Oklahoma buffaloed in Colorado

first_imgBIG 12: Buffs coach had a feeling his team would upset the Sooners. By Arnie Stapleton THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOULDER, Colo. – Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops envisioned it going down to the wire. Colorado’s Dan Hawkins had a hunch his team would pull off a big upset. “They outplayed us and outcoached us,” Stoops said. “They fought their way to a heck of a win.” After Eberhart’s kick cleared the crossbar, the Sooners, who had blown a 24-7 second-half lead, walked off dejected, trying to avoid the stream of Buffs fans storming the field in celebration of what they hope is a revival of the once-proud program. “My helmet got jacked and (wide receiver) Stephone Robinson took one in the eye,” Buffs quarterback Cody Hawkins said. “I’ve been to some crazy concerts, but that was worse than all of them. … I think people smelled a lot better at the concert. Those people had been sweating for a long time.” Not so the Buffs, who didn’t flinch when they fell behind by 17 points in the second half. The Sooners (4-1, 0-1) came in averaging a whopping 61.5 points to lead the nation. But behind a tough defense, the Buffs (3-2, 1-0) earned their first big win under Hawkins, who went 2-10 in his inaugural season last year. The Buffaloes trailed, 24-7, after Allen Patrick scored from 17 yards out following safety D.J. Wolfe’s second interception. His first one led to Juaquin Iglesias’ 13-yard TD catch in the first half. But Colorado outgained the Sooners, 219 yards to 56 in the second half.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Both coaches turned out to be correct and Hawkins’ Buffaloes dealt a serious blow to the Sooners’ national title hopes when Kevin Eberhart kicked a career-long 45-yard field goal as time expired to send Colorado past No. 3 Oklahoma, 27-24, on Saturday. “I told them all week they’re going to win the game,” Hawkins said. “Not because I’m `The Swami.’ I’ve done this for 25 years and you just know. You know when your team’s ready, you know when you’re poised.” His players certainly didn’t doubt his weeklong declarations of this impending upset. “He just reinforced what we already knew,” defensive tackle George Hypolite said. This was the Buffaloes’ first win over a top-five team since Dec. 1, 2001, when they bested Texas in the Big 12 title game, and their most significant victory in Boulder since a 62-36 drubbing of second-ranked Nebraska a week before that Texas win. last_img
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John Terry lined up for sensational return to Aston Villa

first_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED However, the sight of Terry in tears on the Wembley turf after the Play-Off final suggest a deeper emotional attachment to the west Midland outfit.Should Bruce get his way, it is likely he will resume his partnership with James Chester at the heart of the defence – a move which cannot come soon enough for under-fire Steve Bruce. LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star IN DEMAND The 57-year-old has also seen his side dumped unceremoniously out of the Carabao Cup by lowly Burton Athletic.Tommy Elphick was surprisingly allowed to join rivals Hull City on loan, with no other replacements being brought in on deadline day.The Villans have kept just one clean sheet this season – against League Two strugglers Yeovil Town.Terry has been linked with moves to a host of top-flight clubs across the globe, with Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon showing serious interest. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ John Terry is being lined up for a sensational return to Championship side Aston Villa.The 37-year-old left Villa Park in the summer upon the expiration of his contract, shortly after Steve Bruce’s side were beaten by Fulham in the Championship play-off final. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti But, in an exclusive report by The Sun, it is understood Bruce has pleaded with owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens to sanction a move to bring back Terry.After making 36 appearances for the club last season, the Champions League winner is already an established firm favourite with fans and players.He wore the captain’s armband during the defeat to Fulham at Wembley last May.Boss Bruce is feeling the heat already this season, with Sheffield United inflicting a crushing 4-1 defeat on Villa at Bramall Lane on Saturday. 2 targets 2 REVEALED targets Latest Transfer News Steve Bruce is feeling the heat after a poor start with Aston Villa Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Terry was a standout performer for the Villans last season, captaining the side on many occasions last_img read more

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Elllingson’s Career High Leads Men’s Basketball Over Missouri State

first_imgEllingson was 9-of-10 overall from the field and his seven three-pointers tied for the seventh most by a Bulldog in a game in program history. He also added three rebounds and three assists. D.J. Wilkins also scored in double-figures for the Bulldogs with 13 points for his eighth-straight game in double-digits while Tremell Murphy added 11 points to help Drake improve to 14-5 overall and 3-3 in the MVC. Full Schedule Roster “I thought Brady [Ellingson] was really tremendous the whole game,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “We’ve got to get him some more shots. I’m proud of the guys’ effort. They finished it out well, and it was another good win.” Ellingson’s final three-pointer put Drake up 16 points, 69-53, with four minutes to play and the Bulldogs lead remained at 14 or more for the remainder of the game until two MSU baskets in the final minute trimmed the lead down to the final margin. Missouri State (8-11, 2-4 MVC) was led by 15 points from Jarred Dixon and 12 points and eight boards from Tulio Da Silva. Evansville 1/23/2019 – 7 p.m. In the second half, Missouri State answered with a 12-4 run to cut their deficit to five with 15 minutes remaining, but Ellingson answered with a jumper to stop the rally and put Drake back in control. DES MOINES, Iowa – Senior Brady Ellingson (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) matched a career high with 25 points on 7-of-8 three-point shooting to lead the Drake University men’s basketball team to a 74-63 win over Missouri State Sunday afternoon in the Knapp Center. The win improved Drake to 8-1 at home this season and was the team’s second-straight double-digit Missouri Valley conference win. Print Friendly Version Box Score (PDF) center_img Ellingson continues to lead the MVC in three-point shooting at 24-of-39 (.615) in league games this season. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Mediacom MC22/ESPN+ Listen Live Watch Live Story Links “We got off to a quick start, and the way we ended the first half was a big piece to coming out with the win,” DeVries said. Ellingson couldn’t miss in the first half going 5-of-5 from the three-point arc for 17 first-half points. Ellingson’s output and DJ Wilkins eight points helped Drake to a 13-point lead at the end of the half while the defense limited MSU to 35.7 percent shooting and 1-of-10 from the arc in the first 20 minutes. “I just feel like I have it going, the shot feels effortless,” Ellingson said of his career night. “I thought my teammates did a great job screening for me and finding me the ball when I was open.” Next Game: The Bulldogs remain home at the Knapp Center Wednesday night, Jan. 23 when they continue conference play against Evansville. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 pm. Box Score (HTML) last_img read more

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DONEGAL COUPLE RAISE A STAGGERING €26,000 WITH THEIR WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

first_imgParts of the Whoriskey’s stunning light display.A Donegal family have raised a staggering €26,000 wiht their wonderful Christmas lights display.The Whoriskeys from Kerrykeel go to extraordinary lengths to light up their home during the festive season.Inside Santa’s grotto!And what started out as a bit of fun nine years ago has turned into an amazing fund-raising extravaganza for local charities. Mary Whoriskey revealed that have now raised a staggering €26,000 for various charities through donations given by locals and passers-by.People come from miles around to see the stunning light display which includes tens of thousands of bulbs and even a Santa’s grotto.“Our chosen charities this year are the Acquired Brain Injury Ireland Support Letterkenny and also the Autism Support group at Woodlands National School.“The lights give people so much pleasure and we’re just delighted we can help put a little back into the community,” said Mary. Donegal Christmas spirit at its finest. DONEGAL COUPLE RAISE A STAGGERING €26,000 WITH THEIR WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS was last modified: December 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:charityChristmas lightsdonegalKERRYKEELlast_img read more

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Dressed for success? Warriors, Raptors make their NBA Finals jersey selections

first_imgThere will be no lineup surprises in the first two games of the NBA Finals.Both the Warriors and Raptors will wear traditional, basic jerseys — white (with red accents) for Toronto as the home team, and blue (with gold accents) for visiting Golden State.That will change when the Finals move to Oakland. There the Raptors will wear their “North” red jerseys while the Warriors will rock their slate “The Town” togs.Sartorial update: Warriors and Raptors going basic for the first two games of …last_img read more

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“Edinburgh’s Royal Mile” GCKTYK GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – May 9, 2011

first_img SharePrint Related”Liechtenstein’s First” GCC2F4 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – July 7, 2011July 5, 2011In “Community”GREETINGS OBX EARTHLINGS – Geocache of the WeekMarch 21, 2018In “Geocache of the Week”Don’t look down! — Vertical Limit I: Die Brücke (GCZVW2) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 5, 2014In “Community” A view along the Royal MileSince 2004 geocachers have been guided on a tourist-friendly cache through the heart of Edinburgh. The Multi-Cache “Edinburgh’s Royal Mile” (GCKTYK) lifts the veil on nearly forgotten Edinburgh lore dating back to the 1600’s. Geocachers uncover stories of witchcraft, ghostly visions and a story of miraculous survival. The Multi-Cache has six stages along the famed Royal Mile, which hums with tourists from around the world.The nano cache The cache by marmal is rated a 1.5 difficulty with a 1.5 terrain. The cache container is a nano. The cache is among the highest rated in Scotland with 42 Geocaching.com Favorite Points. A geocacher from Germany recently logged the cache and writes, “During our time in Edinburgh it was a must to visit the Royal Mile and to search this cache. It was one of the highlights and the cache was located without any problems. T4TC!”Continue your exploration of some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.A view along the Royal Mile Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Lighting 101: A Quick Guide for Lighting Film

first_imgFill LightA fill light illuminates the shadows that are created by the key light. A fill light is usually placed on the opposite side of the key light, and often not as powerful as the key.Key Points:As the primary function of the fill is to remove shadows created by the key, it’s important that the fill remains indistinctive and does not create shadows or it’s own characteristics. The closer the fill light is to the camera, the less shadows it will create.Fills are easy to create even if you don’t have another light at hand; you can place a reflector on the opposite 3/4 to the key. Light will spill onto the reflector and bounce up to your subject.A fill light is measured in a fill light ratio also known as a key/fill ratio. It describes the relative amount of light from the key and the fill. For example, a ratio of 1:2 would indicate that the fill is half the intensity of the key. From three-point lighting to motivated setups, here is everything you need to know about lighting placement and schemes.Top image via Warner Bros.Lighting is an integral part of cinematography, and it’s one of the few areas of filmmaking that has infinite arrangements of set-ups. Quite like camera terminology, there are many variations of tools and lighting language. In short; it can get confusing.There is no one right way to employ lighting design. A scene could be lit several different ways by different cinematographers, each altering the mood and overall impact of the image. However, there is a basic list of lighting placement.Below is a list of primary light placement terminology, and the key points for that placement. It’s important to note that there can be several terms for the same placement. For example; A backlight, rim light, and a hair light are interchangeable terms for having the light placed behind and above an actor.Key LightA key light is the primary light of the scene. It will be the most intense and direct light source of the entire scene. It will be the first light to set up, and will be used to illuminate the form of the subject or actor.Key Points:Avoid placing your key light close to the camera. It will cause your lighting to become flat and featureless.If a key light is positioned to the side or back of an actor, it will create a mysterious/dramatic mood, and overall keep the image dark.A key light is the primary light in a three-point lighting setup. BounceImage: Bounce light via WikipediaA bounce light, commonly just called a bounce, is a light that has been reflected. There are dedicated tools such as a silk or a foam board to do this, but a bounce light can also come from the wall or the ceiling, the possibilities are endless.Key Points:Foam bead boards have a matte surface and will create the softest bounce light.Reflectors with silver reflective material can create a hard light and often provide bounce light at 3/4 of the intensity back, depending on the distance of the light itself.Bounced light in the form a reflector can be very versatile. You can create a key, fill, backlight, and even illuminate objects in the background with reflective material. SidelightImage: Casino Royale via Columbia PicturesA sidelight, as you might have guessed, is a light that comes from the side parallel to the actor. A sidelight is ideal for creating a dramatic mood and chiaroscuro lighting. Chiaroscuro is created with low-key and high-contrast. A traditional technique employed throughout the film noir period of cinema.Key Points:To create better dramatic lighting with a sidelight, it is best to use it without a fill or have the fill ratio very low such as 1:8.Sidelights are ideal for revealing texture. High KeyImage: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 via Warner Bros.High Key is a style of lighting that is bright and shadowless with lots of fill light. It was used a lot in the classic Hollywood period in the 1930s and 40s, in particular for comedies and musicals.Today high key lighting is primarily used for cosmetic commercials, sitcoms, and music videos. Although it does still find its place within modern cinema; see the above image from Harry Potter.Key Points:High key is shadowless.Often close to overexposure on some areas of the image.Is usually produced from frontal lighting.High key will have a low lighting ratio. Practical LightImage: Goodfellas via Warner Bros.A practical light is an actual working light within the scene itself. This can be a household lamp, a TV, candles, police lights and so on.Key Points:Practical lamps were a big part of classic Hollywood films. Take the above image from Goodfellas for example. The lamps are a major source of illumination, and they also increase the depth of the scene.Common practice for practical lighting is for the lights to have a dimmer of some sort. Unfortunately, you might not be in a position, or have an electrician on set to install a dimmer switch. Therefore, an option you can take is to cut some diffusion gel and place it around the bulb.Unless you’re filming with a Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f/0.7 like on Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, candle light itself will not be strong enough to illuminate your entire scene to a substantial exposure.Here is a tutorial I put together on shooting a candlelit scene on a small budget. Soft LightImage: Her via Annapurna PicturesSoft light is more of a term that describes the size of a light source rather than a placement itself. Soft light comes from a large source, either a light fixture or diffusion sheet. The light produced will have soft shadows – or if soft enough, no shadows at all. Take a look this soft lighting post for additional tips.Hard LightHard light creates sharp and harsh shadows. You will get hard light from the midday sun, or a small lighting source. Hard light is often unwanted. To reiterate the points above in soft light, whether a light is soft or hard will completely come down to the size of the source.Key Points:Direct sunlight will produce hard light and will often need to be diffused.A smaller light will produce hard light, and a larger light will produce soft light.To demonstrate the difference between hard and soft light, here is a comparison from a short I was working on just last week. We had to wait until the sun passed behind the clouds as the light was too harsh.center_img Back LightA back light hits an actor or object from behind, and is usually placed higher than the object it is lighting. A backlight is often used to separate an object or an actor from a dark background, and to give the subject more shape and depth. Backlighting can help bring your subject out and away from looking two dimensional.Key Points:Non-diffused sunlight can often be too harsh to light your subject as a key light, but as a backlight, the sun can make your subject stand out.With the sun as a backlight, you can use a reflector or a foam board to bounce the sun at a lesser intensity back up to the actor.To create a silhouette, expose for the backlight and remove your key and fill.If a backlight is placed behind an actor at a directional angle, where the light hits part of the face, the backlight becomes a kicker. A great affordable backlight is the ARRI 150.The key light, fill light, and backlight make up a three-point lighting setup. You can learn more about setting up a three-point lighting scheme in this video tutorial from Full Sail University. It’s very easy to read through this list and think that one definition could easily be another. That’s the beauty of it – they can be. One light placement term can very easily merge into a dozen other placements.Take the image below from Man of Steel it uses the computers as a practical light source, as well as it being the key light of the scene.Image: Man of Steel via Warner Bros.Books for Additional Reading:Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook: Film Lighting Equipment, Practice, and Electrical Distribution by Harry BoxCinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors 2nd Edition by Blain BrownPainting With Light by John Alton Motivated LightingImage via ShutterstockMotivated lighting is when the light in the scene imitates a natural source within the scene. The difference between motivated lighting and practical lighting is that motivated lighting is the act of enhancing and replicating practical lighting.Key points:Establish the source of the motivated lighting early in the scene and within the production schedule itself. If your motivated source is a window, and the shoot runs into the evening while the story time remains in the day, you can increase and change lighting gels to match the earlier time.Make sure you have the correct gels to correct the colour temperature to match the source of motivation.It’s important to have your light to look and act the same as the apparent source. If the motivation is moonlight, and your light is producing hard light at 5600k, it’s not going to sell the scene. Low KeyImage: Prisoners via Warner Bros.An image with low key lighting is predominantly dark and filled with more shadows than light. There is little or no fill light. Low key focuses on the use of shadows as a character, rather than the subjects in the light itself. It’s commonly used throughout horror and thriller films. Check out this article for more on making films dramatic with low key lighting.Key points:Often will be achieved with just one light.Low key lighting will have a high lighting ratio.Low key lighting works better when using a hard light source. Available LightImage: Lawrence of Arabia via Columbia PicturesAvailable is what already exists at the location. This could just be the sun itself in the Rub’ al Khali desert, or street lights and store signs on a New York City street.Key points:If you’re using the sun as your lighting source, be sure to carefully plan for the weather and sun placement.Early morning and late evening are great times for soft golden lighting.Keep a track of time, the sun changes intensity and color quite quickly towards the later end of the day.last_img read more

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The Hustler’s Playbook: Stand Your Ground, Come What May

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Trey was the manager of the kitchen in the small, boutique hotel where I worked when I was 17. I had been washing dishes there for some time, he needed someone to cook, and I was moved into that role.It wasn’t very difficult to learn to cook everything on our dinner menu because there were only two choices, filet mignon or shrimp scampi. The only time I had trouble and had call for help was when a customer ordered steak “Pittsburgh rare” (I was told to burn the outside to a crisp as fast as possible, leaving the inside rare as can be).One day, I was asked to bus tables and carry trays at a luncheon for the executives that worked at the Busch brewery across the street. It was a large party, and as such, the tip would be enormous. Joe, the bartender, and Brenda, the waitress, asked me to help them work the party, offering me a third of the tip. That was going to be more than $300 for a few hours work.Trey would have none of it. He told me that if I worked the party, I would be fired. He wasn’t going to allow them to share their tip with me. I asked why I would be fired, and he told me he wouldn’t permit it, despite the fact that I wasn’t scheduled to work, and it had nothing to do with him. He told me that if I worked and took the tip, my time there would be over.I worked the lunch meeting. I wasn’t going to miss out on $300 for a couple hours work, and I doubted he would fire me. I was wrong.When lunch was finished, and the executives were still meeting, Joe handed me my $300. Trey watched me collect the money, and in the room where the executives were still meeting, he said, “You’re fired.” I took off my apron and threw it in his face, and then I said a very few, very unkind words. I was 17 years old. I was pig-headed. And I never did well with bullies.The Human Resources department called me to tell me how sorry they were, but because of the words I used to express my unhappiness with Trey firing me, they could not bring me back. The truth is, I could have handled this better. But it didn’t matter. There was no way I was going to work for someone so arbitrarily unfair or jealous.You are going to encounter people who treat you unfairly, and some that may try to bully you. Sometimes you have to stand your ground, even when you are going to pay the price for doing so. You will never regret standing up for yourself, but you will regret being cowed into submitting to bullies and poor leaders.last_img read more

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Citizenship Bill: BJP MLA sniffs party conspiracy against CM

first_imgA BJP MLA on Monday said the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, are part of a “planned conspiracy from within the party” to ruin Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s image.The Congress waded into the controversy that BJP legislator Rituparna Baruah generated, with former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi claiming the ruling “saffron party is caught in a fight of ego” between Mr. Sonowal and Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.“A group based in Golaghat is funding the protests heavily. I feel that someone from inside the party is associated with the conspiracy. People from the Opposition parties might also be involved,” Mr. Baruah, who represents the Lahowal seat in Dibrugarh district, said at a public function the Chief Minister attended on Monday.“The protests against the Bill and Mr. Sonowal are planned activities to destroy his image,” Mr. Baruah said. Mr. Sonowal has been maintaining that the BJP will take a call on the Bill after the Supreme Court-monitored exercise to update the National Register of Citizens is over by June 30. He has been under fire from NGOs who fear the Bill, if passed, will open the floodgates for Hindu migrants from Bangladesh. Paranoid about being outnumbered by outsiders, Assam had witnessed a violent agitation (1979-1985) for driving out illegal migrants. The Assam Accord that ended the agitation prescribes March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date for detecting and deporting foreigners.The issue has been so sensitive that BJP legislator from Chabua, Binod Hazarika, threatened to quit if the Bill is passed to settle “Hindu Bangladeshis” in Assam. He vowed to oppose the Bill at a cultural programme on Saturday.Non-BJP frontThe State Congress said the BJP has been losing popularity because of the Bill. Mr. Gogoi referred to “reports of differences within the BJP” to claim that the rivalry between Mr. Sonowal and Mr. Sarma was taking a toll on the governance in the State.Mr. Gogoi also said the Congress was “interested to talk” to the Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People’s Party for a Karnataka-like arrangement if they walk out of the alliance with BJP. “Forming an alternative government is a possibility if the AGP-BPF take a clear stand,” he said. Last week, Congress MLA Abdul Khaleque had requested anti-Bill legislators of the BJP to join the Congress. The disgruntled BJP legislators include Mr. Hazarika and Atul Bora.last_img read more

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Bollywood Flakes

first_imgHello? Hello? Can you hear me now? No? Well, hold on. How’s that? OK?Well, as I was saying, I don’t know about you, but it’s like never before. Every one now wants to talk about this Bollywood thing, but I’m having the hardest time trying to explain what’s going on. I have yet to read a single movie critic who has anything illuminating – or nice – to say. So that’s been no help. Every new review announces a new low in movie-making. Okay, so there was this film called Lagaan. But I thought we rather lost it there for a while with the tireless praise. Have you seen films from any other countries recently? Do you have any idea of what’s coming out of Korea, Tunisia, Taiwan, Iran these days? Only our films seem to need special pleading: “This is how we like our movies, you see. We just l-u-u-v them. Simply c-r-a-a-z-y.” Ritz Cinema, Delhi, Gelatin silver print by Ram Rahman from the Heat exhibit.Still, if your only standard for comparison is Govinda and Akashay films, perhaps I can understand the euphoria. But to call it the greatest film ever? And then all the hysteria at Oscar time? (I had an even harder time sitting through that other film with the drinker-guy who moves into the five star kothi.) Lagaan looked like it had some more logic and thought and credibility. But shouldn’t every film have a bit of that?And what should you realistically expect when it’s now generally known that scripts are rarely fully written up when production starts? It’s a minor miracle that our films have any coherence at all. The surrealism that people are probably responding to is just part of the process. It’s how films are made. In fact, sometimes films actually become more interesting when last minute changes are introduced. I think that’s what they say about Ram Gopal Varma’s Satya.Reportedly, songs were introduced under pressures from the financiers, but the powerful combination of realistic violence and lovable Runyonesque gangsters made it arresting. I’m convinced that the films could be more interesting if it were possible for there to be less in the way of design, not more.But all the song and dance! It’s about all I can take when I’m at Jackson Heights in New York. It runs without interruption stop on every TV screen in every music/movie store. (I note with regret that DVDs don’t wear out.) I don’t know about you, but I can say that there are limits to how much film music the unaided mind can take in a lifetime without going completely nuts. Hold on a second, I seem to have the wires a bit tangled here …So the question then: what is to be made of all this nostalgia for “Bollywood”? It was a smart neologism, I suppose, even if a bit infelicitous. But it was all wrong and very bad timing, because soon after, they went and called it “Mumbai” – which it always was in Marathi, but now they want it called Mumbai in English too, and I say why not call it “Bambai” as it was in Hindi, and it’s all rather confusing. But to get back: when we were seeing all of those films, wondering how films made this badly and (save for exceptions) with such little attention to craft, could be so successful. It was not a bit baffling.And just in case you thought that the films are somehow fighting for visibility and attention, you have to remember that all mass culture in India draws from the cinema, while the cinema is busy exhausting whatever it can find or lay its hands on. That explains the controversies and counterclaims about who is borrowing what from whom. You can’t possibly be creative when you are turning out dozens of pictures a year – and this is not even Hollywood in the studio days where they had a lot of great writers trying to look busy.People who cared for movies went to many things besides Deewar and Sholay and Qurbani, and when we saw Hare Rama Hare Krishna there was some real dismay and amusement at the weird way in which this hippie thing was being exploited for rather uptight audiences. A lot of this oughtn’t to be forgotten as we look for new stuff we can dance too – and these days almost anything with a beat seems acceptable. I mean, it’s OK as dance music goes, and you can do as you please. But it’s another thing to make it a fundamental question of identity and to reach for it as a starting point. It’s just that there is a lot of it, it’s easy to find, you can make anything of it, especially if you don’t speak the language and it all vaguely signifies some “truth” about who you think you are.So it’s all well and good that Bombay films are doing all right at the box office again and raking it in (when they do.) But I’d still like to talk to someone who has an honest kind thing to say about all this, some genuine enthusiasm, especially now that we have decided to kiss and make it up with the film business: all is forgiven. It’s all good.Sometimes I think you could date this phenomenon to the time we started turning out films with four word titles (deriving from old movie dialog or song lyrics and ideally rendered as acronyms in English: HAHK, DDLJ, KNPH, KKHH, K3G and so on).In the new films, the “NRI” perspective seems to have finally taken over. No more now the bumbling and ungainly “foreign returned” babu with affected mannerisms. Our heroes are now equally at home and abroad. The havelis are in picturesque Scotland, and foreign accents are now grown at home. The concepts and moves are ripped off from American videos, but now Madonna is also looking at our stuff and picking out things. Perhaps in our times when call centers in Bangalore are handling your questions about your AT&T bill or your new vacuum cleaner, it all makes sense somehow. We are all now “non-residents.” But there was always some truth in that idea. As recent ex-colonials, you grew up with the notion that “real” things happened elsewhere. Somehow, nothing of true import was possible where you happened to be, but now it can work both ways.ut I gotta tell ya: there’s something about films you saw when you were 16 years old that never leaves you. Man, was it a thrill. To add to the excitement, there was the lying and deception about where you were and who you went with and so on. There was almost nobody around you who actually approved of the movies, which added to the allure. Bollywood Dreams Exhibit by Jonathan Torgovnik.But after the initial drama, I found I wasn’t quite that fixated on popular movies. I was discovering great filmmakers I’d heard nothing about: the Hindi films I really liked at that time happened to be in black and white and were made a good two or three decades earlier. Then there were the American movies. I went for everything that came our way: Eastwood’s movies, The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy (incidentally, did you hear that Schlesinger died a week ago?), Kubrick, everything by that crazy guy Scorsese, Woody Allen, Robert Altman and many many more. What’s more, you had to be quick, because the better ones never ran for more than a week. Sometimes, especially interesting European films (say a Truffaut film or Visconti’s Death in Venice) could be withdrawn on the weekend and replaced by that sexy old Swedish chestnut Blow Hot Blow Cold (sure to fill the theaters for a few days.)And then there were all the great films from everywhere else. We practically lived in the little consulates’ auditoriums (British, French, German, American). And then we were also involved in running film societies, which had regular screenings of what was not in commercial distribution. Now that I think about it, we had no idea how fortunate we were as college students in Bombay to have access to such a wide variety of films. O.K., it wasn’t like the cinematheques in New York or London or Paris, but it was more than you could handle. And it was inexpensive. So, it wasn’t all just the product from the local studios. I guess we were a bit jaded about all that “glamor” – movie people were to be seen here and there in Pali Hill and Juhu – Parle, and like in any film colony, people had the movie style. It is, to some extent, at least, a two way street.Sure, like everyone else, I took in all the big Hindi films just to see what was going on, but it was rarely all that satisfying. The films for the most part looked hurriedly made, the audiences were even slightly oppressed by them (the loud soundtracks, the confusing overabundance of action and complication, the arbitrary juxtapositions, the shameless pillaging of ideas from everywhere.) Sometimes I wonder if all those people went to the movies just to get away from the heat.Then there were the film sequences that TV, when it started, used to show with evident delight. There was this chubby little child star (well, no longer a child) who was never at a loss for words, unfailingly gracious and flattering to her guests. But all that now seems so naive and innocent compared to the obscene amounts of money people are making these days and how much (cable) TV is being used to push new movies.Anyway, it was all so much around us that we used to fight to stay away from it. I can tell you I’ve gotten into some real scraps in interstate buses to get them to turn off the mind-numbing all-night videos. Not to mention the awful decibel levels of processions and religions festivals which treat music over public loudspeakers as a kind of sacred duty.So the question then: what is to be made of all this nostalgia for “Bollywood”? It was a smart neologism, I suppose, even if a bit infelicitous. But it was all wrong and very bad timing, because soon after, they went and called it “Mumbai” – which it always was in Marathi, but now they want it called Mumbai in English too, and I say why not call it “Bambai” as it was in Hindi, and it’s all rather confusing. But to get back: when we were seeing all of those films, wondering how films made this badly and (save for exceptions) with such little attention to craft, could be so successful. It was not a bit baffling.And just in case you thought that the films are somehow fighting for visibility and attention, you have to remember that all mass culture in India draws from the cinema, while the cinema is busy exhausting whatever it can find or lay its hands on. That explains the controversies and counterclaims about who is borrowing what from whom. You can’t possibly be creative when you are turning out dozens of pictures a year – and this is not even Hollywood in the studio days where they had a lot of great writers trying to look busy.People who cared for movies went to many things besides Deewar and Sholay and Qurbani, and when we saw Hare Rama Hare Krishna there was some real dismay and amusement at the weird way in which this hippie thing was being exploited for rather uptight audiences. A lot of this oughtn’t to be forgotten as we look for new stuff we can dance too – and these days almost anything with a beat seems acceptable. I mean, it’s OK as dance music goes, and you can do as you please. But it’s another thing to make it a fundamental question of identity and to reach for it as a starting point. It’s just that there is a lot of it, it’s easy to find, you can make anything of it, especially if you don’t speak the language and it all vaguely signifies some “truth” about who you think you are.So it’s all well and good that Bombay films are doing all right at the box office again and raking it in (when they do.) But I’d still like to talk to someone who has an honest kind thing to say about all this, some genuine enthusiasm, especially now that we have decided to kiss and make it up with the film business: all is forgiven. It’s all good.Sometimes I think you could date this phenomenon to the time we started turning out films with four word titles (deriving from old movie dialog or song lyrics and ideally rendered as acronyms in English: HAHK, DDLJ, KNPH, KKHH, K3G and so on).In the new films, the “NRI” perspective seems to have finally taken over. No more now the bumbling and ungainly “foreign returned” babu with affected mannerisms. Our heroes are now equally at home and abroad. The havelis are in picturesque Scotland, and foreign accents are now grown at home. The concepts and moves are ripped off from American videos, but now Madonna is also looking at our stuff and picking out things. Perhaps in our times when call centers in Bangalore are handling your questions about your AT&T bill or your new vacuum cleaner, it all makes sense somehow. We are all now “non-residents.” But there was always some truth in that idea. As recent ex-colonials, you grew up with the notion that “real” things happened elsewhere. Somehow, nothing of true import was possible where you happened to be, but now it can work both ways.ut I gotta tell ya: there’s something about films you saw when you were 16 years old that never leaves you. Man, was it a thrill. To add to the excitement, there was the lying and deception about where you were and who you went with and so on. There was almost nobody around you who actually approved of the movies, which added to the allure.But after the initial drama, I found I wasn’t quite that fixated on popular movies. I was discovering great filmmakers I’d heard nothing about: the Hindi films I really liked at that time happened to be in black and white and were made a good two or three decades earlier. Then there were the American movies. I went for everything that came our way: Eastwood’s movies, The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy (incidentally, did you hear that Schlesinger died a week ago?), Kubrick, everything by that crazy guy Scorsese, Woody Allen, Robert Altman and many many more. What’s more, you had to be quick, because the better ones never ran for more than a week. Sometimes, especially interesting European films (say a Truffaut film or Visconti’s Death in Venice) could be withdrawn on the weekend and replaced by that sexy old Swedish chestnut Blow Hot Blow Cold (sure to fill the theaters for a few days.)And then there were all the great films from everywhere else. We practically lived in the little consulates’ auditoriums (British, French, German, American). And then we were also involved in running film societies, which had regular screenings of what was not in commercial distribution. Now that I think about it, we had no idea how fortunate we were as college students in Bombay to have access to such a wide variety of films. O.K., it wasn’t like the cinematheques in New York or London or Paris, but it was more than you could handle. And it was inexpensive. So, it wasn’t all just the product from the local studios. I guess we were a bit jaded about all that “glamor” – movie people were to be seen here and there in Pali Hill and Juhu – Parle, and like in any film colony, people had the movie style. It is, to some extent, at least, a two way street.Sure, like everyone else, I took in all the big Hindi films just to see what was going on, but it was rarely all that satisfying. The films for the most part looked hurriedly made, the audiences were even slightly oppressed by them (the loud soundtracks, the confusing overabundance of action and complication, the arbitrary juxtapositions, the shameless pillaging of ideas from everywhere.) Sometimes I wonder if all those people went to the movies just to get away from the heat.Then there were the film sequences that TV, when it started, used to show with evident delight. There was this chubby little child star (well, no longer a child) who was never at a loss for words, unfailingly gracious and flattering to her guests. But all that now seems so naive and innocent compared to the obscene amounts of money people are making these days and how much (cable) TV is being used to push new movies.Anyway, it was all so much around us that we used to fight to stay away from it. I can tell you I’ve gotten into some real scraps in interstate buses to get them to turn off the mind-numbing all-night videos. Not to mention the awful decibel levels of processions and religions festivals which treat music over public loudspeakers as a kind of sacred duty.   Related Itemslast_img read more

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