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Dynamite (1929)

This post is a consequence of the last film review I did: that of the 1966 Dharmendra-Rajshree starrer, Mohabbat Zindagi Hai. A ‘marriage of convenience’ theme about an heiress who must marry in a hurry in order to inherit the wealth due to her—and chooses a man on death row as her husband, so that she can legally get her money, but is conveniently widowed. 2,796 more words

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Mohabbat Zindagi Hai (1966)

Considering ‘arranged marriages’ were—and still are—so common in India, the fact that old Hindi cinema tended to focus mostly on ‘love marriages’ seems rather odd to me. 2,466 more words

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Flying Lotus — You're Dead! (Warp)

Unsurprisingly, You’re Dead!, Ellison’s fifth and most ambitious Flying Lotus missive, is a loaded title. It ponders the ineffable inevitable, considering the question central to the basic human experience: What happens after we die?

Dusted | October 29, 2014


The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)

Looking through the blog posts I’ve published over the past few months, I realized what a long time it’s been since I reviewed one of those Hollywood classics, the type of film that people tend to recognize the name of, even if they’ve never seen it, or even if the film didn’t win any awards. 2,229 more words

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Steve Gunn — Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)

Way Out Weather, as a result, is richly layered without being overly dense, delicately detailed but not over-full.

Dusted | October 15, 2014


Iba't Ibang Hugis at Kulay ng Displacement

Noong nakaraang Sabado, dumalaw ako sa NCCA Gallery Intramuros Manila upang makita ang exhibit na kinabibilangan ni Kulay Labitigan.

Metaphor of displacement — yan ang nahinuha kong tema ng mga likhang-sining na kyinureyt ni Noell El Farol. 40 more words


Flower Drum Song (1961)

A very belated tribute to an actor I’ve actually seen only in a couple of films, but whom I like a lot: James Shigeta. The Hawaiian-born Shigeta passed away on July 28 this year, and it came to me as a shock a couple of days ago when I discovered that he was gone—and that no newspaper and none of the sites I occasionally visit—mentioned it. 2,092 more words

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