Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Loveleen Tandan


Sunday, April 12 2009

India Shining?: America's Indian Moment

Perhaps Slumdog Millionaire is an elaborate, cinematic version of Bobby Jindal. Perhaps Western audiences have so deeply appreciated Boyle's film because it subtly reiterates a symbolic order that is as familiar as colonial conquest.

Thursday, January 15 2009

The New Classics - The 30 Best Films of 2008

Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.


Thursday, January 15 2009

Slumdog Millionaire: All Eyes East

Slumdog Millionaire's Golden Globe win for Best Motion Picture/Drama is like a flare warning Hollywood about its future in cinema.


Tuesday, November 11 2008

Slumdog Millionaire

In Slumdog Millionaire's riotous, luscious fantasy, Jamal responds to an astonishing series of game show questions -- each speaking directly and surreally to his own life experiences.


Tuesday, February 24 2009

Blaxploitation & 'Slumdogs Can't Have Dignity' - A Critical Response to Indian Media Coverage

Unlike comic book superheroes, Slumdog hit a bit closer under our bellies with our eyes wide shut. Yet, now that “we” have had our eyes opened, will “we” place Third World poverty into another, more entertaining box?

Wednesday, January 21 2009

Dickens - Bollywood Style: Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

“Serendipity” originated in India. The word derives from the old Persian name for Sri Lanka, and tells the story of three princes who went on

Thursday, December 18 2008

'Slumdog' Sizzles as One of Year's Very Best

We all want to escape - our sense of self, our worthless lives, those moments of unfulfilling social conformity. Yet few of us have to

Tuesday, November 18 2008

Boyle-ing Over

He may be our most inventive living director - or at the very least, our must idiosyncratic. In his brief tenure as a feature filmmaker


Thursday, March 12 2009

‘Slumdog' popularity shines spotlight on Indian designers, fashions

If there was ever a time we needed a Mumbai makeover -- or at least a nudge toward the cheery colors, metallic threads and dazzling

Thursday, February 19 2009

'Slumdog Millionaire' leads the best picture pack

Hate it or love it, the underdog is on top. Not long ago, the movie to beat at this year's Oscars seemed to be "The

Tuesday, February 17 2009

Truth, fiction face off — and 'Slumdog' will likely take the lead

There really is no backlash when it comes to "Slumdog Millionaire," the best bet to take home the best picture Academy Award next Sunday. It's

Sunday, February 15 2009

Which road will Oscar take? ‘Benjamin Button,' ‘Slumdog' travel on two distinct paths

New Orleans is 8,870 miles from Mumbai, India, as the crow flies. The Academy Award nominees for best picture set in those cities - "The Curious

Wednesday, February 4 2009

'Slumdog Millionaire' director is both the underdog and Oscar favorite

It's a movie about underdogs, and those who made it like to think of the project that way - as the "little film that could."

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