Monday, December 22, 2014

PK: All iz well.

I remember when 3 Idiots, the first Rajkumar Hirani x Aamir Khan production, 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 that I have my eye on so… let's do this! RELAXATION TIME!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


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 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


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!

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