Thoughts on English Vinglish

October 12, 2012

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The film is not about learning English. It is one of the most loving and most genuine tributes to mothers that I have seen. It is about the mothers to our generation. Mothers who mostly wear saris, mothers who cook great food, mothers who run the household without any help, mothers who are fascinated by […]

Posted in: Reviews

Dil Se… : Interesting Oddities

September 18, 2012

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There is something rather unusual about this little scene from the title song of the film.  In a song that celebrates love amid destruction and unrest, we find this… It evokes a key theme — Meghna’s constant rejection of Amar. But in choosing to show only the hand, Amar is abstracted and showing him as a […]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Bombay: The Implausibility of the Romance

September 15, 2012

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Mani Ratnam’s Bombay opens with a remarkable scene. After a few establishing shots of the village and the fishermen, we see Shekhar walking on the rail bridge. He is a journalist working in Bombay and is visiting his home town. Ratnam doesn’t show him get down at the railway station, he simply shows Shekhar walking […]

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An Ode to Beauty

June 16, 2011

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Words are not needed…

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 […]

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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

My Proustian Moment

February 10, 2011

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Dustedoff’s special eye-candy post on Robert Mitchum (and my massive oversight while creating my eye-candy list) has inspired me to do a similar special eye-candy post on the gorgeousness that is Christian Bale. What I like best about him is that his appeal is so understated and subtle that if you are not careful, you might miss […]

Posted in: Indulgences

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