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December 27, 2008

Copywood Part II

Raja Sen writes about Ghajini:

For director AR Murugadoss [Images] doesn't take that 'story' credit lightly: He's taken the Memento plot, set its non-linearity into chronological order, taken out the actual investigative intrigue and replaced it with a series of convenient coincidences and -- this one's the clincher -- added a full-blown backstory about how the hero met and fell in love with the murder victim, complete with a bunch of songs. It's hard work making good masala, for God's sake.

Why, that's inspiring! I have another idea just like it: a man meets a woman. They have some very steamy encounters. The woman happens to be married. The woman persuades the man to kill her wealthy husband. They arrange to escape together after the fact. Only, you see, the woman has been leading the man on all along. She gets away and the man gets all the blame. That sounds like a good film, right? Why, it could even be set in Florida? But wait! Why not move the setting to Pondicherry? While you're at it, make sure the leads keep their clothes firmly on throughout the film. But, insert many songs of lust and longing to compensate. And oh yeah, make sure the woman doesn't get away with it. She must die in the end along with the hapless man.

You say it's been done already? Darn!

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- December 27, 2008 4:43 PM // Bollywood

December 25, 2008

Slumdog Millionaire: Video Remix

From Digital Arts online:

...the folks at Pathé recently approached the London based creative duo Addictive TV with an offer to create a remix for the Oscar-tipped Slumdog Millionaire, the new film from Trainspotting and 28 Days Later director Danny Boyle.

"It’s great Pathé are taking a lead in the independent film sector like this, and sharing our vision of film remixing," says Addictive TV front man Graham Daniels. "With our style of work, Slumdog Millionaire is an amazing film to play with, it’s so cinematic and evocative in both sound and picture, it's really colourful and vibrant, and with Danny Boyle known for his cutting edge approach to music and film, making this kind of remix for his movie seems like a natural fit."

Very interesting use of multiple picture within picture and repeated video sequences from the original film to visually mirror the layers and loops within the audio soundtrack.

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- December 25, 2008 2:03 PM // Film

December 20, 2008

Dubble Talk

Make no mistake, Radio Retaliation have built themselves a justified rep as one of the leading purveyors of sonic bliss-outs and their headlining of the Sea Of Dreams New Years Eve event at the San Francisco concourse is utterly deserved. I, however, have to take issue with this paragraph in their recent Chronicle writeup where:

...the group has a fresh way of working dub into its mix. For instance, Garza notes that on old Bollywood soundtracks, "you kind of feel it's missing that low bass." On "Mandala," a track from the new album, Thievery Corporation rectifies that omission with help from sitar master Anoushka Shankar.

First of all, mixing dub and old Bollywood sountracks is nothing new. Just think of Bally Sagoo's 1995 effort, Bollywood Flashback. Consider his remake of Chura Liya from that album :

If you didn't hear any bass you played it on your tinny computer speakers. The subsonic notes on that track are so deep, they'll shake the floor when played over the right sound system. Additionally, just to make sure you get the dub connection, Mr. Sagoo ensures the prominent presence of dreadlocked gentlemen in the video.

Second, there's nothing really retro Bollywood about Mandala - if anything, it sounds more like something that Ananda Shankar, Ravi's nephew, would put out in his '70s glory days alongside his 'Jumping Jack Flash' remakes. Indian classical and Bollywood are not interchangeable.

Nice track though. I wonder if we can expect Anoushka to build upon this and provide the sitar'n'bass treatments to Fall Out Boy classics.

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- December 20, 2008 5:24 PM // Bollywood , Music

December 4, 2008

Obligatory Baby Pic I

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- December 4, 2008 12:13 PM // Virj