Monday, June 26, 2006

Goal Theory

Rajeev this is for you !

Monday, June 12, 2006

Murder !

No thanks to rajeev for this , he told me about this passage from Sidney Lumet's book which talked about this fascinating scene from Murder on the Orient Express.
Saw the movie yesterday , the cinematography was patchily good , the acting at times theatrical ( i do not know if this was for some sort of effect, but the scene in which Geilgud stabs Ratchet was very funny , it was almost like Macbeth).
Come to think of it, this is from someone who directed this.

Saturday, June 03, 2006


was chasing links on the adapatation piece and reached Sight and Sound. The best music in films list .

check out Patrice Chéreau and Assayas in the list ... will surprise you.

My favourite is Chinatown


was reading this article in the guardian about best adaptations and discovered this article by Fredrick Forsythe . New found respect for him.

Name your top 5 screen adaptations.

My list
  1. Godfather
  2. L A Confidential
  3. Fight Club
  4. Rebecca ( the book was really crappy but the Movie I enjoyed )
  5. Thin Red Line ( must have been the place , the book could not capture it )

Friday, June 02, 2006

Dhanushkodi II

I couldnt help it but this image was striking


the southernmost tip of the country , close to rameswaram , destroyed in a cyclone which killed close to 1800 people in 1964. to reach there even today you have to go through some sand dunes ( 10 km or so) .The bridge and the railway stn which was present there but in the cyclone all of that was destroyed.some pics here

Monday, May 29, 2006

rajeev said I must write about this.
saw Kung Fu Hustle last nite . Tanul and Rajeev laughed at me while i was laughing at the movie. Just to emphasize the superiority of the movie please see the references of the movie (courtesy wikipedia )

Parodies and references

* The landlady's Lion Roar is a reference to the old saying "It's not over until the fat lady sings"
* The escape scene of Sing from Landlady is obviously an homage to Looney Tunes cartoons featuring Road Runner, down to the disastrous result of Landlady (as usual of Wile E. Coyote).
* The Landlady uses the hand gestures from Bruce Lee's Return of the Dragon film.
* The film makes references to the Matrix Trilogy, especially in the fight scenes, where there are scenes shot in bullet time. In addition, the uniformly-clad "men in black" and the sunglass-wearing twins seem similar to the scenes where Neo respectively fights the many Agent Smiths and the Twins in The Matrix Reloaded.
* The evil musicians are reminiscent of The Blues Brothers. In one scene, they respond to a question "No, we're musicians", exactly as the Blues Brothers did in their 1980 movie.
* When Donut dies, he says "with great power comes great responsibility", a clear reference to the Spider-Man, when Uncle Ben dies. Afterwards, with his dying breath, he leans up, grabs the Landlord by the shirt and utters in English, "What are you prepared to do?!", a nod to Sean Connery's character Malone in Brian De Palma's 1987 film The Untouchables.
* When Sing steps through the fence to enter the asylum, wind starts to blow and lightning appears above the asylum. This is reminiscent of Back to the Future when Doc Brown enters the clock tower.
* The scene in the asylum in which Sing is grabbed by an inmate through the bars of a cell is a reference to a similar one in Return of the Jedi.
* When Sing opens the cell door in the asylum, he sees the Beast sitting there calmly reading a newspaper and listening to music. This is a reference to Hannibal Lecter's sophistication in The Silence of the Lambs.
* A scene is reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining with blood gushing down a corridor in the Mental Asylum.
* The clothes Sing wore in the last fight scene is a tribute to what Bruce Lee wore in Enter The Dragon.
* Early in the movie, Sing does a brief trick with a soccer ball. When a child asks Sing if he will teach them, he stomps on the ball, deflating it and declares: "No more soccer." This scene is an in-joke referring to Stephen Chow's previous film Shoalin Soccer.
* The theme music for The Axe Gang sounds strangly similar to Bruce Lee's film "Fist of Fury."

Friday, May 26, 2006

Black Panthers on India

landed on this site by mistake

but this post is really weird , check out the last line

Utpal Dutt

just thought i will point out a small profile on this fine actor.

the hindi film world has seen him as a comic master of the extended aaaaachaaa.He was no doubt awesome in such roles , check out golmaal for that ,but this person was a genius in Bengali Cinema - Agantuk

to think that during the seventies he was arrested for Maoist sympathies and then Satyajit Ray had to step in to rescue him.

Speaking of Ray a nice piece by Amitav Ghosh .

by the way the picture on the rt is Utpal Dutt playing Othello.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

very interesting concept ... google it seems has expressed an interest to buy this firm