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Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Water, water, everywhere”

April 4, 2014

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“Noah” proves how difficult it is to make us go “wow” at the movies today, even with all of Hollywood’s money at your disposal. Have you heard of Noam Murro? Look him up in IMDb. He’s made a Dennis Quaid bomb called Smart People. He’s made a TV short named HBO Imagine. And he made […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Selfie-consciousness”

March 7, 2014

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A collection of thoughts from five hours spent in front of the Oscar telecast. Sidney Poitier’s hearing isn’t very good. The woman at the red carpet asks him a question, and he leans in and asks her to repeat the question. He shouldn’t have bothered. It’s just one of those questions that women at red […]

Oscar fever!

March 1, 2014

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A day before the 86th Academy Awards, Baradwaj Rangan explains why the madness around the event will never abate. Last Monday, New York magazine’s web site featured an article that was titled And the Oscars Will Be Presented By, and went on to say, “In alphabetical order: Amy Adams, Kristen Bell, Jessica Biel, Jim Carrey, […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Highway robbery… or happenstance?”

February 28, 2014

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A few days after the release of Imtiaz Ali’s wonderful new film, the Internet is abuzz with accusations of plagiarisation. But is that really the case? I liked Imtiaz Ali’s Highway a lot, and when rumours began cropping up on the Internet that the film was a copy of The Chase – a 1994 action-comedy […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “A few good women”

February 7, 2014

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On films for “women audiences,” films like Suchitra Sen’s ‘Mamta’, where the hero played second fiddle to the heroine. When Suchitra Sen passed away, I wanted to write something about Bombai Ka Babu, which I think is the most interesting Hindi film she made – a “commercial” film with a huge star (Dev Anand), and yet […]

Seeking unity in diversity

January 29, 2014

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In a country as diverse as ours, how do we prevent the ghettoisation of the regional film industries? Subtitles could be a start… When an Elizabeth Taylor or a Paul Newman dies, all of America grieves. One reason, of course, is that these stars belonged to a time when we had to go to the movies, like […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “And the loser is…”

January 24, 2014

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…Julia Louis-Dreyfus, whose exquisitely frills-free performance in “Enough Said” didn’t stand a chance in front of Meryl Streep’s outrageous overacting. Looking at the Oscar nominations every year, you have to wonder if, in the Best Actress category, they basically check if Meryl Streep has had a movie that year, and if she has, then they […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Snow worlds and survival strategies”

December 13, 2013

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Thoughts on the two biggest pre-“Hobbit” Hollywood blockbusters of the season, both of which are playing at a theatre near you. I hadn’t heard of Suzanne Collins or her Hunger Games novels until the first film was released, and I watched it because I was asked to review it. Otherwise, I may have avoided it, […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “How to make a big dumb movie… with smarts”

November 22, 2013

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See ‘Thor: The Dark World’, and you’ll see what the latest installment of ‘Krrish’ could and should have been. I didn’t like Krrish 3, and one type of response to my opinion about the film has pointed out that it’s a blockbuster, and therefore everyone loves it, and I’m some kind of snob who just doesn’t […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Playing the market”

November 15, 2013

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In which we perform the duties of the devil’s advocate and look at why movies, most times, are the way they are. James Gray made his filmmaking debut with Little Odessa, and then he made four consecutive films with Joaquin Phoenix – The Yards, We Own the Night, Two Lovers, and The Immigrant, the last […]