A lyric for Lou Reed

(Because paragraphfuls of prose just didn’t feel right.)     He stumbled and he rumbled,                            he fumbled and he humbled  and he did it all drunk as a monk.    He sailed and he failed,                […]

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Review: Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables

Once in a while there comes a movie that automatically deserves the tag of Epic. Tom Hooper’s monumental, grandstanding adaptation of Les Misérables does that and even more: it earns the second word of the phrase so popular by Twitter: it is definitively (and, in every sense, literally) what is called Epic Fail. Look, I […]

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“Cue COOL music.”

Merely reading a Tarantino script beats watching most movies.   In the Quentin Tarantino universe, everything is connected. I brought in Tuesday by rereading the final draft of the screenplay of his upcoming Django Unchained, only to realise that March 27 happens to be the director’s birthday. That manner of happenstance is just a taste of the sort […]

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Review: A Rockstar worth rooting for

When The Doors had their first ever professional photographs taken, to go with their incendiary 1967 debut, frontman James Douglas Morrison consciously chose to leave the smiling out of it. The others occasionally smirked affably enough but Morrison, yearning to showcase his searing intensity as a poet (“a word man, better than a bird man”) […]

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How to ‘fix’ The Tree Of Life

Art-rock for art’s sake The best way to watch 1939 gem The Wizard Of Oz, as many of you are doubtless aware, has nothing whatsoever to do with the film’s director, Victor Fleming. The original is a perfectly great film, a superlative piece of vintage movie magic that hits all the right chords in one delicious […]

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Leave AR Rahman alone!

It isn’t really a major surprise that we, as a nation of armchair critics, would lash out against AR Rahman after his Oscar win. Failing to take that award in perspective — foolishly and redundantly yelling that he has made other, greater music in the past — we have been writing off his recent work, […]

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Nine songs

In which I dig up 09’s finest 9, and apologise profusely for the sloppy English translations. ~ 9. Dil Gira Dafatan Samundar lehron ki, lehron ki chadar odh ke so raha hai, Par main jaagu, ek khumaari, ek nasha sa, ek nasha sa ho raha hai, Tu magar, hai bekhabar, hai bekhabar… Dil, gira kahin […]

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