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Najma | Qareeb

November 22, 2018

British-born Najma Akhtar never intended to become a singer; she followed in the footsteps of her parents and graduated with a masters in Chemical Engineering from Aston University. It wasn’t until Najma visited distant relatives in Najibabad, India, and learned Urdu, that she picked up the vocal tradition of spiritual poems (or as their known in the Arab world, ghazals). As the liner notes for 1987’s Qareeb explain, “The ghazal occupies a unique place in the poetry and music of the Indian subcontinent.”…

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by InRO Staff Feature Articles Music

Foreign Correspondent | Issue 1

November 22, 2018

In an effort to reboot our music coverage, In Review Online has launched some monthly features devoted to reviewing new album releases. Today, we launch Foreign Correspondent — a survey of new releases from the international music world. Issue #1 features takes on albums from Chilean pop artist Alex Anwandter; rising Catalonian star Rosalía; Norwegian electronic avant-gardist and vocalist Stine Janvin; and two Japanese releases, from “post-hardcore” band Cöe Shu Nie and electronic producer Tofubeats. The issue also features a selection for InRO’s Kicking the Canon project: British-born, Indian descended Najma’s 1987 album Qareeb. Chilean…

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by Daniel Gorman Feature Articles Film

Bullet to the Head Director Walter Hill’s Action Poetry

February 1, 2013
Walter Hill's Action Poetry

Today marks the return of Walter Hill to the big screen—with the Sylvester Stallone-starring Bullet to the Head, the director’s first theatrically released film since 2002’s Undisputed. His two-hander action poetry has surely been missed; it’s the kind of tough, taciturn, no-nonsense genre filmmaking that’s frequently dismissed by middlebrow critics and sorely lacking in today’s blockbuster-spectacle-superhero-driven marketplace. Hill, like his contemporary John McTiernan (or Howard Hawks before them), specializes in genre films revolving around professionals doing a “job of work,”…

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by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 10

January 23, 2012
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Markku Ulander / Rex Features (1528191c)
Renny Harlin
'Five Days Of War' press conference, Helsinki, Finland - 21 Dec 2011

#10: The Bad Idea Podcast Holiday Special: A Very Belated Renny Harlin Christmas Download episode here. Episode Description: This time on Bad Idea Podcast, Simon & Steve tackle Finnish enigma Renny Harlin. The idea: figure out what makes him tick—why some of his films are exemplary, incomparably enjoyable junk while others are just junk. After a smorgasbord of pirates, prisoners, puppeteers…

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by Tina Hassannia Retrospective

Where Is the Friend’s Home? | Abbas Kiarostami

September 5, 2011
Where Is the Friend's Home

The Iranian cinema is abundant with films about children (The White Balloon and Children of Heaven being the two classic popular examples). Where Is the Friend’s Home? in many respects began the trend of Iranian child-themed films and is the most culturally significant to date for a number of reasons. Foremost, it was the first film in a few decades to garner attention outside Iran. It is ostensibly a neorealist film in the style of Bicycle Thieves: a young boy must return…

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by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 4

April 18, 2011
Bad Idea 4

#4: Rotten With Crazy Imaginations: E.T. Knock-Offs from Around the World Download episode here. Episode Description: Inspired by the release of Greg Mottola’s Paul, Simon & Steve go sailing around the world in search of the weirdest, funkiest E.T. ripoffs they can find. Somehow, this leads to German porn. (Doesn’t everything?!) There are other, more kid-friendly films as well, including a South African film that really must be seen to be believed. (No, really—ask my friend Dave, who was nice…

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by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 1

February 7, 2011

#1: Lemme Take You to a Show, Whoa-oh Whoa-oh-oh-oh Oh-oh Oh Oh: Frank Zappa on Film Download episode here. Episode Description: Everybody’s got to start somewhere so this first episode is not even close to being topical. The topic du jour is Frank Zappa on film and why watching either 200 Motels or Uncle Meat, mockumentaries-cum-freak-outs starring Frank and the Mothers of Invention, are arguably a unique form of cruel and unusual torture. They’re also unique products of…

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