Author: Jo

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Guiding Kids into the Digital Realm

    Getting a personal computer was one of the biggest dreams of a middle class family, remember, that was a decade ago. In this era of digital explosion these dreams seem to have lost...






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A Quintessential Book for Cinephiles

  [The  below essay analyzing the book ‘Director’s Cut‘ was written and published in Tamil on the monthly magazine ‘Padachurul’. Padachurul — translates to ‘Film Reel’ — continues to make a dedicated effort to spread...






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Experiencing Cinema: My Journey

      Riccioto Canudo (1877-1923), an early Italian film theoretician, viewed cinema as a plastic art. Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Music, Literature and Dance are the six forms of art. He named Cinema as the...






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Storyteller: The Alchemist

    I began to read during my late teens. Being an over protected child and a loner; all I was left with were books. Most of my solitary moments were spent immersed amidst white...






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Reflections on Ceylan’s ‘Winter Sleep’

From celebrated Turkish film-maker Nuri Bilge Ceylan, comes the Winter Sleep (2014, Turkish), an intensely absorbing drama that mostly centers on familial relationships. To me the entire film seemed like a philosophical discourse on the...






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Brewing the Liquor Culture

  Drinking and the attitudes towards the consumption of alcohol vary across culture.  Over the years, human beings invented various ways of brewing alcohol and distilling spirits and drinking has been an integral part of...






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From Words to Frames – Part IV

  In this conclusive part we shall think about the challenges of adopting literature into films. There is a reader and a viewer inside every one of us? Does he/she have the similar sensibilities while...






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From Words to Frames – Part III

  In the first two parts of this short series, we tried to compare and contrast the nature of the language of words and the visual language. We pondered over their worlds and tried to...






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From Words to Frames – Part- II

    In the first part of this short series we pondered over the world of words briefly. That part was concluded with highlighting the structural similarity between novel and cinema. We shall continue from...