Archive for May, 2007


You’ll be damned to pining through the windowpanes, You know you’d trade your life for any ordinary Joe’s, Well do it now or grow old. Your nightmares only need a year or two to unfold.                                    -Australia, The Shins Advertisements This is the kind of cinema that needs to be made and seen more often; the kind that ellicits thought and emotion and incites debate. A History of Violence is an intense and thought provoking study on the nature of violence. Tom Stall, the protagonist is thrown into a situation that forces him […]  Based on the memoirs of Dito Mondiel and directed by himself, this is a powerful tale of redemption. Set in the mid 1980s, the film explores the lives of various inner city youths in Astoria, NY. Robert Downey Jr plays the adult Dito who writes a book about his childhood but cannot still seem […]

Just saw the video this morning. I remember watching it as a kid. Amazing track. Amazing video. Sigh…music like this is so hard to come by these days. Sadly, the band never had another memorable track.  Video at: All I can say is that my life is pretty plain I like watchin’ the puddles […]

Ranga Shankara (JP Nagar, Bangalore) was host to the play, Butter and Mashed Banana. Directed by Ajay Krishnan, this was an amazingly humorous yet profound look at our system of censorship. It’s a three act play wherein the first act details the illegitimate birth of the protagonist (conceived on a night of ill advised but […]

  I’d been meaning to buy a copy of The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins but the price tag of Rs 720 was a tiny deterrant. However, I bought the new paperback edition at one third the price yesterday. The first 80 pages I’ve read so far have amazingly lucid arguments. One of those books […]

The Cannes Film Festival opened with a screening of Wong Kar Wai’s My Blueberry Nights. However what interests me more are the short films screened there. Having seen a few shorts that were screened at Sundance (on my computer; I didn’t go to Sundance), I’m blown away by the potential of this medium. This year […]