Arrrrr . . . . thump
April 13, 2009
March 17, 2009
March 6, 2009
I’ve already been given inspiration to write – if I ever got into the screenwriting biz – a Bollywood adaptation of the Coen Brothers’ and Homer’s big screen epic, “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”
From the BBC (be sure to whistle the first couple of bars of “Liliburlero” first . . .)
“India’s governing Congress party has acquired the rights to Jai Ho – the Oscar-winning song from the movie Slumdog Millionaire.
Party officials say the song will be used as part of the election campaign to publicise Congress achievements.
The general election in India will take place between 16 April and 13 May. Counting is due on 16 May.
British director Danny Boyle’s Slumdog, based in the slums of the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay), won eight Oscars.
Bollywood composer AR Rahman and lyricist Gulzar won the Best Song Oscar for Jai Ho, literally meaning victory.
With its catchy tune and uplifting lyrics, Jai Ho has become immensely popular with the public in India.
Congress Party spokesman Manish Tiwari told the BBC the achievements of the government deserved to be saluted and the song best explained that.
“Our party has performed well, be it in governance or in its pro-poor policies,” Mr Tiwari said.
But a senior leader of the main opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Prakash Javdekar, told Reuters news agency: “This song will ensure their defeat because it will remind every Indian that millions of people still have to stay in slums because of faulty Congress policies.” “
One of the key scenes already came to me in a flash of twisted inspiration, as Pappy O’Nehru (played with suitably restrained, yet ebullient populism by Ben Kingsley) arrives at the Congress Party rally to find that the Soggy Bengal Boys are perfoming ‘Jai Ho’ to a standing, enthusiastically screaming crowd.
A homespun-and-turban -wearing George Clooney (he’ll probably jump into this with financing – the sacrifices we have to make for art) leans over to his sweetheart at the dignitaries table and stretches his fake beard, in a burst of comic relief designed to set the stage for an extended musical number leading into the arrival of the closet Kashmir separatist candidate (John Rhys Davies or Alfred Molina – I’m still tossing that stereotype around). The separatist unintentionally exposes his true colors and is dragged away by Congress loyalists.
O’Nehru then climbs on stage and teases his departed rival for being less than non-violent, to the laughter and applause of the audience. He then brings Clooney and the Soggy Bengal Boys to hand and exacts a public promise that they have renounced their ways.
“You will support Congress in the April elections, won’t you?” O’Nehru asks Clooney in a stern yet fatherly way, to which Clooney ferently asserts his agreement.
O’Nehru and the Soggy Bengal Boys then line up for a pull-out-all-the-stops rendition of “Jai Ho.”
I’m still trying to figure out how to do the lynching scene, although the Ganges at flood stage should be easy enough.
February 26, 2009
December 21, 2008
In a touching story bound to replace ‘A Christmas Story’ in our collective heart, some guy in Chicago painted a portrait of Rod Blagojevic assuming the position before checking into a federal correctional institute.
The only shame is that he’s not doing one of Cheney checking into confinement at the Hague.
From the Chicago Tribune (talk about a bunch of guys in the newsroom saying ‘Bend over, Governor!’):
“I was stunned when I found out what that criminal complaint [outlined],” Elliott said as he examined the painting in his Old Town studio. “Hopefully, someone is going to find this irreverent.”
Irreverent hardly begins to describe it. The scene imagines Blagojevich handcuffed and wearing an orange jumpsuit pulled down to his knees.
Among the onlookers is a guard, with a look of grim determination, pulling on a rubber glove.
The painting, which is taking Elliott a little over a week to finish, is titled: “The Cavity Search.”
Bet the artist is channeling the late Mike Royko.
December 14, 2008
Maxwell Smart obviously has an influence on terrorism and political assassins more than four decades later . . .
No, I am not making this up. He missed by that . . . much!!
Interestingly enough, more than five years go, Iraqis were beating on a toppled statue of Saddam Hussein with shoes. Dubya must be mildly embarassed.
And in a late breaking development to the Iraqi-U.S. securityagreement signed after the press conference, Iraqi forces are banned from carrying the following weaponry: clogs, hard-soled dress shoes, stilettoes, platforms, pumps, sabots, flip flops with soles more than 7/16″ thick, steel-toed boots, tap shoes, Doc Martens and anything worn by Sarah Palin.
October 31, 2008
One of my neighbors showed a delightful spark of non-partisanship on Halloween:
Guess they figured McCain had eaten enough pumpkin in Vietnam.
October 19, 2008
I’ve alluded to this particular photo for a few years, for the benefit of some of my readers (Does 5 count as some?).
Anyway, it’s over the jump – the rumored (rumoured to at least three of you) raccoon photo, taken in 1993 at an acquaintance’s residence.
I went to see the movie ‘W.’ It was like a five-year old sachertorte. It could have been delicious, but it was five years too late.
I just finished reading ‘Hubris’ by Michael Isikoff and David Korn a few days ago, and much of the film’s 2002-2005 moments track pretty well with that book.
Scott Glenn’s broad-brush portrayal of Donald Rumsfeld and Richard Dreyfuss’s Bela Lugosi-like depiction of Dick Cheney were enjoyable in an “I-told-you-so” way, and Thandie Newman was a well-done characature of Condoleeza Rice.
Toby James as Karl Rove; What an inspired piece of casting! Rove as a malignant Truman Capote.
Josh Brolin as Shrub – it deserves an Oscar for its depth in portraying someone so intellectually shallow.
As for Oliver Stone? Stone is pretty restrained here. Given the proven outlandishness of the real-life cast of characters inspiring, Stone didn’t have to resort (much) to methods already used in ‘JFK’ to move that version of events.
Most of the people I saw in the theater were, based on their demeanor and appearance, probably Democrat. The film’s appeal probably will be partisan and may have little if any real impact on the election.
But it still would have been better for this movie to have appeared before 2004.
October 18, 2008
Okay, so I used my lunch hour to walk over to the airport.
But that’s it. A Nikon D 40 or 50 is on my to-do list.
And a telephoto lens . . .
And even if the paint job is spurious, it looks good . . .
And sometimes classic is just the best.
Havea good weekend. I did.