Month: September 2011

Ep 37 Vidyut Jamwal Interview Exclusive – playing the villain in Force

Force is this week’s big Hindi release and we had a chance to have a conversation with Vidyut Jamwal, the surprise package and debutant villain pitted against a very buffed up John Abraham, in the remake of South Indian Kaakha Kaakha which originally starred Surya and Jyotikha (find our review here).

 

Force is already getting rave reviews (our review will be up shortly) and this is probably due to a large part to Vidyut’s performance. And I am sure as soon as the ladies (and some gents-apparently 10-12% of the male population) will get a look of Vidyut’s six-pack, they will turn into goo.
Vidyut was raised in an ashram and has been training in various different styles of martial arts since a very young age so he is definitely a good match for John’s bike lifting shenanigans.
Check out some of the stunts he did for the media at a press event.

 

 

Source: Fox Star India
We had a very nice time speaking with Vidyut, he seems like a genuinely nice guy and has that gusto that new comers have, plus he complimented me a few times so that always gets you brownie points.

The interview happened on the phone so there are a few things that gets lost in translation but I am sure you will have a great time listening to our chat.
Let us know what you thought of our interview in the comment section below (or even better leave us a review on iTunes)

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The Artist

Not coming to a UK screen soon

The Artist is the latest film from director Michel Hazanavicius.  Re-uniting Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo (also from Hazanavicius’ hilarious OSS117: Cairo, nest of spies) the Artist tells the story of the fall of a silent movie star, George Valentin (Dujardin) and the rise of Peppy Miller (Bejo) when the talkies were becoming the norm in Hollywood.  So, nothing special there; but where the movie will surprise is that it is both black and white and silent.  Very much a rarity in the age of Michael Bay & 3D, I for one cannot wait for the UK release.  And this I guess, is a teeny problem…slated for release in France on October 12th and in the US on November 23rd, the UK still has no date confirmed.  I am sure that this will change once the movie has its mainstream release in various other markets, so until then, we will have to content ourselves with the trailer.  You can enjoy Jean Dujardin’s Cannes Film Festival Best Actor winning performance, all too briefly, below.  Oh and Berenice Bejo looks as gorgeous as ever.

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Ep 36 Speedy Singhs/BreakAway Q&A with Russell Peters, Vinay Virmani and Ghuggi

Upodcast attended a Q&A with the cast of Speedy Singhs/ BreakAway in London who were in town to promote their Ice Hockey Underdog crossover film releasing in the UK on Friday 30th September 2011. International comedy sensation, Russell Peters, and rising star of cinema, Vinay Virmani, joined fellow cast and crew members including much adored comedian/actor Gurpreet “Ghuggi” Singh and co-producer Ajay Virmani as they addressed the audience and conducted a Q&A session with media in attendance.

We had a chance to pose some of our questions in typical Upodcast fashion and tried to get some clarification from Russel Peters about the statements he recently made about Bollywood.

A lot has been said in the media and even more so has been pulled out of context but you can listen to the entire press conference here and make up your own mind.

From the Press Release:
Directed by Hollywood filmmaker Robert Lieberman (‘D3: The Mighty Ducks‘, ‘Table for Five’) and produced by First Take Entertainment and Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar’s Hari Om Entertainment, ‘Speedy Singhs’ is a gripping, cross-cultural hockey drama set in the Indo-Canadian community of suburban Toronto, Canada. Other stars in the film include Hollywood heartthrob, Rob Lowe; the demure Camilla Belle (‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park‘, ‘10,000 BC‘); and veteran of Indian cinema Anupam Kher (‘Bend it like Beckham’). A galaxy of other exciting cameos are provided by the likes of recording artist and actor Aubrey “Drake” Graham and Grammy Award winning rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. Ludacris added his vocals to the cross-urban music track of the year, “Shera Di Kaum”, the promotional song for ‘Speedy Singhs’, where he also features in the video.

‘Speedy Singhs’ releases in cinemas across UK and worldwide on 30th September 2011


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COW: RockStar- Kun FaayaKun

Usually Martin handles the COW bringing you some great music but since I have been obsessed with the following track I wanted to have a home for it. From the soon to be releasing Rockstar starring Ranbhir Kapoor and Nargis Farkhri, directed by Imtiaz Ali who after his succes with Love Aaj Kal and Jab We Met is probably a rock star in his own way.

The story seems to be of Ranbhir throwing his life into music after a break up with newcomer and former model (aren’t they all in Bollywood) Nargis Fakhri. Maybe nothing special but knowing the director, he will definetely add a fresh treatment.

But the part that has excited me is the return to Hindi Film composition of my favorite composer A.R. Rahman ( AKA The mozart of Madras). After his numerous international collaborations with Danny Boyle and the Pussycat Dolls, he is back with a full fledged soundtrack for a movie. And after listening to this track I realized how much i misssed his music. I actually start getting withdrawal symptoms if I havent listened to some Rahman music for a while.

Rahman is a very spiritual guy and being a convert to Islam, he infuses a lof of sufism to his music as he did previously with Khwaaja mere Khwaaja for the Akbhar Yoda OST or even back in the day when he sang Mustufa Mustafa in Duniya Dilwalon ki.

For those wondering what the chant Kun FaayaKun means, it originates from a prayer loosely translated as “Be and it Is” (don’tshoot me, if im not 100% accurate)

I cant wait for the movie to release on 11.11.11 but the soundtrack releases 25th of September!!

@asimburney

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Drive – quite possibly movie of the year

A star is born

Having heard a lot about The Pusher and having seen Bronson, I’m not sure why I was quite as surprised as I was by how damned fine the film is.  It’s a pretty easy plot – stunt driver in the movies has a sideline at night driving getaway cars, falls in love with his neighbour and pulls one last, ill-fated job – but this sets expectations so low against what is delivered – Nicolas Winding Refn has really delivered with this movie.  First off, it would be remiss to not talk about the violence and there are some supremely bloody scenes in the film; really quite explicit and graphic but not gratuitous.  This is balanced by a very tender relationship between Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan which is not expressed in the conventional manner: there is but one kiss that is shared throughout the film.  For more on Refn’s observations about love and violence, see the clip from BBC Breakfast…  

So, Drive is a truly original film; a tremendous re-imagining of the “man with no name” concept and not easy to pigeon-hole.  That we don’t know any back-story about “Driver” makes this all the more compelling.  For that I guess we have to read the James Sallis novel upon which the film is based. 

Everything else aside, what else makes this such a winner (literally as Refn won Best Director at Cannes earlier this year for Drive)?  Well for a start, LA at night is shot wonderfully (as it is during the day too).  There are some great performances from the whole ensemble cast; standout from Gosling and I thought notably from Bryan Cranston who, not having seen Breaking Bad, for me will forever be Hal, the father in Malcolm in the Middle.  What will stay with me most I think will be the soundtrack; almost an ever-present in the movie and the most perfect complement to the visuals and story.  I was reminded both of the Scarface and Heat soundtracks – a brilliant blend of electro-pop-synth and moody atmospherics, particularly in the opening sequence.  A modern day noir, Drive gets the Upod thumbs-up, so treat yourselves and check it out as soon as you can.  A clip is below just in case you need more encouragement.

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COW – Justice feat. Simian

Clip of the week, Moooooo!

 

So, another week, another clip.  This is a particularly fine example of  some excellently staged destruction, albeit in a quite arty way.  This clip by Justice featuring Simian is reminiscent of the aftermath of an outstanding party – bottles all around you, drooling on someone you’ve fallen asleep on – as the song progresses, the destruction draws ever nearer.  Unsurprisingly, it has a MTV warning at the start…do not try this at home.  the thing is, when I was younger I did try and do this kind of thing…sliding down stairs on matresses, diving out of bunk-beds and generally doing plenty of things that were hazardous to my very young health. 

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Ep 35 Real Steel , The WhistleBlower, The Hour and FrightFest

Upodcasting was hungry. Very hungry. We have feasted on the many delights on offer and bring you a tasting menu of scientifically measured blabber in an episode that Heston Blumenthal would be proud of.

The annual Film4 Frightfest returns to haunt us, but in a good way. We talk about the Guillermo Del Toro produced remake of Don’t be afraid of the dark and the follow-up to cult British horror classic The Wicker man, The Wicker Tree; again directed by Robin Hardy.

For good or for bad, Breaking In has been renewed and we also debate the merits of Franklin and Bash. Whatever our conclusions, Louis CK brings us back to reality with the excellent and award nominated, Louie. More flights of fancy follow with our analysis of the excellent trailer for Tucker Vs Evil.

BBC2’s 6 part drama The Hour is the next dish to be served…mainly cold, but with a dash of spicy sauce to liven it up. We then have a little bit of a breather between courses; some sorbet to cleanse the pallet in the form of Real Steel: the all action, futuristic, robot-fighting, fun-packed blockbuster starring Hugh Jackman. Our co-host @asimburney was lucky enough to have a sneak preview screening!

The main review this episode is for The Whistleblower – a somewhat under-known film starring Rachel Weiss in a brilliant performance in a powerful film. It won’t spoil things to say we think this film is fantastic and a perfectly satisfying way to end our movie meal.

Listen to the podcast just after the trailers or subscribe to us on iTunes!

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COW on a Friday – Wiley, Numbers in Action

Moooo, this COW is great

  This week’s cow comes from Wiley, a UK hip-hop artist.  In the running for Best Video at the 2011 MOBOs this is a really clever video, perfectly complementing the lyrics.  Whilst we can’t say it’s in the same league as Shad’s Rose Garden video (to be fair, not much else is), it’s really creative and uses plenty of camera tricks and edits to get bouncing balls in synch with the beats (and numerous other neat little things). If you like it, you can vote by going here.

The MOBOs have been around since 1996 and although the acronym is for Music Of Black Origin, the awards have grown in significance and stature; coming to represent urban music generally.  The awards have also been instrumental in helping launch the careers of such artists as Craig David, Ms Dynamite, Estelle, Kano and N-Dubz

 Wiley is signed to the excellent Ninja Tunes via their hip-hop sub-label Big Dada.  One of the true pioneers of UK hip-hop and grime, Wiley was part of the Roll Deep Crew that included such talent as Dizee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder.  He is affectionately known as the Godfather of Grime. 

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Clint (Harry) rocks it in our first ever COW

Moooo, this COW is great

Not much to say other than I think this is a fine way to get our COW (clip of the week) series up and running.

Remember kids, the next time you’re in a hostage situation, just keep pouring that sugar and someone will get the message.

 Dirty Harry in one of his many fine moments…go ahead, make my day

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