Monday, April 27, 2009

Webcomic 2.0

If the sample below does not compel you to follow The Perry Bible Fellowship, you are a lost cause.

(Click on image for larger size).


Thursday, April 23, 2009

DD : Dental Disappointment

Quoted from a recent email (without permission of course). Don't let the typos get in your way!

dear instructor,

this is your student, XYZ. i had gotten involved with something serious over the weekend, 10 unknown attackers jumped me and knocked out one of my tooth. i was no present for monday's class due to serious dental pain and dental appointment. i was prescribed a high dosage of codein which has rendered me unfit to attend class for this week. please excuse me missing today's quiz as i would like to make up monday's class and the quiz at a later time. i do have a doctor's note for the date of tues as well as the presciption notice. thank you.

Sounds like a Cartman gang ambush to me.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

More Additions (Part 2)

1) 3-Iron (Korean): Kim ki Duk's fixation with minimalism continues with this baap of all romance movies. The director takes a love story, rips it down to its barest essentials, sucks off all dialogue (between the main two leads, there is only one dialogue - the clichéd "I love you" at the very end), adds a touch or two of quiet, meditative humour here and there and manages to produce probably the greatest romance movie I've seen.

You don't know the meaning of 'shock and awe' until you've seen this film.

Since it is such a bloody brilliant film (it merits a place in the "Beyond AA" part of my list), let me post a picture.

2) Stardust Memories (English): A 1980 Woody Allen classic. With many scenes filched (as tribute? as parody?) directly from 8½, the usual staple of failed romances and Woody Allen's role as the famous film director more known for his "earlier, funny movies" (a running joke throughout the film), it is easily my favourite Allen movie beating even the impossible to beat Deconstructing Harry, Annie Hall and September.

Quite a feat!

3) Bad Guy (Korean): Hint 1: Kim ki Duk, Hint 2: Romance.

Another warped. twisted, demented love story as can be conceived only by Kim ki Duk. Seasoned, hardened veterans of the twisted/extreme cinema movement are also in for a shock by the climax.

Enough said. Go watch.

4) In the Mood for Love (Cantonese): For some great films, you use words like "brilliant", "powerful", "beautiful" etc. For some others you can use "kickass", "unbelievable" and "stunning". For some great cinema however, you're simply stumped for words. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact emotion that washes over you by the time the movie ends. Perhaps it is awe, perhaps it is an urge to kneel down and wonder what hit you.

Welcome to the cinema of Wang-Kar-wai!

I think his movies merit a separate post by themselves in which I rant, rave, kneel, worship and grovel at the fragmented, labile and madly, madly stylish romances of the Hong Kong auteur. So here I will stick to a short account of the awesomeness that this film is.

But first, a still.

Tony Leung (the Shahrukh Khan of Hong Kong) is brilliant. Maggie Cheung is a dream in a cheongsam. The last time (before In the mood...) I felt so moved after witnessing an overpowering more-than-your-mortal-ass-can-conceive-ness was when as a thirteen year old I read The Idiot and hated Dostoyevsky for the book's climax.

And I'd thought I was jaded! What a pleasant surprise!

And you know what the best part is? It is only a prelude to the final installment of the trilogy - 2046 which is even more brilliant than In the mood...

<*is exhausted after singing so many hosannas*>

2046 and others will be covered in the next installment.

Friday, April 17, 2009


He refused to budge, stuck it out for eleven long months and continued to show The Man his middle finger.

Nanga Fakir's long, dark tresses were mowed down mercilessly last night. He now sports an ex Auschwitz inmate look. He knows it'll be the latest in thing on the Seventh Avenue soon.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Further Cinematic Adventures

नंगे फ़कीर की अगली दो फिल्मों (बतौर लेखक और निर्देशक) के टाइटल हैं:

1) नाची नाची बहुत नाची, फिबोनाची, फिबोनाची

गणित, नृत्य, संगीत और आइटम नंबरों से भरपूर पारिवारिक मनोरंजन.

एक मेधावी गणितज्ञ का किरदार निभाते हुए शक्ति कपूर और उनकी ममतामयी माँ के रोल में राखी सावंत आपका मन मोह लेंगे.

2) फुर्तीला अजगर

कहानी एक तिरस्कृत, पिटे हुए अजगर की, जो पेड़ की शाखाओं पे सोते सोते अपना जीवन व्यतीत करता है. लेकिन एक दिन देवी माँ की अपरिमित कृपा से वह अपने अन्दर के सोये हुए संगीतकार को जगाता है और शीघ्र ही विश्व का सबसे फुर्तीला पिआनोवादक बन जाता है.

अजगर के किरदार में अदनान सामी अपने पहले रोल में! देवी माँ का रोल एक बार फिर राखी सावंत के ज़िम्मे.


आशा है की दर्शकों को पसंद आएगी.

जय राखी माता !!!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Further Adventures

Discovered two new, totally ass-kicking film Directors - Lee Chang-Dong (Korean) and Takeshi Kitano (Japan) (of Takeshi's Castle fame!).

Oasis is an ultra non standard romance. Brilliant through and through, it features some of the most dazzling acting performances you'll get to see.

Kitano's deadpan humour, casual violence and minimalism (in Hana-bi) are remarkably refreshing.

Also finished The Motion of Light in Water - a brief autobiography by Samuel R Delany.

Currently on the playlist among movies are Dolls and Achilles and the Tortoise by Kitano. Among books, Accelarando (Charles Stross) and Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut) compete for my attention.

Mood: Quiet contentment!