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Posts from — September 2008

(CFP) Papers needed for Literary Journal

This is a call for submissions that you wish to be considered for publication in The St. John’s University (Queens, NY) bi-annual literary journal, The Humanities Review. The journal has published several notable
academics in their respective fields over the last few years such as: Gayatri Spivak, Amy King and Peter McLaren. [Read more →]

September 23, 2008   1 Comment  

Review: Three Monkeys

Three Monkeys

Three Monkeys

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s award-winning film Three Monkeys is the coming together of great directorial skill and a fairly ordinary story. A review I wrote for NDTVMovies.com, is linked here. Click the picture or the link below to read it. Click here

September 22, 2008   No Comments  

India’s Oscar entry…

Here is to looking idiotic at the Oscars!!

India’s Oscar entry….

September 21, 2008   No Comments  

Rocking is overrated!

Rock On

Rock On

I read some film critic calling Abhishek Kapoor’s Rock On, a worthy successor to Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Hai. I can’t think of a statement further than the truth. There is not a doubt in my mind that, being ‘a worthy successor’, or in less kind terms, ‘cashing in on DCH’s popularity’ is what this film aimed to do. But that doesn’t mean it manages. What it does manage, is to look like a far less competent, ‘inspired’ film, as Bollywood is prone to calling a number of its endeavors.

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September 19, 2008   6 Comments  

The Pool Vs City of Joy: A new Western view of India?

The Pool

The Pool

Of the many things to admire about Chris Smith’s The Pool is its allegorical references to the struggles of India’s economic and social changes. Set in Panjim, Goa, the film tells the story of Venkatesh who has left his village to work in a city hotel. He stumbles upon a swimming pool in a country estate and strikes up a friendship with the owner (Nana Patekar) who encourages him realise his potential and strike his luck in Mumbai. He even offers him employment as gardner. This friendship is contrasted by the owner’s daughter (Ayesha Mohan) who is against her father’s “competitive” view of life and the world. [Read more →]

September 19, 2008   No Comments  

Lust, Caution

Lust, Caution, 2007

Lust, Caution, 2007

The opening titles of Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution situate the film in the years between 1938 and 1942 in Hong Kong. There is the World War, the espionage, the student rebellion, the lust and the caution. But those are mere structures to support one of the most moving war-time films ever made. It digs into the personal sacrifice that shapes any revolution, be it bodily or even spiritual. [Read more →]

September 19, 2008   No Comments  

Gerry Coulter on Wide Screen editorial board

Wide Screen welcomes Dr Gerry Coulter, founder editor of the peer-reviewed, open-access International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, to its editorial board. His research and teaching interests include contemporary theory, the arts, technology and culture, and photographic imagery. In 2006 he was awarded Bishop’s highest honour for teaching: The William and Nancy Turner Prize. He is also a past winner of the Division of Social Science [Read more →]

September 17, 2008   No Comments  

The autobiography of a cock!

Our jovial, talkative rooster Rahim is eager to tell us his story. For a short film, that is natural. Rahim Murge Pe Mat Ro (Devashish Makhija, Rajat Nagpal) is a fast, witty short with a great voiceover. And there’s a message on animal welfare somewhere in there. A lesson in short filmmaking. (caution: scenes of animal cruelty). If you liked it, vote for it here

September 17, 2008   4 Comments  

IMDB/Amazon offers free movies

According to this release from Amazon.com, IMDB will be offering popular films as well as provide space for other filmmakers and companies to use it to showcase their films:

users can now watch over 6,000 full-length feature films and TV episodes for free on IMDb.com.

IMDb is also opening its platform to filmmakers and rights owners worldwide, and changing the landscape for filmmakers by allowing them to reach the over 57 million movie and TV lovers who visit IMDb each month. To learn more about getting your content onto IMDb, please visit http://www.imdb.com/help/show_leaf?uploadyourfilm.

September 17, 2008   No Comments  

Cottage Star Wars: The future of cinema?

A father, daughter, and son star in their own Star Wars. Great tribute. Enjoy!

September 15, 2008   No Comments