6 Lessons we’ve learned from Pk !

Oh! Magnify !!!!

So in spite of much criticism , I thought that Pk had some key lessons for me and probably a few of us. And it’s release timing seems so apt, with what is going around politically and globally.

1.“Joh dar gaya who mandir gaya !”

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Wow! No that’s just so true. Religion has often been used an element of fear to control one’s life.

The Pharisee attitude and rituals have given way to religion and killed  the relationship  aspect with the creator.

2. “Bhagwaan se baath karein ka  communication system is gola ka total lull ho chukka hai /Yeh Wrong no hai.”

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Yup, we’ve all being dialing some wrong no’s here and certain superstitions and rituals cut off our communication lines with God. Some of these barriers may well be residing within us- Prejudice, hatred, bitterness, unforgiveness.

3.The concept of 2 Gods !

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Now this for me was probably one…

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PK Gives Hope to Bollywood

The Tea-Infused Typewriter

I’m not an avid fan of Bollywood movies (partially because I’d need subtitles to understand what’s going on and partially due to the fact that it’s not very believable as a genre in whole).

Having said that, PK was a remarkable surprise, one of the best offerings of the Indian movie making industry.

In short, the movie follows the search of an alien to find his stolen remote that he needs to take him home. Along the way he learns human languages, context, the necessity of clothing and most importantly how complicated and diverse our many religions can be. In a way, PK is similar to ET.

While some may say the concept of an alien landing on earth and learning the customs of the ever complex human race sounds like the beginning of a sci-fi film, the fact that P.K is an alien lends valuable content to the movie…

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OPEN LETTER TO ALL THE WOODS OUT THERE

MALENKY BIT POOGLY

People who usually speak against movies are crass, illiterate, and know nothing about film-making and appreciation. They watch movies just to complain about them. I am not one of those people, as you shall undoubtedly come to understand during the course of this letter. I have spent twenty years in the film industry, and my knowledge of its cracks and crevices exceeds that of the average layperson. My juice bar ‘Guilty Pleasures’ can be found in almost all major multiplexes around the world. I do not divulge this information to glorify myself; I merely do it in order to expel any doubts that may arise pertaining to my expertise in the subject at hand. My expertise has led me to write this letter, in which I shall discuss certain aspects of movies that are, by their very nature, a crime against humanity.

My friends always ask me why I watch…

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So You Want to Be a Storyteller?

Sam S. Mullins: a blog about anything

Really? Even if people won’t want to date you ever again for fear that you’ll one day talk about them on stage? You’re sure?

Okay. Welcome aboard.

Here’s a cheap glass of wine. Where we’re going, you’ll need it.

I’ve got to tell you – I think you’ve picked a great time to get into the story game. I mean, with the success of storytelling podcasts like The Moth, RISK!, Definitely Not the Opera, Snap Judgement and This American Life millions of people are now aware of the phenomenon of modern storytelling. Just about every city in North America now has a regular storytelling event, and there seems to be more opportunities for storytellers than ever before. For raconteurs like us, the getting has never been good-er.

But before you start speaking your heart into the crackly microphone at the local roti place’s storytelling event (at which no one is there to actually hear stories [they’re just there…

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Film Essays About Film

Write, Rather

What great things you can find by stomping around on the Internet.

Here are three really cool film essays about film from a Vimeo channel called Kogonada

I selected three that I really liked, but if you’re a video buff, you’ll probably spend some time checking out all the good stuff.

Here are my picks:

An interesting visual essay on two directors’ perspectives: DeSica and Selznick, one indulgent with visual narrative, the other following in the dominant Hollywood tradition of adhering closely to the plot.  Here is the article that explains it in Sight & Sound Magazine.

Offers visual details of Kubrick’s camerawork in what is called One-point perspective. Gorgeous and instructive.

This last one is on mirroring passageways in the cinema of Ozu.  Makes a beautiful impression on the art of directing.

Thanks Kogonada and Sights & Sound for these gorgeous film essays. I’m a fan.

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One Tool Every Mirrorless Video Shooter Needs

Photofocus (old site)

The Panasonic GH4 has taken the cinema world by storm–it’s a terrific video camera. One of it’s greatest strengths has also caused me some real grief: it’s so small, that lenses often interfere with the tripod mounting plate, and don’t even think about adding filters to the front of the lens!

This camera, and other Micro Four Thirds (MFT) cameras can be made to fit just about any lens ever made by any manufacturer, and the adapters are cheap. The trouble is, lenses made for DSLR’s are often too tall and hit the mounting plate on the tripod. Video plates are usually much longer than traditional still photography plates, and they are directional, so you really can’t just switch the camera the other way. In this picture, even a lens made for MFT, the Leica Nocticron, can’t fit to a plate.

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See how the camera body is tilted back, and…

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