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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In conversation with Vishal Bhardwaj

No Holds Bard Getting under the skin of the man who proves cinema belongs to everyone. In 1988, Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski made a series of ten films about the Ten Commandments, using highly polished allegory to explore meanings and interpretations of each of the Commandments, while looking at the hardships evident in contemporary Polish […]

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