Slumdog Millionaire

We finally got to see the location movie of the year – Slumdog Millionaire last night. Shot on location in the megaslums of Mumbai (there’s a great story about python wrangling along the train tracks at Hollywood Reporter), the film is choc-a-bloc with rich, pungent, vibrant, colourful, teeming, tumultuous images of that massive city –…

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Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire hasn’t opened in SA yet, but you can’t help but notice the remarkable buzz about it over the net. The latest story in the London Times takes note of the influence of the movie on Mumbai’s controversial “slum tourism” industry. Slum tourism, which promises fee-paying outsiders a glimpse of life inside the city’s…

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The Out-of-Towners

Comedy, tragedy or cultural delusion? In January’s Vanity Fair, AA Gill ponders the meaning of a Sex and the City bus tour that takes in some of the New York locations of the movie and the tv series. Sounds truly too ghastly for words.

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As it is in Heaven

When I say As it is in Heaven is a Scandinavian Sister Act, I mean no disrespect to either movie. Both films feature a wild-haired, fish-out-of-water protagonist who unwillingly becomes involved in teaching harmony to a characterful, cacophanous choir, thereby allowing both choristers and choirmaster to discover joy and music, independence and community, redemption and love. There’s even a…

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Visit (Little) Britain

So it’s official: Edina and Patsy and Harvey Nicks are just the tip of the iceberg….. According to Sky News, Comedy Shows in the UK are being harnessed by the ever-inventive Visit Britain crowd to drive tourism across the country. Says Sky; They have published a comic map which includes Billericay in Essex, where comedy…

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Your Winnipeg

The sister of our very fabulous friend Di lives in Winnipeg in Canada. Why any sensible, sun-drenched South African should make a life in a city where the average temperature is minus three, and it’s dark for nine months of the year (ok, it isn’t really, it just seems that it is) is beyond comprehension….

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Mistress of Spices

Aishwarya Rai plays Tilo, Mistress of Spices, a kind of sayer-healer-agony aunt who is sent to California with three implausible challenges: help people to accomplish their desires (but never her own) through the considered application of spices; never leave the store; and never touch another person’s skin. But she’s sent to Oakland for pete’s sake,…

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