An Ode to Beauty

June 16, 2011

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Anand and Sahib, Bibi, aur Ghulam

May 13, 2011

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One of the interesting things I noticed in Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam is its take on the social location of the comic character. The comic character is, of course, Bhootnath. In the film, Bhootnath’s career and the changes he undergoes mirror the traditional uneasy equation between comedy and its social location. Bhootnath is both the frame narrator […]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

The Art of Steal (2009)

February 10, 2011

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The Art of Steal tells the story of the Barnes Foundation, one of the world’s greatest private art collections, and the ugly power struggle to control it. It is impossible to tell the story of the Barnes Foundation without talking about the life and personality of Dr. Alfred C. Barnes. Barnes was a self-made millionaire […]

Posted in: Documentary

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968 & 1999)

February 10, 2011

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The remake has a dapper Pierce Brosnan, a sexy Rene Russo in a diaphanous gown, steamy love scenes, and a clever art heist. The original had Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway playing an erotic game of chess that ended with a head-spinningly sexy kiss. And that really is saying everything. Who cares if the bank […]

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

February 10, 2011

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Let me begin with a declaration: I absolutely, absolutely ADORE this film. The film opens as the sun rises over a misty, muddy field; it is not the picture-perfect image of the English countryside and it sets the tone for the film’s cheerfully muddy take on the trim, manicured lawns of the previous adaptations. However, […]

Posted in: Appreciation

For Fellow Cary Grant Lovers

February 10, 2011

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Sharing the New York Times article on Grant. The article doesn’t offer any new or interesting insights but the accompanying slideshow is delicious. Feast your eyes!

Posted in: Indulgences

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

February 10, 2011

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I believe this film is Woody Allen’s James-ian story — the innocent American’s encounter with the sophisticated European. The innocent Americans in this film are Vicky and Cristina, two best friends who have come to spend a glorious summer in Barcelona. The girls are played by Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson, respectively. The sophisticated Europeans […]

Posted in: Reviews

Thoughts on the Descent

February 10, 2011

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*****Spoilers Aplenty***** Apart from the fact that I am easily frightened, one of the reasons why I don’t enjoy horror films, particularly creature films, is because there are hardly any people in them — only screaming victims. Regular creature films are a series of gruesome killings with zero thought given to the person who is […]

Posted in: Appreciation

Guide (1965)

February 10, 2011

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Vijay Anand never wanted to direct Guide. He had refused to direct the film when it was first offered to him by his brother Dev Anand. It is clear that for someone who preferred noirs and thrillers a story like Guide would hold no appeal. It was only when Dev had trouble finding a director […]

Posted in: Appreciation

Re-creating Iconic Hitchcock Moments

February 10, 2011

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Sometime back, Vanity Fair re-created iconic Hitchcock moments with some of today’s leading stars. See the photographs here. I love the Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, Rebecca, and To Catch a Thief photos. The North by Northwest photo made me fume [Seth Rogen, for mercy sake], come to think of it any attempt at re-creating/duplicating Cary makes me fume — […]

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