Biggest disappointment of the year: Rab Ne Bana Di Bodi. We still feel pangs of pain when we hear a bar from Haule Haule or see SRK's face on our Om Shanti Om poster (what? you don't have one?).
Biggest surprise insta-love: Yuvvraaj. The PPCC's newest shamewatch of intense shame-laden devotion, and the movie that made us love Anil Kapoor BIG-TIME (which we are less ashamed about). Manmohini Morey was transcendental.
Emperor of the year: Shashi reigned for longest and hardest in 2008 - thanks to that particularly attractive way he wobbles his head and lazily drawls, "Arreeeeeee..." Siiiigh. Makes our dil go dhadak-dhadak.
Most underappreciated PPCC review of the year: Okay, okay, I know most of you come here for the Hindi reviews, but the Korean film The Host, which we saw back in March, was really a hoot and a hog - highly recommended! Also, we would be remiss not to mention some of the Italian classics we've reviewed this year, especially The Son's Room and Mi Manda Picone.
Boringest month of the year: October, for the PPCC, as we wrote like... no reviews that month.
Intensest month of the year: the post-Yuvvraaj boom, where we've almost managed to throw up a review a day, most of them Anil-centric.
Most underwhelming but still objectively good film of the year: Slumdog Millionaire... honestly, the idea of this film - what it MEANS, man - moves us more than its flashy, Danny Boyle-fied theatrics. Or maybe we just read waaay too many reviews of this before seeing it.
Best thing of the year: the PPCC becoming a little famous!
Our 2009 resolutions are:
1. Finish the screenplays. Yes, PPCC reader log, we are writing not one, but TWO scripts aimed for the Bollywood market. It is a hoot, and we promise ourselves to finish them sometime in the next month or so.
2. 2009 is shaking up to be a great year for films. Our resolution is to SEE IT ALL, MAN! Billu Barber, New York, The President Is Coming, Dev.D, and Anil Kapoor walking the Hollywood red carpets!
3. Watch Shashi Kapoor's entire filmography and enter the Guinness Book of World Records for that.
4. Similarly keep riding the Anil Kapoor train.
5. Watch more African cinema.
6. Watch more Latin American cinema.
7. Defeat the morning tea-produced muffin top... ONCE. AND FOR ALL.
And, of course, to keep pumping out reviews of your favorite and least-favorite and undiscovered favorite films!