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The Friendly Local Ganglord The Friendly Local Ganglord

The myth of the virtuous gangster tends to become popular in times of economic stress. People get to thinking maybe just the person to cut through all the useless rules of a system that failed them is a thief, a forceful, uncompromising man—and gangsters certainly do nothing to disabuse people of the idea. The highest…

Time to Get Young-ish Time to Get Young-ish

While Disney’s been making movies with brief scenes making older stars look younger, this year a film was released where an actor was digitally made young for a starring role. 2016's Fan stars Shah Rukh Khan in two roles, as a movie star and that movie star’s obsessive fan, who happens to look exactly like a younger…

Hamlet in Kashmir Hamlet in Kashmir

It may seem easy to dismiss the motivations behind endless violent conflicts as petty but it’s important remember how human, universal, and tortuously ambiguous issues related to revenge can be. 2014's Haider is a Bollywood film that adapts Shakespeare’s Hamlet to set it in mid-90s Kashmir. Well shot, it uses the…

Why Do Complicated Things Happen to
Simple People? Why Do Complicated Things Happen to Simple People?

Why does fate unite a handsome, brilliant, selfless Doctor with a beautiful, self-sacrificing, gentle hearted nurse only to have her fall prey to the same congenital heart condition that brought them together when it killed her mother and have her get in a train wreck and appear to be dead long enough so that he…

Love and Terror and Songs Love and Terror and Songs

In this new age of warfare often involving strategies for combating terrorist tactics, war films in the U.S. have endeavoured to analyse the psychological impact on the regular soldier. So far, though, no film of Kathryn Bigelow or Clint Eastwood has confronted the issues of love triangles, hilarious…

More Asses More Asses

"Follow your bliss" is a mantra that is unfortunately the best known thing about the late mythologist Joseph Campbell. He derived the expression from studying the Upanishads, ancient texts that were a major part of the formation of Hinduism, so perhaps it's natural that a Bollywood film, 2009's 3 Idiots, would…

Ill Fitting Humanity Ill Fitting Humanity

One perennial problem with a society that strictly prescribes degrees of sexual freedom among its strata is that inconvenient babies tend to result. There are a lot of stories around this topic, 1972's Pakeezah (Pure) is a beautiful one with lovely cinematography and set design and great musical numbers.

Wine Against Life, Money Against Beauty Wine Against Life, Money Against Beauty

There's an aesthetic to feudalism, to king and serf social contracts, that's seductive like religion. Not just from a compulsion to ascribe order to the universe, but simply in the idea of some people living in beauty and luxury, being closer to divinity than the common people. 1962's Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (…

Hail, Mahakala--Especially In the Form of a Bombshell Witch Hail, Mahakala--Especially In the Form of a Bombshell Witch

Before discussing 1988's Veerana, my final horror film of Halloween, I want to take a cue from the opening title cards and caution everyone reading that I will be discussing a work of fiction. The film deals with "evil powers, spirits, and witches . . . none of which have any place in our modern world." We are advised…

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