Archive for January, 2010

29
Jan
10

REVIEW – Ram Gopal Varma’s Rann

Forty minutes have passed by the time Ram Gopal Varma begins telling you the story of Rann. The attempt at establishing the characters is futile, and the endless close-ups get on your nerves after awhile. Worsening matters is the background score, with music being inserted in just about every frame. Instead of creating a suitable atmosphere, it just doesn’t let you get into the movie.

The main characters of Rann are far too sour to have any kind of appeal, except Amitabh Bachchan, who somehow manages to pull it off. Instead, comic relief comes in form of Rajpal Yadav, who is an embarrassment. Mohnish Behl steals the show from Paresh Rawal, Ritesh Deshmukh and Rajat Kapoor from right under Amitabh Bachchan’s nose.There are some women in the movie; Simone Khan if you like. Suchitra Krishnamurthy is a MILF and Neetu Chandra is a skinny hot chick. I’d fuck them both, but not at the same time.

Self-indulgent, unexciting camerawork teams up with unbearable background music to take the fun out of a promising story. Ram Gopal Varma has rediscovered his magic formula but he’s overdosing on it. Rann is disappointing.

RATING: 2/5

READ: The Best Hindi Film Ever Made

28
Jan
10

The Quoted Tongue #2

Bombay

Saurin Parikh, on where people in Ahmedabad go to eat meat.

27
Jan
10

Severe Acidity

26
Jan
10

Republic Day 2010

Many years ago, I was taught the words to and the meaning of Vande Mataram by my nana. My maternal grandparents were freedom fighters, and it was at their home that I’d watch the National Song on Doordarshan at 7 am every Sunday morning.

It’s a beautiful tune, far greater than the National Anthem, at least in terms of musical quality. I’ll launch the attack on the National Anthem another time, this day is too big for small complaints.

I understand we can’t display the Indian flag except on Republic Day and Independence Day, and it’s a real shame for a country that forces its people to stand up to show respect to the National Anthem before movie screenings in cinema halls. Excuse me again, I’ll save the rest for an abusive post to publish another day.

While Americans can wear patriotic swimwear, anyone who puts forth the idea of the Indian flag on a bikini will immediately be lynched. Not that Indian women have a place to prance around in a bikini at, but I can’t help wondering how it’d look. One part of the top saffron and the other one green. White down there with the navy blue Ashoka Chakra, and the whole damn thing has to be made from khadi, of course. Pretty, pretty…wear it in Goa. It might even make things easier for men who aren’t sure what goes where.

Aim for the chakra, boys.

25
Jan
10

Movie Review: Moon

by Devdutt Nawalkar

Film: “Moon” (2009)

Directed by Duncan Jones
Actors: Sam Rockwell
Moon belongs to a rare breed of movie that takes its time to lay out a premise and lovingly nibble around it, whittling away at the surface like a nuanced sculptor in complete control of his vision and the tools he employs to that end. Standing alone and proud amidst wistful ruins of creativity and storytelling prowess befallen to buzzards of FX wizardry, Moon documents the oft-untapped potential of science-fiction to present provocative, socially relevant themes that have the pulse of the general discourse at large.
Science has always been at loggerheads with establishments. Overwhelmingly, over the last two thousand years, the latter has been represented by religion (I imply the Catholic Church specifically because it’s generally been the Western world on the cusp of advances). The symbiotic relationship that organized religion shares with the political world has  meant that scientific progress has faced more than its fair share of obstacles along its cumulative journey. While we’ve come a long way from the days of the flat earthers (or have we?), and while organized religion has lost much of its overweening favour, the bible still dictates terms to logic, especially in that great bastion of human enlightenment, the United States. Seats are still bought by appealing to the lowest common denominator in human intelligence. Presidents – past and present – toe the idiot side of the fence with self righteous alacrity. A particularly virile ground for fanatical elements to harangue their deluded causes has been the field of genetic research. Stem cell research and cloning have long harboured resentment among different stratas of society, but nowhere near as intense as that shared by those of the Good Word. While I wholeheartedly endorse a healthy debate on the ethics of unhinged bioengineering, my predominantly cynical self doesn’t have much time for the anti-research industry wrung up by Bible thumpers.
I just tricked you into reading my jaundiced opinions because Moon has nothing to do with religion. But it does concern itself with one of the heated issues that religion carries a bone with.
Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) works for a lunar mining company that operates a largely automated plant on the satellite’s surface. The organization posts a nominal and solitary figurehead, on three-year stints, to overlook the process and carry out routine repairs. Sam is two weeks from completing his contract and while increasingly suffering the effects of extended isolation in a harsh environment, he is also looking forward to being reunited with a young wife and a newborn daughter (or one that was newborn when he left the planet anyway). As fate goes, Sam suffers an accident in his lunar bogey while he’s outside doing maintenance. Oh he comes around alright, but only to make a life-altering discovery about himself and his place in life.
I’m sure the reader’s perfectly capable to sense what I’m getting at, but revealing any more would tip this review into spoiler territory. What I can talk about is the awe-inspiring performance turned in by Sam Rockwell, who you may remember from The Green Mile as Billy The Kid. In a very unconventional and challenging role, Rockwell imbibes his character with equal parts humour, longing, depression, confusion, frustration, and, ultimately, rage. There are no overt histrionics, no playing to the gallery. Rockwell gets into the skin of a man who’s had his perception of existence skewered through and through, and who’s trying to come to grips with it in his own way. He makes you feel for his plight, an especially applause-worthy task because of the other-worldly nature of the situation. That’s getting back to what I said earlier in the review. All good science fiction, while introducing tantalizing technological premises, never lets the human element be raped. Moon is a credible tribute to the genre.
This is director Duncan Jones’ debut feature, and one that pegs him as someone to be followed.His hand is assured while relaying a complex subject in an understated yet imaginative manner. He owes a visible debt of influence to the feel and texture of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The look of the moon station is as it should be; not buzzing with activity, but a cold, impersonal place with little tolerance for human indulgences. The music is sparse, and juxtaposes the sterility of space  with the throbbing emotional content of the story. A further throwback to 2001 is the presence of an AI aboard called GERTY, Sam’s sole confidante through his travails. Does GERTY share much of HAL’s mean streak as well? That’s for you to find out.
Moon is poetry in motion. It eschews all genre and era constraints, and tells a strange story in a strange way. Like all good pieces of art, its subject matter can be a source for debate long after the final images have faded away. Carried in the safe hands of Jones and Rockwell, this is/was one of the best movies of 2009.
24
Jan
10

Petronas Towers

-by Janak Samtani



23
Jan
10

Imposter Alert

Fuck Off Nowadays Imposters

As if there aren’t enough fake Aditya Mehtas doing the rounds, now there’s an Alok Mehta who has a blog called Mehta Kya Kehata. Excuse the spelling, it’s as crappy as his blog. Get original, you losers.

Click here to take a look at the shitty content on his blog and Alok’s stupid face.

Make no mistake, there’s only one Mehta Kya Kehta? and only one Aditya Mehta…the one in the pic here.




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