12/30/10

THE UNFORGETTABLE SONG OF THE LITTLE ROAD


Cinema, around the world, owes its stature and respect today, to few names who struggled in their times to produce masterpieces that would influence and inspire the works we see today. The late 1940s and the 1950s was the period when the foundation of real cinema was laid. France, Italy, Britain, Japan and also India contributed to this movement with sincere and soul moving cinema. In the context of India, the name that is without a doubt the most prominent and consequential in the global movement is Satyajit Ray.

12/24/10

CELEBRATING ED WOOD



Some great men aren't celebrated and their genius, not realized, during their life span. They sow the seeds of their following, but they may not live long enough to see even the first results of it. Edward D Wood Jr. or simply Ed Wood, missed to see his first sprout of following, by only two years!

12/1/10

BRAVO! SHELTON FILMS


Well pardon us for the inconsistency in posting new articles. Both of us have been pretty much caught up with exams and stuff like that. Gladly, we were able to finally work on something. Happened to find a bunch of really interesting YouTube short films by a certain Shelton Films and we really, really loved them…
Their first short , My Name is Lisa won the 2007 Best YouTube short film and is truly a very touching take on how a child takes care of her mother suffering from a memory loss disease. The girl here, played by Carlie Nettles, did an amazing job and was casted again in another short film RUNNING (About a teenage girl trying to run away from home, probably their best work)

11/12/10

THE STORY OF FACEBOOK



We need not stress on the fact that how much Facebook has become an integral part of our lives and how it has revolutionized social networking and mass communication. Modern age communication has gone much beyond phone calls, Skype and even emails! Facebook has provided a dynamic and real time platform for people to connect, share thoughts and ideas and know what’s happening!
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and President and of course the founder of Facebook has gifted our planet this addictive and now essential form of networking. Behind this huge success of Facebook (500 million users as of July 2010), is of course, a story of how it all happened. The story of Facebook was published as a book called The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich and now made into a gripping David Fincher film known as The Social Network.
(Fincher has been one of our favorite directors, Fight Club being not only our favorite Fincher film but also one of the reasons why we started this blog, but more on that in a later post)

10/14/10

A NEW TURN


“Go to the villages!” was Mahatma Gandhi’s slogan for the Civil Disobedience movement. Followers flocked down in numbers to discover the rural scene. Our entire fight for swaraj or self-rule relied on our economic self-reliance and thus the villages had so much prominence in our independence struggle.


Eighty years apart, Marathi filmmakers have decided to imbibe the spirit into their art. It is quite typical for a Marathi screenwriter today to reach out into Maharashtra’s heart for new stories. This is emphatically the best thing that has happened to it since the last best thing that happened to it !

Umesh Kulkarni’s Valu in the year 2008 was probably just the beginning of this new turn(reference later). Its a story about a bull on the loose in the beautiful countryside of Maharashtra and the venture to trap it. The humour “performs” subtly through a handful of quirky village-men, putting forward a meaningful picture of the simple life they lead.
From raging to an aging bull, another bull returns to play the crucial part in Mangesh Hadawale’s Tingya, about a little boy’s attachment to the bull on its way to the slaughterhouse. This affecting story garnered only praises at the various film festivals it was screened at.


10/2/10

BETTER NOT MINGLE WITH THESE STRANGERS


The guy and the girl both survive their lame suicide attempt and land in the same hospital. They, at the same time, try to escape from the hospital, from the same fire exit and end up being rude to each other. The guy plays 'hard to get'. The girl is the blabbermouth hot chic (Geet from Jab We Met can’t be recreated, at least not by these guys) and clearly the writer is stressing that there is NO CHANCE they will end up together. But we all know they will and they do (spoiler alert, really?). What lies in between is a two hour plus, brain banter with cliché after cliché and yeah, a whole train of songs (good ones though), coming right at you one after the other! Run!

9/24/10

FIVE RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT CWG


Of course we remember this is a blog on cinema, so we tell you upfront that this is NOT a movie related post, instead, this is a result of a recent phone conversation we had on the fucked up current affairs of things in our country. We can summarize the conversation in the form of these points;

9/12/10

CHULBULIFICATION FELLAS!!



Well, Salman Khan ha? A spoilt superstar laden with a fake anglicized Bandra English accent, son of one of the most fantastic Bollywood screenwriters Salim Khan, in the headlines sometimes for his unheard and extravagant and mad acts of kindness and philanthropy (Being Human) and sometimes for criminal acts ranging from ramming cars and killing people and sometimes killing rare wildlife species...and passing irresponsible, ignorant and pointless comments on the 26/11 tragedy…also known for his pathetic choice of signing films, with a filmography that is half filled with nonsensical entertainers (or not), in which whatever character he plays, he is essentially the Sallu Bhai that he always is…will sport that bracelet of his irrespective of who he is playing…will throw tantrums on sets…also known for his forties' singlehood and crazy, possessive lover image…known for picking fights with other superstars(SRK) and stars(John) and not so much stars (Vivek) which transforms mostly to enmity…and also known as a true friend and godfather (Blame him for Himesh Reshammiya :P)...well the list seems to be endless apparently…But in spite of all these highs and lows, none can deny that he is a SUPERSTAR and he is not only followed by millions, but loved too…

9/10/10

WILL PEACE ALWAYS PREVAIL ?


Hatred takes people away from each other and closer to self-destruction
And every act of terror the world has ever faced has incepted hatred, has split people and has done worse for world peace. The 9/11 was probably the strongest such inception of hatred the world has ever seen. Everyone knows 9/11 was not just hundreds of instant deaths or the felling of an architecturally brilliant structure. The so called 'feat' of those terrorists was not in making a complete joke of the defense of the strongest country in the world either, but was in making a joke of every attempt made thereafter towards achieving world peace and cultural unity.
The social impact this event had, is something the world would keep witnessing at various levels for don’t know how many decades to come. Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind this act has become the poster boy of terror throughout the globe. Whether he is alive or dead or whatever is no more important, what is important is what he has given birth to- hatred; an immortal bitch.

9/1/10

WE ACT HAMMILY!!!

Karan Johar's Dharma Productions' is making, oops, remaking Stepmom into some Bollywood high-budget September disaster. We saw the opportunity to fool around with the whole ROFL potential-concept and guess who came to oblige us in the presentation? None other than Kanti Shah with the cast of his Z-grade classic cult film Gunda!

Inspired by a @shutupsajid tweet. Well don't find him- he does not exist on twitter anymore...RIP :P

8/16/10

JOKER'S FERRY FIX, GAME THEORY AND TERRORISM



You have obviously heard of the "Game Theory" , a branch of Applied Mathematics, applied in numerous streams like economics, biology, engineering, political science, computer science..endless....Game Theory tries to, mathematically, discuss dynamics of strategic situations where " an individual's success in making choices depends on the choices of others." In this article we would deal with a classic example of this theory observed in human behavior in the unforgettable ferry scene from The Dark Knight.

8/13/10

BATMAN'S REVIEW OF AISHA!

Yeah right! Batman watches Bollywood movies when he is not fighting crime. And like all of us, he has an opinion too!! But unlike us, he knows where to use his Bollywood knowledge!!! :P


Click on the image to get a larger resolution if the dialogs are not clear.


8/5/10

15 BEST CHAPTERS BY TARANTINO


If you follow Tarantino or have seen any of his films (which mean you have a TV and are not blind) you will know of this man’s fixation with chapters. Each one of these are structured as a movie within a movie(alright now, you ought to know where to stop your Inception analogies :P) and each one of these movies is a chapter in the larger QT universe with enough hints to suggest a continuing storyline that these movies figure in(more of this in a later post). All of them have a definitive start, then a situation and then a beautiful meaning inducing end. OK, or in place of 'meaning inducing' put 'abrupt'!!
We take a look at all of Tarantino movies and compile a list of what we feel are his 15 best chapters.
Enjoy this post with your Big Kahuna Burger in hand!!

7/23/10

OPEN LETTER TO RGV



No we are not as shallow and jobless as Star News that we run a whole one hour show or in our case write a whole article based on a couple of celeb tweets. But yes there are some tweets which you really cannot ignore. Have a look at this one yourself;

7/20/10

BRAHMA, PHYSICS AND INCEPTION



SPOILER ALERT! Do NOT read this piece until you have watched the film “Inception”.

What is Existence? It is the domain of our senses which persists independently without them. Our knowledge of existence requires 'senses' but existence itself is independent of our senses.

Philosophers throughout time have questioned 'existence' and have elaborated and discussed it. Interestingly, this is one of those topics in philosophy which have branched out into several sub-topics and has effectively made its stand in all those disciplines. Metaphysics, Ontology, Religion, Epistemology, Materialism, Supernaturalism and Mathematics all have important references to the concept of 'existence' and define and work with it in their own ways.

7/17/10

A FLIGHT TO REMEMBER


In our previous article we talked of how international acclaim can be best attained through making cinema that is as local as possible. Udaan is the most recent fantastic example of this fact.
Being officially selected to compete in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ category in the 2010 Cannes Film Festival speaks enough about the international accolades this film received.
The story kicks off in Shimla where four guys are expelled from Bishop Cotton as they indulged themselves in Angoor by Kanti Shah (Gunda, Loha….God!)

7/16/10

BEST WAY TO GO INTERNATIONAL- STAY “LOCAL”


If you follow Indian cinema in recent times- you would find that it is more desperate than Mallika Sherawat to get the “international” tag.
This lust for the “international” tag is evident with every meaningless script shot in South Africa, England, Malaysia, Australia, and of course, USA. The tourism department of each of these countries gets richer after every Bollywood flick made there (and every IPL played there). Though all this helps in attracting viewers from India and that respective country, it takes the “quality of film-making”

7/4/10

A SMALL TALE OF FEW EPICS

They became epics, they became tales that are still told, they became plays that are running and running for centuries, what made them stand the test of time were the content and the quality of writing and most importantly the everlasting wisdom and a classic message true for any generation they are read in. From Ved Vyas’s Mahabharata to Shakespearean Epic Tragedies Othello, Macbeth, etc to Valmiki’s Ramayana; all have not only survived the rust of time but also bad remakes. Their importance and position, like wine, has become better with time…Ramayana and Mahabharata for thousands of years, Othello and Macbeth around 400 years.

6/24/10

Q4C's TRIBUTE TO FATHERS...

Apologies to start with; commitments here and there did not allow either of us to find a suitable topic to discuss with you all. This article was supposed to be published on or before Father's Day...so further apologies that we are terribly late...Still, we hope you would connect with us, whilst we share with you, our thoughts on this heavenly bond of a father and his child... of course, some beautiful cinema in the backdrop!

3/21/10

DOGME-95: BOLLY ISHTYLE!!


Danish directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg signed the Dogme-95 manifesto and the “Vow of Chastity” to give birth to an avant-garde filmmaking style called Dogme-95. This style became immensely popular mostly because it was easy for the youth to just pick up a handy cam and start shooting, no background score, special lighting or optical filters not allowed; in short, a completely documentary feel to the cinema. Dibakar Banerjee’s Love Sex aur Dhoka, though not purely a Dogme-95 film, is a fantastic Bollywood tribute to this movement. An earlier Indian tribute to this movement though was Boman Irani’s debut film, Let’s Talk by Ram Madhvani.

3/11/10

INDIES IN INDIA


The parallel movie movement in India emerged during the 1940s & 50s through the regional cinema of Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen. Their brand of movies were realist and chronicled of social change taking place as India entered independence.
The Indian parallel cinema movement owes it to the Italian neo realist and the French new wave cinema. Ray in his book Our Films, Their Films acknowledges the contributions of the pioneers of French new wave- Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut and Italian neo realism- Vittorio De Sica who’s Bicycle Thieves is known to have set Ray’s pursuit in motion.

1/12/10

THE PIFF JOURNAL


DAY ZERO, 6th January 2010



Our excitement knew no bounds as the 8th Pune International Film Festival was about to kick start! A week long event, it would be showcasing quality films from all around the world, ten screens at a time, across four major theaters in the city. But the annoying thing was that with less than twenty four hours to go, no schedule was available! Finally first two days schedule was made available after a really long wait and as soon as we got it we pencilled out our choices....We take you through the little fraction of the movies we could catch up with.....Enjoy!