Friday, March 30, 2007

Friday, March 23, 2007

Murder, they said

The Bob Woolmer saga is getting interesting. The Jamaican police have now officially announced that it's a case of murder. They have fingerprinted the entire Pakistani squad. However that did not stop the Pakistani president from posthumously honoring the the murdered coach. Sounds like a perfect Dev Anand potboiler. What say Maity?

Thursday, March 22, 2007


A couple of Israeli undercover artists have come with a brilliant concept called Face2Face. According Israelity Bites,

Black and white portraits of Palestinians and Israelis doing the same jobs are juxtaposed in huge formats, in "unavoidable places" around the Holy Land. It is an openhearted effort to point out the common humanity shared by the people here. The artists insist that they favor a 2-country solution where "Israel and Palestine would live peacefully within safe and internationally recognized borders."

They say that an idea can change the world. Well, I desperately hope that this does.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A little bit of cricket, politics and history

In 1983, a group of 18 West Indian cricketers undertook a 'rebel' tour of South Africa. This was a time when the country was still run by the apartheid regime. These cricketers were ostracized in their home countries, had to give up their careers and a few of them died in extreme poverty. But history reveals that these 18 cricketers also accomplished an unlikely task...of breaking the colour barrier in South Africa and 'converting and baptising thousands and thousands of whites into a religion of black acceptance and respect'. Siddhartha Vaidyanathan, a staff writer of Cricinfo, has this brilliant article.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Thursday, March 15, 2007

A Tale of Two Cities

It was the best of times and it was the worst of times.

Monday, March 12, 2007


300 Trivia

* The film was shot in 60 days.

* The film was shot on green screen in Montreal.

* There are 1500 cuts in the film, and about 1300 involve some sort of visual effect.

* The work was photographed completely in Montreal, with the exception of two days of insert shooting in Los Angeles.

* Ten visual effects vendors contributed to the film, spread over three continents.

* The filmmakers used bluescreen 90% of the time, and greenscreen for 10%. They chose blue because it better matched the lighting paradigm (green would have been too bright) and because red garments (a la spartan capes) look better when shot over blue.

* There was one day of location shooting, which was for the horses that were shot for the 'approaching sparta' scene.

* Post production took almost a year. The film was edited on an Avid, with an HD cut also maintained in Final Cut Pro The 3D was made using Maya, XSI, and Lightwave The 2D composites were made with Shake, Inferno, Fusion, and Combustion. The filmmakers prefer Macintosh, but large portions of the movie were made under Linux. Asset management was handled by custom software written in the Panorama development environment, made by Provue. Color management was handled by Truelight software. The film was scanned on a northlight scanner and was recorded on the arrilaser. Most of the film was shot at high speed, between 50 and 150fps. Normal film is at 24fps. The film was transferred to HD SR tape and quicktime, and HD quicktimes were the basis for the HD preview cuts. The working resolution for the film was 2K, at a working aspect ratio of 2.11 and a projected aspect ratio of 2.35.

* The script demanded that most of the male cast spend the majority of their screen time bare-chested, as per Frank Miller's original graphic novel. Therefore, in order to adequately present themselves as the most well-trained and marshalled fighting force of the time, the entire principal cast underwent a rigorous and varied training regime for 6 weeks prior to shooting.

* According to an interview with, Director Zack Snyder says that fighting styles and formations (particularly the Spartan's phalanx) were purposefully changed - making them historically inaccurate - so they'd "look cool" and work better for movie purposes.

* The movie never claims to be historically correct. It is based somewhat loosely on Frank Miller's 1998 comic book mini-series. Changes from history were made by Miller and Snyder so as to appeal to a wider audience and create a more exciting and visually stunning action movie, rather than a typical historical epic.

* Frank Miller was inspired by the original Battle of Thermopylae after viewing the 1962 film "The 300 Spartans" as a child. His perception of the 'hero' concept changed greatly after seeing the Spartans make their sacrifice.

Courtesy: IMDB

Monday, March 05, 2007

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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Grind House

Now here's a movie I am waiting here. Read about the inspiration on imdb.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Doyal baba lyrics

Banglay lekha achhe

আমার দয়াল বাবা কলা খাবা গাছ লাগাইয়া খাও
আমার দয়াল বাবা কলা খাবা গাছ লাগাইয়া খাও
পরের গাছের পানে কেন মিটমিটাইয়া চাও
বাবা রে
পরের গাছের পানে কেন মিটমিটাইয়া চাও ।
আরে মাইনষের ভিড়ে চাপাচাপি
দয়াল বাবায় করে কাঁপাকাঁপি
বাবা তোমার বাংলাদেশে কতো কলা চাও
কলাবাগান চাষ কইরা কষ্ট কইরা খাও ।
বাবা কলা চাই এত বড়ো
কে কোথায় আছে আমায় ধরো
কলা আনতে যাব কোথায় বাবায় বলে দাও
কিনে তোমার খাতি হয় না সবই খাদ্য ফাউ ।
আছেন যারা জ্যান্ত বাবা
আহা তারাই আসল দয়াল বাবা
এই জনগণে ধরলে ঠেসে করবা হাঁউমাঁউ
বলবে সবাই ঠেসে ধরে বাপের কলা খাঁউ
বলবে সবাই ঠেসে ধরে বাপের কলা খাঁউ ।
নিজের কলা আগে আনো
কেন পরের কলা ধরে টানো
শেষে কলা এত খুললে কেন এবার বিদায় দাও
সব কলা খাওয়া শেষ হইলে নিজের কলা খাও ।

-দয়াল বাবার জয় হোক ।

Dayal Baba Kola Khaba

Ok...this is the obligatory Doyal Baba post! Shonku thinks he is our answer to Whacko Jacko. We tend to concur. Anyway, I did some digging around on Bengal's only cyber-celebrity, and this is what I got.

Sayan Ranu ( says that he got this from his roommate. After some investigation he (and his roommates) were able to find out that the stage show took place in Ujjal Sangha, Atabagan, Laskarpur, Garia, Cal 700153. "Dayal Baba" is a guy called Aditya from Tollygunge, Calcutta. He is a professional dancer. If you want to contact Dayal Baba then contact Kaustav at he has all the details.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Ong-Bak: The best car chase in cinema history

Freaky stuff done with tuktuks. Even we have have ricks in this country. Wonder why no Bollywood action director has thought of doing a stunt sequence with them. BTW, Marty, are you watching this?