Friday, October 31, 2014

Kamal hai!

Happy Halloween, everybody! I haven't decided what I want to do… Dressing up is fun but as I was telling my co-worker yesterday, sometimes I feel like my professional office clothes are really just a costume I wear everyday.

I do love fun and parties and disguises…

The master of disguise himself: PRAN!

What a great film Karz is.

And just a word to the wise--please, white people, do not do cultural drag for Halloween. It's really not appropriate.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

『チェイス!』: the language of Dhoom is universal.

Dhoom 3 is heading to Japan as… CHASE! I kind of love it. It's always interesting to me to see how movies like this are marketed outside of the Bollywood "star" system, you know?

Anyhoo, I was tipped off to the fact that Aamir and Vicky were in Tokyo talking about the movie.

I don't have time this morning but if I see something interesting I'll try to translate it for you. 3 Idiots was actually something of a hit in Japan so Aamir is a little known there. I was actually just reading an interview with one of my fave bands--The Okamoto's--and they were asked what movie had made an impression on them recently and the bass player, Hama Okamoto, says… 3 Idiots! Amazing when worlds collide, huh.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I could be dreaming… new Belle and Sebastian song!

*whistle whistle* New Belle & Sebastian single!

I don't know how much I've talked about Belle & Sebastian here before but I've been a massive fan for almost 20 years now. It seems incredible that it's been that long. I'm on their e-mail list and got a reminder that they have new tour dates, including curating All Tomorrow's Parties in Iceland in July.

July 2-4 - ATP Iceland, Keflavik, Iceland (NOTE: 16 years after Belle and Sebastian curated the first All Tomorrow's Parties at Camber Sands)

16 years! Was it really 16 years ago I took the Magical Mystery Bus from Glasgow to Camber Sands? How much has changed since then… how young I was… 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jigarthanda: Cold heart, warm blood

Director Karthik Subbaraj is well aware of the double meaning of jigarthanda--ostensibly a sweet, milk-based drink from Madurai but read literally, in Hindi, it also means “cold heart”--and both meanings are important. Watching the film, with all its killing and backstabbing, the “cold heart” angle is obvious. And I spent a good couple of days thinking about who the real “cold hearted” one was in Jigarthanda. Was it the gangster? “Assault” Sethu, who kills without a second thought? Was it the filmmaker within the film? Karthik Subramani, who would exploit his own mother for a chance at success? Or was it us in the audience, watching and judging?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Paging Dr. Freud…

Thanks for the great response to my VIP review, everybody! I was really, really happy to get a tweet from Dhanush himself. My face flushed bright red while reading it.

I mean… DHANUSH! He's so talented and smart and what have I done that's so great? *pardon me while I swoon some more*

Friday, October 24, 2014

Velai Illa Pattadhaari: V.I.P.

Won't you look up at the skyline

At the mortar, block, and glass

And check out the reflections in my eyes

See they always used to be there

Even when this was all was grass

And I sang and danced about a high-rise

And you were laughing at my helmet hat

Laughing at my torch

Go ahead you can laugh all you want

But I got my philosophy.

--Ben Folds Five, “Philosophy”

To put it mildly, Vela Yilla Pattahari (aka VIP) was not the film I was expecting. Judging from the trailer and snippets of reviews I’d seen floating around touting what a box office hit it had been, I assumed VIP was a straightforward masala film. Actually, it’s not. ACTUALLY, it’s the angriest angry young man film I’ve seen in a long, long time. And the angry young man has some seriously legitimate grievances with society. VIP isn’t just a commercial entertainer--though it is entertaining--it’s an uppercut delivered squarely to the jaw of the pampered Wake Up Sids, a flying kick to the chest of the incompetent star son. And who better to deliver the killing blow than Dhanush.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Trailers and six packs… what a week!

Because we've been discussing it, please enjoy this very appropriate use of shirtlessness/sixpack from Dhanush in VIP:

I watched this last night thanks to a tip from a commenter about the streaming site and it was excellent. What's great about this fight scene and the shirtlessness is that it serves a purpose. Dhanush is no dehydrated show pony. As he fights, what we see is this buttoned up engineer stripping away first his jacket, then tie, then shirt as he reveals the inner core of strength. Dhanush's bare chest a visual representation of the inner strength of the character. And Dhanush's "six pack" is clearly functional, not airbrushed on at last minute.

It's a great movie and a great scene. I should have a review up for this one in the next day or two. Unless I get carried away and get myself a subscription and overdoes on Tamil films. (SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!)

Speaking of excited…

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