Month: March 2012

Despite the Gods Trailer: Jennifer Lynch and the making of Hisss

The Trailer for Despite the Gods combines two things that I love hearing about: the making of a movie that ends up in a disaster for the film makers (Lost in La Mancha, Heart of Darkness) and non-indians thinking that India is a mythical land of enlightenment,  nirvana and cows but ending up finding that levels of insanity that they could never imagine. (Think the guy from the Oatmeal who went to India).

 

 

 

 

Here’s the trailer:

 

I never watched Hisss as I could never find a decent copy of it but I was always intrigued by this weird cross over movie starring Malika Sherawat (who is awesome) and David Lynch’s daughter especially after our good friend FilmiGirl loved Hisss and even wrote up this awesome review. Plus we get to see more of Sherawat which we can all applaud. I’m really looking forward to watching Despite the Gods for all these reasons.

 

And a movie that gave us Malika Sherawat in this Holi Song can’t be all evil can it?

 

@asimburney

 

Btw if you want an alternative take and if you like awesome photography, Check out our buddy Loops travels in India and Asia.

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Review Kahaani Upodcast ft FilmiGirl

We team up with FilmiGirl to talk about Sujoy Ghosh’s Kolkata based thriller Kahaani starring Viday Bhalan.

Upodcast are in depth film discussions for film geeks so we have two part in the show. We stay spoiler free until the mid point and after the interval we delve right into spoiler territory as a film like Kahaani deserves a in depth discussion.

As usual we go off on a few tangents as the filmography of Sujoy Ghosh, Why his Aladin is an underrated crowd pleaser, Bollyfatigue and if celebrities should be retweeting every review on twitter?

After the spoiler section we talk about how Kahaani stands up to other movies with a famous twist, who else could have played Vidya Bagchi and the soundtrack and religious themes in Kahaani.

 

I hope you enjoy the show and do leave us a comment below or a review on iTunes.

 

You can read FilmiGirl’s review on her website by clicking here.

 

Disclaimer: at my 2nd viewing of Kahaani I noticed I had walked in late and missed the first 10 minutes of the movie so some of my comments might seem a bit nonsensical but hey ho, it’s all part of the fun!

 

@asimburney

 

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TV Special: Awake, Alcatraz, Touch, Person Of Interest, Comic Book Men

A veritable cornucopia of televisual delights awaits with the latest instalment of Upod.  So where to start?  Well, to be honest there’s so much going on with brand new shows, season-old shows, established favourites and unusual erm, side-shows that I’ll give a simple rundown; but it almost seems unfair.

 

Given the frankly disappointing autumn debut of Pan-Am, it was a delight to get stuck into Alcatraz this year.  With many misgivings, mainly surrounding the similarities to Lost and JJ ABrams’ contribution, the Upod team is happy to love this show.  At least for probably 3 seasons; quite how good it will be in season 29 when they’ve caught the 299th prisoner, we can’t say.

 

From this we move to Kevin Smith’s reality TV show (don’t let that put you off folks) Comic Book Men – a fascinating look at a neighbourhood comic store and geekdom all rolled into one.  Ever so slightly more ambitious is the new Kiefer Sutherland show, Touch.  With a global scale and one of the main characters being a “gifted” kid, it’s just begging to fall over itself a la Heroes, but until it does, we’ll keep tuning in.

 

More conventional, but arguably of more interest, is Person of Interest (PoI).  Another JJ Abrams project which is a little bit Minority Report, partly Source Code and soemthing else, PoI was created by the lesser spotted Nolan and gives viewers more from two very talented actors: Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson. 

 

Not content with the head-fuckery of the shows so far, Upod concludes it’s serious programmes by looking at Awake.  Starring Jason Isaacs as a confused and grieving-but still effective policeman, Awake places the viewer in 2 realities and then lets the rest fall into place.  It is very much worth a look.

 

Thankfully we have the 3rd season of Danny Mcbride’s outstanding Eastbound and Down to bring us back to our senses.  Kenny Powers returns to our screens for the final episodes of what must be one of HBO’s boldest shows.  The regulars return, having relocated from Mexico and Kenny’s rekindled relationship with April (and baby) gets off to a bad start.

 

So there you have it: Kevin Smith IS reality, Alcatraz probably has an alternate reality, Kiefer Sutherland’s kid wants to change reality, Jonathan Nolan is watching your reality, Jason Isaacs is greedy and wants two realities and Kenny Powers just basically ignores his reality.

@martincawley

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Atif Aslam and Sonu Niigaam in concert in London’s O2

Two of the most amazing singers in South East Asia are coming to London in concert. I think both of them don’t really need any introduction so I’ll leave you guys with the most pertinent info from the following press release.

 

Dhamaka 2012 – Sonu Niigaam, Atif Aslam & Bolly Flex – Live at The O2!

Flex FX proudly brings you the aptly named show, Dhamaka 2012 at the world’s most popular venue ‘The O2’ on Sunday 22nd April 2012. Dhamaka means “explosion” and the show promises to be just that.

Creating musical history, are 2 of the world’s most sought after Asian voices – India’s soul, Sonu Nigam and Pakistan’s icon, Atif Aslam, together for the first time in history.

The venue is the world famous O2 arena, in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, which is part of London’s Olympics in 2012, and is known as the centre of the earth. No better a place to celebrate the unity that music can bring.

Both international singing sensations will be performing live with their own full bands for 90 minutes. Each with perform all their Bollywood blockbusters, latest chart toppers, and their everlasting renowned hits. Also on the cards, is special tribute from both acts!

The spectacular dance group Bolly Flex, who UK viewers cheered on in the popular SKY TV show, ‘Got to dance’ in 2011, will perform a grand opening to both halves of the show and introduce the star celebrities in a dynamic and artistic fashion. Guaranteed, are breathtaking, colourful and high energy performances.

Young East London born and raised producer and artistic director Naz Choudhury shares: “Dhamaka has always played a major role to my journey and the Flex FX legacy, over the past few years. I can proudly say I have my dream line-up in Sonu and Atif. After my appearance on the BBC show, Dragons’ Den, I nationally declared that I will do it and though the dragons didn’t come on board, I had investors who immediately took the opportunity, and have waited for this big event to come together.”

He adds: “Dhamaka doesn’t represent race, faith or culture, it’s about the passion for music, dance and unity. I’m proud to say it’s about time a show of this calibre has come to my home town, the East End of London, and only for one night. Tickets are already selling like hot cakes, so I buying early will mean no disappointments.”

Flex FX was founded in 2003 by Naz Choudhury as a dance group, and their first performance and launch was in the Millennium Dome, at the Festival of Asia in 2004. In 2007 Flex FX was commissioned by the European Union and produced Dhamaka 2007 with Atif Aslam and Jay Sean, alongside a UK cast of dancers and sold out the 5000 capacity Royal Albert Hall. Flex FX became a force to be reckoned with.

2012 sees Flex FX return to the Dome, which is now the world famous O2, a full circle back to where the journey began, in the 15,000 capacity O2 Arena. They proudly bring you the biggest Bollywood event of 2012.

Dhamaka makes history not just because of the line-up, but also the multicultural unity and power of bringing nations together in celebration, embracing London’s Olympic year in world class fashion. It’s back… It’s Dhamaka – an explosion to your senses!

Tickets start at just £25! Book your tickets now visit www.theO2.co.uk. For more information about the show visit www.dhamaka.co.uk

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Community Returns Trailer

If there is a somber gloom over our faces recently, it’s because one of our favorite shows, NBC’s Community, had been put on hiatus before Xmas. With it’s uncertain future dangling between the fingers of US corporate overlords twitter prayers and online campaigns were being started everywhere with the “Six Seasons and A Movie” Battle Cry being heard in every corner of the interwebz. But we can all take a sigh of relieve as the hiatus is coming to an end and Community fans are rallying to get newbies to watch the show.

The Trailer is frankly amazing and made me laugh more than anything since Community left our screens and just re-inforced why I love this show so much. And show creator, Dan Harmon,  mentioned that it was a different experience writing and shooting the episodes in a bubble disconnected with the rest of the world and getting constant feedback from the fans that love the show. Looking at some of the shots in the trailer, we can see that the team has gone all out.

 

Community is back on screens March 15th and get your friends and family to watch it, bribe them , annoy them, blackmail them, I don’care, just do it!

#SixSeasonsAndAMovie

@asimburney

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SuperMan vs Hulk Fan Created video

A comic book nerd’s wet dream and an endless debate when chilling out with fellow geeks,  what would happen when 2 of the most beloved and powerful characters in Comic book History collided?

Michael Habajan has created a few short CGI animated video’s having both Superman and Hulk duke it out in a dessert. Although this is a 3 part series and only parts 1 and 2 are out, it’s definitely something to keep an eye out. Looking at the improvement between the first and 2nd video, we can only await the next video with baited breath

 

Check out both videos embedded below!


Via SlashFilm

Check out Michael’s work on his Youtube Channel

 

@asimburney

Adit Rao Hydari Talks to Upodcast About London Paris New York

Part 2 of our interviews about London Paris New York, we chat with the wonderful Aditit Rao Hydari.

Dancer and actress Aditi Rao Hydari made her acting debut in 2007 in Sharada Ramanathan’s acclaimed film ‘Sringaram’. She is best known for her role in popular film ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’, and also in Rockstar and Dilli 6.

We’re posting both chats here in separate podcasts, let us know what you thought of the movie or our interviews in the comment section below. And do go back to check out our conversation with Ali Zafar.

As usual Upodcast tries to ask different questions and create a conversation with our guests, so we really do hope you enjoy it!

 

London, Paris, New York releases in theaters today!

 

@AsimBurney

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Ali Zafar talks to Upodcast about London Paris New York

We’ve got quite the exclusive for you again, we got the chance to speak with 2 exciting up and coming actors Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari for their release London Paris New York.

Ali Zafar has lit up the screen in Tere Bin Laden and supporting Katrina Kaif and Imran Khan in Mere Brother ki Dulhan and now is all set to star in this rom com spanning 3 stages in life and 3 cities.

We’re posting both chats but in separate podcasts, let us know what you thought of the movie or our interviews in the comment section below.

As usual Upodcast tries to ask different questions and create a conversation with our guests, so we really do hope you enjoy it!

 

Here is our chat with Ali Zafar

 

 

London, Paris, New York releases in theaters today!

 

@AsimBurney

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Oscars 2012 Wrap Up and The Descandants

Upod goes Oscar crazeee!  Only joking, we’d never stoop that low.

The Upod Oscar special isn’t really about how much we like the awards or the ceremony, but it’s a great chance for us to dissect the top movies of the final year and 9 times out of 10, tell the Academy where they went wrong.  With The Artist garnering the 3 major wins and given the competition it faced, we didn’t have much of a leg to stand on this year.  Hugo did of course match The Artist in sheer volume of wins (5 each) but these were predominantly technical.

Naturally, two of our favourite movies of 2011 were nowhere near the red carpet: Drive and Source Code.  Perhaps there’s just too much existentialism in both of these – that or the “eeeuuuwwwww” factor (for seeing Jake Gynenhall all wired up on a drip and for Christina Hendricks’ brain being blown into 11 354 little pieces in the motel).

The main event for this week’s episode and tying in nicely with Oscar, is The Descendants.  Alexander Payne’s acclaimed film that tells the story of a man who tracks down his soon-to-die wife’s lover to tell him she’s dying was the darling of the nominations.  Artfully shot and never straying onto the sugary side of the street, “Gorgeous” George’s latest performance is certainly praiseworthy and the film itself merited the acclaim that came its way.  We give a typical Upod take on this…and also tell you where the director got it wrong!