Archive for the ‘Films’ Category

Adaptation

09Mar09

Brilliant article by Salman Rushide on what makes a good literary adaptation.  What are the things we think of as essential in our lives? The answers could be: our children, a daily walk in the park, a good stiff drink, the reading of books, a job, a vacation, a baseball team, a cigarette, or love. And yet […]


Wonderful little video/track by Oren Lavie.  Tip of the hat to The Mute Oracle.


Gran Torino

01Feb09

Where youth grows pale, and spectre-thin, and dies;  Where but to think is to be full of sorrow. I remember reading Philip Roth’s Everyman a couple of years ago and then Garcia Marquez’s Memories of My Melancholy Whores more recently; both of which tell rather morbidly, the stories of old men who after living lives […]


The concept of destiny irks me; that way, I buy into Dostoevsky’s morbid world view. But Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Millions) has intricately woven magic realism into a modern day fable about survival and love; a film set at the center of India’s commercial hub. Reaction to this film has been intriguing. Critics seem […]


I occasionally have fantasies of Julie Delpy involving sticky summer afternoons, Sartre’s writings, 400 Blows, apple juice and berets. Don’t ask. Face it, the woman is brilliant and beautiful; brilliant enough to be associated with the likes of Kieslowski and Linklater and beautiful enough to make any man weak in the knees. So there – […]


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460791/ Ten minutes into the film and you’re certain you’ve chanced upon something rare; a film that is truly an auteur’s labor of love. The Fall is not so much about imagination as it is about childhood innocence. In a hospital in early 20th century Los Angeles, Roy Parker (Lee Pace), a depressed and suicidal […]


MIFF 2008

25Jul08

It’s that time of the year again. The Melbourne International Film Festival is back with a lot less fanfare than last year and unlike last year (when I was broke busy), I plan on catching more films. Two films I’m really looking forward to are the indie sensation ‘In Search of a Midnight Kiss‘ and […]