silly silly movie. If you feel the need for total escapism and fantasy and just wacky weird insanity, this movie is here for you. Also, it isn’t very good. Oh, and I know I am all late and backed up on my reviews, I’m gonna catch up this weekend. It’s just been a lazy week.

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Bad Girls Month: Let’s Talk Definitions! “Bad” and “Strange” and “Good”

Bad Girls month, woo-hoo! Let’s see if this brings views back. Or if I just have to wait until there is another big movie in theaters people are excited about. Or do drugs and rock ‘n roll to go along with my very popular “sex” week.

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Two Kinds of Fandom, Another Not Conclusive Thinky Post

Again, I don’t necessarily have a conclusion for this, it is just the beginning of thoughts and I’m not sure where they should be going. But there is such a nice interesting discussion going on the last thinky post on stardom, that I want to keep the thinking going.

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Valentine’s Week of Sex TGIF: Which Classic Actress Image is the Sexiest?

Objectifying women is wrong. BUT! If an entire image is carefully crafted, with the full participation of the model, to evoke sexuality, they we aren’t objectifying, we are talking about Art. You’ll see, these aren’t like “oo, I can see her breast” photos, these are classic elaborate really beautiful images. But which is the BEST?

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Hindi Film 101: Arjun Kapoor, An Average Actor and an Amazing Human Being (warning: you will cry)

Merry Christmas Angie! And Merry Christmas to all of us, because while I find Arjun unremarkable as an actor, as a person I find him surprisingly inspiring and, a strange word to use for a movie actor, but maybe a little bit Noble?

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Intro to Rajinikanth: 5 Films to Watch Before Darbar

I’m not a southern film expert, like, AT ALL. But I do know enough to suggest 5 films that might help you to understand why Rajini Sir is such a big deal, and what he means to people. Because I just went through that journey myself and these are the 5 films that helped me. And apparently his next film is going to be big BIG (since just the first look poster got a cross-language release), so now is a good time to study up.

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TGIF: For Pride, The Best Queer Images of Indian Film (Obviously, Shahrukh is Best Daddy)

“Queer”= anything non-gender normative. Can be drag, can be transexuals/Hijras, can be a male-male couple, can be a female-female couple, whatever! And to help, I called on my friend who is a pansexual drag queen with a degree in gender studies currently working at a Queer history museum. Just so you can relax, all of these photos were approved by a qualified expert.

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Sunday ReRun: Mom! Sridevi’s Last Role, A Heroine Who Was Worthy of Her Talents

If you haven’t seen the film and want to see this movie as it was intended, DON’T READ ON.  Read my non-spoiler review instead.  It’s one of those movies that works best if it surprises you.  But if you have seen it already (or never plan to, or just hate surprises), then you can read on.

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Female Lead Films in Hindi Outside of the Standard List

I already did action film and rom-com lists to match this.  My goal is, once you have finished the list of DVDs recommended on websites, or by the librarian, or handed to you in the DVD store, what next?  And there is a surprisingly long list of films with strong female central characters in Hindi film.

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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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Sridevi Final Post: Putting It All Together

This is partly because there are some friends in real life who are asking me to explain what happened, and partly because I feel the need to sort of write it out like a story for myself.  And partly because this will be the last Sridevi news type post (probably.  Unless something big changes), I don’t want to keep chewing away for ever, I want to sum it up one last time and move on to remembering her life, not her death. (previous as it happened posts here and here and here and here and here and here and here)

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Sridevi Daily Review: Khuda Gawah! Sridevi and Amitabh and Nagarjuna

I know this isn’t the best movie, in many ways.  But it is a very enjoyable and memorable movie.  And I’m sleepy and this is a movie I can write about without thinking to much.  Because it doesn’t demand much thought.  Unlike yesterday’s movie, which is part of the reason I was up so late and am now so sleepy.

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Tuesday Tamil: Moondram Pirai/Sadma, Not a Romance but a Father-Daughter Story

Moondram Pillai, so far as I can tell, does not exist with subtitles.  So instead I ended up with Sadma with poor subtitles.  A challenge for my Hindi skills!  Luckily, most of the performance brilliance was in the non-verbal parts.

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