Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Round Up!

Just popping in to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2015!

This was a year full of ups and downs--in life and in cinema. I was without a car for some few months so I couldn't get to the cinema and for another few months I was too busy to go to the cinema. But I also found tentkotta.com and all the lovely streaming Tamil films there and I discovered that Hulu had put some wonderful older Hindi films up. Was there a more enjoyable cinema moment for me in 2014 than watching Maine Pyar Kiya? The lowlight… suffering through the Lunchbox. Dear lord, that film was awful.

Some of the films I enjoyed this year were:


Monday, December 22, 2014

PK: All iz well.





I remember when the first Rajkumar Hirani x Aamir Khan production, 3 Idiots, came out and I really remember how much I hated the promotions. The trailers were cloying and obnoxious; Aamir’s, er, “youthful” look bothered me; and the music--especially “Zoobi Doobi”--made me want to puncture my eardrums with an ice pick. Yet when I finally saw the film, it blew me away. I absolutely loved it. (Although the music--especially “Zoobi Doobi”--still makes me cringe.)

Well, in America we have a saying. “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” By which I mean, this time I was smart enough not to trust the promotions and just went with my gut instinct. My gut said, “Go see PK, Filmi Girl. GO!” And my gut was right. The trailers may be cloying and obnoxious but PK itself is a wonderful film.


Friday, December 19, 2014

Cannot wait. RETURN OF MADDY!

Good morning, friends!! It's almost Christmas time and after an INTENSE month a week that just kicked my butt to hell and back, my work is finally ramping down for the year so I can take some time and enjoy the holidays. I have a feeling posting will be sporadic until January but I'm going to try and get a few more reviews out before 2015 hits. I mean… PK is here this weekend! Yay! I'm going to try and get that and I still have hopes for seeing Lingaa before it leaves theaters. There's also a few films on tentkotta.com that I have my eye on so… let's do this! RELAXATION TIME!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday…

While I have been feeling under the weather, I've been catching up on some of Marc Maron's WTF podcasts. I have mixed feelings about this guy but his interviews can be very interesting--sometimes for what they don't mention as much as what they do. Yesterday I listened to Marc's interview with Mike Myers and the words "Love" and "Guru" never crossed their lips, they just talked about Myers's successes. And I thought… how unfortunate. Not that I want to revel in his failure but it seems Myers doesn't like or doesn't want to talk about his failures. And if we never look back at our failures, how can we learn? Not that everything an artist does has to be commercially successful but I would have liked to hear what Myers thought about the failure of The Love Guru, if he was happy with it despite the commercial failure… or if he was unhappy with it… or if he understood why audiences hated it… these type of things are interesting to me. This line of thinking is more interesting than looking at hit movies. I think.

Maybe that's why I'm fascinated by these giant flop films. Does anybody else still care about Ra.One? The Love Guru?

Myers seems like a really humorless, really intense guy. It's so odd that this over-thinking straight arrow is the man responsible for the lighthearted, air-headed Wayne and Austin Powers. Or maybe it's not odd at all… hmm…

It would be great if there was a podcast like this for Indian pop culture. I don't know who could do it, though. Somebody with access and a "don't give a fuck" attitude. But I suspect talking to Myers would TOTALLY be like talking to SRK. Do. Not. Mention. The. Failures.

One of the classics… They talk a little about this moment but because Myers pulled it directly from his own life, I don't know if he gets why this is so funny to a broad audience.

Monday, December 15, 2014

I didn't get out to see Lingaa but I did see Mundasupatti!

Good morning, friends! I think I mentioned on twitter that I have a sinus infection and was feeling too dizzy to drive last weekend. I'm still feeling under the weather but I'm hoping by next weekend I'll be well enough to make it to the theater for Lingaa. In my haze, I was able to watch the delightful Mundasupatti via tentkotta.com. It was the perfect film for me this weekend--not too loud, not too sad, not too violent, not too sexy, not too much. Just an understated, light, early 1980s-set comedy with some wonderful performances and excellent music.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thursday.

Oh, man, have I tried to make this my theme this week… it's a slog, friends. It's a slog. But this film holds such a charm for me, even now. Which is why I am TOTALLY giving the benefit of the doubt to PK. Aamir and Hirani have earned that much at least. No matter how hideous the promotions look.

Anyhoo, whether or not I end up having to work Saturday--I have my ticket booked for Lingaa on Sunday morning! ALL IZ WELL!

Also, I read this on Firstpost. Has it really been SIX YEARS since Slumdog? Yeesh. We gettin old, yo. We gettin old.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

And another thing...

OH MY GOD! Showtimes already up for Thursday for Lingaa!!!!!! Alas, I cannot make any of them but I will see this film!! I'll be haunting the ticket booking page… RAJINI!!!!!! *explodes*

But, damn, guys, I really hope Action Jackson bad buzz doesn't kill Manasvi Mamgai's future. SHE IS SO BOSS!

I mean, come on. Right?? And she really sparkled on screen. You know I am really tough on former Miss India types and former model types so believe me when I say she has real screen presence.

I feel like I had something else to say but I forget now… Ah, well. It will come to me.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Another Monday gone...

I am so tired, y'all. Forgive another week or so of braindead posting until the Christmas break when I'll have a chance to catch my breath a bit. AND NEXT WEEKEND IS LINGAA!!!!!!(!!!!!!) I can only assume it's coming to DC Cinemas… next weekend, thank god, I should have a car to get out there. That is my reward!

And now some trailers!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Action Jackson: Three ladies, Two Ajays, and one boss director.

Action! Jackson! AJ! I had a blast at this film! Totally, totally fun. I will agree with some of the negative reviews to this extent--if you don’t like Prabhudeva’s Southern-soaked style of direction and don’t find Ajay Devgn’s macho masala avatar appealing to some extent, then Action Jackson is most definitely not the film for you. That said, the film is nowhere near as brain-dead or misogynist as the critics would have you believe. In fact, by the time the film reached the interval point, I was convinced Prabhudeva had made the film partly as a response to criticism that his female characters were lackluster. Specifically, I couldn’t help but compare how lively and proactive Sonakshi was in Action Jackson to the passive, scared-young-thing role she appears to play in Tevar, the soggy trailer for which ran before the film. But I’m getting ahead of myself.


Friday, December 5, 2014

TGIF!!!!!!

Action Jackson reviews are TERRIBLE but who expected anything different?

"145 Minutes of Nothing"

"Only for Die-Hard Prabhudeva/Ajay fans"

"Ajay Doesn't Need to Stoop This Low"

It's just really frustrating as a viewer looking for guidance because when EVERY non-class movie gets these reviews, how can we know if it's actually bad or just not a class film? Sigh.

Well, since I do consider myself a "die-hard Prabhudeva fan" I'm sure I'll find it mildly entertaining, at least.

I mean, come on, how could I not be a die-hard Prabhudeva fan? LOOK AT HIM! He's totally boss.

And two mildly entertaining articles I enjoyed for the punchlines--Akshay also confused by why Baby is titled Baby and Absolutely NOBODY wants to act opposite Kunal Kohli

The Kunal Kohli one is worth it for this gem:

At the time, Kunal wasn’t ready to divulge that he was starring in the film himself, and revealed only that he’d cast “a prominent Bollywood name who’s making his acting debut”.

HA!!!!!!! To quote Bugs Bunny: What a maroon.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Baby. OH YEAH!

So… this looks epic. I am officially VERY EXCITED to see this. I love when Akshay really throws himself into a role. I mean, I enjoy watching him coast and have a good time but when he REALLY gets into it… I love it. Of course, we know he has a mixed (to be kind) history with choosing non-traditional fare with some real stinkers. I mean, did anybody know their ass from their elbow in 8 x 10 Tasveer? Akshay reminded me of a baffled Keanu Reeves just like, "Uh… well, the script says this… So, I guess it's the case?" Khakee, though. That was on point.

Man, oh man, were there ever some long boring stretches in Special 26 but there was enough good there (especially in the casting) that I have high hopes for Baby.

Oh, and I've been enjoying Gawker's recaps of the Sony Pictures leaks. They show just how braindead Hollywood really is at its core. This one has the powerpoint presentations that feature some truly hideous marketing slides about how teens think Smurfs are "cool" and lists the themes of Grown Ups 2 as "friendship, loyalty, humor, fun, adventure" totally leaving out "Adam Sandler's buddies need a paycheck," "farts," and "fat guy jokes". ZING!

And the (possibly) good news for me… Action Jackson is playing! I have to admit I kind of lost my steam for writing a proper Happy Ending review after some twitter discussion. I don't know… the Debbie Downer mentality gets to me sometimes, even I try not to let it. I mean, I genuinely enjoyed the film! And it's totally worth a rental/stream on Netflix when it's available. I wanted to talk about the way it sort of flipped the Bachna Ae Haseeno/Devika Bhagat script formula. I really hated that the end of Bachna Ae Haseeno had Deepika's character suddenly decide she believed in "true wuv" in a COMPLETE character 180 but at the end of Happy Ending, though there was a similar set-up, Ileana's character remains herself. She keeps her convictions and, at the end, she never commits to anything or anybody. She just says… I'll give him a chance.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Busy, busy Filmi Girl…

Good morning!! I think I'm just an hour short of catching the premiere of the Baby trailer. Instead please have these videos: 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

What's in store for the rest of the year?!

Rainy, rainy day here in Washington, DC.

I was trying to plan out the rest of my month to see what films were coming (IS IT TIME FOR VIKRAM'S I YET?!) and the ones I'm excited about are:


Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy December!

You guys, I ate SO MUCH FOOD this weekend. I feel like I'm going to pop like a Thanksgiving turkey. There's a reason Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year and that is it. LOL! I spent the majority of the past few days doing things with my family so unfortunately (for you) I have nothing really to discuss in terms of films I've watched. I did go see the new Hunger Games movie and, wow, is it ever better than the book. All the Hunger Games movies are much better than the books but this one was MUCH, MUCH better. I think it's because the movies take you out of the first-person Katniss narration to show you everything else that's going on in the world. And in this last movie, the screenwriters wisely cut out about 90% of the moping and 99% of Gale's lecturing. I swear, there were sections of the third book that were just pages and pages of Gale lecturing Katniss about how she was supposed to be feeling or acting and in those sections I wanted to reach into the book and punch him directly on his big, fat mouth.

Anyhoo.


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