Thursday Telugu: Bhaagamathie, What Does a Woman Have to Do to Get Our Attention?

I can’t decide if there were too many twists or just the right amount of twists in this movie.  Either way, it is way more enjoyable to watch the film without knowing the twists in advance, so DON’T READ THE SPOILERS.

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Breathe Recap/Review (SPOILERS), Episode 3 and 4, the Hero Becomes Demon and Drunkard Becomes Hero

Welcome to part 2!  Episodes 3 and 4, one of which is the best episode of the series (I think). (part 1 here and part 3 here)

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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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Tuesday Tamil: Minsara Kanavu, Justifiably Beloved

I finally watched it!  After feeling vaguely like I had watched it for years, and then realizing I had only seen the songs a bunch of times and read the plot summary.  And it was just as delightful and lovable and wonderful as I had heard, and the songs were even better in context.

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Saturday Telugu: Anand, Which Should be Titled Rupa

What an interesting movie!  Now I can see why everyone was excited about, but not surprised by, Fidaa.  Clearly this director knows how to build complicated imperfect female characters and reward them with a perfect love story.

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Tuesday Tamil: Iru Kodugal, I watch a Gemini Genesan Movie!

I’m back to K. Balachander!  He is just so great.  And available on Rajshri Tamil on youtube.  And I have also now seen a Gemini Ganesan movie!  Which was super distracting, because it was kind of a little bit about his real life and I have no idea if that was on purpose or not.  Was his real life situation with multiple wives so well known that it would make sense to bring that into one of his movies?

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Tuesday Tamil: Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru, a Modern Version of Thugs of Hindostan

This was fascinating!  Started out a typical police film, and then somewhere it turned into an interesting discussion of crime, regionalism, caste, and all kinds of neat things like that.  A lot of it being the same things that Aamir’s big ridiculous Thugs of Hindostan is about to cover, but in modern day instead of colonial times.

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Tuesday Tamil: Kabali Again, in Honor of it Being on Netflix

I really have to update my Netflix list! Kabali was just added, and that is definitely a MUST WATCH. In the meantime, I will just re-post the review I put up after I saw it in theaters. And also because no one is commenting or reading right now (especially Tamil/Telugu reviews), so I have lost the will to write anything new.

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Tuesday Tamil: Richie Review (SPOILERS), Nivin is Alone in the Film

I already put up my “no spoilers” review, this is the SPOILERS version.  For people who have already seen it, or can’t see it in theaters but want to know what it is like.  Or just want to know how it was without spending 2 hours of their lives on the film.  Because, although I want to tell you all to buy tickets and support Nivin, I really can’t in good conscience recommend that.  It’s not the best use of your time.

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Tuesday Tamil: Aadu Puli Attam, Even Lessor Tamil Films of the 70s Were Brilliant

This movie is so good that it tricked me into thinking it was a Balachander.  But no, apparently this was the level of camerawork, characters, and acting that was just standard back then!!!  Oh, and Kamal Haasan and Rajni Sir are super fun to watch opposite each other in their youth, that’s another plus.  The plot is not quite perfect, but it’s still pretty darn good.  No Moodru Mudichu, but that’s a very high level to set.

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Tuesday Tamil: Kadal, Mani Ratnam Loses His Way

This is a strange review, because it’s a beautiful movie with a lot of strong elements that somehow fails to come together.  But then on the other hand, the only version I was able to find was for some reason missing 8 or 20 minutes (depending on which source I see), so it’s possible it would have come together if I had seen the full version.  But I still kind of doubt it somehow.  It’s just an odd odd plot, a strange combination of Agneepath and Thalapathi and “Joote Bole” from Bobby expanded to full film length.  And also Christian philosophy which is never quite defined.

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Tuesday Tamil: Thuppakki, I Finally “Get” Vijay!!!!

I am finally on schedule again!  Ha-Ha!!!!  And if I manage to watch and write over the Thanksgiving break (along with re-organizing my kitchen), I might actually get ahead!  I could start 2018 with all my decks clear, fully blog-ready!  Or I will get super behind and put up a bunch of reposted posts and almost forget Salman’s birthday again.  Oh well, it’s his own fault for being born the day after Christmas.

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Thursday Telugu: Little Soldiers, a Family That Contracts and Then Expands

After everyone talking about it on Children’s Day, I just had to watch it!  And it is awfully cute.  And, most impressive, it made me actually like Brahmanandam instead of wanting to fast forward as soon as he appears.

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Tuesday Telugu (on Wednesday): Ninne Pelladatha, A Heroine You Will Fall in Love With

I am just cranking through commentator Niki’s recommendations!  She’s going to have to start nagging me about new stuff.  Not that I mind because once again, I very very much enjoyed what she suggested!  Oh, and this is a Tabu film, in honor of her birthday week.

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Tuesday Tamil: Mersal Review (No SPOILERS), Very Very Political

This was such an exhausting weekend.  I saw Nivin’s new movie on Friday, then this on Saturday, then ran around for 9 hours on Sunday.  I’m so glad that all I have this week is Ittefaq.  Although I did enjoy this movie, and Nivin’s movie, it’s just a lot to squeeze in.

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Tuesday Telugu: Manmadhudu, Harmless Misogyny

Happy Tuesday!  And a return to Telugu, after a brief visit to Tamil over the past few weeks.  A totally silly soothing film that I could have on in the background while blogging/quilting/cooking.  A film that, I think, is ultimately harmless although it sure sounds harmful in description!

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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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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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Spyder Review (No SPOILERS): An Action Movie About Human Connections

Well, this was an actual good movie!  A no shortcuts, no lack of imagination, no lack of quality, straight up good movie.  How refreshing!  Something I could see myself going to with my parents, or seeing a second time just on my own.  Not flawless, but actually really really good!  It’s been awhile since I had that.  Certainly better than the movie I saw last night. (Spoiler review for this going up on Tuesday, the usual Tuesday Telugu)

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Tuesday Telugu: Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju, Most Ridiculously Wonderfully Romantic Film!

Well, now I know where all the old-school Hindi romance went, it’s in the Telugu films!  Not really, I can tell this is a slightly different kind of romance and feel of a film from the Hindi ones, it’s clearly a separate tradition of romance.  But it’s very refreshing to watch anything that feels unapologetically and unironically and un-cynically romantic.

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