Editor-in-Chief & Publisher: MIR JAVED RAHMAN


MOVIE
A Ghost Story


Issue Date 09 - 15 Sept, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The Last Face

It is thrilling to see a filmmaker take a risk and even better when they tend to pull it off. This movie is a mournful meditation on loss, love and the afterlife. It isn’t the type that most directors choose to take up considering high risks of budgeting and using expensive equipments for special effects for them. David Lowery experiments with the mysteries of the universe with A Ghost Story, as seen through the eyes of a married couple played by Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, characters of whom are referred to as C and M, respectively. When C dies in an accident, he returns as a ghost covered in long white cloth that has two holes cut for the eyes. He arrives at his home only to see his wife M in grief over his death and eventually move on in life. In terms of its scale, it is an intimate film but is pretty vast in ambition with a chance of ending up as an utter disaster. But to everyone’s surprise, the movie became one of the most grippingly audacious examples of filmmaking of the year. At heart, it is a haunted house film, and even though it does not claim to be a scary one, it tends to play with the representation of a conventional horror movie. For a tiny section in the story, Affleck’s character becomes mischievous spirit and tosses around furniture and terrifies all the humans he meets. The movie’s string-heavy, suggestive score by Daniel Hart blends various electronic essentials with chant and folk to create a disturbing soundscape that moves from shimmering lightness to apocalyptic dread.


VERDICT
This movie is a mournful meditation on loss, love and the afterlife, making it one of the most grippingly audacious examples of filmmaking of the year.


Melodrama

MUSIC
Rainbow
by Kesha

Kesha returns to the music scene with Rainbow, her new album, which was met with high expectations from her fans around the world. The album has a very different feel to it when compared to her previous work and has a much more grown-up feel. Its playlist does not have any ridiculous songs on it, instead the songs on this album stand out for being catchy and delightful to the ears. Let em talk is a track that has a dance type theme with good vocals proving the greatness of Kesha’s voice. It has an electronica feel to it which makes it the highlight of the entire album. Another number Woman, was one of the first ones to be released and is as catchy as the previous one. You’ll have it on repeat, for its rhythm and lyrics are extremely interesting. Hunt You Down has a flavour of country music to it making it a jolly tune to sooth your ears with and a must-listen number on Rainbow. Overall, the album is quite different to the music she has previously produced, so if you weren’t a Kesha fan earlier, you might want to actually listen to her songs now.

 

 

 


Melodrama

GAME
Selection Day
by Aravind Adiga

The satirical account is set in the author’s native city Mumbai, where young Indian boys of slum areas find themselves worthy following their cricketing talent. Even those who know nothing about the game of cricket will find it really simple to understand the context of the story, since it resembles accounts similar to those about American inner-city kids prepared to succeed in basketball and tend to face long odds as an escape from poverty. The story revolves around seven-year-old Manju at the outset, surpassed by the cricketing abilities of his elder brother. An influential columnist and gatekeeper finds potential in both the boys and introduces them to a venture capitalist. While their father also notices his sons’ commercial prospective and wants to cash as much as he can using their talent, enforcing strict rules and regulations around their lives. Radha, the older son is the first to speak against the authoritarian rules and Manju eventually becomes the family’s hope, and perhaps Mumbai, where young talented cricketers show the prospect of creating new value in a dead city. However, Manju faces several coming-of-age challenges and lack of options in his career following his state of poverty. As the protagonist tries to make sense of his life and needs, the author hints towards the injustices faced by the depressed and repressed in the cosmopolitan.


The City Always Wins

GAME
Madden NFL 18
by Omar Robert Hamilton

Madden NFL 18 is highlighted by one of the most significant additions in it’s history. It is now available in a full story mode and comes with a newer, much more graphically capable engine. And due in large part to the Longshot story, it is a marked improvement over the last several entries in the series. Madden has hardly dealt with the private side of football, choosing instead to present it as a chess-like competition, where you are the coach and master, while the players are your instruments to score. That's not exactly how football is typically treated, so to see that change in this game is quite intriguing in appraoch, and gratifying in practice. For the first time in Madden, Longshot actually references how much so many people invest in the sport, and how high the stakes are for them. On the whole, the game marks an oddly large shakeup in a series that, due to its yearly releases, hardly features much more than small, iterative changes.

 

 

 


A JOURNEY – My Political Life

First Person
TOTAL RECALL: My Unbelievably True Life Story

An action hero, immigrant muscleman and ex-Californian governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, pumps himself up in his personal memoir. The seemingly 650-page annotated résumé is not much of an eye-catching celebrity account of the True Lies actor. Instead, it feels like the book has been penned by his inexpressive celluloid alter ego, the Terminator. Schwarzenegger was the son of a card-carrying Nazi and was born in Austria. He starts to tell his story by talking about his fascination for bodybuilders as a young guy. He drove headfirst into the world of bodybuilding after driving a tank in the Austrian army, and eventually posed en route to fetch the Mr Universe title at the age of 21. He later invaded the US and takes his readers through his journey to fulfil his American dream by pursuing infinite weight training session, delving into the world of real estate, being part of bad movies, his political suck ups, his private jet and Hummer collection, his affair with Danish actress Brigitte Nielsen as well as his rivalry with Sylvester Stallone, to name a few of the events that kept him in the spotlight. The book is indeed an insipid tribute by Arnold to himself.

 

 


PICKS OF THE WEEK

Little Deaths
by Emma Flint

The author narrates the story of a troubled waitress who is suspected of murdering her own kids. Written by Emma Flint the novel starts in a prison cell and is inspired an actual account. It is a gripping work of crime fiction that explores the capacity of good and evil among humans.

Days Without End
by Sebastian Barry

The book is a richly detailed, lively story of one slice of the Irish immigrant experience in the US. The story revolves around the life of Thomas McNulty who was orphaned in famine and is fresh off boat in America to fight Indians.

Faithful
by Alice Hoffman

The author explores the psyche of a young woman who is troubled by survivor guilt. The novel is full of people – scarred, flawed and scared – learning how to punish themselves less and connect with others.

 





RELATED TOPICS


REVIEWS

Kidnap

With a title that obviously reveals the content, Kidnap isn’t about surprises,....

Read Detail

TIME OUT

A Ghost Story

It is thrilling to see a filmmaker take a risk and even better....

Read Detail


Leave a Comment:





Aima Baig - On A High Note

Aima Baig - On A High Note

Thanks to her groovy duet Baazi with Sahir Ali Bagga, Aima Baig.....

Read More

VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards were held recently in California,.....

Read More

Shakeel - A Tapestry of Talent

Shakeel - A Tapestry of Talent

"I was born in Bhopal. My mother was from there and father from Lucknow....

Read More

Celebrity Crush Of The Week - Ayaz Samoo

Celebrity Crush Of The Week - Ayaz Samoo

The biggest perk of being you?......

Read More

ALI GUL PIR - Rap King of Satire

ALI GUL PIR - Rap King of Satire

Clad in a graphic tee and hip-hop trousers, this rapper-cum-comedian.....

Read More

Punjab Nahi Jaungi

Punjab Nahi Jaungi

The year 2017 has been very bad for Pakistan’s film industry but now....

Read More

PIECE OF HISTORY RESTORED

PIECE OF HISTORY RESTORED

Near the Founding Father’s mausoleum stands a structure that....

Read More

SMARTWATCHES FOR THE SMART YOU

SMARTWATCHES FOR THE SMART YOU

Alongside the functions of a regular watch, smartwatches offer you...

Read More