Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wednesday Gossip: Who listens to critics anyway edition!

How is everybody doing?! Things in Washington, DC should be back to normal today but I know my friends in New York City and New Jersey are still suffering. Stay strong! We're all thinking about you...

Here is what it looked like around my part of town, yesterday - wind blown and eerily empty for a Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tuesday News... I'm still alive edition!

I weathered the storm okay here at FG central and I hope all my friends in New York are doing okay, too... We'll all be thinking about you today!

Not too much happening news wise but...

Monday, October 29, 2012

Monday Gossip... a Frankenstorm about to hit!

We're about to enter Frankenstorm and I'm afraid power will go out, so I will keep this quick!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday Gossip: Who will be the second hero edition!

So, so, so... we might be getting the massive FRANKENSTORM up in here this week. If I disappear for a day or two, you'll know it's because we lost power and/or Internet but I really hope it's just the media hyping things up just to spin their wheels. We'll see I guess.

Anyways! Let's do this thing! PS apparently the Peoples' Choice awards were last night... did anybody vote? Clearly I did not since PC won a music debut award for "It's So Shitty." It goes beyond just annoyance - I'm actively embarrassed for PC. The song is supremely mediocre and she just gives the impression of somebody clinging desperately to youth. Maybe she's just really feeling the pressure with younger girls like adorable Alia along with Anushka, Deepika, Sonakshi, and especially Parineeti all coming up but the stench of desperation is overpowering. She's made a career playing "girlish" babes but you can't be "girlish" into your thirties without looking mentally challenged... though apparently it worked for a lot of people in Barfi.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday Gossip: The! Anti-rich! Edition!

Fans of Bollywood camp might enjoy this Bollywood Halloween mix tape as a soundtrack to the weekend.

And fans of non-camp might enjoy this book out called, "The Adventures of an Intrepid Film Critic." It sounds like a good read!

“To my mind, this book is a celebration of the small film,” Vetticad says sanguinely, while acknowledging that there is little to celebrate about the existence of such films as the rape-joke-laden Be-Careful. Indeed, her book is most engaging when it throws up eye-popping — and sometimes poignant — tidbits about poseurs, no-hopers and people who deserve wider recognition (such as the hearing-impaired Sohail Lakhani, who trained Ranbir Kapoor for Barfi!).

I'll definitely be putting in a order for this!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Gossip: The how many air freezes is too many edition!

Good morning and happy Friday! I'm actually torn on my film viewing this weekend... I should see Chakravyuh but I kind of just want to see Student of the Year again, instead. I may just choose the latter.

Some interesting odds and ends for you today...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thursday News Post - Another sad day edition...

It looks like my theater is getting Chakravyuh, so I will try to see it this weekend. It's passed the low threshold of Arakshan but critics are saying that it's better than Rajneeti, too.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday Gossip - Dream Role Playing My Dead Brother Edition!

Good morning! I mentioned this on Twitter yesterday but if anybody has access to the Financial Times either in paper or behind the paywall, there is an interesting piece in yesterday's issue on the flare up over the anti-corporate song in Chakravyuh. If I remember correctly, there was a also another article on the page facing on Walmart in India. Both were pretty good reads - so head over to your library and check it out!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday Gossip - Let's take a trip to Lake Chopra Edition!

I almost linked you to a post laying out the "Top 10 movies" coming out over the festival season but it was really just Son of Sardaar, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, and then 8 films starring B and C list heroes that nobody cares about. You're welcome. Any list of "top" anything that features Jackky Bhagnani but doesn't include the word flop is bullshit.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday News: Farewell to Yash Chopra Edition

Yash Chopra has passed away and Bollywood is in mourning. I have to admit that I never connected with the 1990s romances that so many loved but his 1970s work with Amitabh remains some of the best to come out of Bollywood.

I know that all of our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Here is one of my favorite picturizations from a Yash Chopra film:

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Student of the Year: Does that Answer Your Question?

Brian Johnson: Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong, but we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us ... in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain ...

Andrew Clark: ... an athlete ...

Allison Reynolds: ... a basket case ...

Claire Standish: ... a princess ...

John Bender: ... and a criminal.

Brian Johnson: Does that answer your question? ... Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.

(from The Breakfast Club, 1985)

I’m just going to lay all my cards out on the table: Student of the Year is the best teen film to come out since John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club in 1985. Working from a smart script and with a talented cast of youngsters (and some heavy-hitting veterans), director Karan Johar crafts one of the best Hindi films of the year, blending poignant emotional drama with just the right amount of Bollywood glitz.

Sunday News Post: Star Child Edition!

ETA: Right after I posted this, rumor was flying on twitter that Yash Chopra has passed away. No news articles on it yet but I'll try to compile some tributes later today if I have time. I know as film fans, all of our thoughts and prayers are with the family right now.

Bright, sunny Sunday morning! And I recommend everybody spend it in a dark theater watching Student of the Year. I'm still gathering my thoughts but should have a review up this morning!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Saturday Gossip: Pointless questions edition!

Student of the Year today if all goes well!! I have a feeling I'm really going to enjoy this one... (says the woman who saw High School Musical 3, Prom, AND Step Up 3D in the theater with zero regrets.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Gossip: Blame Raja Mukherjee edition...

Puri Jagannath's Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu seems to be a entertainer! And I only skimmed this article that runs down the reactions to Student of the Year and it seems most critics are trotting out the "predictable" tag... um, it's not a thriller. Rom-coms are generally predictable but that doesn't make them un-fun.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Song trailer for "Muskaanein Jhooti Hai" from Talaash!

You know me... I LOVE IT! There's a very nice retro feel from Bebo, who seems to be channeling a bit of Helen and Marilyn Monroe in her body language. And, also, how gorgeous does she look in that deep red?!

I cannot wait for this film.

The official website for Talaash is up and running though my brief investigation revealed nothing. Perhaps somebody else can figure it out and let us know if there is a nice Easter Egg or two hidden in it.

Thursday Gossip!! Dhoom 4 edition...

Yes! It's Thursday! The day my theater updates its listings for the week. So, what am I going to see this weekend? STUDENT OF THE MOTHER-FUCKING YEAR!!! I just a need a foam finger that says "Karan Johar No. 1" on it and I'll be all set.

Ah, but Dhoom 4, you ask! Well, one of my favorite blowhards tweeted a picture of himself claiming just that. Now, who could it be...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday News: Checking Your SMSes Edition...

Hey, guys! Sorry about the massive politics spam on twitter last night but it is that time again in America. I'm the rest of the world thinks we're crazy with the 18 month electoral cycle but... we make everything SUPER SIZE here. Burgers, cars, political campaigns...

NOW! On to news!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesday Gossip: Wedding Bells edition!


The happy couple is now married.

Ah... I remember when it all began...

(And a happy birthday to Hema Malini!!!)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Po Po... Po?

I'm just about to leave for work but couldn't resist posting when I saw this pop up... *whistle whistle*

Monday Gossip - Imported Ali Khan edition

Another week is upon us! Did anybody else see Maattrraan? Or anything else this weekend? It seems almost everything up North was a dud. Oh, well... in the world of films there is always next Friday.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Maattrraan: Double the Suriya; Double the fun

My friends, it’s a bit difficult to get back into the swing of things with writing reviews. So, forgive any rustiness. And, first, a caveat on my take on this film in particular. I saw it without subtitles so I missed all the dialogues and more fidgety bits of the plot. However, I would say that those two things only account for about 15-20% of the film. I had no difficulties following along thanks to the clear visual storytelling from KV Anand; emotive performances from Surya, Kajal, and the rest of the cast; and a smattering of English at crucial moments that I can only assume was there to help non-Tamil viewers like me. I have to admit that at times I forgot I couldn’t understand a word that anybody was saying.

So, you’ll have to forgive me if I get some details wrong but I think I got the main point of the film: Maattrraan is twisty-turny mystery masala film about living with loss, the price of perfection, and bawdy jokes about threesomes. Also, and quite delightfully to this old lefty liberal, it’s a big FU to Big Food and Big Pharma.

Sunday News Post

Another cool, autumn morning here in Washington, DC! We'll start with some sad news first...

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Saturday News Post!

Happy Saturday! I've got a few goodies for you today...

First of all, I've been neglectful and haven't yet mentioned that the Bumping Bollywood Band Botown has a new single!!! Unlike their previous songs, this one is original but it's still got the soul, so go check it out!

Secondly, my girl Hard Kaur knows what the people want and her single from her new album is... "Peeney Do."

And now onto gossip!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Gossip!! TGIF, BABY!

It looks like it's Maattrraan for me tomorrow! Reviews are looking okay - though I haven't read too deeply - so I'm hoping for a fun time.

And rumor has it the trailer for the Imran Khan-Anushka Sharma comedy Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola should be out with Student of the Year. Based solely on the description on wikipedia, I'm expecting we're going to see 2 hours of Imran Khan being an urban guy out of his element and reacting while wacky "rustic" characters do increasingly crazy things. Ooof.

Where's my conjoined twin masala film?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Shake it! Thursday News!!!

Bad news and good news... my theater isn't getting Aiyyaa BUT we are getting Surya's conjoined twin masala film Maattrraan. (Note the doubling of all the letters in the title.)

I guess it will be Rani on DVD for me...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wednesday GOSSIP!

Hello and good morning! So, there is a lot of talk about Chittagong on the old inter-tubes but a little birdie involved with the film told me it's simply "okay" - though much better than the Abhishek version. If you chose to see it, keep that in mind.

Anyways... I tried watching Ishaqzaade and you guys... it was so dumb. Parineeti was great, Arjun was decent, and the direction was good but the story was awful!!! The whole premise of the two falling in love takes a bigger grain of salt than the entire plot of Kambakkht Ishq! And there was a glossy sheen over everything that made it seem like Lafangey Parindey but set in UP. I couldn't sit through to the end but, damn, it could have finished with a roller skating contest for the minister's position and I wouldn't have been surprised. Actually, I might have preferred that.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tuesday Gossip: YES I'M BACK!


Thank you for being patient with me as I took a month off to sort some things out. It's been a busy time for me recently and, thankfully, things are back to a "normal" level of busy so I have time and energy to write for you again.

While I was off I did watch a few movies and I hope to have some reviews written soon. Vikram's Thaandavam was, frankly, the best masala film I've seen all year. And, yes, that includes Ek Tha Tiger and Rowdy Rathore! Tamil films are really my favorite films these days.

I'm also that happy I missed most of the fuss over Barfi, which is exactly the kind of film I hate... I'm really dreading watching it for the 100 Crore Club series. Are they really sending it to the Oscars?! Ai yo! I would think something like Prakash Raaj's Dhoni would have a better chance. Anyways, I'll probably be avoiding most of the Jab Tak Hai Jaan promotional craziness for the same reason. Although since it's Shahrukh, I'm sure some of it will sink in. Sigh.

Anyways, I'm sure I'll be catching up with what happened while I was away for a bit so forgive any older news. It's new to me!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Maattran: 2 new teasers

Surya + Surya + Kajal Agarwal? SIGN ME UP!

Maattran looks fantastic!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Khiladi 786: THE PROMO!

The Khiladi is back!! Come on, Akki, make me forget all about Joker...

What's funny is that this is being sold as a "continuation" of the Khiladi franchise but if I'm not mistaken, the Khiladi was always kind of a mock turtleneck wearing "cool" dude, not a homespun hero but I could be mistaken.


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