2019 Thursday Tamil: Super Deluxe, the Movie Everyone Else Loved and I Had Issues

This should be divisive! Or, maybe not. My first reviews were divisive because they were pulling people who really liked the movie, but at this point it’s only going to be us DCIB regulars and I don’t think any of you were super super enamored? Oh, and fun thing about this review, I am combining the short review I wrote immediately which was flattering, with the SPOILER review I wrote after thinking for a day which was far more critical. So you can see my thought process develop over time, ooooo!

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Hum Hain Rahe Pyar Ki Pre-Review Post: Recasting! With a Gender Flip! Prithviraj-Rani, Tell Me You Wouldn’t Watch That!

I bowed to the pressure and rewatched it last night to prepare for a review, and it is so much cuter than I remembered. More importantly, it is just BEGGING for a modern day north-south remake.

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Election Day Post 3! Vote on Next Big Actor Tamil and Hindi, Most Promising New Hindi Actress, and Best Recent AR Rahman Soundtrack!

More important decisions! You can pick only the ones on which you feel confident, or make random guesses on all of them (just like filling out a ballot). Remember, most comments this month wins a poster!

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Super Deluxe Review (SPOILERS): Subtle Misogyny Ruins Visual Fireworks

I’ve been informed that this movie is getting crazy buzz, like “best film of the decade” buzz. Huh. I just don’t see it. It’s good, but it also has major flaws. If you saw it and want some help following the plots, or if you aren’t able to see it but want to know what happens, you can read this review. If you want to go in without knowing what will happen, you can read my other review. Or I guess if you didn’t like this movie, you should also read this review and see if I can articulate what bothered you, if perhaps it is the same thing that bothered me.

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Valentine’s Thursday Tamil: 96! A Romance in Two Eras

This is a very well-made movie. And confirms my feeling that Trisha is secretly a brilliant actress, as good as Parvathy, but less likely to be given really good roles (partly because the Tamil industry just isn’t as good for female characters as the Malayalam). And also confirms my feeling that Vijay Sethupathi was put on this earth for women who like big natural bodies and sensitive souls. Oh, and this is a very VERY long review, once I get into the SPOILERS section. Watch out!

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Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Review (SPOILERS): A Story With No Heroes

This is a really brilliant concept for a film.  An intellectual exercise more than anything.  I encourage you to watch it straight through once without knowing what is coming, but I also suspect it might turn out to be more entertaining when you know what is coming and can watch how it is built.  If you want to maintain the surprise, you can read my No Spoilers review.

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Tuesday Tamil: Pizza! An Unfinished Horror Film

Well, I watched Pizza!  Which had a high standard to live up to, because the only other horror movie I have seen is The innocents.  Oh wait, also Ezra.  Which is a lot easier to beat than The Innocents.  I think I would say this one landed closer to The Innocents side of the scale than Ezra.  Oh!  I forgot The Fog!  Which hardly qualifies to be called a movie, let alone a horror film.  But is fun if you ever want to see Irrfan Khan in the worst film of his career.

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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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