Friday, July 25, 2014

If you can, try to have a nice weekend.

I'll be in New York tomorrow to do some shopping and see Kick! It'll be a nice break and if you are around, do feel free to drop into the 4:15 showing in Times Square! I'm trying to avoid ALL spoilers/reviews/etc. so please don't post ANYTHING about it in the comments. I don't even want to know what the "buzz" is; I just want to have a good time, dammit! The world is going to hell and I'd like to sit in peace and forget how shit things are by watching Salman hero around for a few hours. Okay? (OKAY?!)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday? One more day until Kick!

I got up a little late this morning so all I have for you today is a link on English in India I've been sitting on.

From the NYRB:

A decade or more ago, the publishers of English newspapers scorned Indian language readers, assuming that, as hundreds of millions more Indians became literate, they would turn automatically into consumers of English papers. But the steady rise in literacy rates—from 64.8 percent of the population in 2001 to 73 percent in 2011—has had unexpected consequences. The new middle class is increasingly found in smaller towns, and prefers to read in its own regional language, rather than English. Meanwhile, major media houses have discovered that English readership is declining or stagnant, and that advertising rates in English papers cannot be pushed much higher.

I'm sure you all have your own opinions and maybe this is off but it does track with what I've observed--where English press and increasingly "Bollywood" are aimed more at the global audience while regional languages and films are for the people at home.

Anyways, have a great day, folks!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bang! Bang! Vacance!

Uh, yeah. This is going to ROCK! Really looking forward to Bang Bang!

In other news Priyanka Chopra: The Movie has a full trailer and it basically hits every negative point I was afraid of. I've said my piece on this but the short version is: what bothers me the most is the erasing of Mary Kom herself from her own story and replacing her with a glamorous celebrity. Biopics about real living people are just creepy.

And… it looks like I'll be in New York on the 26th to catch Kick--probably the 4:15pm show in Times Square--so if you will be around feel free to drop me a line!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Eep! It's Tuesday already? How about some more Strong Women?

Do forgive me, friends. I got caught up writing on Maine Pyar Kiya this morning and lost track of time. What a wonderful film, no?

For all the "youthful rom-com" boom today, nothing I've seen has quite captured that sweet, friendly romance like Maine Pyar Kiya. Maybe in part because Bhagyashree and Salman were so young at the time. Youthful romance is more convincing from teens than 30-40 year olds playing immature.

It's all made me feel like I should watch Bobby again, too.

Dimple! Rishi! Dimple! Look!

You don't know how it pains me that she's the "butt" of the joke of the Finding Fanny trailer. I'm glad she's working but are these really the only roles out there for women of "a certain age"? Dimple, you're still a star in my books.

Ah, and speaking of ladies who are forever stars: a lovely bit of writing on Zohra Sehgal over at Tehelka.

Monday, July 21, 2014

We're doing something with a strong female lead.

Let's start the week with an utterly delightful interview with Kalki Koechlin! She just seems like a normal theater-arts person, which is lovely.

And Kalki's advice for up and coming actors? "Stop wasting your time 24 hours in the gym."

Saturday, July 19, 2014

What is Japanese Idol Pop? From A.B.C-Z to…?

All I really wanted to do was read something thoughtful on Weird Al’s latest releases (“Tacky” completely captures the modern American ethos) but I should have known better than to venture over to prime American Media Nerd territory, the Onion AV Club. Before I could even begin to search for Weird Al, I was distracted by a link claiming to contain a beginners guide to Japanese idol pop, a link I wish I had never clicked on… for it did not link me to a beginners guide to Japanese idol pop. No, it linked to a woefully ill informed, hackily written piece that appeared to be more of a guide to what a online media outlet writer--in this case, one Abigail Covington--under a deadline could Google about Japanese idol music in 45 minutes or less and then regurgitate in heavy handed manner. I was so offended by the callous treatment of a topic I have been lovingly researching for a few years now that I was almost shaking in anger as I read through it.

Friday, July 18, 2014

TGIF! Have a great weekend, everybody!

There's not much of interest to me in the news today but last night I went to dinner with a friend and we had a good time reminiscing over some of the melodramatic plots of 1990s films and bemoaning the lack of QUALITY evil uncles in films today. Remember when films were just larded with evil uncles? Where's the drama in a romance when the only thing keeping two lovers apart is the dude's immaturity? AKA EVERY Bollywood "romance" from the last ten years.

And aunties with big personalities. We need more of them, too. Jobs for Dimple, Ratna Pathak Shah, Lillette Dubey, REHKA…! It would be nice to see more casts with a big range of ages. Old people don't just want to watch old people; young people shouldn't just be watching young people's stories, you know.

Anyways, my friend and I had a good old time rehashing the plot of Aaina so, for your consideration, the trailer:

Note from Filmi Girl:

I love Bollywood - and all the ridiculous things that happen in Bollywood - but it doesn't mean that I can't occasionally make fun of various celebrities and films.

If you don't like my sense of humor, please just move on by - Trolls are not appreciated and nasty comments will be deleted.

xoxo Filmi Girl