Female Films Week: Anand! The Telugu Film That isn’t Like The Stereotype of Telugu Films

This is such a good movie! Such an odd sweet pleasant happy movie, with a female character at the center of it who is an odd sweet pleasant happy woman. Really, watch it! It’s on Hotstar, you have no excuse.

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Oh! Baby Review (SPOILERS): Gentle Misogynist Comedy

Oh dear, I did not like this movie. I don’t like not liking movies, especially when I think that some of you might like them. Oh well.

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Oh Baby Review (No Spoilers): Best Part About it Is Samantha’s Costumes

Yesterday I treated myself to a double bill, because I had the day off work and it’s super hot so I wanted movie theater air conditioning. This was a kind of random pick based on showtimes and the trailer looking cute. I don’t exactly regret watching it, but I’m also not super happy I did.

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Thursday Telugu: Mirchi Review Part 2, VERY VERY LONG

Like I said with Part 1, Mirchi was the first true Telugu film I watched, and I was super excited and wrote a very very long email to moviemavengal/Pardesi about it. And then a few years ago I took that email and turned it into a very very long review. Part 1 went up a bit ago, here is Part 2.

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Happy Birthday Allu Arjun! Rudhramadevi, Your Historical Where You Steal the Screen

If you live in America, Rudhramadevi just made it to Netflix, and you should definitely watch it!  It’s like Bahubaali, but with a feminist message and really really bad CGI.  But I like the message so much, I can look past the CGI.

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Happy Birthday Allu Arjun! Gangotri, Your First Movie

This is one of my Netflix movies, and I have no memory of why I added it to my list.  I’m sure I had a good reason.  Possibly that it was an Allu Arjun movie with Prakash Raj, maybe one of you recommended it, or maybe I knew at one point that it was his first film.  If I ever knew, I’d forgotten by the time I watched it.  And now I can’t believe it!  He was so good!

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Happy Birthday Allu Arjun! Aarya 1, The Ultimate Stalking Movie

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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Allu Arjun Day! Aarya 2, the Ultimate Allu Arjun Movie

Happy Tuesday!  A fun movie to talk about this week, one that was recommended to me ages ago and I am just now getting around to thanks to Moviemavengal reminding me about it. (I know the two films aren’t really related, but if you want to see my review of Aarya 1, it is here)

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Thursday Telugu Review: Magadheera! Ram Charan’s Hair is Soooooooo Pretty

I watched Magadheera last night with a baby, her Grandpa, and her Mom. And we all agreed that Ram Charan’s hair is the best part of the movie. Soooooooooo pretty. Well, I think the baby agreed, she said something like “ba ba ba BAAAA!” when I asked her, and I am taking that for agreement.

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Savyasachi Review (SPOILERS): The Right Hand Doesn’t Know What the Left is Doing, Plotwise

Nice little Telugu movie, nothing special, I just watched it for Maddy.  If you might be interested in seeing it, definitely read the No Spoilers review and skip this one (the movie works a lot better if you don’t know what is happening next).  But if you won’t have a chance to see it for whatever reason, you can read this instead.

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Savyasachi Review (No Spoilers): Naga Chaitanya is Cute but Madhavan is Cuter!

What a fun movie to watch on a lazy Saturday!  I spent most of the day in bed, and then zipped over to the movie theater (missing the first ten minutes of the movie), and then zipped back home and now I get to write a fun little review of a fun little movie.

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Tuesday Telugu: Something Something, A Pleasant Farce with a Bad Heroine

Did anyone notice I missed last week?  This was supposed to go up on Thursday, and then it got overwhelmed by Section 377 celebrations so I bumped it to today.  And next week I am skipping again, sort of, because there will be the Kabali Rerun (watch it before Tuesday so you can join the discussion!).

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Thursday Telugu Advanced Warning! Watch Something Something, That Will Be the Review Next Thursday

Attention Attention Attention!  I watched Something Something and was going to review it today, and then Section 377 knocked it right off the schedule.  So I decided to move it out a week and give you all advance warning, in case you wanted to watch it before I reviewed it.  It’s on Prime, the review will go up sometime on the 9/13.

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Monday Malayalam/Tuesday Telugu: London Bridge/Love in London, A Cross Ocean Cross Languages Hit!

This is a combined Malayalam/Telugu post, because this movie was a combined Malayalam/Telugu hit (and also because I am lazy).  Well, “hit”.  I guess more accurately it could be called a “not flop”.  But it’s still interesting!  That a movie was made with Malayalam artists, dubbed into Telugu, and did well enough to be considered a “not flop”.

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Tuesday Telugu: Magadheera, or KAJAL! Can You Do ANYTHING USEFUL!?!?!?!

Angie suggested I re-review this a few weeks back, and this week I am super busy (heads up: possibly no new reviews at all next week), so I didn’t have time to watch something new.  Summer weekends are hard!  I may need to officially move off of Monday and Tuesday and on to Wednesday and Thursday because I just can’t find the time to watch movies on Saturday and Sunday.  Anyway, life gives me lemons, and I make lemonade: a chance to review a film that deserves a second look but doesn’t need a second watch!

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Tuesday Telugu: Gentleman, Nani is Here to Support Two Women

I finally found a way to watch this with subtitles!!!!! YuppTV, which I still don’t fully understand, had it.  And it was, indeed, very much worth watching.  Mostly for Nani.  Who was not our protagonist and therefore had the best part.  Because the most interesting role always goes to the character actors.

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