Archive for the Refugee Category

Mom Calling (Short Film)

Posted in Refugee on September 14, 2018 by Qalandar

Ha, this one is hilarious! — Qalandar


What Happened to Fan Bingbing, China’s Most Famous Actress?

Posted in Refugee on September 14, 2018 by Qalandar

“Fan Bingbing is arguably the most famous actress in China, a prolific star who has made the leap to international fame with roles in the “Iron Man” and “X-Men” franchises. She appeared in Cannes in May to promote a coming spy blockbuster with Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz and Lupita Nyong’o.

She has more than 62 million followers on China’s equivalent of Twitter, Weibo, and appears in ads for products around the world — from vitamins in Australia to lipstick by Guerlain, the watches of Montblanc and the diamonds of De Beers.

Now she is missing.”

Read the complete article HERE

Badhaai Ho trailer

Posted in Refugee on September 11, 2018 by Satyam

thanks to Sanjana..

Once Again Trailer (Film Available on Netflix)

Posted in Refugee with tags , , , , , on September 2, 2018 by Qalandar

A noir indie film set in Meghalaya (Indian Express)

Posted in Refugee with tags , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2018 by Qalandar


Everything about Wanphrang K Diengdoh’s latest film, from the locales (the rain-washed Northeastern hill station of Shillong) to the music (“street”) to the protagonist (an out-of-work-detective trying to track down ‘stolen objects’) to the language (a blend of English, Hindi but also, Khasi), screams exotic. Add Adil Hussain into the fray, and the enigma is undeniable. However, for 33-year-old Diengdoh, Lorni — The Flaneur, set to be released at the end of the year, strictly stays away from “romanticising, exoticising and creating a spectacle out of the area/people.” And there are multiple ways how.

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My Requiem for Test Cricket

Posted in Refugee, the good with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2018 by Qalandar


It’s best to begin with a series that isn’t taking place right now, and on a note you’ve heard before: a few months ago, Australia canceled a home test series against Bangladesh  on the grounds that it wasn’t “commercially viable” out of season.  (The ACB’s logic is nothing if not circular, since the country isn’t exactly falling over itself to host Bangladesh during the regular cricket season either; Australia has company, of course: India and England, to name the two other wealthiest cricket boards, barely host tests against Bangladesh either.)  Coming on the heels of England’s recent announcement of a 100-ball format, Australia’s undisguised cynicism is merely the latest reminder that international cricket boards are doing their best to hasten the demise of test cricket: the newest entrants, Afghanistan and Ireland, cannot count on more than occasional one-off tests for the foreseeable future, irrespective of how many spirited performances they might put up (indeed, Ireland pushed Pakistan far more than England did in the recent Lords test between the two countries). In fact, the extent to which test series today do not account for the quality of the match-ups is striking…

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Oscars to Add ‘Popular Film’ Category, Creating Questions (New York Times)

Posted in Refugee on August 8, 2018 by Qalandar


Excerpt: “Alarmed by plunging television ratings for the Academy Awards, the organization behind the Oscars said on Wednesday it would add a category for blockbuster films and shorten the telecast by giving out some statuettes during commercial breaks.

Yet adding a category for “outstanding achievement in popular film,” as John Bailey, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, put it in a letter to members, could create new problems for the beleaguered organization.

What if a movie many see as a legitimate best picture contender — the worldwide smash “Black Panther,” for instance — receives a nomination for the populist Oscar but not for best overall picture? Does that mean “Black Panther” and films like it are second-class citizens?”