In this series, Team FC scours the best of the internet every week to bring you a list of great reads, watches and more, from the world of film and entertainment.
Is Haider Still Awesome?
“So how does a film based on a play from 1599, set in 1995, released in 2014 and re-watched in 2020 still manage to blow people’s minds?” This Netflix-produced video essay takes a look at Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider and examines what made it work.
Richard Brody on Mani Kaul’s Duvidha and its Lessons for American Directors
New Yorker critic Richard Brody does a fascinating deep dive into Mani Kaul’s 1973 art-house classic Duvidha, studying the film itself, but also its making and what American indie filmmakers can learn about working on a shoestring budget. You can read it here.
‘Horror was my playground’: What it meant to be a member of the Ramsay film clan
Scroll.in published an excerpt from a memoir named Ghosts in Our Backyard: The Ramsays’ Real-Life Encounters with The Supernatural, by the grand-daughter of Fatehchand Uttamchand Ramsay, Alisha Kirpalani. The Ramsays, of course, were India’s foremost B-grade horror filmmakers. You can read the extract here.
There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing
This New York Times essay by psychologist Adam Grant names and explains the odd feeling of listlessness many of us have felt this past year. It’s a relatively new psychological concept called languishing, existing somewhere between being depressed and flourishing. Read the essay here.
The Adorkable Misogyny of The Big Bang Theory
In this video, YouTube channel Pop Culture Detective uses The Big Bang Theory to deconstruct what they call the ‘Adorkable Misogynist’. Adorkable Misogynists are male characters whose geeky version of masculinity is framed as comically pathetic yet still endearing. Their status as nerdy “nice guys” then lets them off the hook for creepy, entitled, and sexist behaviour.