The Supreme Court on Friday directed the special CBI court in Lucknow to deliver verdict within nine months in the trial against senior BJP leaders L K Advani, M M Joshi, Uma Bharti and others in the three-decade old Babri Masjid demolition case.
The Congress's Delhi unit staged a protest near the BJP's head office here on Friday over the "illegal" detention of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Uttar Pradesh to stop her from going to Sonbhadra where 10 tribals have been killed over a land dispute. The protesters carried placards reading "the Modi government is scared of Priyanka Gandhi" and raised anti-government slogans.
The World Bank has said it 'dropped' the $300-million loan proposal for the Amaravati development project as the central government withdrew the financing request, triggering a blame game between the ruling YSRC and opposition TDP in Andhra Pradesh.
Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala on Friday issued a second deadline to chief minister H D Kumaraswamy to complete the trust vote process in the state assembly by the "end of the day". Kumaraswamy referred to the missive as "second love letter".
Karnataka Congress has moved the Supreme Court contending that the top court's July 17 order on the resignation of 15 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs was coming in the way of the party issuing whip to its legislators on the ongoing trust vote. The SC order had said that the 15 rebel MLAs cannot be compelled to participate in the ongoing assembly proceedings.
The first quake of 5.6-magnitude occurred at 2.52pm at a depth of 10km in East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, the tremors of which were felt in Itanagar, Guwahati, other parts of Assam and Dimapur in Nagaland. The second one of 3.8-magnitude was recorded at 3.04pm, also at the depth of 10km at another site in East Kameng. The third 4.9-magnitude quake was recorded at 3.21pm. It had its epicenter at a depth of 95km in Kurung Kumey district of Arunachal.
During the Question Hour, SP member Javed Ali Khan raised the issue of the alleged attack on former Madhya Pradesh legislator Dr Sunilam onboard the Godwana Express. The member was seeking to know what action has been taken over the July 15 incident, which was reported to the Railways through Twitter.
Donald Trump says the ship took "defensive action" in the Strait of Hormuz, as US-Iran tensions rise.
The charge will wipe out profits, but Boeing says it hopes the aircraft will resume flying this year.
Brendt Christensen abducted Yingying Zhang on a university campus in 2017 and beat her to death.
Retailers and hotels are among the firms seeing business hit by ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
Dozens are in hospital, some in a critical condition, after the attack on the Kyoto Animation studio.
About 600 million were watching in 1969 - thanks largely to an unlikely outpost in rural Australia.
Islamabad says it will allow Indian officials to meet Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been convicted of spying.
Trump supporters at a rally directed their chant at Ilhan Omar, a Somali-born lawmaker from Minnesota.
The US financier is charged with running a "vast network" of underage girls for sex. He denies this.
They killed two Scandinavian women, who were found beheaded in the Atlas mountains in December.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the average temperature was 61.6F (16.4C).
An Albanian says his photo was used without permission, but the European Commission disputes this.
As Algeria and Senegal face each other in the final, we look at some of the tournament's high and low points.
On the 40th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution, some Nicaraguans say there is no reason to celebrate.
The motor industry is trying to reduce its carbon footprint in a number of innovative ways.
Protesters are calling for the resignation of the governor following a leak of homophobic messages.
US congresswoman Ilhan Omar responds to chants of "send her back" at a Trump rally in North Carolina.
The US President inaccurately claimed he quickly told his supporters to stop their racist chant.
Governor Ricardo Roselló is urged to quit after leaked sexist, profane and homophobic text messages.
On St Simons Island, Georgia in the US, people rushed to push the pod back to sea.
Chennai is India's sixth largest city, but its residents are relying on trucks and trains to bring them water.
The suicides have put India's competitive exams in the spotlight amid allegations of errors in marking.
Bird experts say there's been an "incremental increase" in attacks, as people encroach on bird habitats.
A Zimbabwean football fan travels from Cape Town to Cairo by road and finds "Africa is not friendly to Africans".
Thousands of Russian women evoke #metoo to tell social media why they 'need public attention'.
The House of Commons' Science and Technology raises concerns about accuracy and bias.
Passengers reportedly paid 100 times more than they should have after Uber's payments system goes awry.
The number of likes is a measure of how well content is doing on the social media platform.
An app that transforms photos of people's faces into younger and older versions has gone viral.
Senior Democrat Chuck Schumer says the photo app's use of personal data is "deeply troubling".
The government launches a scheme to retrain workers whose jobs may vanish because of automation.
Start-up NeuraLink wants to start testing its human computer interface on humans.
The firm's plan to launch a censored search engine in China had faced much criticism.
The video streaming pioneer blamed price rises for adding fewer paid subscribers than hoped.
A hacker targeted the Balkan country's tax agency and reportedly offered local media access to stolen data.
The move follows further legal action against the ticket resale website.
BBC Click's Paul Carter looks at some of the week's best technology news stories.
Conspiracy theories surround the Moon landings but BBC Click seeks to dispel some of the myths.
Many people who believe the Earth is not round first heard the idea on YouTube. But how important was the video-sharing website in helping the flat Earth movement grow?
Drivers can score points by shooting virtual monsters while racing each other.
Humans and robots working together in a factory may excite some tech geeks, but worry others who fear job losses.
Top stars of esports, or competitive video gaming, can earn millions of dollars a year without breaking a sweat.
The motor industry is trying to reduce its carbon footprint in a number of innovative ways.
Small, cheap satellites can help us track pollution, crop yields and congestion like never before.
As politicians call for more regulation, you share your stories about children spending money within games.
May saw the world's first unmanned commercial shipping operation.
Exposure from mobile networks including 5G fall well below limits set by international regulators.
The charge will wipe out profits, but Boeing says it hopes the aircraft will resume flying this year.
A plan to ban section 21 notices - sometimes called revenge evictions - will backfire, say landlords.
Retailers and hotels are among the firms seeing business hit by ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
The Office for Budget Responsibility says borrowing could surge if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
The regulator says water firms must also invest billions more in improving services between 2020 and 2025.
The online fashion giant says sales growth has been held back by warehouse problems in the US and Europe.
A European lobby group says the range of electric car models available to consumers is getting better.
The ad urged shoppers to surprise female secretaries with a gift of a wine, chocolate and condoms.
Passengers reportedly paid 100 times more than they should have after Uber's payments system goes awry.
The government launches a scheme to retrain workers whose jobs may vanish because of automation.
The number of likes is a measure of how well content is doing on the social media platform.
As more of us worry about our carbon emissions, how can you offset your air travel?
Small, cheap satellites can help us track pollution, crop yields and congestion like never before.
Controversial cannabis firm Ignite's UK launch is causing a backlash in the nascent industry.
Golf has realised it needs to make the sport more attractive to women, on and off the playing course.
May saw the world's first unmanned commercial shipping operation.
When tech entrepreneur Hiroki Takeuchi was paralysed in a cycling accident, he was back in work just three months later.
India's cricketers didn't make the World Cup final, but its bookmakers are still making millions.
Farmers are struggling as coffee prices drop to historic lows, so why is the cost of a latte rising?
Australia's growing number of camel farmers say that global demand for camel milk is rising fast.
Completed in 1721, the Lombe brothers' five-storey textile mill was quickly copied around the world.
There are unofficial rules for what you can eat at your desk, but should you even be doing it anyway?
Negative social media can be a major threat to businesses and can quickly destroy trust in a brand.
The nuclear industry says new plants are essential, but protesters say the environment is under threat.
Summer has finally arrived, but are there sartorial limits to what you can wear to work?
Not just ridership, the number of missing tokens has also gone up since Namma Metro’s inception. In a reply to an RTI query, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) said it lost a staggering 2,33,207 tokens between October 20, 2011 —
Suspected treasure hunters struck at the centuries-old samadhi of saint Vyasaraja at Anegundi near Hampi on Wednesday night, leaving lakhs of devotees distraught as they gathered for a special ritual on Thursday.
Karnataka assembly speaker K R Ramesh Kumar Friday dismissed suggestions that he was trying to delay the vote on the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to decide the fate of his government.
The tumultuous Karnataka assembly's players are banking on planetary alignments and gods. JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda’s family, as well as BJP's Yeddyurappa's family, have been organising special prayers ahead of the trust vote. While astrologers in the Gowda camp advised trust vote to be deferred till Tues evening, Yeddyurappa asked for auspicious dates to take over.
The Sixth Additional District and Sessions judge Sayeedunnisa sentenced Anand aka Cyanide Mohan, aged about 55-year-old and a former government school teacher to life imprisonment in connection with the brutal murder of a victim from Paivalike in Kasargod. With this, Mohan has been sentenced in 10 cases, of about 20 similar cases.
Heavy rains lashed parts of Mangalore on Thursday, bringing much-needed respite from humid weather. However, the heavy downpour left commuters stranded. People faced a tough time as roads and low lying localities were flooded due to waterlogging.
With FaceApp taking the internet by storm, netizens in the city, too, are following the viral trend with enthusiasm. That it makes the young look old and the old look older, hasn’t stopped people from taking up the #FaceAppChallenge. The app can convert a person’s photograph into an older or younger self and even male or female versions.
Karnataka speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Thursday sought a detailed report from home minister MB Patil on rebel Congress MLA Shrimant Patil, who was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai after he complained of chest pain on Wednesday.
Five people from Bengaluru, including four women, were killed after their speeding multi-purpose vehicle hit a truck on National Highway 4 at Kunchiganalu village on the outskirts of Chitradurga on Wednesday. Three others, including two children, were injured in the accident caused by bursting of the car’s tyre.
In Karnataka, the political drama continues to unfold with Congress MLA Shrimant Patil, who was staying with other Congress legislators at the Windflower Prakruthi Resort in Bengaluru being admitted to a hospital in Mumbai on Thursday after he complained of chest pain.
Residents of Bagalur and surrounding areas in north Bengaluru have been rejoicing of late. The lake in their vicinity, which had dried up due to lack of rain, is gradually getting filled with the city’s treated water. In the coming months, 11 more lakes in Bengaluru Urban district will be rejuvenated in a similar manner.
The civic body has hit power utility Bescom with a Rs 25-lakh fine for illegally digging up a newly laid road and a sidewalk near the Marathahalli police station, the first time it has taken such action against a government agency.
A day after the Tamil Nadu government announced the decision to create Tenkasi and Chengalpet districts, thousands of traders downed shutters in Mayiladuthurai demanding formation of a new district with Mayiladuthurai as its capital.
Four people died in minor stampedes that broke out as huge crowds flocked to Kancheepuram for darshan of Athi Varadhar on Thursday, considered especially auspicious as it was the day after the lunar eclipse.
The city has witnessed a drastic rise in the number of cases filed under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act, 2012, in the past three years. Of the 490 cases registered in three years, majority were for rape.
A three-year-old girl, the daughter of a doctor and a software engineer in Shenoy Nagar, was rescued by the city police on Thursday within eight hours of being kidnapped by her maid. The woman and her male friend have been arrested.
The Madras HC on Thursday refused to hear Nalini Sriharan’s plea to direct the Tamil Nadu governor to take a decision on the state cabinet’s recommendation to release early her and the six other life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
Indian Air Force’s Sarang helicopter display team enthralled people, especially, schoolchildren, in Thanjavur with a spectacular air show on Thursday. The show was held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Kargil victory, also celebrated as ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas.’
The number of districts in Tamil Nadu will go up to 35 as the government on Thursday announced its decision to carve out Tenkasi district from Tirunelveli district and Chengalpet district from Kancheepuram district.
V Geetha Rani, who was known as the ‘Dog Lady of Coimbatore,’ died here on Thursday due. She was 64. Geetha’s daughter Swapna said her mother had been suffering from severe wheezing trouble after her lungs had weakened due to cancer.
Six people, including a three-month-old baby, died when a van they were travelling in plunged from a culvert into a canal near Seidhunganallur in Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu in the early hours of Thursday. Eleven people, who suffered injuries, were rushed to a hospital.
A 30-year-old man was arrested for raping and impregnating a differently abled woman from Thiruppanandhal in Thanjavur district on Tuesday. The victim, who is suffering from mental illness, later gave birth to a stillborn in a premature delivery
A token system introduced by the Child Welfare Committee’s city wing to streamline redressal of disputes has worsened things for the minor victims. The panel, which hears problems such as sexual harassment, abuse or neglect, has issued tokens to more than 100 kids as young as four years, has developed the new system to “avoid overcrowding and confusion” on their campus in Kelly’s observation home for children
The Telangana government has set the ball rolling to develop six airports in the state. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been roped in to conduct techno-feasibility studies, both at existing airstrips and for greenfield airports, and it will be paid Rs 4.5 crore consultancy fee for the job.
To curb rampant illegal constructions in Telangana, the new Municipal Bill -2019 proposes either imprisonment up to three years for anyone raising unauthorised buildings or a penalty of 25 per cent of the total value of the land/ building fixed by the registration department.
With reports emerging that the TRS government may raze some heritage structures to build new Assembly and Secretariat complex, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday clarified that a high-level committee, comprising experts, will be constituted to identify buildings, guest houses, palaces and forts that have heritage value and preserve them.
Telangana home minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali is in the eye of the storm after his grandson Furqan Ahmed purpotedly made a TikTok video, sitting on a police vehicle. As the video went viral, netizens lost no time in identifying that the vehicle belonged to the Police Transport Organisation.
A conman who posed as a producer of many Tollywood films, and claimed close contacts with prominent director such as SS Rajamouli, was arrested by Task Force sleuths on Thursday for duping a woman advocate of Rs 50 lakh by assuring her of providing a character artiste role in the upcoming movie RRR.
Necklace Road, abutting Hussainsagar, has turned into a hotspot for bikers and bike gangs, most of them helmetless, who are often seen zigzagging down empty roads at night in violation of traffic rules. The menace of these unruly bikers has made many people stay away from the landmark.
Even while reeling under an acute water shortage, the city is using up thousands of litres of water every day to clean its cars. A strong sea breeze and coal dust from the port area mean Visakhapatnam cars need frequent washes and with a steady increase in the number of vehicles on city roads, this may well be one of the reasons of water shortage in the city.
What's heritage for one government does not appear to be of antiquarian value for another. The princely state of Hyderabad in 1862 had listed 37 monuments and sites in the city as structures of heritage and historical value. It later added several new monuments and sites to the list during 1920s when a comprehensive survey of archaeological places was conducted.
Four persons were booked on charges of repeatedly sexually assaulting and raping a 21-year-old married woman over the past one year at Rayadurg in Anantapur district. Speaking to reporters, Rayadurg police inspector Riyaz Ahmed said that the victim and her husband were residents of Rayadurg town. She had allegedly befriended some local youth on social media and began interacting with them occasionally.
After Saturday’s accident at the Park Street station, Metro Railway will try and expedite its plan to introduce a smartphone-based ticketing app that will allow people to book tickets without standing in queues at counters.
A 52-year-old man, who suspected his 26-year-old third wife had fled with a neighbour, allegedly plotted the mass murder of the paramour’s relatives and rigged their building with a live wire. One of the relatives and two other neighbours in the building at Akra in South 24 Parganas were electrocuted.
The city will continue to reel under heat as there is hardly any possibility of a downpour any time soon, the Met office has predicted. Kolkata has to be content with a shower here and a drizzle there. But such scanty rain will not make much of a difference to the mercury.
Bidhannagar mayor Sabyasachi Dutta resigned from his post on Thursday, ending four months of speculation over his politic-al future sparked by BJP leader Mukul Roy’s March visit to his Salt Lake residence for a plate of luchi-alur dom.
In yet another case of UPI fraud in the city, a 56-year-old resident of Netaji Nagar has been reportedly cheated of Rs 67,000 on false assurance of settling the complainant’s grievances related to purchases from a leading online apparel firm.
Kolkata will continue to reel under heat as the Met office sees no rain respite for now. The city has to be content with a shower here and there. But such scanty rain will not make much of a difference to the mercury.
An assistant sub-inspector and a BJP councillor were among five persons injured in bombings that continued unabated on Tuesday night in trouble-torn Bhatpara-Kankinara. This was despite a fresh prohibitory order under CrPC Section 144 clamped on Monday evening.
Though there were apprehensions that the monsoon clouds might play spoilsport for those who wanted to watch the partial lunar eclipse in the early hours of Wednesday, the afternoon rain on Tuesday came as a blessing.
Exactly a month ago, on June 19, Kolkata Police launched its late-night drive against rogue bikers. And in the past 30 days, 23,000 challans have been issued against rule-flouting riders — much more than the number of prosecutions in the first five months of the year.
The raging heat over cut money in Bengal found a mention in the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday when a senior lawyer levelled complaints against a section of judges after the court accused Trinamool Congress and the administration of denying equal opportunity to the opposition during Tuesday’s Bongaon Municipality trust vote.
For years, people spoke in hushed tones about the first vice-chancellor of Visva-Bharati, Rathindranath Tagore, the eldest son of Rabindranath. Controversies dogged him during the first years of transition when the VB was taken over by the Centre.
The continuous switching of sides by councillors in North 24 Parganas — often ending in dogfights as was evident in Bongaon municipality on Tuesday — has prompted the BJP central leadership to call a ‘chintan baithak’ (brainstorming session) in Kolkata in the first week of August.
With a little over two months left for Kolkata to celebrate its biggest festival — Durga Puja — a section of cheats has already started duping Kolkatans by offering huge discounts and immediate cash prizes on online shopping using fake websites.
Drug abuse at schools and colleges has come to focus yet again for the third time in less than a month on Monday after the narcotics team of the detective department arrested a person selling cannabis to student right at the school gates in the heart of south Kolkata.
The adalat held by local self-goverment (LSG) minister A C Moideen to clear pending applications related to buildings in city corporation has thrown up a puzzling challenge for the state government and corporation regarding issuance of occupancy certificate for high rises which have not received no-objection certificate (NOC) from Airport authority of India (AAI).
The police team probing the University College violence could not conduct the important procedure of evidence collection, despite having the two main accused in custody, as they gave priority to duties related to law-and-order maintenance.
A Pocso court here on Wednesday awarded three life sentences, besides 26 years of rigorous imprisonment, to a 25-year-old man, who brutally raped and murdered his seven-year-old niece on September 27, 2017.
In the last few years, highlighters became a cult beauty product for all the make-up lovers out there. From face highlighters to body highlighters, getting that glow-from-within just got easy. And, now you can even make your vagina all shiny with a vagina highlighter, yes that's a product!
Australian singer, David Campbell’s son Billy Campbell is obsessed with Princess Diana and refers to Prince William and Harry as his ‘boys’. David said Billy was two years old when he saw Diana and said, "Look! It's me when I was a princess". Billy could recount details about Diana's life as a toddler and talk about her brother John, who died hours after his birth.
‘Smiling Face with Hearts’ has been voted as the most used emoji of the year by Emojipedia. In 2018, ‘Face with tears of joy’ was voted as the most popular emoji. In total, there are 3,019 emojis and the World Emoji Day is an unofficial "global celebration of emojis". Emojis were created by a Japanese engineer in 1998.
Monsoon is synonymous with seasonal disorders, illnesses and skin issues. Experts say that the moisture-laden environment is usually the biggest cause of rashes, itchiness and infections. Ayurvedic medicines with their natural properties heal skin problems, provide for instant relief and protect your skin against harmful diseases.
Sri-Lankan beauty, Jacqueline Fernandez is known for her glowing skin and luscious hair. But like every other normal girl, even Jacqueline has a few skin problems. She recently posted a black and white photo of hers and flaunted her bare beauty face and wrote: Open pores, freckles and scars. "Freckles aren't really a problem for me, I got them from my mum and I actually love them," she further added.
Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan was recently spotted at the Mumbai airport on her way to London, where she's shooting for her next film and spending some quality time with family. The actress flew to Mumbai for a day's shoot for a popular dance reality TV show.
The Cabinet approved the long-awaited National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2019 that aims to set up a National Medical Commission to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) and usher comprehensive reforms in the medical education sector. The bill, aimed at overhaul of medical education in India, seeks to repeal Indian Medical Council Act 1956.
National Testing Agency (NTA) has declared the result of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) All India Entrance Examination for Admission (AIEEA) on its official website today, i.e., July 17, 2019.
The Kerala High Court on Tuesday sought the views of the state government on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a consortium of CBSE and ICSE schools in Kollam alleging inaction to curb frequent educational bandhs.
Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra has released the provisional allotment of CAP Round 1 for admission to Post HSC Diploma Technical Courses in Pharmacy, Surface Coating Technology and Hotel Management & Catering Technology on July 17, 2019.
The Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) ended its two-day strike on Tuesday after its concerns over hasty implementation of reservations for economically weaker sections in teaching posts was taken up in the Academic Council meeting.
Where there's a will, there's a way! This proverbial truth aptly applies to Ramjal Meena, a security guard at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, who cracked the varsity's entrance examination and will be studying Russian.
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on behalf of Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) has published the results of the second round allotment list of NEET UG counselling 2019 on July 17, 2019.
The Progressive Education Society’s Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Ganeshkhind has organised a one-day national seminar on July 26 on the topic ‘innovative and best practices in higher education’.
The Forum for Development of North Andhra (FDNA), an activist group, on Tuesday demanded the central government to amend Central Universities Act to accord 50% reservation for tribal students in the planned Central Tribal University (CTU) in Andhra Pradesh.
The man-made lake in Novosibirsk, Russia, has attracted hundreds of Instagram users thanks to its vibrant blue hue. But, it’s actually an ash dump from a coal plant. The bright colour of the water, which has led some to dub it the “Siberian Maldives”, comes from calcium salts and metal oxides dissolved in it which gives it a high alkaline content.
Nine deer at a famed park in western Japan have died recently after swallowing plastic bags. Nara Park has more than 1,000 deer and tourists can feed them special sugar-free crackers sold in shops nearby. The crackers don't come in plastic bags, but people still carry them. A veterinarian says the deer may associate the plastic with food.
Companies that break New Zealand's ban will face heavy penalties, including fines of up to $67,000. Plastic pollution has become a growing global concern, with a million birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals injured or killed every year by becoming entangled in packaging or ingesting it through the food chain.
UN chief Antonio Guterres said climate-related devastation was striking the planet on a weekly basis and warned that urgent action must be taken to avoid a catastrophe. "We are here because the world is facing a grave climate emergency," Guterres told a two-day Abu Dhabi Climate Meeting to prepare for a Climate Action Summit in New York in September.
A forest fire in Spain raged out of control on Thursday amid a Europe-wide heatwave, devouring land despite the efforts of hundreds of firefighters who worked through the night, local authorities said. The blaze broke out on Wednesday afternoon in Torre del Espanol in the northeastern region of Catalonia and by Thursday it had destroyed more than 4,000 hectares (10,000 acres), the region's interior minister Miquel Buch said.
Greenland may lose 4.5 per cent of its ice by the end of this century - contributing up to 13 inches of sea level rise - if worldwide greenhouse gas emissions remain on their current trajectory, a study has warned.
Leaders during an ASEAN meeting over the weekend are expected to sign a "Bangkok Declaration" on fighting maritime waste -- a first of its kind. Just five Asian countries -- China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand -- dump more than half of the eight million tonnes of plastic waste that end up in oceans every year, according to a 2017 Ocean Conservancy report.
The number of crocodile attacks could rise due to global warming, an Australian expert said on Sunday. Adam Britton, a zoologist from the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University, said that as temperatures rise, crocodiles will move into areas that they never previously inhabited, reports Xinhua news agency.
Himalayan glaciers are melting twice as fast now as they were before the turn of the century, according to a new study that relied on recently declassified Cold War-era satellite imagery. The study, which appeared in Science Advances on Wednesday, is the latest indication that climate change is eating the Himalayan glaciers, threatening water supplies for hundreds of millions of people downstream across South Asia.
Diplomats meeting in the western city of Bonn starting Monday will focus on resolving issues that couldn't be agreed upon at last December's climate summit in Poland. This includes the rules governing the international trade in carbon certificates, which allow rich countries to offset emissions by paying for projects in poor nations.
For polar bears, the insulation provided by their fat, skin, and fur is a matter of survival in the frigid Arctic. For engineers, polar bear hair is a dream template for synthetic materials that might lock in heat just as well as the natural version.
Exposure to light at night has the potential to make amphibians more susceptible to the effects of additional stressors, like road salt and parasites. The light at night on itself might not have too much negative effect, however, since wildlife rarely encounter just one stressor in their natural habitat, its combination with additional stressors may have negative impacts.
Melting glaciers worldwide could result in almost 10 inches of sea level rise by the end of this century, a study warns. The research, published in the Journal of Glaciology, indicates that the smaller glaciers could play a much larger role in sea level rise than researchers had previously thought.
Apple has announced biggest-ever price drop for its smartphones in India. Under the new pricing, iPhone 6S (128GB), carying an MRP of Rs 82,000, will now be available at an MRP of Rs 60,000. iPhone 6s Plus (128GB) will now be available at an MRP of Rs 70,000, the smartphone too has received a price cut of Rs 22,000. Apple's 4-inch smartphone iPhone SE, too has got a price cut. The 64GB version of iPhone SE will now be available at Rs 44,000.
Fitness tracking wearables maker Fitbit recently launched its Charge 2 and Flex 2 fitness trackers in India. While the Flex 2 is priced at Rs 9,499, the more expensive Charge 2 bears a price tag of Rs 14,999. The new Fitbit Charge 2 has a heart-rate monitor, a feature previously limited to the 'HR' edition of the Charge only. It comes with a touch-sensitive OLED display, as well as a 3-axis accelerometer, an altimeter and a vibration motor. Fitbit Charge 2 syncs with its companion smartphone app over Bluetooth.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is a man of few words. In an interview to Washington Post, the usually reticent CEO of one of the world's most valuable company talked about a number of things including the 'enormous India opportunity', Steve Jobs, mistakes made during his tenure so far and much more.
Reliance Communications and Aircel will hold 50% stake each in the new combined entity, which will be listed later. Both companies will also transfer debt of Rs 14,000 crore each. As for the net worth of the new company, it’ll be around Rs 35,000 crore.
Although a significant increase, Android Marshmallow still lies below Android Lollipop, and Kitkat on the list. As per the latest distribution numbers, Android Lollipop 5.0 and v5.1 together run on 35% Android devices, followed by Android Kitkat 4.4 with a 27.7% share.
The feature lets users browse through groups divided into 25 categories such as parenting, sports, food, buy & sell and more. Each topic page highlights the top suggested groups, based on popularity and group members that users might already know.
Lenovo-owned Motorola is all set to launch its latest budget smartphone – Moto E3 Power, in India. The company has confirmed on its social channels that it will be launching the Moto E3 Power at an event scheduled for September 19. The smartphone will be available exclusively on Flipakrt.
Several user reports and news websites mentioned that after the installation process the handset showed an error prompting users to plug it to iTunes on a PC. On connecting, another error cropped up which read, “There is a problem with the iPhone 'iPhone' that requires it to be updated or restored.”
Apple has announced that it will be adding the ability to capture RAW images to iPhones, starting with iOS 10. While the stock iOS camera app doesn’t have the functionality to capture RAW images, iPhone users can use Adobe’s Lightroom app for the same.
Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover has found the highest amounts of clay minerals ever found during its mission on the red planet, the US space agency said. It is likely that the rocks in the area formed as layers of mud in ancient lakes. Other than proof that there was a significant amount of water once in Gale Crater, what these findings mean is still up for debate.
Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the US found that depression scores were 26 per cent lower for walnut consumers and eight per cent lower for consumers of other nuts, compared to those who did not eat nuts at all. Walnut consumption was more closely associated with higher energy levels and better concentration, compared to other nuts, a study said.
The repeating FRB was one of a total of 13 bursts detected over a period of just three weeks during the summer of 2018. Additional bursts from the repeating FRB were detected in following weeks. Of more than 60 FRBs observed to date, repeating bursts from a single source had been found only once before. Scientists have now detected the second repeating FRB ever recorded.
Mars is a planet of two halves. In places, the northern hemisphere of the planet sits a full few kilometres lower than the southern; this clear topographic split is known as the martian dichotomy, and is an especially distinctive feature on the Red Planet's surface.
According to researchers from University at Buffalo in the US, 3D-printers leave unique 'fingerprints' on its products, which can be identified by their "PrinTracker". Like a common inkjet printer, 3D printers move back-and-forth while "printing" an object.
Xin Haibo, senior engineer with the Beijing Institute of Gardening Science and a member of the research team, said establishing the plant's genetic mechanism is valuable for breeding and editing the genomes of other co-ordinal plants.
The causative agent of tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is a highly successful pathogen which can survive and grow in humans for decades. Researchers have identified a novel regulatory mechanism, which when deactivated, results in the death of tuberculosis pathogen, an advance that could pave the way for new drugs to prevent the disease.
Enamel, located on the outer part of our teeth, is the hardest tissue in the body and enables our teeth to function for a large part of our lifetime despite biting forces, exposure to acidic foods and drinks and extreme temperatures.
Over the years, several theories have been proposed to explain the reduction in the amount of blood the heart can pump; this was even of interest to the scientists involved in the first summit of Mount Everest in the 1950's.
The discovery, led by researchers at the University of Minnesota in the US, could be used to improve sensors, devices in the computer memory and logic industry, or other devices using magnetic materials.
Scientists are developing 'happy space suits' that can monitor symptoms of depression in astronauts, and provide real time feedback to improve the atmosphere of the spacecraft as well as boost the occupants' mood.
The findings, published in the journal Science, will help scientists solve the half-century-old mystery of how 'jets' of particles travelling at nearly the speed of light shoot out of black holes' magnetic fields, while everything else is sucked into their abysses.
A compound commonly used in hair bleach, hydrogen peroxide, was the vital ingredient in rock pores around underwater heat vents that set in train a sequence of chemical reactions that led to the first forms of life, according to lead researcher Rowena Ball from the Australian National University (ANU).
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(TrendHunter.com) Iconic vegan beauty brand HipDot has announced the launch of its new SpongeBob Collection in honor of the 20th anniversary of the classic Nickelodeon hit series—‘SpongeBob SquarePants.&#...
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(TrendHunter.com) Some kinds of technology are easier to see than others and facial recognition technology is now being quietly worked into advertising and other industries, creating new concerns around privacy—Ewa...
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(TrendHunter.com) Sparkle Cut Diamonds is a brand that's disrupting the diamond industry by offering affordable precious stones with optimum sparkle. In fact, the brand claims that its styles “have 50%-100%...
(TrendHunter.com) Along with its delicately beautiful wedding-centric jewelry options, Sarah & Sebastian is launching a service for DIY engagement rings that consumers will be able to take advantage of online....
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(TrendHunter.com) While the idea of shopping for an engagement ring is romantic, actual retail experiences often leave people feeling uncomfortable but a new wave of wedding ring companies like Holden—which makes...
(TrendHunter.com) In the fast-expanding digital age, the high-tech bracelet presents the intersection of functionality and aesthetics. There are various products on the market that cater to specific demographics and...
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(TrendHunter.com) A new wave of jewelry brands are completely reimagining the engagement ring-buying process by going online as an alternative to traditional setups with uncomfortable environments, guards and closed...
(TrendHunter.com) Frank Darling, offers a selection of both man-made and natural diamond engagement rings, all of which are ethically sourced, sustainably grown and underlined by honesty and an online shopping...
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(TrendHunter.com) The design of Louis Vuitton’s B Blossom collection introduces stylish emblem jewelry that's entirely based on the luxury brand's 123-year-old-emblem, which was originally created by...
(TrendHunter.com) Fast food burger chain White Castle is offering its Chicken Rings at a discount all summer long and to celebrate, it is kicking off the start of the season with the Dr Pepper Ring Thing Giveaway....
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(TrendHunter.com) Designer Riccardo Tisci introduces a new Bicycle Chain Bracelet as the latest jewelry design for luxury fashion house Burberry and its Pre-Autumn/Winter 2019 selection. The offering is designed from...
(TrendHunter.com) Virgil Abloh introduces a new selection of jewelry with the latest Monogram collection featuring chunky pieces for luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton. The capsule arrives for the Spring/Summer 2019...
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(TrendHunter.com) From aesthetically daring to crisply elegant, the July 2019 fashion for men collections showcase a variety of styles, assuring that all tastes are honored with a plethora of chic options. It is...
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(TrendHunter.com) As far as art wall projects go, this exhibition by Tokyo-based accessory brand nana-nana, cult-favorite 1988 film Akira, and artist Kosuke Kawamura is quite mesmerizing as it brings a number of...
(TrendHunter.com) From luxury scarves to chic bandeaus, the Fall/Winter 2019 collection by Louis Vuitton and Los Angeles-based artist Alex Israel is quite ethereal, striking and chic. The partnership is a great...
(TrendHunter.com) For its Fall/Winter 2019 fashion collection, beloved contemporary streetwear brand Anti Social Social Club embraces bold graphics but also stays true to its roots. Launched recently, the lookbook...
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(TrendHunter.com) Jockey is now introducing Jockey Generation exclusively at Target as a line of underwear and loungewear with styles for the whole family. The collection introduces more than 50 styles, including t-...
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(TrendHunter.com) 2(X)IST’s Pride collection for 2019 is perfect for anyone wanting to celebrate pride while giving back to the LGBTQ+ community. The company, founded in 1991 by Gregory Sovell, is based in...
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(TrendHunter.com) Uniwlo works in collaboration with designer Alexander Wang once again on the impressive AIRism collection full of summer-ready goods. The duo's previous work prepared for the colder seasons...
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(TrendHunter.com) Iconic streetwear imprint Off-White introduces a series of boxer shorts that are highlighted by the signature industrial belt branding over the elastic waistband. The new set of boxers are...
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(TrendHunter.com) The talented Spanish designers, Custo and David Dalmau, have revealed a more nocturnal side with the futuristic ‘AfterSun' collection, which was featured on the 080 Barcelona Fashion days....
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(TrendHunter.com) Engineered Garments works in collaboration with Tarvas, which is a footwear label based in Finland—the Explorer shoe model is the result of the joint effort. The duo drop three pieces in total...
(TrendHunter.com) A new, playful range of rain boots for children will be made available by the Hunter Boots brand who is proudly collaborating with beloved cartoon series ‘Peppa Pig.' The later partner...
(TrendHunter.com) adidas and AriZona boast two new pairs of sneakers for a limited time at an unbelievable price. For just $0.99, individuals can purchase shoes during an exclusive two-day pop-up in New York City....
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(TrendHunter.com) Asics introduces the latest rendition of its signature GEL-KAYANO 5 OG sneaker, which originally made its debut back in 1999. The retro footwear model returns and the reissue highlights a new tonal...
(TrendHunter.com) Japanese footwear brand Mizuno introduces a new sneaker design to its roster and it comes in the form of a Wave Prophecy 8 model. The overall design is sleek and arrives in a triple black colorway...
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(TrendHunter.com) London-based retail label Goodhood works in collaboration with Vans on a capsule of signature sneaker models. The range features three familiar silhouettes and the overall design draws inspiration...
(TrendHunter.com) Luxury fashion house Maison Margiela introduces its latest footwear silhouette entitled the Union Boot and it features elements that nod to utilitarian design aesthetics. The model incorporates foam...
(TrendHunter.com) YRU's fuzzy boot range draws inspiration from the pre-Millennium club kid uniform. The rave-inspired footwear boasts a chunky, platform shape and is sold in three expressive styles—a...
(TrendHunter.com) Apparel brand Linksoul teamed up with golf footwear company TRUE linkswear to introduce a limited-edition pair of lifestyle golfer shoes. The shoes are offered in an all-new Linksouldier Green...
(TrendHunter.com) Streetwear imprint Palm Angels introduces its newest iteration of the Recovery Lace-Up footwear model. The reworked update replaces the original velcro straps with a lacing system instead. The...
(TrendHunter.com) Sportswear label Reebok introduces its archival sneaker silhouette by the name of ‘Interval 96' once again—this time, it arrives in three new colorway options. The model originally...
(TrendHunter.com) Asics launches new footwear silhouettes for the season with the latest being the GEL-PTG sneaker, which arrives in a low-top and a mid-top option. The most notable design element of the GEL-PTG is...
(TrendHunter.com) Footwear is an integral part of one's fashion aesthetic, and this list of July 2019 shoe ideas is sure to highlight some of the month's most popular innovations and styles. From anti-...
(TrendHunter.com) The Prada Studded Derby Shoes are a punk-inspired creation from the Italian fashion house that seeks to provide wearers with a formal footwear option that pays homage to the iconic subculture. The...
(TrendHunter.com) This summer, shoe brand Skechers has teamed up with the mobile messenger app ‘LINE' to create the Skechers x LINE FRIENDS collection. Not only are the new shoes extra comfy, but each...
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(TrendHunter.com) The Converse x Tinker Hatfield Star Series BB sneaker is a sport-ready footwear design that takes lifestyle needs into account to keep wearers comfortable no matter what they're doing....
(TrendHunter.com) The lookbook for a new pair of Iceberg shoes has been released. The luxury offering is quite experimental, bold, and entertains strong hints of the sci-fi aesthetic. Simply dubbed ‘The Drip,&#...
Hepatitis C Treatment – Research have developed a new drug which reduces the time by half in hepatitis C treatment. The drug is called Boceprevir and is developed by Merck and Vertex. It blocks hepatitis virus producing enzyme rotease, hence treating hepatitis C disease.
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A.J. Eaton’s “David Crosby: Remember My Name” was one of the most acclaimed hits at Sundance this year, and I recall what a critic friend told me about the reaction to the film he saw there. “Millennials seemed to love it,” he said with a note of amazement in his voice.
His surprise was understandable. Viewers too young to remember the ‘60s have spent their lives so inundated with the mythology of that decade that it’s easy to imagine them reacting to any new evocation of it with a reflexive yawn and roll of the eyes. That “David Crosby: Remember My Name” proves to be such a notable exception to that rule owes, I think, to a felicitous paradox: While the documentary does conjure up the whole sex-drugs-rock ’n’ roll ethos of that fabled time with great flair and pungency, it also movingly probes the hazards and costs of the overindulgence and self-deceptions the era’s lures often entailed. In essence, it serves up the myth and a necessary corrective to it simultaneously.
That this blend comes across so powerfully on screen has a lot to do with David Crosby’s complicated charisma. I’ve been interested in—and in many cases, a fan of—Crosby’s work since the Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man” first hit my teenage eardrums way back when. But if Crosby’s musical gifts were always clear enough, his personality was more muddled, a mix of charm and boorishness, cockiness and annoying self-infatuation. Onstage at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, he embarrassed his fellow Byrds by haranguing the audience with a lengthy spiel about the assassination of President Kennedy. Not long after, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman fired him from the band because Crosby had become, as McGuinn put it, “insufferable.” (In another recent doc, “Echoes from the Canyon,” Crosby explains his firing by saying simply, with a rueful smile, “I was an asshole.”)
Eaton’s film, which might’ve been titled “The Asshole in Winter,” gives us a Crosby who in many ways is unreformed and unreconstructed, but also, in his late 70s, is reflective enough to be his own harshest critic. And whatever you think of the guy’s character, he is one helluva raconteur. The film is built on a series of interviews, some conducted by Eaton, others by producer Cameron Crowe, who was all of 16 when he first interviewed Crosby for Rolling Stone. These interviews, which were intended to be “brutally honest,” may be the best I’ve ever seen in a rock doc. Partly that’s due to how intelligent and incisive the questions are. But it’s also due to Crosby’s eloquence and willingness to bare his soul to the closest examination.
The son of cinematographer Floyd Crosby, whose credits include “Tabu” and “High Noon,” Crosby was Hollywood-centric from the get-go, and seemed ready for the rush of fame and pop-music innovation that erupted in Los Angeles following the Beatles’ arrival in 1964. Alongside contemporaries like the Beach Boys and the Mamas and the Papas, the Byrds turned out a series of distinctive, groundbreaking hit singles that made them cultural icons and wealthy celebrities in very short order. Crosby’s trademarks, established early on, were his pristine vocal harmonies and unusual guitar tunings.
Not long after his ejection from the Byrds, he was harmonizing one day with friend Stephen Stills, late of Buffalo Springfield, when a visitor from England, Graham Nash of the Hollies, arrived. What happened next became legend: The third time through the song they were singing, Nash added his high harmonies to the other two voices, and, as Crosby recalls, it took about 40 seconds for the three men to realize that they had hit musical gold.
Within months, Crosby, Stills and Nash had a smash debut album and, playing only their second live gig, were one of the hits of the Woodstock music festival. Some hailed them as America’s answer to the Beatles, but of course there was a big difference between the two groups: While the Beatles labored and bonded in early obscurity, CSN came out of the box labeled a “supergroup” and had the super-sized egos to prove it. Once Neil Young was added to the band, the stage was set for a decades-long drama in which strong friendships and creative collaborations were regularly interrupted by fights, recriminations and breakups.
The music, though, sometimes made the turmoil worth it. Our present White House occupant notwithstanding, I don’t think any public event has ever angered me as much as the killing of college students at Kent State in 1970, and hearing Young’s searing anthem “Ohio”—as Crosby angrily points at photos of soldiers who were not indicted for the slayings—again brought tears of rage to my eyes. The disc has been called the greatest protest record ever made.
To turn from the rock ’n’ roll to the sex and drugs, Crosby’s life contained such a superabundance of both that he probably deserves his own entry—make that two entries—in the Guinness Book of World Records. About his numerous hookups and affairs he sounds especially self-critical and regretful, saying that he was selfish and never loved well enough. At least Joni Mitchell, whom he discovered singing in a Miami bar and introduced to the music world, was able to give him a suitable comeuppance, by singing a song that announced their breakup. The woman who seems to preoccupy him most, though, was his girlfriend Christine Hinton, who was killed in a car crash at age 21, leaving Crosby with an emotional wound that still appears to haunt him.
As for the drugs: he did them, and they nearly did him in. The combination of heroin and cocaine made him a hopeless, helpless addict, a bind from which he was released only by a stint in prison in 1986. He supposedly has been clean since then, though his years of high living left him with a host of health problems: he’s had a liver transplant, has eight stents in his heart, etc. Though he now has a happy home life with longtime wife Jan and a bunch of dogs and horses, and recently has had a creative surge working with a group of young musicians, the shadow of mortality hangs over Crosby, and no doubt contributes to the sense in this film that his efforts to get at the truths of his life have a certain urgency to them.
There’s something a bit strange about this ultimately, though. From one angle, “David Crosby: Remember My Name” (the title nods to his great 1971 debut album If Only I Could Remember My Name) has the shape of a tale of redemption: Crosby comes to terms with his life and reconciles with those he’s wronged. But that’s not how it turns out. Near the end of the film, he reveals that none of the guys he’s been closest to creatively—Stills, Nash, Young and McGuinn—will speak to him, due to outrages he’s committed against them, some very recently. What outrages? That the film doesn’t tell us must be counted a flaw. (Those interested in this should consult David Browne’s excellent new book Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.) But it’s virtually the only flaw in a work that is otherwise an exemplary piece of documentary filmmaking.
It’s bizarre how national cinema can feel so insulated, even if it’s happening only next door. Like learning from my Montreal friends about the miracles of bagged milk, my time at Fantasia gave me more of a look into the films of Canadian director Bruce McDonald, and his frequent collaborator, Nova Scotia’s own Stephen McHattie. The two made genre hit “Pontypool,” but when I heard the other films McDonald had made—all met with big applause from the packed-screening audience on Sunday night—I felt like I had been dropped into another dimension, and also that I had a film blindspot that needed immediate fixing. Nonetheless, I was happy to become an instant fan of both McDonald and McHattie when getting swooped away by “Bruce McDonald’s Dreamland,” a hitman story that is extremely my kind of genre picture, down to the music that inspired it.
Like a Canadian “You Were Never Really Here,” Stephen McHattie plays both a Chet Baker-inspired trumpeter and also a hitman named Johnny, the two lives converging in twisty, fascinating plot that involves Johnny trying to rescue young sex traffic victims from a massive, gauche wedding that the trumpet player is set to perform at. Unpredictable and lovely from start to finish, it's a gripping mini-odyssey that never loses its sense of humor, and culminates in a big action scene built around a haunting rendition of Eurythmics' “I Saved the World Today,” which McHattie croons with an incredible tenderness.
Fitting, then, that the movie plays like a Chet Baker ballad about a hitman, moving through its story at a pace that keeps the notes in tact, and feels to be very select with when it wants to either make a point, or just sit back and play it cool. There are dreamy flourishes, sure, like a larger-than-usual performance from Henry Rollins as a sex trafficker named Hercules, a bombastic Juliette Lewis as a wedding organizer, and a literal vampire groom played by Tómas Lemarquis. But as much as the story is called “Dreamland,” it’s much more about dream logic, where a grounded narrative unfolds with details that simply are not questioned. One of the film’s most beguiling features is that it has a cohesive vision that is sincere to all of its parts, piling on the literal and metaphorical and painting a bizarre world in the process.
The script by Tony Burgess and Patrick Whistler is in fact, a lot like “You Were Never Really Here,” but McDonald never makes it too maudlin, and punches up the darkness of the tale of a melancholy hero with humor, coincidences, and general absurdities—obtaining a cut-off pinky is a running joke, but also one of its reoccurring gritty visuals. Any time the movie has McHattie playing opposite himself the story is particularly great, and it’s the kind of movie that can go darker with its disturbing content because it is so funny, and vice versa.
Worthy of a massive audience outside of Canada, this movie is one hell of a vehicle for McHattie, whose performance is just as broken as those of Joaquin Phoenix in Lynne Ramsay’s twice aforementioned movie, or even Liam Neeson in the ways he’s played the similar role. McHattie (in both roles) imbues the movie with his own cool, displaying a great deal of wisdom and soul in his collected line-reading and moments of reflection. Along with McDonald’s soundscape, it all makes for an exhilarating take on the hitman movie, where violence is not a cynical reliance but a poetic expression in the larger narrative scope, and where style jazzes up a log-line that only sounds like you’ve seen it before.
The Fantasia audience got to celebrate McHattie with a very special screening of a film from the actor’s career—“Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby,” a 1976 TV movie sequel to the Roman Polanski horror classic, in which Patty Duke stars as the Mia Farrow character, and eponymous sassy character actor Ruth Gordon is a curmudgeonly Satanist grandmother, natch. The film was notably directed by Sam O’Steen, who previously edited “The Graduate.” And McHattie starred in this movie as Rosemary’s baby Adrien, having been taken away from his mother early into the story and raised by his aunt. Presented on film by a print from Fantasia co-director Mitch Davis, it’s not one that many have seen—including McHattie, who stated to the attendees that he had never seen the film in full until that night.
Connoisseurs of bad movies will likely find this misconceived project a worthwhile hunt, especially given its strange period details (imagining Adrien as a ‘60s hippie rocker despite the ‘70s setting) and the manner in which the story pushes a plot along through sequences that can generously be called anti-horror. In one part, Duke is taken out of the story early, as she gets on a bus, and the doors close before her little devil boy (a toddler at the time) can get on with her. But then, the bus drives away, and she can’t get off! Duke runs to the back of the bus window and bangs on it, screaming for her baby, and finally goes to the driver to make them stop the bus—only to realize … there is no driver!
Such goofs in the story come sporadically, like anytime Gordon is on-screen and getting sassy about Adrien’s Satanic situation like a character dropped in from a “Rosemary’s Baby” parody. McHattie delivers a striking emotional performance in a junky picture, given fleeting moments to show a wounded psyche within the story’s absurd plot—if any actor could make it visceral that would feel truly conflicted about being a vessel for the devil, I now understand that it would be McHattie.
Speaking about the film after, McHattie painted an image of this project coming together by people who knew exactly what it was, including himself, who laughed when asked if he had to audition for the part.
And when some inquired about how he felt about “Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby” within the scope of his career, McHattie stated with a wink and a smile, “It’s amazing what you can survive.”
“You could get lost in a sky like that,” marvels Gonzo (Dave Goelz) in James Frawley’s 1979 classic, “The Muppet Movie.” He and his friends have become halted in their journey toward pursuing stardom in Hollywood, forcing them to spend the night around a campfire perched in the middle of nowhere. As Kermit (Jim Henson) and the gang hang their heads in sorrow, Gonzo’s gaze remains skyward, prompting him to sing one of the many masterful songs on the soundtrack penned by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher.
Every bit as wistful and profound as the film’s most iconic number, “Rainbow Connection,” Gonzo’s bittersweet ballad, “I’m Going to Go Back There Someday,” not only illuminates the depths of the character’s soul—pondering where he truly belongs—but also echoes the innermost feelings of the man who performed him. In the end credit roll, Goelz is the only major puppeteer credited among the Muppet designers, since that was the job for which he was originally hired full-time by Henson just five years prior. The 1976 debut of “The Muppet Show” marked Goelz’s promotion to principal performer with his role as Gonzo, the furry blue misfit who grew to become one of the most beloved and versatile of all the Muppet creations.
Four decades after its theatrical debut, the Muppets’ first big screen vehicle hasn’t lost an ounce of its charm, hilarity, wonder or poignance. In his enthusiastic review on “Sneak Previews,” Roger Ebert hailed the technological breakthrough of Kermit riding a bicycle as “one of the great moments in cinema,” likening it to the first time Jolson sang or Garbo laughed. Though the life Henson and his team brought to their ingeniously designed creatures is the very definition of movie magic, it is its underlying humanity that has made it resonate so deeply throughout the subsequent generations.
In Frank Oz’s sublime documentary, “Muppet Guys Talking,” released exclusively online last year, Goelz joined four of his longtime colleagues, including the late Jerry Nelson (a.k.a. Gonzo’s fondest fowl, Camilla), for an unforgettable conversation about what made working with Henson such a liberating and life-altering experience. Now the late Muppet creator’s daughter, Lisa Henson, is executive producing an enormously ambitious ten-part series that serves as a prequel to her father’s stunning 1982 fantasy, “The Dark Crystal.” Goelz will be among the all-star cast in “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” which arrives on Netflix at the end of next month.
With “The Muppet Movie” returning to theaters on July 25th & 30th in honor of its 40th anniversary, courtesy of Fathom Events, Goelz spoke at length with RogerEbert.com about the spiritual and philosophical power of the Muppets, his excitement about revisiting the world of “The Dark Crystal,” and why Brian Henson’s 1992 holiday perennial, “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” is his favorite Muppet picture, while sharing a wealth of priceless stories in between.
Your observation in “Muppet Guys Talking” that the Muppets celebrate “the degree to which we are all lost” caused the word “lost” to leap out at me every time it’s mentioned in “The Muppet Movie” upon revisiting it, from the running gag about Hare Krishna to the fact that Zoot can’t remember his own name.
I was certainly lost at the time. I was just beginning as a puppeteer, and I found myself in the thick of Hollywood working with legends. My colleagues were also legends to me, and I was like, “I don’t even have a right to be here. What am I doing in the middle of this crowd?”
Did that feeling of being an outsider inform your approach to playing characters like Gonzo, particularly when he sings “I’m Going to Go Back There Someday”?
It probably did inform my characters. I think it’s true for all performers that each character comes from a part of yourself. You just isolate that part, amplify it and then try to make it lovable, and in my case, that’s what I tried to do. All credit for that song has to go to Paul Williams because he started working on it when he was writing music for the movie. It was a speculative song that he wrote because he related to Gonzo. Paul saw Gonzo as a flightless bird, and that struck him as poignant somehow. When we started making the movie, I was told that Paul had written the most amazing song for Gonzo, and that they would be writing it into the film. He played it for me, and it was just a profound, lovely song. It didn’t have an on-the-nose meaning, but it touched on universal themes like old friends who’ve just met. It’s one of my favorite scenes in my whole career, and that’s just because Paul felt it and wrote it.
Was this the first glimmer of Gonzo’s soulfulness?
It may have been the earliest. The same year that “The Muppet Movie” was released, there was an episode of “The Muppet Show” where Gonzo decided to leave his friends and go to New Delhi to become a movie star. That was intended by Jim and the writers to be a serious moment, and it scared me. I was afraid to perform it because I was escaping into these characters in this funny, absurd world, and to actually do something that would take true pathos was frightening to me. It felt like it was too revelatory, and I was very uncertain when we recorded it.
That episode, along with Paul’s song, were the beginning of Gonzo’s soulful side, and it took many years to fully bloom, which happened on “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” Jerry Juhl had Gonzo play Charles Dickens and I got to read that incredible narrative prose. That’s been the most exciting arc for Gonzo over the years. He started out as insecure, then he became crazy and bombastic and excited about everything, and then he became soulful. What a role like that gives you as a performer is a collection of moods to play. You can have Gonzo be any of those three things now because they’ve all been developed.
Your ability to move Gonzo’s eyelids plays an essential role in conveying his various emotions, an upgrade from the original puppet with eyes fixed in a sad expression.
That’s right. After the first season of “The Muppet Show,” they were really after me to bring more energy to Gonzo—more excitement and passion for his stupid acts—and I said, “Well, it’s really hard because he looks so downcast.” Incorporating a new eye mechanism solved that problem, and the actual mechanism that I built was a copy of the one that was used for Big Bird. It’s a linkage between the two eyes. You move one eyelid, and the other eyelid moves through a mechanical linkage. It’s a fork with a prong riding in the center of the fork, and in looking at the Big Bird mechanism, it made me realize that I could use the same concept for Gonzo.
The access of their eyelid movement is not parallel. It doesn’t run through both eyes, it’s angled so that their eyes open to the sides, so I literally just built the same kind of mechanism for Gonzo because it was exactly what was needed. At some point, we did a fan convention for the 25th anniversary of “The Muppet Show.” Gonzo was on “The Today Show” with Kermit and Maria Shriver, and the mechanism failed. When I tried to open the eyes, only one of them opened and it created this crazy expression right on air. Kermit noticed this and said, “What’s wrong with your eyes?”, and it turned out to be a really funny moment. I contended that the Muppets still look good after all these years because they continue to have work done.
I imagine many of your most inspired on camera moments are the result of improv.
Oh yeah. [laughs] It has to be done with a certain amount of looseness.
Jim Frawley was just from a different culture. He had done “The Monkees” on television, among other things, and he did a great job on the movie, though but I didn’t get to know him closely. Jim was producing, so I think he had a lot of say in how the movie was shot. That kept our tone on track. From my point of view, it was exciting to be working in sunshine after a couple years in rainy London. That was enough for all of us. We were just so happy to be out there in Los Angeles, driving around in the sunshine, so the set was very friendly. It was a nice crew.
Among the film’s multitude of guest stars, whom would you cite as the most memorable?
In those days, our guest stars tended to be very established legends. Today, we have so many celebrities that we work with all age groups, including people who just got famous as well as stars who have been around longer, but generally I’d say the guest stars we have today are much younger than the ones we had in those days. It was a narrower field of celebrities, and they tended to be legends like Bob Hope. Edgar Bergen was such a sweet man. It was a joy to have him on the show, and then to have him back in the movie. In fact, he happened to die while we were shooting, and his wife asked Jim to come speak at his memorial in Beverly Hills. A little group of us went over there and Jerry Juhl had written some nice remarks for Kermit. Jim got up and, with Kermit, said, “I just want to pay tribute to Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, and what they did for our people.” [laughs] It’s such a lovely line.
I was kind of anxious about working with Richard Pryor because I was very aware of the pain and frustration and anger in his work. But he was very businesslike when we did our little scene together. We got finished with it, he was fine and I didn’t get hurt, so that was nice. It was just such a surreal experience for me. I literally grew up five miles from the studio where we shot the movie, and five years before, I had nothing to do with any of this. I was working at a drawing board in Silicon Valley, designing logic comparators, and then five years later, we’re on the world’s most popular television show, we’re making a movie, we’ve had a stream of legends on the show and now in the movie, and I couldn’t believe it.
The viewer is able to share in the Muppets’ surreal adventure when they break the fourth wall, inviting us to be in on their jokes and share in their epiphanies.
Jerry Juhl wrote that screenplay and Jerry had been with Jim since almost the beginning. Jim worked with his wife Jane, at first. They weren’t even married at the time they started their career, and after she left, he brought in Jerry Juhl, followed by Don Sahlin. Don was a great puppet maker and Jerry was a puppeteer and writer. Puppeteering scared him so much that he drifted over into writing because he didn’t really want to perform anymore. Then Frank Oz came in, so the four of them were the Muppets for a long time—those four guys and a secretary. So when Jerry wrote this movie, he was really writing about the whole journey that he had watched Jim take. I loved that he did the movie that way, and I’m sure he did that with Jim’s full cooperation. It was a great way to not only express Kermit’s journey, but the one that Jim took in gathering his collaborators.
You’re correct in that the film was a love letter from someone who watched “The Muppets” as a little boy. He didn’t know the canon as well, and I don’t think it came off as well as “The Muppet Movie” by any means. I wouldn’t put them on the same level.
Me neither. I agree with you that “The Muppet Christmas Carol” is a perfect film, in part because of Gonzo’s chemistry with Rizzo the Rat (Steve Whitmire), not only in the film, but on the uproarious commentary track.
Muppet performers have historically formed into pairs. Jim and Frank were the originals, and their chemistry together was astonishing. If you watch Ernie and Bert segments, Ernie will say something that is a little bit provocative, and then Jim will pause, waiting for Frank to respond. They somehow were able to keep that dialogue even and trust that the other guy was going to jump in with the right thing. They never talked over each other, and it was just elegant the way that they performed. Then Jerry Nelson and Richard Hunt became a duo and they had the same kind of chemistry when they did the Two-Headed Monster on “Sesame Street.” They worked together on a lot of things, and they were just natural partners. Jerry, a cool, laid-back hipster, and crazy, wild Richard Hunt somehow were able to work together.
So then Steve and I started to develop that, and it really came to fruition when we did “Fraggle Rock.” We realized that we could say a couple of key words to each other and know exactly what we were suggesting. We hardly had to speak, we just were on the same wavelength and had so much fun doing Wembley and Boober together. Their neuroses would mesh really nicely. One day, I was trying to have Traveling Matt come back into the Rock through the hole in Doc’s workshop, and he got his backpack stuck. I suddenly thought of how to make a funny entrance, because with Matt, clumsiness was always a factor. I always tried to find a new way for him to be clumsy, and then during the show, for him to get clumsier and clumsier to make it interesting.
Steve was just leaving—he was done for the day—and he was at the door when I said, “Steve, can you come back for a second?” I had asked for Matt’s legs, and all I had to say to Steve was, “I want Matt to get stuck and then get released and go over frontwards.” So Steve was there with the legs, which weren’t even attached to the body. Matt burst through, took a forward dive, his feet came over, and then he jumped up, stood on his feet and said, “I’m alright!” Steve could do that on the first take because he’s a master puppeteer, and he just knew exactly what I was thinking of. We did two takes, and then went on home. That’s the sort of chemistry that is really, really fun. I feel that now with Matt Vogel and David Rugman. Those are two of the amazing guys performing with us today.
Were there certain aspects of Jim that Brian emulated when directing “The Muppet Christmas Carol”?
Well, Brian is a different guy, and all of the directors we’ve had are different from Jim. They’re just different people, but having said that, I had a lot of fun making Brian laugh on the set. It was a weird time frame because his father had recently died, and he was going to direct a feature for the first time. It had to be so hard, and he really rose to it. He did a masterful job on “Christmas Carol” and “Muppet Treasure Island.” I just thought it was amazing. His emphasis was a little different from Jim’s. Jim’s focus was primarily visual and Brian’s was a little more on the script, so he worked a long time in ADR replacing dialogue and tweaking lines. There was much more prose for those films than what I had done with Jim, but I thought that Brian was really faithful to the spirit of the enterprise, and he made my two favorite Muppet films. “Christmas Carol” is at the top of the list, and “Treasure Island” is right underneath it.
When I watch the cast sing “The Love We Found” at the end of “Christmas Carol,” it makes me cry every time because it feels as if they are singing about Jim and the group he brought together.
Some of those songs certainly apply to our group. They were written for the movie, but they happen to function for our group too. I will also say that I cannot watch “Christmas Carol” without crying. I haven’t been able to do it, and I think it’s because of the fact that I can relate to the redemption story. The genius of Dickens was that he made the ghosts—this is off-the-nose writing—in such a way that you could perceive them as ghosts that come to Scrooge, or as a creation of Scrooge in his dreams. I like to see it as the latter, with Scrooge contemplating where his behavior will lead, and ultimately creating his own redemption by suddenly realizing what he was doing in the world. The dream sequences with Scrooge and the ghosts culminate with him wiping the snow off the gravestone and finding his name there. His life has played out, he’s miserable and forgotten, and he’s added nothing to the world. His dream has made that clear to him, and he wakes up determined to change everything. God, it’s just powerful and empowering, as well as a great piece of literature.
I love how the words “chains” and “change” blend together in the “Marley & Marley” number, articulating the two options for Scrooge’s future
Oh my god, yeah! Well that’s Paul Williams as a lyricist. He is just a brilliant, eloquent person. If you ever get the chance to see him host an event, go there because he’s so much fun to listen to.
The film is also remarkable in how it never allows the comedy to undermine the seriousness of the Dickens text.
I agree, and how it works is a mystery. It’s so hard to find that balance. I’ve read that the people at the Charles Dickens Museum in London consider “The Muppet Christmas Carol” to be the best film rendition of A Christmas Carol. The only thing that I can speculate about as to why is that the injection of humor releases your guard and allows you to cry. If there’s a poignant moment and you’re not quite feeling it, or you’re not quite ready to release your emotions, when something funny happens, it sort of opens the floodgates, and the next thing you know, you’re sobbing. Maybe the way that humor was injected into the piece strengthened it.
I was deeply moved during your “Muppet Guys Talking” interview when you observed how working with this creative group has been “a spiritual experience.”
That thought first occurred to me at Jim’s memorial at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. It was packed with five thousand people, and then there were a thousand more people outside in the rain listening to the service on speakers. The workshop had spent the whole week building hundreds and hundreds of butterflies, and they were passed out at the door where people came in, so at any given moment, there were butterflies hovering above the heads of everyone in attendance. It beautifully expressed the lightness of Jim’s spirit, and it was so moving. Every time I looked into the crowd, I was overcome. Near the end of the ceremony, all the performers were in the center of the space, and I looked out at this round window at the opposite end of the church. The window was predominantly blue, and in the emotional state of my vision, it looked like the planet. I had been working with them for 17 years, and that was the moment when I realized, “This whole thing has been a spiritual journey.”
The fact that the rainbow at the end of “The Muppet Movie” materializes after a sudden catastrophe and is welcomed with the line, “Life’s like a movie, write your own ending,” is all the more poignant in light of Henson’s passing. To me, Henson is the rainbow, and those he has touched continue to bask in the warmth of his uniting light.
You’re so right. It’s a powerful symbol, and there are so many ways you can interpret it. One way is that when everything goes wrong, just trust in the universe. Just trust that if you keep carrying on, your luck will change. Other people could see it as someone up there looking out for us. It’s a symbol that’s just off-the-nose enough to be interpreted in many, many ways, and in art, that’s hard to do. I just love any art that has that kind of openness. It’s like an invitation for the viewer to participate.
You also mentioned in the MGT interview that your years with the Muppets led you to have a family. Was this a result of how the work dealt with real emotions in a way that was therapeutic?
Your question is a really good one, and you’re right. It certainly was therapeutic to me, and it led me to therapy when I was about 40. It was a very healing place to work because it enabled you to work out your own feelings. All artists speak for us, and that applies to any kind of art, whether it’s dance or painting, anything. These people are out there saying things that they are compelled to say, working out their own issues through their own material. We all have issues that are universal, so when we recognize—even unconsciously—our own issues being expressed by an artist, we find ourselves a little purged, a little relieved that our issue has gotten out there, and a lot of times, we’re not even aware of it. I think that’s what’s going on. It’s certainly what was going on for me when I was doing the work. It was allowing me the chance to express my issues, and I think that resonates with the audience in our case because there is an underpinning of philosophy in our work. People respond to it often without knowing why.
How does the upcoming Netflix series, “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” go about capturing the essence of Henson’s artistry in the original film, which I can attest is jaw-dropping in 70mm?
The show is benefitting from the institutional memory of how to make a fantasy like that and how to film all the characters. The original movie took five years to make, and was in the development stage for around three years. It was a process of experimentation learning how to build the characters for that movie, and then a lengthy process of building sets. Brian Froud designed everything in the movie, so it was a massive project the first time out. This time, now that we already have the Creature Shop going, they’ve built many more puppets because there are Gelflings populating the series. They did it in five months, then flew everything over to London. It was just a stunning achievement. Before the filming started, I saw all these characters under construction, and it was being done more or less the same as it was the first time.
The set is so impressive, as is the way that the characters are performed and shot. Alice Dinnean has burst into the stratosphere with her performance as Brea in the series. She really found her world, and did a great job. The cast also includes other performers who have come up behind us in the British world of puppeteering, and they are just unbelievable. Whereas there were only two Gelflings in the original film, the series has about 50 or 60 of them, and they come from seven different Gelfling tribes. Some of them are in caves and have bigger eyes, while others live underwater and have adaptations to help them swim, and so forth.
It’s a massive undertaking, of course, and Brian has designed everything in the series as well. God, it’s exciting. I should also note that director Louis Letterier and his DP, Erik Wilson, actually shot the show. These guys not only lit and directed it, but they were working handheld cameras for the entire series, so it is very dynamic. Of course, there are some crane shots and some CG work in it for things that would be hard to do in puppeteering, but most of it is handheld and in-camera. I told Lisa that Jim would be so proud with what she’s done with it.
Your character credited as Baffi in the series resembles Fizzgig, the adorable fur ball that you played in the original film. What meaning does that character hold for you?
Almost nothing. [laughs] It’s paradoxical. If you think about it, he has basically that one joke onscreen where he’s fluffy and cute, he rolls and he hops, and then all of a sudden, this enormous, vicious mouth appears. It’s just a sight gag, and there’s no real character development for a role like that. It’s really easy. From my standpoint, it was almost inconsequential, but I’m happy to hear that it works in the film and that audiences like it.
What makes Fizzgig a memorable character is the way in which you bring him so vividly to life with every quiver and snarl. That is the true magic of the Muppets. The voice is only a fragment of the performance.
It’s the weirdest thing when people assume that, as a puppeteer, you are only responsible for the voice. People treat it as though it’s animation—somebody does the voice and somebody else animated it—but it’s not, it’s a full performance. It’s all in one. Once in a while, we change the voice afterwards so it doesn’t sound like the Muppet people. Fizzgig was a simple thing to perform, really easy and fun. I actually had more fun playing the Garthim Master because I had a lot of interior life for him. I’m not sure it comes across on the screen, but I always thought of him as an obtuse general. He’s not too bright, but he somehow became a general, and for him, I referenced my short career in the military before I became a conscientious objector.
The military always struck me as a cartoon, a caricature of society. It has the same hierarchy that we have in the regular world, but it was a caricature of it. When the general comes in to review the troops, you stand in formation with about 400 people, and he drives by in a jeep, standing up to look at the soldiers. I don’t know what the hell he’s supposed to be seeing, it’s just a bunch of guys standing there, but it’s a caricature of when I worked at Hewlett-Packard, and the bosses came through. Everyone gets ready—you tidy up your area, and prepare to show what you’ve been working on—and all the guys did was just walk down the corridor. It’s the same as in the military, where it’s taken to such a silly extreme. Standing up in a jeep! [laughs] I just had a lot of fun imagining that character. Of course, we always ad-libbed between takes, and we had so much fun ad-libbing with them because they were really reprehensible characters.
The dinner that the Skeksis indulge in together is hilarious in its nauseating detail.
Duncan Kenworthy, our associate producer, was just off-camera winding up these little toys that he had dressed to look like crawlies, which were a delicacy for the Skeksis. They loved to catch one of the crawlies when it ran down the table so they could throw it in their mouth and eat it. I’ll never forget Duncan scurrying around, setting up crawlies and running them through the shot. When the Skeksis ate, they drooled a lot, so we had K-Y jelly dripping off their lips and teeth, and Duncan was there applying more KY to them. It was all silly, but we had a lot of fun while we were shooting. Anytime you worked on something with Jim, you had fun.
After hearing the stories in “Muppet Guys Talking” about how the hot air balloon ride and the climb up the drain pipe were shot in the second Muppet movie, I am convinced that Henson’s 1981 musical, “The Great Muppet Caper,” is one of the most astonishing technical feats in cinema.
Jim was always trying to push the art of puppetry beyond what it did before. They shot the Piggy water number in “Caper” for at least a week. They built the swimming pool above ground on a stage, and Frank would be in there, wearing weighted shoes. There was a guy underwater with air for Frank, and there was somebody else pushing air through Piggy’s nostrils so that bubbles would come out of her nose in the underwater shots. In the “First Time it Happens” number, Jim did a wonderful swish-pan, a tilt downward on Piggy when she started to dance. It covered a cut so you saw the hand puppet of Piggy at the top, and then the camera swished downward and landed on her feet, which were really tap dancing. It allowed a real dancer to actually dance with her feet, wearing the costume of Piggy’s feet and dress. It was that simple, and the cut works brilliantly, yet another example of Jim finding a way to do something new.
While we were shooting the darkroom scene where Gonzo is developing the photograph, he had to reach out and focus the enlarger. Since there was no digital wire removal at that time, we tried to get the arm wire at the bottom of the frame. In this case, I really needed to reach up high, so I built a little notch in the baseboard of the enlarger, and if I worked with great precision, I could keep Gonzo’s arm wire behind the vertical shaft that was supporting the enlarger. Jim was delighted that I was able to set it up so I could move at just the right angle, preventing the viewer from seeing the arm wire. Then I could rotate the arm wire and make it look like Gonzo’s hand was focusing the enlarger. That was a little thing that I worked out onset, and Jim was so tickled. He just loved incorporating an innovative use of puppeteering.
The driving scenes are easy to take for granted since it really appears as if the Muppets are in command of their vehicles.
In “The Muppet Movie,” I remember the driver was tucked way back in the Studebaker. There was a place for a guy to steer from, and he was driving using a monitor, with a camera in the front nose of the Studebaker that could see ahead. He was driving from that image because he couldn’t see anything else, so we were always in danger of him smashing into something, but luckily, it didn’t happen. In “Caper,” Beauregard is driving a little Austin taxi that crashes right through the front door of the hotel. We recorded the exterior shot on a real street in London, with Jim, Frank and I on the back floor of the car. The seats had been taken out of the Austin, so we were sitting on apple boxes and moving blankets. At the wheel was a stunt driver wearing a Beauregard costume, looking out of Beauregard’s mouth.
The idea was that we were going to go through this door, which had maybe three inches clearance on either side. It was a balsa wood door, but it was in a building with real stone pillars on either side of it. The driver was going to hit that at about 20 miles an hour, and we were back there joking about what happens if he hits one side or the other. I think we did just one take of that, and we couldn’t see what was going on, aside from looking at monitors with our characters on them. We were just thinking, “I hope he hits it. He’s going pretty fast.” [laughs] But Jim’s luck held. Somehow he would try these things and they’d work. Gonzo’s stunt of flying with the balloons in “The Muppet Movie” was easy for me. There was a radio-controlled Gonzo hanging from the balloons, which were supported by a cable, and since we couldn’t remove the cable, we had to make it as slim as possible. I was working Gonzo’s mouth and head by radio control.
The story of filming the opening sequence in “Caper” is especially terrifying, with the two helicopters circling Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo in the hot air balloon.
It was crazy. We did it for a week, out in Albuquerque. One helicopter had a sling underneath it with a camera operator, and the second helicopter had Jim, Frank and I inside doing scripted dialogue. There was also a sound guy with a Nagra recorder in our helicopter, and we were working our characters in the balloon by radio control, so their heads and mouths would move as they went through the dialogue. The only trouble we got into was that the camera operator had to shoot with a long lens so that the helicopter wash wouldn’t blow the balloon away. They had to be far enough away in order to not effect the balloon, and with that long lens, there was a certain amount of vibration transmitted down from the helicopter to the cameraman’s sling that caused a lot of the shots to be unusable. But we had a great time in Albuquerque. [laughs] The altitudes were high, the margaritas were strong, every dinner was an experience, and then in the morning, we would go back up into the helicopter.
I like how the stakes are raised in the third Muppet movie, Frank Oz’s 1984 “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” forcing the characters to pound the pavement, rather than promptly receive rich and famous contracts upon arriving in the Big Apple.
The overall theatrical sensibility of it, with the human characters playing that youthful naiveté, was not quite as convincing to me. I think the film is in a different category, but that said, there was a lot of innovative stuff in it. Jim directed the rats cooking in the kitchen. That was his own little sequence that he brought in, and he worked with Faz Fazakas to build the mechanisms for all those things. It was so cute and so clever.
But the performance part of it that I remember most was when Kermit gets separated from the gang and winds up working in an ad agency. All the frogs that he’s working with sound like impressions of Kermit, and we were teasing Jim with it, because when we’d talk to him, he’d often go, “Hmmm, I don’t know, Dave, what do you think?” So as the frogs, we exaggerated our syllables while saying, “Hmmm,” between lines. It was an extended satire of Jim’s way of speaking, and he loved it. He was like, “That’s great!” [laughs] That’s my favorite sequence in that movie because I just loved sending up Jim.
Among your other show-stopping roles is Sir Didymus, the canine knight in Henson’s 1986 fantasy, “Labyrinth.”
That was a weird experience. The vibe on the set was different because we had different key people on that movie, and it wasn’t as much fun on the floor. The guys who were running the set were more serious, so it didn’t allow for as much play. I played one of the Fireys, and there was a team of puppeteers performing each of those creatures. Our second unit director was very, very serious, and I had this goofy character who could turn his lower jaw off to the side. When the second AD would start counting down, he’d be like, “Okay, five, four, three,” and I would tease him by having my guy say, “I bit my cheek!” It would just break everybody up, and for us, it’s that kind of horseplay that adds energy to the scene and to everybody. It drove the AD nuts. He just hated the fact that I constantly had some little interruption just before we shot. [laughs]
As for Didymus, I had a little team of about four other people working the character. We rehearsed that three-page scene he has at the bridge for about a week, breaking it down syllable by syllable, so that we knew exactly what everybody had to do for each line. We’re performing the character’s expressions with cables, and a lever is attached to each cable, so if Didymus has to sneer, we have to rehearse precisely when to pull the correct lever. We just worked it out, and then got comfortable with it to the point where we could ad lib too, which is true of all of those complex characters, like the Skeksis, that had four to six people operating them. You could ad lib with them after a couple of weeks. But anyway, after we were really well-rehearsed on the bridge scene, I went down to the High Street and bought a folding beach chair so I’d be comfortable when I was working. I only had so much energy and I wanted it all to go on the screen. I don’t want to devote some energy to the fact that my leg hurts because I’m kneeling on an apple box.
I showed up onset with the chair as well as a music stand, which had my three pages on it. I had them memorized, but I don’t trust my memory. You can get so distracted with all the other things you’re thinking about that you forget what you’re going to say. So I had everything set up, and the AD was making fun of me. He was like, “What else do you need here? How about a margarita?” But I did three takes on that little scene, all three pages done in a take each. The first take was about ninety percent good, the second take was only about ten percent good, the third take was ninety percent good, and if you add it all up, you have the whole performance. I folded up my chair and my music stand, and walked away. At the wrap party, the AD came to me and said, “I know I was teasing you, but that was really amazing. You came in, just nailed it and left.” A lot of times you’ll do ten, fifteen, twenty takes to try to get it all working, and so three takes was a big deal. I loved the fact that he came up to me and said that.
When I spoke with Frank Oz and Victoria Labalme about “Muppet Guys Talking,” they discussed how Jim’s philosophy and the working environment he created could be applied to so many different professions and areas of life.
We were all hugely influenced by Jim. He had an effect on how Frank works as a director on his films. The difference between Frank directing “Muppets Take Manhattan” and directing “Muppet Guys Talking” is night and day. He was insecure on his first feature. The whole idea of placing the camera and composing shots was new to him. He had always thought about material and character interactions, and now he had to figure out where the camera goes. He was struggling with all that and having a hard time. We all hated him because he kept us after work to try to figure out how to shoot things, and now, he is the most collaborative guy as a director. With “Muppet Guys Talking,” we had weekly conference calls that we all participated in where we discussed how to create the poster and logo, how to publicize the movie and how it would be released. We all had a big part in that and Frank was just so gracious and so generous in including everybody and really benefiting from everybody’s point of view. This was the end result of Jim’s influence on Frank.
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I think ultimately what is being spread is the ethos that Jim had, his philosophy. It’s about everybody having something to contribute. He wants everybody to win, and there’s an idealism underneath all that—the respect for diversity and the relishing in it. All of those things are really, really important and they are underneath all of our work. It influenced all of us and it changed my life profoundly. There is a spiritual component that we got from Jim through osmosis. He didn’t ever talk about it, he just did it. I was so lucky to meet that guy, and we all feel that way. Frank feels that way. Jim gave him his career as a director.
His worldview is the antithesis to the divided times we live in now.
We’re aware of that and are intent on creating something relevant for the world as it is now. When “The Muppet Show” got popular, it was just after Vietnam and Nixon, and people were just so hungry for some innocence and joy, and I think we have that now, too.
It felt entirely fitting when you and Frank played the guards of the subconscious in my favorite Pixar movie, Pete Docter’s 2015 “Inside Out,” since I’m convinced the Muppets reside within the subconscious of Pixar when they craft entertainment that appeals to all ages.
Almost everybody who works there was inspired by the Muppets, and through CGI, they’ve found a way to do similar work. The feeling in a Pixar movie is not the same as the feeling in our movies—we have more whack jobs around—but that said, you have characters like Mr. Potato Head in “Toy Story,” and there’s a lot of texture in their movies too. When we go to Pixar, we are always welcomed. They love our body of work, and we love what they’re doing as well.
For anyone tasked with writing for the Muppets, would you say it is imperative that they study the work of Jerry Juhl and the foundation that he built for each character?
Yes, but I think it’s very hard. It’s one thing to be a fan and love the Muppets, and it’s quite another thing to really know the canon and really know all the different characters and what their relationships are, and actually be able to write something good. Those are two different things. You can learn something without having any idea how to do it. [laughs] I cannot say enough about Jerry. He knew the Muppet canon and he knew everybody involved. He and I were very close friends and over the years, he has watched me grow as a performer and he watched me grow through therapy, change my life and really become transformed by it. It opened up my life in a huge way. He saw all of that stuff, and again, without ever talking about it, he just incorporated those things into Gonzo. He didn’t want to know too much about why he did things, he wanted it to just come to him organically. He knew enough about me to start adding the soulfulness to Gonzo.
Jerry was just a rich pot of honey. We would have many, many dinners together because we loved food and loved cooking. He relished life and he relished teasing people—and was very subtle about it. There was only one character in “Fraggle Rock” who ever left the Rock, and that was Traveling Matt. Every week, we’d go out for half a day with a remote crew and shoot a segment. I was actually able to make suggestions for Jerry to help make the character grow. Matt began by misunderstanding things oftentimes, and after that, I added clumsiness because I thought, “It’s very hard to try to do a scene where Matt talks to a parking meter and thinks it’s alive, and make it funny.” It sounded very frustrating, so I made him to be an inept, clumsy explorer. Then I’d get further along with it and I’d say, “Jerry, how about we build denial into Matt? When he gets thrown out of a store, his postcard will say, ‘I decided to leave.’ You’ll hear his narration saying that as you see him being lifted up and thrown out of the store.”
He had those three flaws—intellectual, emotional and physical—and it made him so much fun to work with. I was always looking for ways to get those things in, and Jerry was a great collaborator. There was also a devious side to him. He loved tormenting me, so he would write Traveling Matt into the city dump, sitting on top of a pile of garbage. Jerry never came out to a shoot. He’d stay in his office, and I’d know that he was there typing on some other script. He’d look at his watch and say, “It’s 10:30. I bet Dave is being buried in garbage right now.” Then he’d smile to himself and go back to work. That’s how evil this guy was. [laughs] Of course, I’d have garbage piled on top of me so that Matt would be sitting on top of it. Jerry also wrote me into a chicken coop with about a dozen chickens that was maybe seven or eight feet square. I was lying down, and it smelled just awful. The cameraman was in there with me, and the two of us worked out the shot to figure out how to cover the action. It was a disgusting place to be. I went back to tell Jerry about it, and I saw the little smile on his face.
The next week, Jerry wrote me back into the same zoo, and now I was in a small pen with a 700-pound sow. The zookeeper said, “If she starts to roll toward you, just get out or you’ll get crushed.” When Matt talks to her, you don’t know what she’s going to do. She could attack me for all I know. Then Jerry found out that I didn’t like to go on roller coasters, so guess where Traveling Matt went? On a huge roller coaster, of course, and I had to ride it thirteen times to get all the shots. I sat next to Matt with a fake arm on the seat behind him, and I had to look confident and happy, as if I were enjoying the ride, while Matt had to look terrified. That night, I came back to the studio, went up to Jerry and said, “I like roller coasters now.” [laughs] Those were the kind of pranks that would go on, and he did them in such a loving way. It was really like someone putting too much pickle relish on your hot dog.
That reminds me of your stories about how Don Sahlin would rig explosions on your desk, causing piles of paper to fly into the air. This sort of playfulness must’ve upped your game by keeping you on your toes, ribbing each other like family members.
You’re absolutely right, and it does make the work better. Having visitors in the studio makes the work better. If there are kids there, we always go over and talk to them as the characters. We’ll shut off the cameras between takes, and get a dialogue going with them. It’s about making an immersive environment where everybody in the room feels like they are participating, and they are. Jim would take suggestions from anybody in the studio. The janitor or the prop man could stop Jim and say, “Hey, I have an idea. What if Fozzie did this?” And Jim would always stop, listen, consider it carefully and have a conversation about it. Then he’d decide whether to use the idea or not, but the person felt included. If Jim thought it was a good idea, he would use it, and so everybody in the room was invested. I think that feeling gets on the screen.
What’s weird is that among the people who work on the “Muppet Show” characters for Disney, only two of us actually worked with Jim. The others were kids at home watching us, but that underlying philosophy that I always talk about soaked through the screen and became infused in them. They come in so respectful of the body of work, and they are highly protective of the characters. They are totally committed to making sure that the characters are respected and portrayed faithfully. I think that’s another bit of evidence of Jim’s reach and his influence on people. Some little kid sitting at home gets that it’s about more than just being funny.
Well, I can honestly say, Dave, that interviewing you, Frank and Victoria has been the thrill of my professional life. I cannot thank you and your colleagues enough for keeping Jim’s spirit alive.
Matt, I want to thank you too because this has been a lot of fun for me, and I can feel your appreciation for all this. It’s been a great chance to remember Jim and remember the joy of all this work we’ve done. I know that I relish the process by which we work and I can tell that you do too. I will be savoring this conversation.
“The Muppet Movie” will be on over 700 screens courtesy of Fathom Events on Thursday, July 25th, and Tuesday, July 30th. For tickets and showtimes, click here. “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” will premiere on Netflix on Friday, August 30th, and “Muppet Guys Talking” is available for purchase on its official site.
The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) has announced that it will present the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) with their We Are Inclusion Award during the 20th Annual NALIP Media Summit, July 25-28, in Hollywood.
For the past two years, NALIP has put a laser focus on encouraging diversity in Hollywood through its #WeAreInclusion campaign. That work is why NALIP has chosen to honor AAFCA. In a letter, NALIP Executive Director Ben Lopez noted that the honor, to be accepted by AAFCA co-founder and CEO Gil Robertson, recognizes “the cross-cultural impact [AAFCA] has had on emerging filmmakers of color” as well as Robertson’s visionary leadership to “distribute inspirational content, build an impactful membership, and hold dynamic events advancing diverse creatives.”
The mission of inclusion is a passionate one for AAFCA and Robertson and, in that work, NALIP has also been an ally. “It’s such a privilege to receive this award from NALIP on behalf of AAFCA,” said Robertson. “NALIP’s Executive Director Ben Lopez is a great compatriot and friend to both me and AAFCA overall. Both our organizations share common values in championing greater inclusion in the Hollywood community. AAFCA has partnered with NALIP on many initiatives. AAFCA wholeheartedly believes in the #weareinclusion vision and are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with NALIP to realize that vision.”
Robertson will accept the award Sunday, July 28, at The Montalbán Theatre, named for pioneering Mexican actor and inclusion advocate Ricardo Montalbán, best known as Mr. Roarke from Fantasy Island, whose career spanned seven decades and included an Emmy and Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild.
Somewhere along the way, avant punk filmmaker Shinya Tsukamoto became one of modern Japanese cinema’s elder statesmen. This is especially funny if you know Tsukamoto as the filmmaker behind “Tetsuo: The Iron Man,” the unwashed and unstable 1988 cyberpunk milestone. Tsukamoto recently earned acclaim for his performance in Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” (he plays Mokichi, one of the two Japanese natives who have converted to Christianity and are subsequently tortured), as well as strong reviews at last year’s Venice Film Festival, where his sweaty “jidaigeki”/samurai psycho-drama “Killing” debuted.
And next week, Tsukamoto will be celebrated at Japan Society, where he will receive the Cut Above Award at their annual “Japan Cuts” program. This prize might look strange coming from any other American cultural institution, mostly because Tsukamoto’s movies have only been released in America via boutique DVD labels and/or cult-friendly film festivals. But Japan Society has long championed Tsukamoto’s films, and not just semi-stately titles like “Fires on the Plain,” a remake of the searing 1959 anti-war drama. In addition to an already sold out screening of “Killing,” Japan Society will also screen “Bullet Ballet,” Tsukamoto’s gutting, grimy take on the everything-is-connected melodrama; “Bullet Ballet,” which was personally selected by Tsukamoto, previously screened at Japan Society in 2006 as part of their “Against the Tide: Rebels and Mavericks in Contemporary Japanese Film” series.
The juxtaposition of these two films is striking given their mutual focus on personal trauma and sexual violence. Both “Killing” and “Bullet Ballet” are about reality as it’s experienced by characters who feel trapped in the interminable present. These movies sound like dripping water, grating steel, and heavy breathing. They’re more about what you’re having difficulty seeing than what you can clearly survey: Tsukamoto’s nervous hand-held camera often lurches with his camera operators’ movements as they try to keep up with his shell-shocked antiheroes.
Both movies are worth seeing, but I especially recommend “Killing,” which sometimes feels like Tsukamoto’s answer to Clint Eastwood’ “Unforgiven,” another late-career gem that (somewhat) demystifies period-fiction romanticism. “Killing” is also weirdly reminiscent of “The Last House on the Left,” a furious anti-war/anti-violence/anti-status quo howl of rage from 1972, written and directed by a very young Wes Craven. If nothing else, “Killing” proves that Tsukamoto doesn’t know how to ease into old age.
Many of the best movies at this year’s program are similarly concerned with the past as it’s felt and understood today. I was especially taken with “Red Snow,” a woozy, melancholic pot-boiler about a decades-old cold case (the disappearance of a young boy) set in an exurban, snow-covered part of Northern Japan. I didn’t expect to be so impressed by “Red Snow,” but was still pulled in by its gauzy ambience and clear-eyed focus on the emotional rut that the missing boy’s grieving older brother finds himself in as he tries to get closure from the accused (and acquitted) kidnapper’s daughter. “Red Snow” has all of the elements of a good airport thriller, but is generally more about mood than plot. There are images of implied/repressed violence in this movie that I’m sure will stay with me for a while to come.
I was also bowled over by the “Experimental Spotlight: Handmade Cinema” short films program, the best of which are about how Japanese artists re-imagine the past through their work. I was especially impressed by a trio of collage-centric shorts: “Living in the Story,” a visually dynamic tribute to Japanese-American photographer Patrick Nagatani and his stunning anti-nuclear-movement photo-collages; “100PercentElectrical,” which basically re-arranges a teenager’s vacation photos (taken in Thailand, and collected on an Instagram-style app) into a disorienting virtual space that looks like a cross between a labyrinth and a house of cards (Imagine a trippier version of the old Windows maze screensaver, and you’re in the ballpark); and “Dawn of Ape,” a thrilling blast of abstract shapes and primary colors that’s presented to viewers as the first movie made by apes to be ever seen by human movigoers. These shorts are a great way to work up an appetite for the rest of this year’s strong “Japan Cuts” slate.
Case in point: I highly recommend “The Chaplain,” a quietly unsettling chamber drama that follows a shy, but determined priest (recently deceased character actor Osugi Ren) as he tries to comfort and bond with some death row inmates. “The Chaplain” is a rare lead role for Ren, who supplies a warm presence to a number of great Japanese genre movies, like “Cure,” “Audition,” and “Fireworks.” Here, Ren serves as an emotional lightning rod for “The Chaplain” simply by actively listening and sensitively responding to a rotating cast of lost souls, some of whom are more lucid than others. Much of the dialogue in “The Chaplain” is consummately restrained, though there are some brief, effective speeches. Still, “The Chaplain” is not a movie that tells you what it’s about so much as an impressionistic portrait of a self-appointed community leader who’s struggling to understand what his faith means to him and his charges.
“Demolition Girl,” a stirring coming-of-age story, is also impressive for its frank and unsentimental portrayal of everyday teenage heartbreak and anxiety. Writer/director Genta Matsugami and his co-writer Yoshitaka Kasui pay special attention to the dead air and sheer anti-climactic impact of a few key moments in the life of Cocoa (Aya Kitai), a high school senior who stars in above-the-clothes fetish porn (mostly involving her feet) in order to make enough money to go to college.
Matsugami and Kasui’s sensitivity is especially striking since much of the success of “Demolition Girl” depends on our response to Cocoa’s deadbeat dad and burnout brother, who are both human enough to be unpleasantly selfish and basically sympathetic. These guys are just as real and solid as Cocoa’s two girl friends: she knows that they love her, but also doesn’t feel she can trust them enough to talk about her money problems or her oppressive home-life. Matsugami and Kasui’s sympathetic depiction of Cocoa’s world often brought to mind Hirokazu Kore’eda’s domestic dramas (especially “Still Walking” and “Shoplifters”), and always in a good way.
I was also pleasantly surprised by “The Legend of the Stardust Brothers,” a newly restored 1985 backstage musical that follows the rise and fall of the title characters, a pop duo who are thrown together for the sake of marketing, as they tell their story through a series of fizzy, music-video-style set pieces. Cult film buffs may flock to “Stardust Brothers” because of a handful of surreal musical numbers, like the one where the Stardust Brothers compare fame to a waking nightmare that they can’t wake up from (complete with shambling zombies and a bizarre animated sequence). But this movie is more new wave than punk rock, so the characters’ concerns with selling out are matched by their drive to be recognized as “sexy” and talented pop artists. I may have to rewatch this one ASAP given the warm reception it’s bound to receive at Japan Society, a great venue for movie screenings given their spacious auditorium and well-cultivated audience. “The Legend of the Stardust Brothers” is a quintessential “Japan Cuts” title: it will surprise and disarm you even if you think you know where it’s going.
We are pleased to offer an excerpt from the July issue of the online magazine, Bright Wall/Dark Room. The above art is by Brianna Ashby.
On August 6, 2011, Los Angeles State Historic Park played host to HARD, a music festival featuring acts such as Holy Ghost! and Duck Sauce. A 42-page slideshow available in LA Weekly’s web archives depicts crowds of sweaty, beaming, beautiful young people dressed outlandishly in fishnets and pasties, Egyptian pharaohs’ headdresses, lacy corsets with short shorts, and mock warpaint as far as the eye can see. Following the festival, there was a secret afterparty promoted earlier that day in the lifestyle blog Scenestar.
The next day, August 7, The Los Angeles Times ran a story on a young unarmed schizophrenic man—described variously as a “red-haired, guitar-playing man who was clearly troubled,” a “mild-mannered drifter,” and “a somewhat familiar street person”—who had recently been beaten to death by as many as six police officers. In the story, the victim’s father described his confusion over the police response—based on video and eyewitness accounts, he believed his son was visibly distressed and posed no threat. “They’re people,” the grieving father said of Los Angeles’ mentally ill homeless population. “They’re human beings.” He vowed to pursue answers no matter how high up the LAPD chain of command he had to go, acknowledging, “I know I’ll have a breakdown at some point. It’s coming...But not now. I can’t stop.”
On August 8, Scenestar announced that Green Day would be performing a secret show the following Thursday. In a subsequent review available in OC Weekly’s web archives, a staff critic would note, “It may not be 1994 anymore,” but reported that between songs, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong proclaimed, “To reminisce is to die.”
It could be that none of this is worth noting. It could be that none of this is significant. But I believe that it is.
When we meet Sam (Andrew Garfield), the protagonist of Under the Silver Lake, he is lingering in a daze, alone in a crowd, assaulted on all sides by the idle chatter of the beautiful young people who surround him, staring with unnatural intensity at a pair of young women absorbed in inaudible discussion. Soon, we will find Sam holed up on the balcony of the East LA apartment from which he’s on the verge of being evicted, on the phone with his mother, spinning lies about a job he doesn’t have, chain smoking, and spying on his neighbors through binoculars.
Sam is the kind of man who came to Los Angeles with dreams—and expectations—of becoming someone important, even if he can’t quite articulate what extraordinary qualities he’s meant to possess. Now, believing he’s living the “bad version of the life [I was] supposed to have,” he’s become the kind of man who can be found in one of the few Los Angeles bars that start serving at 6 a.m., the kind of man who will curse out the homeless for daring to ask for change, the kind of man prone to bursts of explosive and excessive violence against those physically weaker, the kind of man who spends months tracking and analyzing the pattern of Vanna White’s onscreen glances in search of an encoded secret message being passed between elite members of the global ruling class.
From his hurried speech to his distractibility to his casual sex with virtual strangers to his elaborate paranoia, Sam’s every behavior suggests he is in the grip of a mental health crisis—based on these symptoms alone, Sam would ably meet the DSM-5 criteria for a manic psychosis. At the story’s outset, he already believes, as he will spit so quickly and passionately it’s hard to keep up, that “there are people out there…more powerful and wealthier than us, that are communicating things, and seeing things in the world that are meant for only them and not for us.”
And once his glamorous neighbor, Sarah (Riley Keough), vanishes on the day they were meant to consummate their acquaintance, Sam becomes obsessively focused on his theory that her fate, and now his own, are linked to a vast and deadly conspiracy that’s solvable only by scrutinizing the specific pop culture ephemera with which he surrounds himself. It’s a classic delusional framework, right down to the inflated self-esteem necessary to believe that you—despite lacking any evident training or skill—are the only person alive equipped to untangle a sprawling web of villainy.
Complicating things slightly, of course, is the fact that Sam is correct. The mystery of Sarah’s abruptly vacant apartment unravels with psychedelic force into a byzantine mass of incident and intrigue that grows only more outlandishly fanciful until culminating with Sam’s discovery of a death cult of billionaires aided by their consigliere The Homeless King in their plan to each be entombed alive alongside three young brides to await their ascension to an enlightened plane of existence. And wouldn’t you know it—the coordinates to this nefarious cabal’s base of operations, the final keys to bring the whole plot to the surface, were encrypted all along in the pages of Sam’s 23-year-old copy of Nintendo Power magazine.
Conventional wisdom would suggest that manic psychotic paranoias tend to be unfounded. But not everyone is as desperately hollow as Sam. Not everyone is able to stoke the burning wreckage of all their dreams and intentions until the flame is powerful enough to reorder the very fabric of their universe in alignment with their delusion.
In trying to sell someone on the merits of Under the Silver Lake, I tend to fall back on the same phrase:
“It’s a movie that’s having a nervous breakdown.”
Of course, plenty of stories center around characters in psychic crisis, and plenty of those dabble in surrealism to literalize that interior experience. What sets David Robert Mitchell’s third feature apart from these psychosis narratives, however, is the camera’s eye, which seems to function as an active and independent agent in the film, one that’s often in tangible, even dissociative, distress. In early scenes, the camera moves with the sort of frantic, hyper-focused gaze that typifies the experience of mania. But as the story unspools, that gaze will drift into reveries, turning its focus away from Sam during a conversation to examine a tree’s canopy, or scurrying across the floor in an animalistic frenzy while Sam has a casual chat. By the climax, the film’s observing eye begins losing time, with the editing growing choppy to the point of cutting off conversations mid-sentence, compressing whole sequences into just a few jagged shards.
This stylization notwithstanding, Under the Silver Lake does open in a world that operates roughly within the bounds of conventional realism. But once Sam chooses to follow a white Volkswagen Rabbit to Purgatory (or at least a secret rooftop party by that name), the story sidesteps verisimilitude never to return. Codes appear with mounting frequency and density while any casual acquaintance Sam runs across becomes an essential link in the chain that leads him to the improbably neat resolution of a fringe religion of industry titans. Rather than be transported to a fantastical parallel world, Sam finds his natural world reassembling itself to suit his needs until he’s following a mystical coyote to a chance encounter with a femme fatale who possesses a decoder that can unite and unlock the cultural detritus in Sam’s mind—all of this and more treated with utter straight-faced credulity.
The more frantic Sam grows, the more frantic the world around him becomes, as though he possesses the agency and power of a Chuck Jones character who might tear or crumple the paper onto which he’s being drawn, a man whose interiority is so powerful he can exert that lunatic power over the very material reality of his environment.
In the wake of its ignominious and muted wide release in April 2019, Under the Silver Lake has often been referred to as a new entry in the familiar category of shaggy postmodern LA noirs dense with red herrings and narrative cul-de-sacs that ultimately lead nowhere in particular, a subgenre ranging from the apparently irrelevant identity of the chauffeur’s murderer in The Big Sleep to the deliberate anticlimax of The Big Lebowski.
These comparisons, however, neglect one fairly significant factor: Under the Silver Lake resolves with uncanny precision and harmony, revealing that no scrap of evidence, however seemingly tangential, was a true dead end. If a postmodern noir denies its audience traditional resolution in order to provoke and disturb, then Under the Silver Lake, with its no-thread-left-dangling (well, maybe one, but we’ll get to that) storytelling, must be one of the rare post-postmodern noirs.
Nobody could deny that Mitchell intentionally utilizes and revises noir tropes—along with the occasional cinematographic flourish, the score is an overt pastiche of the Bernard Herrmann school of composing, implying that Sam’s perspective is heavily filtered through the classic films that seem to be perpetually playing on any available television—and Sam does function as a sort of dirtbag riff on the classic noir gumshoe, with his trials roughly mapping the archetypal journey of the bedraggled private dick beset at all times by missteps and misfortune. Much like Chinatown’s Jake Gittes, Sam loses his car (though in this case it’s impounded over late payments after being defaced with a cartoon penis) and suffers calamitous injury (though in this case it’s a skunk spray of such intense force that he spends the remainder of the story physically repelling those he encounters), but more significantly, Sam serves as a funhouse reflection of the existential state of the noir protagonist, a figure often characterized as a bleak and sardonic womanizing functional alcoholic. They’re qualities that certainly apply to Sam—the key difference being that Sam is devoid of the charisma that obscures and excuses these behaviors in a typical detective. Like one of those “realistic” renderings of a cartoon character that exposes a beloved figure for the grotesque nightmare it would be in real life, Sam is the noir detective made realistically toxic.
If Under the Silver Lake does provide a rich avenue for comparison with its LA noir forebears, it’s in the ways that Mitchell puts his film in conversation with the city’s prior cinematic depictions. In his landmark 2003 feature-length video essay, Los Angeles Plays Itself, film theorist Thom Andersen identifies two different modes of use for a cinematic Los Angeles: the city can be either a character, or a subject. While the city’s specific culture has served as a character in LA stories for a century, Andersen believes it wasn’t until the mass disillusionment of the 1970s that Hollywood attained sufficient self-awareness to view the city’s culture as a potential storytelling subject, one with enough accrued meaning and significance to merit cinematic analysis.
Rather than choosing a lane of either character or subject for his use of Los Angeles, David Robert Mitchell fuses the two modes, characterizing the city as a surreal playground teeming with desperate dreamers—most often women—striving towards recognition and acceptance, while simultaneously analyzing it as a demonic force intent on sacrificing these innocents to the avarice of rich and powerful men.
Andersen identifies another dichotomy within the filmic landscape of Los Angeles, classifying directors who come to LA as transplants before taking up the city as a subject as either high-tourist or low-tourist. High-tourist directors, in Andersen’s estimation, paint the city with affection and generosity of spirit, while low-tourist directors tend to depict it at best as anonymously bleak, and at worst as craven and vile.
David Robert Mitchell, born and raised in the Detroit suburbs in the 1970s and transplanted to LA after the 2010 release of his acclaimed microbudget indie debut, The Myth of the American Sleepover, would almost certainly be best slotted into the low-tourist category. Rather than take aim at the city’s corrupt institutions, however, Under the Silver Lake sets its sights on the surreal cultural geography of Los Angeles at the dawn of the millennium’s second decade. Mitchell paints his LA as an uncanny landscape populated by willfully eccentric young people cultivating outlandish personal brands while chasing their bites at the apple of “influencer” status. It’s a world where dreamlike images—in each of her appearances, the character identified as “Actress” (Riki Lindhome) is wearing a different incongruously cartoonish outfit, in one case a dirndl and in another an eroticized nurse’s uniform—are revealed to be routine features of the LA lifestyle; “it’s for a role,” she says, no further explanation required.
It’s this offhand comfort with the bizarre that makes it so difficult, for both Sam and the audience, to make sense of some of the story’s most notable flourishes. When a figure significant to Sarah’s disappearance is perpetually dressed in a cheap pirate’s costume, it’s impossible to discern whether this garb is meaningful—in 21st century Los Angeles, it’s equally plausible that this costume could be a job requirement, a personal branding affectation, or a sign of deviant lunacy.
This is the culture, one that somehow combines all the most alienating aspects of the uncanny, the surreal, and the absurd, into which David Robert Mitchell found himself immersed in the summer of 2011, a man in his mid-30s adrift in a city that prizes glamorous youth, at the far edge of an America gasping in the waning days of Obama’s first term and the attendant hope hangover, the end of the recession and the dawn of Occupy Wall Street, the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s death and the earliest rumblings of Donald Trump’s birtherism campaign. As he absorbed all this and more, “there was a feeling...of a shadow rising,” Mitchell would later observe to MUBI Notebook’s Annabel Brady-Brown, “and it’s nightmarish.”
And so, in an addled and supersaturated headspace he has since described as “obsessed…a near crazed state,” he began work on the screenplay that would become Under the Silver Lake. “It was a little intense,” he said later. “Drinking way too much coffee. My wife was like, ‘You’re a little bit crazy right now.’”
This intensity of emotion—not to mention the self-described hypergraphia—is evident in the heightened style of Under the Silver Lake. And as the story unfolds, its observing eye becoming increasingly frenzied, the script seems to develop a sort of emergent self-awareness, as though the story itself possesses an independent consciousness that allows it to warp when convenient or necessary. And nowhere is this narrative agency more evident than in the tendency for tertiary characters to bubble to the surface in order to comment directly and excessively upon the story’s thematic underpinnings, rendering any potential subtext as throbbing neon text.
Most notable among these figures is the character identified as “Bar Buddy” (Topher Grace), who seems to exist for no other purpose than to overexplain the story’s themes and significance. In one appearance, as Sam complains of burnout, Bar Buddy tells him, “Our little monkey brains, they’re not comfortable knowing that they’re all interlinked and routed together now in some kind of all-knowing alien mind-hive, and that shit is a straight-up cesspool for delusion, for fear.” Later, as he watches Sam attempt to codebreak lyrics to a pop song (an effort that will naturally, yield the instructions that Sam will use to make contact with The Homeless King and discover the first of the death cult’s subterranean bunkers), Bar Buddy observes of the modern world, “we crave mystery ‘cuz there’s none left.” Where so many artists might leave these notions as subtext, providing an opportunity for the audience to form their own connections and experience the satisfaction of connecting story threads, Under the Silver Lake seems to immunize itself against analysis and so wall itself off from external meddling—if the story analyzes itself in real time, then any prospective commentary will be necessarily redundant (analyzing the story’s self-analysis, however, remains rich and fertile ground for discussion—or so I hope).
This tendency for over-explanation reaches its apotheosis in Sam’s encounter with the character identified as “Songwriter” (Jeremy Bobb), an impossibly old, malevolent crone who professes to have written every hit single of the 20th century from “Earth Angel” to “Where Is My Mind?,” and even implies he may have ghostwritten compositions for Johann Sebastian Bach. Serving as a fever dream avatar of all the contemptuous greed that powers the global entertainment complex, Songwriter makes literal all of Sam’s amorphous anxieties, sneering, “Everything that you hoped for, that you dreamed about being a part of, is a fabrication. Your art, your writing, your culture, is the shell of other men’s ambitions.” This last sentence is jeered directly into the camera, and so directly at the viewer.
This story’s hyper-indulgent lack of subtlety is, at least to my mind, one of its most notable charms. But in these flourishes, the film seems to evince a sense of anxiety as to its own integrity. By Scotchgarding itself against commentary through over-obviousness—say, by giving Sam a literal white Rabbit to follow—the film ensures that nobody could accuse it of attempting subtlety, and so any unsubtlety must be excused as a feature rather than a bug. Once again, this feverish story seems to be just as much in crisis as its protagonist, leaving its observing eye as an invisible co-protagonist, one powered by the headspace of a creator overdosing on his cultural moment, probing the Southern California summer of 2011 with the same deranged intensity as Sam himself.
It could be worth noting that I experienced a manic psychosis in the summer of 2011. It could also be worth noting that subsequent to this, I chose a line of work that involves obsessively studying cultural objects, scrutinizing these works in search of meaning and significance, sometimes even creating order where there may be none if it serves my own needs.
Or it could be that this is not significant. But I suspect that it is.
Following a secret solo show by a member of Jesus & the Brides of Dracula, a performance held in a mausoleum at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Sam follows a young performance artist credited as “Balloon Girl” (Grace Van Patten) to the subterranean Crypt Club for a dance party she describes as “Old Music Night.” In a sequence shot with fish-eyed, heart-racing adrenaline, Sam flings his body around with wild abandon as he sings along to the music of his youth, the only partygoer who can recall the release of Norman Cook’s “Brimful of Asha” remix, the only one who knows all the words to R.E.M.’s “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”
This latter song is one of the few needle-drops conspicuously included in Mitchell’s shooting script, where 11 lines of Michael Stipe’s lyrics are quoted directly, and Sam’s body language is compared explicitly to Stipe’s. And if, as Sam’s friend Allen (Jimmi Simpson) has told him moments before his descent into the crypt, “There’s a message in the music,” it seems to me it could be worth considering the meaning and significance of “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”
The song’s generally agreed-upon meaning and significance comes from a quote attributed to Stipe attesting that it’s sung from the perspective of “a guy who’s desperately trying to understand what motivates the younger generation, who has gone to great lengths to try and figure them out.” But the song is fraught with pockets of additional code and symbol, a web that’s unusually knotted even for a band whose lyrics often rival “We Didn’t Start the Fire” for density of reference and “Ballad of a Thin Man” for obliquity.
For one thing, the title words are not enigmatic nonsense, but rather a specific reference to an incident eight years prior to the song’s release when a disturbed young man shouted them after attacking news anchor Dan Rather on the street. According to various accounts, this young man believed himself to be a time traveling secret agent whose brain was being implanted with encoded messages from the NBC network. For another, Stipe sings in the second verse that “withdrawal in disgust is not the same as apathy,” and while the comment resonates with the defensive posture of a depressive and isolationist mind like Sam’s, the phrase originated in Brian Eno’s “Oblique Strategies,” a pack of cards that evolved from a prior pack called “The Thoughts Behind the Thoughts,” both of which encourage an approach to problem-solving based on attacking issues from unique and unexpected angles. In the song, the phrase is attributed to an unidentified “Richard,” an allusion to filmmaker Richard Linklater, who spoke the words in his 1990 breakthrough feature Slacker, a film that portrays Gen-X America as a mosaic of paranoids, schizoids, and conspiracy theorists, their synapses fried by the culture of pre-millennial society, a film in which one character, identified as “Has Faith in Groups” (Sarah Harmon), accuses another, identified as “Based on Authoritative Sources” (Robert Pierson), of pulling “in these things from the shit you read…just [pasting] together these bits and pieces…I’m beginning to suspect there’s nothing really in there.”
It could be that none of this is worth noting. I suspect that it is, but I’m also open to the possibility that the specific choice of “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” is significant only for its use in dividing Sam from his fellow revelers, as Mitchell writes in his unusually novelistic screenplay, “by age and the ever shifting tectonic plates of pop culture” but united for a few blissful moments by “the heavily tremoloed chords–using their power to remain unique and alive.”
On the social news aggregator Reddit, there is a community (or subreddit) in which commenters—or redditors—attempt to identify and decode the innumerable riddles they see in Under the Silver Lake. It’s an unusually active and impassioned fandom considering how far under the cultural radar the film has flown thus far, with redditors engaged in a vigorous ongoing investigation into what they perceive to be an interlocking series of onscreen codes and ciphers that may ultimately correspond to mysterious geographic coordinates. Parallel to this overarching investigation, redditors will note and solve tangential codes (one redditor has noticed that an extra in the opening scene wears a T-shirt bearing the likenesses of various animals, and determined that the names of these animals correspond to the words “Beware the Dog Killer”—more on that in a few minutes) or develop their own hunches, ranging from the inane (another redditor has developed the fan theory that Under the Silver Lake works as a sequel to Scooby Doo in which Sam represents a traumatized Shaggy reeling from Scooby’s death) to the profound (still another redditor has noted that the central pairing of Sam and Sarah corresponds to the Buddhist concept of Saṃsāra, the notion that existence is a cycle of endless transformations and rebirths, a concept resonant not only with the ultimate billionaire death cult but also with Sam’s passionate Nirvana fandom). The redditors have a sense of humor about their quest—they’ll laugh at the idea that the contents of an unflushed onscreen toilet might correspond to symbols in the hobo code, a series of hieroglyphs that’s been used since the early 20th century to pass messages between American itinerants—and then they’ll go ahead and try to decode it anyway. It’s worth a try, and with Google never more than a pocket away, they can identify and crack codes at speeds unthinkable even a few decades ago.
In 1966, when literary theorist Kenneth Burke attempted the (somewhat grandiose) task of defining humanity, he opened with an assertion: “Man is the symbol-using (symbol-making, symbol-misusing) animal.” And though we often think of a symbol as a single, unambiguously cryptic unit—be it a typographic character or a thematically weighted object in a story—virtually every communication we receive in our daily life can be considered a symbol worthy of interpretation. From an ambiguous facial expression to a passive-aggressive note, we are buffeted at all times by signals that require sorting, organizing, and deductive reasoning. In an era of global high-speed Wi-Fi, the 24-hour news cycle, and a perpetual stream of tweets, we are presented with more symbols in an hour than we could comfortably process in a day—“Our world,” as the character identified as “Comic Man” (Patrick Fischler) tells Sam, “is filled with codes, pacts, user agreements, and subliminal messages.” And in the 21st century, when a simple text message might be responded to with words, a cryptic emoji, or an ironic GIF, mental burnout isn’t just a risk, it’s all but universally accepted as the price of existence.
Where in a pre-internet world, Sam might have been able to deduce the meaning of a crucial clue—the acronym NPM—using the power of reasoning, with Google at his disposal, he can bypass his own hunches and tap straight into a theoretically bottomless pool of knowledge. Yet rather than providing clarity, Google instead buries him in noise with no signal to be found—the reference site Abbreviations.com lists 29 potential meanings for NPM, from Network Power Model to NASDAQ Private Market to National Poetry Month. Nintendo Power magazine is notably not among the results. In outsourcing our problem-solving duties to the churning digital sea, we’ve opened a Pandora’s box, releasing the howling chaos of an unmitigated flow of data and disinformation.
It’s easy to feel skeptical perusing the Under the Silver Lake subreddit—the notion that David Robert Mitchell intentionally encoded layers upon layers of specific and meaningful messages into every level of his film from plot to set design strains credulity nearly to the breaking point. But personally, I absolutely believe there are rich undercurrents of symbol and significance within the film—I just suspect that rather than intricate knots dropped like bread crumbs for the viewer to untangle, the vast majority of those currents are the explosive and surreal articulations of an overwhelmed psyche. If this film represents—and embodies—a mind in crisis, a story generated in a burst of semi-automatic writing, then it would stand to reason that this mind could have snatched connections and images from the subconscious depths with such intuitive swiftness that the film’s symbols could well operate on something closer to dream logic, a concept map with a distinct unifying order but one best interpreted on an emotional rather than an intellectual level. Dreams often feature objects and images worth considering, but chasing down a schematic interpretation (like, say, those provided by the 1986 reference volume The Dreamer’s Dictionary, which dictates that dreaming of a fierce dog is a warning to be wary of untrustworthy acquaintances) is likely to send you barking up the wrong tree.
It’s comforting to imagine that all the idiosyncrasies and contradictions in our favorite art could be solvable, that every answer could be obtained with just the right amount of effort or force. We want the world to operate on a familiar sense of order. It can be so distressing to recognize, and so difficult to accept, that the rhyme and reason to the things that matter to us may actually run on currencies far stranger than anything we can conceive of.
If one thread in the mystery at the heart of Under the Silver Lake is most often cited as a red herring, it must be The Owl’s Kiss, the name given to a nude woman who commits nocturnal assassinations wearing the taxidermied face of an owl. Initially a paranoid conjecture made by Comic Man, she will soon appear in the flesh to murder him for unidentified reasons, later briefly menacing Sam at home before vanishing from the story never to be spoken of again, Mitchell’s equivalent of the chauffeur’s unsolvable murder in The Big Sleep. Our only hint of the potential significance of The Owl’s Kiss comes packed within the pages of Comic Man’s conspiracy theory zine, where he writes of his suspicion that “she may be a member of a longstanding American cult with origins in trade and finance.”
Comic Man’s theory is partially derived from what he perceives to be subliminal owl imagery hidden on U.S. currency, but he fails to mention the other prevailing significance of the owl to the real-life cult of power: as the symbol of Bohemian Grove, the mysterious and clandestine society of (male) global power brokers that meets annually in the woods near Sonoma at a location so private it’s omitted from any map of the region. Much like Under the Silver Lake’s billionaire death cult, whose compound is redacted on satellite imagery of Los Angeles, whatever goes on at Bohemian Grove—most famously an extravagant ritual centering on the burning of an effigy before a massive owl statue—is not of the general public’s concern.
One of the few detailed eyewitness reports to emerge from Bohemian Grove comes courtesy of British journalist Jon Ronson, whose book Them: Adventures with Extremists profiles prominent figures united by their belief in, as Ronson puts it in his introduction, “an internationalist Western conspiracy conducted by a tiny, secretive elite, whose ultimate aim is to destroy all opposition, implement a planetary takeover, and establish themselves as a World Government.” Ronson’s book climaxes with a convoluted clandestine mission to Northern California where he manages to sneak into Bohemian Grove in hopes of witnessing what many—including Alex Jones, who accompanies Ronson on his mission—believe to be demonic cult rituals.
Ronson manages to witness the effigy burned before the owl, which he characterizes—along with the rest of the Bohemian Grove rituals he observes—as an overgrown fraternity pageant enacted by men looking to leave behind their world-shaping responsibilities and indulge in a few days of cathartic jackassery. Alex Jones, on the other hand, sees the rituals as “bizarre Luciferian garbage” enacted by “the people who make the movies our children watch. They’re at the top bringing all that stuff down on us.”
This difference in interpretation can be traced to the fairly significant X-factor that Jon Ronson is not a bellowing conspiracy theorist who seems viciously mentally unstable, and Alex Jones is. But anyone who’s fallen down the digital rabbithole of facts and theories about Bohemian Grove and its role in the planning of events as significant as the Manhattan Project can attest to the semi-illicit charge that comes with envisioning this shadowy coterie meeting in the woods to orchestrate the events that define history. Belief in conspiracies can serve a paradoxical psychological function—even as they provide evidence that we’re powerless, they lend a sense of stability to an unstable universe. Our lives can so often feel chaotic and insignificant, and as you sense yourself tumbling out of control—out of the life you believed you were supposed to have—it’s comforting to point at a mysterious and powerful force manipulating your destiny. You may be no better off, but at least you have a symbol to rail against, and thus remove any obligation to feel responsible for your own lot in life.
The one figure in Under the Silver Lake who most embodies a sense of misplaced blame for his own misfortunes turns his aggressions not against those in power but against the most innocent figures imaginable. Yes, it’s time at last to talk about The Dog Killer.
This culprit of a spree of canine homicides running beneath the surface of the plot—the one classic literary symbol in Under the Silver Lake, the one plot element that exists solely to draw attention towards the story’s themes and meaning, the only ambiguity to go untouched by the story’s anxious over-explainers—is, we learn in Comic Man’s conspiracy zine, most likely acting in tribute to an aspiring silent comedy star of the early 20th century. Faced with the impossibility of achieving his dreams, this would-be Chaplin directed his energy towards a festering jealousy of trained showbiz dogs, displacing all of his disappointments and failures onto these creatures that he believed to have taken the glory that was rightfully his. Finally, after declaring that “No one will ever be happy here until all the dogs are dead,” the failed star took his own life, achieving belated notoriety for inspiring the present-day rampage by the unidentified Dog Killer.
No matter what anyone—or any redditor—might argue, it’s impossible based solely on textual evidence to know the Dog Killer’s identity for sure. There is ample evidence to suggest that Sam is, as many believe, the culprit, whether consciously or in some sort of dissociative fugue. But with the mass of contradictory clues—Sam carries dog biscuits in his pockets for reasons that, along with his past history with and feeling towards dogs, change depending on who’s asking—and total absence of anything resembling a smoking gun, there’s simply not enough evidence to make an armchair conviction. This plot thread is, in the truest sense of the term, a shaggy dog story.
And so The Dog Killer must be read as a symbol for all the entitled and enraged dreamers—and specifically, we might infer, the male ones—who came to Los Angeles with a chip on their shoulder and allowed that chip to rot into debilitation rather than work to reconcile their own shortcomings. It’s a cynical metaphor at the heart of a film that often feels weighted towards the cynical, if not the outright nihilistic. But it’s this cynicism, at least by the reckoning of Thom Andersen, that lies at the heart of the modern Los Angeles film. “Cynicism has become the dominant myth of our times,” he states towards the end of Los Angeles Plays Itself. And so, he claims, the modern Los Angeles film, giving up the present for lost, turns its attention to the past, telling period tales that allow the opportunity to examine a glamorous time gone by, one that may well never have even existed, and search for the original sin, the moment that Los Angeles, and so America, lost its way.
Under the Silver Lake is a period piece, produced at over a half decade’s remove from the world it depicts, and released into a world that sometimes feels so removed it may as well be another dimension. But unlike his clear forebear, 1974’s Chinatown, which looked almost half a century into the past in search of the moment paradise was lost, David Robert Mitchell wrote his story from within the eye of the storm. Perhaps he felt his feet perfectly straddling the fault line between the last spasms of Edenic hope and the great rising shadows. Perhaps he had the foresight, whether conscious or not, to bottle that feeling, capturing a roiling and screeching epochal frenzy with all the phantasmagoric explosiveness of a lucid nightmare.
“Good intentions are futile.” Or so, Andersen claims, goes the moral of the modern Los Angeles story. “It’s better not to know.” It’s better to remain blind to the forces operating just beyond your grasp, whether they use and abuse you, or, perhaps even worse, regard you with cold indifference. It’s better to be one of those sweaty, beaming, beautiful young faces, dancing and dreaming, happy and oblivious, remaining, at least for tonight, unique and alive.
 It’s often a difficult task; few films in recent memory have inspired such visceral and widespread revulsion, and even fewer have indulged themselves in quite this level of gaudy excess on every dimension from a baroque production design that can evoke Fellini one moment and Jodorowsky the next to a runtime of nearly 2 1/2 hours.
 Mitchell completed the screenplay in 2012, but put it aside as an unfeasible second feature. Following the massive success of his sophomore effort, 2014’s low-budget teen horror flick It Follows, boutique indie distributor A24 acquired Under the Silver Lake in May 2016, five months before the start of principal photography and two years before its premiere at Cannes in 2018, setting a wide release date for one month following the festival. Two weeks before that scheduled date, A24 pushed the release back nearly half a year to December 2018. One month before that rescheduled release, A24 again pushed the release back, this time to April 2019, finally releasing it on VOD and in only a handful of theaters. The distributor has, of course, been cagy on their reasoning, and so whether this was a fiendish conspiracy to sabotage the film or a skittish distributor having no idea what to do with a product that proved more divisive than they initially expected can be left to the theorists.
 Comparisons to Paul Thomas Anderson’s own SoCal noir-fantasia, the Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice, were perhaps inevitable given that film’s recency, as well as the comparable plot engine of a vanished object of the protagonist’s affection. On the foundational levels of tone, style, and story, however, the films bear little similarity—if anything, Mitchell’s film could be compared to Pynchon’s frenzied and farcical 1966 postmodern mystery The Crying of Lot 49, but even then, both Pynchon and Mitchell are focused so intently on the specific anxieties of their time and place that any resemblance is largely surface-level.
 Andersen, a staunch defender of his city against what he believes to be decades of municipal character assassination by the film industry, abhors this abbreviation, considering it a diminutive denigration invented and sustained by the movies and emblematic of a self-loathing instinct fostered by Hollywood (itself another term, in his view, used to hold the entertainment industry above the majority of workaday citizens—“the rest of us,” he says of the industry’s preferred perspective on the apparently 97% of Angelinos who work outside show business, “simply don’t exist.”)
 One factor may potentially complicate this categorization: Andersen believes that a realistic geographical rendering is among the greatest of virtues in a Los Angeles film, and Mitchell’s geographic specificity in the screenplay for Under the Silver Lake verges on the obsessive—where most writers would place Sam at a gas station near Griffith Park, Mitchell specifies that Sam is “in the parking lot of the 76 gas station near Hillhurst and Los Feliz.” This compulsion to pay tribute to LA’s most quotidian features while castigating its overarching qualities is among the most compelling contradictions in Mitchell’s portrait of his adopted city.
 Virtually all of them white—Under the Silver Lake features only a handful of characters of color, and almost none of them have particular bearing on the story. Whether this is a pointed choice by Mitchell or a blind spot is unclear, but in either case, the optics are suboptimal.
 This detached adoption of outmoded archetypal costumes extends, as well, to the young (white) man Sam encounters smoking a joint in a cemetery while wearing an ostentatious war bonnet, an item that evokes a kitsch reappropriation of passé cultural hallmarks. But rather than evincing an arch affect, the man’s overt casualness seems to suggest a stance so utterly devoid of irony it might go beyond post-irony to post-post-irony, if such an advanced level of aesthetic philosophy is even conceivable by the human mind.
 Mitchell is not above the occasional broad satirical jab, such as the reference to a celebrity producer who makes blockbusters based on household cleaning products, or the 12-year-old girl cited as “the first woman to write, produce, direct and sound design her own network sitcom.” While these cartoonish premises might sound like the stuff of Saturday Night Live, they also deftly anchor the story’s absurdist worldview in 2011’s cultural geography, when the third Transformers installment grossed over a billion dollars worldwide and auteurist sitcom Louie captured the TV zeitgeist (the fact that this beloved series was later revealed to be built on the foundation of its creator’s assaults upon and subsequent suppression of women dovetails eerily with Mitchell’s thematic concerns, a particularly painful example of the screenplay’s unconscious prescience in capturing its time and place).
 Among the film’s most notable recurring images is that of a trio of sexually alluring women—along with the Brides of Dracula, there’s Sarah’s fondness for the 1953 Technicolor comedy How to Marry a Millionaire, as well as her prominently displayed trio of dolls modeled after the film’s stars, Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, and Lauren Bacall, and the trio of “Shooting Stars,” starlets who moonlight as escorts, quite literally selling the dream of the jailbait celebrity, who drift through the story as key supporting players. All these early instances, of course, foreshadow the eventual reveal of the three brides each billionaire will be entombed alongside. Notably, one of these trios is identified in the credits by proper name, though these names are never spoken aloud and the three have only a few minutes of combined screen time—Troy, Fannie, and Mae (Zosia Mamet, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, and Laura-Leigh), whose white Rabbit Sam tails, are ultimately revealed as the three brides of Final Man (Don McManus), the billionaire who delivers the climactic info-dump. It seems quite likely worth noting that two of the scant named characters (more on that in a minute) share those names with a prominent mortgage lender, and this significance is already being debated by the diligent redditors systematically decoding the film (more on that in a few minutes).
 Later, Sam will black out and awaken the following day beneath the grave of Janet Gaynor, references to whom recur throughout the film while serving no direct plot function. It could be worth noting that while Gaynor attained dizzying fame at dizzying speed in the 1920s, she never intended to seek Hollywood stardom, and was strong-armed into the profession by her stepfather. It could be that this is not significant, but in a film so dense with references to young women being taken advantage of by venal men, I suspect that it is.
 In the screenplay, Mitchell identifies Sam’s age as 33. And with the story set specifically in (as Mitchell told MUBI Notebook) “a nightmare version…[of] summer 2011,” this would make Sam’s birth year around 1978.
 As I have alluded to, only 8 characters out of the film’s 65 credited roles are identified by proper name—there are Sam and Sarah, billionaire cultist Jefferson Sevence and his daughter Millicent, Troy, Fannie, and Mae, and finally Allen—while the remaining characters, even those with whom Sam shares a close relationship, are identified by titles like “Topless Bird Woman” and “Handsome Man.” The fact that two of the most egregiously unnamed characters are Sam’s two sexual partners—in addition to Sam’s devoted friend-with-benefits “Actress,” there’s “Ex” (Summer Bishil), a model whose watchful gaze from a contact lens billboard silently judges Los Angeles’ iniquity like a modern T.J. Eckleburg (this could be significant, or it could not be worth noting)—has contributed to the film’s accusations of misogyny from some viewers. Mitchell, for his part, does not deny that Sam and his peers have an unhealthy perspective on women—“The character is…struggling with feelings of misogyny,” the director told Vulture’s Lane Brown. “That’s a core element of what this movie is about…for people to imagine that we’re celebrating it is just disappointing.” Mitchell does often compare Sam, both in the screenplay and in interviews, to characters like Travis Bickle and Ethan Edwards, violently unstable avengers who nevertheless operate on a strict personal code as they attempt to protect the purity of innocent young women, though the question of whether this is the observing eye’s perspective on Sam or his own self-image can be a bit fuzzy. (The screenplay also implicitly places Mario, with his eternal quest to rescue a princess from a monster, in the same category as Bickle and Edwards, a suggestion too dense to unpack even within a footnote).
 In a conversation that takes place beneath a wall adorned with Comic Man’s collection of celebrity death masks, which he deems so significant that he considers starting a family just so he has someone to pass them on to—in addition to exposing the conspiracies of the paved paradise once called Edendale, this man sees his sole worth to be as a steward of the flame of Hollywood’s past glory. As Thom Andersen notes in Los Angeles Plays Itself, “although Los Angeles is a city with no history, nostalgia has always been the dominant note in the city’s image of itself.”
 The actress portraying The Owl’s Kiss is not identified in the film’s credits, nor in any official press materials, and while the subreddit has entertained various theories as to which character may secretly double as this eroticized cryptid (“I think the blond girl who is fuking [sic] with Sam is the owl girl,” writes one redditor, presumably referring to Actress), various enigmatic posts on the social media profiles of actress Karen Nitsche suggest she is the true performer.
 When Ronson published his book in 2002, Jones’ notoriety was generally limited to the fringes of Austin society. Still, even a decade before InfoWars attained national infamy, Ronson’s use of Jones as a source of hapless comic relief is a notable and unfortunate misstep.
 This nihilistic bent is particularly notable in the defiantly ambiguous final scene, in which Sam finally vacates his apartment and watches from afar with detached bemusement as his landlord enters the abandoned space to find a hobo code symbol spray-painted on the wall, Sam’s expression shifting mercurially between bemusement and defiance as his landlord throws what can only be described as a conniption fit. The scene is pointedly open to interpretation, but my personal belief is that Sam is embracing his homeless status, one Mitchell has previously associated with servitude to the billionaire death cult. My personal belief is that Sam now offers himself up to the villainous machinations he’s powerless against, choosing a life of service as a preferable alternative to a life of futile resistance. Of course, it could well be that my personal belief is not significant.
On July 16, 1969, three astronauts: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins launched Apollo 11 on an historic flight to the Moon! They touched down on July 20, 1969, and Armstrong and Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon, while Collins commanded the lunar module. In honor of the 50th anniversary of that astonishing feat, our Far Flung Correspondent and ever-reliable conversation-starter, Jana Monji, kick-started this discussion. Jana has invited our contributors—including Simon Abrams, Seongyong Cho, Olivia Collette, Matt Fagerholm, Wael Khairy, Donald Liebenson, Craig D. Lindsey, Nell Minow, Michał Oleszczyk, Matt Zoller Seitz, Scout Tafoya and your's truly—to share our favorite moon-related songs, movies and events.—CHAZ EBERTThe Apollo 11 crew: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. Courtesy of NASA.
Are you ready for the Next Giant Leap from the Moon to Mars? I've just finished writing about the local events in Pasadena for the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing and that entailed watching the PBS American Experience "Chasing the Moon," NOVA "The Planets" Mars episode and the PBS/BBC "8 Days to the Moon and Back" while eating a lot of cheese (cheese toast and tamales stuffed with cheese).
I've already bought my Snoopy Moon-related t-shirt and am thinking that my favorite moon-related movie is the Wallace and Gromit stop-motion claymation "A Grand Day Out." And as I prepare to design something bunny-related to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon landing (because I used to operate under the name Lapins dans la Lune since the Japanese believe there are rabbits on the moon making mochi) I wondered what are your favorite moon-related songs and movies.<span id="selection-marker-1" class="redactor-selection-marker"></span>
Last year we presented the Inaugural Ebert Symposium on Empathy and the Universe. One of the highlights of the event was the appearance of astronaut Terry Virts, who filmed the movie "Blue Planet" from space using the techniques taught to him by director Tony Myers. Ms. Myers taught filmmaking techniques to over 150 astronauts. (Sadly, she passed away shortly after the Symposium.) "Blue Planet" blasted us all into space, and that was an adventure we will treasure. Now, Colonel Virts is embarking on his directorial debut. On July 16, at 9:32 am Eastern, the same day and time that Apollo 11 took off fifty years ago, Colonel Virts crew will depart from Cape Canaveral in an attempt to break a round-the-world speed record.
While searching for movies for the Symposium I saw a documentary at the Air and Space IMAX Theater in Washington, DC, by Rory Kennedy called "Above and Beyond," which was about the 60th anniversary of NASA. It was also sort of an homage to her uncle President John F. Kennedy, who started our space race with the challenge of a moon shot to put man on the moon within ten years. Although he did not live to see it, that goal was indeed accomplished in less time than he imagined. What was equally interesting in the film was something I hadn't really associated with NASA before, the Earth Science aspect of the research and work they do that ties into facts about how we use our earth's resources, as well as how it influences climate change. Also, it helped me to understand other reasons for putting Mars into our aspirational travel for the future. I highly recommend the movie, along with the poem, "Disorientation," penned by another of our symposium guests, Katie Mack (@AstroKatie).
As an aside, for those of you interested in outer space I also recommend signing up for the newsletter from Space.com.
I love the “Apollo 13” and think Tom Hanks' “From the Earth to the Moon” is the best American miniseries ever made. The last episode draws a parallel to one of my other favorites, Melies’ "A Trip to the Moon." Bugs Bunny’s "Haredevil Hare" features a trip to the moon and is the debut of Marvin the Martian. Wallace and Gromit go to the moon in “A Grand Day Out.” I also love “The Dish” and “Hidden Figures.”
Songs: "Dancing in the Moonlight," "Shine on Harvest Moon," "Moondance," "Moon River," "That Old Devil Moon," "Bad Moon Rising"
Ever since I was a kid I’ve always been fascinated by the moon. I would look up at the sky and try to imagine the dark side of the moon making up the rest of the moon. Here are some films that me think of the moon:
“Werckmeister Harmonies” Although it has nothing to do with the moon. The film starts with an opening monologue about a solar eclipse that is amongst the most haunting and descriptive opening monologues ever captured on film. The imagery in this film is as daunting and intimidating as anything I’ve ever seen. It reminds me of the feeling you get when you look at the black emptiness of cosmic space. The more you attempt to grasp its vastness, the more you realize how insignificantly small you are. Watching this film felt like I was inadvertently peaking at something that is beyond myself. I get the same feeling when I look up at the dark sky and gaze at a half lit moon.
Duncan Jones’ “Moon” is an obvious one. I’ll share with you one of the most interesting theories I’ve heard about this film while discussing it online with another film enthusiast. (Spoilers ahead) He explained how “Moon” is actually about organized religion. His theory is farfetched, yet fascinating nonetheless. The way he saw it, Sam’s term on the moon stands for our time on Earth. The implanted memories and recorded videos with his wife signify religion being imposed and forced on us. He further explained how in the film Sam has to be behave accordingly and if he does his job well then after his time on the moon (our time on Earth), he is promised to travel to an after-life of joy and happiness (Earth for him, heaven for us). Sam serves Lunar Industries, an unseen corporation in the distant sky symbolizing God. He sends out messages and assumes they are being listened to (as in daily prayers), when in fact, they were probably never delivered at all. He backed up his interpretation with further support mentioned how at the end of the Sam(s) time on the “Moon”, they lie down in a box which is similar in shape to a coffin and instead of being sent to the promised land, their body is cremated to ashes. Therefore the clones represent generations of humans who are told the same lie in order to preserve order.
Other films that come to mind include:
“The Farthest”- one of the most fascinating documentaries about NASA’s launch of an object bearing messages from the earth. “It’s a Wonderful Life” - George lassos the Moon. “2001: A Space Odyssey”“Shadow of the Moon”“Apollo 13”“For All Mankind”“Woman in the Moon”“A Grand Day Out” “The Fabulous Baron Munchausen”“From the Earth to the Moon”“A Trip to the Moon”“The Tale of Princess Kaguya”“The Wolf Man”“Joe Versus the Volcano”
"The Farthest" is not about any space object! It's about the Voyagers and their golden records. I also covered JPL and the PBS panel about Voyager. Those who were involved were really tickled about V'Ger in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture."
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My favorite moon-related song is "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon," as performed by Ernie from "Sesame Street."
“I don’t want to live on the moon” always makes me sad.
Here’s the first moon song that comes to mind for me:
And this one:
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I was gonna be smart-ass and say, “Y’all film critics — y’all don’t know this one?” But if you don’t know this one, that’s cool.
For all my Brandy fans out there:
And I was listening to this a couple days ago:
I almost forgot about my boy Erro:
Can’t say it’s a good song but I’ve had this stuck in my head since "Titan AE" came out.
Well, there's "Moondance" and "Moonshadow," of course. And the moment when Marlon Brando moons the offended tango bar patrons in "Last Tango in Paris." But beyond the moon there is the planet Sunev (spell it backwards), the ultimate destination for the Three Stooges in "Space Ship Sappy," which produced my favorite line in any Stooges short: "I can't die; I haven't seen 'The Eddy Duchin Story' yet." I plan on using that on my deathbed.
Andrzej Żulawski's glorious and deranged "On the Silver Globe" would be a Polish addition to this list.
I agree with Matt Zoller Seitz that no moon song tops the "Sesame Street" classic, "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon." I can't help being reminded of Jim Henson's bittersweet vocals when Tom Hanks gazes wistfully back at Earth from his lonely lunar perch in "Apollo 13."
Yet I'd argue that the best moon-related soundtrack in cinema can be found in John Landis' 1981 cult classic, "An American Werewolf in London." It contains no less than three versions of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's "Blue Moon": Bobby Vinton's dreamy rendition (let's face it, the man has a fixation on anything blue, considering his favored color of velvet), Sam Cooke's uptempo variation, and most unforgettably, the Marcels' giddy cover linked below that plays over the end credits and left an indelible impression on Edgar Wright (as discussed in Robert K. Elder's invaluable book, The Film That Changed My Life). The soundtrack also includes Van Morrison's "Moondance" and Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising."
This is more space-related, but Captain Star was this amazing animated series that was the antithesis of Star Trek in every way, not to mention hilarious (the titular character was voiced by Richard E. Grant, natch). The theme song has that spacey sound:
Since Jim Henson came up, I'd like to take a moment to give Pigs! In! Space! its due. It might have the most direct, no-nonsense, easy-to-recall theme "song" out there:
Otherwise, has anyone mentioned Moonstruck? By now, most of you know it's one of my favourite movies. Though there isn't much by way of space-discovery in this film, the moon is, arguably, an important character, pulling the strings on people's hearts, making them all horny and shit:
And finally, in the original French version of Three Men and a Baby (Trois hommes et un couffin), there's this lovely scene where the men try to get the wee one to sleep, so they sing a sweet, sweet version of "Au clair de la lune":
This thread has been--wait for it--out of this world. You've all taken a simple moon theme and boldly taken it where no thread has gone before. I am, as always, in awe.
I'm loving it and back to writing about the real deal but I did take time out to watch a 2014 French animation: "Mune: Guardian of the Moon" (on Netflix). Very sweet and no cute creatures made with merchandising in mine but it did win Best Film Award at the Tokyo Anime Awards.
I love the inclusion of "Pigs in Space" because it is the Year of the Pig after all! I think this and "Captain Star" will be on my must-watch list for this week.
“If the Sixties and early Seventies were, at least in part, periods of disillusionment, the late Seventies and Eighties brought a process of re-illusionment. Its agent was Ronald Reagan. His mandate wasn’t simply to restore America’s economy and sense of military superiority but also, even more crucially, its innocence.” - J. Hoberman, Make My Day
In September 1980, the eve of the first term election of Ronald Reagan, J. Hoberman published, in the Village Voice, a jaundiced critique of the former actor. “Reagan made a successful career out of establishing the ‘likeability’ of his two-dimensional image,” Hoberman began. “He spent three decades practicing a form of hoodoo—the Dr. Strange-like projection of his ectoplasmic form—over radio, in the movies, and on TV. The package may be shopworn, but the historian must stand in awe of its prophetic vision.”
Few American film critics have rivaled Hoberman in his range, versatility and expertise. As a critic at the Voice, his acute and remarkable insights touched all sides, encompassing though hardly limited to the American experimental and underground cinema, Bruce Lee and blaxploitation titles, French New Wave and most significantly, the furtive history of Jewish and Eastern European cinema.
The Reagan era was Hoberman’s true metier. As Hollywood colonized the world, perfecting the blockbuster and monopolizing markets, Hoberman dissected their deeper meanings and political implications through the key works of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Robert Zemeckis’ “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” for instance, suggests “the last efflorescence of Spielbergism—that is, the process by which the subversively self-reflexive practice of the French New Wave was recuperated in the service of building bigger, better, and blander entertainment machines.”
The movies, the politics, the Reagan persona, are the subject of Hoberman’s enthralling new cultural history, Make My Day, the concluding work of a trilogy that began with The Dream Life, about the 1960s, and continued with An Army of Phantoms, about film noir, the Cold War and the blacklist.
The new book, Hoberman writes in the introduction, “is not a work of film criticism. Nor is it strictly speaking a history. I see it rather as a chronicle in which political events and Hollywood movies are folded into each other to illuminate what, writing in 1960, [Norman] Mailer termed America’s ‘dream life.’ Consequently I have discussed many movies that I dislike, often at some length, and omitted or minimized some that I admire.”
The view is typically kaleidoscopic, limited not just to Reagan’s years as president though his emergence as a political force. It begins with Lucas’ “American Graffiti” and a fascinating interplay of Spielberg’s “Jaws” and Robert Altman’s “Nashville” and ends with John Carpenter’s bleak and corrosive “They Live.” During a recent phone interview from his home in New York, J. Hoberman talked about Reagan, movies and the dream life.
This feels like a culminating text for you, a book that you have been destined to write. Both Vulgar Modernism and The Dream Life, conclude with chapters about Reagan.
That’s true. I don’t know if I was destined to write it, but I felt like I had to. It was really the culmination of two previous books, “The Dream Life” and “Army of Phantoms.”
You allude to Arthur Kroker’s quotation of society as a mirror of television. Reagan also inverted the normal dynamic so that the invasion of Grenada is the equivalent of his Rambo, his policies recast revisionist fantasy.
Reagan was so immersed in the Hollywood worldview or the imperatives of Hollywood entertainment that he could project these scenarios out into the world. He did a great job with it. I don’t think Grenada is remembered today, but it was a huge hit then.
You talk about, in movies like “Back to the Future” or “Blue Velvet,” about the superimposition of the Fifties over the Eighties. For all the cultural conformity of the Eisenhower period, we had great directors like Samuel Fuller, Nicholas Ray and Robert Aldrich who were saying far more damning things about the culture and country, Fuller especially in taking on American racism.
That’s a very good point. When I refer to the Fifties, I mean the imaginary Fifties, “Happy Days.” The actual Fifties, especially in the first half, were very different, very anxious and scary. Regan didn’t create nostalgia for an imaginary Fifties. It already existed. “American Graffiti” put that into play. He did promote an imaginary past and that is the Fifties that is superimposed over the Eighties.
Speaking of Fuller, Reagan was really damaging to film culture because his ideology pervaded industry practices. As Jonathan Rosenbaum pointed out, ownership superseded authorship, and it had terrible consequences, I am thinking of the example of Paramount with “White Dog,” or Warner Brothers on the original cuts of “Once Upon a Time in America” or “Swing Shift.”
By his very existence, Reagan promoted a kind of old-fashioned view of Hollywood. The studios lost a lot of power in the Fifties, and that created opportunities for somebody like Sam Fuller, and in general for other genre director with social interests like Robert Aldrich and Don Siegel, in some ways. In the Sixties, the system itself began to fall apart and that was really great for movies. In the latter half of the Sixties into the first part of the Seventies, you had an American New Wave, where confusion reigned and authorship challenged ownership.
There was a tremendous reaction to that. “Jaws” is the handy culprit and also “Star Wars,” but those are very much author films, so there’s a paradox. As Reagan reorganized American politics so Hollywood reorganized itself, having discovered the significance of the blockbuster, and what would later be called convergence culture. All movies would aspire to not only being tremendous hits on their first weekends, but to spin off sequels and all sorts of ancillary merchandise.
I think it’s one of the great achievements of the book to expose the fallacy of the Hollywood liberal orthodoxy. Reagan movies are not just reactionary, but protecting and preserving of the status quo.
That is true of entertainment in general and certainly of Hollywood, except for a very few periods. One was the Sixties, when the industry was in crisis, and you have all of these movies that are pessimistic, disruptive or subversive. The only other period is the Depression before the Production Code, although you could also say the whole film noir tendency that starts during World War II and continues into the Cold War is also oppositional. It’s certainly pessimistic. It goes against the enforced optimism of Hollywood. By the Eighties, you can’t have a movie that doesn’t just have a happy ending, but an insanely affirmative ending. “Rocky” becomes the template for what a Hollywood movie should be.
I never realized until reading the book you were at Berkeley during Reagan’s first term as governor of California.
I was there in the summer of 1968 and again during the summer of 1969.
How much did that experience shape your feelings and attitudes about him?
Completely. I disliked him, but after 1968 I really hated him. Before I didn’t have any sense of him, or who he was. I don’t think I ever saw him in the movies.
Not even “The Killers.”
I saw “The Killers” after I was in Berkeley. The whole experience was eye-opening. As governor Reagan had targeted students, longhairs, people like me who were rioting every night on Telegraph Avenue. It was quite something. You could not but be swept up in them—it seemed like a life and death thing. I loathed Reagan. He was horrible. In June 1969, I saw “The Killers,” and I wasn’t expecting to see Reagan. I went to see it because it was a Don Siegel film, at the Museum of Modern Art. It was a revelation. To me, it didn’t even seem like he was acting. I thought he was somehow playing himself—a very naive response to the movie.
Still, forever after, even when he developed this other persona after being president of being this chuckling, avuncular and kindly old guy who people loved I would think, to quote a movie, “you may be a one-eyed Jack in this town but I’ve seen the other side of your face.” The real Reagan was in “The Killers.”
Dave Kehr is another critic you allude to a lot in the book, and he made a great point about the defining characteristic of Reagan era films in his capsule of “Top Gun,” the suppression of individuality in order to become a team player.
Actually “Top Gun” promotes a kind Uber individualism. There can only be one “Top Gun.” Even though he is a member of the team, a supporter of the status quo, he is No. 1. That is something that was promoted throughout the Reagan period. Rambo wins the Vietnam War. Arnold rules. Reagan himself would be the exemplar of that.
It’s interesting as well to track the different stylistic and thematic ideas that you pursue throughout the trilogy, but also your other work. “Eraserhead” is probably the key film in Midnight Movies, and “Blue Velvet” probably the defining work of this book.
There are certainly a handful of movies that were produced in Hollywood or close to Hollywood that to me are great films. “The King of Comedy” is one, so is “Videodrome,” even though it was made outside Hollywood. “Ishtar” looks better and better. There are some other movies that I see as being Eighties movies being turned inside out. “Gremlins” would be an example of that, and also “Aliens” and “RoboCop.” There aren’t all that many.
Make My Day doesn’t deal with independent films, that was something that was going outside the margins. I wrote about them in the Voice, but they’re not the subject of this book.
The three books reflect so much of your sensibility and what has driven you, as a critic, writer, historian and teacher, the last four decades. I was curious, with this book or any of the books, do you struggle sometimes in reconciling how much of yourself to put into them.
I definitely did with Make My Day. It was the hardest for me to write. All of them are different. For Army of Phantoms, I did a tremendous amount of research, and I was learning things all the time. It was very exciting. The Dream Life was pure pleasure, enabling me to revisit my youth (I was born in 1949) and think about it.
However, I lived through Reagan as an adult, not just an adult a professional film critic. I saw all of these movies including many I didn’t much care for. It’s not like my opinion of these movies (or Reagan for that matter) changed while I was working on the book. In the other books, I relied quite a bit on contemporary film criticism to examine what people were saying about the movies. I had the advantage to check how things were reviewed in the Daily Worker in the Forties and Fifties, and the underground press in the Sixties. In the Eighties, those publications barely existed but I was writing. So I used certain of my own pieces of writing that I felt held up and were symptomatic of the times.
I quote plenty of other people too. I was always looking for critics like Richard Grenier or John Podhoretz who were ideological. But because I added my own voice, Make My Day is more personal than the earlier books.
We have seen the disruptive and devastating repercussions of technology, demographics and market forces with media, the alternative weeklies and now foreign language and specialized cinema, I was curious how you think your own work has been changed by the internet.
In some ways, the internet put me out of a job. I got laid off from the Voice because they were retrenching. There were other reasons too. I was very active in the union, part of the struggle against the way the paper was being downsized. So I am no longer a regular film critic although I continue to write on movies. Initially I thought I would never write just for online publication. That lasted about a month. I quickly learned that by and large online was what there was. A lot of what I write now is just online. It never seems as significant to me as something in print but that is my nostalgia. The internet happened, and it gives and it takes away.
When I started reading you in the Eighties, I always marveled at the contextual layering of your reviews. Even in the analog era, you seemed to have an astonishing recall for facts at your command.
Well, History and English were my two favorite subjects at school. I had a natural curiosity about things that happened in the past and a good memory for that stuff. As I think back on the other books that I have done, Bridge of Light, the book I wrote on Yiddish films really is a history, that is a history using film as its subject. Probably that method affected my subsequent work. For that matter, Midnight Movies was a book that was about a historical period. Writing about the cults films of the Seventies, Jonathan [Rosenbaum] and I were aware of the historical baggage they carried.
Exactly, Ben Barenholtz, who just passed away, I was aware of him, but until reading Midnight Movies, I had no idea of how crucial a figure he was in the New American Cinema.
We spent a lot of time talking to him. Shortly thereafter, he discovered Guy Maddin and also the Coen Brothers. His career was in an upward arc but his prior promotion of “El Topo” and “Pink Flamingos” and “Eraserhead,” really makes him in some respects the central figure of that whole midnight movie tendency.
Perhaps the fitting irony is that Reagan’s two terms as president were more or less bookended by “Heaven’s Gate and “Ishtar,” two films ridiculed for their overreach, hubris and the financial damage they caused. “Heaven’s Gate” now has the imprimatur of Criterion boxed set. As you pointed out recently in The New York Times, the critical thinking about “Ishtar” is also much more appreciative. Their reputations have eclipsed Reagan’s.
Among some people. The book’s last chapter, I draw attention to the fact that when Reagan left office he was regarded as a good guy but hardly a great president—let alone the greatest president since Lincoln, which seems to be an article of faith in the Republican Party. So we have to deal with that part of the Reagan movie also—his imaginary, posthumous political career.
Jesse Eisenberg had two films play on back to back nights at Fantasia this year: On Thursday night, there was a screening of Riley Stearns' dark comedy “The Art of Self-Defense,” which our own Christy Lemire gave three stars. On Friday night, however, Fantasia audiences saw an Eisenberg-led movie that had only previously played Critics’ Week at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Eisenberg was not in Montreal for either movie, as he was in New York City promoting Stearns’ film. But he did record a video greeting for the sold-out Fantasia crowd, saying that he loves Montreal for being a lovely, interesting, diverse place. And then he warned us that we were about to see a “fever dream” about a place that was the exact opposite.
Eisenberg was, of course, not wrong. “Vivarium” is an unflappably cynical but audacious parable about living in the suburbs, presented as an existential crisis this side of “The Twilight Zone.” Eisenberg stars in this debut from promising madman Lorcan Finnegan alongside Imogen Poots, and together they create a wild emotional experience out of the film’s main premise—a married couple tour a massive home development out in the suburbs called Yonder, where every house as far as the eye can see is the same two-floor boxy design, painted in a lifeless green. Clouds are not floating in the air so much as placed there, and the properties are all neatly segmented, even though there's no neighbors. On the inside, everything is perfect and drab: in the most disturbing detail, the painting over the bed in the main bedroom is merely an image of the bedroom itself.
Led there by a robotic and alarmingly smiley real estate agent named Martin (Jonathan Aris), Gemma (Poots) and Tom (Eisenberg) try to leave the development, but the development isn’t so much labyrinthine as never-ending. Their car eventually runs out of gas, and the couple realizes they are trapped. This is their life now. Without the script outright saying it, this story starts to work through its opinion that such a lifestyle is not meant to inspire people, but contain them. Nature is a key motif in the beginning (the opening credits show the life cycle of the cuckoo bird in particular) and that echoes throughout the movie as Tom and Gemma are in place that has no wind in the air, and their way of “survival” within this sandbox is informed by what they have learned from the real world.
Working from a script by Garret Shanley (who shares story credit with Finnegan), there is a lot to toy with, and it’s important to note that this movie becomes more than just ripping on the easy target of the suburbs, a life choice that people (many happily, it seems) choose. With fascinating performances by Poots and Eisenberg, they become our surrogates into this bonkers experience, and we learn about this unsettling world with them. Through their chemistry, the film expands to toy with ideas of gender roles—what a man and a woman do in the home—and family, especially as they soon open a box outside their new home, and are told they if they raise the baby, they can leave. It's all a horrific context to make you value what sense of life comes with art, freedom, and diversity; the spell that "Vivarium" casts is in how it makes you think about what makes your life full, all while being immersed in the oppressive emptiness of Yonder.
“Vivarium” holds many surprises and equally messed-up images to make it a rich script, even though it has little plot. So it flags in some points whenever it feels like style over substance, yet the incredible world building detail (sharply blending practical set work and green screen) turns out to be just the beginning. The film builds its creepy world not just with disturbing visuals but the questions they inspire, and is bound to inspire vastly different reactions in turn. Through focused storytelling, expansive imagination and some calibrated madness, "Vivarium" becomes a wild ride within the confines of a nightmarish lifestyle.
Fantasia hosted the world premiere for the latest "Critters" movie, making it the first feature from the franchise since 1992. This one is called “Critters Attack!”, which isn't a title for this unabashedly C-movie indulgence but also the log line, and the entire script. The film will be available on Blu-ray on July 23, but you'll wish you could watch it on a rented VHS tape 25 years ago.
You might also wish it was just a mixtape of Critters killing, since anything that doesn't feel like fan service is rest of it is pure padding. Tashiana Washington tries, though, to give some heart, playing a hard working sushi delivery person named Drea, who wants to get into the college that her recently deceased mom had to leave after getting pregnant at a young age. Drea eventually gets a job as a babysitter for a school administrator, which puts her in the care of two younger kids, including her brother. Before the four of them come across the beloved, ravenous hair space beasts and their carnage, they find a big-eyed, white animal alone in the woods. It’s a critter, but this one is fluffier and white, and because it has eyelashes, they gender it and name it Bianca. It’s that type of nostalgia (conjuring memories of Greta the Gremlin and her lipstick) that this movie falls back on.
“Critters Attack!” works on the most basic of expectations, to see critters bound around like kickballs and at times feast on limbs of unlucky adults. The puppeteers, the blood splatter-ers, and SFX artists are the main heroes here. Every now and then a little amusement trickles out in the festivities from seeing a hapless sap get preyed upon and turned into a meal, or to see a critter burst into green gloop. Within the movie’s tonal limits, it can’t get especially nasty and its humor is plain bad, but with a project like this, it's the little things.
Later in the night after having witnessed "Critters Attack!", I was having a brief chat with a director on a stairwell. He expressed regret that he didn't see the new "Critters," having chosen to catch another film instead. “Do the critters roll up in a giant, hairy ball?” He asked in so many words. Oh, you bet they do. Dee Wallace shows up, too, locked and loaded as a critter exterminator. Sometimes, it's "Dee Wallace Attacks!"
Brian De Palma’s “Phantom of the Paradise” was not a hit when it came out in 1974, released to mild reviews and an even more unforgiving box office. At least, that was the case seemingly everywhere in the world except for the Canadian hub of Winnipeg, where “Phantom of the Paradise” became a fixation for seemingly any ‘Pegger (as they’re called) that had a feel for the crazy rock ’n roll in De Palma’s film. As other movies came through the city, “Phantom of the Paradise” would linger, and play shows week after week after week.
A whole batch of impressionable, outsider kids were never the same, and the movie inspired them to become musicians, or to see a part of themselves they hadn’t. Kevin Smith speaks in this movie about how these “phans” are such a select, intense bunch that they might as well have been part of an alien experiment. Watching these men and women talk with giddy smiles about “Phantom of the Paradise,” like cult members dedicated to a bonafide oddity, he’s onto something.
So goes the story of Malcolm Ingram and Sean Stanley’s documentary “Phantom of Winnipeg,” a consistently delightful collection of life stories where loving “Phantom of the Paradise” is at the center. We get to hear from many different individuals (not given title cards, making them memorable faces in a pool of a shared love), and they share not just stories of watching the film dozens of times, or of meeting their heroes. They also show off their signed vinyl records, merchandise, and even replicas of the Phantom's helmet, which had to be homemade when "Phantom" fever had first taken over Winnipeg.
Fear not if you haven’t seen “Phantom of the Paradise,” or if you do not share even a tenth of the admiration for it that these people do. The power in this documentary—right from the start—is that Ingram and Stanley celebrate the very specific chapters of their fandom, and immerse us in their geekiness while showing the sense of community. Like the most genuinely touching of films about anyone’s life, this focus then makes it universal. The passion that all of the subjects have for this movie becomes any viewer’s joy, especially as the directors seem to have an indispensable amount of stories about the power that “Phantom of the Paradise” has.
"Phantom of Winnipeg" isn’t so much about a fan community as the birth of a family, one that includes stars Paul Williams, Gerrit Graham, and Peter Elbling—they speak extensively in the film, about what this love for “Phantom” means to them, and how it lead to a gorgeous, symbiotic relationship. To see Elbling perform on stage alongside fans with the same zeal as anyone else in the room is a powerful sight, and one of many ways the documentary surpasses hagiography with its genuine touch.
Perhaps the biggest name involved with the original movie that does not speak in the film is Brian De Palma, but as crazy as this may sound, you won’t miss him—this is a story about the life “Phantom of the Paradise” had after, the meaning a text took on after its followers have passed it around; “Phantom of Winnipeg” is not so much about the ideas that birthed it, or the process of creating it, but the meaning it has to people for decades ongoing. This documentary's strong focus helps catapult the filmmaking through some shoddier-looking passages—even the collection of talking heads feel like a strong directorial choice, as you just want to listen to these people geek out. With its constantly delightful nature, it’s a universally appealing testament to how loving a piece of art—and in this case, both a soundtrack and a movie—is one of the most special connections any human being can have.
Attendees at Friday night’s world premiere of the documentary at Fantasia got to witness this love firsthand. Not only were the subjects in attendance, sitting in the front row, but Paul Williams was there as well, speaking about how the documentary came together, but more importantly about the legacy of the movie. He also stated that he hopes the story of "Phantom of the Paradise" lives on in new versions, and already had a director in mind: Edgar Wright.
Saturday night at Fantasia featured a special retrospective screening of "Phantom of the Paradise," with Williams, the 'Peggers, and producer Ed Pressman in attendance. Pair that with "Phantom of Winnipeg," and the legacy of "Paradise" comes full circle. As one of the highlighted “Phantom” fans stated regarding the decades they loved the movie: “We all saw Paul. Now he’s watching us.”
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சென்னை: ஒரு திருடனும், டாக்டரும், போலீசுடன் நடத்தும் யுத்தம் தான் கடாரம் கொண்டான். படத்தின் முதல் காட்சியில் மலேசியாவின் டிவின் டவரின் ஒரு மாடியில் இருந்து கண்ணாடியை உடைத்துக்கொண்டு வெளியே குதித்து உயிர் தப்பி ஓடி வருகிறார் விக்ரம். அவரை இரண்டு பேர் விரட்டி வந்து கொல்ல முயற்சிக்கிறார். அப்போது எதிர்பாராத விதமாக அதிவேகத்தில் வரும்
சென்னை: கடாரம் கொண்டான் படத்தை பார்த்தவர்கள் அது குறித்து ட்விட்டரில் கருத்து தெரிவித்து வருகிறார்கள். ராஜேஷ் எம். செல்வா இயக்கத்தில் விக்ரம், அக்ஷரா ஹாஸன், நாசரின் மகன் அபி ஹஸன் உள்ளிட்டோர் நடித்த கடாரம் கொண்டான் படம் இன்று ரிலீஸாகியுள்ளது. படத்தை உலக நாயகன் கமல் ஹாஸன் தயாரித்துள்ளார். கடாரம் கொண்டான் தெலுங்கில் டப் செய்யப்பட்டு மிஸ்டர்
சென்னை: சூழ்ச்சியால் வீழ்த்தப்படும் ஒரு சிங்கக் குட்டி, வளர்ந்து பெரியவனாகி சிம்மாசனம் ஏறும் கதையே தி லயன் கிங். கார்ட்டூன் வெர்ஷனில் தி லயன் கிங் படம் பார்த்தவர்களுக்கு இந்த கதை ஒன்றும் புதிதல்ல. இன்னும் புரியும்படி சொல்வதென்றால், பாகுபலி கதையை லைட்டாக பட்டி, டிங்கரிங் பார்த்து காட்டுக்குள் ஓடவிட்டால், அதுவே தி லயன் கிங்கின்
சென்னை: தீவிரவாதிகளிடம் இருந்து பிணையக் கைதிகளை காப்பாற்றும் யோகி பாபுவின் கதையே கூர்கா. கூர்கா வம்சாவளியை சேர்ந்த பகதூர் பாபு (யோகி பாபு) காவல் துறையில் சேர தீவிர முயற்சி செய்கிறார். ஆனால் அந்த முயற்சி தோல்வியில் முடிகிறது. காவலர் தேர்வு நடக்கும் இடத்தில் யோகி பாபுவை போலவே சொதப்பும் அண்டர்டேக்கர் எனும் நாயும் யோகிபாபுவுடன்
சென்னை: ஒரு வங்கி கொள்ளை சம்பவத்தை நகைச்சுவையாக சொல்ல முயன்றிருக்கிறது கொரில்லா திரைப்படம். காலையில் அரசு பேருந்தில் திருட்டு, அடுத்தது ஒரு மருந்துக்கடையில் ஏமாற்று வேலை, மாலை போலி டாக்டர் என ஊரை ஏமாற்றி சம்பாதிப்பதே ஜீவாவின் தொழில். சதீஷும், விவேக் பிரசன்னாவும் ஜீவாவின் நண்பர்கள். பொருளாதார மந்தநிலையால் சதீஷுக்கு வேலை பறிபோகிறது. சினிமாவில் ஹீரோவாகும்
சென்னை: அரசு பேருந்து மோதியதால் இரண்டு கைகளையும் இழக்கும் நாயகன், இழப்பீட்டுக்காக படும்பாடுதான் தோழர் வெங்கடேசன் படத்தின் ஒன்லைன். யாரிடமும் கைக்கட்டி வேலை பார்க்க விருப்பமில்லாத அரிசங்கர், காஞ்சிபுரத்தில் உள்ள தனது வீட்டிலேயே சின்னதாக ஒரு சோடா கம்பெனி நடத்தி வருகிறார். தாய் - தகப்பனை இழந்த அரிசங்கருக்கு அவரது ஒண்ணுவிட்ட சித்தப்பா தான் ஒரே
சென்னை: தனது தந்தையின் லட்சியத்தை நிறைவேற்ற மகன் விளையாடும் கபடி ஆட்டம் தான் வெண்ணிலா கபடி குழு 2. கதை நடக்கும் ஆண்டு 1989. தென்காசியில் கேசட் கடை நடத்தி வரும் விக்ராந்த், தான் உண்டு தனது வேலை உண்டு என வாழ்பவர். நாயகி அர்த்தனா பினுவை கண்டதும் காதல் கொள்கிறார். இவரும் டூயட் பாடி ஊரை
சென்னை: தெரியாத்தனமாக செய்யும் தவறு ஒரு இளைஞனின் வாழ்வை எப்படி எல்லாம் மாற்றிப் போடுகிறது என்பதை தலைச்சுற்ற காட்டுகிறது போதை ஏறி புத்தி மாறி திரைப்படம். மறுநாள் திருமணத்தை வைத்துக்கொண்டு நண்பனின் வீட்டுக்கு செல்கிறார் நாயகன் கார்த்திக் (டாக்டர் தீரஜ்). அங்கு அவரது நண்பர்கள் குடியும் குடித்தனமாக கூத்தடித்துக் கொண்டிருக்கிறார்கள். அந்த நண்பர் கூட்டத்தில் ஒருவர்
சென்னை: வெட்டியாக ஊர் சுற்றி திரியும் ஒரு இளைஞன், களவாணித்தனம் செய்து ஊரின் தலைவராவதே களவாணி 2. முதல் பாகத்துக்கும் இரண்டாம் பாகத்துக்கும் இருக்கும் ஒற்றுமை நடிகர்கள் மற்றும் ஒரத்தநாடு, அரசனூர் போன்ற கதைக்களம் மட்டுமே. மற்றப்படி, முந்தைய படத்துக்கும், இதற்கும் எந்த சம்மந்தமும் கிடையாது. வேலை வெட்டிக்கு போகாவிட்டாலும், கஞ்சி போட்டு வெரப்பாக நிற்கும்
சென்னை: உருப்படாமல் இருக்கும் ஒரு அரசு பள்ளியை மாவட்டத்தின் சிறப்பான பள்ளியாக மாற்றும் ஒரு தலைமை ஆசிரியையின் கதை தான் ராட்சசி. ஆர்.புதூர் அரசு மேல்நிலைப்பள்ளி தான் படத்தின் கதைக்களம். கவனிக்கப்படாத ஒரு அரசு பள்ளி எப்படி இருக்குமோ அதற்கு கொஞ்சமும் தப்பாமல் அப்படியே இருக்கிறது ஆர்.புதூர் பள்ளியும். மோசமான ஆசிரியர்கள், மோசமான கட்டமைப்பு, ஒழுக்கமில்லா
சென்னை: மாமன் மகளை திருமணம் செய்ய முடியாமல் தவிக்கும் நாயகனின் புலம்பலே 'எனக்கு இன்னும் கல்யாணம் ஆகல'. காரைக்குடி அருகே உள்ள ஒரு கிராமத்தில் வெட்டியாக ஊர் சுற்றிக்கொண்டிருப்பவர் நண்டு ஜெகன். அதே ஊரில் டீக்கடை நடத்தி வரும் மாமன் மகள் மனிஷாஜித்தை காதலிக்கிறார். போலீசாகி, ஐஜியிடம் கைக்குலுக்கினால் தான் தனது மகளை திருமணம்
சென்னை: எமலோகத்தை பின்னணியாக வைத்துக்கொண்டு தமிழக மற்றும் இந்திய அரசியலையும், அரசியல்வாதிகளையும் நையாண்டி செய்கிறது யோகி பாபுவின் தர்மபிரபு. பல ஆயிரக்கணக்கான வருடங்களாக எமன் பதவியில் இருக்கும் எமதர்மராஜா ராதாரவி வயோதிகத்தின் காரணமாக ஓய்வுபெற விரும்புகிறார். அடுத்த எமனாக யாரை தேர்வு செய்வது என ராதாரவி யோசித்துக்கொண்டிருக்கும் போது, தனது மகனை (யோகிபாபு) தான் அடுத்த
சென்னை: வலுவான கதை, சுவாரஸ்யமான திரைக்கதை, திறமையான நடிகர்கள் என ஒரு அருமையான படமாக வந்துள்ளது ஜீவி. தொடர்பியல் முக்கோண அறிவியலின் அடிப்படையில் இருவேறு குடும்பங்களுக்கு இடையே நடக்கும் ஒரே மாதிரியான சம்பவங்கள், ஒரு மையப்புள்ளியில் நிற்பது தான் ஜீவி படத்தின் ஒன்லைன். இதை படிக்கும் போது, ஏதோ இயற்பியல் பாடத்தில் வரும்
சென்னை: வெளிநாட்டில் சிக்கலில் மாட்டிக்கொள்ளும் மனைவியை காப்பாற்ற கடல் கடந்து செல்லும் கணவனே சிந்துபாத். நம்ம தாத்தாக்களில் இருந்து, இப்போதைய தலைமுறை வரை எல்லோருக்குமே சிந்துபாத் கதை நல்லாவே தெரியும். இன்னமும் கடல் கடந்து போய்டே தான் இருக்கார் சிந்துபாத். அதே கதையை காமெடி, ரொமான்ஸ், ஆக்ஷன் கலந்து தனது ஸ்டைலில் மாஸாக சொல்லியிருக்கிறார் இயக்குனர்
சென்னை: 2015 சென்னை மழை வெள்ளத்தின் பின்னணியில் ஒரு காதலை மென்சாரலாய் கொண்டாடுகிறது ஹவுஸ் ஓனர். 2015 டிசம்பர் 1,2 தேதிகளில் சென்னையில் ஏற்பட்ட மழை வெள்ள பாதிப்பை வரலாறு மறக்காது. எத்தனையோ ஆயிரம் மக்கள் பல ஆண்டுகளாக கஷ்டப்பட்டு சேர்த்து வைத்த உடைமைகளை இழந்தார்கள். பல இடங்களில் உயிரிழப்புகளும் ஏற்பட்டது. அப்படிப்பட்ட ஒரு இழப்பை
சென்னை: பார்வையாளர்களை ஒரு உலக சுற்றுலாவுக்கு ஜாலியாக கைப்பிடித்து அழைத்து செல்கிறது பக்கிரி. 'தி எக்ஸ்ட்ரா ஆர்டினரி ஜர்னி ஆஃப் தி ஃபகிர் ஹூ காட் ட்ராப்ட் இன் ஆன் இகியா வார்ட்ரோப் (The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe)' என்ற பிரெஞ்ச் நாவலைத்
சென்னை: ஒரு பெண் புலியை காப்பாற்ற போராடும் மூன்று இளைஞர்களின் கதையே தும்பா. நாயகன் 'கனா' தர்ஷனுக்கு டீக்கடை தொடங்க வேண்டும் என்பது நீண்ட நாள் ஆசை. ஆனால் அதற்கு பணம் இல்லாததால், கிடைத்த வேலைகளை செய்து வருகிறார். இந்நிலையில் நண்பன் தீனாவுடன் சேர்ந்து, டாப்ஸ்லிப்புக்கு பேயின்டிங் வேலைக்கு உதவியாக செல்கிறார். ஒயில்ட்
நடிகர், நடிகைகள் - விஜூ, பல்லவி டோரா, அஜெய்குமார் , விஜயன், வெங்கடாச்சலம், நீனு சுகுமாரன், O.S.சரவணன், மோகன், முத்துசாமி, பிரதீப், மற்றும் பலர் நடித்துள்ளனர்.தொழில்நுட்ப கலைஞர்கள் - ஒளிப்பதிவு - R.மணிகண்டன்இசை - ஷாஜகான்பாடல்கள் - மணிஅமுதவன், K.ஜெகதீசன்எடிட்டிங் - S.M.V.சுப்பு, கோபி ரா நாத்நடனம் - விமல், பாலாதயாரிப்பு - JCS மூவீஸ்கதை,
சென்னை: வங்கி கொள்ளையர்களுக்கும், போலீசுக்கும் இடையே நடக்கும் சண்டையில் தீவிரவாதிகளும் நுழைந்தால், அதுவே சுட்டுப்பிடிக்க உத்தரவு. விக்ராந்த்தும், சுசீந்திரனும் மேலும் இருவருடன் சேர்ந்து ஒரு வங்கியை துப்பாக்கி முனையில் கொள்ளை அடிப்பதில் இருந்து படம் தொடங்குகிறது. பொதுமக்களையும் காவல்துறை அதிகாரிகளையும் சுட்டுவிட்டு அவர்கள் தப்பிக்கிறார்கள். அவர்களை பிடிக்கும் பொறுப்பை காவல் அதிகாரி மிஷ்கின் எடுத்துக்கொள்கிறார்.
சென்னை: மறைந்து போன மனிதாபிமானத்தை மீட்டெடுக்க முயற்சித்திருக்கிறது நெஞ்சமுண்டு நேர்மையுண்டு ஓடு ராஜா திரைப்படம். அனாதை ஆசிரமத்தில் ஒன்றாக வளர்ந்த ரியோவும் விக்கியும் யூடியூப் சேனல் நடத்தி வருகிறார்கள். அவர்களுடன் ஆசிரமத்தில் தங்கி இருந்த சுட்டி அரவிந்த் அவர்களைப் பார்த்துக்கொள்கிறார். யூடியூபுக்காக செய்யும் ஒரு நிகழ்ச்சி மூலம் பெரும் பணக்காரரான ராதாரவியின் தொடர்பு கிடைக்கிறது. இவர்கள்
சென்னை: ஒரு சைக்கோ கொலைகாரனிடம் இருந்து தப்பிக்க, ஒரு பேயின் உதவியுடன் நாயகி ஆடும் ஆட்டம் தான் கேம் ஓவர். பொதுவாக தமிழ் சினிமாவில் பேய் மற்றும் சைக்கோ படங்களுக்கு எப்போதுமே மவுசு அதிகம். அதுவும் சமீபத்தில் பேய் படங்களும் சைக்கோ திரில்லர் படங்களும் மாபெரும் ஹிட்டானதால், இதுபோன்ற பல படங்கள் ரிலீசுக்கு வரிசைக்கட்டி நிற்கின்றன.
சென்னை: டாப்ஸி நடிப்பில் இன்று வெளியாகியுள்ள கேம் ஓவர் படத்தை பார்த்தவர்கள் அனைவரும் அவரை புகழ்ந்து கொண்டிருக்கிறார்கள். அஸ்வின் சரவணன் இயக்கத்தில் டாப்ஸி நடித்த கேம் ஓவர் படம் இன்று ரிலீஸாகியுள்ளது. இந்த படம் தமிழ், தெலுங்கு மற்றும் இந்தி ஆகிய மூன்று மொழிகளில் வெளியாகியுள்ளது. படத்தை பார்த்தவர்கள் அது குறித்து சமூக வலைதளங்களில் கருத்து தெரிவித்து
சென்னை: ஒரு கொலையும், அந்த கொலையை செய்த குற்றவாளியைக் கண்டுபிடிக்க போலீஸ் நடத்தும் விசாரணையும் தான் கொலைகாரன் படத்தின் கதை. கொலைகாரன் ஒரு க்ரைம் திரில்லர் படம். எனவே இதன் முதல் பாதி கதையை எழுதினால், படம் பார்க்கும் சுவாரஸ்யம் குறைந்துவிடும். ஆதலால், படத்தின் கதையை மேலோட்டமாக மட்டுமே எழுதுகிறோம். படத்தின் துவக்கத்தில்
சென்னை: ஒரு ஆணுக்கும், ஆறு பெண்களுக்கு இடையே உள்ள தொடர்பு தான் 'செவன்' படத்தின் ஒன்லைன். படத்தின் முதல் காட்சியில் தனது கணவர் கார்த்திக்கை (ஹீரோ - ஹவிஷ்) காணவில்லை என போலீஸ் அதிகாரி ரகுமானிடம் புகார் கொடுக்கிறார் நந்திதா ஸ்வேதா. தனக்கும் ஹவிஷ்க்கும் எப்படி காதல் மலர்ந்து, திருமணம் நடந்தது என்பதை விவரிக்கிறார். அதன்
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ടൈറ്റിൽ റോളിലും പോസ്റ്ററിൽ കേന്ദ്രസ്ഥാനത്തും വരുന്ന കോംഗ് എന്ന ചിമ്പാൻസി ആണ് ജീവയുടെ പുതിയ സിനിമയായ ഗോറില്ലയുടെ മുഖ്യ ആകർഷണം. ഒരുകാലത്തു മൃഗങ്ങളെയും വന്യജീവികളെയും ഒക്കെ കേന്ദ്ര സ്ഥാനത്ത് നിർത്തി കൊണ്ടുള്ള ഇന്ത്യൻ സിനിമകൾ ധാരാളമായി ഇറങ്ങിയിരുന്നെങ്കിലും വനം വന്യജീവി സംരക്ഷണ നിയമമൊക്കെ സ്ട്രിക്ട് ആയ ശേഷം ആരും ഈ ഒരു ജോണർ സിനിമയ്ക്കായി പൊതുവെ
മലയാളത്തിൽ ഒട്ടേറെ ആരാധകരുള്ള തെന്നിന്ത്യൻ സൂപ്പർതാരം സെൽവൻ വിജയ് സേതുപതി ആദ്യമായി മലയാളത്തിൽ എന്ന പരസ്യവാചകവുമായി എത്തിയ സിനിമയാണ് മാർക്കോണി മത്തായി. കുടുംബസദസ്സുകളുടെ നായകനായ ജയറാമും കൂടെ ചേരുമ്പോൾ പ്രേക്ഷകരുടെ ആകാംക്ഷ ഇരട്ടിക്കുന്നതും സ്വാഭാവികം തന്നെ. ആ വെല്ലുവിളി ഏറ്റെടുത്ത സംവിധായകൻ ഒരുപരിധി വരെ വിജയിച്ചു എന്നുതന്നെ പറയാം. പ്രണയം, ഗൃഹാതുരത്വം, സുഹൃദ്ബന്ധം, സംഗീതം, ബാന്റ്മേളം
മലയാള സിനിമയിലെ ന്യൂ ജനറേഷൻ സിനിമകൾ അവതരണത്തിലും പേരിലുമെല്ലാം ഒരു ന്യൂ ജനറേഷനായി മാറുകയാണ് ഇത്തരത്തിലുള്ള പാന്ഥാവിലുള്ള ഏറ്റവും പുതിയ ഉദാഹരണമാണ് സത്യം പറഞ്ഞാൽ വിശ്വസിക്കുമോ?തൊണ്ടിമുതലും ദൃക്സാക്ഷിയും എന്ന സിനിമയിലുടെ പുതിയൊരു കാഴ്ചാരീതിയെ മലയാളിക്ക് പകർന്നു നല്കിയ സജീവ്പാഴുരിന്റെ രചന, വീണ്ടും തീർത്തും വ്യത്യസ്തമായ ഒരു പ്രമേയത്തിലേക്കാണ് പ്രേക്ഷകനെ കൊണ്ടു പോകുന്നത്. അതും അവതരണത്തിന്റെ പുതുമയേറിയ
വ്യാസൻ കെ പി തിരക്കഥയെഴുതി സംവിധാനം ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്ന ശുഭരാത്രിയുടെ ടാഗ്ലൈൻ ലൈലത്തുൽ ഖദ്ർ എന്നാണ്. ആയിരം രാത്രികളെക്കാൾ വിശുദ്ധമായ ഒരു രാത്രി എന്ന് ഇസ്ലാമിക വിശ്വാസപ്രമാണപ്രകാരം വിശേഷിപ്പിക്കപ്പെടുന്ന ലൈലത്തുൽ ഖദ്ർ എന്നാൽ പ്രവാചകൻ മുഹമ്മദിന് വിശുദ്ധ ഗ്രന്ഥമായ ഖുർ ആൻ വെളിവാക്കപ്പെട്ട രാത്രി ആണ്. ശുഭരാത്രി എന്ന ടൈറ്റിൽ കൊണ്ട് കൂടുതൽ എന്തൊക്കെയോ സംവിധായകൻ ഉദ്ദേശിക്കുന്നുണ്ട്
ഉറുമി എന്ന ഒറ്റ തിരക്കഥയിലൂടെ മലയാള സിനിമാരംഗത്തെ വിവിധ മേഖലകളിലേക്ക് കസേര വലിച്ചിട്ടിരുന്ന മനുഷ്യനാണ് ശങ്കർ രാമകൃഷ്ണൻ. ഉറൂമിയ്ക്ക് ശേഷം നത്തോലി ഒരു ചെറിയ മീനല്ല , മൈസ്റ്റോറി എന്നിങ്ങനെയുള്ള സിനിമകളുടെ തിരക്കഥകൾ കൂടി എഴുതിയെങ്കിലും എഴുത്തുകരാണെന്നതിലുപരി ആക്ടർ എന്ന നിലയിൽ ആണ് മൂപ്പർ കുറേക്കൂടി ശ്രദ്ധേയനായത്. സംവിധാനരംഗത്തേക്ക് കൂടി ശങ്കർ രാമകൃഷ്ണൻ തന്റെ മേഖല
നാല്പത്തഞ്ച് ദിവസമായി തന്റെ ഭർത്താവിനെ കാണാനില്ലെന്നും എന്തെങ്കിലും വിവരം കിട്ടുന്നവർ ഉടൻ കട്ടപ്പന പോലീസ് സ്റ്റേഷനിൽ അറിയിക്കണമെന്നും വേവലാതിയോടെ പറയുന്ന ആശാ ശരത്തിന്റെ ഒരു വീഡിയോ ഇന്നലെ വൈറലായിരുന്നു. ഇന്ന് പുറത്തിറങ്ങാനുള്ള 'എവിടെ' എന്ന സിനിമയുടെ പ്രൊമോഷന്റെ ഭാഗമായിരുന്നു അത് എന്ന് മനസിലാകാത്ത പല അപ്പാവികൾ അതിന്റെ വാലിൽ തൂങ്ങി കുറെ ബഹളമുണ്ടാക്കി. അവരുടെ ഭാഗത്തും
ഇന്ത്യന് ഭരണഘടനയുടെ മൂന്നാം അനുച്ഛേദത്തിലെ ആര്ട്ടിക്കിള് 15 ഇന്ത്യയിലെ ഏതൊരു പൗരനും മതം, വര്ഗം, ലിംഗം, ജനനസ്ഥലം തുടങ്ങി എന്തിന്റെ പേരിലും രാജ്യത്ത് തുല്യമായ അവകാശം ഉറപ്പുനല്കുന്നുണ്ട്. എന്നാല് ഇന്ത്യയുടെ പലയിടങ്ങളിലും പ്രത്യേകിച്ച് ഉത്തരേന്ത്യയില് ഇതിനുനേരെ വിപരീതമായാണ് കാര്യങ്ങള് നടക്കുന്നത്. തൊട്ടുകൂടായ്മയും തീണ്ടികൂടായ്മയുമെല്ലാം ഈ ടെക്നോളജി യൂഗത്തിലും നിര്ബാധം അവിടെ അരങ്ങേറുകയാണ്. സവര്ണ മേല്ക്കോഴ്മയുടെ
"നിങ്ങൾ ആണുങ്ങൾക്ക് ഒന്നിലേറെ പെണ്ണുങ്ങൾ ഉണ്ടായാൽ അത് നിങ്ങളുടെ മിടുക്ക്.. എന്നാൽ ഞങ്ങൾ പെണ്കുട്ടികൾക്ക് ഒന്നിലേറെ ബന്ധമായാൽ അവൾ പോക്കുകേസ്.." എന്ന നായികാസംഭാഷണവും 'ഒരു ഭയങ്കര കാമുകി' എന്ന ടാഗ്ലൈനുമായി ഇറങ്ങിയ ടീസർ കണ്ടപ്പോഴേ 'ദി ക്വീൻ ഓഫ് നീർമാതളം പൂത്ത കാലം' എന്ന സിനിമയെ സവിശേഷമായി നോട്ട് ചെയ്തിരുന്നു. നീർമാതളം പൂത്ത കാലം എന്ന ടൈറ്റിലിനൊപ്പം
ദിൻജിത്ത് അയ്യാത്താൻ എന്ന പുതുമുഖസംവിധായകനും സനിലേഷ് ശിവൻ എന്ന തിരക്കഥാകൃത്തും ചേർന്ന് ഒരുക്കിയിരിക്കുന്ന ഓപി 160/18 കക്ഷി:അമ്മിണിപ്പിള്ള എന്ന സിനിമ അതിന്റെ കൗതുകകരമായ ശീർഷകം കൊണ്ട് തന്നെ ശ്രദ്ധ പിടിച്ചു പറ്റിയിരുന്നു. ആസിഫ് അലി നായകനാവുന്ന ചിത്രത്തിൽ പക്ഷെ, ടൈറ്റിലിൽ കാണുന്ന അമ്മിണിപ്പിള്ളയുടെ റോൾ ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്നത് ആസിഫ് അല്ല എന്നതാണ് മറ്റൊരു കൗതുകം. അഹമ്മദ് സിദ്ദിഖ്
ടൊവിനോ തോമസ് അഭിനയിച്ച് ഈ വർഷം പുറത്തുവരുന്ന അഞ്ചാമത്തെ സിനിമയാണ് ലൂക്ക. മിനിമം ഗ്യാരണ്ടിയുള്ള നായകനടൻ (പ്രൊഡ്യുസർക്കും പ്രേക്ഷകർക്കും) എന്ന സൽപ്പേര് വളരെ കുറച്ചുകാലം കൊണ്ട് തന്നെ നേടിയെടുത്ത ടൊവിനോയ്ക്ക് പക്ഷെ ഇപ്പോഴും അതിന്റെ അഹങ്കാരമൊന്നുമില്ല. ഉയരെ, ലൂസിഫർ, വൈറസ് എന്നീ സിനിമകൾ തന്നെ ഉദാഹരണം. നായക കേന്ദ്രീകൃത സിനിമകളിൽ മുഴുനീളം നിറഞ്ഞു നിൽക്കുക എന്ന
റിയൽ ലൈഫ് നാച്ചുറൽ ആക്ടിംഗും ലാർജർ ദാൻ ലൈഫ് ഹീറോ പരിവേഷവും തനിക്ക് ഒരുമിച്ച് ചുമക്കാൻ പറ്റിയ ഒന്നല്ല എന്ന് രാജാപാലയത്തുകാരൻ 'മക്കൾ സെൽവൻ വിജയ് സേതുപതി മുൻപും തെളിയിച്ചിട്ടുള്ള കാര്യമാണ്. റെക്ക, ജുങ്ക, കറുപ്പൻ എന്നിവയൊക്കെ ഉദാഹരണം. എന്നിട്ടും ഒരിക്കൽ കൂടി മക്കൾ സെൽവൻ ഇമേജ് വിട്ട് ദളപതി വിജയ് ഇമേജിലേക്ക് ചേക്കേറാനുള്ള വിജയ്
'വർഗീയത തുലയട്ടെ" എന്ന ക്യാമ്പസ് ചുമരെഴുത്ത് നടത്തുന്നതിനിടെ വർഗീയ തീവ്രവാദികളുടെ കൊലക്കത്തിക്ക് ഇരയായി മാറിയ അഭിമന്യു മലയാള മനസാക്ഷിയുടെ ഒടുങ്ങാത്ത നൊമ്പരമാണ്. വട്ടവട പോലൊരു ഉൾനാടൻ ഹൈറേഞ്ച് ഗ്രാമത്തിൽ നിന്നും എറണാകുളം മഹാരാജാസ് കോളേജിലെത്തിയ ആ മിടുക്കൻ പത്തൊൻപത് വയസിനിടെ തന്റെ പ്രതിഭയും വ്യക്തിത്വവും തെളിയിച്ച് രാഷ്ട്രീയ എതിരാളികളുടെ പോലും മതിപ്പ് പിടിച്ചുപറ്റിയിരുന്നു. അതിനാൽ തന്നെയായിരുന്നു
സിനിമയിൽ കഥ മാത്രം നന്നായതു കൊണ്ട് കാര്യമില്ല മറിച്ച് ആ കഥാതന്തുവിനെ സീനുകളിലൂടെ പറഞ്ഞ് പ്രതിഫലിപ്പിക്കുവാൻ പറ്റിയ രീതിയിലുള്ള ഒരു തിരക്കഥ കൂടി ഉണ്ടായാലേ സിനിമ പ്രേക്ഷകന് അനുഭവവേദ്യമാകൂ. പക്ഷേ ഇത് പലപ്പോഴും തിരിച്ചറിയാൻ സാധിക്കാതെ പോകുന്ന അവസ്ഥയുണ്ടാകാറുണ്ട്. സമാനമായ ഒരവസ്ഥയാണ് വകതിരിവ് എന്ന സിനിമയുടെ ആദ്യ കാഴ്ചയും നല്കുന്നത്. കുടുംബ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തില് കഥ പറയുന്ന വകതിരിവ് മാതാപിതാക്കളും മക്കളും കണ്ടിരിക്കേണ്ട സിനിമ തന്നെയാണ്.
ആൻഡ് ദ ഓസ്കാർ ഗോസ് ടൂ വിലെ സലീം കുമാറിന്റെ കഥാപാത്രമായ സഖാവ് മൊയ്തു ഒരു സന്ദർഭത്തിൽ സിനിമയിൽ ഇങ്ങനെ പറയുന്നുണ്ട്, സിനിമയും ജീവിതവും തമ്മിൽ വലിയ അന്തരമുണ്ട്. ഒരു പക്ഷേ ഈ തിരിച്ചറിവ് തന്നെയാണ് സലീം അഹമ്മദിന്റെ ഓസ്കാർ ഗോസ് ടു വേറിട്ട ഒരു ചലച്ചിത്രമാക്കുന്നതിന്റെറ പ്രധാന ഘടകവും. മനുഷ്യന്റെ സാമൂഹ്യ ജീവിതത്തിൽ താങ്ങും
സാത്താൻ, യമൻ, പിച്ചക്കരൻ, തിമിരുപിടിച്ചവൻ, കാളി, നാൻ എന്നിങ്ങനെ വിജയ് ആന്റണിയുടെ സിനിമകളുടെ പേര് തന്നെ എപ്പോഴും വെറൈറ്റി ആയിരിക്കും. ആ നിരയിൽ പെട്ട പുതിയ ഐറ്റമാണ് കൊലൈകാരൻ. ഒരുകാലത്ത്, തെന്നിൻഡ്യയെ ഇളക്കിമറിച്ച മ്യുസിക് ഡയറക്ടർ ആയി വന്ന വിജയ് ആന്റണി പിന്നീട് നായകനായി മാറിയത് നടനെന്ന നിലയിലുള്ള തന്റെ പരിമിതികൾ എല്ലാം അറിഞ്ഞുകൊണ്ട് തന്നെയാണ്,
ഫസ്റ്റ് അനൗണ്സ്മെന്റിൽ പരിഹാസച്ചുവ പടർത്തിയതും അശ്ളീലട്രോളുകൾക്ക് കാരണമായതുമായ ഒരു സിനിമാ ടൈറ്റിൽ ആയിരുന്നു 'ഉണ്ട' എന്നത് . ട്രോളുകളുടെ ബഹളം തീർന്നപ്പോഴാണ് പടത്തിന് പിറകിലുള്ള അണിയറ പ്രവർത്തകരെ ശ്രദ്ധിച്ചതും സംഭവം വെറും ഉണ്ടയല്ല ഇന്ന് പ്രേക്ഷകർ തിരിച്ചറിഞ്ഞതും.. അതോടെ പടത്തിൽ നല്ല പ്രതിക്ഷയായി. ഒരു സംഘം പൊലീസുകാർ പഞ്ചറായ ലോറിയുടെ ടയർ മാറ്റിയിടാനായി കൂട്ടായി അധ്വാനിക്കുന്ന
അങ്ങനെ, അബ്ദുൽ റഷീദ് സലിം സൽമാൻ എന്ന സൽമാൻ ഖാന്റെ പതിനാലാമത്തെ സിനിമയും -ഭാരത്- നൂറുകോടി ക്ലബിൽ കയറി. അതും റിലീസിന്റെ നാലാമത്തെ ദിവസം 130കോടി കളക്ഷനോടെ... താരങ്ങൾ പലഭാഷയിലായി ഇൻഡ്യയിൽ ഒരുപാട് ഉണ്ടെങ്കിലും, ആരാധകർ സ്നേഹത്തോടെ സല്ലുഭായി എന്നു വിളിക്കുന്ന സൽമാന് അല്ലാതെ ഇത്തരം ഒരു നേട്ടം മറ്റാർക്കും ക്രെഡിറ്റിൽ ഇല്ല. ഈ പതിനാലു
സക്കറിയയുടെ ഗർഭിണികൾ, കുമ്പസാരം എന്നീ സിനിമകളിലൂടെ ശ്രദ്ധേയനായ സംവിധായകൻ ആണ് അനീഷ് അൻവർ. ബഷീറിന്റെ പ്രണയലേഖനം എന്ന അത്ര ശ്രദ്ധിക്കപ്പെടാതെ പോയ സിനിമയ്ക്ക് ശേഷം മൂന്നുവർഷത്തെ ഇടവേളയെടുത്ത് പുറത്തിറങ്ങിയിരിക്കുന്ന അനീഷ് അൻവർ സിനിമയാണ് മൈ ഗ്രെയ്റ്റ് ഗ്രാൻഡ്ഫാദർ. ജയറാമിനെയാണ് നായകസ്ഥാനത്തേക്ക് കാസ്റ്റ് ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്നത് എന്നതാണ് അനീഷ് ഇത്തവണ ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്ന ഏറ്റവും വലിയ സാഹസികതയും വ്യത്യസ്തതയും. ശരാശരിയിലും താഴെ നിൽക്കുന്ന , കാലഹരണപ്പെട്ട ഒരു സിനിമാനുഭവം..
ആരോഗ്യരംഗത്ത് കേരളം ഇതുവരെ അഭിമുഖീകരിച്ചതിൽ വച്ച് ഏറ്റവും മാരകമായ പ്രതിസന്ധിയായിരുന്നു 2018 ൽ കോഴിക്കോട് ജില്ലയിൽ പൊട്ടിപ്പുറപ്പെട്ട നിപ വൈറസ് ബാധ. ഒരു നാടും നാട്ടാരും ഭരണകൂടവും ഇങ്ങനെയൊരു പ്രതിസന്ധിയിൽ നിന്നും ഐതിഹാസികമായി അതിജീവിച്ചതും നിപയെ വരുതിയിലാക്കിയത് എങ്ങനെ എന്നതിന്റെ അത്യുജ്വലമായ ചലച്ചിത്രാവിഷ്കാരമാണ് ആഷിഖ് അബുവിന്റെ വൈറസ്. കൃത്യം ഒരു വർഷത്തിന് ശേഷം കേരളം മറ്റൊരു
മാസ്ക് എന്ന മലയാളസിനിമയുടെ പോസ്റ്ററുകളും ഫ്ലെക്സുകളും എറണാകുളം പോലുള്ള നഗരങ്ങളിൽ നിറന്നുയരാൻ തുടങ്ങീയിട്ട് മാസങ്ങളായി. ചെമ്പൻ വിനോദ് ജോസും ഷൈൻ ടോം ചാക്കോയും 'കട്ടയ്ക്ക് കട്ട' മുഖാമുഖം നില്കുന്ന ഡിസൈനും 'മുഹമ്മദും ആൽബിയും ശത്രുക്കളായ കഥ' എന്നുള്ള മാസ്കിന്റെ എക്സ്പെൻഷനും കാരണം ഒറ്റനോട്ടത്തിൽ തന്നെ ശ്രദ്ധേയമായിരുന്നു പോസ്റ്ററുകൾ. പക്ഷെ പടത്തിന്റെ റിലീസിനെ കുറിച്ച് വിവരങ്ങൾ ഒന്നും
പൊന്നാനിയുടെ ഭൂമികയില് നിന്ന് ഒരു ചാറ്റല്മഴ നനഞ്ഞ സുഖം പകരുകയാണ് തമാശ. നിത്യജീവിതത്തിലെ പരിചിതമായ കഥാപാത്രങ്ങളില് നിന്നും കടന്നുപോകുന്ന നിമിഷങ്ങളില് നിന്നും അതിവിദഗ്ധമായി നെയ്തെടുത്ത കഥ. അതിന് ജീവന് പകരുന്ന മികച്ച അഭിനേതാക്കളും കഥയുടെ താളത്തിനൊത്ത് കൈപിടിച്ചുകൊണ്ടുപോകുന്ന സംഗീതവും തമാശയെ 2 മണിക്കൂര് 10 മിനിറ്റ് നീളുന്ന സുഖമുള്ള അനുഭവമാക്കി മാറ്റുന്നു.
അധികം പ്രീ പബ്ലിസിറ്റി ഒന്നുമില്ലാതെ പ്രദർശനത്തിനെത്തിയ പെരുന്നാൾ സിനിമയാണ് ചിൽഡ്രൻസ് പാർക്ക്. പക്ഷെ സിനിമ തിയേറ്ററിൽ എത്തിയപ്പോൾ അദ്ഭുതമായി. ഷോ ടൈമായ ഒരുമണിക്ക് പത്തുമിനിറ്റ് മുൻപ് തന്നെ house ഫുൾ ആയിരിക്കുന്നു. യൂത്തും കുട്ടികളും കുടുംബങ്ങളും ഒക്കെയായി ആകെ മൊത്തം ഫെസ്റ്റിവൽ മൂഡ്. കാരണമെന്തെന്ന് ചിന്തിച്ച് നോക്കുമ്പോൾ ഒരേയൊരു പേര് മാത്രം.. സംവിധാനം-ഷാഫി ചുരുക്കം:
കിസ്മത്ത് എന്ന ഒറ്റ സിനിമയിലൂടെ മലയാളസിനിമയിൽ സ്വന്തം കസാലയിട്ട് ഇരുന്ന സംവിധായകനാണ് ഷാനവാസ് കെ ബാവാക്കുട്ടി. പൊന്നാനിയുടെ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തിൽ അവതരിപ്പിച്ച ദുരന്തപ്രണയകഥയായ കിസ്മത്ത് മലയാളസിനിമയിൽ ആദ്യമായി ജാതിവ്യവസ്ഥയുടെ ക്രൗര്യമുഖങ്ങൾ പച്ചയ്ക്ക് തുറന്നുകാണിക്കുകയും ചർച്ചയ്ക്ക് വെക്കുകയും ചെയ്ത സിനിമയായിരുന്നു. മൂന്നുകൊല്ലതിനിപ്പുറം ഷാനവാസ് കെ ബാവക്കുട്ടി തൊട്ടപ്പൻ എന്ന ടൈറ്റിലിലൂടെ വീണ്ടും വരുമ്പോൾ മലയാളികൾ ആകാക്ഷയോടെ ഉറ്റുനോക്കുന്നത് സ്വാഭാവികമാണ്.
18 വർഷങ്ങളായി ഭാര്യയിൽ നിന്നകന്ന് ലണ്ടനിൽ ഒറ്റയ്ക്ക് താമസിക്കുന്ന ബിസിനസ് പേഴ്സൺ ആണ് ആശിഷ് (അജയ് ദേവഗൺ). 50 വയസായിട്ടും ബോഡി നന്നായി കീപ്പ് ചെയ്യുന്ന ചുള്ളനായ ആശിഷ് ഒരു ബാച്ചിലർ പാർട്ടിക്കിടെ ആയിഷ (രാകുൽ പ്രീത് സിംഗ്) എന്ന 26 കരിയെ കണ്ടുമുട്ടുകയും അടുപ്പത്തിലാവുകയും ചെയ്യുന്നു. ആശിഷിന്റെ കരിഷ്മയിൽ വീണുപോയ ആയിഷ അയാളെ കഴിക്കാൻ
ರಿಯಲ್ ಕಥೆ ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಮಾಡುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ, ಬಾಲಿವುಡ್ ಸಿನಿ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರು ಎತ್ತಿದ ಕೈ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ಮತ್ತೆ ಸಾಬೀತು ಆಗಿದೆ. ಈ ಹಿಂದೆ 'ಕ್ವೀನ್' ಎಂಬ ಸುಂದರ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಮಾಡಿ ಗೆದಿದ್ದ, ವಿಕಾಸ್ ಬಹ್ಲ್ ಮತ್ತೆ ಗೆಲುವಿನ ಸೂಚನೆ ನೀಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಸೋಲು ಗೆಲುವು ಎಲ್ಲದಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಒಂದು ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. 'ಸೂಪರ್ 30' ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಹೆಸರಿಗೆ ತಕ್ಕ ಹಾಗೆ ಸೂಪರ್ ಆಗಿದೆ.
ಐದು ಗೆಳೆಯರು ಪ್ರವಾಸ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಆ ಪ್ರವಾಸದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಯಾನಕ ಘಟನೆಗಳು ನಡೆಯುತ್ತವೆ. ಆ ಘಟನೆಗಳ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಚಿತ್ರಕಥೆಯೇ 'ಚಿತ್ರಕಥಾ' ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಕಥೆಯ ಒನ್ ಲೈನ್ ಕೇಳಿದರೆ, ಈ ರೀತಿಯ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಬಹಳ ಬಂದಿವೆ ಎನಿಸಿದರೂ, ಇದು ಕೊಂಚ ಬೇರೆ ರೀತಿ ಇದೆ. ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲರ್ ಜಾನರ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂದಿರುವ ಈ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನೋಡಲು ಬೇಸರ ಆಗಲ್ಲ. ಹೊಸಬರ
ಪ್ರಿಯಾಂಕಾ ಉಪೇಂದ್ರ ಅಭಿನಯದ ದೇವಕಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಜುಲೈ 5 ರಂದು ರಾಜ್ಯಾದ್ಯಂತ ತೆರೆಕಂಡಿದೆ. ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನೋಡಿದ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರು ದೇವಕಿ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಖುಷಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಸಖತ್ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲಿಂಗ್ ಆಗಿದೆ, ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಸಸ್ಪೆನ್ಸ್ ಮಿಸ್ಟರಿ ಕಥೆ ಹೊಂದಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಲೋಹಿತ್ ಅವರ ಕೆಲಸಕ್ಕೆ ಮೆಚ್ಚುಗೆ ವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾಗಿದ್ದು, ತಾಂತ್ರಿಕವಾಗಿ ದೇವಕಿ ರೋಚಕತೆಯಿಂದ ಕೂಡಿದೆಯಂತೆ. ಮಮ್ಮಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ನಂತರ
ಇದು ಅಮ್ಮ ಮಗಳ ಕಥೆ. ಹಾಗೆಂದ ಮಾತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಸೆಂಟಿಮೆಂಟ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಅಲ್ಲ... ಇಲ್ಲಿ ರೌಡಿಗಳ ಕೌರ್ಯ ಇದೆ ಹಾಗೆಂದು ಇದು ರೌಡಿಂಸಂ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಅಲ್ಲ... ಮಾಫಿಯಾ ಜಗತ್ತಿನ ಅನಾವರಣ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಆದ್ರೆ, ಇದು ಅಂಡರ್ ವರ್ಲ್ಡ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಅಲ್ಲವೇ ಅಲ್ಲ.... ಆದರೆ, ಇಷ್ಟೂ ಅಂಶಗಳು ಬೇರೆಯದ್ದೆ ಶೈಲಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುವ ಪಕ್ಕಾ ರಿಯಲಿಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾವೇ 'ದೇವಕಿ'.
ಹ್ಯಾಟ್ರಿಕ್ ಹೀರೋ ಶಿವರಾಜ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ರುಸ್ತುಂ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನಿನ್ನೆ ತೆರೆಕಂಡಿದೆ. ಕಂಪ್ಲಿಟ್ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ಮಸಾಲೆ, ಮಾಸ್ ಪ್ರಿಯರಿಗೆ ಹೇಳಿ ಮಾಡಿಸಿದ ಚಿತ್ರ, ಶಿವಣ್ಣ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು ಫುಲ್ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ ಆಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂಬುದು ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನೋಡಿ ಬಂದ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ. ಫಿಲ್ಮಿಬೀಟ್ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೂ ರುಸ್ತುಂ ಚಿತ್ರದ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಚಿತ್ರದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯನ್ನ ಹುಸಿಮಾಡದ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ರವಿವರ್ಮ,
ಹ್ಯಾಟ್ರಿಕ್ ಹೀರೋ ಶಿವರಾಜ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಬಹು ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯ 'ರುಸ್ತುಂ' ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಇಂದು ರಾಜ್ಯದಾದ್ಯಂತ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಸಾಹಸ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ರವಿವರ್ಮ ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿಗೆ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ಕಟ್ ಹೇಳಿರುವ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಕನ್ನಡ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಹಿಂದಿ, ತಮಿಳು, ತೆಲುಗು ಚಿತ್ರಗಳು ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಭಾಷೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಹಸ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ ಮಾಡಿರುವ ರವಿವರ್ಮ ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿಗೆ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ಕಟ್ ಹೇಳಿ ಸೈ
ಸಾಹಸ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ರವಿವರ್ಮ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ ಮಾಡಿರುವ ಮೊದಲ ಚಿತ್ರ. ಬಹುಶಃ ಸಿಕ್ಕಾಪಟ್ಟೆ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ಇರಬಹುದು. ಅದೇನ್ ಮಾಡಿರ್ತಾರೋ ಅಂದುಕೊಂಡು ಹೋದವರಿಗೆ ರುಸ್ತುಂ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಖಂಡಿತಾ ನಿರಾಸೆ ಮಾಡಲ್ಲ. ಸಖತ್ ಕಿಕ್ ಕೊಡುವುದರ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಇಷ್ಟವಾಗುತ್ತೆ. ಪೂರ್ತಿ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಓದಿ....
ಬಾಲಿವುಡ್ ನ ಹ್ಯಾಂಡ್ ಸಮ್ ಹಂಕ್ ಶಾಹಿದ್ ಕಪೂರ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಕಬೀರ್ ಸಿಂಗ್ ಇಂದು ದೇಶದಾದ್ಯಂತ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಕಬೀರ್ ಸಿಂಗ್ ತೆಲುಗಿನ ಸೂಪರ್ ಹಿಟ್ ಅರ್ಜುನ್ ರೆಡ್ಡಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಹಿಂದಿ ರಿಮೇಕ್ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ಗೊತ್ತಿರಲಿ. ವಿಜಯ್ ದೇವರಕೊಂಡ ಮತ್ತು ಶಾಲಿನಿ ಪಾಂಡೆ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಅರ್ಜುನ್ ರೆಡ್ಡಿ ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಸಂದೀಪ್ ವಾಂಗ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ಕಟ್ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದರು.
ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ನಟರ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸಣ್ಣಪುಟ್ಟ ಪಾತ್ರಗಳನ್ನ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ವರ್ಧನ್ ತೀರ್ಥಹಳ್ಳಿ ನಾಯಕನಾಗಿ ನಟಿಸಿರುವ ಚಿತ್ರ ಹಫ್ತಾ. ಪೋಸ್ಟರ್ ಮತ್ತು ಟ್ರೈಲರ್ ಬಹಳ ಗಮನ ಸೆಳೆದಿತ್ತು. ಎರಡು ವಿಭಿನ್ನ ಶೇಡ್ ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಣಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ ವರ್ಧನ್ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ಗಮನ ಸೆಳೆದಿದ್ದರು. ಇದೀಗ, ಸಿನಿಮಾ ರಿಲೀಸ್ ಆಗಿದೆ. ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯಂತೆ ವಸೂಲಿ, ಕೊಲೆ, ಜೊತೆಗೊಂದು ಲವ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿ ಜೊತೆ ಥಿಯೇಟರ್ ಗೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ.
ರಿಯಲ್ ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ಉಪೇಂದ್ರ ಮತ್ತು ರಚಿತಾ ರಾಮ್, ಸೋನು ಗೌಡ ಅಭಿನಯಿಸಿದ್ದ ಐ ಲವ್ ಯೂ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಜೂನ್ 14 ರಂದು ರಾಜ್ಯಾದ್ಯಂತ ತೆರೆಕಂಡಿದೆ. ಉಪ್ಪಿ ಶೈಲಿಯ ಟಿಪಿಕಲ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಎಂದು ಭಾರಿ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಮೂಡಿಸಿದ್ದ ಐ ಲವ್ ಯೂ ಚಿತ್ರ ನೋಡಲು ಉಪ್ಪಿ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು ಮುಗಿಬಿದ್ದಿದ್ದರು. ಆಮೇಲೆ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನೋಡಿ ಹೊರಬಂದ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರು ಐ ಲವ್
''ಲವರ್ ಗಿಂತ ಹೆಂಡತಿ ಮುಖ್ಯ.. ನಾವು ಪ್ರೀತಿಸೋ ಲವರ್ ಗೆ ಐ ಲವ್ ಯೂ ಹೇಳುವ ಬದಲು, ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಪ್ರೀತಿಸೋ ಹೆಂಡತಿಗೆ ಐ ಲವ್ ಯೂ ಹೇಳಬೇಕು'' ಇದು ಐ ಲವ್ ಯು ಸಿನಿಮಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಗುವ ಸಂದೇಶ. ಈ ಸಂದೇಶವೆನೋ ಉತ್ತಮವಾಗಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ, ಈ ಒಂದು ಮೇಸೆಜ್ ಕೇಳಲು 2 ಗಂಟೆ 2 ನಿಮಿಷ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರು ಕಷ್ಟಪಟ್ಟು ಕೂರಬೇಕು.
'ಟೈಗರ್ ಜಿಂದಾ ಹೈ' ಹಾಗೂ 'ಸುಲ್ತಾನ್' ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳ ಬಳಿಕ ಮತ್ತೆ 'ಭಾರತ್' ಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಅಲಿ ಅಬ್ಬಾಸ್ ಜಾಫರ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಲ್ಮಾನ್ ಖಾನ್ ಒಂದಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ. 'Ode to my Father' ಎಂಬ ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಕೊರಿಯಾ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ರಿಮೇಕ್ ಇದಾಗಿದೆ. ಭಾರತ್ ಎಂಬ ಮಿಡಲ್ ಕ್ಲಾಸ್ ಹುಡುಗನ ಕಲರ್ ಫುಲ್ ಕಥೆ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರಿಗೆ ಇಷ್ಟ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ.
'ಅಮರ್' ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಹೇಗಿದೆ..? ಅಭಿಷೇಕ್ ಹೇಗೆ ನಟಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ..? ಇದು ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೆ ಇದ್ದ ಕುತೂಹಲ. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಕಾರಣ ಅಂಬರೀಶ್ ಪುತ್ರನ ಮೊದಲ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಇಂತಹ ಆ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಉತ್ತರ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದೆ. 'ಅಮರ್' ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನಿನ್ನೆ (ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ) ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರಿಂದ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗೆ ಮಿಶ್ರ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದೆ. ಅದೇ ರೀತಿ ವಿಮರ್ಶಕರು ಸಹ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗೆ ಮಿಶ್ರ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ನೀಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಕೆಲವರಿಗೆ ಚಿತ್ರ
ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ನಾಗಶೇಖರ್ ಲವ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿ ಮಾಡುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ ಎತ್ತಿದ ಕೈ ಎಂದು ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ತೋರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅದೇ ರೀತಿ ಇಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಒಂದು ಸುಂದರ ಪ್ರೇಮಕಥೆಯನ್ನು ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರಿಗೆ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅಪ್ಪನಂತೆ ಗತ್ತು ತೋರಿಸುತ್ತ, ಡೈಲಾಗ್, ಫೈಟ್ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಲವರ್ ಬಾಯ್ ಆಗಿ ಅಭಿ ಆಗಮನ ಆಗಿದೆ.
ಹರಿಪ್ರಿಯಾ ಮತ್ತು ಸುಮಲತಾ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಡಾಟರ್ ಆಫ್ ಪಾರ್ವತಮ್ಮ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನಿನ್ನೆ (ಮೇ 24) ರಾಜ್ಯಾದ್ಯಂತ ತೆರೆಕಂಡಿದೆ. ಇದೊಂದು ಮಹಿಳಾ ಪ್ರಧಾನ ಸಿನಿಮಾವಾಗಿದ್ದು, ಇದೇ ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿಗೆ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ಒರಿಯೆಂಟೆಡ್ ಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಹರಿಪ್ರಿಯಾ ನಟಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಈ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಡಾಟರ್ ಆಫ್ ಪಾರ್ವತಮ್ಮ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಬಹಳ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಹುಟ್ಟುಹಾಕಿತ್ತು. ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯಂತೆ ಹರಿಪ್ರಿಯಾ ಸಕ್ಸಸ್ ಆಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೂ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ರೆಸ್ಪಾನ್ಸ್
ಸಿಐಡಿ ಆಫೀಸರ್ ವೈದೇಹಿ. ಯಾವುದೇ ಪ್ರಕರಣ ಆದ್ರೂ ಕೂಲ್ ಆಗಿ ಡೀಲ್ ಮಾಡೋ ರೆಬೆಲ್ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿ. ಒಂದು ಕೊಲೆ, ಅದರ ಸುತ್ತ ಹಲವು ಅನುಮಾನ. ಕ್ರಿಮಿನಲ್ ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ ಚಕ್ರವ್ಯೂಹ ಭೇದಿಸಿ ಅದು ಕೊಲೆನಾ ಅಥವಾ ಆತ್ಮಹತ್ಯೆನಾ ಎಂದು ಇತಿಶ್ರೀ ಹಾಡುವ ಲೇಡಿ ಸಿಂಗಂ ಕಥೆ ಡಾಟರ್ ಆಫ್ ಪಾರ್ವತಮ್ಮ.
ಜೀವನ ಎಂಬ ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು ಕೆಲವೊಮ್ಮೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಪಾತ್ರದ ಬದಲಿಗೆ ಬೇರೆ ಪಾತ್ರವನ್ನೇ ಮಾಡುವ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿ ಬರುತ್ತದೆ. 'ಸೂಜಿದಾರ' ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಕೂಡ ಅಂತಹ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುವ ಎರಡು ಪಾತ್ರಗಳ ಕಥೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಸೂಜಿದಾರವನ್ನು ಬಟ್ಟೆ ಹೊಲಿಯಲು ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲದೆ, ಮೈ ಮನವನ್ನು ಹೋಲಿಯಲು ಬಳಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಎರಡು ಪಾತ್ರಗಳ ಈ ಭಾವನಾತ್ಮಕ ಕಥೆ ಇಷ್ಟ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ.
ಒಬ್ಬ ನಿಜವಾದ ಕಲಾವಿದನಿಗೆ ಅಳಿವಿಲ್ಲ ಹಾಗೂ ಅವನ ಕೊನೆಯುಸಿರಿರುವವರೆಗೂ ಆತ ಜೀವಂತ ಅನ್ನೋದನ್ನ ಮತ್ತೋಮ್ಮೆ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಅವರು ಸಾಬೀತು ಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಒಂದು ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ನಡೆಯುವ ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯ ಘಟನೆಗಳು, ಅವುಗಳ ತಾಳ, ಮೇಳ, ಲಯ ತಪ್ಪಿದಾಗ ಏನಾಗುತ್ತದೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದೇ ಈ ಪ್ರೀಮಿಯರ್ ಪದ್ಮಿನಿಯ ವಿಶೇಷ. ಮೊದಲನೆಯದಾಗಿ ಈ ಪ್ರೀಮಿಯರ್ ಪದ್ಮಿನಿ ಚಿತ್ರವನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಮಾಡಿದ ಶೃತಿ ನಾಯ್ಡು ಹಾಗೂ
8ಎಂಎಂ ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಬಳಿಕ ನಟ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಮಾಡಿರುವ ಹೊಸದೊಂದು ಪಾತ್ರ. ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಶೈಲಿಯ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳನ್ನ ಮೀರಿದ ಚಿತ್ರವಿದು. ಈ ಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣವಾಗಿ ಹೊಸ ರೀತಿಯ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ನೋಡಬಹುದು ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಚಿತ್ರ ಪ್ರೀಮಿಯರ್ ಪದ್ಮಿನಿ. ಹೇಳಿದಂತೆ ಇದು ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಅವರನ್ನ ಹೊಸ ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಣಬಹುದಾದ ಚಿತ್ರವಿದು. ನಿನ್ನೆಯಷ್ಟೇ ಪ್ರೀಮಿಯರ್ ಪದ್ಮಿನಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ತೆರೆಕಂಡಿದೆ. ಭಾವನಾತ್ಮಕ ಮನರಂಜನೆ ಮೂಲಕ
ಕನ್ನಡ ಚಿತ್ರರಂಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೌಟುಂಬಿಕ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳು ಕಡಿಮೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಿವೆ ಎಂಬ ಆಪಾದನೆ ಇದೆ. ಈ ಆಪಾದನೆಗೆ ತಕ್ಕ ಉತ್ತರ ಈ ಪ್ರೀಮಿಯರ್ ಪದ್ಮಿನಿ. ಮದುವೆ, ವಿಚ್ಛೇದನ, ಪ್ರೀತಿ, ಸ್ನೇಹ, ಬಂಧ, ಸಂಬಂಧ, ಭಾವನೆಗಳು ಸೇರಿದ ಮಿಶ್ರಣ ಇದರಲ್ಲಿದೆ. ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣವಾಗಿ ಕೌಟುಂಬಿಕ ಮನರಂಜನೆ ಹೊಂದಿರುವ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಪೂರ್ತಿ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಮುಂದೆ ಓದಿ...
ನಿರ್ಮಾಪಕ ಕೆ ಮಂಜು ಅವರ ಮಗ ಶ್ರೇಯಸ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಚೊಚ್ಚಲ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಪಡ್ಡೆಹುಲಿ ರಾಜ್ಯಾದ್ಯಂತ ಈ ವಾರ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ರಾಕ್ ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ಹುಡುಗನ ಕಥೆ ಹೊಂದಿರುವ ಈ ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಮೊದಲ ದಿನ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರಿಂದ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದೆ. ಮೊದಲ ಸಿನಿಮಾದಲ್ಲೇ ಅಭಿನಯ, ಡ್ಯಾನ್ಸ್, ಫೈಟ್ ಎಲ್ಲದರಲ್ಲೂ ಗಮನ ಸೆಳೆದಿರುವ ಶ್ರೇಯಸ್ ಯಂಗ್ ಟೈಗರ್ ಆಗಿ ಮಿಂಚಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಒಬ್ಬ
ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಬ್ಬರ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲೂ ಸೋಲು ಮತ್ತು ಗೆಲುವು ಇದ್ದೇ ಇರುತ್ತೆ. ಸೋತು ತಕ್ಷಣ ಅದೇ ಅಂತಿಮವಾಗಲ್ಲ. ಆ ಸೋಲುಗಳನ್ನೇ ಮೆಟ್ಟಿಲು ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು ಗೆಲುವಿನ ಗುರಿ ಮುಟ್ಟಬೇಕು. ಇದೇ ಸೂತ್ರ ಇಟ್ಟಕೊಂಡು ಜೀವನದ ಗುರಿಯನ್ನ ಸಾಧಿಸಲು ಹೊರಟ 'ರಾಕ್ ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ಪಡ್ಡೆಹುಲಿಯ' ಕಥೆ ಇದು. ಕೆ ಮಂಜು ಮಗ ಶ್ರೇಯಸ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಮೊದಲ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯ ಮಟ್ಟ ತಲುಪಿಲ್ಲ ಅಂದ್ರೂ
ಪವರ್ ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ಪುನೀತ್ ರಾಜ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣದ ಚೊಚ್ಚಲ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಕವಲುದಾರಿ ಈ ವಾರ ರಾಜ್ಯಾದ್ಯಂತ ತೆರೆಕಂಡಿದೆ. ರಿಷಿ, ಅನಂತ್ ನಾಗ್ ಮುಖ್ಯಭೂಮಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಟಿಸಿರುವ ಈ ಚಿತ್ರವನ್ನ ಹೇಮಂತ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಸಸ್ಪೆನ್ಸ್ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲರ್ ಕಥೆ ಹೊಂದಿರುವ ಈ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಟ್ರೈಲರ್ ಮೂಲಕ ಭಾರಿ ಕುತೂಹಲ ಮೂಡಿಸಿತ್ತು. ಆ ಕುತೂಹಲ, ಆ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲಿಂಗ್ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಕ್ತಾ?
ಒಂದು ಕೊಲೆಯ ಸುತ್ತ ಹೆಣೆದ ಪಕ್ಕಾ ಕ್ರೈಮ್ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲರ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ 'ಕವಲುದಾರಿ'. ಇಡೀ ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಕಥೆ ಪೊಲೀಸ್ ತನಿಖೆಯ ಮೇಲೆ ಇದೆ. ಈ ಸಿನಿಮಾವನ್ನು ಅರ್ಥ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕನ ಚುರುಕುತನವೂ ಮುಖ್ಯ. ಎಲ್ಲ ಕಮರ್ಷಿಯಲ್ ಅಂಶಗಳನ್ನು ಕಟ್ಟಿಟ್ಟು ಮಾಡಿರುವ ಈ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಎಲ್ಲ ವರ್ಗದ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರಿಗೆ ಇಷ್ಟ ಆಗುವುದು ಕಷ್ಟ.
'ಕವಚ' ಚಿತ್ರದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಒಂದೇ ಸಾಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಹೇಳಬೇಕು ಅಂದರೆ ಇದು ಅಂಧನ ಅಂದವಾದ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಮಲೆಯಾಳಂ 'ಒಪ್ಪಂ' ಸಿನಿಮಾವನ್ನು ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ಒಪ್ಪುವ ಹಾಗೆ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಶಿವಣ್ಣ ನಟನ ಸಾಮರ್ಥ್ಯ ತೋರಿಸುವ ಅದ್ಭುತ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಇದು. ಕ್ರೌರ್ಯ ಹಾಗೂ ಕರುಣೆಯ ಮಿಶ್ರಣವೇ 'ಕವಚ'. ಶಿವಣ್ಣ ಸಂದರ್ಶನ: ನಾನು ಕಾಯಾ, ವಾಚಾ, ಮನಸಾ ತೊಡಗಿಸಿಕೊಂಡ ಚಿತ್ರ 'ಕವಚ'
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Max Verstappen won this month’s Austrian Grand Prix to give the Red Bull-Honda partnership its first victory together, and should have finished on the podium in the British Grand Prix but was wiped out by Sebastian Vettel.Verstappen thought he could have fought for pole at Silverstone, where Red Bull has traditionally had a major deficit in the V6 turbo-hybrid era, without a turbo lag ...Keep reading
BMW driver Wittmann has competed in the DTM since 2013 and has seen the series turn towards an international future, most notably by linking up with Japan's SUPER GT through the Class One regulations. Motorsport.com understands that a name change for the series is still under consideration, having first been mooted during the 2018 season.Wittmann told Motorsport.com that he believes a ...Keep reading
Rossi is under contract at Yamaha until the end of 2020, but has gone more than two years without winning a race and has suffered a poor run of recent form.The 40-year-old has scored only eight points in the last four races after recording three consecutive DNFs, causing him to drop to sixth in the championship behind factory teammate Maverick Vinales.Satellite Yamaha rider Fabio ...Keep reading
The Woking-based outfit has made good progress with its new MCL34, but it has been aware since the start of the campaign that an area where it is behind other cars is in slow-speed performance.With the tight-and-twisty Hungarian Grand Prix looming on the horizon after Hockenheim, McLaren knows that it needs to make a big effort in this area soon if it is not going to find itself losing ground ...Keep reading
The Briton, who famously tried to qualify for the Andrea Moda F1 team in 1992 (pictured top), will be returning to the cockpit for his rallycross debut in the Titans RX Europe series at Lydden Hill next week.McCarthy, who last competed at Le Mans in 2003 for Audi, will campaign a single-make, four-wheel drive PanteraRX6 in the Lydden Hill double-header. He will also take part in the remaining ...Keep reading
The FIA and F1 owners Liberty Media are working on a revamp of F1 that they hope will make the racing better and boost the sport’s popularity.Earlier this week a blueprint for the new 2021 car was revealed, with F1 chiefs committed to a ground effect concept that should allow cars to follow each other much closer.It has also emerged that F1 is looking at a whole new approach to tyres ...Keep reading
Ogier is currently third in the standings in his first season back with Citroen, having taken four WRC titles with Volkswagen and two with M-Sport Ford. The 35-year-old joins Extreme E – which is operated in partnership with ABB Formula E – as a brand ambassador and will “advise and support on everything from the Sporting and Technical Regulations to potential event locations and the ...Keep reading
The Bathurst Regional Council has confirmed that the original shortlist of three has been further cut down to two, with Mountain Motor Sports now out of the running.That means there are just two bidders remaining, Supercars and ARG.The former is understood to be planning a Goodwood Festival of Speed-style moving motor show and hillclimb event, to run alongside the Bathurst 12 Hour and ...Keep reading
The father-son duo made a pair of Bathurst appearances together in the late 1990s, failing to finish in 1998 before grabbing a fourth at Dick's farewell race in '99.However the Johnson dream team almost didn't happen. The younger Johnson has revealed that he was offered a full-time multi-year contract with Garry Rogers Motorsport for the 1998 season, taking the seat vacated by the British ...Keep reading
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On-track activity begins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday with practice for all four divisions with the track hosting a tripleheader on Saturday with the Modifieds, Xfinity and K&N Pro Series all in action.The Cup Series closes out the weekend with their only race at the track on Sunday. The schedule is subject to change and all times listed are Eastern Daylight Savings ...Keep reading
Do you think Kurt Busch's win Saturday was redemption for what happened at Daytona last week? Jim Utter: I think it was more of a personal redemption for Busch on the decision he made in the off-season to sign a one-year deal with Chip Ganassi Racing. He went to a new team with a new crew chief in a season in which a new aero package was debuted and quite honestly he's out-run Kyle Larson ...Keep reading
Click here for the weekend scheduleTrack: 0.894-mile oval near Newton, IA.Race distance: 300 laps / 268.2 milesFirestone tires per entry: 10 sets for use throughout the weekend.2018 race winner: James Hinchcliffe (Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda). Of this weekend’s starters, Ryan Hunter-Reay has three Iowa wins, James Hinchcliffe has two, while Tony Kanaan, Marco ...Keep reading
After a decade in Adelaide the event moved to the Victorian capital in March 1996, and it has been a regular fixture on the calendar ever since.It has been the opening race of the season every year except 2006 and 2010, when Bahrain had the honour of hosting the curtain-raiser.Next year’s event, already announced for March 15, will be the 25th to be held in the city.F1 boss Chase ...Keep reading
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Last summer Uralkali, led by Dmitry Mazepin, was one of the failed bidders who attempted to buy the struggling Force India team from administrators FRP Advisory LLP.Mazepin’s son Nikita was a Force India test driver from 2016-18 before joining Mercedes this season for a private test programme alongside his Formula 2 drive with ART Grand Prix.Uralkali believes that it made a ...Keep reading
After starting the season expecting to fight Mercedes for the title, Ferrari has failed to win a race this year whereas Red Bull claimed its first victory with Honda in Austria. Red Bull then showed greater pace than Ferrari in the British Grand Prix, at a circuit it has traditionally struggled in the V6 turbo-hybrid engine era. Binotto said of Red Bull: “They certainly improved, and ...Keep reading
Wood, who died in January this year, made his only appearance at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway as a driver in 1957 competing in a Ford Sunliner convertible.Wood enjoyed his best year in NASCAR’s Convertible Series that season, earning four wins, two poles and 23 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes in 36 races. He finished a career-high third in the series standings.Wood, with relief from driver ...Keep reading
The Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo shared by Andy Lally and John Potter will be decked out in black-and-white colors similar to those seen on the Saturn V rocket that propelled Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the Moon during the landmark space mission.Magnus will also run car number 11, instead of its usual 44, for Saturday's race, with the team also getting special ...Keep reading
The Spaniard is currently free of racing commitments, with his failed Indianapolis 500 assault with McLaren and tenure with Toyota in the FIA World Endurance Championship having now finished.Amid uncertainty about the future of Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari, recent speculation has linked Alonso with a potential return there next year – and sources have suggested the Spaniard's representatives ...Keep reading
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The Oschersleben-based squad, which ran current factory BMW DTM driver Joel Eriksson to the runner-up slot in the 2017 European Formula 3 season, has been in discussions since last year to join the series.BMW was open to having a privateer team of M4 DTMs on the grid for 2019, but this never came to fruition, while rival Audi managed to add an equivalent non-factory squad with top GT3 team ...Keep reading
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The award is intended to celebrate the unsung heroes of the FE paddock and in particular recognise outstanding engineering.Blanco, who first worked in FE as a reporter, was chosen as the 2018/19 winner “for his outstanding contribution to the sport and his team, with a special focus on innovation”, according to an official statement.An example of Blanco’s innovation this season is ...Keep reading
"Tickets worth Rupees 52,36,000 were unsold. Why all the tickets were not sold-out? DDCA started online ticket sale quite late that too without proper advertisement," Khanna claimed in a media release.
Axar Patel has become the highest placed India bowler in the latest ICC ODI rankings after breaking into the top-10 bowler's list while legspinner Amit Mishra has vaulted 25 places to enter the top-20.
TOI Sports runs the rule over the performers for India during their 3-2 ODI series win over New Zealand. A report card on the players who featured in India's first ODI series win at home in two years, over NZ across five matches.
Amit Mishra finished with 5/18, his second ODI five-wicket haul as India beat New Zealand by a whopping 190 runs at Visakhapatnam to clinch the five match ODI series 3-2. Mishra was named both Man of the Match and the Player of the series.
"His (Anil Kumble) mental support is the biggest thing for me. I sat out for the entire Test series but he supported me mentally and told me "don't worry, your time will come"," leg-spinner Amit Mishra said.
Bruised and battered by India after being bundled out for a meagre 79 while chasing 270 in the series-deciding fifth and final ODI, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson today termed the performance of his batting department as "frustrating".
Dhoni faced the conventional white ball and practised his trademark shots in a lengthy session at the nets. The series poised at 2-2, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli stayed away from the nets.
"I think the guys are pretty excited to do what no other NZ side has ever done before - come over here and win a one-day series. The excitement in the group is very high," Tim Southee said on the eve of the series decider.
Jadhav, who's playing in place of an indisposed Suresh Raina, bowled for the first time in international cricket when MS Dhoni gave him the ball ahead of the regular spin duo of Axar Patel and Amit Mishra on a seaming Dharamsala track in the first one-dayer.
After scores of 0, 12, 7* and 3, MS Dhoni was sent up the order to No. 3 against Pakistan and proceed to smash 148 off 123 balls with 15 fours and four sixes, setting the platform for India's 356/9 at Visakhapatnam in April 2005.
Sourav Ganguly insisted that Mahendra Singh Dhoni should stick to batting at No 4 which will enable him and Virat Kohli could play the finishers' role. The former Indian captain however said India were not becoming too much over dependent on Kohli.
Eyeing a historic bilateral ODI series win in India, New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor said they are hungry to win the five-match series decider on Saturday and make up for the 0-3 whitewash in Tests. "You don't often win series away from home especially in the sub-continent," Taylor said.
India's limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that the job of a finisher is one of the toughest and it is difficult to find a 'complete' player who is adept at batting in lower order and take the team through when the chips are down.
A look at the major talking points from the fourth ODI between India and New Zealand played at Ranchi's JSCA International Stadium on Wednesday where the hosts went down by 19 runs allowing the Kiwis to level the series 2-2
Novartis's Gilenya multiple sclerosis drug has won approval in China, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday, as the company expands further into the world's most-populous country's growing healthcare sector.
(Reuters Health) - Female cancer experts are more likely than their male colleagues to skip scientific meetings that could offer networking opportunities and a chance to catch up with the latest developments in their field, a new study finds.
Canada opposes any U.S. plans to buy Canadian prescription drugs that might threaten the country's drug supply or raise costs for its own citizens, officials have told U.S. authorities, in a new setback to the Trump administration's efforts to tackle high drug prices, according to documents obtained by Reuters.
Illinois will defy enforcement of the Trump administration's rule barring federally subsidized family planning clinics from making abortion referrals, the governor said on Thursday, vowing the state would step in to fund most of those clinics itself.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it will not ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which has been linked to health issues in children, from use on U.S.-grown fruits and vegetables.
An Ohio drug wholesale distributor and two former executives were charged on Thursday with profiting from the U.S. opioid epidemic by selling millions of pills despite signs the addictive drugs were being misused.
Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and rival Bernie Sanders are waging a public battle this week over universal healthcare, staking out competing turf on an issue that has become the most divisive in the party's primary campaign.
(Reuters Health) - People who have recently used cannabis may be more likely to experience memory deficits or difficulties with cognitive function than those who don't use the drug, a recent study suggests.
When young women use abortion services, the adolescent men who avoid becoming teenaged fathers go on to have better educational and financial futures than peers who do become teen fathers, a U.S. study suggests.
Thousands of people in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua have been displaced by fighting between soldiers and separatists, and at least 139 of them have died from malnutrition and disease, an aid group said on Thursday.
The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared Congo's Ebola outbreak an international health emergency, sounding a rarely used global alarm after the virus threatened to spread to a major city and into neighbouring countries.
Rates of malnutrition and disease are increasing in North Korea as it faces a harvest that is half of what was expected, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Thursday.
U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday called for heightened scrutiny of Puerto Rico's Medicaid program as the bankrupt territory seeks increased federal healthcare funding while it deals with repercussions from a government corruption scandal.
U.S. overdose deaths dropped last year for the first time in nearly two decades, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday, in a sign that a nationwide epidemic of drug-related deaths is abating.
(Reuters Health) - People who always work out at the same time of day get more exercise overall and are more likely to get the recommended minimum amounts of weekly activity, a small U.S. study suggests.
Ashutosh Gowariker’s period film is all set to release and there is a lot of buzz about the same. Lead actor Arjun Kapoor was in the news for his brand new look especially for the film. He is playing Sadashiv Rao and Kriti Sanon will be playing Parvati Bai.
Kriti revealed recently that she absolutely had no clue about who Parvati Bai was because firstly there is no information about her and secondly, that Kriti never was a good history student. So she relied heavily on her director’s take on the character.
What we know so far is that Parvati Bai will be portrayed as a physician in the movie and her character falls in love with Sadashivrao [Arjun Kapoor]. She accompanies him to the war.
Panipat: The Great Betrayal also stars Sanjay Dutt in a pivotal role and marks the first venture where Arjun and Kriti will be seen sharing the screen space.
Super 30 starring Hrithik Roshan is rather doing really well. The film has already minted Rs 70 crores at the box office. The actor is starring as Anand Kumar, mathematician, who teaches underprivileged students for IIT-JEE. The film has been made tax free in Bihar. Now, Rajasthan has followed the suit.
On Thursday, Ashok Gehlot, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, took to Twitter to declare Super 30 tax-free in Rajasthan. "#Super30 based on the real story of Mr. #AnandKumar is an inspiring film of recent times. It is an excellent example of exceptional willpower and determination, that despite all odds- success is achievable. We must take inspiration from such films and imbibe the value of 'excellence in education' in the youth of our society today. I hereby declare this film tax-free in the state of #Rajasthan. #Super30."
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) July 18, 2019
Hrithik was quick to respond and thanked for his gesture. "Thank you so much honourable @ashokgehlot51 Ji for blessing us with this privilege.," he wrote.
— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) July 18, 2019
Super 30 stars Mrunal Thakur, Pankaj Tripathi, Nandish Sandhu, and Amit Srivastava. The film hit the theatres on 12 July, 2019.ALSO READ: Hrithik Roshan, Sajid Nadiadwala and Super 30 team meet Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu
Prabhas’s Saaho date has been pushed to August 30, as speculated. The makers put out a statement with regard to this and claimed that the date has been pushed because they did not want to compromise on the quality of action sequences, for which they need some more time.
We told you first that Prabhas – Shraddha Kapoor’s movie will NOT release on the scheduled time, August 15 because two more movies are coming up on this date: Mission Mangal and Batla House. Also two major South films - Ranarangam and Evaru are slated to release on the same day.
The official statement claims that the makers are committed towards giving the best visual experience to their audience but also don’t want to miss out on releasing the film in August, hence have decided the date accordingly.
A spokesperson for the producers' shares, “We want to bring the best to the audience. For bringing finesse to the action sequences we need some more time. Although we are shifting the date from Independence Day but we want to stick to the month of Independence and patriotism with Saaho. We are dedicated to bringing the biggest movie on the largest scale.”
No compromise on the content and quality! The action begins in cinemas from 30th Aug. #Saaho releasing worldwide on 30.08.2019.#Prabhas @ShraddhaKapoor @NeilNMukesh @arunvijayno1 @sujeethsign @UV_Creations @itsBhushanKumar @TSeries #30thAugWithSaaho pic.twitter.com/Clne9tuiVS
— UV Creations (@UV_Creations) July 19, 2019
Saaho, will release in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. The Sujeeth directorial will also star Neil Nitin Mukesh, Jackie Shroff, Mahesh Manjrekar, Mandira Bedi amongst others.ALSO READ: SAAHO: Will the release date of the Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor starrer be pushed to August 30?
Ajaz Khan, better known as the ex Bigg Boss contestant, was arrested by Mumbai Police for making and circulating objectionable videos on Tik Tok. He mocked Mumbai Police and also instigated masses by promoting communal differences.
After a complaint was registered against him, he was nabbed shortly by the police. Police state that Ajaz was held because he was promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, creating hatred amongst people at large.
Ajaz was in trouble a few years ago after the narcotics cell found a stash of illegal drugs and substances, including ecstasy with him. He got out on bail.
Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff have been in the news since the teaser of their movie, War, as dropped on the internet. The movie has Tiger taking over Hrithik. The highlight of this film is of course that Hrithik and Tiger going at each other in carefully choreographed action sequences. Needless to say, both are looking sleek, suave and uber hot while they are at it.
According to latest reports, director Sidharth Anand has not left any stone unturned to make sure to impress masses with this much awaited movie. The makers have roped in Paul Jennings, Franz Spilhaus, SeaYoung Oh and Parvez Shaikh – four top notch action directors from all over the world to give us a world class experience.
Hrithik and Tiger have a combination of moves which they will display on the land, air and even water! Yash Raj Films has gone BIG with this movie which also stars Vaani Kapoor.
Ironically, it is releasing on Gandhi Jayanti – October 2.
Ranveer Singh is easily one of the most bankable stars in the industry right now. The actor has given two major hits in 2018 with Padmaavat and Simmba. Starting the year 2019 with Gully Boy, the actor had yet another blockbuster. With that being said, Ranveer Singh will receive the Dubai star soon alongside Shah Rukh Khan, cricketer Virat Kohli among others.
Just like Hollywood's Walk Of Fame in Los Angeles, Dubai will have its own Walk of Fame. They plan to kick off the Walk Of Fame with 400 stars in October 2019 in Downtown Dubai along the sidewalk of Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. They plan to have 10,000 stars by the time it is complete.
Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab was the first recipient of the Dubai star. Shah Rukh Khan will be the second recipient of a Dubai Star. After SRK, Ranveer Singh will also be receiving his star. Besides them, cricketers MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli will be honoured as well.
Hollywood stars include Dwayne Johnson, Rami Malek, Zachery Levi, international superstar Jackie Chan, K-Pop megastars BTS, Argentinian football player Lionel Messi among others.ALSO READ: '83: Ranveer Singh and team can't stop laughing as Chirag Patil breaks the bat during net practice
Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra are set to impress us with their crackling chemistry in Jabariya Jodi. The trailer has been getting rave response and well, the couple is not leaving any stone unturned to make sure that the movie is promoted well on all platforms.
They recently came on The Kapil Sharma Show for the same and entertained the masses with some interesting anecdotes.
Sidharth admitted that he flunked ninth grade. He said, “Yes, my attention was diverted by girls. But this (the failure) turned out to be a positive thing in my life as I was eventually moved to a co-ed school where I learned better. And I passed my 10th and 11th grade with good grades.”
Later, they were asked who they want to kidnap in Bollywood as their movie is based on kidnapping grooms for marriage. Parineeti said, "Saif Ali Khan. I have even told Kareena Kapoor how much I admire Saif.” Sid claimed that he would abduct Kareena's son, Taimur.Also Read: Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra were twirling with joy at the Jabariya Jodi trailer launch
Akshay Kumar, on Thursday, launched the trailer of the much-awaited space film Mission Mangal with his team Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menen, and Sharman Joshi. During the trailer launch, the actor was questioned about the controversy that happened between Kangana Ranaut and PTI journalist Justin Rao.
Speaking to the media during the trailer launch, Akshay Kumar said, “Humein aapki bahut zarurat hai (We all need you). The relation between media and an actor is very deep; like husband and wife. There will always be some nok-jhonk [tussle]. I just hope that it gets resolved because we need you [media] a lot. It is only through you that whatever I have to say reaches the people and vice versa. I hope this misunderstanding gets solved. I am not too clued in into this matter because I was in London. It is unfortunate, but I hope everything gets solved.”
— Bollywood Hungama (@Bollyhungama) July 18, 2019
A few days ago during JudgeMentall Hai Kya song launch, Kangana Ranaut ended up in a feud with PTI journalist for bashing Manikarnika. When the journalist introduced himself during Q&A, she said, “You were bashing Manikarnika. Have I done anything wrong by making a film on nationalism? You called me a jingoistic woman who is making a film on nationalism.”
To which the journalist replied, “You cannot intimidate a journalist because you are in a power position."
Coming back to Mission Mangal, backed by R. Balki and Akshay Kumar, directed by Jagan Shakti, presented by Fox Star Studios, produced by Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions and Fox Star Studios, Mission Mangal releases this Independence Day!ALSO READ: Mission Mangal Trailer Launch: Akshay Kumar speaks up on his film's clash with John Abraham's Batla House and Prabhas' Saaho
Akshay Kumar, on Thursday, launched the trailer of India's very own space mission film Mission Mangal with his team of space scientists including Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menen, and Sharman Joshi. While the multistarrer is set to release on Independence Day, the film will be facing off with two films - John Abraham's Batla House and Prabhas starrer Saaho.
Speaking about the same at the trailer launch event, Akshay Kumar talked about why in future it will become a major problem with many films clashing at the box office. The actor said, "In a year, more than 180 Hindi films release and then there are about 30 to 40 Hollywood films as well so there would be a lot of congestion. In the future, there will be more problems as maybe at that time four to five films may clash at the same time. There is no element of surprise in this and we should not blame anybody or blame each other and just go along with it."
Mission Mangal is an incredible true story based on a Mars mission accomplished by a team of scientists at India’s Space Research Organization (ISRO). While we know who is playing which character, we are waiting to watch the trailer to see how this team comes together to achieve a seemingly impossible task of reaching Mars in India’s maiden attempt, making it the only country in the world to set this record.
When asked why he encourages more patriotic films, Akshay said, "If such a great script comes to me, how can I not be a part of it? There is such a great cast. Bringing five female actors together was such a difficult task. I had to do the film."
Mission Mangal is based on a true story. This is director Jagan's first film. I have known him for a very long time. He used to assist AR Murugadoss and R Balki too. He is the guy who brought the story to me and told me all about ISRO. I don't know if our film will be a hit or not, but as I have told all my colleagues, we will always be very proud of the film. I have done around 150 films, but this is the film I am most proud of," says Akshay Kumar.
Backed by R Balki and Akshay Kumar, directed by Jagan Shakti, presented by Fox Star Studios, Produced by Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions and Fox Star Studios, Mission Mangal releases this Independence Day!
— Bollywood Hungama (@Bollyhungama) July 18, 2019ALSO READ: BREAKING: Mission Mangal’s trailer to be unveiled at a GRAND EVENT in Mumbai on July 18; trailer to be attached with The Lion King
Arjun Rampal is over the moon. Proud father of two lovely daughters, he now has son. Arjun’s partner Gabriella Demetriades gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Thursday morning at a hospital in Mumbai.
Arjun couldn’t contain his excitement. “How do I feel? Exhausted and exhilarated. I haven’t got much sleep. I’ve been here in the hospital, as tense and nervous as I was when my daughters were born; it feels amazing to be a father again. We were equally excited about a boy or a girl. But now that it’s baby boy I am happy to welcome him into our family.”
Apparently Arjun’s two daughters Mahikaa and Myra were with their father to welcome their baby brother. Says Arjun, “Mahikaa and Myra were with us when our boy was born. It feels like a complete family. I couldn’t ask for more.”
Arjun divorced his wife of 20 years Mehr Jessia in 2018 announcing the painful separation with the following joint statement: “After a 20-year-long beautiful journey filled with love and beautiful memories, we would like to share, that all journeys have different paths. We feel that it is time for us to move on to different destinations henceforth."
Soon after he plunged into a relationship with Gabriella.Also Read: PICS - Arjun Rampal hosts a baby shower for girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades
One of the biggest blockbusters of the year, Saaho which kick-started shooting in 2017 marking the return of Prabhas on the big screen after SS Rajamouli's Baahubali franchise. What is more interesting is that the film which has international stuntmen namely, Kenny Bates already- later, the makers roped in Rush Hour 3 fame Peng Zhang to choreograph the climax of Prabhas' Saaho which was shot in Abu Dhabi.
Earlier, the director Sujeeth had said that the shooting has taken even longer than expected because of the action which demanded almost two years of prep. The makers have shot an eight-minute-long action-packed climax, recreating a desert in Abu Dhabi. “A set resembling a ruined place was erected on a 10-acre land and special black soil was strewn over it to give it an authentic desert look. A team of 100 fighters from across the globe were hired for a larger-than-life action sequence involving Prabhas and the baddies. It cost Rs 70 crore and was choreographed by the internationally-acclaimed action director Peng Zhang of Hollywood biggies like The Last Samurai, Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Rush Hour 3,” revealed a source close to the development.
Last month, leading lady Shraddha Kapoor had flown to Austria to film a lavishly mounted romantic track and some scenes. In the same schedule, the team had also shot a dance number composed by Badshah with Jacqueline Fernandez in a special turn. After that, the team had reunited in Hyderabad for some patchwork with Prabhas. The multilingual, presented by Bhushan Kumar in Hindi, was finally wrapped up on July 15 in the Telangana capital.
Saaho is one of the most anticipated films, starring Prabhas. Paired with Shraddha Kapoor, the movie is being shot in three languages, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, simultaneously. The movie also has a superlative ensemble cast of Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Panday, Mahesh Manjrekar, Arun Vijay, Murali Sharma, amongst others. Saaho is a high octane action thriller which is presented by T-Series, produced by UV Creations and directed by Sujeeth and is set to hit the theatres on August 15, 2019.ALSO READ: SAAHO: Will the release date of the Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor starrer be pushed to August 30?
We all know how addicted Ranveer Singh is to sweets, especially Nutella! Well, as he is shooting for one of the most challenging films of his career so far, he is looking visibly fit as the Haryana Hurricane – Kapil Dev for ’83. There is a bunch of experts monitoring Ranveer’s diet and exercise for the movie.
It was revealed that because Ranveer is so fond of his Nutella, a healthy variant has been developed specially for him by his diet expert Anmol Singhal. It consists of avocado mousse which is rich in protein and dark chocolate chips to suit Ranveer’s palate.
In addition to this, Singh has been eating a healthy diet of jalapeno and crisp bacon omelette that comprises rolled oats, eggs, topped with mixed nuts and fresh berries.
’83 directed by Kabir Khan is slated to release next year. The film has a huge star cast headlined by Ranveer. It includes Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Ammy Virk, Harrdy Sandhu, Jiiva, Sahil Khattar, Chirag Patil, Adinath Kothare, Dhairya Karwa, and Pankaj Tripathi.Also Read: Ranveer Singh starrer ’83 to release in three different languages
Varun Dhawan has been rehearsing for six hours a day at an Andheri studio for Street Dancer 3D and well, he has unfortunately hurt his right knee while doing so. The actors are geared up for a climax of the film which is supposed to be a hugely mounted affair with top notch experts in the field of dance featuring in it.
Now, reports claim that Varun was practicing some Bhangra moves and he hurt his knee but he continued to practice despite the pain, being the professional that he is.
Varun was doing some Bhangra moves along with some Urban Pop and Hip Hop. He was rehearsing with Rahul Shetty, Dharmesh and Tashan from United Kingdom when he twisted his knee was hurt himself.
As the name suggests, Street Dancer 3D will feature many high octane dance stunts and moves. The movie will mark the Bollywood acting debut of popular dancer Shakti Mohan. The film is expected to release on January 24, 2020.
Sanjay Dutt has entered a new foray with production of Marathi film, Baba. He had announced the project few weeks ago dedicating the same to his dad, veteran actor Sunil Dutt. He was present at the trailer launch event of the movie where he spoke about the much awaited sequel of the famous Munnabhai series.
He was asked about its development to which he replied, “I pray to God it happens soon but this should be asked from Mr Raju Hirani (Rajkumar Hirani) director of Munna Bhai... series. I think he would be in a better position to answer this question. I am eagerly waiting to start shooting.”
It is rumoured that Rajkumar Hirani has been holding on this project till his name gets cleared from the Me Too case.
Sanjay Dutt will next be seen in Shamshera with Ranbir Kapoor and Panipat with Arjun Kapoor.
With a lot of lives on the line, Assam floods have taken a toll on the state as it is one of the biggest floods that they have witnessed in over 15 years. A lot of people are doing their bit by donating money and food for the people stuck in the floods. Along with the infrastructure, almost 90% of the Kaziranga National Park has been submerged in water and there are desperate measures being taken to save both humans and animals. Sarbananda Sonowal, The CM of the state has urged people to donate by however means they are able to in an attempt to bring the state back on its feet.
Actor Akshay Kumar has taken the initiative of donating Rs. 1 crore each to the CM relief fund and Kaziranga Park rescue. The actor has never shied away from being a generous soul and has always tried to help the country whenever he can. He took to his Twitter to announce this generous donation by tweeting, “Absolutely heartbreaking to know about the devastation by floods in Assam.All affected, humans or animals,deserve support in this hour of crisis.I’d like to donate 1cr each to the CM Relief Fund & for Kaziranga Park rescue.Appealing to all to contribute @CMOfficeAssam @kaziranga_”
Absolutely heartbreaking to know about the devastation by floods in Assam.All affected, humans or animals,deserve support in this hour of crisis.I’d like to donate 1cr each to the CM Relief Fund & for Kaziranga Park rescue.Appealing to all to contribute @CMOfficeAssam @kaziranga_
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 17, 2019
On the work front, Akshay Kumar is currently shooting for Sooryavanshi, a cop film being directed by Rohit Shetty.
Kareena Kapoor Khan has been keeping busy with her work schedule. The actress is juggling work between films and television. In May this year, Kareena made her Television debut as the judge on the reality show Dance India Dance. The show has rapper Raftaar and choreographer Bosco Martis as the co-judges. While the actress is busy shooting in London for Angrezi Medium, she has been flying back and forth to shoot for the episodes of the show.
But, it seems like she might miss one of the upcoming episodes. Two weeks ago, Bebo's sister Karisma Kapoor came as the guest judge on the show to fill in for her. Now, it seems like Kareena's BFF Malaika Arora will reportedly be taking her place in one of the episodes. Kareena flew back last week to shoot for the upcoming episode which had Arjun Patiala actors Kriti Sanon and Diljit Dosanjh as the guests. The episode will air in this weekend.
If Malaika Arora fills in for Kareena, it won't be the first time she will act as the judge. She has done shows like Nach Baliye, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and India's Got Talent
On the work front, Kareena Kapoor Khan has three films in the pipeline – Dharma Productions’ Good News, Dinesh Vijan’s Angrezi Medium and Karan Johar’s Takht.ALSO READ: Dance India Dance: Kareena Kapoor Khan is winning hearts as she dances to the beats of her song ‘Auntyji Auntyji’! [Watch video]
Arbaaz Khan has been associated with Sridevi Bungalow which has been mired in many controversies. On asked about the same he said that almost 80 per cent of the movie was finished before he was approached and hence he had no role in the story.
He admitted that he had voiced his concern to them as he didn't want to be associated with a project that may take undue advantage of something so unfortunate. But they guaranteed him that they weren't doing anything wrong. They even told him that they had registered the title before the demise of Sridevi.
In addition to this, the makers sent him the press clippings and interviews of the cast where they had clarified their stand.
Arbaaz Khan recently revealed that Dabangg 3 shoot will be finished hopefully by September. As of now, the shoot is 60 per cent complete. The makers are all set to release the film on December 20, as announced by them earlier.
With the promotions of Khandaani Shafakhana on her plate which is to be released on 2nd August and juggling between the shoots of Dabangg 3 and Bhuj: The Pride Of India, we can safely call Sonakshi Sinha as one of the busiest actresses of Bollywood. Around two days back, Sonakshi was shooting for the third installment of Dabangg in Phaltan, Maharashtra, where she received a very warm welcome. She is also starring in Mission Mangal which has huge ensemble cast including, Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi and more. The trailer of Mission Mangal will be launched on 18 July and the film is slated to release on Independence Day.