The People vs OJ Simpson: A TV Series that Towers Above All

“Pressure! You want to turn up the pressure? The city is about to explode!” Somewhere in between episode 9, Shapiro slams Cochran for aiming to heat up a story already loaded with perception, half-knowledge, and truly critical socio-political scenario. Immediately following this scene, Darden reprimands Clark with shivering rage for including Fuhrman as a witness and getting him to testify. By this time in this exceptional TV series, we are as outraged, exhausted, frustrated, and agitated as the characters in front of you are.Continue reading “The People vs OJ Simpson: A TV Series that Towers Above All”

God Save the Comedians: Satire in the Time of Despair

When Jon Stewart, undisputed king of American political satire, retired from his 16 year stint as the host of THE DAILY SHOW, with emotional tributes from collaborators, friends and even a good-natured “So long, jackass” from long-time foe, Senator John McCain, he signed off on a typically acerbic note, observing “Bullshit is everywhere. The good news is this: bullshitters have gotten pretty lazy, and their work is easily detected. And looking for it is kind of a pleasant way to pass the time, like an I Spy of bullshit. So I say to you tonight, my friends, the best defense against bullshit is vigilance—so if you smell something, say something.”, mocking the US Department of Homeland Security’s sometimes-controversial “If you see something, say something” post-9/11 citizen vigilance project that was criticized for fostering paranoia and distrust against minorities, as well the Fox News-led culture of high-decibel partisan brinkmanship in political discussion in mainstream media. Because the fact is that polemics are a hopelessly naïve, often destructive, answer to political obstacles and deadlocks, and are antithetical to the functioning of a democratic system – political realities are so complicated in real life that my-way-or-the-highway certainty obfuscates far more than it clarifies.Continue reading “God Save the Comedians: Satire in the Time of Despair”

Best 5-Modern TV Series

Television amazes me with everything that comes out and just leaves me gasping as too why movies can’t be this good. I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that some of the most creative writing, mind-blowing direction, performances and refreshing & completely honest to the story cinematography that we can see comes from television. Without any further blabbing these are some of my favorite Crime/Drama modern TV shows that I have been obsessed with the loads that I have seen and some which does not make it cos haven’t done watching with them. This is my list and these are my favorites and I don’t mean to be insulting towards what you like so don’t go all gangsta troll on me by shoving down your opinion not being in the list. However, I would love to know your favorites. Will try and keep the spoilers to the minimum. So with much further ado here we go:

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Twitter Crimes by Fox Crime India

Twitter is truly a two way communication, unlike any other media even in Social Media this is the only platform where you really have to communicate to be seen and acknowledged. This requires time,effort and a bit of wit. Now unlike TV where you can bombard consumers with the image of product, you cannot do that on Twitter, The moment you just go on announcing features about the product, people will get disinterested and unfollow you. Another aspect of Twitter is that people can tag you, now it is up to you to decide if you want to be part of the conversation or ignore them. The problem for brands on Twitter is unique, because one expects them to tweet 24/7.Continue reading “Twitter Crimes by Fox Crime India”

Finding The Real Mass Medium

This week, when every producer in the movie business was consumed in charting out innovative marketing strategies for their upcoming films and what not, Balaji Films led by Ekta Kapoor introduced a concept that could well be the next level of movie marketing.Continue reading “Finding The Real Mass Medium”