Films watched in 2017

Happy New Year!

I know I’m saying it a couple of days late, but it’s still the beginning of 2018.

I hope this new year brings luck and is a prosperous year for everyone.
I admit I had said I was going  to get back to posting regularly, but life always gets in the way. I don’t know how some of you keep it consistent, it’s hard!

This post is basically what I do at the beginning of the new year, listing all the movies I’ve watched over the past year, and yes still categorised into Hollywood and Bollywood movies.
I admit last year I hardly watched many movies, and I honestly don’t know why.
It was either a) because the trailers didn’t entice me enough or b) I wasn’t too interested in the actors/actresses in these movies, or c) both of the above.

As always the movies I have highlighted are the ones I would recommend a watch.

So here’s my list:

Hollywood Movies watched in 2017

  • Storks (2016)
  • La La Land (2017)
  • Lego Batman Movie (2017)
  • Sing (2017)

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  • 50 Shades Darker (2017)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them (2016)
  • Kong Skull Island (2017)

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  • Logan (2017)
  • Beauty & The Beast (2017)
  • Power Rangers (2017)
  • Fences (2016)
  • Hidden Figures (2017)

Hidden

  • Fast & Furious 8 (2017)
  • Fist Fight (2017)
  • The Boss Baby (2017)
  • Despicable Me 3 (2017)
  • War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

War

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)
  • Doctor Strange (2016)
  • Girls Trip (2017)

Girls

  • Patti Cake$ (2017)
  • The Big Sick (2017)

Big Sick

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
  • Thor (2011)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  • Thor: Ragnorok (2017)
  • Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
  • Cars 3 (2017)

Bollywood Movies watched in 2017

  • OK Jaanu (2017)
  • Gulaab Gang (2014)
  • Raees (2017)
  • Jolly LLB 2 (2017)
  • Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017)
  • Tamasha (2017)
  • Phillauri (2017)
  • Hindi Medium (2017)
  • Noor (2017)
  • The Legend of Michael Mishra (2016)
  • Tubelight (2017)
  • Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017)
  • Toilet Ek Prem Katha (2017)

Toilet

  • Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017)
  • Lipstick Under my Burkha (2017)

Lipstick

  • Lucknow Central (2017)
  • Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017)
  • Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana (2017)
  • Tumhari Sulu (2017)
  • Qarib Qarib Singlle (2017)

I haven’t watched as many Bollywood movies as I would have liked or I had over the past couple of years. Personally I feel Bollywood went through a slump in 2017. The movies that did particularly well with the audience mostly fell in the comedy genre like Mubarakan, Judwaa 2 and Golmaal Again, and obviously I can’t forget the super-hit of the year Bahubaali 2, which technically is Telegu and been dubbed in Hindi to reach a more global audience, so it’s still Indian cinema just not Bollywood.
It was a great year for the “Indie” movies, which I would say have now become mainstream.
I’m glad to see, we as an audience are demanding more content in the movies we watch, and I hope it continues this coming year.

What movies from last year would you recommend I watch?

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Films Watched in 2016

Firstly hello and welcome back! I have been on a year hiatus from blogging, purely because lack of motivations amongst medical reasons.

A little life update, I have graduated from my University with a 2:1, and with operations in between, I think i’ve done pretty well which means I’m just at a really good space, and hopefully can continue blogging.
This break hasn’t stopped me from watching loads of movies and TV shows though, and over the past couple of years I’ve also developed a new interest; listening to podcasts!
I’ll do a little post about the podcasts I’ve been listening to and would recommend if you guys are interested.

I thought as it’s my first post back after a year, let me start by doing a mega-post of all the movies I’ve watched in 2016.
These are a combination of Hollywood, Bollywood and new category South Indian. These are more regional movies as Bollywood only accounts for North Indian cinema.

The films I have highlighted in bold are the movies I would recommend you to watch.

Hollywood Movies Watched in 2016

  • The Hateful Eight (2016)
  • The Danish Girl (2016)

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  • Room (2016)

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  • Sisters (2016)
  • Ride Along 2 (2016)
  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
  • Deadpool (2016)
  • SPOTLIGHT (2016)

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  • Allegiant (2016)
  • Daddy’s Home (2015)
  • Superman: Man of Steel (2013)
  • The Jungle Book (2016)

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  • The Boss (2016)
  • Bad Neighbours 2 (2016)
  • Zootopia (2016)
  • The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
  • The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

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  • Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)
  • IP Man 3 (2015)
  • Central Intelligence (2016)
  • Finding Dory (2016)

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  • Suicide Squad (2016)
  • How to be Single (2016)
  • Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

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  • Magnificent Seven (2016)
  • NOW YOU SEE ME 2 (2016)

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  • Bad Moms (2016)
  • Moana (2016)
  • Trolls (2016)

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Bollywood Films Watched in 2016

  • Angry Indian Goddesses (2015)
  • Neerja (2016)

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  • Aligarh (2016)
  • Kapoor & Sons (2016)
  • Sanam Teri Kasam (2016)
  • Ki & Ka (2016)
  • Talvar (2015)
  • Masaan (2015)
  • Fan (2016)

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  • Nil Battey Sannata (2016)

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  • Te3n (2016)
  • Udta Punjab (2016)

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  • Shamitabh (2015)
  • Waiting (2016)
  • Sultan (2016)

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  • Happy Baag Jayegi (2016)
  • Dhanak (2016)

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  • Baar Baar Dekho (2016)
  • Dishoom (2016)
  • Pyaar Ka Punchnama (2011)
  • Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 (2016)
  • Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)

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  • Dear Zindagi (2016)
  • Dangal (2016)

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Lastly South Indian films watched in 2016

  • OK Kanmani (2015)

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  • Bangalore Days (2014) (Highly recommend)

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  • Kali (2016)
  • Ustad Hotel (2012)
  • Sairat (2016) (Highly Recommend)

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I don’t think I watched s many movies as I did in the previous years but I have realised that  my taste in films is slowly changing, I’ve started to really focus on good dialogue, story and even appreciate cinematography.
Have you watched any of the movies in my list? What did you think of them?

Koffee With Karan Language Barrier

I started watching an episode with my mum, she wanted to see the one with Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, because it kept advertising on TV, and I realised that most, if not all the episodes, the guests as well as Karan are speaking in English. (They probably have been from Season 1 but I’ve never picked up on it).

My mum understands English but doesn’t really speak it, so most of the time she just gets the gist of what they’re saying. I know sometimes she doesn’t understand what they’re talking about because of their words, like when Ranveer called Karan a “needler”, she would understand it better in Hindi. Sometimes she even asks me what does this mean, which I think as an Asian TV Show (even if it is a chat show) isn’t right.
It’s harder to explain the private jokes they make amongst themselves, which doesn’t come out the same when you translate it. Some words can’t be translated which will be the same from Hindi to English.

Considering the channel it airs on (Star TV in India, Star Plus in the UK), the primary audiences’ first language, their background, their education. Unless they have been in further education or communicate in English, these audiences wouldn’t understand half of the stuff the guests say.

A few days days ago I watched ‘The Roundtable with Rajeev Masand’ I watched the one with the Actors first, with Aamir, Ranbir, Irrfan and Nawazuddin before I saw the one with the actresses.
While Rajeev was asking them questions in English, the other three didn’t have a problem in replying back in English, but Nawazuddin was the only one who replied back in Hindi with the odd English word here and there. Even Rajeev translated the questions, when he was asking Nawazuddin, which I think helped him and didn’t make him feel like the odd one out, because he was replying back in Hindi.
I don’t know if anyone noticed that or they were just mostly listening to the answers, not how they were saying it.
I know slowly but surely he will pick it up as well but for some reason it’s just become normal for them to always speak in English.

If they can do movies in Hindi, why not chat shows? I’m not saying they should all be in Hindi but good amount of it should be.

While it might be great for international audiences, for the people who have grown up watching Hindi cinema, they should be able to understand them better.

Don’t you think?

ranveerarjun

Films Watched in 2013

Happy New Year!!

What a year it’s been for the movie industry both Hollywood and Bollywood!
In the beginning of the year I decided to make a list, of all the movie I watch for the first time in the year no matter how old they are.
The list first started off with Hollywood movies and then at the end of Feb/beginning of March I decided to do the same for Bollywood as I watch both. (makes sense right?) So here’s the list including my favourites for the year:

Hollywood Movies Watched In 2013

– Hotel Transylvania (2012)
– Django Unchained (2013)

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– Silver Linings Playbook (2013)
– Les Misérables (2013)

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– A Christmas Carol (2009)
– Fun Size (2012)
– Kiss The Girls (1997)
– Wreck It Ralph (2013)
– Rio (2011)
– Identity Thief (2013)

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– Source Code (2011)
– Takers (2010)
– Fired Up (2009)
– Looper (2012)
– Friends With Kids (2011)
– The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
– Limitless (2011)
– Salt (2010)
– Iron Man 2 (2010)
– Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
– 21 & Over (2013)
– The Hangover Part 3 (2013)
– Despicable Me 2 (2013)

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– The Croods (2013)
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– Monsters University (2013)

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– Grown Ups 2 (2013)
– The Heat (2013)

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– Epic (2013)
– Planes (2013)
– Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

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– We’re The Millers (2013)

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– Iron Man 3 (2013)
– The Worlds End (2013)
– This Is The End (2013)

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– Now You See Me (2013)

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– Turbo (2013)
– Red 2 (2013)

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– G.I. Joe Retaliation (2013)
– This Means War (2012)
– The Internship (2013)
– Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)
– Bad Teacher (2011)
– The Kids Are All Right (2010)
– Rise Of The Guardians (2012)
– Arthur Christmas (2011)
– The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

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– The Best Man (1999)
– White House Down (2013)

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– ParaNorman (2012)
– The Best Man Holiday (2013)

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– One Direction – This Is Us (2013)
– Pain & Gain (2013)
– The Family (2013)
– The Sapphires (2012)
– Julie and Julia (2009)
– Saving Mr Banks (2013)

Bollywood Movies (Starting from end of Feb)

– Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)
– Table No 21 (2013)

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– Aashiqui 2 (2013)
– Talaash (2012)
– Student Of The Year (2012)
– English Vinglish (2012)
– Kai Po Che (2013)
– Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011)
– Gippi (2013)

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– Mujhse Fraandship Karoge (2011)
– Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani (2013)

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– Faltu (2011)
– Jolly LLB (2013)
– Guru (2007)
– Raanjhanaa (2013)

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– Ghanchakkar (2013)
– Aurangzeb (2013)
– Ishqiya (2010)
– Don 2 (2011)
– Race 2 (2013)

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– Chennai Express (2013)

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– ABCD (2013)

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– Shuddh Desi Romance (2013)
– Fukrey (2013)

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– Besharam (2013)
– Grand Masti (2013)
– Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara (2013)
– The Lunchbox (2013)
– Bullett Raja (2013)
– Bombay Talkies (2013)
– Ram-Leela (2013)

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– Ramaiya Vastavaiya (2013)
– Lootera (2013)

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Overall I think I’ve done well but I still have A LOT to watch!