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Form and Void of Rust Cohle   Leave a comment

What makes Matthew McConaughey unique is his consistency in getting drunk on characters obsessions. The movies like Dazed and Confused (1993), The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Killer Joe (2011), Mud (2012) , Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Interstellar (2014) stand testimonial to that. He finds ownership and freedom to portray characters that live on the fringe, who all are a bit on the outskirts of civilization and another classic example which stands above all, is his role as ‘Rust Cohle’ in the television crime drama series – True Detective.

True Detective is an American television crime drama created and written by Nic Pizzolatto. Season 1 revolves around a story of occult murder and detectives Marty Hart and Rust Cohle, are assigned to solve it.

To prepare for the role of Rust Cohle (who psychologically struggles to deal with his past, obsessiveness in solving a murder) , McConaughey himself created a 450-page evolutionary analysis of the character which he named “Four Stages of Rustin Cohle”, he named it as

  • 1995 Cohle
  • Crash
  • 2002 Cohle
  • 2012 Cohle

and continued “I wanted to get in that dude’s head. The obsession, the island of a man—I’m always looking for a guy who monologues. It’s something really important as I feel I’m going into my better work


The coverse effect of his obsession is transformed into nihilism as stated below:
I think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself, we are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self; an accretion of sensory, experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody” (Rust Cohle, “The Long Bright Dark”, True Detective)

Filled with pure compassion, Cohle survived from himself because he was acknowledging that he does not know what he does not know.

True Detective:A Case for Neo-noir – Alicia Berdan
True Detective: Pessimism, Buddhism or Philosophy? – Finn Janning
True Detective is an example of “nihilist pop culture” , Meta: Aesthetics of the media assemblage – Glen Fuller
Matthew McConaughey Explains The Four Stages of Rust Cohle


O Kadhal Kanmani – Parandhu sella vaa   Leave a comment

Everytime Mani Ranthnam directs a movie, I feel that he dedicates it to his wife ‘Suhasini’, even when he ponders over the idea of making a movie he must be like, ‘I think I’d like to dedicate this movie to my lovely wife’, that is because his movies reflect terrific sincere romance, the ones which glorify unblemished love. O Kadhal kanmani (OKK) is his latest directorial venture and I am glad that I chose this one as a starter and thanks to subtitles, the movie watching experience was one of the most memorable.

For me, the only thing which mattered was Nithya Menon’s – Tara, she was terrific! If I were to interview Mr.Rathnam I would definitely ask this: what are the basic parameters that you’d visualize to be present in your strongest character, how do you conjure those? What are your references ? Is your Wife an inspiration to it?

okkkTara is the reason behind OKK’s commercial success, she is as graceful as she can get, the chief reasons being, the effervescent ‘Parandhu Sella Vaa’ or when she talks to Aadi after lovemaking, or when she comforts Ganapathi, Bhavani with her eloquent singing (Malargal ketten) or when she takes a ‘first- squabble-selfie’ or when she introduces herself to Aadi. She’s as sweet as a cheery pie and it is these seemingly insignificant moments that shine the most.

I wouldn’t blabber much about the movie and its mechanics, but would certainly shed light on Rantham’s feminist oeuvre and its evolution over time, films like Mounaraagam, Geethanjali, Roja, Bombay Alaipayuthey, and Yuva stands testimonial to that and now with OKK the stance is ever evolving.

Pepé le pew’s eck-eck of love!   Leave a comment

“Toujours l’amour!” says pep every time he meets Penelope his love interest, Pepé Le Pew is a french skunk who is always on the lookout for romance, Pep never ever gives up his amorous quest for love, he is a casanova who is distinctively pungent, nevertheless his lover-boy antics are always a treat to behold.

Pepé Le Pew’s is voiced by multi-talented Mel Blanc, combined with a creative English and French dialect, pep was an instant hit ! esp with the pickup lines which made him very popular, the accent+debonairsh persona makes him one of the most looniest toons ever.


Some of his greatest pickup lines:

Permit me to introduce myself. I am Pepe Le Pew, your lover!

Ah, ma cherie! You are very shy, n’est-ce pas? But it is love at first sight, no

I am the peanut butter. You are the jelly. Come, let us make a sandwich of love.

Come back darling, golden violet! I will unshy you! You are just insecure. All you need is a little occupational therapy, like making love! :D :D

I pierce you with the eck-eck of love, flower pot!

Where are you, my little object of art? I am going to collect you!

I, I get a kick out from her…

(Kissing the hapless female cat-as-skunk): “Ze moon! Ze June! Ze spoon! C’est l’amour!! C’est toujours!”

*Nearly falling off a cliff* “Do you know that when you are in love it is impossible to get insurance?!”

Did you know that when you are in love it is almost impossible to get insurance? But then, security isn’t everything.

Everyone should have a hobby, don’t you think? Mine is making love…You are a girl, I am a boy, We have all that in common, darling.

Eenie, meenie, miney mo, catch a lover by the toe, if she holler, hold her closer; eenie, meenie, miney mosa. O-U-T spells I love you!

Come to me, my melon baby collie!

I tell you what. You stop resisting me, and I, I will stop resisting you. When have you had a better offer than that?

Turn out the lights, darling. I know where everything is.

For her, I will make myself dainty!

Le hiss, hiss…I am a snake and you have charmed me, no?

Come, pink pigeon, we are wasting valuable time! Oh-ho, we are going to play “Ali Thief and the 40 Babas” yes? En guard rabbit! I am going to find you!

There are plenty of fish in the ocean… if you like fish. Personally, I prefer girls. Hmm, call it a weakness.

All right, Pink Rabbit. We have broken the ice. The courtship is now beginning…[kisses twice] Now starts the period of shy glances… [kisses] Fluttering eyelids… [kisses twice] Touching fingertips… [kisses three times before Penelope runs away] She must resist me because I am irresistible. What are you gonna do?


Unforgettable monolouge – Ego’s take on criticism   Leave a comment

“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

And that is precisely what Anton Ego conveys in Pixar’s Ratatouille, Ego’s metamorphic journey is from an irksome critic to the more liberated/granulated one. His monologue is well-reasoned and is one of the finest piece of writing.

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“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends. Last night, I experienced something new, an extra-ordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto: ‘Anyone can cook.’ But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau’s, who is, in this critic’s opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau’s soon, hungry for more.”

This is just one of the reason why I love Pixar!

Posted 19/04/2015 by 6thstation in Animation, Backseat Conceptions

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Unforgettable Monologues – ’cause I read Oliver Twist?   Leave a comment

For ‘Good Will Hunting’, Robin Williams won the best supporting actor award for his portrayal of psychologist Sean Maguire. Sitting on a bench in the park, His speech to will (Matt Damon) spawns whirlwind of emotions, eventually changing everything for the troubled Will. Sean Maguire is one of the best written psychologist characters till date, the conversation with Will is so beautifully orchestrated, more like a crescendo manufacturing elemental therapy.


“So if I asked you about art, you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life’s work, political aspirations, him and the Pope, sexual orientation, the whole works, right? But I’ll bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling. Seen that. If I ask you about women, you’d probably give me a syllabus about your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can’t tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy. You’re a tough kid. And I’d ask you about war, you’d probably throw Shakespeare at me, right: “Once more into the breach, dear friends.” But you’ve never been near one. You’ve never held your best friend’s head in your lap, and watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help. I’d ask you about love, you’d probably quote me a sonnet. But you’ve never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on Earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of Hell. And you wouldn’t know what it’s like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn’t know about sleeping sittin’ up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes that the terms “visiting hours” don’t apply to you. You don’t know about real loss, ’cause that only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you’ve ever dared to love anybody that much.

I look at you. I don’t see an intelligent, confident man. I see a cocky, scared shitless kid. But you’re a genius, Will. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you. But you presume to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine. You ripped my fuckin’ life apart. You’re an orphan, right? Do you think I’d know the first thing about how hard your life has been, how you feel, who you are, ’cause I read Oliver Twist? Does that encapsulate you? Personally, I don’t give a shit about all that, because you know what, I can’t learn anything from you I can’t read in some fuckin’ book. Unless you want to talk about you, who you are. Then I’m fascinated. I’m in. But you don’t wanna do that, do you, sport? You’re terrified of what you might say. Your move, chief.”


Unforgettable dialogues – Babruvahana – Battlefield Jugalbandi   Leave a comment

The dialogues from the movie ‘Babruvahana’ is delivered with such panache and style that it is simply one of the very best ever! It perfectly justifies the title that Dr Raj earned – “Nata sarvabhouma”, the dialogues are so in widely held that in popular culture it is still a benchmark for a theater audition. The richness of words and its delivery, the expressions associated, the genius of Dr.Raj makes it look so easy, asserting that he is one of the greatest artists who ever lived.

Dialogues and Song lyrics for Babruvaha were from Hunasooru Krishna Murthy and are still remembered. Also, Dr.Raj’s and PB Srinivas’s ‘Yaaru thiliyaru Ninna Bhujabalada’, is an act of battlefield jugalbandi :)

Perhaps the only negative observation is that, Dr. Raj switches the conversation to colloquial kannada after the song  ‘Yaaru ballaru ninna’.

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ಬಭ್ರುವಾಹನ : ಏನು ಪಾರ್ಥ.?!? ಅಹ್.. ಹಹಃ … ಕೆಂಗಣ್ಣಿನಿಂದ ಕೆಕ್ಕರಿಸಿ ನೋಡಿ ನನ್ನನ್ನು ಗೆಲ್ಲಲಾರೆ. .. ಈಗ ಆ ಶಕ್ತಿ ನಿನ್ನಲ್ಲಿಲ್ಲ…. ಪರಮ ಪತಿವ್ರತೆಯನ್ನು ನಿಂದಿಸಿದ ಮರು ಕ್ಷಣವೇ ನಿನ್ನ ಪುಣ್ಯವೆಲ್ಲಾ ಉರಿದು ಹೋಗಿ, ಪಾಪದ ಮೂಟೆ ನಿನ್ನ ಹೆಗಲ ಹತ್ತಿದೆ. ಹ್ಞೂ ,ಎತ್ತು ನಿನ್ನ ಗಾಂಢೀವ… ಹೂಡು ಪರಮೇಶ್ವರನು ಕೊಟ್ಟ…ಆ…… ನಿನ್ನ ಪಾಶುಪತಾಸ್ತ್ರ…. ಶಿವನನ್ನು ಗೆದ್ದ ನಿನ್ನ ಶೌರ್ಯ ನನಗೂ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ತಿಳಿಯಲಿ…. ಅಥವಾ, ಶಿವನನ್ನು ಗೆದ್ದೇ… ಎಂಬ ನಿನ್ನ ಅಹಂಕಾರ ನನ್ನಿಂದಲೇ ಮಣ್ಣಾಗಲಿ.

ಅರ್ಜುನ : ಮದಾಂಧ!! ಅವರಿವರನ್ನು ಗೆದ್ದೇ ಎಂಬ ಅಹಂಕಾರದಿಂದ ಕೊಬ್ಬಿದ ಮೂರ್ಖ!! ಸುರಲೋಕಕ್ಕೆ ಸೋಪಾನ ಕಟ್ಟಿ, ಮತ್ಸ್ಯ ಯಂತ್ರವನು ಭೇದಿಸಿ, ರಣಾಂಗಣದಲ್ಲಿ….. ವೀರವಿಹಾರ ಮಾಡಿದ ಅರ್ಜುನನ ಭುಜಬಲದ ಪರಾಕ್ರಮ ನಿನಗೇನು ತಿಳಿದಿದೆಯೋ…

ಬಭ್ರುವಾಹನ : ಯಾರು ತಿಳಿಯರು ನಿನ್ನ ಭುಜಬಲದ ಪರಾಕ್ರಮ
ಸಮರದೋಳ್ ಆಆರ್ಜಿಸಿದ ಆ ನಿನ್ನ ವಿಜಯಗಳ ಮರ್ಮ
ಎಲ್ಲದಕು ಕಾರಣನು ಶ್ರೀಕೃಷ್ಣ ಪರಮಾತ್ಮ
ಹಗಲಿರುಳು ನೆರಳಂತೆ ತಲೆ ಕಾಯ್ದು ಕಾಪಾಡಿ ಜಯವ ತಂದಿತ್ತ ಆ ಯದುನಂದನ
ಅವನಿಲ್ಲದೆ ಬಂದ ನೀನು ತೃಣಕ್ಕೆ ಸಮಾನ

ಅರ್ಜುನ : ಅಸಾಹಾಯ ಶೂರ ನಾ ಅಕ್ಷೀಣ ಬಲನೋ
ಹರನೊಡನೆ ಹೋರಾಡಿ ಪಾಶುಪತವಂ ಪಡೆದವನೋ
ಆಗ್ರಹದೊಳೆದುರಾಗೊ ಅರಿಗಳಂ ನಿಗ್ರಹಿಸೋ ವ್ಯಾಘ್ರನಿವನೋ

ಬಭ್ರುವಾಹನ : ಓಹೊಹೊಹೊ ಉಗ್ರಪ್ರತಾಪಿ ಆ! ಹಃ ಹಃ
ಸಭೆಯೊಳಗೆ ದ್ರೌಪತಿಯ ಸೀರೆಯನು ಸೆಳೆವಾಗ ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಅಡಗಿತ್ತೋ ಈ ನಿನ್ನ ಶೌರ್ಯ
ನೂಪುರಂಗಳ ಕಟ್ಟಿ ನಟಿಸಿ ತಕಥೈಯಂದು ನಾಟ್ಯ ಕಲಿಸಿದ ನಪುಂಸಕ ನೀನು
ಚಕ್ರವ್ಯೂಹದೆ ನುಗ್ಗಿ ಛಲದಿಂದ ಛೇದಿಸದೆ ಮಗನನ್ನು ಬಲಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟ ಭ್ರಷ್ಟಾ ನೀನು
ಗಂಡುಗಲಿಗಳ ಗೆಲ್ಲೊ ಗುಂಡಿಗೆಯು ನಿನಗೆಲ್ಲೋ
ಖಂಡಿಸಿದೇ ಉಳಿಸುವೆ ಹೋಗೊ ಹೋಗೆಲೋ ಶಿಖಂಡಿ…

ಅರ್ಜುನ : ಫಡ ಫಡ ಶಿಖಂಡಿಯಂದಡಿಗಡಿಗೆ ನುಡಿಯ ಬೇಡೆಲೋ ಮೂಢ
ಭಂಡರೆದೆ ಗುಂಡಿಗೆಯ ಖಂಡಿಸುತಾ ರಣಚಂಡಿಗೌತಣವೀವ ಈ ಗಾಂಢೀವಿ
ಗಂಡುಗಲಿಗಳ ಗಂಡ ಉದ್ಧಂಡ ಭೂಮಂಡಲದೊಳಖಂಡ ಕೀರ್ತಿ ಪ್ರಚಂಡ

ಬಭ್ರುವಾಹನ : ಚಂಡನೋ ಪ್ರಚಂಡನೋ ಪುಂಡನೋ ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸುವುದು ರಣರಂಗ
ಹೂಡು ಬಾಣಗಳ ಮಾಡುವೆ ಮಾನಭಂಗ

ಅರ್ಜುನ : ಕದನದೋಳ್ ಕಲಿಪಾರ್ಥನಂ ಕೆಣಕಿ ಉಳಿದವರಿಲ್ಲ

ಬಭ್ರುವಾಹನ : ಅಬ್ಬರಿಸಿ ಬೊಬ್ಬಿರಿದರಿಲ್ಲಾರಿಗೂ ಭಯವಿಲ್ಲ

ಅರ್ಜುನ : ಆರ್ಭಟಿಸಿ ಬರುತಿದೆ ನೋಡು ಹಂತಕನಾಹ್ವಾನ

ಬಭ್ರುವಾಹನ : ಹಂತಕನಿಗೆ ಹಂತಕನು ಈ ಬಭ್ರುವಾಹನ

ಅರ್ಜುನ : ಮುಚ್ಚು ಬಾಯಿ ಜಾರಿಣಿಯ ಮಗನೆ

ಬಭ್ರುವಾಹನ : ಏ ಪಾರ್ಥ. ನನ್ನ ತಾಯಿ ಜಾರಿಣಿಯೋ, ಪತಿವ್ರತೆಯೋ.. ಎಂದು ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಲೇ ಈ ಯುದ್ದ.

ಅರ್ಜುನ : ಮುಗಿಯಿತು ನಿನ್ನ ಆಯಸ್ಸು

ಬಭ್ರುವಾಹನ : ಅದನ್ನ ಮುಗ್ಸೋದಕ್ಕೆ ಯಾರ್ ಇದಾರೆ ನಿನ್ ಸಹಾಯಕ್ಕೆ
ಶಿಖಂಡಿ ನಾ ಮುಂದೆ ನಿಲ್ಸಿ ಭಿಶ್ಮನ್ನ ಕೊಂದ-ಹಾಗೆ, ನನ್ನನ್ನ ಕೊಲ್ಲೊದಕ್ಕೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವ್ ಶಿಖಂಡಿನು ಇಲ್ಲ!
ಧರ್ಮರಾಯರ ಬಾಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅಬಧ್ಹ ನುಡ್ಸಿ, ದ್ರೋಣಾಚಾರ್ಯರ ಕೊಂದಹಾಗೆ, ನನ್ನನ ಕೊಲ್ಲಲು, ಸುಳ್ಳು ಹೇಳೋಕೆ ಧರ್ಮರಾಯ ಇಲ್ಲಿಲ್ಲ …
ರಥದ ಚಕ್ರ ಮುರ್ದಿದ್ದಾಗ, ಕವಚ ಕುಂಡಲಗಳ ದಾನ ಪಡೆದು, ಕರ್ಣನ ಕೊಲ್ಲ್ಸಿದ್ಧಾಗೆ, ನನ್ನನ ಕೊಲ್ಲ್ಸೋದಕ್ಕೆ ನಿನ್ನ ಶ್ರೀ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಪರಮಾತ್ಮ ಇಲ್ಲಿಲ್ಲ,

ಇರೋದು ಪತಿವ್ರತೆಯ ಮಗನಾದ ನಾನು.. ಮಿತ್ರ ಧ್ರೋಹಿಯದ ನೀನು ..
ನಿಶ್ಕ್ಥವದ ಅಸ್ತ್ರಗಳ ಪ್ರಯೋಗದಿಂದ, ವೃಥಾ ಕಾಲಹರಣ ಮಾಡಬೇಡ ವೀರ …
ಕರೆ ನಿನ್ನ ಕೃಷ್ಣನನ್ನ , ಅವನು ಬಂದು ಸಾರಥ್ಯವಹಿಸಲಿ, ಅವನ ಮುಂದೆ, ನಿನ್ನ ಪ್ರಾಣವನ್ನು ಅವನ ಪದಾರವಿಂದಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಅರ್ಪಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ.. ಹನ್ ಛೇಡಿಸು… ಕೂಗು ಯದುನಂದನ ಎಂದು …

ಅರ್ಜುನ : ಅಹ್! ನಿಂನಥಹ ತುಚ್ಚ ಮಾನವನ ಧ್ವಂಸಕ್ಕೆ.. ಶ್ರೀ ಕೃಷ್ಣನ ಸಹಾಯ ?? ನನಗೆ ಬೇಕಿಲ್ಲ!

ಬಭ್ರುವಾಹನ :  ಈ ಅಹಂಕರದಿಂದಲೇ ನೀನು ಅವನ್ನನ್ನು ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಬಂದೆಯ?? ಅವನ ಸಹಾಯ ನಿನಗೆ ಬೇಕಿಲ್ಲವೇ ?
ದೈವನನ್ನು ಮರೆತವರಿಗೆ ಮೃತ್ಯುವೇ ಸಾರಥಿ


In the Mood for love –The thrill of the chaste   Leave a comment

In the Mood for love is so exquisite that I just can’t get it out of head, there’s so much of beauty which is so simply stated, and sure is the most elegant romantic movies that I’ve ever seen. Not to forget, the movie which made smoking look so sexy!

Criterion had come up with the three reasons to watch this masterpiece and they were,

  1. Mr Chow and Mrs Chan
  2. Moving Still Images
  3. The thrill of the chaste

Surprisingly i’d pick, the thrill of the chaste, as in the platonic filtration tagged with silence, because it is so damn hard to not be verbal and articulate with emotions, which I again surprisingly find it to be so sensible!!

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This was my third viewing and in the end was kicking myself for watching it because “Many little things, seemingly forgotten, occasionally jumped out of my memory. They were like meteors in the summer, dying out instantaneously”.


Three Reasons: In the Mood for Love

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