Nov. 17, 2008, 12:06 a.m. CST
And I also need to see Slumdog Millionaire, assuming it opens up where I live. And it probably won't.
Nov. 17, 2008, 12:21 a.m. CST
the direction guys like Satyajit Ray started with the Apu Trilogy. Bollywood seems just about as far as you can get from those movies. Though I guess it's got its fans, as my local cinema at least seems to show a couple different Bollywood movies a week. I won't deny, I've sat through a few just to catch a glimpse of some of the most gorgeous women (and men) on earth prancing about like the director slipped them a ketamine and lysergic acid milkshake.
Nov. 17, 2008, 12:25 a.m. CST
It's also getting a re-release with a load of extra I believe. About time too.
Nov. 17, 2008, 12:41 a.m. CST
There are some exceptionally good Bollywod movies that are a break from the norm. Usually Indian films are forced by marketing to include song and dance and cliche stuff because the masses in India still demand it be there. But there are filmakers that are breaking from the mold. If I could remember the damn titles to these films I'd recommend some...
Nov. 17, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST
for aiming your lens at India....an interesting culture full of contradictions and real hope. My parents left 30 years ago to make a new life in the west, but our roots run deep in mumbai...I can still remember visiting film city, and how much it impacted my life. The poverty modernization, and opulence provide a contrast worth capturing
Nov. 17, 2008, 1:29 a.m. CST
shit quint, you should put the whole interview up somewhere for download, the few parts of both of you talking were a good listen.
Nov. 17, 2008, 1:35 a.m. CST
Always dug that flick. <br> This new movie looks great. This man know how to make interesting choices. I'll be in for whatever he tries.<br> Trainspotting 2? 28 Months? Bring it.
Nov. 17, 2008, 1:36 a.m. CST
So he didn't sound to interested in making 'Porno'. And they can't replace him.
Nov. 17, 2008, 2:40 a.m. CST
I think Danny Boyle is a wonderful filmmaker. The way he composes a shot, the way cuts his movie together, his use of music...the guy understands the art form of cinema better than almost any filmmaker working today. I just love looking at his films. But Danny has a problem. He doesn't understand story structure. A lot of his movies began to fall apart near the end (The Beach, Sunshine to name the two biggest of his disasters) and it's because he doesn't totally understand what to do after a great set up. The first half of The Beach remains one of the best halves a movie I've ever seen. Ever! And he managed to screw it up (to his credit, a decade later he admits that he had no idea what he was doing with the second half of that film). Slumdog Millionaire is an experimental screenwriter's dream. It jumps back and forth in time, giving us glimpses of what's happening in the present as well as the past. The movie's about a "slumdog" (a young indian man who lives in the slums) who's an answer away from winning a million dollars on India's version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - which I guess is a phenomenon out there. The biggest problem with the film, in my opinion, is that it never establishes a rhythm. We see him asked a question on the show, and then we flash back to the moment in his life when he learned the answer. We watch him grow up in these flashbacks with his older brother, and the girl he falls in love with. But there's no real set time limit for each flasback. One will be quick while another takes its time. In addition you have a third timeline where he's being interrogated by the police for possibly cheating on the show. Because of this I always felt unsettled. Which it can be argued Boyle was going for. But it was unsettling in a negative way. And it made the movie feel a little messy. The other big problem with the film (major spoiler) is when his brother takes the girl from our hero. I never bought it. Not for a second. While his brother rolled with some suspect characters, we knew he loved him, and for him to either take the girl for himself or for the bad guy he was now working for (it wasn't very clear) was miscalculated and took me out of the movie. It wasn't a bad moviegoing experience, but this film stops just short of me being able to recommend it. Since it was obviously released late in the year for Oscar consideration, I'll be interested to hear what others think of it. p.s. Just so you know, the final question in Indian Millionaire is worth 20 million rupees. I assumed it was 1 million, and that was reached midway through the film. Since I never knew when the final question was coming, it was a little frustrating to watch.
Nov. 17, 2008, 4:32 a.m. CST
Just for information's sake:</p> India uses a couple of different measures from the million/ billion format. 10,000 is a "lakh" and 10,000,000 (a thousand lakhs) is called a "Crore". In fact, in India you would see the comma formatting applied as such: 1,0000 and 1,000,0000. </p>ANYWAY, the name of the show literally translates to "Who Wants to be a Crore-illionaire?" with a top prize of 10,000,000 rupees. For new sesaons, they doubled it to 2 Crores (20,000,000) which is what this movie uses. </p> 1 dollar=approximately 50 rupees, so the top prize would be about 400,000 dollars. Here the lesson endeth.
Nov. 17, 2008, 5:40 a.m. CST
And to an extent he's right, but that was the point. Nothing changes. The same shit goes down because no-one has learnt. It would be a gret watch though.
Nov. 17, 2008, 6:18 a.m. CST
See all the shit, vomit and filth in HD quality!!!
Nov. 17, 2008, 6:45 a.m. CST
by abn3r p3pp3r72
Actually Danny Boy , the Trainspotting sequel 'Porno' is set ten years later not twenty mate. The characters are at 'the fag end of their youth.'
Nov. 17, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST
by Cletus Van Damme
...we may as well have shoved it up the studio's ass!
Nov. 17, 2008, 7:44 a.m. CST
by Kid Z
...Old Scottish Junkies. Or maybe, Trainspotting 2: An Even Worse Toilet In Scotland!
Nov. 17, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST
by abn3r p3pp3r72
Is the drug of choice in Porno.Given how rife it's use in Britain is now a sequel would be most timely.
Nov. 17, 2008, 8:25 a.m. CST
Whatever happened to that? Why no release?
Nov. 17, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST
-that dead baby thing still haunts me. Horrifying.
Nov. 17, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST
Is it Amitabh Bachchan? I heard he is the host of Indi'a version of Millionaire- He's king-fucking-kong in India- that would be an incredible feat if he got him in this film
Nov. 17, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST
hey quint, i would personally like it if there was a separate link or something of the WHOLE interview in sound-o-text, and not just snippets. Unless there's some secret reason why you can't do that. Like for all the interviews you do. Cause that'd be neat.
Nov. 17, 2008, 10:58 a.m. CST
Read this: http://tinyurl.com/5r9ekx Then this: http://tinyurl.com/6kpn8p
Nov. 17, 2008, 12:24 p.m. CST
The book (Porno) was pretty good.
Nov. 17, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST
It's been five years since I read the book and didn't remember all the details. Now is the time!
Nov. 17, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST
His 28 day later running things zombues?
Nov. 17, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST
by My Mom Is A Whore
I really enjoyed reading that. Can't wait to see Slumdog!
Nov. 17, 2008, 2:20 p.m. CST
by Kurutteru Yatsu
While I would absolutely love to see Big A in some Western films, India's version of Millionaire is now hosted by Shahrukh Khan, who's an even bigger deal. If Boyle's gotten either of them it's automatically a win though.<p>On that subject, as long as more Hollywood actors are going east, can't some Bollywood stars come west? I'd love to see an American film with Shahrukh and Kajol onscreen together again. Or Aishwarya...yes. *drools*
Nov. 17, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST
If anyone can do it- its him...I'd love to see Big B play a doctor or somethign to that affect- he could do it with his eyes closed.
Nov. 17, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST
by Kurutteru Yatsu
It's called Shantaram, but I just checked and it's still being cited as "in pre-production." As for M. Night, I'd rather they were in something good, you know?<p>Also, speaking of Amitabh Bachchan if you want to watch a Bollywood film without the song and dance I liked 'Black,' a 'Miracle Worker' story with AB as the teacher and Rani Mukherjee as his deaf, blind and insanely attractive student.
Nov. 17, 2008, 5:16 p.m. CST
Does anyone know WTF the last one was about? People standing in shadows? WTF was that shit, and why was it up for like 3 months straight?
Nov. 17, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST
by Kurutteru Yatsu
Nov. 17, 2008, 5:59 p.m. CST
Its the Indian version of Resevoir Dogs and Usual Suspects mixed into an Indian film..its almost too funny how they can make a direct lift of american films. Yatsu- thanks on the Black recomendation- will have to travel to Devon street and pick it up
Nov. 17, 2008, 8:30 p.m. CST
I think the cartoon you're talking about was from Prince of Darkness.
Nov. 17, 2008, 8:37 p.m. CST
by Kurutteru Yatsu
That's where I grab my DVD's as well. My best friend and I make a day of it since we're coming from Madison, I scour for movies while she visits the sweet shops and grocery stores. And yeah, as much as I love Bollys it's hard not to notice the 'extreme similarities' that crop up from time to time. Btw, I snagged a copy of 'The Last Lear' with AB and Preity Zinta from online, watching it later tonight. I'll let you know.
Nov. 17, 2008, 11:03 p.m. CST
Swing by Tahoora and grab a few Samosa's ( its one of the few clean places!) two questions for you pal- #1- Have you seen the Sholay remake? ( I have not) # 2- which places should I hit for DVDs since there are so many to go to. - (Al Mansoor? Video palace? )
Nov. 17, 2008, 11:10 p.m. CST
Please, Danny, don't do it!!!
Nov. 18, 2008, 5:19 a.m. CST
But boy do they rip them off in a jaw dropping way. If any of you want to watch the best Bollywood film ever (not a remake but a "curry" western) then get Sholay. If you want to see the most fun filled that is a rip off of Matrix, ET, and Back to the Future all rolled into one then see KRIISH, its a fucking riot!
Nov. 18, 2008, 5:23 a.m. CST
Shallow grave is still the best fucking film he's made to date. But I dont know what the fuck he was trying to achieve with Sunshine, that was kinda terrible.
Nov. 18, 2008, 6:33 a.m. CST
is incredibly underrated. As is A Life Less Ordinary. Don't see why people think it's so horrible.
Nov. 18, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST
I wonder how you say 1.21 Gigawatts in Hindi!!!
Nov. 18, 2008, 11 a.m. CST
*spoiler* The host is neither AB nor SRK - actually played by Anil Kapoor. AB is, however, who I think Danny is talking about in this interview, which leads me to believe that AB is probably the guy whose autograph the kid wants. Maybe that's the reason they couldn't have him play the host? How could you say it was the greatest star of all time and the host of the show? It wouldn't make sense anywhere outside of India.
Nov. 18, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST
Nov. 18, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST
Are you mental? It's a given that they'll turn Porno into a movie, I bet almost every reader of that book imagined the actors from Trainspotting spouting the lines, I know I did. I believe Irvine Welsh is planning a third too, but like the time between the first and second books, you have to give it a few years. Or maybe he just hasn't thought of a plot yet.
Nov. 18, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
There are tonnes of Irvine Welsh stories that are crying out for the big-screen treatment. I'd love to see another short film anthology like The Acid House.
Nov. 18, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST
It has an absolutely gorgrous last five minutes and its just a beautiful film overall. Also has anyone read Filth or Glue by Welsh? How are they?
Nov. 24, 2008, 12:46 a.m. CST
by Bass Bastardson
And I have been a fan since I first saw Shallow Grave in the theater.
Dec. 1, 2008, 3:37 a.m. CST
That was hilarious. Quint talking about how everything is so pre-sold, even though this site is that very tool they use to pre-sell and Danny reminded him of that. Awesome, again, Boyle is the man.