Digging Shallow And Deep—Portrayals Of ‘The Farmer’ In New Tamil Cinema

“The customary hero-introduction shot in Tamil language drama Kadaikutti Singam (2018) happens during the scene of a rekla race, the traditional bullock cart sport held in Tamil Nadu villages. Before Karthi Shivakumar, the star actor who plays the lead character, makes an appearance, Soori, the comedian who plays the hero’s best friend, takes a look at the bustling arena where bulls are rubbing shoulders with men, and gushes, “How could you curtail this happiness!”” Continue reading Digging Shallow And Deep—Portrayals Of ‘The Farmer’ In New Tamil Cinema

A Sculpture of Ashes—Liner Notes On A Modern, Cinephilic Tragedy

” When I boarded the Nellai Express early in the morning of 16 June 2019 to journey from Neyveli to Chennai along the eastern stitch of the Indian peninsula, I was only marginally surprised to find a thick diary, of the corner-stationery variety, lying atop the brief table next to my berth. Someone had also left behind a half-eaten packet of salted almonds.” Continue reading A Sculpture of Ashes—Liner Notes On A Modern, Cinephilic Tragedy

Riding Lonesome – ‘Lonesome Cowboys’

by Caden Mark Gardner Lonesome Cowboys was shot in the Arizona winter of 1968, a year before Easy Rider became the counterculture crossover hit to polarize America, months before Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated, and months before Andy Warhol survived an assassination attempt from the gun of Valerie Solanas. While Warhol did work on San Diego Surf with Paul Morrissey … Continue reading Riding Lonesome – ‘Lonesome Cowboys’

Warhol and Morrissey’s Horror Double Feature – ‘Flesh for Frankenstein’ and ‘Blood for Dracula’

by Nel Dahl Low-budget horror cinema’s potential to unexpectedly reverse its initially mixed reception is epitomized by the strange afterlife of Paul Morrissey’s Andy Warhol-produced double feature, Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) and Blood for Dracula (1974). After nearly two decades of censored cuts and derision, the films received an unexpected tribute via Madonna’s “Deeper and Deeper” music video. Warhol star Udo Kier’s voice opens the … Continue reading Warhol and Morrissey’s Horror Double Feature – ‘Flesh for Frankenstein’ and ‘Blood for Dracula’

Red Sauce and Sugar Blues – ‘Andy Warhol Eats a Hamburger’

by Tobias Rosen In March, during the most stringent period of Germany’s lockdown, my partner decided to visit her parents for a week and leave me in our apartment in solitary confinement. I was secretly looking forward to a break from our increasingly unbearable habit of watching and being watched while eating. Each morning, our food routine would begin with an elaborate menu plan for … Continue reading Red Sauce and Sugar Blues – ‘Andy Warhol Eats a Hamburger’