By Sushmita Bose
I’ve often wondered why Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo — that completes its 60th anniversary in a few days (May 9, 1958, was when the film released) was never remade. I’ve always put it down to being too much of a tough act to follow. It’s perhaps Hitchcock’s most complex, nuanced film — yes, even more, much more than Psycho — and definitely his most “sensory” one, and that’s not just because of the vertigo factor. Continue reading How the film Vertigo set a dizzying bar exactly 60 years ago
By Kelly Clarke
We’re doing a special issue on characters/superheroes pegged for Comic Con.” That was a line in an email I received from one of our assistant editors a few weeks back.
Continue reading I guess it’s never too late to jump on the cosplay bandwagon
By Maán Jalal
Many of us grew up watching Disney animated films. Those classic tales, many of which are based on Grimm’s Fairy Tales or other European folk stories, first established the standard of what to except from a “good” animated film. Disney also became synonymous with innovation, advancing the medium from hand-drawn animation to the computer-generated films we see today. These days, it’s almost unheard of to see an animated movie that is completely hand drawn. No matter how beloved the Disney animated films of the ’90s and even early 2000s were, they are now seen as old-fashioned.
Continue reading Why we need to break out of a comfort zone called Disney
By Deepa Narwani
A friend lent me a copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (book three) when I was in the sixth grade and it changed my life. Even though I didn’t read the books in chronological order, I was transfixed by the world J.K. Rowling created. Continue reading I went to Dubai’s textile souk to dress like my soul sister
By Rohma Sadaqat
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…there lived a humble fan who took a deep breath and dove headfirst into the world of cosplay. Continue reading There’s a reason why I see a bit of myself in Luke Skywalker
By Anamika Chatterjee
It is anything but easy to tell the ‘untold story’ of a Bollywood star. Yasser Usman should know. A senior film journalist, he has recently penned an unauthorised biography of Sanjay Dutt, titled The Crazy Untold Story of Bollywood’s Bad Boy (published by Juggernaut) after penning the life sketches of veteran actors Rajesh Khanna and Rekha. The actor, however, seems less than impressed. Recently, he issued a statement saying, among other things, that the book was “partly based on my old interviews but rest all seemed to be based on hearsay, 1990s tabloids and gossip magazines”. In a conversation with Khaleej Times, Usman stands by the “extensive research” that informs his book and, of course, why Sanjay Dutt makes for a fascinating subject!
Continue reading How to write an unauthorised biography of a film star
By Josh Arnup
I’ve read just about every, single, positive review of Black Panther, and the more I read them, the more I despise the movie. Black Panther isn’t perfect, nor is it bad, but it’s most certainly not great. Continue reading Why Black Panther didn’t work for me