Hello, all! My name is Web. I'm a #CSI, a #film geek, #gamer, #jazz enthusiast, and a pop culture junkie. I record a monthly #podcast about Indian cinema/culture called Darn That Dream. I studied #biology and #forensics in school and am very passionate about #science and #education. I want to one day be a #teacher at the high school or college level.
@webistrying Where can I find your podcast. I don't know Jack about Indian cinema, and I'd like to.
@ajroach42 You can stream it via browser here: https://webistrying.wordpress.com or find me on iTunes at Darn That Dream. I'm only a few episode in and am trying to incorporate Indian culture as well. So the most recent episode is a few Indian folktales I found. For classic Indian cinema, I say check out Satyajit Ray's films in the Criterion Collection. I can also recommend some mainstream Bollywood films if you ever wanted to give them a go!
@webistrying I own the Pather Panchali trilogy, although I admit I have not watched them yet.
I discussed them in passing in a podcast episode (yet to be released) about DIY and amatuer film makers.
The story of how he funded the film partially out of his own pocket was pretty inspiring.
But, as I said, I haven't seen the movie yet. It's on my list of films to watch, but I'm a little intimidated by it.
@ajroach42 The reputation of that trilogy is intimidating indeed! I avoided Citizen Kane for the longest time because of the same reason. Now I can't remember a time before Orson Welles was in my life. If you have a FilmStruck account, check out The Big City. It's actually my favorite Ray film. Films on Netflix that may be a good intro to modern Indian cinema: Queen, Dangal, and Lagaan.
@webistrying I haven’t watched citizen Kane yet for largely the same reason.
It’s weird, because I am fairly well versed in American cinema, but there are a handful of big ‘masterpiece’ films that I haven’t gotten up the gumption to watch.
@webistrying I appreciate the suggestions. I’ll get them added to the list.
@ajroach42 I was unimpressed with Kane after my first watch, but I kept going back to it. It's such a rich and layered film. I've heard the complaint that it's cold and unemotional, but I disagree. Won't get into spoilers, of course. Never feel bad about not having seen the labeled classics. There's so much media to absorb these days. Get to the films in your queue at your own pace!
@webistrying It's not even really a matter of pacing, as much as it is of interest.
I expect that I will have to *work* when I watch Kane, so I keep leaving it aside until I can devote more time to it.
I don't always have time to spend on film, but when I do I tend to watch 10 or 15 films over a relitively short period.
@webistrying (Last week, for example, I revisited Universal Horror stable, and went through Dracula (in spanish, this time), The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and then this weekend, the Abbott and Costello universal monster flicks.
A few weeks ago, I did the same with Harold Lloyd's silents. Before that, it was Hitchcock. But something keeps stopping me when I reach for Citizen Kane. )
@ajroach42 I gotcha. It's probably because I've seen it so many time that Kane isn't work for me. It's definitely a fascinating character study more than pulp entertainment.
I love running through film series as well! Right now I'm going through the self-described desire trilogy by Luca Guadagnino. Call Me By Your Name is the third one with I am Love and A Bigger Splash being the first two. Fascinating stuff. Guadagnino will also be directing the Suspiria remake, which I'm look forward to.