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Sometimes the world rules…

Slumdog Millionaire: It’s fantastic that Danny Boyle teamed up with Vikas Swarup. It’s not often that a great novel gets to be made into good movie (yeah that went well…grrr  read here). I almost get a headache thinking about how much better Q & A is when compared to any Booker Prize-winning Indian novel.

Shoe-In: Cheers for George Bush-based flash games. Finally, sliced bread has stiff competition. I just hope Lebanon and Turkey don’t go to war over the shoe’s origins.

The Wrestler: Mickey Rourke’s stamp of approval for underground wrestling. Fake you too, soothsayers.

Trinket, Montane Trinket: A new species of snake has apparently been discovered near Goa. Added to that, a new forest has been discovered in the northern Mozambique region of southern Africa. Yippee…the world is having an abortion.

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Sometimes it chews on donkey balls…

Ghajini, It Seems: Apparently South India didn’t do enough damage to Memento. And kudos to that Bollywood guy who claims Ghajini is not a remake of Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece. He’s right, you know? It is not just a remake; it is a piss-poor, batshit crazy, self-defecating, puerile remake.

High School High: Congress has demanded that minority affairs minister Antulay should take his comment back regarding the death of Hemant Karkare. The minister apparently replied, “You take your comment back”, to which Congress said, “oh yeah…” thereby initiating a 2-hour staring contest.

Broadcast Media: With no specific natural disaster scheduled for next year and with Indian security being tightened up to avoid terrorist attacks, the media has now decided to make people paranoid about polio vaccination.

Popular Genes: A random study showed that teens become more popular if they carry the human gene linked to rule breaking, adding more steam to the theory that to rebel is to battle Attention Deficit Disorder.

Epiphany: Jeers to everyone in general for requiring a panel of experts to tell them “Indian and Pakistani journalists have been acting like nationalists instead of like journalists.” You could have dug up Helen Keller from her grave and asked her instead.

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conformityWithout politics, justice would wreak havoc on our lives. I really can’t see justice as anything other than pre-conceived faith that we are somehow expected to have in those who have long since spent their lives interpreting a largely Utopian concept into words and numbers. I prefer a corrupt system to an honest one simply because in the light of today’s social consciousness, people’s notions of morality and righteousness are far more dangerous than what they perceive to be unscrupulous and selfish.

Having said that, far worse are the pretensions that come along for the ride to ensure reckless abandonment of decorum. I even remember people hosting lighting candles during the aftermath of the Kumbakonam tragedy. Yes, nothing like an open flame to express a unified voice for the kids who tragically died in the fire.

It’s a twisted hyperbole we live in. One in which morality has spilled more blood than hate can even dream of and violence has saved more lives than good intentions ever could. A nonsensical wonderland where television makes viewers paranoid and religion encourages its’ followers to waste away their lives in fear and racial apathy.

And yet there are people out there – so convinced of their ability to straighten out other people’s socio-political priorities and so much in love with the notion that they are a part of a group that opposes what has prematurely and conveniently been identified as the root cause of a larger problem.

It’s the same logic that gave America four more years of George Bush and Indian cricketers the false notion that they are prima donnas. You could argue that it also paved the way for Barrack Obama to become the leader of the free world. However, Mrs Ann Dunham’s baby boy represented hope and change; two things that don’t belong in the same sentence as “collateral damage bah humbug…let’s just bom the fuck out of Pakistan”.

So what I am saying here, dear random sender of self-righteous email #32, solidarity against terror is absolutely pointless when most of the individuals expressing it are completely irrelevant to our country’s anti-terrorism processes. And if your idea of a perfect world involves hate and fear binding individuals together, I shudder to even imagine what your vision of dystopia is.

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DJ Shadow – Midnight In A Perfect World

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barack-obama-2Distance does wonders to my sense of economic and social optimism. I’m over 8,000 miles away from any possible proof of Obama’s wave of change. Maybe that’s why I think the United States of America now has an opportunity to start afresh.

This history victory has also scripted new venues for hip-hop musicians from Ludacris, Lil Wayne to Jay Z to voice their opinion on Barack Obama. Militant hip-hop legends Public Enemy certainly is not an exception to this newfound interest that African Americans have started nurturing for their country. They have been tearing shit up since their sophomore album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back held the mainstream charts hostage. Containing arguably two of the greatest political tracks in Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos and Fight The Power, the album was raved and ranted about. Critics called it obnoxious, funky, avant-garde, political, and polemic amongst other things.

public_enemyMuse Sick N Hour Mess Age is the first hip-hop album I bought. One of the tracks – Stop In The Name – had Chuck D spitting out an incendiary verse that immediately gave birth to my long-standing fascination with hip-hop.

Once upon a rhyme all bigger / Meant for bigger cotton picker / Leave alone the men from the mice / who twice packs the gats / turn into dirty rats / I’m coming wit the antidote / I hope they cope / to the rhythm I wrote / pawns in the game / Going down the drain / A final call to my race in pain / Stop in the name / Please stop in the name

Lately I have been telling a lot of friends that I’d give my left arm to know how 2Pac would have reacted to Obama’s victory. I guess Chuck D’s decisive logic would suffice for now. Excerpt from an interview with Chuck D…“Barack Obama, regardless of what you think, seems like he’ll roll up his sleeves on day two and go to work.”

I must also admit that this is the first time I got to hear Public Enemy’s “I Woke Up In A Place I Forgot”. Quite a big surprise, considering that it has Chuck D telling us, “I’m trapped within, this skin and these bones, amongst temporary kings, on cellular phones” over a mellowed out beat and borrowed samples from Belgian trip-hoppers Hooverphonic’s Mad About You.

george_w_bush1While it might not be their best protest song, it certainly is a reminder that America has a lot of cleaning up to do. Hell, even if Obama swerves and holds back the changes that he has promised, I guess it’s ok…at least George Bush’s tyranny of evil has come to an end.

And if that’s not a reason to listen to some Public Enemy, I don’t know what is.

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Public Enemy – I Woke Up In A Place I Forgot

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It’s not often that Americans are given a chance to get off their arses and set in motion a series of events that could quite possibly have a positive impact…period. Once again and not without vindictive irony, Americans have that opportunity during the elections.

With their previous election proving to be a dubious farce between a redneck ignorant prick (John Kerry) and well, George Bush Jr. and the one before that – a feeble battle between a redneck ignorant prick (George Bush Jr) and something that had no place outside the Matrix (Al Gore), they can only hope that at least this year’s election has a happy ending.

Vote Obama

…because Sarah “I-Jane-You-Tarzan-Want-Some-Moose-Piss” Palin doesn’t want you to.

…because voting for the other candidate (John McCain) would immediately set United States about 40 years back into it’s sordid past.

…because he is pro-change.

…because even Mos Def wants y’all to see the light.

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DJ Krush & Mos Def – Can You See The Light?

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There are millions of films that have been released over the past few decades that I really wanted to see but haven’t yet had the opportunity. By millions, I mean hundreds. So it’s going to be quite awhile before I start completely salivating at the prospect of new film releases. For now, I shall restrict the excitement levels to mild frothing.

Film: W

Director: Oliver Stone

Cast: Josh Brolin, James Cromwell, Richard Dreyfuss

Synopsis: Supposedly, it chronicles the series of incidents that led George W Bush to the bottom of the bottle and consequently into the limelight as the President.

Why I Care: I felt sympathetic towards a pedophile in Woodsman; I can’t wait to see if I even have an ounce of it for Dubya.

Film: House

Director: Robby Henson

Cast: Michael Madsen, Leslie Easterbrook, Allana Bale

Synopsis: Two stranded couples. Three expected survivors. One crazy-ass Alabama psycho.

Why I Care: In the trailer, the psycho claims to have “killed God after he let Him into his house”…verbal viral marketing? Nice.

Film: Synecdoche, New York

Director: Charlie Kaufman

Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Synopsis: Hoffman plays a director neither at the apex of his career nor his marital life, who now embarks on his theatrical masterpiece – a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse.

Why I Care: Two reasons. Hoffman and Kaufman.

Film: The Wrestler

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Cast: Michael Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood

Synopsis: Supposedly, a tale of an independent wrestler rising up the ranks to face his nemesis.

Why I Care: Aronofsky’s return to Indie films, and Mickey playing a wrestler? I am going to end up watching this film at least six times.

Film: Saibogujiman Kwenchana (I’m A Cyborg, But That’s OK)

Director: Chan-Wook Park

Cast: Su-Jeong Lim, Rain, Dal-Su Oh

Synopsis: IMDB says, “A girl who thinks she is a combat Cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics,” and falls for a man who thinks he can steal people’s souls.”

Why I Care: Didn’t you read the synopsis? Also, Park is the twisted mind behind Oldboy and Sympathy For Lady Vengeance.

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