Monthly Archives: November 2016

Revisiting The Oeuvre of Bazaar-e-Husn

There aren’t many works of cinematic art that become cinematic in their own right. The legacy of these works transcends what is projected on the screen and venture into the arenas of popularity that was quite unintended by the creator itself. Pakeezah, a Hindi Cinema classic that took almost 15 years to complete, is one […]

A Quick Comment On My Heavily Pro-Clinton town in New Jersey

According to nj.com my town of Roselle, NJ  is probably among the most pro-Clinton places in all of America. Roselle, a suburb of Elizabeth, is heavily African American and Hispanic, but it still has a lot of white people, 6,240 to be precise, and less than 15% voted for Trump. It’s easy to understand why. […]

The Response to Trump Should be One of Audacity, not Fear

I will not presume to put myself in the place of a Muslim, African American, or woman of color. That Donald Trump is now the president elect has sent a clear message to anybody not a native born white male. “You are not welcome in the United States.” Nevertheless, the Iranian American scholar Reza Aslan, […]

Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

It was fitting Cohen’s song Everybody Knows anchored the sound track for Atom Egoyan’s Exotica, one of the best films of the 1990s. When we grieve for a celebrity’s death, we do not grieve for the celebrity. Leonard Cohen was eight-two-years-old when he died, not twenty-seven like Heath Ledger, the victim of a freak accident […]

What Happened Tuesday and What We Do Next

(Above: a collection of photographs I took in the southern and northwestern parts of the United States.) So many pieces of writing about this election have used the word “inevitable”. The scariest part of Trump’s ascent as the slow horror has grown into the situation we are now currently living in was this sense of […]

Congratulations President Fuckface Von Clownstick

Dear President Von Clownstick: First things first. I didn’t vote for you. I’ve loathed you ever since my twenties, when you took out a full page ad in the New York Times calling for the execution of five innocent black teenagers for the rape and attempted murder of the Central Park jogger, a crime that […]

The Kid with a Bike (2011)

The Kid with a Bike is the eighth feature directed by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, the Belgian filmmakers whose breakthrough film Rosetta won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1999. If you’re an American, like me, you probably haven’t heard of the Dardenne brothers. That’s too bad. Rosetta was one of the best films of […]

Moonlight (2016)

The critical stars sometimes align; the right movie arrives at the right time in the right place for the right crowd. With a weighted average critical evaluation of 99/100 on Metacritic after 44 reviews were considered, Moonlight is such a movie. But then…why did I exit the theater so unimpressed? It has unimpeachable intentions. Films seriously and […]

Bill Maher Turns Messianic

This is a remarkable mea culpa from Bill Maher on how he treated Republican nominees before Trump. pic.twitter.com/xIzt9Rj91S — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) November 5, 2016 If there’s a bigger charlatan currently working the American political reality show than Bill Maher, I can’t think of him. These days, you’d probably get called a “racist” or a […]

Gloria La Riva for President

2016 has been a year of “divide and conquer.” In 2008, the ruling class – by which I mean the financial industry elites, who control the Democrats, the oil industry elites, who control the Republicans, and the military industrial complex, which controls them both – lost the trust of the American people. Whether or not […]