by Rick Mazumdar
In this article we'll take a look at one of my favorite directors of all time, the auteur Wes Anderson. We'll be looking at the songs used in the soundtrack of three of his films namely, The Royal Tenenbaums ; Rushmore and The Darjeeling Limited. This would part one of a three part article, for your reading convenience, where we'll look at his remaining films in a different light.
I feel that these three movies cemented our idea of Anderson's use of songs in his films. The use of symmetrical camera usage, the characteristic color palettes of yellow, pink and orange and unusual aspect ratios during close ups,and hand made art coupled with the use of songs as a story telling device, is what makes his films so very heartfelt and emotionally resonant.
In this article we'll take up three scenes in three of the films, and we'll discuss it with relation to the songs used.
Lets look at the first film:
by Tarique Ejaz
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) or more popularly known as Multiple Personality Disorder is one of the rarest kind of mental illness that can inflict a person. It has often been confused with schizophrenia but the simplest distinction lies in the fact that in schizophrenia, the patient concerned does not experience loss of time or undesirable unconsciousness when the delusions or hysteria sets in. Over the years, there are many prominent cases in such anomalies of the functioning of the mind that has been witnessed and today we as a society and a scientifically progressive one as such, know more about such ailments and their treatment/diagnosis than we did probably a century ago. Billy Milligan along with Sybil continues to remain a controversial figure in the field of mental health ever since his condition came to light and the story of a man plagued with personalities, not of his own conscious creation, became one of intrigue to one and all.
“A multiple personality is officially classified as a neurosis and not a psychosis.
Multiples are not insane.”
The Minds of Billy Milligan was authored by Daniel Keyes and the first edition was published in the October of 1981. It captures the actual story of a terminally ill person whose mental-health became the talk of the town. (Rather States, considering the place and situation he was in then) From the struggles in his early life to the crimes certain personalities or people of his mental family had committed to the unending fight towards becoming a person to be accepted in society, the novel is a journal carrying the intricate details of the man that housed not 10 or 15 or 20 personalities (which is still more than the average number of personalities required to be listed as one suffering from DID) but a whopping 24 personalities.
by Tarique Ejaz and Luv Mehta
Tarique: Captain America: Civil War is the third installment in the Captain America franchise and one of the most awaited superhero-comicbook movie of 2016. So let’s start with the simplest of things. How did you like the movie?
Luv: Captain America is my favourite hero from the MCU, essentially being the modern Superman of the movie landscape. I’ve made my love for the first movie known before, and the second movie is the only instalment in the series to feel completely unpredictable. So, with my heightened expectations, I’m happy to say, the answer is yes!
by Luv Mehta
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has probably been the most successful experiment by a movie studio, ever - we have thirteen movies in a single franchise in the span of 8 years, each part of an epic, interconnected universe with consistent continuity, and each guaranteed to make bank at the box office.
A huge part of that is because nearly every movie feels different and unique from the other, so you never feel like it's falling into a rut, even with some of the standard franchising tropes it keeps using. We can have a swashbuckling rogue defeating terrorists, a bunch of a-holes going on an intergalactic adventure, a heist movie with a shrinking gimmick, and a conspiracy movie where the government isn't all it seems to be.
And then there's Captain America: The First Avenger, that seems like the most traditional superhero movie out of the roster, but which, I promise to try and convince you, is the most unconventional - and one of the best.
Let's back up a bit.