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Book Review: Down and Dirty Pictures by Peter Biskind

If you have any interest in Hollywood, movies, independent film making, or just about the entertainment biz in general, this book is a must-read. Peter Biskind is the author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, a study of Hollywood movies during the Seventies. Down and Dirty Pictures is a sort-of sequel to that one, covering the period from the Nineties up ... Read More »

Book Review: Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie

Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie’s new novel, perhaps her most accomplished in several ways, could more effectively be used to build bridges without raising the ire of any political group. Without digressing into outright polemic, hewing firmly to the straits of the novel’s intellectualization of politics&#8212as against politic’s intellectualization of literature&#8212Shamsie’s work crosses the divide between Indian and Pakistani (and international) ... Read More »

More Than a Grudge and a Ring: Why Asian Horror Films Rock

I’ve been a fan of Asian cinema in general, and horror in particular, for a long time. Long before the recent Ring craze. Over the last decade or so, Asian cinema has taken over the horror filmm genre, and effectively left its own indelible stamp upon it. While western film makers continue to recycle the tame tired plots and ideas, ... Read More »

The Big O: Damien Rice Cuts Closer (To the Bone)

My no. 1 fave track right now is “Blower’s Daughter” by Damien Rice. My other no. 1 (ha, get it? two no. 1’s!) is “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley. And my third no. 1 (whew! I must have flunked math for sure) is “Dark Escape” by Midival Punditz. I’d play these three songs back to back all day long – if ... Read More »

Book Review: Number9dream by David Mitchell

David Mitchell’s Number9dream is an American novel. It just happens to be set in Japan, with only Japanese characters inhabiting it. But it’s still an American novel. Critics have lashed Mitchell for doing a touristy version of the Japanese novel. Fair enough, or, us critics being critics, unfair enough! So Mitchell’s Japan is a playground for an American’s imagination, but ... Read More »