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Apr 282011
 

Tis’ true that God hates all Indians.

But God has reserved his most potent fury and venom for the Telugu peoples by depriving them of the gene that appreciates or discerns those beautiful things known as art, class and culture.

If class came and slapped Telugus hard on the face, those crass jackasses wouldn’t recognize it!

And if you want to know how we came to that depressing conclusion, it’s after watching the premiere show of Nenu Naa Rakshasi a short while ago at a theater on the U.S. East Coast.

Asinine Story

Only in a Telugu film would you find the heroine in the end going to prison for 18 months for merely uploading YouTube videos of people committing suicide while her boyfriend, a hired killer with several scalps to his credit/discredit, is gallivanting around town on his bike killing more people. Continue reading »

Apr 272011
 

Let the Stalins and the Lenins and the Molotovs preen all they want, but the new Tamil film Ko (Jiva, Karthika Nair) is not a big hit with Tamil movie fans.

At least, not at the UK box office.

Here’s how Ko fared in its opening weekend at the UK box office vis-a-vis a few other Tamil movies:

Related Stories:
Ko Review – Tamil Thieving Scumbags Strike Again; Karthika Nair Horrible, Clueless about Acting

Apr 272011
 

So much needless controversy for so many years.

Finally, our President Barack Obama decided to put an end to all the nonsense over doubts about his birth in the United States and got his full birth certificate released.

No, Obama was not born in Kenya.

Yes, Obama was born in Hawaii, a state in the United States of America.

Now (as Obama said this morning), can we all go back to addressing the more pressing concerns facing this nation.

Apr 272011
 

In reel life, Abhishek Bachchan’s character Vishnu Kamat is killed in the new Hindi film Dum Maaro Dum.

In real life, Abhishek Bachchan is forever getting kicked at the box office.

And the trend seems to be continuing with Dum Maaro Dum’s ho-hum BO numbers.

Helllloo, is anyone surprised?

Not us.

After all, this is Abhishek ‘Flop‘ Bachchan’s movie.

Here’s how Dum Maaro Dum fared at the U.S. box office vis-a-vis a few recent Bollywood films:

Related Stories:
Dum Maaro Dum Review – Third Rate Trash
Poor Response to Dum Maro Dum
Abhishek’s Dum Maro Dum is Garbage, say Critics

Apr 262011
 

Marriage is not only not a necessity but positively a hindrance to public and humanitarian work.
- Mohandas Gandhi, quoted in Great Soul by Joseph Lelyveld p.80

Alas, if only the Mahatma had come upon this great wisdom before his marriage he wouldn’t have put his family through so much stress.

Greatness often extracts a heavy price, sadly not from the great one but from those around the personality. Most often, it’s the family that pays the price. History is replete with examples.

Besides Gandhi, the other ‘great’ figure that quickly comes to mind is the Georgian monster and Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Like with Gandhi, the dictator’s family, particularly the wife and sons, paid a heavy price.

Related Stories:
Great Soul by Joseph Lelyveld – Chapter 3; Before he Became Mahatma, Gandhi was a Racist Swine
Great Soul by Joseph Lelyveld – Chapter 2
Great Soul by Joseph Lelyveld – Chapter 1
OMG, Was Gandhi an AC/DC?

Apr 262011
 

Last night, we were planning to embark upon the IMDB 250 odyssey that we mentioned to you all a few days back.

But in a last second reversal, we decided to watch the Chinese movie A World Without Thieves instead.

Boy, are we glad that we changed our mind.

Every schmuck knows about the IMDB 250 but how many of you yokels have heard of A World Without Thieves.

Answer us, putzheads. We’re talkin to y’all.

Never mind, that was just a rhetorical question. ;)

(Image: Netflix)

Sheer Class

A World Without Thieves is an object lesson to both aspiring movie-makers and veteran movie buffs that in the hands of a good screenplay writer, a fine cameraman and a gifted director, a simple story can reverberate on the screen louder and more powerfully than the greatest of stories!

Directed by Feng Xiaogang, A World Without Thieves is a simple but superbly told moral tale of touching innocence encircled by evil.

Two packs of wolves will stop at nothing in their relentless bid to prey upon and destroy innocence represented by Dumbo (Wang Baoqiang), a 21-year-old guile-less monastery construction worker, who naively believes there are no thieves in the world.

Dumbo is going home with 60,000 yuan in his satchel, a fact he loudly advertises right at the train station firm in his conviction  there are no thieves in the world.

But unbeknownst to Dumbo on the same train are two packs of wolves, who are constantly machinating new ways to separate Dumbo from his hard-earned money.

The first pack is a criminal gang  headed by the menacing Uncle Li and the second is a young couple Wang Bo (Andy Lau) and Wang Li (René Liu).

Packs a Lot

Much of the events in the movie happen on the train and the lens turns its attention mostly to evil, the two gangs eying the satchel, and to the struggle between the two groups for what seems like easy money.

In 100-minutes, A World Without Thieves packs a lot and offers so much. Continue reading »